Vasilika, Cambodia Meet Again in Rodeo Drive Stakes

Vasilika winning the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Every year, the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita serves as the West Coast’s major prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I), and this year is no exception, with the 1 ¼-mile race pitting some of the best female turf horses in California against each other in a battle for supremacy. With a “Win [...]

Champagne Room favored in Bayakoa Handicap

Champagne Room wins the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Pic: Skip Dickstein. Sixth in a high-quality edition of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), Champagne Room is seeking some compensation in the 1 1/16-mile Bayakoa Handicap (G2) at Los Alamitos Dec. 3. Champagne Room won the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly last year after taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), but she has had an abbreviated 2017. Third in the Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) behind Unique Bella [...]

Responsibleforlove set for Red Carpet

Evo Campo wins the 2017 Santa Barbara Stakes; Pic: Benoit Photo. Third at grade one level on her last racecourse outing, Responsibleforlove should appreciate the drop in class when she contests the 1 3/8-mile Red Carpet Handicap (G3) on the Del Mar turf Nov. 23. Responsibleforlove was less than a length behind the winner Avenge in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Sept. 30, after not getting much luck hemmed in on the fence. With gate [...]

Lady Eli seeks sweet swan song in Filly and Mare Turf

Lady Eli wins the Ballston Spa stakes easily. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel. Europeans are often well backed in Breeders’ Cup races on turf, but if you like any of the raiders this year in the Filly & Mare Turf, you may get a good price. The market for the 1 1/8-mile contest is dominated by Lady Eli, who is rated a 5-2 chance on the morning line in what's expected to be her final race. She’s been beaten [...]

Brown pair head Athenia Stakes field

Off Limits wins the Noble Damsel Stakes at Belmont Park Sept. 23. Photo: Coglianese Photos.   Chad Brown’s runners are always tough to beat in turf races for fillies and mares, and the 1 1/16-mile Athenia Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 looks to be no exception. Brown trains three of the 12 entries, including the morning-line favorite Off Limits and second favorite Elysea’s World. Off Limits has raced four times in 2017 for three victories. She [...]

Handicapping Big Breeders’ Cup Preview Day Saturday at Santa Anita

Cupid wins the Harry F Brubaker Stakes (Benoit Photo) Santa Anita Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 Breeders’ Cup preview days don’t get much bigger than at Santa Anita Sept. 30. Five grade one races are being staged at the Southern California track, and all carry direct entry into the relevant Breeders’ Cup contest for the winners. Perhaps the most even contest is the Awesome Again Stakes, run at 1 1/8 miles, which carries direct entry into [...]

Best Division Could be the Female Turf

2015 was American Pharoah's year. There's no doubt that the Triple Crown and Breeders Cup Classic winner garnered the public's attention in an unbelievable way. 2016 figures to be back to horse racing business. The Triple Crown is great. It's the one event along with the Breeders Cup that people other than horse racing fans pay attention to every year. But horse racing is a day to day endeavor for horseplayers. That reality, the horseplayers' reality, got me thinking about [...]

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