BARN Podcast 6/14/19

It's Friday and we're looking ahead to weekend action from all over including the Poker Stakes from Belmont, the Affirmed at Santa Anita, the Trillium from Woodbine and more! Then the BARN Jury comes in to discuss which 3 year-old runners they think will be stars in the second half of the year.

How to bet the 2019 Connaught Cup Stakes

Shakhimat winning the 2017 Tropical Turf Stakes - © Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography #1 Shakhimat might not be the most consistent horse in training, but when he starts in Saturday’s $175,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) at Woodbine, I think he’ll be sitting on a winning performance. The 6-year-old son of Lonhro has long been a classy stakes competitor and has even nabbed a couple of high-profile victories at the graded stakes level, including the 2017 Tropical Turf Stakes [...]

Betting a Cold Exacta in the 2019 Selene Stakes

Bold Script winning the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Woodbine - Michael Burns Photo There are four stakes winners among the five fillies entered in Saturday’s $125,000 Selene Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, but despite the quality of the small field, I expect the race to be dominated by #4 Bold Script. Trained by Stuart Simon, the 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown demonstrated high-class form on turf at Woodbine last year, most notably when she finished third in the Natalma Stakes [...]

BARN Podcast 3/14/19

It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're talking harness with Garnet Barnsdale joining us. We discuss some harness handicapping theories, the WEG circuit, and more! Jason opens the show discussing the two divisions of the Rebel Stakes coming up on Saturday at Oaklawn.

How to Bet the Valedictory Stakes

Melmich - Michael Burns Photography Want to take on a difficult handicapping challenge this weekend? Then come join me in analyzing Sunday’s $125,000 Valedictory Stakes (gr. III) at Woodbine. The uncommon (and very testing) 1 ¾-mile distance would make this race tricky to handicap even if it were being run on dirt or turf, the two most common racing surfaces in North America. Add in the fact that it is actually being conducted over the synthetic Tapeta track [...]

Bessarabian Stakes Offers Rematch of Ontario Fashion Stakes Rivals

Moonlit Promise winning the 2018 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) If the field for Sunday’s $175,000 Bessarabian Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine seems a bit familiar, that’s because the seven-furlong all-weather sprint is essentially a rematch of last month’s Ontario Fashion Stakes (gr. III) over the same track. The top four finishers from the Ontario Fashion—Silent Sonet, Jessica Krupnick, Moonlit Promise, and Code Warrior—are set to face off again, along with the sixth-place finisher [...]

Keying Avie’s Flatter in the Coronation Futurity

Woodbine Racetrack(Michael Burns Photo) This is hardly a creative opinion—to the contrary, it’s an opinion that will surely be shared by many—but it’s rather difficult to envision a scenario in which #3 Avie’s Flatter loses the $225,000 Coronation Futurity for Canadian-breds at Woodbine. In a race where three of the seven starters have never reached the winner’s circle, Avie’s Flatter stands out on pretty much any metric you consider. Class? Avie’s Flatter is the lone stakes winner in [...]

Why I’m Betting Moonlit Promise in the Ontario Fashion Stakes

Moonlit Promise winning the 2018 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo) Generally speaking, 2018 has been a pretty tough year for #1 Moonlit Promise, who will be among the favorites in Sunday’s $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (gr. III) at Woodbine. The daughter of Malibu Moon started her career with such promise, winning six of her first nine starts over the synthetic track at Woodbine, a streak that included three straight stakes victories at the end [...]