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 […]

Full Card Saratoga Selections & Picks for 8/11/2014

Ryan Patterson

As a handicapping exercise, I’ve composed full card selections for Saratoga on Monday, August 11, 2014. It takes lots of practice to stay sharp and it’s important to be sharp to hit key horses like Kaigun ($9.80). This was done as an exercise and as such these selections should be taken with a grain of salt. […]

Adirondack Stakes betting

Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack Stakes

#1 WONDER GAL (Tiz Wonderful x Passe by Dixie Union) 3-1: Roused to the lead for a 14 length win by Taylor Rice without any urging at all after being last early en route to a win in the $125,000 Lynbrook Stakes upon debut for Leah Gyrmati. This filly is very professional for her age and […]

Grade 2, $200K Saratoga Special

Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special

It’s been quite a while since the Saratoga Special produced a truly meaningful winner, but an 11-deep field of promising two-year-olds will vie for a chance to change that. This year’s Special will end up as a key race for the  2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and consequentially the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Leading the field is […]

Grade 2 Play the King Stakes betting preview

Grade 2, $200,000 Play the King Stakes

THE RACE Six of the 10 horses entered in Woodbine’s 2014 edition of the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes are confirmed early speed horses. THE FAVORITE The list starts with morning line favorite #10 WINNING PRIZE (Pure Prize x Winning Ways by You and I) 2-1 who scored the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile in […]

Owning Racehorses with Ryan Patterson

Ender's Universe with Ryan Patterson

On March 7, 2014 I put my money where my mouth is and claimed my first racehorse, Ender’s Universe, from race 4 at Turfway Park with my partner, Mikey Martin, with whom I race under the moniker of Team Actioncat International. The short clip above shows trainer George S. Bush and me walking the seven-year-old […]