Belmont: Action-packed weekend features four Breeders’ Cup preps

Four weeks out from the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, Belmont Park will host an action-packed weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races.

Why I’m Betting Robert Bruce in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography There are plenty of talented horses entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park—five Grade 1 winners, a Canadian classic winner, a Grade 1-placed runner, and a European invader. Still, I find it hard to look past the once-beaten Chilean-bred sensation #1 Robert Bruce, who figures to be the clear favorite in this 1 ½-mile “Win and You’re In” prep [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 10: Sorting Out the Euros

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography Getting an early start handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) is always a challenge, since European runners tend to have the advantage, but determining which ones might make the trip is easier said than done. That said, with less than seven weeks remaining until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, here’s my preliminary attempt at ranking some of the top contenders, which [...]

Money seeks to multiply earnings in Red Smith Handicap

Bowling Green Stakes winner Hunter O'Riley has a good chance to add to his tally in the Red Smith Handicap. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Adam Mooshian. Consistent Chad Brown-trained turf galloper Money Multiplier should appreciate easier company when he contests the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Oct. 11. Money Multiplier (Lookin At Lucky) finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) last year, but missed this year’s edition after finishing eighth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic [...]

Sharp Samurai the one to beat in Twilight Derby

Sharp Samurai beats Big Score to win the Del Mar Derby. Benoit Photos.Sharp Samurai will need to beat a good field as he tries to win his fourth consecutive stakes race in the 1 1/8-mile Twilight Derby (G2) for 3-year-old turf runners at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28. The son of First Samurai is one of the leading 3-year-old turf runners on the West Coast, a ranking earned after winning the La Jolla Handicap (G3) and the Del Mar Derby [...]

Breeders’ Cup Bearings at Belmont: Handicapping the BC Challenge Races

El Deal wins the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Coglianese Photos) Belmont Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 by Alastair Bull Belmont Park’s fall meeting gets serious this weekend with four graded stakes races, all of which could have a bearing on the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in early November. Two of the races are official Breeders’ Cup Challenge contests, meaning the winner automatically earns a berth in the relevant Breeders’ Cup race. The first is the [...]