Why I’m betting Varenka in the Lake Placid Stakes

Handicappers have grown accustomed to watching trainer Chad Brown dominate North America’s major turf races for fillies and mares. But victory might not be a certainty for Brown’s fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.

Saratoga: Notes and horses to watch from Week 2

Guarana winning the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Janet Garaguso Although hot weather threatened to spoil the weekend racing action at Saratoga, Week 2 of the prestigious summer meet ultimately went off with minimal interruption. The Saturday card was postponed until Sunday because of the heat, but the 24-hour delay didn’t seem to affect the racing performances, as we witnessed strong runs from a handful of promising horses. Let’s look back at some of the [...]

How to bet the 2019 Belmont Derby

Digital Age winning the American Turf Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography How should we go about narrowing down the main contenders in Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park? Fifteen horses (one an also-eligible) have been entered in the 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, and you can make a case for pretty much any of them. Determining which horses warrant inclusion in deep exotic wagers like the trifecta or superfecta [...]

Late Pick 4 Analysis for Pacific Classic Day at Del Mar

January 09, 2016: Collected, Evers/ESW/CSM If Accelerate runs his race off a near three-month break he is going to be very tough to beat in Saturday’s one-million-dollar Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. The five-year-old possesses tactical speed that should allow jockey Joel Rosario to have him in a perfect spot early, he has run over the Del Mar main track, and he has illustrated in 2018 that getting a mile and a quarter is well within his [...]

Why I’m Betting Thewayiam in the Lake Placid Stakes

Rushing Fall winning the Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland. Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography Speaking strictly in terms of class and overall accomplishments to date, it’s hard to deny that #6 Rushing Fall is the best filly in Saturday’s $300,000 Lake Placid Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. Just look at her overall record—four wins from five starts, including a triumph against a top-notch international field in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) last fall. And her lone loss came [...]

Vettori Kin Ships In for Woodbine’s Nijinsky Stakes

Vettori Kin winning the Louisville Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although the attention of most racing fans this weekend will be focused on Del Mar and Saratoga, it could also pay to keep an eye on what transpires in Sunday’s $175,000 Nijinsky Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine. The 1 ½-mile turf race could produce starters for the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. I) and Canadian International (gr. I) later this year at Woodbine, so it’s [...]

Mask Seeks Rebound in Easy Goer Stakes

Mask winning the Mucho Macho Man Stakes - Photo by Kenny Martin/Coglianese Photography It might not offer the spotlight and prestige of the Belmont Stakes, but Saturday’s  $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park is a pretty good consolation prize for three-year-olds that weren’t quite good enough to run in the “Test of Champions.” But that’s not to say that one of the eight entrants in the Easy Goer won’t enjoy a high level of success down the road. [...]

Triple Crown Veterans Face Off in Pimlico Special

Irish War Cry winning the Wood Memorial - Photo by Viola Jasko/Coglianese Photography One day prior to hosting the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Pimlico Racecourse will put on a stakes-packed Friday card that includes the $300,000 Pimlico Special (gr. III), a 9.5-furlong race that will pit veterans of the 2017 Triple Crown trail against a few accomplished older rivals. In terms of overall achievements, no horse in the race can boast quite the same level of form as [...]

Hawksmoor Among Big Names Entered Saturday at Laurel

Off Limits (right) edges Hawksmoor (left) in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. I) - © BENOIT PHOTO On a quiet Saturday with relatively few graded stakes races on the agenda, racing fans are advised to turn their attention to a quality card at Laurel Park that includes five stakes races. The day’s feature events are the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes and the $125,000 Weber City Miss Stakes, which serve as preps for the upcoming Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and [...]

Top Turf Trainers Well Represented in Marshua’s River Stakes

Mark Casse (Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography) Some of North America’s most successful trainers of turf horses will square off this Saturday in an exciting renewal of the $150,000 Marshua’s River Stakes going 8.5 furlongs at Gulfstream Park. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown, whose stable is filled with top-notch turf stars, will send out Abbreviate in search of her first stakes win. The four-year-old filly finished seventh last time out in the Autumn Days Stakes at Aqueduct, but that [...]