Inaugurated in 2008, the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) has always had the look of a brain-busting handicapping exercise. How do you sift through a gate load of some of the world's fastest horses running a short distance over generally tight turf courses? Thankfully, the process of elimination...|
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Merriebelle Stable LLC’s Renown was making his graded bow in Thursday’s $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, but that didn’t stop the chestnut gelding from getting up in the final strides to record a nose victory in the rainy day feature. No one was in a hurry early as One Go All Go set the...|
I remember Sweet Talker. By Stormin Fever, who also sired the Grade 1-winning turf filly Check the Label, Sweet Talker notched her biggest victory on Keeneland’s turf when capturing the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) in 2005. The triumph came in the midst of a nine-race stretch where the...|
By Dick Powell Champions Day was run last Saturday at Ascot in England and even if the results do not have a lot of Breeders’ Cup implications, they were great to watch. The highlight was race five, the $1.9 million Champion Stakes (G1) run at 1 ¼ miles on turf that attracted a terrific field of...|
Sunday's sixth race at Keeneland is a $60,000 maiden special weight on the turf for fillies and mares. With favoritism likely to fall on Lemon Squeeze (#5) off a sharp second-place effort at Woodbine for Mark Casse, Pay the Kitten (#7) figures to be the better value in the nine-furlong test....|
All eyes are on the Meadowlands as the 2016 championship series presents a slew of eliminations for The Breeders Crown on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. Entries for the $6.2-million “Crown” miles numbered 174 trotters and pacers dropping into the entry box to qualify for the 12-race finals on Friday, Oct. 28...|
The Breeders Crown Countdown will be reaching its conclusion as the finals approach, this week featuring several eliminations of for aged pacing mares and two-year-old trotting fillies. The first elimination for the aged pacing mares attracts Frost Damage Blues, who will likely go off the...|
Thursday's $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at Keeneland, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for older horses, attracted a full field of 14 (plus one also-eligible). As one might suspect, it's a rather contentious affair. Trainer Mike Maker arguably has the horses to beat in Greengrassofyoming, who landed the Stars and...|