How to Bet the Queen’s Plate Stakes

Telekinesis (yellow silks) finishing second in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography Big fields mean big payoffs, or at least that’s the way it usually works. And you won’t find a bigger field in North American this weekend than the group of sixteen horses that will face the starter for Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine. Held at 10 furlongs over the Tapeta track, the Queen’s Plate Stakes is essentially the Kentucky Derby for [...]

My Boy Jack Earns Derby Berth in Lexington Stakes

My Boy Jack (green silks) winning the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography In recent years, the $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland hasn’t been the most significant of Kentucky Derby prep races. Although it offers 20 Derby qualification points to the winner, the Lexington hasn’t produced a Kentucky Derby starter since 2011, but that’s about to change thanks to My Boy Jack, who unleashed a strong late rally to win the 2018 Lexington [...]

Competitive Field Assembles for Lexington Stakes

My Boy Jack winning the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Talk about a competitive race! Saturday’s $200,000 Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland offers 20 Kentucky Derby qualification points to the winner, and since the timing of the race also makes it a viable prep race for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), a huge field of twelve horses has been entered. On paper, there’s quite a bit of early speed in the Lexington [...]