An Introduction to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 A new Breeders’ Cup race is set to debut this year at Churchill Downs, and while it might not be the type of championship race you’d typically expect from the Breeders’ Cup, there’s no doubt that it will offer bettors an intriguing handicapping challenge with the possibility for big payoffs. The race in question is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, a 5 ½-furlong grass race somewhat reminiscent of the short-lived [...]

Betting Longshot Beautiful Shot in the Arkansas Derby

Beautiful Shot galloping at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography To me, Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park presents an interesting handicapping quandary. On paper, the nine-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race looks simple enough to handicap. The favorite is the unbeaten #6 Magnum Moon, who won the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn last month by an authoritative 3 ½ lengths, earning a 100 BRIS speed figure. A repeat of that effort [...]

Run Away faces talented rivals in Bob Hope Stakes

Best Pal Stakes winner Run Away goes for five wins from six starts in the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar. Pic: Benoit Photo. With four victories and a grade one third-place finish behind Bolt d’Oro, Run Away is clearly the form horse going into the seven-furlong Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar Nov. 11. Whether he can concede between four and six pounds to his five promising rivals and still come out on top is another [...]