2018 Year in Review: Horse Racing’s Top 5 Biggest Upsets

Knicks Go winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) - Keeneland Photo Although 2018 was generally a very productive year for racing’s established stars, that doesn’t mean the season went by without any memorable (and occasionally monumental) upsets. Some upsets featured high-priced winners, while others featured favorites that were defeated at very short prices. Comparing and ranking them is tricky, but after going back through the year’s results, here’s my opinion on five of the biggest racing upsets [...]

Why I’m Betting Bandua in the Dueling Grounds Derby

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Downs There are plenty of talented horses entered in Sunday's $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs, but to be perfectly honest, I never seriously considered picking anyone but #6 Bandua to win. My reasoning is simple. Kentucky Downs, thanks to its undulating European-style turf course, is quite unlike any other racetrack in North America. Some horses relish the challenge, while others struggle over the unusual conditions. Then there’s the fact that the [...]

Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint Could Have Breeders’ Cup Implications

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Downs If you’re excited about the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint scheduled to be held in November at Churchill Downs, then you won’t want to miss Saturday’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs. The 6 ½-furlong event is a perfect prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and figures to produce at least one and perhaps several starters for the $1 million championship prize. And since the [...]

Why I’m Betting Oscar Nominated in the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes

Oscar Nominated - Photo by Viola Jasko/Coglianese Photography Although most racecourses in North America are pretty similar in shape and size, Kentucky Downs is a unique and challenging exception. The European-style course is vaguely shaped like an oval, but the first turn is significantly sharper than the wide, sweeping final turn, and in between those two is a mild right-hand bend on the backstretch. The course is also larger than a typical North American racetrack, measuring 1 3/8 [...]