Exacta box of the week: Monmouth’s ninth race Saturday, July 20

Exacta Box of the day for Monmouth Saturday is Haskell Day at Monmouth, the biggest day of the New Jersey racing season that features six stakes, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, which will go as the 12th race on the 14-race card. Among the five undercard stakes is the $75,000 Wolf Hill Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint that draw a wide-open eight-horse field. The Wolf Hill (ninth race) is an interesting handicapping [...]

Pegasus Stakes kicks off summer campaign for Maximum Security

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby (Coglianese Photos) With the disappointment of his Kentucky Derby (G1) disqualification still looming large, Maximum Security will aim to start the summer of his 3-year-old campaign on a bright note when he contests the June 16 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Gary and Mary West’s star colt is one of six runners entered in the 1 1/16-mile event, which serves as a local springboard to the July 20 Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth. [...]

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 [...]

Good Magic Rebounds to Win Haskell Invitational

Good Magic at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography It’s hard to keep a champion down. Good Magic may have been overshadowed by Triple Crown winner Justify during the first half of the season, but with Justify now retired, Good Magic is already doing his best to work some magic and reenter the spotlight. Just look at the impression that last year's champion two-year-old male made while winning Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park with [...]

Betting Longshot Golden Brown in the Haskell Invitational

Good Magic winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Carson Denis/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The recent retirement of Triple Crown winner Justify means that several rich prizes for three-year-olds will be up for grabs this summer, including Sunday’s $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park. The nine-furlong race—a "Win and You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)—was originally supposed to mark Justify’s first start since the Belmont Stakes. But now that he’s retired, a [...]

Chad Brown Could Own the Travers Stakes

Soon, all eyes will be on the two biggest summer meets:  Del Mar and Saratoga. Del Mar's opening day is on July 19. Only a day later, Saratoga opens its doors for yet another awesome meet. The highlight, like it is every year, is the Travers Stakes. Some consider the Travers Stakes to be an extra Triple Crown race. That's why it's called the Mid-Summer Derby. Bob Baffert has owned the Travers the past couple of years. But, Baffert's top [...]

By |July 12th, 2018|Categories: RacingWire|Tags: |

2018 Saratoga Meet Predictions

In less than 2 weeks, the 2018 Saratoga Meet kicks off with the Grade 3 Schuylerville and the Grade 3 Lake George. Saratoga, year in and year out, is the most anticipated meet on the east coast. What's likely to happen at this year's Saratoga Meet? Check out my predictions! 2018 Saratoga Meet Predictions A 3-Year-Old Will Rise to Challenge Justify Justify, Bob Baffert's second Triple Crown winner in the past 3 years, most likely won't run in [...]

By |July 7th, 2018|Categories: RacingWire|Tags: |