How to Bet the Quality Derby Week Maiden Races at Churchill Downs

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and 11 other graded stakes races are the obvious highlights at Churchill Downs this week, but racing’s future will also be on display in a series of quality maiden special weight races. Across Friday and Saturday, five special weight events—three on dirt, two on turf—will be conducted over a variety of distances. The participants might be winless, but these competitive races could serve as springboards [...]

Why I’m Betting Mr. Misunderstood in the River City Handicap

Mr. Misunderstood winning the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography He’s arguably the fastest horse on paper, he has a perfect record over the local turf course, and he’s dropping in class out of a Grade 1 race. What’s not to like about #3 Mr. Misunderstood in Saturday’s $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs? I certainly don’t see any convincing reasons to oppose him. Trained by Brad Cox, the four-year-old son of Archarcharch [...]

How to Bet the Commonwealth Turf Stakes

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Seemingly every time we turn around, Ken and Sarah Ramsey have been named the leading owner at another Churchill Downs race meet, so it’s hardly surprising to see that they will start one of the favorites in Saturday’s $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. III) at the Louisville racetrack. Their entrant is #3 Sniper Kitten, a son of their wildly successful racehorse-turned-stallion Kitten’s Joy. After finishing fourth in his debut, Sniper Kitten rattled off [...]