2018 Year in Review: Horse Racing’s Top 5 Biggest Upsets

Knicks Go winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) - Keeneland Photo Although 2018 was generally a very productive year for racing’s established stars, that doesn’t mean the season went by without any memorable (and occasionally monumental) upsets. Some upsets featured high-priced winners, while others featured favorites that were defeated at very short prices. Comparing and ranking them is tricky, but after going back through the year’s results, here’s my opinion on five of the biggest racing upsets [...]

Year in Review: The Best Race of 2018

Justify winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) - Jim McCue Photography Horse racing fans were treated to some highly memorable moments in 2018. From Justify’s sweep of the Triple Crown to Accelerate’s season-defining victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the racing year was packed with exciting action and thrilling finishes. As a result, trying to define the single greatest race of the year is a task easier said than done, and one fraught with caveats and clarifications. Are [...]

How to Bet the Travers Stakes

Good Magic winning the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) - Keeneland Photo No matter how you slice it, Saturday’s $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga is the best race of this coming weekend. With its hefty purse, huge field, challenging 1 ¼-mile distance, and competitive list of entrants, the Travers Stakes is certainly the most prestigious race of the week, and it promises to be a fantastic betting race as well. Truthfully, a case can be made [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: Accelerate Moves to the Top

Accelerate winning the Pacific Classic (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo The retirement of Triple Crown winner Justify has certainly had a significant impact on the landscape for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Justify was a clear early choice to win the Classic, and in his absence, coming up with a Top 10 list of contenders for the 1 ¼-mile race is a more difficult task. In terms of speed figures, relatively few [...]

Good Magic Dominates Haskell Easily

by Fairway Jay The $1 million Haskell Invitational was the featured event on a historic Haskell Day, and the headliner left no doubt who was best. Good Magic went off as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite in the 7-horse field and dismantled the competition with ease striding down the stretch and winning handily by three lengths. The victory for Good Magic earned him an automatic entry and fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. [...]

Good Magic Rebounds to Win Haskell Invitational

Good Magic at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography It’s hard to keep a champion down. Good Magic may have been overshadowed by Triple Crown winner Justify during the first half of the season, but with Justify now retired, Good Magic is already doing his best to work some magic and reenter the spotlight. Just look at the impression that last year's champion two-year-old male made while winning Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park with [...]

Betting Longshot Golden Brown in the Haskell Invitational

Good Magic winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Carson Denis/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The recent retirement of Triple Crown winner Justify means that several rich prizes for three-year-olds will be up for grabs this summer, including Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park. The nine-furlong race—a "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)—was originally supposed to mark Justify’s first start since the Belmont Stakes. But now that he’s retired, a [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10 – 7/16/18

West Coast winning the Travers Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel Suffice to say, a lot has happened since I published my first ranking of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) contenders back in June. With the uncertainty surrounding the racing future of Triple Crown winner Justify, I have decided to at least temporarily remove him from my Top 10. He’ll rejoin my list when or if he resumes serious training. In the meantime, here’s [...]