Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff top 5: Elate takes over

Elate winning the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) - Coady Photography As we head into summer, the top contenders for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) are beginning to build their credentials for the championship showdown at Santa Anita. Elate has re-emerged as one of the favorites, following an impressive victory in the Delaware Handicap (G2), Midnight Bisou has continued her winning ways with a triumph in the Ogden Phipps (G1) and the 3-year-old Guarana has burst onto [...]

Breeders’ Cup Mile top 5: International flair

One Master training at Churchill Downs - © John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) annually ranks among the most competitive races at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The one-mile grass event typically attracts a strong field of North American representatives and a high-class contingent of international challengers. The 2019 Mile figures to be no exception, and in attempting to compile a ranking of the top five contenders, I’ve scoured the globe in search of [...]

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: A new name at the top

Preservationist winning the Suburban Stakes (G2) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher When was the last time we were four months out from the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and the division lacked anything resembling a clear-cut group of top contenders? This year’s Classic division is among the most wide-open in recent memory, thanks to an inconclusive Triple Crown season and a lack of standout older males. The Classic contenders have not been running particularly fast on the Beyer speed [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf top 10

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup Just how many high-class turf mares does trainer Chad Brown have in his stable? In my opinion Brown trains six of the top 10 contenders for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita Park. When was the last time a single trainer conditioned half a dozen serious contenders for one Breeders’ Cup race? [...]

Breeders’ Cup Sprint top 5: Roy H seeks a three-peat

Roy H winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Typically one of the most competitive races at the annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), a six-furlong test of speed and talent. The 2019 Sprint should be no exception. There’s no shortage of top-class sprinters currently targeting the Nov. 2 race at Santa Anita Park, including runners with previous experience in the Breeders’ Cup. Who [...]

BARN Podcast 6/18/19

We finish our look back at the weekend and welcome in trainer Dallas Stewart to talk about his big victory with Seeking the Soul in the Stephen Foster. We also bring back the "Meet the Tweeter" segment and welcome in Mike McEntire ( @gorgonzola44 ) to chat.

BARN Podcast 6/14/19

It's Friday and we're looking ahead to weekend action from all over including the Poker Stakes from Belmont, the Affirmed at Santa Anita, the Trillium from Woodbine and more! Then the BARN Jury comes in to discuss which 3 year-old runners they think will be stars in the second half of the year.

Breeders’ Cup Classic top 10: Thunder Snow impresses in defeat

Thunder Snow winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup (G1) - Coady Photography A busy Saturday of racing at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day saw a handful of contenders for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) enhance their résumés. Others faltered under the bright lights and will have to rebound this summer. No clear favorite has emerged for the 1 1/4-mile race Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes [...]

Bolo springs 32-1 upset in Shoemaker Mile

Bolo winning the Shoemaker Mile (G1) - © Benoit Photo Bolo has always shown talent, but now we can add durability and resilience to his list of desirable traits. How many horses can take two years away from competition, return at the age of 7 and parlay a single prep run into a grade 1 victory? Bolo used his frontrunning speed to dominate the $500,000 Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, a victory that [...]