Should You Bet Deep Closers in the Pegasus World Cup?

Question: Will deep closers who rally from the back of the pack have any chance to contend for a significant piece of the purse in the 2019 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park? It seems like nine-furlong races at Gulfstream Park often receive special scrutiny since they start so close to the first turn and there’s always concern about horses drawn outside getting hung wide and losing all chance. But might the running style of each individual horse [...]

Accelerate Fits Profile of Past Pegasus World Cup Winners

Accelerate winning the Pacific Classic (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo The Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) will be held for the third time on January 26th, and while two previous renewals isn’t much of a sample size for identifying race trends, already we’re seeing that it takes a special kind of horse to win North America’s richest horse race. One trend is already obvious. The first two winners of the Pegasus World Cup were Arrogate and [...]

How to Bet the Lone Star Park Handicap

Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Granted, the field that has assembled for Sunday’s $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) at Lone Star Park isn’t very large. Just five horses have been entered, and one of them—#2 Full of Luck—may scratch from the race. But even if just four horses face the starter, the race has plenty of quality thanks to the presence of #1 Mubtaahij and #4 Fear the Cowboy, who [...]

Charles Town Classic Highlights Stakes-Filled Card at Charles Town

Diversify winning the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup - Photo by Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Although there aren’t any Kentucky Derby prep races to look forward to this Saturday, handicappers are nevertheless in for a treat thanks to a terrific card at Charles Town that includes nine stakes races. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main contenders in each event…. Race 3: Its Binn Too Long Stakes Pure speed could be the most important factor in [...]

Baffert Sends Out Two Contenders in Santa Anita Handicap

Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Get ready—there’s a great race coming up at the “Great Race Place.” The historic $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) is set to be renewed for the 81st time on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Commonly referred to as the “Big ‘Cap,” the ten-furlong race has been won through the years by some of the greatest horses in racing history, including Seabiscuit, Round Table, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, John [...]

Pegasus World Cup Contenders Complete Pre-Race Workouts

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park just three days away, the twelve contenders have pretty much wrapped up their major training for the world’s richest horse race. From Santa Anita to Gulfstream Park and at tracks and training centers seemingly everywhere in between, the mornings have been busy with news of workouts and pre-race preparations. Let’s catch up on the [...]

Tenacious Stakes Highlights Stakes-Filled Fair Grounds Card

Dazzling Gem training at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography) If you like huge race cards filled with stakes events and large, competitive fields, then the Saturday card at Fair Grounds is definitely for you. The thirteen races on the card drew 134 entries, or an average of more than ten horses per race, and the six stakes races in particular have drawn quality fields. Leading the way is the $75,000 Tenacious Stakes at a mile and seventy yards on [...]

Quality horses to contest Fayette Stakes

  Neolithic wins an allowance race at Saratoga. Courtesy NYRA. Multiple stakes winners, a former Kentucky Derby favorite, and grade one placegetters descend on Keeneland Oct. 28 for the 1 1/8-mile Fayette Stakes (G2). With a lineup featuring many horses that have been chasing Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) contenders like Arrogate, Gun Runner, and West Coast this year, this is a chance for many of them to get a welcome stakes win. Favoritism may be contested between Honorable [...]