2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile horse-by-horse analysis

The expected field might be small, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita is still shaping up to be a memorable race.

Picks and plays for the Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion Stakes

Some of the best 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in North America will face off in a pair of $1 million races on Saturday at Parx Racing.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 12: Your guess is as good as mine

If you have any clue which horse will emerge victorious in the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita, I applaud you. You’re one step ahead of me and perhaps 95% of the remaining handicapping world.

Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Improbable & War of Will

On Saturday, Improbable should offer favorite’s odds. War of Will figures to go off second choice. There are reasons to like both horses to win the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. There are also reasons to go against both. Check out the case for and against Improbable and War of Will Preakness Stakes Case For & Against Improbable & War of Will Preakness Case for and against Improbable Bob Baffert trains the City Zip sired three-year-old. That [...]

2019 Preakness Stakes Free Picks

Improbable winning the Street Sense Stakes - Coady Photography The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown takes place this Saturday on May 18. Last week, most horseplayers looked towards either War of Will or Improbable as their key horse. It made sense because those two horses ran decent enough in the Kentucky Derby to warrant Preakness consideration. War of Will might have won the Run for the Roses if he hadn’t been affected by Maximum Security. He was [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Preakness Stakes Top 5

Anothertwistafate winning the El Camino Real Derby - © Vassar Photography/Shane Micheli Most years you can expect the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico to be won by a tried-and-true Triple Crown contender who ran in the Kentucky Derby (G1) two weeks prior. The stats are impressive: 31 of the last 35 Preakness winners exited a start in the Kentucky Derby. So it’s safe to say “new shooters” have been at a disadvantage in the second leg of the [...]

Which Horses Will Run in the 2019 Preakness Stakes?

Improbable winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) - © Benoit Photo Which horses are expected to compete in the 2019 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico? At this point, a better question might be “which horses are not expected to compete in the Preakness?” The potential field for the second leg of the Triple Crown is still in flux, but it’s safe to say the biggest names will be absent from the May 18 classic. Country House, the official [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Horse-by-Horse Trip Notes

The finish of the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) - Coady Photography The 2019 Kentucky Derby will go down as one of the strangest and most controversial in history, but for handicappers, it’s just another race to dissect the same as any other. While most of the attention is being focused on the disqualified Maximum Security, the upgraded winner Country House and the troubled pair of War of Will and Long Range Toddy, it’s important for handicappers to take a [...]

2019 Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Double Will Pays

Serengeti Empress winning the Kentucky Oaks (G1) - Coady Photography The frontrunning 13-1 upset by #13 Serengeti Empress in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs has produced some eye-catching potential payoffs in the Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Double. Bettors who successfully picked Serengeti Empress in the first leg of the two-day double will be live to $1 payoffs between $110.60 and $1,679.30, depending on which horse(s) they paired her with in the Kentucky Derby. The complete list of “will [...]

How is Keeler Johnson Playing the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

Omaha Beach (right) holds off Game Winner (left) in the Rebel Stakes (G2) - Coady Photography While I’m still plotting out my wagering strategy for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, I’ve essentially nailed down my overall opinions of each horse and have determined whether I’ll be using them on my tickets. The Tuesday morning post position draw helped clarify my position on a few bubble contenders, including War of Will and Spinoff. I’ve sorted the 20 horses into four [...]