Betting Exactas in the La Brea Stakes

Dream Tree holds off Midnight Bisou in the Desi Arnaz Stakes -© BENOIT PHOTO While handicapping the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita, it’s not hard to conclude that the race runs through the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Baffert will be represented by two of the nine entrants in the seven-furlong test for three-year-old fillies, including the undefeated #5 Dream Tree, who figures to start as a clear [...]

Large Field Assembles for Wide-Open Gulfstream Park Oaks

Take Charge Paula winning the House Party Stakes at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park has certainly taken on a different complexion than was originally expected. The 8.5-furlong Kentucky Oaks prep race was supposed to be the goal for Fly So High, impressive winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream last month. But with Fly So High sidelined by a minor injury, the [...]

Take Charge Paula, Fly So High Face Off in Davona Dale Stakes

Take Charge Paula winning the House Party Stakes at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography The Road to the Kentucky Oaks continues on March 3rd with the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, a one-mile race that attracted eight promising young fillies. By far the most accomplished entrant is Take Charge Paula, who has already won four stakes races from just seven starts. The daughter of Take Charge Indy is also 2-for-2 at Gulfstream [...]

Good Magic Tops 360 Nominees for the 2018 Triple Crown

Good Magic winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Carson Denis/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Good Magic, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award champion two-year-old male of 2017, is among the talented young horses that have been nominated to compete in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, the three races that comprise the historic Triple Crown. All told, 360 three-year-olds were made eligible for the Triple Crown at the first [...]

Keying Miss Mo Mentum in the Forward Gal Stakes

Miss Mo Mentum winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography) Talk about a quality field! Eight three-year-old fillies are set to contest Saturday’s $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, and their accomplishments to date ensure that the race will be worthy of its Grade 2 status. Five of the eight entrants in the seven-furlong Kentucky Oaks prep race will enter the race off of a victory, and three of them have never suffered [...]