Why I’m Betting Eagle Song in the El Camino Real Derby

King of Speed winning the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes - © Benoit Photo The last few years have certainly been tough sledding for local runners in the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Not even their proven experience over a synthetic Tapeta track unique to California has been enough to give the Northern California locals an edge over their Southern California counterparts. Seemingly every year, an experienced turf horse from Santa Anita and/or Del [...]

Rating the First Round of 2019 Kentucky Derby Preps

Game Winner winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) - Coady Photography With the running of Sunday's Remington Springboard Mile, the last North American Kentucky Derby prep race of the year entered the history books, bringing to a close the first stage of qualification for the 2019 “Run for the Roses.” From September through December, nine Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races were conducted across the country, and while the majority offered the same number of qualification [...]

Watch Out, Game Winner: Improbable Impresses in Los Alamitos Futurity

Improbable winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo Question—which horse is the most talented two-year-old currently residing in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert? Prior to the running of the December 8th Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I) at Los Alamitos, most racing fans would have quickly answered Game Winner, the three-time Grade 1 winner and probable champion two-year-old male of 2018. But then Baffert sent out Improbable to crush the [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Instagrand Wins Like a Future Superstar

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Budding superstar? Beast in the making? Future Kentucky Derby winner? Perhaps it’s too early to bestow such lofty praise upon Instagrand, but this two-year-old son of Into Mischief was nothing less than breathtaking while winning Saturday’s $200,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar in a dominant manner strikingly reminiscent of his maiden victory at Los Alamitos. With Drayden Van Dyke in [...]

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 [...]