Picks and plays for the Pennsylvania Derby, Cotillion Stakes

Some of the best 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in North America will face off in a pair of $1 million races on Saturday at Parx Racing.

Lazy Daisy digs deep to win Pocahontas Stakes

Reiterating the strength of the juvenile fillies division in California, Lazy Daisy shipped east off a fourth-place finish in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) and sprung a 7-1 upset in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.

Dennis’ Moment cruises to Derby favoritism in Iroquois Stakes

Dennis’ Moment lived up to the hype in Saturday’s $200,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, where he cruised to an uncontested victory and gave the impression he could have won by more if asked.

Spot plays for Natalma Stakes, Summer Stakes at Woodbine

Turf racing at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) A big weekend of Breeders’ Cup prep races at Woodbine continues Sunday, with the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G1) and the $250,000 Natalma Stakes (G1). These one-mile grass events for juveniles offer “Win and You’re In” qualifying berths to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), respectively. Two competitive fields are the result. Let’s add our own rooting interests to the action with a couple [...]

Graded stakes spot plays for Woodbine Mile Day

Saturday, September 14 marks one of the biggest days of the year at Woodbine.

Why Dennis’ Moment won’t lose the Iroquois Stakes

Three colts who won their last starts by double-digit margins will face off in Saturday’s $200,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, the much-anticipated first stop on the 2019-2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby.

McPeek filly to follow winning formula in Pocahontas Stakes

You can take your pick of fillies who recorded maiden victories on dirt at Saratoga, Del Mar, Gulfstream Park, Colonial Downs, Ellis Park or Indiana Grand, but I’m going to play outside the box and favor #6 Morning Gold, whose maiden victory came on grass at Saratoga.

Local runner poised for success in Runhappy Turf Sprint

With a $700,000 purse and a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on the line, Saturday’s Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) at Kentucky Downs has attracted a top-notch field of turf sprinters.

Why I’m betting Spanish Mission in the Jockey Club Derby

David Simcock doesn’t send runners across the Atlantic very often, but since 2011 he’s compiled a 5-for-19 record in North America. That’s why we're excited to see Simcock send #9 Spanish Mission to contest the inaugural running of the $1 million Jockey Club Derby at Belmont Park.

Why I’m betting Come Dancing in the Ballerina Stakes

Several accomplished female sprinters will square off in Saturday’s $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but they’re all running for second behind the lightly raced 5-year-old #2 Come Dancing.