Shackled

There are few automatic bets in the Backstretch world. There are the Cats and Kittens, of course, and sometimes horses or trainers I’ve recently profiled, and often the longest price in a short field. But perhaps the most inviolable of these is the “If you pet the horse, bet the horse” maxim…which I ignored on…

The Backstretch Method: Saturday picks

The Backstretch method did better than it could have hoped yesterday, cashing on the exacta and winner in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Let’s see how it works today. Juvenile Turf: Kera’s Kitten is out in favor of Becky’s Kitten (poor Kera—she travelled all the way from Kentucky to see her namesake race! Check out Grening’s…

Travers Day, Part II

As good as Sara Louise and Music Note were in the Victory Ride and the Ballerina respectively, they might have been overshadowed by Vineyard Haven in the King’s Bishop even if he hadn’t been disqualified from first to second. Vineyard Haven, who went off at similar odds as Music Note and as the co-fourth choice…

Monday morning quick picks

Day 6 at the Spa dawned cool, dry, sunny, and beautiful; running past the Oklahoma this morning, I watched horses working out in the kind of light foggy sunlight that so many people have captured in photographs of Saratoga. It was sublime. And in my second breeze for the Fasig-Tipton 5K run on August 15th,…

Saturday recap: The Bay Shore

A friend at Aqueduct on Saturday remarked that the stakes races were like the ghosts of Derby Trails past, with horses like Atoned, Cool Coal Man, and Kodiak Kowboy making appearances on the track. Restricted to three-year-olds, Sunday’s renewal of the Bay Shore featured ghosts of Derby Trails present, Capt. Candyman Can and Taqarub returning…