Picks and Plays for the Tropical Turf and Marshua’s River Stakes

Heart to Heart winning the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography Gulfstream Park is doing their best to keep us entertained while we wait for the eagerly-anticipated Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) and Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) on January 26th. The Florida racetrack has packed their upcoming weekend stakes slates with high-class events, including the Tropical Turf Stakes (gr. III) and the Marshua’s River Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday, [...]

Fast Pace Seems Likely in Fourstardave Handicap

Divisidero winning the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography Turf races in New York have a reputation for being very slow-paced events that are difficult to decipher beforehand. How can you handicap effectively when you have no idea who might wind up shaking loose on an easy lead? That said, Saturday’s $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) over the inner turf course at Saratoga could be an exception. The one-mile race—a major prep on the [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Mile Top 10 – 7/2/18

World Approval winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) - Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Every year, one of the most exciting and competitive races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I), which typically pits the best milers in American against a top-class group of invaders from Europe. With four months remaining until the race, who are some of the major players to keep an eye on? Here’s how I rank the top [...]

Will Heart to Heart Rebound in the Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes?

Heart to Heart training at Keeneland (Keeneland/Coady Photography) Is it possible that a single factor could determine the outcome of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park? The nine-furlong turf race has drawn eight starters, with none more accomplished than the speedy seven-year-old veteran #1 Heart to Heart, who has won more than $1.5 million and nine graded stakes races during a career that has spanned 33 starts. Although he’s still seeking [...]

Will All Included Upset the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes?

Heart to Heart training at Keeneland (Keeneland/Coady Photography) If there’s one thing you can count on in horse racing, it’s that stakes races on the Gulfstream Park turf course will usually offer large and competitive fields with plenty of options for value-seeking bettors. The $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (gr. II) is certainly no exception. The field isn’t huge by some standards—just eight horses have been entered—but good luck narrowing down the list of contenders. There are plenty to [...]

World Approval, Ribchester head Breeders’ Cup Mile

World Approval shows his class at a mile by winning the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher The Breeders’ Cup Mile history is full of classic trans-Atlantic battles, and it should be more of the same again at Del Mar on November 4th. Leading American horse World Approval, who has been revitalized since being switched to a mile, faces seven European-trained horses, including two with consistent group one form: Ribchester and Roly Poly. Godolphin’s Ribchester would [...]

Miss Temple City Seeks Shadwell Turf Mile Repeat

It took until the 31st running of the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for Miss Temple City to become the first female to win the Keeneland feature. On Saturday she’s out to ensure the next gap is only one year. The Graham Motion-trained mare is the 3-1 morning-line favorite to win the Shadwell Turf Mile and make it three grade one victories against the boys at Keeneland. She also won the Maker’s 46 Mile last year. The race is a Breeders’ [...]