Keeping Pace

Staff writer Frank Angst examines racing, handicapping, and other mysteries.

Weighty Question

Frank Angst analyzes the Kentucky Derby picture following interesting prep races from the weekend, specifically weight assignments. ... Read More

Nod Goes to Breeders' Cup Classic as Year's Top Race

This year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) had it all: a close finish, a thrilling run through the stretch, and a lingering controversy. Having all of those elements, along with the usual ramifications on championships carried by North America's richest race, made Bayern's victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park my top choice for the best race of 2014.... Read More

European Depth Provides Value in B.C. Turf Races

I think every handicapper is aware of the success European-trained horses have enjoyed in the non-sprint turf races contested at Breeders' Cup, but I'm not sure as many players are aware that the value in these plays often is found in looking past the most-fancied shippers.... Read More

LoPresti Ponders Classic Start for Wise Dan

While owner-breeder Mort Fink likely will keep Wise Dan pointed toward a try at a third straight Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) victory this season, trainer Charlie LoPresti can't help but wonder if perhaps a new hurdle is in order: the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).... Read More

Keeping Eye on Lea, Will Take Charge

With the retirement of Palace Malice, plenty of attention will be placed on this year's 3-year-olds, starting with dual classic winner California Chrome and last year's champion 2-year-old male Shared Belief, but there are still plenty of intriguing older horses pointing to. or at least possible. for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).... Read More

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