How to Bet the 2019 Louisville Handicap

Vettori Kin winning the Louisville Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography A year ago a Brazilian-bred Group 1 winner by the name of Vettori Kin scored his first and so far only victory in North America, rallying to a decisive 2 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/2-mile Louisville Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs. On May 18 #6 Vettori Kin will seek to defend his title in the Louisville Handicap, and although he’s riding a five-race losing streak, there [...]

Derby, Oaks Contenders Face Off on Saturday at Fair Grounds

Serengeti Empress winning the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders will shine at Fair Grounds on February 16, a busy day of racing that includes four graded stakes races at the New Orleans racetrack. The highlight of the day is unquestionably the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), which offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualification points to the winner as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship [...]

Vettori Kin Ships In for Woodbine’s Nijinsky Stakes

Vettori Kin winning the Louisville Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although the attention of most racing fans this weekend will be focused on Del Mar and Saratoga, it could also pay to keep an eye on what transpires in Sunday’s $175,000 Nijinsky Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine. The 1 ½-mile turf race could produce starters for the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. I) and Canadian International (gr. I) later this year at Woodbine, so it’s [...]

Tropical Park Derby, Other Gulfstream Stakes Draw Deep Fields

Miss Sky Warrior training at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Turf horses will be in the spotlight at Gulfstream Park on December 30th, a day when the Florida racetrack will host five turf stakes races featuring large and competitive fields. First up is the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens at two miles on turf, and while it drew the smallest field among the stakes races (just eight starters), its extended distance makes it one of the most intriguing races [...]

Mr. Misunderstood out to extend unbeaten turf run

Mr. Misunderstood wins the Jefferson Cup Stakes to maintain his unbeaten record on turf. Pic: Coady Photography/Churchill Downs. Mr. Misunderstood looks to cement his position as one of the rising stars of the North American turf with a graded stakes victory in the 1 1/8-mile Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs Nov. 11. The Brad Cox-trained Archarcharch gelding was perhaps a little misunderstood early in his career, running three times on dirt in his first four starts [...]

European trio take on Quidura in E P Taylor Stakes

The Canadian International (G1) is the highlight of racing at Woodbine Oct. 15, but there is a strong undercard with plenty of good horses. Three horses have made their way from Europe for the 1 ¼-mile E P Taylor Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares, headed by the 5-2 morning-line favorite Nezwaah. The Roger Varian-trained filly finished seventh in this race last year, but has since won the Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) in Ireland and finished fourth to Enable in [...]