Practical Joke out to extend one-turn record in Cigar Mile

Practical Joke wins the 2017 H. Allan Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. With stallion duty at Ashford Stud looming next year, leading 3-year-old Practical Joke aims to end his career unbeaten around one turn in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct. Practical Joke has run well without winning in two-turn races all year, his efforts including a third-place finish in the Haskell Invitational (G1) and finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. [...]

Seymourdini steps up in quality in Bold Ruler Handicap

Seymourdini is on his own at the finish of the State Dinner Stakes at Belmont Park. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The exciting Seymourdini looks to graduate to graded stakes company in the seven-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park Oct. 28 against a group of high quality and resilient sprinters. Seymourdini (Bernardini), a $900,000 purchase at the 2015 OBS April sale, has won five of his nine starts. His only attempt at graded stakes company came [...]

Kentucky Derby 16-20 in Point Standings

The Kentucky Derby is about a week away. In this blog, I run down horses from 16 to 20 in the point standings. One thing should be clear to anybody who has wagered on the Kentucky Derby the past couple of years, not paying attention to the 16 through 20 horses in point standings is a recipe for disaster. Although the 16 through 20 horses in point standings are throw outs to many horseplayers, that's just not the way to go. [...]