Keying a 6-1 shot in the 2019 Spinaway Stakes

#6 Risky Mischief might not be the fastest filly on paper in Sunday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but I believe this daughter of Into Mischief might be better than she appears at first glance. Although Risky Mischief’s debut victory on July 31 at Saratoga didn’t yield big speed figures (67 Beyer and 82 Brisnet), she made a terrific visual impression. Facing nine New York-bred rivals in a six-furlong sprint, Risky Mischief broke slowly from the rail before rushing [...]

From Last to First, Sippican Harbor Wins the Spinaway

Sippican Harbor winning the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography It might seem like a difficult task to rally from last-to-first in the final three furlongs of a seven-furlong sprint, but Sippican Harbor certainly made the task look easy enough in Saturday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The first Grade 1 of the year for two-year-olds attracted eleven starters, but not even a large field and a wide trip could stop Sippican [...]

Del Mar and Saratoga 2yos Analysis: Grade 1s Close Out the Meets

Instagrand winning the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © BENOIT PHOTO Although we’re nearing the conclusions of the 2018 summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga, there’s still plenty of top-notch juvenile racing still to come. In fact, the meets are going to end with a bang in that respect! Saturday will see fillies take the stage in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) at Del Mar and the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at [...]

Why I’m Keying Restless Rider in the Spinaway Stakes

Restless Rider winning the Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography The East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast will all be well represented in Saturday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, so there’s no guarantee that the East Coast’s first major prize for two-year-old fillies will be won by a local runner. Twelve promising juveniles have turned out to contest this seven-furlong "Win and You're In" prep race for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), with #4 Catherinethegreat [...]

Top Programs for 2yos, 3yos Highlight 2018 Saratoga Stakes Schedule

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos Summer may have officially arrived in June, but for horsemen, racing fans, and bettors, the season doesn’t truly begin until the annual summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga open for business in mid-July. Both meets are packed with rich stakes races that are expected to attract some of the most accomplished runners in the nation, as well as some of the most promising two-year-olds with 2019 Triple Crown aspirations. We’ve [...]

Pure Silver, Miss Hot Stones Face Off in New York Stallion Series

Pure Silver winning the Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga (Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos) As the old saying goes, a good horse can come from anywhere, and with the quality and talent of New York-bred Thoroughbreds rising to great heights in recent years, it could pay to keep an eye on the $150,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes (Fifth Avenue Division) coming up on Saturday at Aqueduct. The six-furlong race is restricted to New York-bred two-year-old fillies that are eligible [...]

Open look about Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Separationofpowers is too strong in the Frizette Stakes (Coglianese Photos) Successive grade one victories in California have hurled Moonshine Memories into favoritism for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on November 4th, but it’s still a race where the form lines aren’t easy to establish. Moonshine Memories won both the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (G1) and the Chandelier Stakes (G1) in a very professional manner – getting into a stalking position quickly, attacking on the final turn, and extending [...]

Spinaway Placegetters Seek Frizette Compensation

The two horses beaten into the minor money by Lady Ivanka in the Spinaway Stakes (G1) are seeking a grade one triumph in the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park Oct. 8. Maya Malibu, second by three-quarters of a length in the 7-furlong Spinaway, and Separationofpowers, a further 3 ¼ lengths behind in third, resume their rivalry, this time over a mile in the Frizette, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race which earns an automatic entry to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile [...]