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Breeders’ Cup Champs Take Spotlight in Prince of Wales’s at Royal Ascot

The heat and firm course conditions continue at Royal Ascot for Wednesday’s six-race card, which features four group events and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (GI) as the main event of the day. The 1 ¼-mile affair, named in 1892 for the Prince of Wales and now run in honor of the current titleholder, Charles, […]

Laugh Aloud Tops Duke of Cambridge

The other Group 2 on the Wednesday Royal Ascot card is the one-mile Duke of Cambridge Stakes (GII), the name changed from the Windsor Forest Stakes in honor of Prince William, the current Duke of Cambridge. For fillies and mares, four years old and up, a field of 16 is expected to break from the […]

Heartache in Queen Mary Stakes

A field of 24 juvenile fillies is expected for the five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes (GII), a race named in honor of the British Queen Mary, best known as the consort of King George V and the grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth II. Lady Aurelia captured this event a year ago en route to a […]

Day One at Royal Ascot Sees Records and Favorites Fall, American Favorite Win

Day one at Royal Ascot brought out all things for the racing fan — from course records, to the best miler in Europe winning in record time, to the American Lady Aurelia returning to England, and the upset of Europe’s reigning king of the turf. And, for the first time, American racing fans were treated […]

How to Optimize Your Bankroll: Part I

Anybody who’s ever attempted to make consistent profits from betting knows that it’s easier said than done. Sure, we can all boast about that one time back in 1996 when we cashed on a seven-team parlay that paid our rent and kept us flush in Ramen Noodles for a couple of months, but earning an […]

Churchill Leads Assault on Royal Ascot in St. James’s Palace Stakes

Eight are expected for Tuesday’s feature, the St. James’s Palace Stakes (GI), an about one-mile turf dash for older runners. Coolmore will send out the once-defeated classic winner Churchill and the Aiden O’Brien-trained son of Galileo will be looking for his eighth consecutive win and fifth in Grade 1 company after taking the Irish Two […]

King’s Stand Stakes Marks Return of Lady Aurelia

A jam-packed field of 18 is expected in the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes (GI), including American invader Lady Aurelia, who won here a year ago in the Queen Mary Stakes (GII) and followed it up with a victory in the Prix Morny (GI) at Deauville. The Wesley Ward-trained daughter of Scat Daddy returned to winter […]

Heat, Firm Conditions Mark Royal Ascot’s Opening Day

A year ago, Royal Ascot racegoers — as well as horseman — braced themselves for rain of biblical proportions and this year, everyone headed toward Berkshire, England, is bracing themselves for an unusual heat wave at least through Wednesday with highs reaching into the upper 80s. Anyone who knows anything about the London area knows […]

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