Owning Racehorses: We won!

***Spoiler Alert*** She Won

I’ve always wanted to watch a race from the winner’s circle as leading owner Ken Ramsey so daringly does, but until Sunday I had yet to saddle a contender that inspired enough confidence to do so. Belterra Park’s tiny and cramped winner’s circle is a far cry from Keeneland, but that did not make the significance […]

Saratoga 2014 Travers Inside Scoop

By Jerry Bossert The $1.25 million Travers will be run for the 145th time on Saturday as race 12 of a 14-race card with a 5:45 p.m. post time. Here’s an inside look into the field. #1 Commanding Curve (15-1) – “The Travers is a mile and a quarter so, hopefully, it will be the same style as the Derby […]

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, […]

Better Talk Now Stakes betting preview

$100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes

Better Talk Now won 14 times from 51 career starts, earning $4,356,644 and a Breeders’ Cup Turf trophy along the way. Largely ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Better Talk Now is the definition of a hard knocking old horse able to keep his form for years at a time. Not only did he compete in the […]

Saratoga Spot Play | Aug 20, 2014

#3 TREATY OAK (12-1) dropped in class to break her maiden on July 23, but that field might as well have been special weight company. One of the most important factors for handicapping turf races concerns how fast a horse runs the final part of the race. Treaty Oak got the final quarter of her […]

Owning Racehorses: St Armands strategy

St Armands is eating well.

St Armands is a racehorse Team Actioncat owns in partnership with trainer George S. Bush. George had been talking about the horse for months leading up to his acquisition and he had good reason; he’s already been successful with him. “Armands” was toiling at the bottom of the bottom before George got him the first time, but […]

Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes betting preview

Grade 2, $300K Lake Placid Stakes

THE FAVORITE The locked and loaded Chad Brown barn sends out 7-5 morning line favorite #6 MINORETTE (Smart Strike x Silk and Scarlet by Sadler’s Wells) fresh off a huge victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational. The Kentucky bred filly should be racing on a firm turf course for the first time and based on […]

2014 Arlington Million betting preview

Grade 1 Arlington Million

THE FAVORITE Aidan O’Brien’s 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf champion #3 MAGICIAN (Galileo x Absolutelyfabulous by Mozart) is favored to win the 2014 Arlington Million at odds of 7-5. His lone win since becoming the first three-year-old to land the Breeders’ Cup Turf since Conduit in 2008 came on May 5 at the Curragh in the Group […]

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 […]

$100,000 Troy Stakes

$100,000 Troy Stakes

#1 UNSEEN (Latent Heat x You Dancing Devil by Joyeux Danseur) 20-1: I can’t fault Dane Kobiskie for giving it a shot here, but this colt is going to have to show tremendous improvement over his last effort to be effective here. Joshua Navarro will make the trip to ride and he seeks to improve […]