Wide draw shouldn’t bother Avie’s Flatter in Queen’s Plate

Avie's Flatter winning the Transylvania Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo When a top-ranked contender in a Thoroughbred race draws an outside post position, handicappers often unite in trumpeting the misfortune and warning other bettors of the disadvantageous wide trip that could be in store. But there are some races where wide draws aren’t as detrimental as they might appear. Outside runners frequently excel in the Kentucky Derby (G1), because the large field and testing 1 1/4-mile distance combine [...]

Keying Avie’s Flatter in the Coronation Futurity

Woodbine Racetrack(Michael Burns Photo) This is hardly a creative opinion—to the contrary, it’s an opinion that will surely be shared by many—but it’s rather difficult to envision a scenario in which #3 Avie’s Flatter loses the $225,000 Coronation Futurity for Canadian-breds at Woodbine. In a race where three of the seven starters have never reached the winner’s circle, Avie’s Flatter stands out on pretty much any metric you consider. Class? Avie’s Flatter is the lone stakes winner in [...]

Huge, Competitive Field Assembles for Summer Stakes

Wallace winning the Soaring Free Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) Turf? Check. Huge field? Check. Two-year-olds? Check. Fantastically competitive and wide-open betting race? You bet! On Sunday, Woodbine racecourse will host the $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. I), a one-mile grass race that offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. With that prize (plus Grade 1 status) on the line, horses ranging from stakes winners to [...]