2019 Racing Preview: Who Will Get Hot, Who Will Get Cold?

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke - Keeneland Photo A new year of racing is on the horizon, and in preparation, it can be a useful exercise for handicappers to project which jockeys, trainers, and horses are poised for banner years or quiet years compared to 2018. Having an idea of what to expect during 2019 can help us formulate more effective wagering strategies and maybe even zero in on where the most promising Kentucky Derby contenders will come from. [...]

Good Magic Tops 360 Nominees for the 2018 Triple Crown

Good Magic winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Photo by Carson Denis/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Good Magic, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award champion two-year-old male of 2017, is among the talented young horses that have been nominated to compete in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, the three races that comprise the historic Triple Crown. All told, 360 three-year-olds were made eligible for the Triple Crown at the first [...]

Aerolithe a Dominating Favorite in Shuka Sho

There’s 18 horses to choose from in the final leg of Japan’s filly Triple Crown, the $1.6 million Shuka Sho, but there’s likely to be a dominating favorite. Aerolithe (Kurofune) is set to be at short odds for the 2,000-meter (about 1 ¼ miles) classic at Kyoto. She finished fifth in the Oka Sho (G1, Japanese 1,000 Guineas) in April, but has since beaten the colts and geldings in the NHK Mile Cup (G1) despite being four wide for most [...]