Horse Racing

Trainer Bob Baffert's Medina Spirit wired the field in the Grade 1 Awesome Again earlier this month. The star Baffert colt -- as well as his other Breeders' Cup entries -- will be allowed to run in the championships at Del Mar next month. (Image: Ernie Belmonte)

Breeders’ Cup Allows Baffert’s Horses to Run with Extra Conditions

After a nearly month-long “review process” on Bob Baffert’s status, Breeders’ Cup officials announced on Sunday that the Hall of Fame trainer can enter this year’s Nov. 5-6 event at Del Mar, with certain conditions. Those conditions include extra testing of his entries, which Baffert will pay for, along with […]

In May, Empress Josephine won the 1,000 Guineas at 14/1. She comes back a week after running another Grade 1 as the 3/1 favorite in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. (Image: RacingFotos.com)

What Break? Empress Josephine Back, Searching for First US Grade 1

When it comes to his Irish-bred filly Empress Josephine, the concept of “load management” is a foreign one to Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien. It’s apparently also a foreign concept to Keeneland’s morning-line author, who made Empress Josephine the 3/1 favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. This, […]

Adayar won the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II stakes going away. He figures to be a key figure in Saturday's British Champion Stakes at Ascot. (Image: Great British Racing)

Star-Packed British Champion Stakes Looks Like a Breeders’ Cup Field

The British Champion Stakes bears a resemblance to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, if that $6 million all-star race was held in the UK. There’s an all-star flavor to the anchor race of British Champions Day at Ascot. You’ve got multiple Group 1 winner Mishriff taking on Epsom Derby champion Adayar. […]

Eduardo won eight of his last 10 races after one of his first 12. The 8-year-old gelding is one of the favorites for Friday night's The Everest from Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia. (Image: Darryl Sherer)

Summiting Australia’s The Everest Requires Speed — and Cash

The Everest is named after the tallest peak in the world, not the amount of cash up for grabs in Australia’s open-air ATM-with-a-twist race. That distinction out of the way, the fifth edition of the richest race on turf sends its 12 contenders out of the Randwick starting gate Friday […]

Flippant goes from this Listed Virginia Oaks victory to Saturday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. (Image: Coady Photography)

This QE II Challenge Cup Contender is Certainly Flippant

It was in the genes that Flippant would run her first two races on dirt. After all, that’s what Tapit offspring do. They run on dirt. Often, quite well on dirt, as we’ve seen with the likes of Belmont and Travers winner Essential Quality, among numerous others. But Flippant flipped […]

Edwin Gonzalez became a trivia question when he rode Emoji Guy to the first victory on Gulfstream Park's new Tapeta track on Sept. 30. Gonzalez leads all Gulfstream jockeys with six wins on the new, all-weather surface. (Image: Gulfstream Park Twitter)

Bring a Closer’s Mentality to Betting Gulfstream Park’s New Tapeta Track

Horseplayers seeking a trend that’s their friend can look no further than the newest course in North America: Gulfstream Park’s just-installed Tapeta track. And they need look no further at the betting window than their friendly closer. Over the first two weeks of racing on Gulfstream’s new all-weather track, closers […]

Five-time Group 1 champion Palace Pier is one of the favorites for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, offering a Breeders' Cup Mile berth to its winner. (Image: British Champions Series)

But Wait … There’s More Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Races in the UK

The Breeders’ Cup added two final Challenge Series races on Tuesday, giving “Win and You’re In” berths to the winners of Saturday’s Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at England’s Ascot Racecourse. Those two races are part of British Champions Day, one of the richest days in British racing, […]

Following Sea and Joel Rosario wired the field in Saturday's Grade 2 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park. This victory gives trainer Todd Pletcher options on which Breeders' Cup race the 3-year-old will run. (Image: NYRA Photo)

Following Sea’s Vosburgh Victory Gives Pletcher Enviable Options

Even as he reveled in Following Sea’s gate-to-wire victory in Saturday’s six-furlong Grade 2 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park, trainer Todd Pletcher said he planned lengthier travels for his 3-year-old. “He’s a very talented horse and trains very impressively. He’s also galloped out in a fashion that would indicate he […]

Letruska captured August's Grade 1 Personal Ensign by a half-length overe Bonny South. The two, along with fourth-place Dunbar Road, tangle again in Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland. (Image: NYRA/Coglianese Photos)

Letruska Looms Large and in Charge Over Her Spinster Stakes Rivals

When it comes to running against Letruska, Kenny McPeek – who sends Envoutante against the standout mare in Sunday’s Grade 1 Spinster — summed up the frustration he and his fellow trainers face. “That’s the thing,” McPeek told the Daily Racing Form. “If you try to run with her early, […]

Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. guides Rattle N Roll to a 4 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity. (Image: Coady Photography)

