Deep Distaff Division Showcased in Personal Ensign Usually as the summer racing season winds down and the industry refocuses on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the fall, the distaff Division ends up feeling like the evil red-headed step child. Rightly so, the Classic division garners much of the attention and support mostly because their […]
DEL MAR, Calif. – California Chrome has recovered rapidly from his impressive win in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 20 and is likely to start in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, trainer Art Sherman said on Friday.
13 starts, six wins, three seconds, and one third. That is the record of Exaggerator, who will be running in the 2016 Travers Stakes and has been installed as the morning line favorite. There are quite a few that are under the impression that Exaggerator is simply a “mudder,” a horse that can only pull […]
“Win & You’re In” is the case for the Grade I Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga this Saturday. This race has major implications on how the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint field will start shaping up. While Spelling Again has already punched her ticket with a win in the Princess Rooney at Gulfstream back in July, this […]
I knew he was going to lose. I just knew it. It was one year ago that I was preparing for my very first trip to Saratoga. I couldn’t be more excited to see a reigning Triple Crown winner race, at the most hallowed of racetracks, live and in person. I was also keenly aware […]
US Racing members can get get their weekend Race Report Cards by clicking on the applicable links below… but that’s not all (sorry)! As an added bonus, I’m also making my Pace Profile Report for Saturday’s Travers Day card at Saratoga available. Friday (8/26) Albuquerque (ALB) Del Mar (DMR) Monmouth Park (MTH) Saratoga (SAR) Saturday (8/27) […]
Whenever I attempt to explain how to measure class in a racehorse, I am reminded of that old Julia Sweeney character on Saturday Night Live. Although, I never found the skits featuring “Pat” to be particularly funny (and, like most unfunny SNL bits, they lasted forever), the ambiguous nature of Sweeney’s signature character is precisely […]
You know it is summertime when the juveniles are popping up with big performances left and right. Saratoga and Del Mar often lead the way in featuring talented babies, but talent can come from anywhere, as Sweet Loretta, Bode’s Dream and Nonna Mela have shown us. This week, babies made their debuts and broke their […]
The Filly & Mare Turf is an exciting race on the Breeders’ Cup card. This race features horses from all over the world and, this year, already has challenge winners (horses granted an automatic berth in the starting gate) from New Zealand, France, South Africa and, of course, the United States. The Breeders’ Cup Filly […]
Psychologist Ellen Langer coined the term “illusion of control” for events that we think we have more influence over than we actually do. As horseplayers, we feel we have some sort of control of the events of every horse race that we play. Even with the intense training in optimal blackjack strategy and counting cards […]
California Chrome Shines Bright in Pacific Classic Win As if there were any doubt left in anyone’s mind as to who the best race horse in training is, California Chrome put it all to rest on Saturday with an impressive five-length victory in the 26th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (GI) at Del […]
DEL MAR, Calif. – It took a little more than two minutes for California Chrome to dominate Beholder, Dortmund, and Hoppertunity on Saturday in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, but the ramifications of his overpowering victory may be felt for the next two months.
DEL MAR, Calif. – Combine a Kentucky Derby winner, the first- and third-place finishers from the Dubai World Cup, two winners of the Santa Anita Derby, runners who have won five Eclipse Awards, two Breeders’ Cup races, a Horse of the Year title, and 19 Grade 1 races, plus the only female winner of the Pacific Classic, and what do you have?
Nonna Mela became the latest filly capture a major New York stakes for the owner-trainer combination of St. Elias Stables and Todd Pletcher. Before her came Bode’s Dream with a convincing score in the June 9 Astoria Stakes followed by Sweet Loretta in the Schuylerville Stakes (GIII). Nonna Mela’s win in the Adirondack Stakes (GII) […]
Saturday’s 11-race card at Del Mar is loaded with amazing races and exciting wagering opportunities, led by the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (GI), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) set for Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Also on the card are two other graded […]