Local runner poised for success in Runhappy Turf Sprint

With a $700,000 purse and a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on the line, Saturday’s Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) at Kentucky Downs has attracted a top-notch field of turf sprinters.

Pacific Classic one of several Del Mar BC preps Saturday

It will be a classic East vs. West story when Del Mar hosts an exciting afternoon of Breeders’ Cup prep races Saturday.

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint top 10

Stormy Liberal defeating World of Trouble in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) - Photo by John Voorhees/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup With the recent confirmation that the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita will be conducted over five furlongs in distance, we can finally start formulating opinions on the top contenders for this prestigious year-end race. Previous uncertainty surrounding the distance of the race made it difficult to analyze and rank the top contenders. [...]

Picks and Plays for Dubai World Cup Night

Almond Eye winning the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association By far the best race card in the world this Saturday will take place at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, where the eight Thoroughbred races on Dubai World Cup Night will pit high-class runners from around the world against each other in a series of rich stakes events. I’ve gone through the card and have put together a list of horses that interest me [...]

Grass Championships Wide-Open at the 2018 Eclipse Awards

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography When Eclipse Award voters fill out their ballots at the end of the year, they will be faced with several challenging decisions, and while the battle for Horse of the Year is receiving most of the attention, the showdowns to determine the 2018 champion turf horses figure to be just as contested. There certainly won’t be a unanimous choice for Champion Grass Male or Champion Grass Female, [...]

Top 10 Highlights of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography No matter how you slice it, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs was a clear-cut success. Total wagering may have been down slightly from 2017, but the figures were still strong overall, and the racing was nothing less than top-notch. A decision to move all of the juvenile races to Friday (while transferring the historic Distaff back to Saturday) was an inspired idea, giving the two-year-olds [...]

2018 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries By the Numbers

Boosted by a new race that proved extremely popular at the entry box, a record-breaking 221 horses have been pre-entered for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at on November 2-3 at Churchill Downs. The complete fields were revealed on Wednesday, October 24th, just over a week before the much-anticipated championships will begin. The complete lists of pre-entrants for each race can be viewed on the Breeders’ Cup website. We’ll have lots of handicapping previews coming during the next week, [...]

Back for More: Eight Breeders’ Cup Champs Could Seek Repeat Wins

Mendelssohn winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) As the fields for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup races continue to take shape, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we could see an impressive number of past winners return with an eye on adding additional Breeders’ Cup titles to their records. All told, eight previous Breeders’ Cup winners—six from 2017 and two from 2016—could see action at Churchill Downs four weeks from now. Some will be attempting [...]

Stormy Liberal Headlines Strong Group in Friday’s Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar

Understandably the Green Flash Handicap will not get the attention that the graded stakes races will receive on Pacific Classic Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, but the five-furlong event over the sod drew an extremely strong group of turf sprinters for the Friday twilight feature. The field is led by the top two finishers in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) over this course. #2 Stormy Liberal makes his second start of the form cycle after a [...]

Keying Calculator in the Daytona Stakes

Stormy Liberal (#4) winning the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint - (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Over the last couple of years, trainer Peter Miller has enjoyed a strong success rate with horses running over the unique 6 ½-furlong downhill turf course at Santa Anita. That dominance will be on display this Saturday when Miller sends out three of the seven starters in the $150,000 Daytona Stakes (gr. III) going down the hill at Santa Anita, and it’s [...]