Spot plays for Natalma Stakes, Summer Stakes at Woodbine

Turf racing at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) A big weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races at Woodbine continues Sunday, with the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G1) and the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (G1). These one-mile grass events for juveniles offer “Win and You’re In” qualifying berths to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), respectively. Two competitive fields are the result. Let’s add our own rooting interests to the action with a couple [...]

U S S Michigan Seeks Kentucky Derby Berth in Cardinal Conditions Stakes

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The European Road to the Kentucky Derby will conclude on Thursday with the running of the Cardinal Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford City in England, and I’d advise everyone to keep a close eye on what transpires in this one-mile race. Held over a Polytrack course similar in size and shape to Churchill Downs, the Cardinal Conditions Stakes has attracted nine starters, and while only two have been nominated to the Triple Crown, one of [...]

How to Bet the Moyglare Stud Stakes

The field breaks from the gate at the start of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita (Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The Moyglare Stud Stakes Can we have anything resembling a firm opinion on Sunday's race? I’ll be honest, it’s hard to have anything resembling a firm opinion of who might win Sunday’s Moyglare Stud Stakes (Eng-I) at the Curragh in Ireland, a “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ [...]

Guineas Winners Could Have Advantage in Coronation Stakes

Photo by Horsephotos.com It usually takes a very good filly to win the one-mile Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. And in my opinion, #5 Billesdon Brook fits the bill as, indeed, a very good filly. Considering that four of the last five winners of the Coronation (Winter, Ervedya, Rizeena, and Sky Lantern) had previously prevailed in a Group 1 race, it’s encouraging that Billesdon Brook fits the profile of past winners. Trained by Richard Hannon, the daughter [...]