Breeders’ Cup Turf top 5: An American at the top

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography European shippers have dominated the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), so much so that 17 of the last 20 winners were trained overseas. But once in a while a high-class U.S. runner comes along and successfully defends their home turf. Could we see an American winner in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf? The field remains very much in flux with [...]

Which Royal Ascot runners could compete in the Breeders’ Cup?

Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The five-day Royal Ascot meet showcased Thoroughbred racing on an international stage and produced plenty of standout performances from established and rising stars. With luck a few of the big-name runners will make their way to Santa Anita Park in November for the Breeders’ Cup. Who could we see make the trip? Here are four Royal Ascot competitors who seem possible to target the greatest two days in American racing. Bangkok The 3-year-old [...]

Royal Ascot spot plays for a magical day of racing Wednesday

Magical (purple cap) battles with Enable (pink cap) in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) - © Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup The second day of racing at Royal Ascot brings the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1), arguably the most anticipated race of the meet, thanks to its high-quality international field. Three other group stakes races support the Prince of Wales’s, with the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (G2) for fillies and mares my main interest from a handicapping [...]

Poet’s Word Rallies to Victory in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

By winning the King George, Poet's Word has earned a "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 Gallant? Determined? Unwavering? Pick any similar adjective and you’ll have a word that roughly describes the relentless late rally turned in by Poet’s Word to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) on Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Even knowing the outcome, it [...]

Cracksman Seeks Redemption in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The talented Cracksman is looking to bounce back from a surprising defeat at Royal Ascot last month - Photo by Horsephotos.com Isn’t it funny how fast things can change in the sport of horse racing? Barely more than a month ago, Cracksman was the toast of Europe’s racing scene, a three-time Group 1 winner viewed as a budding superstar and a nearly unbeatable force for trainer John Gosden. Now, he’s just the third choice in an eight-horse field [...]

O’Brien, Stoute look for more Breeders’ Cup Turf glory

Highland Reel should enjoy a firm track as he tries to defend his Breeders' Cup Turf crown.   The first place to look for the winner of the 1 ½-mile Breeders’ Cup Turf is, quite clearly, the European contingent. European horses clearly excel at this trip on turf, and with nine of the last 12 editions of this race being won by trans-Atlantic raiders, their connections know how to cope with the journey. Six of the 14 runners [...]

Expert Eye needed by punters in Dewhurst Stakes

No juvenile race in Europe is more important than the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. Since the Cartier Award for champion 2-year-old colt began in 1991, 11 of the 26 awards were given to the Dewhurst winner. It’s also an important guide to future racing: in that same period, 11 Dewhurst winners went on to win classics at three, while another two would be group or grade one winners. As can be the case for top-level races in Britain and Ireland, [...]