Whitmore Rides the Rail to Victory in Forego Stakes

Whitmore winning the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Chelsea Durand It was a tale of two trips, and how differing circumstances can favor one horse while putting others at a disadvantage. You really won’t see a more clear-cut example how trips can affect the outcome of a race than the example we witnessed in Saturday’s $600,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The seven-furlong sprint was won in determined fashion by the [...]

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 [...]

Deep Field Assembles for Forego Stakes

Limousine Liberal wins the Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs. Pic: Coady Photography. If you’re looking for a future winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile or Breeders’ Cup Sprint, you are strongly advised to check out the field for Saturday’s $600,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The prestigious seven-furlong event offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but since the distance of the Forego falls directly in between the distances of [...]

Army Mule Steps Up in Carter Handicap

Skyler's Scramjet winning the Tom Fool Handicap (gr. III) - NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography For a seven-furlong Grade 1 sprint with eleven starters, there isn’t a ton of speed on paper in Saturday’s $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct. The lack of serious front-runners could play to the strengths of #2 Army Mule and #9 Skyler’s Scramjet, who also figure to start among the favorites. Skyler’s Scramjet, a four-year-old gelding trainer by Michelle Nevin, has been on fire [...]

Taking a Contrary Approach in Multi-Race Wagers

Keen Ice upsetting American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes - Photo by Courtney Henney/Coglianese Photography In the sport of horse racing, there are two main types of “exotic” wagers separate from the tried-and-true win, place, and show bets that have existed for years. The first group of exotic wagers, commonly referred to as “vertical exotics” or “single-race exotics,” involve predicting the order of finish in a single race. The second group of exotic wagers, often called “horizontal exotics” [...]

Seymourdini steps up in quality in Bold Ruler Handicap

Seymourdini is on his own at the finish of the State Dinner Stakes at Belmont Park. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The exciting Seymourdini looks to graduate to graded stakes company in the seven-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 against a group of high quality and resilient sprinters. Seymourdini (Bernardini), a $900,000 purchase at the 2015 OBS April sale, has won five of his nine starts. His only attempt at graded stakes company came [...]

2017 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Preview and Picks

Every race on the 2017 Breeders' Cup 2-day card should be competitive. There isn't a single race where the likely morning line favorite is a lock. This includes the Breeders' Cup Sprint where Bob Baffert's 2016 BC Sprint winner, Drefong, could be an odds-on favorite to repeat. There are plenty of horses that could challenge Drefong. My key horse is one who should relish the dirt at Del Mar. He might be coming up to the best race of his [...]

2017 Breeders’ Cup Probables for Pre-Entries

Bet America's listing of Breeders' Cup Probables The Challenge races are over for the Breeders’ Cup, so it’s on to the main show. The fields for most of the Breeders’ Cup races are now all but set, and as always, they will have great depth and be full of high-quality horses. Last year’s winner Arrogate, one of four potential runners for trainer Bob Baffert, is the best-performed horse in the 1 ¼-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic, but his two failures at [...]