Royal Ascot spot plays for a magical day of racing Wednesday

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The second day of racing at Royal Ascot brings the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1), arguably the most anticipated race of the meet, thanks to its high-quality international field. Three other group stakes races support the Prince of Wales’s, with the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2) for fillies and mares my main interest from a handicapping [...]

Poet’s Word Rallies to Victory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

By winning the King George, Poet's Word has earned a "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 Gallant? Determined? Unwavering? Pick any similar adjective and you’ll have a word that roughly describes the relentless late rally turned in by Poet’s Word to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) on Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Even knowing the outcome, it [...]

Cracksman Seeks Redemption in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The talented Cracksman is looking to bounce back from a surprising defeat at Royal Ascot last month - Photo by Isn’t it funny how fast things can change in the sport of horse racing? Barely more than a month ago, Cracksman was the toast of Europe’s racing scene, a three-time Group 1 winner viewed as a budding superstar and a nearly unbeatable force for trainer John Gosden. Now, he’s just the third choice in an eight-horse field [...]

How to Bet the Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Hawkbill winning the Dubai Sheema Classic - Coady Photography In handicapping Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Eng-I) on the second day of Royal Ascot, the key question to consider is simple—is  #2 Cracksman vulnerable to an upset? Trained by John Gosden, the brilliant son of Frankel has won his last five starts—all at the Group 1 or Group 2 level—with varying degrees of authority. In fact, he reached the pinnacle of his career with a tremendous seven-length win [...]

Breeders Cup: Who’s Aidan O’Brien Bringing to Del Mar?

Like he does every year, Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O'Brien should send a few top horses to this year's Breeders' Cup. O'Brien is no stranger to the winner's circle. He might be the most successful international trainer to ever live. As always, O'Brien's going to have a competitive contingent running for Ballydoyle during the 2017 Breeders' Cup Festival.     Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf:  Alice Springs, Hydrangea Hydrangea There's a chance Hydrangea runs in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes on [...]