Bessarabian Stakes Offers Rematch of Ontario Fashion Stakes Rivals

Moonlit Promise winning the 2018 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) If the field for Sunday’s $175,000 Bessarabian Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine seems a bit familiar, that’s because the seven-furlong all-weather sprint is essentially a rematch of last month’s Ontario Fashion Stakes (gr. III) over the same track. The top four finishers from the Ontario Fashion—Silent Sonet, Jessica Krupnick, Moonlit Promise, and Code Warrior—are set to face off again, along with the sixth-place finisher [...]

Why I’m Betting Moonlit Promise in the Ontario Fashion Stakes

Moonlit Promise winning the 2018 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) Generally speaking, 2018 has been a pretty tough year for #1 Moonlit Promise, who will be among the favorites in Sunday’s $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (gr. III) at Woodbine. The daughter of Malibu Moon started her career with such promise, winning six of her first nine starts over the synthetic track at Woodbine, a streak that included three straight stakes victories at the end [...]

Jordan’s Henny No Secret in Inside Information Stakes

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) Two months ago, a four-year-old filly named Jordan’s Henny shocked the racing world with a 59-1 upset in the Hurricane Bertie Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Suffice to say, the secret is out now and Jordan’s Henny won’t be anywhere near that price when she lines up to contest Saturday’s $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream. Held at the same seven-furlong distance as the Hurricane Bertie, the Inside Information has attracted [...]

Looking for Longshots on the Pegasus World Cup Undercard

Apple Betty winning the Dowager Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland - Keeneland/Coady Photography The $16 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) is obviously the highlight of the Saturday card at Gulfstream Park, but four other graded stakes races are scheduled to be run as well. Here are some of my handicapping thoughts on each race…. Race 3: La Prevoyante Stakes (gr. III) In this small field, it’s hard to look past #7 Apple Betty, a 1 ½-mile specialist [...]

Graded races around North America this weekend

Pink Lloyd wins the 2017 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine. Pic: Michael Burns Photography. Churchill Downs and Del Mar take center stage in racing this Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s no shortage of top quality racing around North America for players to look at. Graded races will be held at Aqueduct, Golden Gate, Hawthorne, and Woodbine, each including some of the better horses that have raced in 2017. Two graded stakes are run at Woodbine in Canada this weekend, and [...]

Stormy Victoria takes on top Canadian sprinting females

Moonlit Promise wins the Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine. Michael Burns. American raider Stormy Victoria will be seeking her first stakes victory when she takes on some of Canada’s best sprinting fillies and mares in the Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3) at Woodbine Oct. 28. A French import, Stormy Victoria began her North American career at the beginning of last year and has won three allowance races. She’s run some great races at stakes level, with a second-place [...]