Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup There’s an unwritten rule about watching and wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships—you have to play every race. Oh sure, there are folks who confidently -- and perhaps wisely -- play only the races in which they have strong opinions. But half the fun of the Breeders’ Cup is having a rooting interest in every championship race, so [...]

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.

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.

Formidable Challengers stand between Enable and Arc three-peat

Can a talented challenger take down Enable in her bid for a third win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe? We'll find out October 6.

Enable, Magical meet again in Yorkshire Oaks

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The August 22 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1) at York in England is always a prestigious event, but this year, the presence of superstar mare #1 Enable has elevated the race to a new level. With nine group 1 victories under her belt, including back-to-back triumphs in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), Enable is already a [...]

Enable, Crystal Ocean clash in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography It’s a showdown of top-class caliber at one of the world’s oldest Thoroughbred racetracks. It’s one of the most prestigious races in all of Europe. It’s the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), scheduled to be held for the 69th time Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Every year the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the [...]

Can Enable be defeated in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes?

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup When the two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) winner Enable makes her much-anticipated 2019 debut in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (G1) at Sandown Park Racecourse in England, she might not be a shoo-in to prevail. Racing for the powerful team of trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori, #6 Enable will be favored to defeat seven rivals [...]

Royal Ascot: Spot plays for Gold Cup day

Horses and jockeys during the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The highlight of the racing action on Day 3 of the 2019 Royal Ascot meeting is the Gold Cup (G1), a 2 1/2-mile test of stamina that ranks among my favorite races anywhere in the world. I’m also intrigued by the much shorter Norfolk Stakes (G2) for 2-year-olds, so let’s come up with a few plays for these two competitive events. Race [...]

Royal Ascot: Three spot plays for opening day

Imprimis winning the Shakertown Stakes (G2) at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo On Tuesday racing fans around the globe will turn their attention to Ascot Racecourse in England, where the five-day Royal Ascot race meet will take place June 18-22. The prestigious and much-anticipated meet will feature high-class horses from around the world in 30 races, including 19 group stakes. The opening-day card is particularly deep, with three group 1 races on the agenda. Want to get in on [...]