Brooklyn provides last chance for bettors on Belmont Stakes Day

The start of the 2016 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) - © Nikki Sherman/Adam Coglianese Photography Who says long-distance dirt races are dying out in North America? Maybe they’re not as common as they used to be, but the field for Saturday’s $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) suggests genuine dirt route races are still alive and well. The Brooklyn serves as the final race at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day, providing bettors with one last opportunity to cash winning tickets [...]

Accelerate Completes Sensational Season with Breeders’ Cup Classic Victory

Accelerate winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography Long ago, there was some doubt about Accelerate’s ability to handle 1 ¼ miles in top company. He was more of a miler, or so the thinking went; a talented horse no doubt, but not exactly a superstar. But Accelerate has proven to be a classic example of a horse who requires time to mature and reach his peak, and now that he's reached his peak, his [...]

2018 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries By the Numbers

Boosted by a new race that proved extremely popular at the entry box, a record-breaking 221 horses have been pre-entered for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at on November 2-3 at Churchill Downs. The complete fields were revealed on Wednesday, October 24th, just over a week before the much-anticipated championships will begin. The complete lists of pre-entrants for each race can be viewed on the Breeders’ Cup website. We’ll have lots of handicapping previews coming during the next week, [...]

Catalina Cruiser Wins Again in Pat O’Brien Stakes

Catalina Cruiser winning the Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Four starts, four victories by a combined margin of 18 ½ lengths. Fast times. Eye-catching speed figures. Just how good is Catalina Cruiser? There’s no telling at the moment. All we know is that he looked like a beast winning the 8.5-furlong San Diego Handicap (gr. II) last month, and he was just as impressive while cutting back to seven furlongs for [...]

Accelerate Completes Rare Triple in Pacific Classic

Accelerate winning the Pacific Classic (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo Maybe you can question the caliber of competition he has beaten. And maybe you can question whether he can win outside of California. But it’s impossible to question Accelerate’s talent going ten furlongs on dirt, which was on full display in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Saturday at Del Mar. If Accelerate hadn’t already established himself as a prime contender for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic [...]

Late Pick 4 Analysis for Pacific Classic Day at Del Mar

January 09, 2016: Collected, Evers/ESW/CSM If Accelerate runs his race off a near three-month break he is going to be very tough to beat in Saturday’s one-million-dollar Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar. The five-year-old possesses tactical speed that should allow jockey Joel Rosario to have him in a perfect spot early, he has run over the Del Mar main track, and he has illustrated in 2018 that getting a mile and a quarter is well within his [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Bellafina Impresses, Instagrand Steps Up

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Bellafina didn’t really look like a star in the making when she finished second in her debut at Los Alamitos last month. But boy, she presented an entirely different appearance in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar! The Sorrento, an early prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was the top juvenile race [...]

Late Pick 4 Analysis for Saturday Afternoon at Del Mar- July 28th

Roy H winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup The second Saturday of the 2018 Del Mar summer meeting offers racing fans several great wagering opportunities, including a late Pick 4 that commences in Race 7 with the $150,000 California Dreamin and concludes with a maiden special weight event over the sod for two-year-olds. Here are my thoughts: Race 7: The California Dreamin Stakes This mile and a sixteenth event for California-Bred or [...]

How to Bet the Oceanside Stakes on Opening Day at Del Mar

Photo: Benoit Photo. The Oceanside Stakes may not be a graded event, but as usual the restricted $100,000 contest drew a strong field of three-year-old colts looking to get the summer meet started with a visit to the Del Mar winners’ circle. The pace in this year’s Oceanside should be quick given the presence of several horses that have done their best running in sprints or on the front end of two-turn races. With #10 Calexman, #12 Soltero, [...]

Horses to Consider for Thursday’s Pick 6 Carryover at Santa Anita

A challenging set of results to conclude the action at Santa Anita Park on Sunday led to a Pick 6 carryover of $63,301 heading into Thursday afternoon. The eight-race card features four maiden events, including a pair of $40,000 maiden claimers down the hill. The six-race sequence begins in Race 3 at approximately 1:30 PM local time.  Despite a number of small fields there should be at least a couple of opportunities to differentiate from the public. Most likely winner [...]