Rattle N Roll Shakes Up Derby Prospect List With Breeders’ Futurity Win

Rattle N Roll entered the Kentucky Derby prospect picture, Saturday, doing so with a 4 ¼-length victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity on a busy opening weekend at Keeneland. Not only does this put Rattle N Roll into next month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, courtesy of the Breeders’ Futurity’s “Win […]

The Dec. 4 Claiming Crown card gives horses who once ran with claiming tags their day in the Florida sun. Gulfstream Park announced its 2021-22 Championship Meet stakes schedule this weekend. (Image: Gulfstream Park)

Gulfstream Park Adds New Pegasus Race to Championship Meet

Gulfstream Park added a new Grade 3 race to its 2021-22 Championship Meet stakes schedule, introducing the $500,000 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf to its announced stakes slate. The Florida track’s primary meet in its year-round schedule opens Dec. 3 and runs through April 3, 2022. It features 76 stakes […]

Althiqa, seen here winning the Grade 1 Just A Game at Belmont Park in June, will be a popular choice for bettors in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland. (Image: Godolphin)

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 Wager Returns With Some Familiar Names

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6 wager returns Saturday, incorporating Keeneland’s opening weekend with Belmont Park to create an intriguing handicapping puzzle featuring familiar names. This is the second version of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Pick 6, which mandates bettors pick winners from each of six Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series […]

Order of Australia returns to the scene of his 73/1 shocker in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile. He headlines the field for Saturday's Grade 1 Keeneland Turf Mile. (Image: Coady Photography)

Is Another Upset In Store for Order of Australia’s Keeneland Return?

It took two horses dropping out to get Order of Australia into the Breeders’ Cup Mile last fall. Then, once he was in the then-3-year-old son of Australia went off at a dismissive 73/1. A tick over 93 seconds later, bettors holding Order of Australia win tickets weren’t dismissive. Not […]

Penny Saver's 9 1/2-length blowout of a Churchill Downs maiden special weight field makes her the filly to watch in Friday's Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland. (Image: Coady Photography)

Deep Alcibiades Goes a Long Way Defining Who is the Top Juvenile Filly

Last year, Kenny McPeek watched Simply Ravishing and Crazy Beautiful turn in stunning performances in the Alcibiades at Keeneland. That he watched his 2-year-old duo go 1-2 in the Grade 1 race while at Pimlico was a minor annoyance. McPeek, like everyone else coping with the pandemic, could handle minor […]

Gufo (right) held off a surging Japan to win August's Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga. The two turf rivals tangle again in Saturday's Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. (Image: Sarah Andrew)

Consistent Casher Gufo Goes for Third Grade 1 Win in Joe Hirsch

There’s Gufo, who hasn’t missed the board in 12 career starts. There’s Japan, one of his rivals, who ships in from Europe for another crack at Gufo. And there’s Arklow and Channel Maker, who combined to win the last three editions of the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. It’s […]

Bob Baffert's star 3-year-old filly Private Mission heads to the Breeders' Cup Distaff after Sunday's convincing victory in the Grade 2 Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita Park. (Image: Benoit Photo)

Baffert Makes Santa Anita Park His Personal Playground — Again

Two weeks ago, Bob Baffert made what appeared to be a head-scratching decision, keeping star 3-year-olds Medina Spirit and Private Mission home in California. That, instead of running the pair against their age group rivals in Parx Racing’s two marquee races, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion. And yet again, […]

Tripoli has two victories and a second in his last three races. This includes this win in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic. He carries value-laden 3/1 odds into the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. (Image: Benoit Photo)

Awesome Again Pits ‘Youngster’ Medina Spirit Against His Elders

Medina Spirit is considered one of the “kids” in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes, a change in status from what his consideration would have been, had he run in last week’s Pennsylvania Derby. From one of the fellow 3-year-olds in that race, to one of the kids in Saturday’s […]

Art Collector and jockey Luis Saez's gutsy victory in the Charles Town Classic sets them up for Saturday's Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. Art Collector is the 3/1 third-favorite to win his first Grade 1. (Image: Coady Photography)

Woodward Stakes Returns to Belmont Park With Wide Open Field

The Grade 1 Woodward Stakes returns to Belmont Park for the first time since 2005, bringing with it a field full of intriguing characters at varying points in their careers. And all seeking validation for where they are in those varying points. One of two Grade 1s on Belmont Park’s […]

Gunite showed off his versatility winning the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga last month. He comes with 4/1 morning-line value for Saturday's Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. (Image: Sarah Andrew)

Champagne Stakes Bubbles With Four Legitimate Juvenile Contenders

The Grade 1 Champagne Stakes predates the Kentucky Derby by eight years. In fact, the one mile juvenile test that sets the early bar for Derby prospects appeared only two years after the Civil War ended. Derby preps have to get their momentum somewhere, which is where the Champagne pours forth. Saturday’s test […]