Eight Europeans Face Six Americans in 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile

Oscar Performance winning the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) (Michael Burns Photo) It’s looking like a classic North America vs. Europe showdown in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs, and while the raiders hold a slight advantage in numbers, the Americans appear far from being overmatched. Fourteen horses plus two also-eligibles have been entered in this competitive one-mile turf race, which is arguably the most wide-open of any Breeders’ Cup race this [...]

Cracksman, Roaring Lion Among Stars on British Champions Day

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The 2018 racing season in Great Britain will reach its climax this Saturday with the eighth-annual British Champions Day at Ascot, a top-class afternoon of racing featuring five prestigious stakes races across a variety of distances and divisions. The day could be especially memorable for trainer John Gosden, who conditions the favorite in four of the five races. Here’s a quick rundown of what to watch for on Saturday…. Race 1: QIPCO [...]

Lightning Spear Earns Breakthrough Win in Sussex Stakes

Will Lightning Spear accept his "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs? (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) Durability and consistency were rewarded on Wednesday when the veteran Lightning Spear finally (finally!) secured a signature victory in the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood racecourse in Great Britain. On fifteen previous occasions—yes, fifteen!—Lightning Spear had competed against Group 1 company without scoring a single victory. Oh, there were plenty [...]

Keying Rhododendron in the Queen Anne Stakes

Rhododendron breaks from the starting gate in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Fifteen starters with no clear standout—that’s what makes Tuesday’s Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot such a compelling betting race. Bettors will have plenty of options to consider in the prestigious one-mile event, which is the first race on the opening day of Royal Ascot’s five-day meet. Many of the starters were last seen competing [...]

O’Brien faces strong local challenge in Hong Kong Mile

Seasons Bloom wins the 2017 Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin. Pic: HKJC. Aidan O’Brien brings two genuine group one horses to Sha Tin for the $2.95 million Hong Kong International Mile (G1), but he’s got history and a strong local team against him Dec. 10. O’Brien will start Lancaster Bomber and Roly Poly in the race, both having last raced in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Nov. 4. Lancaster Bomber ran a solid race for second behind [...]