Can Enable be defeated in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes?

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup When the two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Enable makes her much-anticipated 2019 debut in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (G1) at Sandown Park Racecourse in England, she might not be a shoo-in to prevail. Racing for the powerful team of trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori, #6 Enable will be favored to defeat seven rivals [...]

Royal Ascot: Spot plays for Gold Cup day

Horses and jockeys during the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot - Photo by The highlight of the racing action on Day 3 of the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting is the Gold Cup (G1), a 2 1/2-mile test of stamina that ranks among my favorite races anywhere in the world. I’m also intrigued by the much shorter Norfolk Stakes (G2) for 2-year-olds, so let’s come up with a few plays for these two competitive events. Race [...]

Royal Ascot: Three spot plays for opening day

Imprimis winning the Shakertown Stakes (G2) at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo On Tuesday racing fans around the globe will turn their attention to Ascot Racecourse in England, where the five-day Royal Ascot race meet will take place June 18-22. The prestigious and much-anticipated meet will feature high-class horses from around the world in 30 races, including 19 group stakes. The opening-day card is particularly deep, with three group 1 races on the agenda. Want to get in on [...]

Looking for longshots in the 2019 Epsom Derby

They call it the Derby for a reason—it’s the father of all Derbys, the race that started it all way back in 1780. Officially called the Investec Derby (G1) and held over 1 1/2 miles at Epsom, the great race has been dominated in recent years by Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has conditioned six winners since 2001. In his quest to secure a record-equaling seventh win in the Derby, Aidan O’Brien will send out seven of the 13 entrants [...]

Why I’m Betting Walking Thunder in the UAE Derby

Meydan Racecourse - Coady Photography The international roads to the Kentucky Derby will heat up significantly this weekend, with the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai being the main highlight. A major Road to the Kentucky Derby steppingstone offering 100 qualification points to the winner, the UAE Derby has never produced a Kentucky Derby champion, but it has produced plenty of Derby starters through the years and figures to produce one or two more [...]

Royal Lodge Stakes Could Have Breeders’ Cup, Kentucky Derby Implications

Whether you’re interested in the Breeders’ Cup, the Kentucky Derby, the 2019 European classics, or all of these combined, you absolutely won’t want to miss Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket in England. Won in the last decade by such talented horses as Frankel, Roaring Lion, Joshua Tree, and Daddy Long Legs, the one-mile Royal Lodge offers abundant options for the winner. In addition to being a logical stepping stone toward Europe’s major prizes in 2019, the race [...]

How to Bet the Moyglare Stud Stakes

The field breaks from the gate at the start of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita (Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The Moyglare Stud Stakes Can we have anything resembling a firm opinion on Sunday's race? I’ll be honest, it’s hard to have anything resembling a firm opinion of who might win Sunday’s Moyglare Stud Stakes (Eng-I) at the Curragh in Ireland, a “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ [...]

Sergei Prokofiev, Calyx Square Off in Coventry Stakes

Royal Procession. Queen Elizabeth the Second arriving at Royal Ascot - Photo by It’s not every day that horse racing fans can enjoy top-notch stakes races on a Tuesday, but then again, that’s part of what makes the Royal Ascot meeting in England so special. The prestigious five-day race meet at Ascot gets underway on June 19th, and while most of the attention will be on the three Group 1 stakes races, racing fans with an eye [...]

Jockey Frankie Dettori’s Top 5 Most Memorable BC Mounts

Jockey Lanfranco Dettori jumps off of Pablo Del Monte in the winner's circle after winning the first race of the day at Keeneland race track Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Great Italian jockey Lanfranco Dettori turns 45 on Dec. 15. Like so many other great riders, Dettori has had an impact on the Breeders' Cup. He's had many great successes and one instrumental, huge, failure. Dettori's possible mount in this year's Breeders' Cup is the Kathy Ritvo [...]