Lanier Stamps Synthetic Credentials With Hanshin Cup Triumph

Lanier wins the Hanshin Cup at Arlington International (Coady Photo/Arlington) With the sharp decrease in the number of synthetic racetracks in the U.S. over the last decade, there are few high-class options remaining for horses who excel on artificial surfaces. But you can bet Lanier will make the most of those limited opportunities. Just look at how he shredded nine rivals in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) on May 11 at Arlington Park, turning a seemingly competitive [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park

The field rounds the far turn in the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Every year the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park offers a great challenge for handicappers who like large, competitive fields. Held over Arlington’s synthetic Polytrack course, the one-mile race typically attracts an unusual blend of synthetic specialists, tried-and-true turf horses, and daring dirt runners with an eye on snatching an “easy” Grade 3 prize. But winning the Hanshin Cup isn’t as easy [...]

Why I’m Betting Copper Town in the Hal’s Hope Stakes

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) An unusual blend of horses is set to contest Saturday’s $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, and in my opinion, demanding a bit of a price in the wagering could be a wise idea. Three of the nine entrants in this one-mile test are running for the first time since late spring 2018, including the stakes-winning pair of #5 Quip and #9 Prince Lucky, who will be making their first starts [...]