Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

Stellar Wind freshened for third Distaff attempt

Abel Tasman (left) beats Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks. The pair square off again in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is the highlight of the year for dirt females, and it might possibly be third time lucky for Stellar Wind. The 5-year-old Virginia-bred mare has won 10 of her 15 starts, but two of her defeats have come in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She finished a close second [...]

Drop in class should help mares in Turnback the Alarm Handicap

Miss Sky Warrior wins the Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct. Photo: Coglianese Photos.  Two mares well beaten by leading Breeders’ Cup Distaff contender Elate last month are hoping to gain some compensation in the 1 1/16-mile Turnback the Alarm Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28. Eskenformoney (Eskendereya) and Verve’s Tale (Tale of Ekati) fought hard with Moneys’oncharlotte for the minor placings in the Beldame Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park Sept. 30. Money’soncharlotte took second by a nose from Eskenformoney, with [...]