Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

Lady Eli seeks sweet swan song in Filly and Mare Turf

Lady Eli wins the Ballston Spa stakes easily. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel. Europeans are often well backed in Breeders’ Cup races on turf, but if you like any of the raiders this year in the Filly & Mare Turf, you may get a good price. The market for the 1 1/8-mile contest is dominated by Lady Eli, who is rated a 5-2 chance on the morning line in what's expected to be her final race. She’s been beaten [...]

Dickinson Takes On Small But Select First Lady Field

A return to the scene of her biggest triumph could help Dickinson get home in the First Lady Stakes (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 7. Dickinson became a grade one winner when she took out the Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) at the Keeneland spring meet, defeating Lady Eli. She’s since gone three races without a win, twice finishing behind Lady Eli, who’s not present for this race. However, while it may be missing Lady Eli, Dacita, and Miss Temple City, Dickinson [...]