How to Bet the Regret Stakes

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography For a race that drew thirteen entrants, I’m surprised at how little early speed there appears to be in Saturday’s $100,000 Regret Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The majority of the three-year-old fillies entered in this nine-furlong turf event have never shown any inclination to race on the lead. In fact, you can make a case that #11 Romantic Moment is the only true front-runner in this race, [...]

Monomoy Girl Stands Out in Rachel Alexandra Stakes

Monomoy Girl winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Fair Grounds is a pretty important stop on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. The 8.5-furlong event is the first Kentucky Oaks prep race to offer 50 qualification points to the winner, and in all likelihood those 50 points will go to #8 Monomoy Girl, who looks tough to beat as the clear 8-5 [...]

Silverbulletday, Other Fair Grounds Stakes Drawn Deep Fields

Wonder Gadot winning the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography If you’re planning to play the races this Saturday, you won’t want to miss the fantastic card at Fair Grounds that includes large fields and six stakes races. Among the highlights are the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) and the Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap (click either race name to read a more detailed preview), but the other four stakes races also warrant [...]

Intriguing Mix of Runners in Alcibiades Stakes

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Alcibiades Stakes was a turf race rather than a grade one dirt event carrying direct entry to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) judging by the form book of the runners. Of the 10 entries, five last raced on grass, and another, Bet She Wins, last raced on Arlington’s all-weather track. This may explain why the morning-line odds are so tight, with six horses assessed at odds between 7-2 and 6-1. The switch to [...]