Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint top 10

Stormy Liberal defeating World of Trouble in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) - Photo by John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup With the recent confirmation that the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita will be conducted over five furlongs in distance, we can finally start formulating opinions on the top contenders for this prestigious year-end race. Previous uncertainty surrounding the distance of the race made it difficult to analyze and rank the top contenders. [...]

World Approval Stands Out in Frank E. Kilroe Mile

World Approval winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) - Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup To put it simply, World Approval is a beast. The six-year-old gelding has long been a tough competitor at the Grade 1 level, even while running as far as 1 ½ miles, but when trainer Mark Casse cut World Approval back in distance to a flat mile last summer, the son of Northern Afleet became a force to reckon with. His decisive victories in [...]

Strong undercards at Del Mar Thanksgiving weekend

Mubtaahij wins the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes. Pic: Benoit Photo. The Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch Stakes are the big races at Del Mar this Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s also four other graded stakes for punters to have a serious look at. The Native Diver Stakes (G2) sees the return of Mubtaahij to the track. Winner of the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) Sept. 30, he found Gun Runner and company too difficult in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) [...]