Keeler Johnson’s Post-Breeders’ Cup Santa Anita Spot Plays

Santa Anita - Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 If the Breeders’ Cup has you in the mood for playing the races and you find that you’re not ready to call it quits at the end of the Saturday card, never fear—there’s plenty more memorable racing on Sunday, including a nice card at Santa Anita that features two graded stakes races. After looking over the day’s events, I’ve come up with a few spot plays to consider, [...]

Bellafina Favored in Deep Renewal of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO At some point in the lengthy history of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), there has probably been a better field than the one that has assembled for Friday’s renewal of the race at Churchill Downs. But I’d be hard-pressed to tell you which field that might have been, because quite frankly, the 2018 Juvenile Fillies is shaping up to be [...]

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 [...]

Del Mar 2yos Analysis: Bellafina Impresses, Instagrand Steps Up

Bellafina winning the Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Bellafina didn’t really look like a star in the making when she finished second in her debut at Los Alamitos last month. But boy, she presented an entirely different appearance in the $200,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Del Mar! The Sorrento, an early prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was the top juvenile race [...]

A Pair of Maidens In With Significant Chance in Sunday’s Sorrento at Del Mar

The second of two graded stakes events on tap for Sunday’s card at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes for two-year-old fillies. The 2018 rendition is a challenging one for handicappers as 7 of the 10 fillies entered come in with just one start under their belt. While most horseplayers will lean on horses that won their first race, do not be too quick to eliminate a pair of Kentucky breds that come into the [...]

Daisycutter Handicap Headlines Friday Twilight Card at Del Mar

The Friday feature at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the $75,000 Daisycutter Handicap run at five furlongs over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. This year’s rendition of the Daisycutter drew a competitive group of 9 led by 2-1-morning line favorite #6 Okinawa. The connections of this daughter of The Factor have had a lot of success bringing horses in from out of town, including a win in the 2016 Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap with Free Rose. This four-year-old [...]

Baffert, O’Neill Loaded With 2yos for the Del Mar Meet

2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is among many recent stars to have raced at Del Mar as a two-year-old. © Breeders' Cup/Tyger Williams 2015 What’s your favorite aspect of the upcoming summer meet at Del Mar? There’s a lot to like about the prestigious seven-week meet, including the action-packed stakes schedule and the top-notch turf racing. But what gets me the most excited—and I’m sure many will agree—is the excellent program of races for two-year-olds. Over the last [...]

Saturday Late Pick 4 Analysis at Los Alamitos

Tomorrow marks the first of three Saturday afternoon cards at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California before the Southern California circuit heads south to Del Mar. The 9-race slate does not include graded stakes action like the next two Saturday cards will with the Grade 2 Great Lady M on July 7th and the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby on July 14th, but it does offer some solid wagering opportunities. Amongst them is the always-popular late Pick 4. Here [...]

How to Bet the San Vicente Stakes

Saturday’s action at Santa Anita Park features three graded stakes events starting in Race 4 with the Grade 2 Santa Maria featuring Unique Bella and concluding in Race 6 with the Grade 2 San Vicente for three-year-olds. The San Vicente does not reward the top finishers with qualifying points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard, but has been used as a springboard onto bigger and better things by the likes of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner [...]