Linda Rice Trainer Leading Aqueduct Standings

Heading into April, Linda Rice leads Rudy Rodriguez in the Aqueduct trainer standings by 5 races. Rice has won 45 races while Rudy’s won 40. Linda’s horses have also earned a massive $2,254,745. Her horses have won 25% of the time while they’ve finished in the Top 3 60% of the time. Rice has been training since 1987. So, it’s no surprise that her horses are winning. In 2018, her horses won $6,914,061. She could easily eclipse that total in [...]

How to Bet the Rego Park Stakes

Aqueduct (Coglianese Photo) When a lightly-raced horse fires off a huge effort, particularly over a wet track, it can be difficult to know if it’s a fair representation of their talent or a fluke that they’re unlikely to repeat. That’s one of the challenges facing handicappers in Sunday’s $100,000 Rego Park Stakes at Aqueduct, a 6 ½-furlong event for New York-bred three-year-olds. The probable favorite, #2 Blindwillie McTell, ran huge over a sloppy, sealed track in the New [...]

Holiday Disguise Meets Deep Field in Dancin Renee Stakes

Belmont Park - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography With its relatively hefty purse of $125,000, Saturday’s Dancin Renee Stakes at Belmont Park has attracted an impressively deep field of New York-bred fillies and mares. In a race where quality definitely trumps quantity, just seven horses will line up to contest the six-furlong sprint, but the depth of the field is unquestionably impressive. The 6-5 favorite on the morning line is Holiday Disguise, a fast and versatile daughter of Harlan’s Holiday. [...]

Up-and-Coming Stakes Winners Face Off in Vagrancy Handicap

Swing and Sway (#3) winning the Carousel Stakes - Coady Photography The Kentucky Derby might be behind us, but the spring racing season is well underway and another big weekend is already on the horizon. The May 12th card at Belmont Park is a high-quality day of racing featuring five stakes races, four of them graded. You’ll have to tune in early to watch them all since the first—the $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. III)—is the third race of the [...]

Quality Field Assembles for Ruffian Stakes

Highway Star winning the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) - NYRA/Coglianese Photography The field for Sunday’s $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park might be small, but it’s certainly not lacking in quality. Five of the six fillies and mares entered in the one-mile event are graded stakes winners, including Unchained Melody, who could be among the favorites. The four-year-old daughter of Smart Strike opened her career with three wins from four starts last season, including an [...]