Six Juvenile Stakes Races Scheduled for December 8th at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) As part of an action-packed afternoon of racing on December 8th, Gulfstream Park will host not only the Clasico Internacional del Caribe series (showcasing some of the best horses from Latin America and the Caribbean), but also a half-dozen stakes races for two-year-olds. Those juvenile races comprise the first six events on the massive card, which kicks off at 11:50 p.m. Eastern. And since you never know where the next Kentucky Derby (gr. I) [...]

2yos Take to the Turf in Aqueduct’s Atlantic Beach Stakes

Aqueduct (Coglianese Photo) As the saying goes, a Kentucky Derby winner can come from anyone, so as we head into winter with roughly six months remaining until the first Saturday in May, it could pay to keep an eye on every stakes race of significance open to the three-year-olds of 2019—even stakes races on turf. One example is Saturday’s $100,000 Atlantic Beach Stakes at Aqueduct, a six-furlong sprint scheduled to be run over the outer turf course. Chances [...]

An Introduction to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011 A new Breeders’ Cup race is set to debut this year at Churchill Downs, and while it might not be the type of championship race you’d typically expect from the Breeders’ Cup, there’s no doubt that it will offer bettors an intriguing handicapping challenge with the possibility for big payoffs. The race in question is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, a 5 ½-furlong grass race somewhat reminiscent of the short-lived [...]

My Gal Betty Seeks Fourth Straight Win in Natalma Stakes

My Gal Betty winning the Catch a Glimpse Stakes (Michael Burns Photo) If you think that Sunday’s Summer Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine is shaping up to be a competitive race, just wait until you see the entries for the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (gr. I) earlier on the card! The one-mile “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) proved so popular among horsemen that fifteen fillies were entered, requiring [...]

Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint Could Have Breeders’ Cup Implications

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Downs If you’re excited about the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint scheduled to be held in November at Churchill Downs, then you won’t want to miss Saturday’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs. The 6 ½-furlong event is a perfect prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and figures to produce at least one and perhaps several starters for the $1 million championship prize. And since the [...]

Daisycutter Handicap Headlines Friday Twilight Card at Del Mar

The Friday feature at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the $75,000 Daisycutter Handicap run at five furlongs over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. This year’s rendition of the Daisycutter drew a competitive group of 9 led by 2-1-morning line favorite #6 Okinawa. The connections of this daughter of The Factor have had a lot of success bringing horses in from out of town, including a win in the 2016 Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap with Free Rose. This four-year-old [...]

How to Bet the King’s Stand Stakes

Lady Aurelia winning the 2017 Giant's Causeway Stakes - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography The prestigious five-day Royal Ascot meeting in England kicks off with a bang on June 19th, with three Group 1 events among the six races on the opening-day card. Royal Ascot has seen a marked increase in participation from North American runners over the last decade or so, and arguably no horse has carried the North American banner better than Lady Aurelia, the Wesley Ward-trained filly [...]

Chad Brown Well Represented in Soaring Softly Stakes

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Pimlico isn’t the only racetrack hosting competitive graded stakes races this Saturday. Belmont Park in New York will also be in on the action with the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes (gr. III), a seven-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares. Not surprisingly, the two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown—known for his extraordinary success with female turf horses—will be well represented in the Soaring Softly with two starters. The [...]

Shapiro’s Thoughts and Suggested Wager for Friday’s Pick 5 Carryover at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography I failed to take advantage of the six-figure Pick 6 carryover with a mandatory payout yesterday at Churchill Downs, but hopefully I can make up for my subpar handicapping on Thursday evening with a strong effort in the late Pick 5 on Friday. No one hit the early Pick 5 yesterday in Louisville, so that means there is a $35,689 carryover in the sequence that commences in Race 5 and ends in Race [...]

Ward, Maker Fillies Square Off in Cincinnati Trophy Stakes

Trainer Wesley Ward - Coady Photography Two of the leading trainers at Turfway Park will square off in the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes on February 9th, the most prominent race of the night at the Kentucky racetrack. Mike Maker and Wesley Ward have dominated racing at Turfway Park in recent years, finishing first and second by number of victories among trainers at the last four meets. As of February 5th, they are tied atop the current meet standings [...]