May 2019 Breeders’ Cup Overview: Who Leads Each Division?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Don’t look now, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park is just more than five months away, and the first North American leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series kicks off this weekend. Handicappers will be happy to know several key Breeders’ Cup divisions look wide open this year, which should make the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races exciting and competitive. Let’s quickly [...]

4 Racing Storylines to Follow in Summer 2019

Newspaperofrecord winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) - Coady Photography With the Kentucky Derby complete and the spring racing season well underway, I’m already looking ahead to some of the great racing action we can expect to see this summer. The 13 graded stakes races held at Churchill Downs on Derby week produced some interesting storylines to keep an eye on during the second half of the year. Here are just a few of my main [...]

Mia Mischief Wins Humana Distaff with Rapid Mid-Race Move

Mia Mischief winning the Humana Distaff (G1) - Coady Photography Mia Mischief has always shown talent, but on racing’s biggest days she’s had trouble delivering on her potential. But everything changed on Kentucky Derby Day, when Mia Mischief delivered a dominant victory in the $500,000 Humana Distaff (G1) going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs, the first top-level win of her career. Considering the manner in which she prevailed, additional grade 1 wins could well be in her future. Disregarded [...]

How to Bet the Test Stakes

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography What do you do when four of the top contenders in a given race seem certain to engage in an all-out battle for the lead, but you don’t really care for the chances of their late-running rivals? That’s the question I’m faced with when handicapping Saturday’s $500,000 Longines Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies has attracted nine starters, and four [...]

Potential Star Amy’s Challenge Returns in Dixie Belle Stakes

Amy's Challenge winning the Shakopee Juvenile Stakes - Coady Photography Although it’s not a graded stakes, the $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes on January 20th at Oaklawn Park is a race that I’m very excited to watch. The six-furlong sprint has attracted a small but very talented field of seven three-year-old fillies, including a potential star that I’ve been waiting months to see in action: #6 Amy’s Challenge. Trained by McLean Robertson, the daughter of Artie Schiller was brilliant while [...]

Juveniles take center stage at Churchill Downs

Mia Mischief wins her maiden impressively at Keeneland Oct. 8. Photo: Coady Photography.   Thoroughbred racing’s immediate future – and some probable future Kentucky Derby contenders – head to Churchill Downs Oct. 29 for a day of galloping devoted to 2-year-olds. Eleven races are on the card, and all are for juveniles only. The Street Sense Stakes heads the card, but there are three other important races: the Rags to Riches Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, and two $200,000 [...]