How to Bet the Kentucky Oaks Pick 4

World of Trouble winning the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint Stakes - © Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography Good luck to anyone playing the stakes-packed Pick 4 ending with the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs this afternoon. It might require a big budget to hit. The sequence is filled with deep and competitive races, starting with the $500,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1), the eighth race on the card. #2 Blue Prize loves Churchill Downs, but she’s making her [...]

Baffert, Smith Team Up With Ax Man in Matt Winn Stakes

In the winner's circle after the 2018 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Just how many graded stakes races will trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith team up to win this year? One week after sweeping the Triple Crown with Justify and winning the Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) with Abel Tasman, Baffert and Smith will seek another big win together with Ax Man in Saturday’s $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. As is the [...]

An Early Preview of the Blue Grass Stakes

With the Grade 1 Florida Derby in the rearview mirror it is time to start looking ahead to the trio of Triple Crown prep races next weekend. The Santa Anita Derby should be great, but took a potential hit with McKinzie opting to skip the race due to an issue with one of his hind legs. The Wood Memorial in New York has not been the most productive event of late, but should be a solid race this year with [...]

Why Audible’s Holy Bull Victory Was Sensational

Audible winning the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography It’s not every week that my jaw drops in awe at a performance on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, but that was pretty much my reaction when the field turned for home in the February 3rd $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. At that juncture in the 8.5-furlong race, the Grade 1-winning Free Drop Billy had just [...]

Spot Plays for Holy Bull Day at Gulfstream Park

Enticed wins the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs (Coady Photo/Churchill Downs) The Pegasus World Cup may be in the rearview mirror, but Gulfstream Park has yet another strong card on tap for Saturday afternoon headlined by the Grade 2 Holy Bull. With five graded stakes events scattered over the 12-race slate, there are plenty of options for those that prefer gambling on the highest quality of thoroughbreds. However, my favorite wagers on the card outside of [...]

Looking for an Upset in the Holy Bull Stakes

Enticed (blue silks) winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography/Churchill Downs It’s an oft-stated fact that outside post positions are a disadvantage in 8.5-furlong and 9-furlong races at Gulfstream Park. With a very short run to the first turn, horses drawn outside are in danger of getting hung wide early in the race. That could certainly be the case in the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday, the first of Gulfstream’s three official [...]

Deep field contests Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes

Gotta Go (left) beats Lone Sailor to win the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs. Pic: Coady Photography. Champagne Stakes (G1) third-place finisher Enticed heads a Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) field strong in numbers and potential at Churchill Downs Nov. 25. Fourteen horses are entered for the race, which carries qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby table. Enticed had two good horses in front of him in the Champagne Stakes: the winner Firenze Fire, [...]