Eight Europeans Face Six Americans in 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile

Oscar Performance winning the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) (Michael Burns Photo) It’s looking like a classic North America vs. Europe showdown in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs, and while the raiders hold a slight advantage in numbers, the Americans appear far from being overmatched. Fourteen horses plus two also-eligibles have been entered in this competitive one-mile turf race, which is arguably the most wide-open of any Breeders’ Cup race this [...]

Cracksman, Roaring Lion Among Stars on British Champions Day

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The 2018 racing season in Great Britain will reach its climax this Saturday with the eighth-annual British Champions Day at Ascot, a top-class afternoon of racing featuring five prestigious stakes races across a variety of distances and divisions. The day could be especially memorable for trainer John Gosden, who conditions the favorite in four of the five races. Here’s a quick rundown of what to watch for on Saturday…. Race 1: QIPCO [...]

Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

Happily, Rushing Fall head Juvenile Fillies Turf

Rushing Fall earns favoritism for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by winning the Jessamine Stakes. Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography   A full field of 14 lines up in the first Breeders’ Cup race at Del Mar, the one-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, but it already looks like it’s about unbeaten U.S. filly Rushing Fall against Irish maestro Aidan O’Brien’s pair Happily and September. Rushing Fall is the 7-2 morning-line favorite after a highly impressive victory in the Jessamine [...]

O’Brien looks to close on G1 record in Fillies Mile

Aidan O’Brien is just two wins away from equaling Robert Frankel’s world record of 25 group/grade one victories in a year. By the end of Friday, there’s a great chance that number will be one. O’Brien is set to saddle three horses in the Fillies Mile (G1) at Newmarket, one of the premier races for juvenile fillies in Europe – and they fill the top three positions in the market. Happily and Magical, both fillies by Galileo, are the most [...]