Speed Makes Lull Dangerous in Just a Game Stakes

Lull winning the Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita - © BENOIT PHOTO She won’t be the most popular choice in the wagering, but I have the feeling that #4 Lull might get out in front and forget to stop in Saturday’s $700,000 Just a Game Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. When this talented daughter of War Front gets out near the lead through fast fractions, she can be almost impossible to run down. Just [...]

Evaluating shippers coming into Southern California

Assessing the chances of horses shipping into the west coast from out of town can often be the difference between a big score and a losing day in Southern California. Whether it be Arizona based horses shipping in for low level claiming events or East Coast based stars flying in for a graded stakes race, having a method for analyzing these “out of towners” chances of winning races is extremely important. Here are a few questions I ask myself each [...]

Three graded stakes events headline a solid late Pick 4 sequence on Tampa Bay Derby Day

After a massive Saturday of racing last weekend at Gulfstream Park, things heat up on Florida’s west coast this weekend with the running of the Grade 2 $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby. The mile and a sixteenth event over the main track is one of three Kentucky Derby prep races held in North America this Saturday that reward 50 qualifying points to the victor and marks the eleventh race on Tampa’s twelve race card. A late Pick 4 sequence that includes [...]

Cambodia seeks first grade one in Matriarch

Cambodia wins the 2017 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. Pic: Benoit Photo. Third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, leading mare Cambodia is out for her first grade one victory in the Matriarch Stakes (G1) at Del Mar Nov. 26. Cambodia has improved throughout her 5-year-old season, winning the Gallorette Stakes (G3), finishing third in the Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes (G3), and then coming out on top in the Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) and [...]

Brown pair head Athenia Stakes field

Off Limits wins the Noble Damsel Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 23. Photo: Coglianese Photos.   Chad Brown’s runners are always tough to beat in turf races for fillies and mares, and the 1 1/16-mile Athenia Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 looks to be no exception. Brown trains three of the 12 entries, including the morning-line favorite Off Limits and second favorite Elysea’s World. Off Limits has raced four times in 2017 for three victories. She [...]