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 [...]

Mor Spirit the one to beat in Dirt Mile

  Mor Spirit is the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. There’s plenty of class on offer in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but one prep race stands out when trying to work out who might win. Facing a field including two of his Dirt Mile opponents, Mor Spirit romped away with the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park June 10. He was 6-1/4 lengths in front of runner-up Sharp Azteca, with Tommy Macho third [...]

Kentucky Derby 6 Through 10 in Point Standings

In my last blog I profiled the likely 2016 Kentucky Derby starters in point standings from 1 through 5. In this blog, I profile horses 6 through 10. Through these profiles I'm handicapping the Derby. From my perspective, there is plenty of information out there to get your handicapping done early. The Kentucky Derby is like no other race of the year in the sense that it's not only the hardest race in which to handicap, but it could also [...]

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings

What a bummer the 2016 Florida Derby turned out to be. It wasn't a bummer for everybody. The connections of Nyquist certainly didn't think it was a bummer after they took down a cool $1 million for winning the Florida Derby as a Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale Graduate. That bumped up Nyquist's earnings to a gargantuan $3,322,600. Nyquist will be the richest horse to ever start in the Kentucky Derby. But he's not at the top of my rankings. Mohaymen doesn't [...]

Kentucky Derby Will Miss One True Star

Were about 8 weeks out from the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Forgive me, but I'm just not all that excited about this year's Kentucky Derby as I have been in year's past. The reason why is because the absolute best three-year-old that I've seen run in years, that I've seen that's maybe better than American Pharoah, won't run in this year's Kentucky Derby. Jerry Hollendorfer has already stated that he won't run Songbird in the Kentucky Derby. Based on what I've [...]