Year in Review: My Favorite Moment (That Wasn’t a Race)

Oscar Performance winning the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) (Michael Burns Photo) For the most part, the most memorable moments in any given year of horse racing will be individual races that stand out as exciting, brilliant, or competitive. That’s understandable, right? It’s called horse racing, and the races are bound to take center stage. Nevertheless, one of my favorite racing moments of 2018 had nothing to do with an individual race. Instead, it involved hundreds of races throughout [...]

How to Bet the Multi-Day Breeders’ Cup Doubles

Serengeti Empress winning the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography A two-day double wager linking the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) with the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) has been a staple of the Breeders’ Cup wagering menu for nearly a decade, but with changes to the race schedule for 2018, the wager has been replaced with three new multi-day doubles that offer plenty of options and excitement for handicappers. With the Distaff moving to [...]

Looking for Longshots in the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Yoshida winning the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography Unlike the last few years, when a handful of standout runners have made the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) more of a showdown among short-priced favorites than a wide-open betting race, the November 3rd, 2018 edition of the Classic at Churchill Downs is surely among the most puzzling in recent memory. In terms of career-best Beyer speed figures, it’s easy [...]

2018 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries By the Numbers

Boosted by a new race that proved extremely popular at the entry box, a record-breaking 221 horses have been pre-entered for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at on November 2-3 at Churchill Downs. The complete fields were revealed on Wednesday, October 24th, just over a week before the much-anticipated championships will begin. The complete lists of pre-entrants for each race can be viewed on the Breeders’ Cup website. We’ll have lots of handicapping previews coming during the next week, [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: Roaring Lion Takes the Spotlight

West Coast winning the Travers Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel We’re less than two weeks away from the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, and pre-entries for the fourteen championship races are set to be revealed on Wednesday. The Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) is shaping up to be among the most competitive races with an oversubscribed field expected to be entered. Who will claim the winner’s share of the $6,000,000 purse? [...]

Cracksman, Roaring Lion Among Stars on British Champions Day

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The 2018 racing season in Great Britain will reach its climax this Saturday with the eighth-annual British Champions Day at Ascot, a top-class afternoon of racing featuring five prestigious stakes races across a variety of distances and divisions. The day could be especially memorable for trainer John Gosden, who conditions the favorite in four of the five races. Here’s a quick rundown of what to watch for on Saturday…. Race 1: QIPCO [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: Yoshida Enters the Picture

Yoshida winning the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography A lot has changed since I posted my last Top 10 ranking of contenders for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Major races like the Travers Stakes, Woodward Stakes, and Pennsylvania Derby have significantly influenced the landscape of contenders, while a wildly talented European has joined the list of possible starters. So with six weeks to go, here [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 10: Sorting Out the Euros

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography Getting an early start handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) is always a challenge, since European runners tend to have the advantage, but determining which ones might make the trip is easier said than done. That said, with less than seven weeks remaining until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, here’s my preliminary attempt at ranking some of the top contenders, which [...]

Roaring Lion Edges Saxon Warrior Again in Irish Champion Stakes

Following his determined win in the Irish Champion Stakes, Roaring Lion remains under consideration for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill D0wns (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) A neck. Just a neck. That’s seemingly all that separates the talented three-year-olds Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior when they both run their best race, and that was the margin that separated them in a thrilling renewal of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) on Saturday at Leopardstown. [...]

Roaring Lion, Saxon Warrior Meet Again in Irish Champion Stakes

Two months ago at Sandown Racecourse in Great Britain, the talented three-year-olds Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior put on quite a show in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), finishing just a neck apart at the end of the 1 ¼-mile test. That thrilling finish has been among the highlights of a budding rivalry. Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior have squared off on five occasions already, with the latter coming out ahead in their first two meetings before Roaring Lion took command [...]