Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff Top 10 – 7/9/18

Abel Tasman winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography In recent years, we’ve been treated to some truly memorable renewals of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), and the 2018 edition at Churchill Downs is shaping up to be yet another terrific race. With a prospective field that’s packed with champions, Grade 1 winners, and intriguing up-and-comers, the Distaff should be among the highlights of this year’s Breeders’ Cup. Here’s how I rank the top contenders…. [...]

How to Bet the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Stakes Daily Double

The biggest racing weekend of the year in Maryland is upon us and that means the Grade 2 $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday followed by the Grade 1 $1.5 million dollar Preakness Stakes on Saturday afternoon. In addition to all of the wagering opportunities available daily at Pimlico Race Course, there is a multi-day Daily Double featuring each day’s main event. Here are my thoughts on the two big races: Race 11, Friday, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes The mile and an [...]

Keying Sara Street in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

My Miss Lilly (#6) edging Sara Street (dark blue silks) in the Gazelle Stakes - Photo by Viola Jasko/Adam Coglianese Photography Not to rain on the parade, but it sounds like there will literally be rain on the post parade for Friday’s $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Racecourse. Only one of the ten fillies entered in the nine-furlong event has ever won a graded stakes races, and only one other has placed at that level, [...]