Keying Thundering Blue in the Canadian International

Woodbine Racetrack (Michael Burns Photo) It’s common knowledge that Europe’s best horses are generally superior to North America’s best horses going 1 ½ miles on turf, as recent renewals of the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine clearly indicate. Horses based in Europe won seven consecutive editions of the Canadian International from 2010-2016, and they’ve won 13 of the 18 editions since 2000. Suffice to say, that’s quite a streak of success, and I’ll be [...]

Why I’m Betting Robert Bruce in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography There are plenty of talented horses entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. I) at Belmont Park—five Grade 1 winners, a Canadian classic winner, a Grade 1-placed runner, and a European invader. Still, I find it hard to look past the once-beaten Chilean-bred sensation #1 Robert Bruce, who figures to be the clear favorite in this 1 ½-mile “Win and You’re In” prep [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Top 10: Sorting Out the Euros

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography Getting an early start handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) is always a challenge, since European runners tend to have the advantage, but determining which ones might make the trip is easier said than done. That said, with less than seven weeks remaining until the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, here’s my preliminary attempt at ranking some of the top contenders, which [...]

Fast Finish Secures Sword Dancer Victory for Glorious Empire

Glorious Empire winning the Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography The old saying that “pace makes the race” was proven true once again in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The 1 ½-mile “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) attracted ten starters, but thanks to a pedestrian early pace over a very firm turf course, it may as well have been [...]

Why I’m Betting Robert Bruce in the Arlington Million

Oscar Performance winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup If you’re handicapping Saturday’s $1,000,000 Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park, then you’ve probably already concluded—as have I—that there are plenty of talented horses to choose from. The 1 ¼-mile race is a “Win and You’re In” for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, and the quality of the field reflects that status. Some of the [...]

Money seeks to multiply earnings in Red Smith Handicap

Bowling Green Stakes winner Hunter O'Riley has a good chance to add to his tally in the Red Smith Handicap. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Adam Mooshian. Consistent Chad Brown-trained turf galloper Money Multiplier should appreciate easier company when he contests the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Oct. 11. Money Multiplier (Lookin At Lucky) finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) last year, but missed this year’s edition after finishing eighth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic [...]