2020 Kentucky Derby: Four Japanese challengers to follow

Who will follow in the hoofprints of Lani and Master Fencer as the latest Japanese challenger in the Run for the Roses? Here are a few names to follow on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby.

How to bet the quinella

Horses and jockeys during the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes, Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com All of the different wager types in horse racing, one of the most underappreciated is surely the quinella. The quinella requires bettors to select the top two finishers in a race, but without identifying the exact order of finish. For example, if you bet #1 and #3 in a quinella and they run first and second in either order, you’ll cash a winning [...]

International challengers stand out in Melbourne Cup

Mer De Glace winning the Kokura Kinen (G3) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association They call it “the race that stops a nation,” and for good reason. The Melbourne Cup (G1) at Flemington racecourse in Australia is a historic two-mile test of speed and stamina first run in 1861. In terms of national recognition, it’s Australia’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, an event so cherished its annual date on the calendar (the first Tuesday in November) [...]

Gosden holds strong hand in British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

Trainer John Gosden will hold a strong hand in Saturday’s British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England, where he'll saddle the top two betting choices in the 1 7/16-mile turf test.

Stradivarius stands out in British Champions Long Distance Cup

It’s hard to envision a scenario in which heavy favorite Stradivarius loses Saturday’s 1 15/16-mile British Champions Long Distance Cup (G2) at Ascot.

Longshot Century Dream has a chance in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The key to handicapping Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England is determining which runner will prove quickest at slogging through the rain-soaked, “heavy” turf course.

Ground should suit Magical in Champion Stakes

Although Saturday’s Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England is open to all runners 3 and older, fillies and mares appear poised to dominate the prestigious 1 1/4-mile grass race.

Which Arc runners might wheel back for Breeders’ Cup Turf?

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The results of the October 6 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Longchamp in France weren’t quite what racing fans were hoping for, but the historic race nevertheless produced a thrilling, competitive finish. Now we can turn our attention to the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Santa Anita, the most prestigious grass race in [...]

Innisfree earns Kentucky Derby points in Beresford Stakes

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography He had to work harder than expected, but odds-on favorite Innisfree gallantly wore down pacesetting Shekham to win Sunday’s Beresford Stakes (G2) at the Curragh in Ireland by a neck. The Aidan O’Brien-trained 2-year-old faced challenging circumstances in the one-mile European Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race, which awarded qualification points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis. Rain reduced the course to “heavy,” which caused O’Brien to withdraw Innisfree’s [...]

Royal Dornoch edges Kameko in Royal Lodge Stakes

Under urging from jockey Wayne Lordan, Royal Dornoch re-rallied to win Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket in England.