Vekoma Much the Best in Blue Grass Stakes

Vekoma winning the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) - Keeneland Photo With few exceptions, the top contenders in Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland ran to expectations as favored Vekoma led home a parade of short-priced, proven stakes winners in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Coming off of a third-place finish in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, his seasonal debut, Vekoma took a nice [...]

Why I’m Betting Signalman in the Blue Grass Stakes

Signalman winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography To be honest, you could pick a name out of a hat and probably have as good a chance at picking the winner of Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland as any handicapper employing a more analytical approach. That’s because this 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race has attracted a full field of fourteen starters without any particular standouts. [...]

Somelikeithotbrown Wins Again in Jeff Ruby Steaks

Somelikeithotbrown winning the Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) - © Coady Photography/Turfway Park Odds-on favorite Somelikeithotbrown lived up to expectations in Saturday’s $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park, dominating the race on the front end to win in essentially unchallenged fashion. Under the guidance of jockey Tyler Gaffalione, Somelikeithotbrown utilized his excellent tactical speed to battle Five Star General for the early lead, carving out testing fractions of :23.61, :47.03, and 1:10.78 over a Polytrack [...]

An Unusual Betting Strategy for the Jeff Ruby Steaks

Somelikeithotbrown (far right) vying for victory in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Carolyn Simancik/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders' Cup Because it is held over the synthetic Polytrack surface at Turfway Park, the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steakes (gr. III) tends to attract an unusual blend of horses. Synthetic specialists stepping up in class, proven dirt and turf runners trying a different surface, clear-cut Kentucky Derby contenders, and horses who weren’t even nominated to the Triple [...]