Price Horses to Consider on the Travers Day Card at Saratoga

Logical horses are likely to win the majority of Grade 1 events at Saratoga on Saturday afternoon, but it is also possible that the “graveyard of favorites” will produce a longshot or two on the Travers Stakes Day card. Here are a few runners that are listed at double digit odds on the morning line and are worth consideration in your exotic wagers if not on the Win end: Ballerina Stakes (Race 8) #5 Finley’sluckycharm, #6 Lewis Bay and #7 [...]

How to Bet the Ballerina Stakes

Finley'sluckycharm winning the Chicago Handicap (gr. III) - Coady Photography There certainly aren’t many speed horses entered in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Saratoga, which means that the pace of the seven-furlong race could be on the slow side. It might not be as slow as last year, when By the Moon got away with turtle-like fractions of :24.05 and :47.81 on her way to a gate-to-wire victory, but with #5 Finley’sluckycharm looming as the [...]

How to Bet the Humana Distaff

Finley'sluckycharm winning the Chicago Handicap (gr. III) - Coady Photography Just how competitive is Saturday’s $300,000 Humana Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs? Well, if the morning line odds are any indication, it’s one of the toughest races on the card. Six of the eight entrants in this seven-furlong sprint are listed between 3-1 and 5-1, so if you can hit the exotics, you’re going to be rewarded. One of the key players in my opinion is #1 [...]

Tough challenge for Unique Bella in Filly and Mare Sprint

Unique Bella is aiming to become the first 3-year-old to win the Filly & Mare Turf. Pic: Benoit Photo. We’ll know a lot more about the ability of boom filly Unique Bella after the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4. Unique Bella was a popular early pick for the Kentucky Oaks after winning three graded stakes races in California early this year. But an injury struck and she was forced out for most [...]

Finley’sluckycharm Out to Show Breeders’ Cup Readiness

Speedy mare Finley’sluckycharm will be out to prove her readiness for the Breeders’ Cup when she faces six opponents in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at Keeneland Oct. 7. The race is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, earning the winner automatic entry to the Filly & Mare Sprint, and it’s usually a good guide; three of its winners (Informed Decision, Dubai Majesty, and Groupie Doll) and two placegetters then went on to win the Filly & Mare Sprint. [...]