Why I’m Betting Santa Monica in the E.P. Taylor Stakes

Santa Monica winning the Dance Smartly Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) There’s seemingly something for everyone in Saturday’s $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, a 1 ¼-mile turf event that is shaping up to be one of the best betting races of the weekend. There are several European shippers… a talented local runner... a couple of three-year-olds… and three contenders trained by Chad Brown, who has surprisingly never won the E.P. Taylor Stakes. [...]

Proctor’s Ledge Worth Playing in Diana Stakes

Saratoga (Horsephotos.com) Saturday’s $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga is a race that truly deserves its Grade 1 status. Three of the seven starters have won at this level already, and three more have prevailed multiple times at the Grade 2/Grade 3 level. Not surprisingly, the three Grade 1 winners are conditioned by the two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown, renowned for his success with female grass horses. His trio is led by #6 A Raving Beauty, [...]

Speed Makes Lull Dangerous in Just a Game Stakes

Lull winning the Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita - © BENOIT PHOTO She won’t be the most popular choice in the wagering, but I have the feeling that #4 Lull might get out in front and forget to stop in Saturday’s $700,000 Just a Game Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. When this talented daughter of War Front gets out near the lead through fast fractions, she can be almost impossible to run down. Just [...]

New Money Honey faces worthy European challenge

Punters will need to assess the form of the European 3-year-old fillies against that of North America when handicapping the 1 1/8-mile Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 14. The American division, headed by New Money Honey, face two European-trained runners – one of which has strong form against the best on that continent. Wuheida, from the stable of Charlie Appleby, hasn’t won since the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) last year. But in four group one races [...]