Oscar Performances Out-Sprints Rivals in Woodbine Mile

Oscar Performance winning the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) (Michael Burns Photo) Things certainly can change fast in the sport of horse racing. One month ago, Oscar Performance was pulled up as the favorite prior to finishing the Arlington Million (gr. I), but on Saturday, he shrugged off that disappointing run to score a terrific victory in the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine in Canada. Yes, you can argue that Oscar Performance received a dream setup [...]

Huge Weekend of Racing Set for September 15-16 at Woodbine

Divisidero winning the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography On the weekend of September 15-16, the attention of the racing world will turn to Woodbine in Canada, where a top-class series of eight stakes races worth nearly $2.2 million will take center stage. Among the highlights of this action-packed weekend are three official prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Kicking off the slate is the $800,000 Woodbine Mile [...]

How to Bet the Whitney Stakes

Diversify in the winner's circle after winning the Suburban Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography He may have been a last-minute entrant, but #6 Diversify certainly looms as the horse to beat in Saturday’s $1.2 million Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, a prestigious “Win and You’re In” prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I). Simply put, Diversify has been a beast in his home state of New York. Trained [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10 — 6/25/18

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Get ready, everyone! The Triple Crown is over and less than 4 ½ months remain until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, which means it’s time to start ranking the top contenders for each race. In this new weekly series, I’ll rotate through the thirteen different Breeders’ Cup divisions, focusing on one or two races per week while placing an emphasis on the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), [...]

The Player, Good Samaritan Square Off in New Orleans Handicap

The Player winning the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds -Hodges Phorography/Lou Hodges, Jr. A small but talented group of six horses is set to contest the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) on March 24th at Fair Grounds. The main player in the nine-furlong race is, well, The Player, who will carry the top weight of 122 pounds. The five-year-old son of Street Hero showed promise two years ago with a runner-up effort in the Indiana Derby [...]

Diversify seeks second grade one in Clark Handicap

Diversify wins the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Held back from the Breeders’ Cup Classic despite winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park, Diversify gets his chance at a second grade one victory in the 1 1/8-mile Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 24. Diversify had won six of his nine starts, many in New York-bred races, when he tackled graded stakes company for the first time in the 1 ¼-mile [...]

Keen Ice Faces 3-Year-Olds in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Punters looking to play the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park Oct. 7 have one major question to ask: do they trust the form of two older horses well beaten by Gun Runner at their last starts, or do they trust two of the better 3-year-olds. Keen Ice may start favorite in the 1 ¼ mile test, which carries direct entry to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). A distant third-place finisher in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, Keen [...]