Four graded stakes on tap for Saratoga 2014’s final Saturday

By Jerry Bossert This Saturday will mark the final Saturday of racing for the 2014 Saratoga meeting, featuring 12-races topped by four Graded Stakes – the Grade II Bernard Baruch (race five), the Grade I Prioress (race eight), the Grade I Forego (race 10) and the Grade I Woodward (race 11). Although it is just a Grade II […]

Line of battle drawn for Saratoga 2014’s Travers Stakes

Saratoga 2014 | Travers Stakes

By Jerry Bossert Led by the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, a total of four graded stakes will be run on Saturday at Saratoga, featuring a 14-race card with a first-race post time of 11:35 a.m. The Travers (race 12) features the rematch of the July 26 Jim Dandy Stakes, where Wicked Strong prevailed over Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, […]

Stopchargingmaria leads Alabama Stakes

By Jerry Bossert A pair of graded stakes highlights Saturday’s 11-race card from Saratoga. The $600,000 Grade 1 Alabama Stakes (race 10, 5:55 p.m. post time) drew a field of nine, while the $300,000 Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes (race three, 2:04 p.m. post time) drew a small field of six, including main-track only entrant […]

Silver Max faces five in Fourstardave Handicap

After a spectacular Saturday program last week that featured five stakes races including the $1.5 million Whitney Stakes, this Saturday Saratoga will only offer one stakes race, the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap. The one mile race was supposed to feature the return to action of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who won this race the past […]

Whitney Handicap draw: Palace Malice heavily favored

Cross Traffic won the 2013 Whitney Handicap, besting Mucho Macho Man who would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Jerry Bossert A berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is on the line in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes from Saratoga. The Whitney, which offers a purse of $1.5 million, is one […]

Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational Betting Preview

The Jaipur Invitational is a sprint race run over six furlongs on the turf. It is the fourth race on the card at Belmont Park on Saturday and is set to go off at 1:16 ET. Upgrade (above), won this race in 2012 and bids to return to the winners’s circle two years later. […]

California Chrome should sit good trip in Preakness 2014

2014 Belmont Stakes Picks

California Chrome is headed to Pimlico Racecourse with sights set on ending a recent trend of failure by Kentucky Derby champions in the Preakness Stakes. In the past 10 years, only Smarty Jones, Big Brown and I’ll Have Another were able to keep alive the collective hopes of the industry for the first Triple Crown victor since […]

Mullins Mare Looking To Show Girl Power

Annie Power

Ever since the World Hurdle was confirmed as the number one target for Annie Power next week at the Cheltenham Festival, the unbeaten Willie Mullins horse has been backed heavily for the feature on day three of the meeting. The six-year old has not tasted defeat in 10 runs so far but some punters were […]

Al Ferof Heads Betting For Ryanair Chase

Al Ferof’s target for the Cheltenham Festival may well have changed from what was set out for him at the start of the season. Connections were keen to aim their horse at the blue riband event, the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the final day of the meeting. However, he has been unable to prove he […]

New start for Verrazano as he joins the elite Ballydoyle team

Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has taken charge of one of the top US milers of last season as the high-class Verazzano arrived recently at his Ballydoyle stables having formerly been under the care of Todd Pletcher, writes Elliot Slater. The four-year-old, who was unraced as a juvenile, made a tremendous starts to his career […]