How to Bet the Grade 1 Santa Margarita

Mopotism (left) scores a narrow victory in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo The Santa Margarita Stakes lost its star attraction when champion Unique Bella defected from the first Grade 1 race of the year for older females in favor of the second--the Apple Blossom on April 14th at Oaklawn-- because of missed training. The absence of Unique Bella might have taken star power away from the $400,000 race on Saturday [...]

Champagne Room favored in Bayakoa Handicap

Champagne Room wins the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Pic: Skip Dickstein. Sixth in a high-quality edition of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), Champagne Room is seeking some compensation in the 1 1/16-mile Bayakoa Handicap (G2) at Los Alamitos Dec. 3. Champagne Room won the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly last year after taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), but she has had an abbreviated 2017. Third in the Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) behind Unique Bella [...]