Lanier Stamps Synthetic Credentials With Hanshin Cup Triumph

Lanier wins the Hanshin Cup at Arlington International (Coady Photo/Arlington) With the sharp decrease in the number of synthetic racetracks in the U.S. over the last decade, there are few high-class options remaining for horses who excel on artificial surfaces. But you can bet Lanier will make the most of those limited opportunities. Just look at how he shredded nine rivals in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) on May 11 at Arlington Park, turning a seemingly competitive [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park

The field rounds the far turn in the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Every year the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park offers a great challenge for handicappers who like large, competitive fields. Held over Arlington’s synthetic Polytrack course, the one-mile race typically attracts an unusual blend of synthetic specialists, tried-and-true turf horses, and daring dirt runners with an eye on snatching an “easy” Grade 3 prize. But winning the Hanshin Cup isn’t as easy [...]

Isla Bonita Seeks Winning Finale in Hanshin Cup

Isla Bonita winning the 2017 Milers Cup - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association Fans of Japanese racing are in for a treat this weekend. Major graded stakes races are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday, with the first up being the December 23rd Hanshin Cup (Jpn-II) at Hanshin racecourse. Held at a distance of 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs), the race features a purse of well over a million dollars and has attracted a deep and competitive [...]