How Studying Stallions Can Yield Profitable Pedigree Plays

Stephanie's Kitten winning the Flower Bowl (gr. I) at Belmont Park - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography It’s a known fact that the progeny of some stallions prefer racing on dirt rather than turf (or vice versa), but did you know that these preferences can be even more subtle than that—all the way down to showing a preference for certain turf course conditions? For example, take Kitten’s Joy. A champion racehorse turned champion sire, the vast majority of [...]

Betting Races on Soft Turf, Part 1: Why Europeans Can Have an Edge

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Relatively speaking, racehorses in North America don’t get many opportunities to run on truly soft, rain-inundated turf courses. When heavy rains strike, turf races are frequently transferred to the dirt track in order to preserve the grass. But in Europe, where the vast majority of racecourses offer only one racing surface (grass), horses compete on yielding, soft, and heavy turf courses all the time. This can give them [...]