Top Sprinters Face Off in True North Stakes

Limousine Liberal winning the Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography. Some of the best male sprinters in the country are set to face off in the June 8th $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II), one of five stakes races scheduled for the Friday card at Belmont Park. In fact, every one of the eight starters in this six-furlong sprint have won stakes races, and six of them have won at the graded stakes level, hinting [...]

Drefong a clear favorite in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Drefong is well clear at the finish of the Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand Last time Drefong started at Del Mar, he threw his jockey off at the gap shortly after the start of the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1). A repeat of that seems the most likely way he would be stopped from defending his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) title. Since finishing fifth on debut as a 2-year-old, Baoma Corporation’s Gio Ponti colt has won [...]

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 [...]

Breeders’ Cup Bearings at Belmont: Handicapping the BC Challenge Races

El Deal wins the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Coglianese Photos) Belmont Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 by Alastair Bull Belmont Park’s fall meeting gets serious this weekend with four graded stakes races, all of which could have a bearing on the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in early November. Two of the races are official Breeders’ Cup Challenge contests, meaning the winner automatically earns a berth in the relevant Breeders’ Cup race. The first is the [...]