2018-19 Road to the Kentucky Derby Year-End Review

The field rounds the first turn of the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography With the running of the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun in Japan on December 19th, the final Kentucky Derby prep race of 2018 entered the history books, giving us an opportunity to look back on the season before the calendar turns over and we continue headlong toward the 2019 Derby. During the course of the primary Road to the Kentucky [...]

Juvenile Turf a wide-open contest

Untamed Domain beats Hemp Hemp Hurray (obscured) in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Photo: Michael Burns   If you correctly pick the trifecta or superfecta for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, chances are you’ll get a very good payout. You’ll probably get good money just for the winner, for that matter, if the morning line is at all accurate. A very even 14-horse field is entered for the one-mile event, and the morning-line has eight of them at [...]

Happily, Rushing Fall head Juvenile Fillies Turf

Rushing Fall earns favoritism for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by winning the Jessamine Stakes. Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography   A full field of 14 lines up in the first Breeders’ Cup race at Del Mar, the one-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, but it already looks like it’s about unbeaten U.S. filly Rushing Fall against Irish maestro Aidan O’Brien’s pair Happily and September. Rushing Fall is the 7-2 morning-line favorite after a highly impressive victory in the Jessamine [...]