Dubai Carnival Update: Walking Thunder Carries Derby Dreams for Dubai

Thunder Snow winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup - Coady Photography From the deserts of the Middle East to the bluegrass of Kentucky, who’s coming to Churchill Downs by way of Dubai? With 170 Kentucky Derby qualification points on the line in the March 30 UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, we're bound to see one or two horses use the desert challenge as a springboard to Churchill Downs. Although no UAE Derby starter has ever [...]

How to Bet the Jim Dandy Stakes

Reride winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga may have attracted a small field—just five starters—but what it’s lacking in quantity it makes up for in quality. Four of the five entrants competed in the Triple Crown series, with the probable favorites #2 Tenfold and #5 Vino Rosso running in two legs apiece. The tricky part is trying to separate these accomplished contenders… while keeping in [...]

Post Positions (and Keeler Johnson’s Fair Odds Line) for the 2018 Preakness Stakes

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography The good luck for Justify continued on Wednesday when the newly-crowned Kentucky Derby winner drew post position seven in the $1,500,000 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse. The draw was essentially perfect for the unbeaten colt, who has been made the 1-2 morning line favorite for the May 19th classic. With just one rival drawn to his outside, Justify will have plenty of options to stay out of trouble and [...]

2018 Preakness Stakes Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Every year, bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees, and jockey assignments. In contrast, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but that doesn’t mean that the second leg [...]

2018 Preakness Stakes Contenders and Workouts

Justify galloping at Churchill Downs on May 13th - Coady Photography With just two days remaining until entries for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are drawn, the field is pretty much set and the competitors have completed the majority of their pre-race training. Let’s take a look through the list of prospective starters and how they’ve been preparing for the second leg of the Triple Crown…. Bravazo Just eight days after finishing a solid sixth in the Kentucky [...]

Good Magic Returns to the Spotlight Following Blue Grass Victory

Good Magic winning the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) - Keeneland Photo A champion racehorse is back in the spotlight, and not a moment too soon. The horse in question is Good Magic, the champion two-year-old male of 2017 based off a powerful win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Long viewed as one of the main contenders for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, Good Magic disappointed his backers when third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) [...]

How to Bet the Blue Grass Stakes

Despite the potential of weather that emulates the winter, it is opening weekend at beautiful Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. The track that will soon be roughly 60 miles from my residence wastes no time jumping into high quality action with a ten-race card on Friday followed up by a stakes laden Saturday that includes three Grade 1’s spread over the 11-race slate. The headliner on the first of three Saturday cards at Keeneland this spring is the one [...]

Good Magic Seeks Rebound in Blue Grass Stakes

Good Magic winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Carson Denis/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) #11 Good Magic might be the champion two-year-old male of 2017, but he certainly didn’t scare off the competition in Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Fifteen horses (including one also-eligible) have been entered in the nine-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race, with Good Magic the 2-1 morning line favorite. The well-bred son of Curlin showed promise from [...]

An Early Preview of the Blue Grass Stakes

With the Grade 1 Florida Derby in the rearview mirror it is time to start looking ahead to the trio of Triple Crown prep races next weekend. The Santa Anita Derby should be great, but took a potential hit with McKinzie opting to skip the race due to an issue with one of his hind legs. The Wood Memorial in New York has not been the most productive event of late, but should be a solid race this year with [...]

Magnum Moon Rises in Rebel Stakes

Magnum Moon winning the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography With a purse of $900,000 and a record of producing top horses, the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 17th at Oaklawn Park promised to be a major stop on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Suffice to say, the race lived up to expectations, with Magnum Moon delivering an impressive performance to defeat a field that included the proven Grade 1 competitors Solomini and Sporting [...]