Exacta box of the week: Arlington Million, August 10

These four horses will be valuable against a potentially vulnerable favorite in the Arlington Million on Saturday.

How to play the Arlington Million Pick 4

The all-stakes Pick 4 at Arlington, which features three grade 1 events, will be in the spotlight Saturday.

Bricks and Mortar stands out in 2019 Arlington Million

A leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors will take center stage in Saturday’s $1 million Arlington Million (G1) at Arlington Park.

How to play the all-stakes Pick 4 on Belmont Stakes Day

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Belmont Stakes Day Pick 4 There will be no shortage of wagering options on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park, but one of the most appealing bets is the Pick 4 that kicks off in Race 8. The all-stakes sequence has a guaranteed pool of $1.5 million, so with the right combination of longshot winners, the potential exists for a huge [...]

How to bet the 2019 Manhattan Stakes

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Trainer Chad Brown seems to be throwing the kitchen sink at Saturday’s $1 million Manhattan Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, where he's entered four graded stakes winners in a quest to extend his domination of the 1 1/4-mile race. The Manhattan is one of eight grade 1 races scheduled to be run at Belmont on Belmont Stakes Day, and Brown will be tough to beat. [...]

Grass Championships Wide-Open at the 2018 Eclipse Awards

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography When Eclipse Award voters fill out their ballots at the end of the year, they will be faced with several challenging decisions, and while the battle for Horse of the Year is receiving most of the attention, the showdowns to determine the 2018 champion turf horses figure to be just as contested. There certainly won’t be a unanimous choice for Champion Grass Male or Champion Grass Female, [...]

Four Weeks Out: Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Top 10 Rankings

Promises Fulfilled edges Whitmore in a thrilling renewal of the Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo With the vast majority of the Breeders’ Cup prep races having been completed, now is the perfect time to start mulling over the top contenders for each race and shaping our early opinions of who might win and who might be vulnerable to defeat. Over the last several months, I’ve been posting lists of my top ten contenders for various Breeders’ [...]

Why I’m Betting Robert Bruce in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography There are plenty of talented horses entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park—five Grade 1 winners, a Canadian classic winner, a Grade 1-placed runner, and a European invader. Still, I find it hard to look past the once-beaten Chilean-bred sensation #1 Robert Bruce, who figures to be the clear favorite in this 1 ½-mile “Win and You’re In” prep [...]

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 [...]

Robert Bruce Showcases Terrific Acceleration in Arlington Million

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography With just one furlong left to run, victory appeared to be out of the question. There was Robert Bruce, the Chilean-bred sensation, with just one horse beaten and seven horses left to pass in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park. Five lengths separated him from the leader, and to make matters even more challenging, his Grade 1-winning stablemate Almanaar was much closer [...]