How to Bet the Valedictory Stakes

Melmich - Michael Burns Photography Want to take on a difficult handicapping challenge this weekend? Then come join me in analyzing Sunday’s $125,000 Valedictory Stakes (gr. III) at Woodbine. The uncommon (and very testing) 1 ¾-mile distance would make this race tricky to handicap even if it were being run on dirt or turf, the two most common racing surfaces in North America. Add in the fact that it is actually being conducted over the synthetic Tapeta track [...]

Looking for Longshots in the Valedictory Stakes

The final stakes race of the 2017 Woodbine meet will be held this Sunday, and believe me, it’s a good one. It’s not every day that you get to see a field of talented stakes competitors vie for supremacy in a 1 ¾-mile marathon, but those are the conditions of the $125,000 Valedictory Stakes (gr. III), one of the longest graded stakes races held in North America each year. In handicapping the race, all eyes will be on #11 Melmich, [...]

Melmich looks to continue unbeaten year in Autumn Stakes

Melmich seeks to enhance his Canadian Horse of the Year claims in the Autumn Stakes. Pic: Michael Burns Photography. Melmich is out to extend his unbeaten 2017 run to six starts, and possibly enhance his Canadian Horse of the Year claims, when he takes on four opponents in the Autumn Stakes (G2) on the Woodbine Tapeta track. The Ontario-bred 6-year-old has had a very good career, but it’s gone to new heights this year. After an allowance victory [...]