John Shirreffs holds strong hand on Road to the Kentucky Derby

Trainer John Shirreffs hasn’t had a major impact on the Derby since Giacomo, but his luck could change in 2020 with Express Train, Honor A. P. and Thunder Code.

Eight Rings rebounds impressively in American Pharoah Stakes

Eight Rings might still be a work in progress, but his abundant raw talent was readily apparent when he romped to victory in Friday’s $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.

Horses to bet (and bet against) in the American Pharoah Stakes

Horses break from the starting gate at Santa Anita (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) On Friday at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT, racing fans and handicappers across the country will turn their attention to Santa Anita for the $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1). This 1 1/16-mile “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the November 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) also serves as a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep race that offers 10 qualification points to the winner. There is [...]

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Top 5: Maiden winners shaping up strong

Who do you view as the top contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile? Here is our Top 5.