McPeek filly to follow winning formula in Pocahontas Stakes

You can take your pick of fillies who recorded maiden victories on dirt at Saratoga, Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, Colonial Downs, Ellis Park or Indiana Grand, but I’m going to play outside the box and favor #6 Morning Gold, whose maiden victory came on grass at Saratoga.

Serengeti Empress Scores Breathtaking Victory in Pocahontas Stakes

Serengeti Empress winning the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Perhaps it’s too early in the season to declare any two-year-old filly to be a superstar in the making. Perhaps it would be better to reserve judgment and let a few more major races unfold before we crown the division champion. But my goodness, what kind of a performance did we witness from Serengeti Empress in Saturday’s $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill [...]

Why I’m Betting Serengeti Empress in the Pocahontas Stakes

Serengeti Empress winning the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography It’s a simple question—will anyone defeat #1 Serengeti Empress in Saturday’s $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs? In my opinion, the answer is pretty simple as well—no. No one will defeat Serengeti Empress. Okay, maybe that statement is a little bit bold, but consider it a concise way of stating that I really like the chances of Serengeti Empress in the Pocahontas Stakes, which serves [...]

Breeders’ Cup Among Highlights of September and Fall Meets at Churchill Downs

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Starting this Friday and continuing through the end of November, Churchill Downs racetrack—home of the Kentucky Derby—will host a pair of race meets that will showcase some of the most accomplished older horses and the most promising young runners in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The first meet, scheduled for September 14th through September 30th, will offer eight stakes races (five of them graded) that could serve as springboards to [...]

Take Charge Paula, Fly So High Face Off in Davona Dale Stakes

Take Charge Paula winning the House Party Stakes at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography The Road to the Kentucky Oaks continues on March 3rd with the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, a one-mile race that attracted eight promising young fillies. By far the most accomplished entrant is Take Charge Paula, who has already won four stakes races from just seven starts. The daughter of Take Charge Indy is also 2-for-2 at Gulfstream [...]

Unbeaten Monomoy Girl heads Golden Rod Stakes

Monomoy Girl wins the Rags to Riches Stakes. Pic: Coady Photography. Monomoy Girl attempts to extend her unbeaten record to four, and enhance her Kentucky Oaks credentials, when she contests the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs Nov. 25. The Tapizar filly has won all three of her starts comfortably, and at her biggest test, the one-mile Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs Oct. 29, she won by 6 ½ lengths. Trained by Brian Cox, Monomoy [...]

Solid challenge awaits Daddys Lil Darling

Pin Oak Valley View Stakes winner Lovely Bernadette seeks another graded triumph in the Mrs. Revere Stakes. Pic: Keeneland/Coady Photography. After a busy, varied, and at times frustrating year, Daddys Lil Darling is once again seeking her first graded stakes triumph as a 3-year-old. The Scat Daddy filly is the likely favorite for the 1 1/16-mile Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, a race which has drawn a good field of 3-year-old turf fillies. Daddys Lil Darling [...]

Return to Sprint Could See Paula Take Charge

A return to a sprint distance could be enough to get Take Charge Paula her first graded success in the six-furlong Matron Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 15. Take Charge Paula (Take Charge Indy) won her first start, at Monmouth Park over five furlongs, by 4 ¼ lengths, leading all the way. She then went into the 5 ½-furlong White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park, where she had plenty in hand after taking part in a speed duel [...]

Intriguing Mix of Runners in Alcibiades Stakes

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Alcibiades Stakes was a turf race rather than a grade one dirt event carrying direct entry to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) judging by the form book of the runners. Of the 10 entries, five last raced on grass, and another, Bet She Wins, last raced on Arlington’s all-weather track. This may explain why the morning-line odds are so tight, with six horses assessed at odds between 7-2 and 6-1. The switch to [...]