Looking for a longshot in the River City Handicap

It’s been a tough year so far for #4 Mr. Misunderstood, the probable favorite in Saturday’s $175,000 River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs.

International challengers stand out in Melbourne Cup

Mer De Glace winning the Kokura Kinen (G3) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association They call it “the race that stops a nation,” and for good reason. The Melbourne Cup (G1) at Flemington racecourse in Australia is a historic two-mile test of speed and stamina first run in 1861. In terms of national recognition, it’s Australia’s equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, an event so cherished its annual date on the calendar (the first Tuesday in November) [...]

Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup There’s an unwritten rule about watching and wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships—you have to play every race. Oh sure, there are folks who confidently -- and perhaps wisely -- play only the races in which they have strong opinions. But half the fun of the Breeders’ Cup is having a rooting interest in every championship race, so [...]

How to bet the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Distaff

Higher Power winning the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Saturday, November 2 is going to be a fantastic day for horse racing fans and bettors alike. On a huge afternoon at Santa Anita Park, the best fillies and mares in North America will take the spotlight in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), while colts and geldings (plus one brave mare) will square off in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). [...]

How to bet the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies

Wicked Whisper winning the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography Horse racing’s future will be on display at Santa Anita Park on November 1. On a day billed as “Future Stars Friday,” the best two-year-old Thoroughbreds of both genders will take the spotlight in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). There’s a strong chance the young runners vying for victory in these championship events will wind up [...]

How to bet the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Through the years, Europe has dominated the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), providing 17 of the last 21 winners. But when the 1 ½-mile grass race heads to Santa Anita on November 2, the home team might just steal the show thanks to the sensational #9 Bricks and Mortar. This son of Giant’s Causeway has shown serious talent and [...]

California shipper might spring mild upset in Raven Run Stakes

Horses based in California enjoyed plenty of success on opening weekend at Keeneland. We'll wager on the Californians to extend their success in Saturday's $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2).

Longshot Century Dream has a chance in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

The key to handicapping Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) at Ascot in England is determining which runner will prove quickest at slogging through the rain-soaked, “heavy” turf course.

Castle Lady a formidable foreigner in QEII at Keeneland

The nine sophomore fillies entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland are a quality bunch. Eight of them are stakes winners, and six have prevailed at the graded stakes level.

Spot plays for the 2019 “Super Saturday” Breeders’ Cup preps

Vino Rosso winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography Five weeks out from the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, eight “Win and You’re In” prep races will be conducted September 27-29, including a quartet of prestigious events Saturday. A pair of grade 1 races at Belmont Park will be followed by two more top-level prizes at Santa Anita. Some of the most heralded Breeders’ Cup contenders will take the spotlight in these [...]