Basin charges clear to win 2019 Hopeful Stakes

No one is comparing Basin to Affirmed just yet, but the Steve Asmussen-trained colt has made a positive impression in his first three starts, and his dominant triumph in the 2019 Hopeful Stakes (G1) suggests he might be on the verge of a very productive racing career.

History points away from proven stars in 2019 Hopeful Stakes

By Your Side winning the Sanford Stakes (G3) - Photo by Coglianese Photography/NYRA Technically speaking, the Sanford Stakes (G3) and Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) at Saratoga were designed to be local springboards toward the $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful Stakes (G1), the track's feature race on Labor Day. But when was the last time a Hopeful winner actually prepped in the Sanford or the Saratoga Special? You have to go all the way back to Vineyard Haven, who utilized a [...]

Keying a 6-1 shot in the 2019 Spinaway Stakes

#6 Risky Mischief might not be the fastest filly on paper in Sunday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but I believe this daughter of Into Mischief might be better than she appears at first glance. Although Risky Mischief’s debut victory on July 31 at Saratoga didn’t yield big speed figures (67 Beyer and 82 Brisnet), she made a terrific visual impression. Facing nine New York-bred rivals in a six-furlong sprint, Risky Mischief broke slowly from the rail before rushing [...]

How to bet the exotics in the 2019 Prioress Stakes

Break Even winning the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography On paper, Saturday’s $250,000 Prioress Stakes (G2) at Saratoga is shaping up to be a race between two just competitors—#3 Break Even and the clock. That’s how dominant Break Even appears to be in this six-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies. Trained by Brad Cox, the daughter of Country Day has gone undefeated in six starts, repeatedly using her blazing speed to sprint her rivals off their feet. With [...]

Why I’m betting Tom’s d’Etat in the Woodward Stakes

Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although #9 Tom’s d’Etat has never won a graded stakes race of any kind, he may have found the perfect spot to nab a signature Grade 1 victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1), the feature race on the final Saturday of the 2019 Saratoga meet. Tom’s d’Etat has long shown flashes of significant talent, and he’s knocked heads with some serious racehorses this year, most [...]

Chad Brown holds strong hand in Glens Fall Stakes

There isn’t much speed entered in Saturday’s $250,000 Glens Falls Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, which could be the ticket to success for #8 Night of England.

5 runners hindered by the slow rail on Travers Day

While the the Travers Day equine exploits have received plenty of press, significant focus has been placed on the way Saratoga’s main track played during the busy afternoon.