$1 MILLION JUVENILE TURF SPRINT (FRIDAY)   AVERLY JANE (5-2 on my official BC morning line) Undefeated filly with 4 wins by combined 22 1/4 lengths   ONE TIMER (4-1) Undefeated gelding with 3 wins by combined 17 lengths   TWILIGHT JET (15-1) Drew rail (morning line made before post-position draw)   Nice-price danger: TIME […]

Read more

Pre-entries for all 14 of this year’s Breeders’ Cup races at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6 have been announced.   This will be the 38th Breeders’ Cup, which was launched at Hollywood Park in 1984. Del Mar, known as the track “where the turf meets the surf,” is playing host to the equine extravaganza for […]

Read more

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar is fast approaching. With that in mind, it’s interesting to examine the history of the Beyer Speed Figures for the richest of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races, the $6 million Classic.   Sunday Silence and Ghostzapper share the distinction of having achieved the top Beyer Speed Figure in […]

Read more

The 38th annual Breeders’ Cup, a 14-race extravaganza topped by the $6 million Classic, will be held at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6.   I, like many others, am looking forward to seeing what happens in the $2 million BC Juvenile, a 1 1/16-mile race on the main track for 2-year-olds.   No doubt many […]

Read more

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6 is just around the corner. As Del Mar’s morning-line oddsmaker, I thought this would be a good time to come up with a list of early odds for the $6 million BC Classic.   Of course, the actual field for the Grade I BC Classic […]

Read more

In light of his stellar performance in last Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, Hot Rod Charlie should be taken very seriously when he makes his next start in the Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar on Nov. 6.   Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Doug O’Neill, Hot Rod Charlie […]

Read more

It’s hard for me to believe that 31 years have passed since I called the official race chart for the inaugural running of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.   Best Pal won the 1 1/4-mile event by one length in 1:59 4/5. The California-bred gelding not only defeated his elders that day, he broke […]

Read more

There certainly is a lot to unpack regarding last Saturday’s $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park.   Jockey Paco Lopez was abruptly unseated from Midnight Bourbon during the stretch drive. Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun then proceeded to battle furiously all the way to a head-bobbing finish. Hot Rod Charlie beat Mandaloun by a […]

Read more

The $1 million Haskell Stakes, premier race of the 2020 Monmouth Park meet, has attracted a field of seven to do battle at 1 1/8 miles.   Louisiana Derby winner and Belmont Stakes runner-up Hot Rod Charlie has been installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the Grade I event.   When I have attempted […]

Read more

In a horseracingnation.com story written by Carolyn Greer, nine currently are listed as either probable or possible for Monmouth Park’s Grade I Haskell Stakes. The $1 million event will be contested at 1 1/8 miles on July 17.   Missing from the list of candidates is Medina Spirit, who finished first in the Grade I […]

Read more

Going all the way back to 2004, I have come up with my list of the Top 10 performances by a Thoroughbred in the United States during the first half of the year for Xpressbet.com.   Starting on New Year’s Day, I keep an eye out for a performance that I deem a possibility for […]

Read more

Congratulations to Thistledown for enticing such a strong group of 11 in this Saturday’s Grade III Ohio Derby. Among the 11 entrants is a Grade II winner in Keepmeinmind and a pair of Grade III winners in King Fury and Promise Keeper.   Promise Keeper is the lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite, according to horseracingnation.com. Keepmeinmind […]

Read more

There is something of a lull going on right now during this year’s Triple Crown series before it concludes with the Grade I Belmont Stakes on June 5. I will have my Belmont selections and analysis for Xpressbet.com next week.   I thought this would be a good time to go over my list of […]

Read more

Trainer Michael McCarthy sent out Rombauer for an upset victory in last Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.   While Rombauer’s triumph in the Grade I event took many bettors by surprise, it really was not an upset for his 50-year-old conditioner to win a Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont. His background […]

Read more

Before I get to my selections for this Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Preakness Stakes, I can’t ignore the elephant — or more specifically, the horse — in the room. The horse, of course, is Medina Spirit.   As of May 12, Medina Spirit is still the official winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby. But […]

Read more