Baffert Ships Once On Whiskey for West Virginia Derby

Once On Whiskey winning the Los Alamitos Derby (gr. III) - © BENOIT PHOTO It’s not every day that trainer Bob Baffert runs a horse at Mountaineer, but then again, it’s not every day that the West Virginia racetrack hosts a graded stakes race worth $500,000. Thus, it’s not too surprising that Baffert will be in action on August 4th when Mountaineer hosts the $500,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III), a nine-furlong race for three-year-olds that Baffert has won [...]

Mask Seeks Rebound in Easy Goer Stakes

Mask winning the Mucho Macho Man Stakes - Photo by Kenny Martin/Coglianese Photography It might not offer the spotlight and prestige of the Belmont Stakes, but Saturday’s  $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park is a pretty good consolation prize for three-year-olds that weren’t quite good enough to run in the “Test of Champions.” But that’s not to say that one of the eight entrants in the Easy Goer won’t enjoy a high level of success down the road. [...]

How to Bet the Peter Pan/ Man o’ War Double at Belmont Park

Sadler's Joy winning the Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga -Photo by NYRA/Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography The action in New York heats up on Saturday at Belmont Park as a stakes-laden card is headlined by the $700,000 Grade 1 Man o’ War. The all-stakes Pick 4 that commences in Race 8 with the $150,000 Runhappy Stakes will be an extremely popular horizontal wager, but I am also interested in the last Daily Double on the 11-race slate. [...]

How to Bet the Peter Pan Stakes

Belmont Park - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography Are you looking for up-and-coming three-year-olds that could have an impact in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) four weeks from now? If so, then you’ll want to see what transpires in Saturday’s $350,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park. The race serves as a local prep for the Belmont Stakes, but being held at nine furlongs around one turn means that it can be won by horses with a variety [...]

Keying Magnum Moon in the Rebel Stakes

Solomini (outside) rallies past McKinzie (inside) and Instilled Regard (middle) in the Los Alamitos Futurity(©Benoit Photo) It’s safe to say that the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert knows how to win the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. Baffert has won the 8.5-furlong Kentucky Derby prep race a staggering six times in the last eight years, including with champions American Pharoah and Lookin at Lucky, so all eyes in the 2018 Rebel will surely be [...]

Deep field contests Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Gotta Go (left) beats Lone Sailor to win the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs. Pic: Coady Photography. Champagne Stakes (G1) third-place finisher Enticed heads a Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) field strong in numbers and potential at Churchill Downs Nov. 25. Fourteen horses are entered for the race, which carries qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby table. Enticed had two good horses in front of him in the Champagne Stakes: the winner Firenze Fire, [...]