Seeking the Soul rallies late to win Stephen Foster Handicap

Seeking the Soul winning the Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Some horses bring their "A" game regardless of where they’re running. Others show a distinct preference for certain racetracks. It’s seems clear at this point Seeking the Soul has a special fondness for Churchill Downs, where he scored a gallant victory in the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) on June 15. All three of Seeking the Soul’s graded stakes wins have come at [...]

How to play the Stephen Foster Day all-stakes Pick 4

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Six weeks after the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs will return to the spotlight with a terrific evening of racing Saturday. The 11-race card features five consecutive graded stakes races, so fans of multi-race wagers will have plenty of all-stakes options to choose from. My personal focus will be on the Pick 4, which kicks off in the sixth race. I’ve previewed each race separately for BetAmerica, but since intra-race and multi-race wagers require [...]

Why I’m betting Tom’s d’Etat in the 2019 Stephen Foster Handicap

Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography There will be no shortage of quality horses for handicappers to choose from in Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile event is the highlight of the racing weekend in North America, offering a hefty purse and a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). On five occasions, the Stephen Foster winner has gone on to [...]

How to Bet the Stephen Foster Handicap

Backyard Heaven winning the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography An excellent 11-race card is on tap on Saturday for the second “Downs After Dark” this spring at legendary Churchill Downs.  Five graded stakes events are slated over the course of the evening headlined by the Grade 1 Stephen Foster. The mile and an eighth race for three year olds and upward is #6 Backyard Heaven’s race to lose. The son of Tizway got off to a [...]

Backyard Heaven Looks Tough in Stephen Foster Handicap

Backyard Heaven winning the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography It’s certainly possible that someone could upset #6 Backyard Heaven in Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) going nine furlongs at Churchill Downs. But just because it’s possible doesn’t mean that it’s likely, and indeed, Backyard Heaven looks so good on paper that he’s been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite despite the fact that he’s facing a quality field of eight rivals. With just [...]