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Equibase Analysis: Who’s Most Likely To Win The Battle In Cigar Mile?

The 31st running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap drew a field of eight, with many having solid stakes credentials. That being said, all eyes may be on the battle between Maximum Security and Spun to Run. Maximum Security enters the race off strong victories in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes and […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who To Choose In Competitive Red Smith Stakes?

The Grade 3, $200,000 Red Smith Stakes features a nice field of 11 stakes quality turf runners, two also-eligibles and three more entered for the dirt only should the race move off turf due to weather. Of the 11 in the main body of the race, three have won stakes on turf in one of […]

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Equibase Analysis: Bob Hope Stakes Brings Together Tough-To-Predict Juveniles

The Grade 3, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes brings together a group of six aspiring 2-year-olds with four of the group trying stakes for the first time. For many of these, the Bob Hope could be a stepping stone to the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity next month. The Los Alamitos Futurity is on the “Road […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who To Choose In Full-Field Commonwealth Turf Stakes?

The Grade 3, $175,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs features an overflow field with 16 horses entered including two also-eligibles. In terms of recent efforts in stakes, Spectacular Gem deserves first mention as he won the Jefferson Cup Stakes over the Churchill Downs turf last month, with runner-up Tracksmith, third place finisher Faraway Kitten […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Gets Top Billing In Highly Competitive QE II Field?

The nine horse field assembled for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes is so deep in talent there is not one filly who cannot win the race. The field is led by Cambier Parc, one of only two horses in the field to have won at the highest level, having done so […]

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Equibase Analysis: Upset Brewing In Santa Anita Sprint Championship?

The Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship is an interesting race on many fronts, not the least of which is due to the return of Omaha Beach, sidelined since winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and Grade 1 Arkansas Derby this spring. The ultra-fast Shancelot ships in from the East Coast off a loss […]

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Equibase Analysis: Three-Year-Old Or Elder In Jockey Club Gold Cup?

The Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup drew a field of five and that means strategy will be the key to success even more so than in most races. Four of the five have credentials at the top level, including recent Grade 1 Woodward Stakes winner Preservationist. His most fearsome foe is likely to […]

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Equibase Analysis: With No Maximum Security, Who’s The Pick In Pennsylvania Derby?

Six three-year-olds are expected to line up in the gate for this year’s Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby and there is no shortage of opinions among fans on who should emerge victorious. Improbable, winner of the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity last year, will probably be the public betting choice now that Maximum Security […]

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Equibase Analysis: Arklow Repeat In Kentucky Turf Cup Or Look Elsewhere?

The Grade 3, $1 million Calumet Farms Kentucky Turf Cup drew a field of 12, plus two horses on the also-eligible list who may get lucky enough to enter the gate if one or two horses in the main body of the field scratches. Leading the field is Arklow, who won this race in 2018 […]

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