Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Alwaysmining & Win Win Win

This year’s Preakness Stakes figures to be more of a handicapping challenge than any Preakness since 2010. Lookin At Lucky beat Derby winner Super Saver that year. We could see something similar on Saturday with a second or third choice horse like Alwaysmining winning the race. Or, we could see a horse like Win Win Win shrug off his Derby debacle to take the Second Jewel. Check out cases for and against both Alwaysmining and Win Win Win to take [...]

Keying Restless Rider in the Debutante Stakes

Shanghai Rain (outside) winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography You have to admire any horse that overcomes adversity to win a race. And when the horse in question is an unraced two-year-old filly making her debut, you have to wonder if you’re looking at an above-average runner. In handicapping Saturday’s $100,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs, a six-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies, I’m drawn to the chances of #5 Restless Rider. Why? Well, just read [...]

World Approval Seeks Another Dixie Stakes Victory

World Approval winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) - Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup One year ago, World Approval won Pimlico’s $250,000 Dixie Stakes (gr. II) by a decisive 2 ¼ lengths, the first of four graded stakes wins during a 2017 campaign that saw him earn an Eclipse Award as North America's champion male grass horse. That reputation stamps World Approval as clearly the horse to beat in the 2018 edition of the Dixie, though the Mark Casse-trained [...]