Roots in the Claiming Ranks, Eyes to the Stars: Jason Servis and Mr. Amore Stable

Roots in the Claiming Ranks, Eyes to the Stars: Jason Servis and Mr. Amore Stable
In the morning, he gallops along the inside of the track. He is a tank, but the word “compact” still dares come to mind. His smooth, dark bay coat barely contains the muscle sculpted underneath. Each stride explodes with the immediacy of a top one-turn runner. Sometimes a horse’s name just fits, and such is... Read more »

2018 Breeders' Cup Saturday Picks and Ponderings

Breeders’ Cup action continues on Saturday.  Friday the two-year-olds take the stage, but Saturday belongs to the older horses.  The day features several links to Arlington Million Day.  This year’s Arlington Million (G1) winner Robert Bruce will attempt to get a mile and a half in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the same distance that thwarted... Read more »

2018 Breeders' Cup Friday Picks and Ponderings

Breeders’ Cup takes over Churchill Downs this weekend, and Friday is all about the future stars.  With the addition of the Juvenile Turf Sprint there are now five Breeders’ Cup races restricted to two-year-old horses.  They will all be run on Friday, with the races open to older The horses all contested on Saturday. Picks... Read more »
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Streamline and Cammack Make It a Day for the Durable Illinois-Breds

The older turf horse divisions in Illinois, both male and female, have been strong in recent years.  And, today’s pair of turf stakes races at Hawthorne Race Course were both won by longtime Illinois runners with deep family roots in the state.  Six-year-old Streamline, a multiple graded stakes winner on dirt who hails from a long-running... Read more »

2018 Buck's Boy Handicap and Illini Princess Handicap Preview

The stakes portion of the Hawthorne meet begins this Saturday, as Hawthorne hopes to get the pair of Illinois-bred turf stakes in before the weather turns too cold (or, too flighty) to keep them on the grass.  It looks like Mother Nature is going to cooperate, and both of the Illinois-bred turf stakes drew deep,... Read more »

2018 Raven Run Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s featured race at Keeneland is the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes. The race has been run since 1999, and has always been a seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies over the Keeneland main track. It earned Grade 3 status in 2002, and gained its current Grade 2 designation in 2006. As with so many... Read more »
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A Grade 1 Double for Jockey Andrea Atzeni at Woodbine

Jockey Andrea Atzeni had ridden in the Canadian International thrice before, Jwith his previous best finish coming when he guided Seismos to a third-place finish in 2013.  Today, he did two placings better when guiding Desert Encounter home in the day’s flagship race, with a furious late rally that carried them past favoured Thundering Blue. Less than an... Read more »

2018 Canadian International Day Picks and Ponderings

Saturday’s card at Woodbine features the Grade 1 Canadian International, which drew a top-notch field of eleven, and should be a fantastic betting race.  It’s the headliner of four stakes races, all of which drew intriguing fields and should make for excellent betting races, no matter whether you like to play intra-race exotics or multi-race... Read more »

2018 Ontario Derby Preview

The Ontario Derby began its life as the Colonel R. S. MacLaughlin Handicap, and carried MacLaughlin’s name from its inauguration in 1972 until it took the Ontario Derby name in 2003.  It began as a nine and a half-furlong race for three-year-olds over the main track.  It was shortened to its current nine-furlong distance in... Read more »
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2018 Nearctic Stakes Preview

The Nearctic Stakes takes its name from Nearctic, the 1958 Canadian Horse of the Year.  Owned by E. P. Taylor and trained by Pete McCann, this Ontario-bred ran in stakes company from age two through age four, winning 21 of his 47 career starts.  As good as he was on the racetrack, Nearctic stood out... Read more »