Eskimo Kisses, Blue Prize Among Big Names in Keeneland’s Spinster Stakes

Blue Prize winning the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) - Coady Photography There’s a good chance that when the dust settles after Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, a new Grade 1 winner will have been crowned. The 1 1/8-mile race has attracted a deep, competitive field of eleven fillies and mares—all vying for the winner’s share of the purse plus a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I)—but [...]

How to Bet the Ogden Phipps Stakes

Abel Tasman winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography On paper, the key to handicapping Saturday’s $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park might be determining whether #6 Abel Tasman is ready to rebound from a sub-par showing in her most recent start. Certainly Abel Tasman is by far the most accomplished filly in the Ogden Phipps field. Trained by Bob Baffert, the daughter of Quality Road won three Grade 1 races in 2017, [...]

Quality Field Assembles for Ruffian Stakes

Highway Star winning the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) - NYRA/Coglianese Photography The field for Sunday’s $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park might be small, but it’s certainly not lacking in quality. Five of the six fillies and mares entered in the one-mile event are graded stakes winners, including Unchained Melody, who could be among the favorites. The four-year-old daughter of Smart Strike opened her career with three wins from four starts last season, including an [...]

Champagne Room favored in Bayakoa Handicap

Champagne Room wins the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Pic: Skip Dickstein. Sixth in a high-quality edition of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), Champagne Room is seeking some compensation in the 1 1/16-mile Bayakoa Handicap (G2) at Los Alamitos Dec. 3. Champagne Room won the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly last year after taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), but she has had an abbreviated 2017. Third in the Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) behind Unique Bella [...]