Eight Rings rebounds impressively in American Pharoah Stakes

Eight Rings might still be a work in progress, but his abundant raw talent was readily apparent when he romped to victory in Friday’s $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita.

Jockeys to watch (and wager on) at Saratoga

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Justify - Coady Photography Summer may have officially started June 21, but in the world of Thoroughbred racing, it doesn’t truly begin until Saratoga opens. The much-anticipated, high-class meet will open July 11, a week earlier than usual, which will delight racing fans and bettors who can’t get enough of the action at the Spa. Some of the top jockeys in North America will ride at the Saratoga meet, so [...]

Seeking the Soul rallies late to win Stephen Foster Handicap

Seeking the Soul winning the Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Some horses bring their "A" game regardless of where they’re running. Others show a distinct preference for certain racetracks. It’s seems clear at this point Seeking the Soul has a special fondness for Churchill Downs, where he scored a gallant victory in the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) on June 15. All three of Seeking the Soul’s graded stakes wins have come at [...]

Why I’m Betting Intrepid Heart in the Peter Pan Stakes

Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography While he’s unlikely to offer much wagering value, I would be surprised if #1 Intrepid Heart is defeated in Saturday’s $300,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. Everything about this well-bred son of Tapit has caught my eye. Sold for $750,000 as a 2-year-old in training, Intrepid Heart was nominated to the Triple Crown prior to his debut, and I mentioned at the time he could [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Jockey Assignments, Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography It is often said that jockeys are unable to make horses run beyond their abilities, but the difference between victory and defeat can come down to the skills of a rider in saving ground, timing moves correctly and riding hard to the finish line. That’s why the 20 jockeys who will compete in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) include the most talented riders in North America. Leading [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Wood Memorial

Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) - Photo by SV Photography There are plenty of promising and accomplished runners to consider in Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct, 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race that has attracted eleven entrants. I’ve taken a look at the five morning line favorites and have divided them into two categories—“For,” containing the horses that I like best, and “Against,” featuring the short-priced runners that [...]

Maximum Security Finishes Fast in Florida Derby

Maximum Security winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - © Adam Coglianese Photography The name of the game in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park was “catch me if you can,” and when the dust settled, you could practically hear the front-running Maximum Security taunting his rivals as he pulled away down the homestretch to score a convincing victory in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Granted, the pace setup for Maximum [...]

Cutting Humor Edges Anothertwistafate in Sunland Derby

Cutting Humor after winning the Sunland Derby (gr. III) - © Coady Photography/Sunland Park In a clear-cut demonstration of how trips can affect the performance of a racehorse, Cutting Humor had the last laugh in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) at Sunland Park, parlaying a clean run into a gallant victory in the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the son of First Samurai entered the Sunland Derby off a troubled seventh-place [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Mind Control

Mind Control winning the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Adam Coglianese Photography We’ve long known that Mind Control is a very talented colt over short distances, but on New Year’s Day he took an important step toward the 2019 Kentucky Derby by demonstrating that he can handle a mile and isn’t purely a sprinter. That was a bit of a question mark prior to Mind Control’s front-running victory in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, [...]

Mind Control Rebounds in Jerome Stakes

Mind Control winning the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography As usual, class prevailed in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, with the 3-2 favorite Mind Control seizing the lead at the start and leading his five rivals on a merry chase for the remainder of the one-mile race. With Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the saddle, Mind Control ran exactly as expected by the majority of bettors. The son of [...]