Looking for Longshots in the Valedictory Stakes

The final stakes race of the 2017 Woodbine meet will be held this Sunday, and believe me, it’s a good one. It’s not every day that you get to see a field of talented stakes competitors vie for supremacy in a 1 ¾-mile marathon, but those are the conditions of the $125,000 Valedictory Stakes (gr. III), one of the longest graded stakes races held in North America each year. In handicapping the race, all eyes will be on #11 Melmich, [...]

Graded races around North America this weekend

Pink Lloyd wins the 2017 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine. Pic: Michael Burns Photography. Churchill Downs and Del Mar take center stage in racing this Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s no shortage of top quality racing around North America for players to look at. Graded races will be held at Aqueduct, Golden Gate, Hawthorne, and Woodbine, each including some of the better horses that have raced in 2017. Two graded stakes are run at Woodbine in Canada this weekend, and [...]

Frost King Stakes headed by Be Vewy Vewy Quiet

Clarendon Stakes winner Be Vewy Vewy Quiet should acquit himself well in the Frost King Stakes. Pic: Woodbine/Michael Burns Photography. The previous stakes experience of Be Vewy Vewy Quiet suggests he will be very tough to beat in the seven-furlong Frost King Stakes at Woodbine Nov. 18. Be Vewy Vewy Quiet (Silent Name) has been very competitive in each of his four starts to date, all at Woodbine. A maiden winner in July, he stepped up to stakes [...]

Melmich looks to continue unbeaten year in Autumn Stakes

Melmich seeks to enhance his Canadian Horse of the Year claims in the Autumn Stakes. Pic: Michael Burns Photography. Melmich is out to extend his unbeaten 2017 run to six starts, and possibly enhance his Canadian Horse of the Year claims, when he takes on four opponents in the Autumn Stakes (G2) on the Woodbine Tapeta track. The Ontario-bred 6-year-old has had a very good career, but it’s gone to new heights this year. After an allowance victory [...]

Likely Derby, Oaks contenders start at Aqueduct

Beldame Stakes runner-up Money'soncharlotte heads the field for the Chilukki Stakes. Photo: J J Zamaiko Photography.   It may seem amazing while the Breeders’ Cup is on at Del Mar, but there are some good quality graded stakes races to interest punters at other North American venues this weekend. Aqueduct, Churchill Downs, and Woodbine host graded races Nov.3-5, and two of them will be of interest to those looking for next year’s big races for 3-year-olds. The first [...]

Stormy Victoria takes on top Canadian sprinting females

Moonlit Promise wins the Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine. Michael Burns. American raider Stormy Victoria will be seeking her first stakes victory when she takes on some of Canada’s best sprinting fillies and mares in the Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3) at Woodbine Oct. 28. A French import, Stormy Victoria began her North American career at the beginning of last year and has won three allowance races. She’s run some great races at stakes level, with a second-place [...]

European trio take on Quidura in E P Taylor Stakes

The Canadian International (G1) is the highlight of racing at Woodbine Oct. 15, but there is a strong undercard with plenty of good horses. Three horses have made their way from Europe for the 1 ¼-mile E P Taylor Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares, headed by the 5-2 morning-line favorite Nezwaah. The Roger Varian-trained filly finished seventh in this race last year, but has since won the Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) in Ireland and finished fourth to Enable in [...]