Brooklyn provides last chance for bettors on Belmont Stakes Day

The start of the 2016 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) - © Nikki Sherman/Adam Coglianese Photography Who says long-distance dirt races are dying out in North America? Maybe they’re not as common as they used to be, but the field for Saturday’s $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) suggests genuine dirt route races are still alive and well. The Brooklyn serves as the final race at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day, providing bettors with one last opportunity to cash winning tickets [...]

Avery Island Rebounds in Withers Stakes

Avery Island winning the Withers Stakes (gr. III) - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography “Inconclusive” might be the best way to describe the results of the February 3rd $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, an official prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. On paper, Avery Island, Firenze Fire, and Marconi looked like the top three contenders in a field of five horses, and they all ran to expectations, leaving the other two colts nearly twenty [...]

How to Best Attack the Withers Day card at Aqueduct

AveryIsland wins the Nashua Stakes (Anette Jasko/Coglianese Photos) The Grade 3 Withers Stakes headlines a Saturday afternoon card in New York City where sunny skies are in the forecast. The quality of racing outside of the featured $250,000 event on Saturday at Aqueduct is moderate, but there are still plenty of opportunities to make money, especially over the latter part of the card. I am going to base my Saturday success in New York on my opinion in [...]

Avery Island Seeks Rebound in Withers Stakes

Avery Island wins Nashua Stakes (Coglianese Photos/Alysse Jacobs) Races with small fields are generally seen as less competitive than races with large fields, but the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday at Aqueduct is a notable exception. Although the nine-furlong race has drawn just six starters, it’s difficult to toss anyone from  consideration and no outcome would be particularly surprising. The 8-5 favorite on the morning line is #4 Avery Island, a son of Street Sense trained [...]

A Look Ahead at the 2018 Triple Crown

Good Magic winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Carson Denis/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Happy New Year! The arrival of 2018 means the arrival of a fresh year filled with opportunity and potential, and for fans of Thoroughbred horse racing, it also means a new Kentucky Derby prep season is underway with a chance at seeing a future Triple Crown winner in action. Let’s kick off the year with a list of four things to look forward to [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10 – 12/27/17

Always Dreaming winning the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Much has been made through the years about trainer Todd Pletcher’s perceived lack of success in the Triple Crown races, primarily the Kentucky Derby. An oft-quoted statistic from years ago spoke of Pletcher’s early disappointments in the Derby, in which his starters went 0-for-24 before Pletcher scored a victory with Super Saver in 2010. But much like the Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who lost with [...]