Seven stakes races highlight Breeders’ Cup undercards

Hard Aces wins the Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita Park. Photo: Benoit Photo. Thirteen Breeders’ Cup races understandably take precedence at Del Mar Nov. 3-4, but punters shouldn’t ignore some excellent racing on the undercards. This is particularly the case on Friday, which features two graded races: the 1 ¾-mile Marathon (G2), and the five-furlong Senator Ken Maddy Stakes for fillies and mares. Hard Aces won a Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) early in his career [...]

Brown pair head Athenia Stakes field

Off Limits wins the Noble Damsel Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 23. Photo: Coglianese Photos.   Chad Brown’s runners are always tough to beat in turf races for fillies and mares, and the 1 1/16-mile Athenia Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 looks to be no exception. Brown trains three of the 12 entries, including the morning-line favorite Off Limits and second favorite Elysea’s World. Off Limits has raced four times in 2017 for three victories. She [...]