Ziyad, Desert Encounter stand out in Canadian International

Trainer David Simcock has made a habit of shipping horses from Europe to snatch victories in major North American stakes races, and on Saturday he’ll stand a strong chance to nab the $800,000 Canadian International (G1) at Woodbine with #4 Desert Encounter.

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 [...]

Graded stakes spot plays for Woodbine Mile Day

Saturday, September 14 marks one of the biggest days of the year at Woodbine.

Avie’s Flatter can take the spotlight in Breeders’ Stakes

Avie's Flatter winning the Transylvania Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo The third time might be the charm for #7 Avie’s Flatter in the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Avie’s Flatter performed admirably without a victory in the first two legs of the challenging series. In the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate Stakes over the Woodbine Tapeta track, Avie’s Flatter tracked the pace but couldn’t quite wear down the leader on his [...]

BARN Podcast 7/3/19

It's Wednesday and we look ahead to some of the races at Belmont and Woodbine happening on this Wednesday afternoon. Then we head up to Fort Erie to do a live interview with Fort Erie Racing's analyst and handicapper Ashley Mailloux. We talk about Fort Erie, handicapping, her story in the game, working the Preakness, and more!

Wide draw shouldn’t bother Avie’s Flatter in Queen’s Plate

Avie's Flatter winning the Transylvania Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo When a top-ranked contender in a Thoroughbred race draws an outside post position, handicappers often unite in trumpeting the misfortune and warning other bettors of the disadvantageous wide trip that could be in store. But there are some races where wide draws aren’t as detrimental as they might appear. Outside runners frequently excel in the Kentucky Derby (G1), because the large field and testing 1 1/4-mile distance combine [...]

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 [...]