Spot plays for the Debutante, Bashford Manor and more

Magic Dance winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The 2019 Churchill Downs spring meet wraps up Saturday, with a 12-race card that features three stakes races. Juveniles will take the spotlight in the $125,000 Debutante Stakes and $125,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3), while older sprinters will shine in the $120,000 Kelly’s Landing Stakes. Let’s put together a few spot plays for the stakes races. Race 8: Kelly’s Landing Stakes #8 Warrior’s Club looms as the [...]

Roy H, Imperial Hint Meet Again in 2018 Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Promises Fulfilled edges Whitmore in a thrilling renewal of the Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo Nine runners. Eight stakes winners. Seven graded stakes winners. Four Grade 1 winners. One champion. Those are the characteristics that define the field for the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs, one of the most wide-open and competitive races of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Never mind that the nine-horse field represents the [...]

Whitmore Rides the Rail to Victory in Forego Stakes

Whitmore winning the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Chelsea Durand It was a tale of two trips, and how differing circumstances can favor one horse while putting others at a disadvantage. You really won’t see a more clear-cut example how trips can affect the outcome of a race than the example we witnessed in Saturday’s $600,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The seven-furlong sprint was won in determined fashion by the [...]

Deep Field Assembles for Forego Stakes

Limousine Liberal wins the Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs. Pic: Coady Photography. If you’re looking for a future winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile or Breeders’ Cup Sprint, you are strongly advised to check out the field for Saturday’s $600,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The prestigious seven-furlong event offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but since the distance of the Forego falls directly in between the distances of [...]

Why I’m Betting Switzerland in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap

Switzerland winning an allowance race at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Nowadays, it’s hard to believe that Switzerland ever had a reputation as a “money burner”—a horse who frequently suffers defeats at short prices. Indeed, for a time, Switzerland was viewed as the king of money burners. The son of Speightstown showed talent from an early age, but nevertheless managed to lose the first seven starts of his career, including five defeats while favored to win. But when [...]