Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff Top 10: Setbacks for the Favorites

Monomoy Girl winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography The disqualification of Monomoy Girl. The no-show effort from Abel Tasman. The season-ending injury to Elate. Suffice to say, the top contenders for the November 3rd Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Churchill Downs have had some setbacks in recent weeks, with the loss of Elate from the prospective field being a particularly unfortunate blow. But from a betting perspective, at least the race is shaping up to [...]

Keying Midnight Bisou in the Alabama Stakes

Midnight Bisou winning the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita - © BENOIT PHOTO It’s easy to assume that the 1 ¼-mile distance of Saturday’s $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga could lead to surprising results. After all, three-year-fillies rarely contest such a lengthy distance, so it makes sense that the unfamiliar territory offered by that tenth, testing furlong could produce some surprising results. But the reality has been quite the opposite—in recent years, the [...]

Monomoy Girl Stands Out in Rachel Alexandra Stakes

Monomoy Girl winning the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Fair Grounds is a pretty important stop on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. The 8.5-furlong event is the first Kentucky Oaks prep race to offer 50 qualification points to the winner, and in all likelihood those 50 points will go to #8 Monomoy Girl, who looks tough to beat as the clear 8-5 [...]