Lessons from tough Breeders’ Cup for punters

World Approval was one of just two favorites to win at the Breeders' Cup. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher. OK, hands up – who out there thought Mor Spirit, Moonshine Memories, Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia, Lady Eli, Drefong, and Bolt d’Oro would all be beaten at the Breeders’ Cup? It’s not often that only two one of the 13 Breeders’ Cup favorites win, as happened at Del Mar this year. But in an unpredictable year, only World Approval and [...]

Questions of track bias raised by Breeders’ Cup

Del Mar's surface became a major talking point after the 2017 Breeders' Cup. Photo: Benoit Photo. Del Mar’s first Breeders’ Cup proved notable for its multiple shocks as well as for its great performances. When results like these happen, questions invariably get asked about whether there was any kind of track bias. The only favorites to win were both on turf: World Approval (5-2) in the Mile on Saturday, and Mendelssohn in the Juvenile Turf – and at [...]

Lady Eli seeks sweet swan song in Filly and Mare Turf

Lady Eli wins the Ballston Spa stakes easily. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel. Europeans are often well backed in Breeders’ Cup races on turf, but if you like any of the raiders this year in the Filly & Mare Turf, you may get a good price. The market for the 1 1/8-mile contest is dominated by Lady Eli, who is rated a 5-2 chance on the morning line in what's expected to be her final race. She’s been beaten [...]

New Money Honey faces worthy European challenge

Punters will need to assess the form of the European 3-year-old fillies against that of North America when handicapping the 1 1/8-mile Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 14. The American division, headed by New Money Honey, face two European-trained runners – one of which has strong form against the best on that continent. Wuheida, from the stable of Charlie Appleby, hasn’t won since the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1) last year. But in four group one races [...]