War Like Goddess Blooms in Flower Bowl

War Like GoddessWar Like Goddess was expected to register her sixth win in the 2021 $600,000 Flower Bowl and did so easily on September 4, delighting her trainer Bill Mott. Relocated from Belmont Park, it was the first time this grade 1 for fillies and mares run onmore…

Essential Quality Triumphs in 2021 Travers Stakes

Brad CoxBettors who supported Essential Quality heavily in the 2021 Travers Stakes had an extremely tense time as he dueled with Midnight Bourbon all the way to the wire on August 28 at Saratoga. The Godolphin homebred was the 2/5 favorite and rewarded his followers, winning bymore…

Malathaat Back on Track in Alabama Stakes

MalathaatA month ago Malathaat had her first experience of defeat, but on August 21 she reasserted her superiority over her regular rivals in the $600,000 2021 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga under John Velazquez. Bettors did not lose confidence inmore…

Joseph O’Brien’s State Of Rest Collects Saratoga Derby at 21/1

Joseph O'BrienA shipper from Ireland was expected to win the 2021 Saratoga Derby Invitational on August 7 but not the Joseph O’Brien-trained 21/1 shot, State Of Rest. This son of Starspangledbanner owned by Teme Valley Racing chose a great time to achieve his second score, grabbing the lion’s share of the $1 million prize fund.more…

Maracuja’s Shock Win in American Oaks

Maracuja Lands CCA OaksMaracuja did not know that place money was her only feasible target when she headed the unbeaten and supremely talented 3/10 favorite Malathaat in the 2021 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday July 24.more…

Belmont Stakes Review 2021: Quality Will Out

Essential QualityEssential Quality lived up to his name and proved a worthy favorite in the 2021 Belmont Stakes for Godolphin at Belmont Park on Saturday June 5. There was nail-biting duel with the long-time leader, Hot Rod Charlie, in the stretch that he eventually won by amore…

2021 Kentucky Derby Preview & Predictions: Essential Quality The Big Draw

Brad CoxBrad Cox was mighty relieved when favorite Essential Quality was allocated gate 14 at Churchill Downs for Saturday’s 2021 Kentucky Derby. There was a strong chance that his star trainee would be starting from the dreaded inside gate at one point during the draw on Tuesday morning. No horse has won the Run for the Roses from that position since 1986.more…

Stock Rises After 12/1 Arkansas Derby Score

Steve AsmussenThe $1 million 2021 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park is the final prep race for the Kentucky Derby on May 1 and it did not go to plan for the 3/10 favorite Concert Tour on Saturday (April 10). After a high-speed duel with Caddo River on the pace, he was unable tomore…

Rock Your World Scores on Dirt Debut in Santa Anita Derby

Rock Your WorldRock Your World won his first race on dirt from the front, easily beating the odds-on favorite Medina Spirit in the $750,000 2021 Santa Anita Derby on April 3. He scored by four and a quarter lengths, gaining the necessary 100 points to reserve a stall in the Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs.more…

Swiss Skydiver Stunning in Beholder Mile

Kenny McPeekSwiss Skydiver completely outclassed her rivals in the grade 1 2021 Beholder Mile for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park on March 13. She was favorite by a narrow margin at 7/5 but won so easy it was a beautiful thing to watch, especially for her trainer Kenny McPeek who decided to let her have a run much earlier thanmore…

Breeders’ Cup Legend Goldikova Dies: Relive Her Racing Career

GoldikovaAnyone who loves racing has heard of Goldikova even if they were too young to pay attention when she won her third Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf at Churchill Downs in 2010. Her passing at the age of 16 was announced on January 6 by Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager for her ultra-wealthy owners and breeders, the Wertheimer brothers.more…

Domestic Spending Triumphs in Hollywood Derby

Irad Ortiz JrDomestic Spending succeeded in spectacular, stalking style in the $303,000 Hollywood Derby by a head under the super cool Irad Ortiz Jr on November 28 at Del Mar. Run over a mile and a furlong on turf, it was a first Grade 1 score for this son of Kingman owned bymore…

Maxim Rate Magnificent in Goldikova Stakes

Maxim RateMaxim Rate scored in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes in emphatic style on Sunday (October 25) at Santa Anita. She started second favorite at 12/5 in this race for fillies and mares run over a mile but won with the ease of an odds-on shot in amore…