Spot plays for Natalma Stakes, Summer Stakes at Woodbine

Turf racing at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) A big weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races at Woodbine continues Sunday, with the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G1) and the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (G1). These one-mile grass events for juveniles offer “Win and You’re In” qualifying berths to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), respectively. Two competitive fields are the result. Let’s add our own rooting interests to the action with a couple [...]

La Pelosa Ships In, Runs Away With Natalma Stakes

La Pelosa winning the Natalma Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) La Pelosa has talent—that much has been clear since she won her debut back in May. And following a series of frustrating defeats in Great Britain, Godolphin Racing and trainer Charlie Appleby pulled off a major coup when they shipped La Pelosa to contest the Natalma Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine and came away with a top-level prize. Not even breaking from post eleven in [...]

My Gal Betty Seeks Fourth Straight Win in Natalma Stakes

My Gal Betty winning the Catch a Glimpse Stakes (Michael Burns Photo) If you think that Sunday’s Summer Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine is shaping up to be a competitive race, just wait until you see the entries for the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (gr. I) earlier on the card! The one-mile “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) proved so popular among horsemen that fifteen fillies were entered, requiring [...]

Huge Weekend of Racing Set for September 15-16 at Woodbine

Divisidero winning the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography On the weekend of September 15-16, the attention of the racing world will turn to Woodbine in Canada, where a top-class series of eight stakes races worth nearly $2.2 million will take center stage. Among the highlights of this action-packed weekend are three official prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Kicking off the slate is the $800,000 Woodbine Mile [...]

Analyzing a Competitive Renewal of the Ginger Brew Stakes

Malibu Saint winning the Wait a While Stakes - Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photography One of the most competitive races on the stakes-packed January 6th card at Gulfstream Park is the $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes for three-year-old fillies. The 7 ½-furlong turf race has attracted ten starters without an obvious favorite, making it an excellent betting race. The most accomplished horse in the field is #6 Malibu Saint, who enters off a victory in the one-mile Wait a While [...]

Happily, Rushing Fall head Juvenile Fillies Turf

Rushing Fall earns favoritism for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by winning the Jessamine Stakes. Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography   A full field of 14 lines up in the first Breeders’ Cup race at Del Mar, the one-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, but it already looks like it’s about unbeaten U.S. filly Rushing Fall against Irish maestro Aidan O’Brien’s pair Happily and September. Rushing Fall is the 7-2 morning-line favorite after a highly impressive victory in the Jessamine [...]