Breeders’ Cup Sprint top 5: Roy H seeks a three-peat

Roy H winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup Typically one of the most competitive races at the annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships is the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), a six-furlong test of speed and talent. The 2019 Sprint should be no exception. There’s no shortage of top-class sprinters currently targeting the Nov. 2 race at Santa Anita Park, including runners with previous experience in the Breeders’ Cup. Who [...]

May 2019 Breeders’ Cup Overview: Who Leads Each Division?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Don’t look now, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park is just more than five months away, and the first North American leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series kicks off this weekend. Handicappers will be happy to know several key Breeders’ Cup divisions look wide open this year, which should make the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races exciting and competitive. Let’s quickly [...]

Picks and Plays for Dubai World Cup Night

Almond Eye winning the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association By far the best race card in the world this Saturday will take place at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, where the eight Thoroughbred races on Dubai World Cup Night will pit high-class runners from around the world against each other in a series of rich stakes events. I’ve gone through the card and have put together a list of horses that interest me [...]

Picks and Plays for Sunshine Millions Day

X Y Jet winning the Smile Sprint Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Coglianese Photos/Kenny Martin The annual Sunshine Millions program at Gulfstream Park might not be quite what it was a decade or so ago, when there were more races and bigger purses, but the four races scheduled for Saturday are shaping up to be competitive events with some high-quality participants. I’ve gone through the card and come up with a few spot plays totaling $100. Feel [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint Top 10: Will a 3yo Prevail?

Promises Fulfilled winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photography With the 2018 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs rapidly approaching—it’s just eight weeks away—the fields for the 14 championship races are starting to take shape. At the moment, it appears that the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) will be among the deepest and most contentious races, so sorting through the numerous talented candidates for the race isn’t an easy task. But I’m [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint Top 10 – 7/27/18

Chief Cicatriz winning the Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography As part of my ongoing “Breeders’ Cup Top 10” series, I decided this week to rank my Top 10 contenders for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Given the large number of talented sprinters in North America, this was not an easy list to compile. I chose to leave off such prominent runners as Mind Your Biscuits, who might be [...]

Never in Doubt: X Y Jet Wins the Smile Sprint Stakes

X Y Jet winning the Smile Sprint Stakes (gr. III) - Photo by Coglianese Photos/Kenny Martin The race was over almost as soon as the gates opened, practically before the horses had completed the 30-foot run-up to start the official timer. That’s how dominant X Y Jet was in Saturday’s Smile Sprint Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Bettors seemed to think the race was over even before the start of the six-furlong sprint, sending X Y Jet [...]

How to Bet the Smile Sprint Stakes

X Y Jet winning the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography) Want to see a horse that exemplifies the definition of pure speed? Then you should tune in to watch and wager on Saturday’s $250,000 Smile Sprint Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. The six-furlong sprint serves as an early summer prep race on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, so all eyes figure to be focused on the blazingly fast #8 [...]

X Y Jet, Mr. Jordan Among Stars on Sunshine Millions Day

X Y Jet winning the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography) If you’re a fan of quality state-restricted stakes races, then you won’t want to miss Sunshine Millions Day this Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Four stakes races for Florida-breds are scheduled to be run, though interestingly the richest race of the day—the $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes—is the first stakes race on the card. The favorite in the nine-furlong race will almost [...]

Is X Y Jet Vulnerable in the Mr. Prospector Stakes?

X Y Jet winning the 2015 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) - Photo by Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography The only graded stakes race on the North American racing schedule this Saturday is the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. Fortunately for bettors, it’s also among the most intriguing races of the day from a handicapping perspective. Ten horses have been entered in the six-furlong sprint, with the probable favorite being #6 X Y Jet. Trained [...]