Itsinthepost, Hunt Square Off in Eddie Read Stakes

Itsinthepost winning the San Gabriel Stakes (gr. II) - © BENOIT PHOTO If you like grass racing and large, competitive fields, then you won’t want to miss the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar. Held at nine furlongs, the Eddie Read has attracted eleven starters that pretty much represent a “who’s who” of California’s top turf horses. Of course, that includes Itsinthepost, who has won seemingly every Grade 2 turf race in California [...]

Betting Live Longshot Mr. Roary in the San Francisco Mile

Mr. Roary winning the Eddie D. Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita - © BENOIT PHOTO If you’re looking for an intriguing handicapping challenge, check out the $200,000 San Francisco Mile Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Three of the favorites in this one-mile turf race are #2 Frank Conversation (3-1), #3 Syntax (4-1), and #7 Flamboyant (6-1), but although they boast solid form in graded stakes company, they tend to be “pick up the [...]

Strong undercards at Del Mar Thanksgiving weekend

Mubtaahij wins the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes. Pic: Benoit Photo. The Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch Stakes are the big races at Del Mar this Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s also four other graded stakes for punters to have a serious look at. The Native Diver Stakes (G2) sees the return of Mubtaahij to the track. Winner of the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) Sept. 30, he found Gun Runner and company too difficult in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) [...]

Hollywood Turf Cup could be Flamboyant

Flamboyant looks for his first win in 21 months when he contests the Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar. Pic: Benoit Photo. Flamboyant hasn’t won for 21 months, but his form is as good as any of his rivals in the 1 ½-mile Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) at Del Mar Nov. 24. The former French galloper won two consecutive graded stakes races at Santa Anita in early 2016. He hasn’t won in 11 starts since, but his form [...]

Idaho heads market for Canadian International

European horses have dominated the Pattinson Canadian International in recent years, and there’s every chance of more of the same in this year’s renewal at Woodbine Oct. 15. Aidan O’Brien’s Idaho is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of 10 for the $C800,000 race, run over 1 ½-miles on the Woodbine turf. Idaho is a brother of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Highland Reel, and though he hasn’t reached that level quite yet, he’s shown plenty of talent. [...]