Belmont’s Memorial Day Card Packed With State-Bred Stakes Races

Belmont Park - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography If you thought that the upcoming racing action on Saturday and Sunday at Belmont Park seemed a bit thin in terms of stakes races, you’re correct, but that’s because Belmont is saving most of the weekend action for Memorial Day. Six of the ten races on Belmont’s Monday card are stakes races for New York-breds, and all of them are shaping up to be competitive events with plenty of options for bettors. [...]

Highway Star, Holiday Disguise Face Off in Critical Eye Stakes

Highway Star winning the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) - NYRA/Coglianese Photography Monday’s $200,000 Critical Eye Stakes at Belmont Park might be restricted to New York-breds, but don’t let that distinction trick you into thinking that the race is among the less significant events on the holiday weekend. Actually, the one-mile race has attracted a talented group of fillies and mares that includes two graded stakes winners, so it’s entirely possible that the Critical Eye Stakes could produce [...]

Quality Field Assembles for Ruffian Stakes

Highway Star winning the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) - NYRA/Coglianese Photography The field for Sunday’s $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park might be small, but it’s certainly not lacking in quality. Five of the six fillies and mares entered in the one-mile event are graded stakes winners, including Unchained Melody, who could be among the favorites. The four-year-old daughter of Smart Strike opened her career with three wins from four starts last season, including an [...]

All-Stakes Pick 4 Analysis for Gotham Day at Aqueduct Racetrack

Saturday offers horseplayers a strong ten-race card at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York headlined by the $300,000 Grade 3 Gotham. The one-mile event for three-year-olds is carded as the final race and concludes an all-stakes Pick 4 sequence that commences with the $150,000 Stymie Stakes in Race 7. Here are my thoughts on the four-races and how I will attack the sequence: Race 7 The first of three races in the late Pick 4 conducted over Aqueduct’s one-turn mile [...]

Demoiselle runner-up returns in Go For Wand Handicap

Highway Star (right) scores a narrow victory in the 2016 Go For Wand Handicap. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta. After an abbreviated 2017 campaign, Jamyson ‘n Ginger is out to score her first graded stakes win in the one-mile Go For Wand Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Dec. 2. Jamyson ‘n Ginger was one of the better 2-year-old fillies last year, finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and then finishing runner-up in the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) 12 [...]

Tough challenge for Unique Bella in Filly and Mare Sprint

Unique Bella is aiming to become the first 3-year-old to win the Filly & Mare Turf. Pic: Benoit Photo. We’ll know a lot more about the ability of boom filly Unique Bella after the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Nov. 4. Unique Bella was a popular early pick for the Kentucky Oaks after winning three graded stakes races in California early this year. But an injury struck and she was forced out for most [...]

Gallant Bloom H Preview: Carina Mia Meets the Highway Star

Paulassilverlining wins the Gallant Bloom Handicap (Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher) Gallant Bloom Handicap Preview by Alastair Bull The grade II Gallant Bloom Handicap may not be the most publicized race this weekend – those are the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) and the Cotillion Stakes (G1) at Parx – but it does have relevance toward the Breeders’ Cup. Though it isn’t a “Win and You’re In” race, the 6 ½-furlong race for fillies and mares at Belmont Park is an important [...]