Royal Ascot spot plays: Sands of Mali in the Diamond Jubilee

Royal Procession. Queen Elizabeth the Second arriving at Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com It’s been a fun run, but the five-day Royal Ascot meet wraps up Saturday with one last stakes-filled card, highlighted by the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1). To celebrate the final day of racing, let’s examine the three group races on the agenda and try to end the meet on a winning note. Race 2: Jersey Stakes (G3) #13 Space Blues has yet to compete [...]

How to Bet the Commonwealth Cup

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com With only three previous renewals, Friday’s Commonwealth Cup (Eng-I) is one of the newest stakes races held at Royal Ascot each summer, but the six-furlong event has already earned a reputation as an exciting race that provides a stage on which future star sprinters can shine. An impressive 22 horses have been entered in this year’s Commonwealth Cup, so bettors will have plenty of promising horses to choose from. Trainer Aidan O’Brien [...]

Juvenile Turf a wide-open contest

Untamed Domain beats Hemp Hemp Hurray (obscured) in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Photo: Michael Burns   If you correctly pick the trifecta or superfecta for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, chances are you’ll get a very good payout. You’ll probably get good money just for the winner, for that matter, if the morning line is at all accurate. A very even 14-horse field is entered for the one-mile event, and the morning-line has eight of them at [...]