Pegasus Stakes kicks off summer campaign for Maximum Security

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby (Coglianese Photos) With the disappointment of his Kentucky Derby (G1) disqualification still looming large, Maximum Security will aim to start the summer of his 3-year-old campaign on a bright note when he contests the June 16 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Gary and Mary West’s star colt is one of six runners entered in the 1 1/16-mile event, which serves as a local springboard to the July 20 Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth. [...]

War of Will holds early edge in race for Eclipse Award

Maximum Security and Country House battle to the wire in the Kentucky Derby (G1) - Coady Photography The rules are simple. Sweep all three legs of the Triple Crown, and you will be named champion 3-year-old male at the Eclipse Awards. Win two of the three races and you’d have to really mess up the second half of the season to lose the title. But when three different horses win the three Triple Crown races, it’s anyone’s guess [...]

Keeler Johnson’s 2019 Belmont Stakes fair odds line

Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Upon release of the 2019 Belmont Stakes (G1) entries Tuesday evening, I immediately started work on my annual fair odds line for identifying wagering value. The concept behind my fair odds line is simple. For each horse in the field, I ask myself, “What are the chances of this horse reaching the winner’s circle?” After assigning a probability of winning to each horse (25%, 12.50%, etc.), I [...]

When and where to watch the 2019 Belmont Stakes

Palace Malice passes Oxbow in the 2013 Belmont Stakes (G1)- Photo by Joe Labozzetta/Coglianese Photography With the exception of Breeders’ Cup Saturday, there may be no greater day of racing in North America than Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park. The annual action-packed afternoon is highlighted by the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1), the third jewel of the Triple Crown, but that’s just one of ten stakes races on the agenda, including eight grade 1 events. The stakes [...]

Running styles suggest slow pace in 2019 Belmont Stakes

The field breaks from the gate in the 2016 Belmont Stakes - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography Contrary to popular belief, the 1 1/2-mile distance of the Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park does not give an advantage to deep closers. The typically slow pace of the Belmont Stakes gives frontrunners and pressers/stalkers an advantage that is difficult for late runners to overcome. Since 2008 three horses (Da’ Tara, American Pharoah and Justify) have won the Belmont in gate-to-wire fashion, [...]

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Early Belmont Stakes and MLB Discussion with Gino Buccola

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the Bet America Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in the host of the That's What G Said Podcast, Gino Buccola. Scott and Gino take an early glance at the Belmont Stakes and what should be a star-studded undercard in New York. They also look back at their MLB selections and chat about what has gone right or wrong through the first third of the baseball season.

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Top 5: Never Too Early

Hop Kat winning his debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The 2019 Triple Crown season isn’t over yet, but surely it isn’t too early to be thinking about 2-year-olds and the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, right? Forgive me if I’m jumping the gun, but the juvenile racing action will be heating up before we know it, and I already have my eyes on a few promising colts who could make some noise during the summer and fall. [...]

Which Horses are Bred to Handle the Belmont Stakes Distance?

Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography While many handicappers will argue pedigrees are no longer a key factor in determining the winner of the Kentucky Derby, they remain an important aspect to consider when analyzing potential contenders for the Belmont Stakes. The 1 1/2-mile distance of the “Test of the Champion" places more emphasis on stamina than the 1 1/4 miles of the Kentucky Derby, so generally speaking Belmont winners tend to boast [...]

Which Horses Have the Best Chance to Win the Belmont Stakes?

Game Winner winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) - Coady Photography With entries due in less than two weeks, the field is slowly coming together for the final leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 8 at Belmont Park. At least 11 horses are under consideration for the 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion,” and more could join the field during the coming weeks. The Belmont figures to come up deeper [...]

Where Will Bodexpress Run Next?

Bodexpress (far left) vies for the early lead in the 2019 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Handicappers and racing fans can endlessly argue the merits of top 3-year-olds like Maximum Security, Country House and War of Will, but I don’t think anyone will deny that Bodexpress has surpassed them all in the eyes of the general public. After losing his rider at the start of the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, Bodexpress put on a show for [...]