Brooklyn provides last chance for bettors on Belmont Stakes Day

The start of the 2016 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) - © Nikki Sherman/Adam Coglianese Photography Who says long-distance dirt races are dying out in North America? Maybe they’re not as common as they used to be, but the field for Saturday’s $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational (G2) suggests genuine dirt route races are still alive and well. The Brooklyn serves as the final race at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day, providing bettors with one last opportunity to cash winning tickets [...]

Pick 4 Plays for Charles Town Classic Day

Lake Ponchatrain winning the Pink Ribbon Stakes at Charles Town - Coady Photography If you’re planning to watch and wager on the $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) Saturday at Charles Town, I strongly recommend you tune in early to catch the numerous stakes races earlier on the card. Eight stakes races (the first at 2:17 p.m. ET) are scheduled for the afternoon, and they’re arranged in consecutively, without a single allowance or claiming race stuck in between. The [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Charles Town Classic

War Story - Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town will be contested for the 11th time Saturday, and the previous ten renewals have produced some clear-cut clues to help us identify the most likely winner. Favorites have not been very successful in the Charles Town Classic, probably because the 1 1/8-mile race features three turns over a six-furlong bullring racetrack, which tends to produce a wild race from [...]

How to Bet the Grade 2 Suburban

The New York Racing Association has put together a strong stakes laden card this Saturday afternoon that includes five-graded stakes races over the 11-race slate. The Grade 1 Belmont Derby and the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks attracted world class fields and will receive the most attention, but the Grade 2 Suburban also drew a competitive group of older handicap horses for the mile and a quarter trek over the main track. The field is led by a pair of runners [...]

How to Bet the Charles Town Classic

War Story - Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Some major stakes races have a tendency to be dominated by the favorites, while others tend to be a bit more unpredictable. Take, for example, the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita, a race that has never been won by a horse starting at higher than 5.50-1. If you like betting favorites, that’s the type of race you should look for, but if you like longshots, I recommend [...]

Charles Town Classic Highlights Stakes-Filled Card at Charles Town

Diversify winning the 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup - Photo by Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand. Although there aren’t any Kentucky Derby prep races to look forward to this Saturday, handicappers are nevertheless in for a treat thanks to a terrific card at Charles Town that includes nine stakes races. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main contenders in each event…. Race 3: Its Binn Too Long Stakes Pure speed could be the most important factor in [...]

Pegasus World Cup Contenders Complete Pre-Race Workouts

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park just three days away, the twelve contenders have pretty much wrapped up their major training for the world’s richest horse race. From Santa Anita to Gulfstream Park and at tracks and training centers seemingly everywhere in between, the mornings have been busy with news of workouts and pre-race preparations. Let’s catch up on the [...]

Arrogate seeks redemption, second Breeders’ Cup Classic

Arrogate has disappointed at his two Del Mar starts but has the class to win a second Classic at his best. Photo: Coglianese Photos Six months ago, the Breeders’ Cup Classic seemed like it was Arrogate’s to lose. If he repeats his 2017 Del Mar form on Saturday, he will lose. Deemed a superhorse after his victories in the Travers Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup, and Dubai World Cup, there didn’t seem much chance of anything [...]

Zhukova Back at Belmont Park for Flower Bowl

Irish mare Zhukova has already crossed the Atlantic once for a grade one victory on the Belmont Park turf. On Sunday, she seeks a second. The Dermot Weld-trained mare beat the males in the 1 3/8-mile Man o’ War Stakes earlier this year. This time it’s the fillies and mares she’s taking on, in the Flower Bowl Stakes (G1) over 1 ¼ miles. The race is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, with the winner gaining a spot in the Breeders’ [...]