Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf top 10

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup Just how many high-class turf mares does trainer Chad Brown have in his stable? In my opinion Brown trains six of the top 10 contenders for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita Park. When was the last time a single trainer conditioned half a dozen serious contenders for one Breeders’ Cup race? [...]

May 2019 Breeders’ Cup Overview: Who Leads Each Division?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Don’t look now, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park is just more than five months away, and the first North American leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series kicks off this weekend. Handicappers will be happy to know several key Breeders’ Cup divisions look wide open this year, which should make the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races exciting and competitive. Let’s quickly [...]

Why I’m Betting Channel Maker in the Man o’ War Stakes

Channel Maker (outside) finishes in a dead-heat with Glorious Empire (inside) in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Three straight defeats have befallen #8 Channel Maker since he won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) in gate-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park last fall.  But perhaps a return to Belmont for Saturday’s $700,000 Man o’ War Stakes (G1) will trigger a rebound. An honest pace could enhance Channel Maker’s chances in [...]

Bricks and Mortar Crushes Rivals in Pegasus World Cup Turf

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography A yielding turf course, a huge jump in class, and a significant stretch-out in distance were among the obstacles facing Bricks and Mortar in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $7,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. But in the manner of a budding star, Bricks and Mortar shrugged off the challenges to decisively defeat a strong field. [...]

How to Bet the Pegasus World Cup Turf

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) The inaugural running of North America’s richest turf race—the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I)—didn’t attract as deep a field as one might have hoped given the size of the purse, but you certainly can’t knock the race from a betting perspective. Ten starters have turned out to contest the 1 3/16-mile race at Gulfstream Park, and a case can be made for just about all of them to win or hit [...]

Rhododendron Seeks Repeat Win in Prix de l’Opera Longines

Rhododendron breaks from the starting gate in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Fans of international horse racing are well aware that the first Sunday in October is the date of the much-anticipated Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp, the most prestigious race in Europe and—perhaps—the entire world. The Arc is a great attraction in and of itself, but for North American racing fans with an eye [...]

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Berth Up for Grabs in Yorkshire Oaks

A "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf is on the line in Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) - Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup The major U.S.-based contenders for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) are already well established, with Sistercharlie leading the charge. On Thursday, we’ll get a look at possible contenders from Europe when eight fillies and mare contest the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) at [...]