Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

Frankel, Drysdale Point to Turf Festival

Trainer Bobby Frankel, already odds-on to win his second consecutive Eclipse Award, will attempt to draw further away from his peers by starting up to nine horses in Hollywood Park's Turf Festival Nov. 23-25. In fact, he may corner the field in the Grade I Hollywood Derby, run for $500,000 at nine furlongs, by sending four horses to the post. Likely for the Nov. 25 Derby are Juddmonte Farms' Mizzen Mast, Amerman Racing's Blue Steller, Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, and the Niarchos Family's Denon.

Santa Anita Prepares for New Season

The $1-million Santa Anita Handicap, to be run March 2, will be the richest of the 61 stakes races offered during the 2001-02 Santa Anita Winter/Spring Meeting that begins Wednesday, Dec. 26. The 85-day meeting, which concludes April 21, features 43 graded races and total stakes purses of over $11-million.

2002 Kentucky Derby: Steve Haskin Looks Ahead

2002 Kentucky Derby: Steve Haskin Looks Ahead

Derby fever, in November? Heck, why not. The Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner is tucked away somewhere in Ireland, and until word surfaces from the usually tight-lipped Coolmore people, he will remain out of sight in winter hibernation. Whether or not a full-grown grizzly bear is going to emerge next year, and whether he's going to come back here looking for more easy pickins we won't know for a while.

Tijiyr Tops Field for River City Handicap

 Tijiyr Tops Field for River City Handicap

Main track stars Guided Tour and Keats have provided much of the firepower for Niall O'Callaghan in the finest season of his training career, but one of the early stars this year, Tijiyr, is set to make a comeback in Sunday's $150,000-added River City Handicap (grade III) at Churchill Downs.

Tropical Park Preps to Have New York Feel

The fall/winter Tropical-at-Calder meet is revving up with the first winter arrivals from the north coming in daily in the weeks ahead. Saturday's features are the $60,000 Lulu's Ransom Stakes and $60,000 Fabulous Frolic Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and colts, respectively, at one mile on turf.

Millennium Wind Blows into Skywalker

Millennium Wind Blows into Skywalker

Millennium Wind, unraced since an 11th-place effort in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), makes his return to the track in today's $74,000 Skywalker Handicap over a flat mile at Santa Anita. The Cryptoclearance colt captured the grade I Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by a front-running 5 1/4 lengths under Laffit Pincay Jr., who shows up on his back again today.

Mystic Lady Looks to Sting Honey Bee Field

Five-time graded stakes winner Mystic Lady leads a field of six postward in the 1 1/16 mile, $200,000 Honey Bee Handicap at The Meadowlands Friday night. The Thunder Gulch filly annexed the Cotillion (gr. II) in her last start and the Jersey Derby (gr. III) earlier this year at Monmouth. Mystic Lady will carry Eibar Coa and 122 pounds for conditioner Mark Hennig.

Belle Strolls into 'Alarm'

Red Oak Stable's Strolling Belle is the highweight for Saturday's grade III, $100,000 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct. The 5-year-old daughter of Strolling Along won the Personal Ensign at Monmouth before being disqualified from second in her last outing, the Long Look at the Meadowlands, when jockey Eibar Coa struck a rival with his whip.

Steve Haskin's Updated Breeders' Cup Analysis

Steve Haskin's Updated Breeders' Cup Analysis

You can handicap the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races all you want, and you're still going to come away befuddled. There's simply too many good horses who can win, and very few horses with major weaknesses who can be dismissed. What we're going to attempt is to point out longshots who might be huge overlays, and horses who have impressed us with their training and their appearance.

Unbridled Elaine, Caressing Breeze at Churchill

Unbridled Elaine, who was returned to trainer Dallas Stewart on Saturday after being conditioned by David Vance since June, worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I). The fastest work at the distance Sunday, though, was turned in by Vance-trained Caressing, who won last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

New York Showcase on Tap

elmont Park's New York Showcase Fall Festival kicks into gear this weekend with seven stakes featuring horses foaled in the Empire State. The richest contest unfolds Sunday with the running of the $250,000 Empire Classic featuring a field of 10. The wide open nine-furlong contest includes Brave One, coming off a score in the Ashley T. Cole Stakes Sept. 22.

Miss Seffens Heads TCA Field

Miss Seffens heads a field of seven distaff sprinters in Sunday's $100,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland over six furlongs. Miss Seffens is a five-time stakes winner, including her triumph in the Storm Cat Stakes earlier in Keeneland's fall meeting. The 4-year-old daughter of Dehere has earned $479,420 thus far in her career for owners Karen and M. Hays Biggs and trainer Steve Wren.

Most Popular Stories