How to Bet the Rancho Bernardo Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar

©Benoit Photo The final graded stakes race of the week at Del Mar is the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap. The six-and-a-half-furlong event over the main track drew a compact field of 6 led by last year’s winner #4 Skye Diamonds. The five-year-old mare put forth a pair of triple digit BRIS speed ratings despite finishing third twice in her first two tries of 2018, but has tailed off considerably since then. The Cal-bred flopped big time over [...]

Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

Open look about Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Separationofpowers is too strong in the Frizette Stakes (Coglianese Photos) Successive grade one victories in California have hurled Moonshine Memories into favoritism for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4th, but it’s still a race where the form lines aren’t easy to establish. Moonshine Memories won both the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) in a very professional manner – getting into a stalking position quickly, attacking on the final turn, and extending [...]

Handicapping Big Breeders’ Cup Preview Day Saturday at Santa Anita

Cupid wins the Harry F Brubaker Stakes (Benoit Photo) Santa Anita Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 Breeders’ Cup preview days don’t get much bigger than at Santa Anita Sept. 30. Five grade one races are being staged at the Southern California track, and all carry direct entry into the relevant Breeders’ Cup contest for the winners. Perhaps the most even contest is the Awesome Again Stakes, run at 1 1/8 miles, which carries direct entry into [...]