Top Milers Prep for Royal Ascot in Lockinge Stakes

Horses and jockeys during the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes, Royal Ascot - Photo by The 2019 British flat racing season is well underway, and preparations are heating up for the prestigious five-day Royal Ascot meet in mid-June. The annual opening race at Royal Ascot is the Queen Anne Stakes (G1), a one-mile test that pits some of the best older milers in Europe—both male and female—against each other in a straight run down the long chute and [...]

Lightning Spear Earns Breakthrough Win in Sussex Stakes

Will Lightning Spear accept his "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs? (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) Durability and consistency were rewarded on Wednesday when the veteran Lightning Spear finally (finally!) secured a signature victory in the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood racecourse in Great Britain. On fifteen previous occasions—yes, fifteen!—Lightning Spear had competed against Group 1 company without scoring a single victory. Oh, there were plenty [...]

Tip Two Win, Romanised May Have Advantage in St. James’s Palace Stakes

Royal Ascot - Photo by Historically, the one-mile St. James’s Palace Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot has been dominated by horses that competed in the top-class “Guineas” races throughout Europe—the one-mile European classics held in England, Ireland, and France. That’s why it’s interesting to see that the John Gosden-trained #9 Without Parole is the clear favorite in the St. James's Palace Stakes despite the fact that he did not contest any of the three Guineas races, missing [...]