Two singles for an all-stakes Pick 3 Saturday at Keeneland

On Saturday, October 5, Keeneland will have five straight graded stakes races, which means fans of multi-race wagers will have the chance to play four doubles, three Pick 3s and even a Pick 4 featuring nothing but top-notch stakes races.

Keeler Johnson’s Picks and Plays for Keeneland Opening Weekend

Keeneland Photo Get ready, everyone! The much-anticipated Keeneland fall meet kicks off on Friday, and opening weekend is packed with top-class stakes races featuring some of the best horses in the country. With high-class competition, large fields, and low-takeout wagers, Keeneland is always popular among horsemen and handicappers alike. Looking to get in on the action? Here are a few prospective picks and plays to get you started…. Friday, October 5 Race 8: Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes [...]

Eskimo Kisses, Blue Prize Among Big Names in Keeneland’s Spinster Stakes

Blue Prize winning the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) - Coady Photography There’s a good chance that when the dust settles after Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, a new Grade 1 winner will have been crowned. The 1 1/8-mile race has attracted a deep, competitive field of eleven fillies and mares—all vying for the winner’s share of the purse plus a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I)—but [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff Top 10: Abel Tasman Stays On Top

Abel Tasman edging Elate in the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Viola Jasko Since posting my first Top 10 list of contenders for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), the complexion of the race has changed significantly. The retirement of Unique Bella was certainly a blow, as was the injury that knocked the promising three-year-old Red Ruby out of Distaff contention. But since then, a few other promising runners have emerged on the [...]

Keying Midnight Bisou in the Alabama Stakes

Midnight Bisou winning the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita - © BENOIT PHOTO It’s easy to assume that the 1 ¼-mile distance of Saturday’s $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga could lead to surprising results. After all, three-year-fillies rarely contest such a lengthy distance, so it makes sense that the unfamiliar territory offered by that tenth, testing furlong could produce some surprising results. But the reality has been quite the opposite—in recent years, the [...]

Indiana Derby Among Six Stakes Races on Saturday at Indiana Grand

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography If the thought of a Saturday evening filled with quality, competitive horse racing sounds fun to you, then you’re in luck! The upcoming July 14th card at Indiana Grand includes six stakes races, two of them graded, and the racing action will continue until past 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Let’s take a quick look at the major races on the card…. Race 4: Mari Hulman George Stakes Seven [...]

Monomoy Girl Stands Out in Acorn Stakes

Monomoy Girl winning the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) - Coady Photography With a purse of $700,000 and a prominent place on the racing calendar, the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park is one of the most prestigious events in the country for three-year-old fillies. Held at one mile around one turn, you can usually count on the Acorn to attract a blend of fillies cutting back in distance from the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) five weeks earlier [...]