Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Top 5: A moment to shine

Dennis' Moment breaking his maiden at Ellis Park - Photo by Coady Photography The summer race meets at Saratoga and Del Mar have been underway for a few weeks now, and we’ve already seen some eye-catching performances from promising 2-year-olds. But arguably the most impressive juvenile winner so far in 2019 made his debut at Ellis Park, proving the old adage that a good horse can come from anywhere. Considering the number of high-class graded stakes winners that [...]

How to bet the 2019 Princess Rooney Stakes

Stormy Embrace winning the 2018 Princess Rooney Stakes (G2) - Coglianese Photos Handicapping Saturday’s $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park boils down to one pivotal question—can anyone stop #6 Stormy Embrace from winning this seven-furlong sprint for the second straight year? It’s going to be a difficult task. Stormy Embrace is 5-for-11 at Gulfstream and crushed the 2018 Princess Rooney in gate-to-wire fashion, when she prevailed by six effortless lengths with a 105 Brisnet speed figure. [...]

Where Will Bodexpress Run Next?

Bodexpress (far left) vies for the early lead in the 2019 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Handicappers and racing fans can endlessly argue the merits of top 3-year-olds like Maximum Security, Country House and War of Will, but I don’t think anyone will deny that Bodexpress has surpassed them all in the eyes of the general public. After losing his rider at the start of the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, Bodexpress put on a show for [...]

Maximum Security Finishes Fast in Florida Derby

Maximum Security winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - © Adam Coglianese Photography The name of the game in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park was “catch me if you can,” and when the dust settled, you could practically hear the front-running Maximum Security taunting his rivals as he pulled away down the homestretch to score a convincing victory in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Granted, the pace setup for Maximum [...]

BARN Podcast 3/29/19

It's Friday and we're looking ahead to the big Friday card at Gulfstream Park that features three stakes events as well as a Saturday of stakes action at Santa Anita. We welcome in the BARN Jury to talk about the big weekend in sports and also discuss some of the news out of the CHRB meeting.

How to Bet the Florida Derby

Code of Honor winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes - © Adam Coglianese Photography In analyzing the contenders for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, I think the top finishers from last month’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) might be a cut above their challengers in this 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Specifically, those would be #9 Code of Honor, #4 Bourbon War, and #1 Hidden Scroll, who ran [...]