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 [...]

How to Bet the Jessamine Stakes Trifecta

My Gal Betty winning the Catch a Glimpse Stakes (Michael Burns Photo) After nine months of racing in a dozen countries, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will reach its annual conclusion with the running of the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. II) on October 10th at Keeneland. The 1 1/16-mile turf test is the last of the 85 “Win and You’re In” prep races that comprise the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, and with a free berth to [...]

Knicks Go Posts Stunning 70-1 Upset in Breeders’ Futurity

Knicks Go winning the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) - Keeneland Photo If you had stated prior to the running of Saturday’s $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland that Knicks Go would not only win, but do so by 5 ½ lengths, the majority of handicappers would have scoffed at the notion. After all, the Maryland-bred son of Paynter had previously finished a distant third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity and appeared to be overmatched against his [...]

Complexity Uses His Speed to Dominate Champagne Stakes

Complexity winning the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Pure speed is one of the greatest tactical advantages a racehorse can possess, and based on the results of Saturday’s $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, there’s no doubt that Complexity has more than his fair share of pure speed. How can you beat a horse who can sprint you off your feet and just keep going? It isn’t easy, as Complexity’s nine [...]

Rhododendron Seeks Repeat Win in Prix de l’Opera Longines

Rhododendron breaks from the starting gate in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Photo by Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Fans of international horse racing are well aware that the first Sunday in October is the date of the much-anticipated Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp, the most prestigious race in Europe and—perhaps—the entire world. The Arc is a great attraction in and of itself, but for North American racing fans with an eye [...]

Covfefe Makes Stakes Debut in Frizette Stakes

Covfefe winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography There are some pretty good fillies entered in Sunday’s $400,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. That’s not surprising with a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) available, along with 17 qualification points for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). But truth be told, most eyes will be focused on one filly, and that one filly is #6 Covfefe, [...]

Chad Brown Holds Strong Hand in Flower Bowl Stakes

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Ten furlongs on turf? At Belmont Park? For fillies and mares? Those are the conditions of Sunday’s $500,000 Flower Bowl Stakes (gr. I), and if the race seems tailor-made for the deep stable of female turf stars trained by Chad Brown, then it should come as no surprise that Brown has won the race four times since 2011. Naturally, Brown will be well-represented in this year’s renewal of [...]

Eskimo Kisses, Blue Prize Among Big Names in Keeneland’s Spinster Stakes

Blue Prize winning the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) - Coady Photography There’s a good chance that when the dust settles after Sunday’s $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, a new Grade 1 winner will have been crowned. The 1 1/8-mile race has attracted a deep, competitive field of eleven fillies and mares—all vying for the winner’s share of the purse plus a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I)—but [...]

Betting Longshot Signalman in the Breeders’ Futurity

Keeneland Photo What do you do when faced with handicapping a full field of fourteen lightly-raced two-year-olds, the majority of them stretching out around two turns for the first time? Well, pretty much the best you can do is analyze the field, pick a few horses you like, and hope for the best. That’s what I’ll be doing for Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland, a 8.5-furlong “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 [...]

Endorsed, Trophy Chaser Look Live in Deep Champagne Stakes

Belmont Park - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography Some of the most promising two-year-olds on the East Coast are set to face off in Saturday’s $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) that also figures to toss up a few early contenders for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Nine of the ten starters enter the Champagne off of victories, so it’s hard to knock [...]