2019 Racing Preview: 5 Races You Won’t Want to Miss

Winx - Photo: Australia Turf Club/Sky Racing. With 2019 on the horizon, I’m already looking forward to another sensational year of racing and anticipating some of the exciting showdowns and matchups that we’ll witness across the globe. Five races in particular are already on my radar as intriguing events that I’m excited to watch unfold. In chronological order, they are…. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational (gr. I) When: January 26 Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida The first two editions [...]

Year in Review: The Best Horse of 2018

Almond Eye winning the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association While the debate over U.S. Horse of the Year honors has taken up a lot of press since the Breeders’ Cup, I find a less formal but no less challenging debate to be just as interesting—who was the best horse to race anywhere in the world in 2018? I’m not just looking for who compiled the best campaign, or who ran the best [...]

Winx Bids for Historic Fourth Straight Cox Plate Victory

Winx - Photo: Australia Turf Club/Sky Racing. Twenty-eight consecutive victories. Most top-class horses don’t even run in that many races, let alone win that many races. To prevail in 28 consecutive races is an extraordinary feat, bordering on the unbelievable, which is why the seven-year-old Australian super mare Winx has gained an international reputation as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. All told, Winx has won 32 of her 38 starts, but she might never face a [...]

2017: A Year in Reflection

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With only a few days remaining in 2017, now seems like a great time to look back at a memorable year of racing from coast to coast and throughout the world. From best bets to favorite races, here are some of my most memorable moments from 2017…. Best Bet of the Year When I look back at 2017, I think my best bet [...]

2017 Year in Review: 10 Best Horses

  Everyone who follows racing will have their ideas about who the best horses in the world are. No two lists will be alike. Ignoring my unfortunate black spot regarding horses in South America and South Africa, these are my top 10 for the year.   Gun Runner topped off a wonderfully consistent season with a Breeders' Cup Classic triumph. (Photo by Steve Dalmado/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images) Arrogate It’s a shame Arrogate ended 2017 so badly. He lost a [...]

Third Cox Plate highly likely for Winx

Champion Australian mare Winx seeks her 22nd consecutive victory in the Cox Plate. Photo: Australia Turf Club/Sky Racing. Is there any way that Winx won’t win the $A3 million W S Cox Plate for a third time, and extend her win sequence to 22 races? The world’s best turf racehorse faces eight opponents in the 2,040-meter (about 1 ¼-mile) Cox Plate at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne. There are some good horses among them, but connections of most [...]

Melbourne Cup carnival hots up at Caulfield

The Melbourne Cup carnival hots up this weekend with Caulfield Stakes (G1) day Oct. 14 at Caulfield racetrack, including three races that will be important guides to the big races to come. The 1-1/4 mile Caulfield Stakes (G1), run at weight for-age conditions, is often a good guide to the Cox Plate (G1) over the same distance at Moonee Valley. But with Winx likely to scare off most of the top horses in the Cox Plate, it may not be [...]