Ellis Starr

Equibase Analysis: Who Will Make The Grade In G1 American Oaks?

The Grade 1, $300,000 American Oaks Stakes is one of six graded stakes on the opening day card at Santa Anita and one of three restricted to three year olds only. The field of eight fillies consists of two types of horses – those which have won or placed in graded stakes on turf and […]

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Equibase Analysis: A Surprise In Store For Mr. Prospector Stakes?

The Grade 3, $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes might appear at first to be a battle between Imperial Hint, a multiple stakes winner who was last seen winning the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes, and speedball X Y Jet, winner of the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes in the spring. However, three of the other four […]

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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: 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: An Major Upset Coming In Keeneland’s Raven Run?

The Grade 2, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes is one of the last graded stakes run for the year restricted to 3-year old fillies and it’s a dynamite edition of the race. Of the 11 fillies entered, six come Royal Charlotte leads the field in terms of recent efforts as she comes into the race […]

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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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