Should You Bet Horses Returning on Short Rest?

Ria Antonia winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) - Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Pat McDonogh 2013 Although there has been a tendency in recent years for trainers to give their horses more and more time between races, there are some trainers still willing to run their horses back in a week or less, and when you can identify a trainer who’s skilled with this move, opportunities can abound for nice betting scores. One such trainer is [...]

Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Cairo Cat

Cairo Cat (left) rallies to defeat Tight Ten in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby dreams can begin anywhere, anytime. If not for a rainy day at Saratoga, it’s very possible that Cairo Cat would never have emerged as the early leader on the list of qualifiers for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Suffice to say, Cairo Cat has come a long way since his debut on July 21st at Saratoga, when he [...]

Game Winner vs. Mind Control: Who’s More Likely to Win the Kentucky Derby?

Mind Control winning the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Adam Coglianese Photography On Labor Day, the summer race meets at Del Mar and Saratoga came to a climax with the running of the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) and the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), the first two Grade 1 events of the year for two-year-old males. As a result, Game Winner (who prevailed in the Del Mar Futurity) and Mind Control (a determined winner [...]

Mind Control Posts Upset Victory in Hopeful Stakes

Mind Control winning the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Adam Coglianese Photography Saturday’s $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga was supposed to be a showdown between the impressive Saratoga maiden winners Mucho and Nitrous—or at least, that’s how bettors perceived the race. But apparently, no one made sure Mind Control had a copy of the script, since the son of Stay Thirsty paid no heed to pre-race predictions and stole the race at [...]

From Last to First, Sippican Harbor Wins the Spinaway

Sippican Harbor winning the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography It might seem like a difficult task to rally from last-to-first in the final three furlongs of a seven-furlong sprint, but Sippican Harbor certainly made the task look easy enough in Saturday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The first Grade 1 of the year for two-year-olds attracted eleven starters, but not even a large field and a wide trip could stop Sippican [...]

Yoshida Tries Dirt, Rallies to Victory in Woodward Stakes

Yoshida winning the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography One week after Catholic Boy made a successful turf-to-dirt switch to win the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, the talented Yoshida parlayed an identical surface shakeup into an authoritative victory in Saratoga’s $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I). Yoshida’s resounding success was not really expected, but neither was it a major surprise. As a Japanese-bred son of the Arima Kinen Grand Prix [...]

Del Mar and Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Grade 1s Close Out the Meets

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Although we’re nearing the conclusions of the 2018 summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga, there’s still plenty of top-notch juvenile racing still to come. In fact, the meets are going to end with a bang in that respect! Saturday will see fillies take the stage in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) at Del Mar and the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at [...]