Kellie Reilly

Kellie Reilly is a journalist and turf writer specializing in international horse racing.

Longshots of interest on 2024 Pegasus World Cup Day

Sat Jan 27 2024Kellie Reilly

On a deep and competitive Pegasus World Cup Day, chances are that overlooked contenders might jump up to factor at enticing prices.
Seven older horses to follow in 2024

Fri Jan 26 2024Kellie Reilly

Let's look at several talented runners who could be poised for a bigger year in 2024.
First-crop sires: Omaha Beach’s unbeaten Kopion on Kentucky Oaks trail

Tue Jan 16 2024Kellie Reilly

Omaha Beach ranked first among North American freshman sires, not by the official standard of progeny earnings in 2023, but by another metric that’s arguably more significant for his stud career: the number of stakes performers.
2023 in review: Seven favorite races

Sun Jan 07 2024Kellie Reilly

An annual look back on notable races of the year can easily devolve into a laundry list of obligatory inclusions. For greater variety, I’d prefer to highlight my favorite performances that took place outside of the U.S. Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup festivities that are already well covered.
First-crop sires: Next wave of prospects storming in for Omaha Beach

Thu Dec 28 2023Kellie Reilly

Since our last installment on juveniles to watch by Omaha Beach, the blueblood freshman sire has doubled his tally of winners to 22.
Dubai World Cup winners in Breeders’ Cup Classic: Close, but no cigar

Tue Oct 17 2023Kellie Reilly

The relationship between the Dubai World Cup (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) was forged early on, with a pattern set by Hall of Famer Cigar.
Japan’s Ushba Tesoro streaks into Breeders’ Cup Classic

Tue Oct 03 2023Kellie Reilly

The captain of Japan's Breeders' Cup team is Ushba Tesoro, the Dubai World Cup (G1) winner who rides a six-race winning streak into the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).
International spotlight: Breeders’ Cup WAYIs on Arc Day 2023

Fri Sep 29 2023Kellie Reilly

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) is figuratively, and almost literally, the centerpiece of the Sunday action at ParisLongchamp, as the fourth of nine races on the fantastic card. Thus the other Group 1s, including four Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” events, are stacked all around it.
International spotlight: 10 storylines for 2023 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Tue Sep 26 2023Kellie Reilly

Sunday’s €5 million Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) is living up to its historic legacy as a fascinating intergenerational clash, pitting current classic winners versus older stars.
First-crop sires: Omaha Beach runners hit targets from Del Mar to France

Mon Sep 18 2023Kellie Reilly

Since our opening salvo on Omaha Beach’s juveniles, the freshman sire has added four more winners, for a total of 11, and increased his tally of stakes performers. Let’s catch up with his recent stakes results before focusing on his latest progeny in the win column.
Betting Intelligence: Dea Matrona vs. Dazzling Star in Natalma Stakes

Sat Sep 16 2023Kellie Reilly

In an alternate universe, Dea Matrona might have been the Godolphin shipper in Saturday’s Natalma (G1) at Woodbine, rather than the one making her North American debut for Chad Brown.
International Spotlight: Five BC WAYIs during Irish Champions Festival

Thu Sep 07 2023Kellie Reilly

This weekend’s Irish Champions Festival features a grand total of five Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” contests.
Pedigree notebook: Randomized expands Nyquist's portfolio

Tue Aug 22 2023Kellie Reilly

After Crimson Advocate captured the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot, and unbeaten New York Thunder rumbled in the Amsterdam (G2) on the Saratoga dirt, Nyquist was in the spotlight as the sire of dazzling sprinters. Now that Randomized carried her speed over 1 1/4 miles in last Saturday’s Alabama (G1), she’s expanded the horizons.