Year in review: The 5 greatest races of 2019

As we head into the final three weeks of 2019, with only a handful of major racing events left on the calendar, now seems like the perfect time to celebrate the season with a look back at five of the year’s greatest races.

Aqueduct spot plays for Cigar Mile Day

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) The last major racing day of the year in New York will take place Saturday, December 7 at Aqueduct. Half a dozen stakes races are on the agenda, including the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2), a steppingstone on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. We’ve already previewed the Remsen, but the $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) are just as appealing from handicapping and sporting perspectives. Want to play [...]

Is Maximum Security vulnerable in the Bold Ruler Handicap?

Maximum Security is undoubtedly the most recognizable name entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park. But that doesn’t mean he is the most likely winner.

Picks and plays for the Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion Stakes

Some of the best 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in North America will face off in a pair of $1 million races on Saturday at Parx Racing.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 12: Your guess is as good as mine

If you have any clue which horse will emerge victorious in the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita, I applaud you. You’re one step ahead of me and perhaps 95% of the remaining handicapping world.

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: The NFL, the Travers Stakes, and this Saturday at the Spa with James Scully

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast, Scott Shapiro welcomes in James Scully to talk about the National Football League, next weekend's Travers Stakes, and this Saturday's late Pick 5 at Saratoga. James gives Scott his team to fade in the NFL, as well as two squads he expects to exceed expectations in 2019.

Six runners who can challenge Maximum Security for division supremacy

Which 3-year-olds could make a run at Maximum Security for the championship title? Here are six challengers who shouldn’t be counted out of the mix.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: Maximum Security moves up

Maximum Security winning the Haskell Invitational (G1) - © Bill Denver/Equi-Photo Slowly but surely the top contenders for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita are sorting themselves out. The Haskell Invitational (G1) and the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) served to clarify aspects of the 3-year-old division, while a quartet of top-ranked older runners will square off in the Aug. 3 Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, a race that will surely shake up the division [...]

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: A new name at the top

Preservationist winning the Suburban Stakes (G2) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher When was the last time we were four months out from the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and the division lacked anything resembling a clear-cut group of top contenders? This year’s Classic division is among the most wide-open in recent memory, thanks to an inconclusive Triple Crown season and a lack of standout older males. The Classic contenders have not been running particularly fast on the Beyer speed [...]