Is Mitole unstoppable in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap?

Mitole winning the Churchill Downs Stakes (G1) - Coady Photography Handicapping Saturday’s $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga boils down to one question. Can anyone stop the sensational #1 Mitole from recording his eighth consecutive victory? Mitole showed promise as a 3-year-old in 2018, but he’s been a beast since he returned from a long layoff this winter. After an easy win in an optional-claiming allowance at Oaklawn Park, Mitole fired off consecutive victories in the [...]

Speed Horses Could Have Advantage in Amsterdam Stakes

Promises Fulfilled winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography There are plenty of reasons why bettors might be drawn to the chances of #3 Engage and #5 Strike Power in Saturday’s $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. Their credentials are obvious. Engage won the Futurity Stakes (gr. III) last fall and has never finished out of the exacta in six starts for top trainer Chad Brown; in addition; he finished [...]

Audible Impresses Again in Florida Derby

Audible winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - Photo by Adam Coglianese Photography While there’s still five weeks remaining until the Kentucky Derby, it appears that the two-time Derby-winning trainer Todd Pletcher is going to hold a very strong hand in the 2018 renewal of the race. Pletcher already has Louisiana Derby (gr. II) winner Noble Indy and Rebel Stakes (gr. II) winner Magnum Moon targeting the race, and on Saturday Pletcher showcased arguably his best prospect yet [...]

How to Bet the Grade 1 Florida Derby

The grand finale on the 14-race Saturday afternoon card at Gulfstream Park is the $1.1 million dollar Grade 1 Florida Derby. The event for three-year-olds is conducted at a mile and an eighth and offers a total of 170 qualifying points (100 to the winner) on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” leaderboard. The Florida Derby marks the return of one of my top contenders for this year’s “Run for the Roses” in #8 Audible. The New York bred has [...]

Analyzing the Surprising Fountain of Youth Results

Promises Fulfilled winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography The Road to the Kentucky Derby took a major turn on Saturday when the champion Good Magic suffered a surprising defeat in the $400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Right from the start, the race failed to unfold as expected when Strike Power and Machismo—two colts with plenty of speed—failed to make serious bids to secure the [...]

Tricks to Doo, Strike Power Face Off in Swale Stakes

Talented young sprinters will be in the spotlight when Gulfstream Park hosts the $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) on February 3rd. The seven-furlong race has attracted some of the best up-and-coming three-year-old sprinters on the East Coast, including #6 Strike Power, who opened his career with a sensational performance sprinting 5 ½ furlongs at Gulfstream Park. Lightly regarded that day at odds of 12-1, the Mark Hennig-trained colt went straight to the lead, set a fast pace, and drew off to [...]