Churchill Downs spot plays: Is Covfefe vulnerable in the Dogwood?

There are 11 races scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at Churchill Downs, but the most interesting events on the card are the final two of the afternoon. The $125,000 Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies attracted a small but intriguing field, while the finale is a deep maiden special weight with an abundance of entries.

Belmont Park: Spot plays for Kelso Handicap, Noble Damsel Stakes

Graded stakes racing returns to Belmont Park on Saturday, September 21, with the $200,000 Noble Damsel Stakes (G3) and the $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2).

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.

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 [...]

Betting an 8-1 shot in the Presque Isle Downs Masters

If you toss out Spring in the Wind’s poor showings on dirt, her race record looks encouraging. She also won three straight races over the Woodbine Tapeta track in 2018.

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.

Former claimer could challenge for victory in Dueling Grounds Derby

On Saturday trainer Mike Maker’s skills will be put to the test when Temple contests the $600,000 Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs.

Keying a 6-1 shot in the 2019 Spinaway Stakes

#6 Risky Mischief might not be the fastest filly on paper in Sunday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, but I believe this daughter of Into Mischief might be better than she appears at first glance. Although Risky Mischief’s debut victory on July 31 at Saratoga didn’t yield big speed figures (67 Beyer and 82 Brisnet), she made a terrific visual impression. Facing nine New York-bred rivals in a six-furlong sprint, Risky Mischief broke slowly from the rail before rushing [...]

Why I’m betting Tom’s d’Etat in the Woodward Stakes

Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although #9 Tom’s d’Etat has never won a graded stakes race of any kind, he may have found the perfect spot to nab a signature Grade 1 victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1), the feature race on the final Saturday of the 2019 Saratoga meet. Tom’s d’Etat has long shown flashes of significant talent, and he’s knocked heads with some serious racehorses this year, most [...]

Chad Brown holds strong hand in Glens Fall Stakes

There isn’t much speed entered in Saturday’s $250,000 Glens Falls Stakes (G2) at Saratoga, which could be the ticket to success for #8 Night of England.