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Kellie Reilly

Kellie Reilly is a journalist and turf writer specializing in international horse racing.

First-crop sires: Gun Runner's Echo Zulu flashes star potential at Saratoga
First-crop sires: Gun Runner's Echo Zulu flashes star potential at Saratoga

2021-07-21T15:34:38.078ZKellie Reilly

On opening day at Saratoga, Gun Runner furnished arguably his most impressive winner so far in Echo Zulu. The well-bred filly brought up his total to eight winners, following Joyrunner’s debut victory the preceding week.
Five storylines for the 2021 Haskell Stakes
Five storylines for the 2021 Haskell Stakes

2021-07-12T15:19:01.654ZKellie Reilly

With the runners-up from the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness S. (G1), and Belmont S. (G1) all set to compete, Saturday’s $1 million Haskell S. (G1) promises to be a fascinating renewal at Monmouth Park.
First-crop sires: Gun Runner keeps blazing with Costa Terra, Gunite
First-crop sires: Gun Runner keeps blazing with Costa Terra, Gunite

2021-07-09T17:37:50.984ZKellie Reilly

Currently the leading freshman sire in North America, Gun Runner added three more winners to his tally between June 20 and July 1. Two scored at Kentucky tracks – Costa Terra and Gunite – and Gran Aplauso prevailed on turf in Japan.
2021 Belmont Oaks international scouting reports: Santa Barbara, Cirona, Nazuna
2021 Belmont Oaks international scouting reports: Santa Barbara, Cirona, Nazuna

2021-07-08T11:29:48.817ZKellie Reilly

As with stablemate Bolshoi Ballet in the Belmont Derby (G1), Santa Barbara brings a lofty profile into Saturday’s Belmont Oaks (G1) as a beaten classic favorite for Aidan O’Brien. Santa Barbara is also taking the same path as O’Brien’s only Belmont Oaks winner, Athena (2018).
2021 Belmont Derby international scouting reports: Bolshoi Ballet, Tokyo Gold
2021 Belmont Derby international scouting reports: Bolshoi Ballet, Tokyo Gold

2021-07-06T16:39:38.245ZKellie Reilly

Aidan O’Brien has won the Belmont Derby (G1) once, in 2016, when he dispatched Epsom Derby (G1) also-ran Deauville to Belmont Park. On Saturday, the master of Ballydoyle sends out an even more accomplished colt looking to rebound from Epsom – beaten Derby favorite Bolshoi Ballet.
Horse Racing: Galawi an import to follow for Graham Motion
Horse Racing: Galawi an import to follow for Graham Motion

2021-07-02T15:00:00.000ZKellie Reilly

A royally bred son of Dubawi and “nephew” of mile legend Goldikova, Galawi could be poised to fulfill his potential stateside. The sparingly-raced four-year-old broke his maiden in his U.S. debut for Graham Motion at Belmont Park June 27.
Horse racing: Amy C an import to follow for trainer Chad Brown
Horse racing: Amy C an import to follow for trainer Chad Brown

2021-07-01T22:54:53.825ZKellie Reilly

No secret in her U.S. debut for Chad Brown, Amy C lived up to 0.95-1 favoritism in a June 25 allowance at Belmont Park. Moreover, the British-bred sophomore did so in a manner suggesting that graded stakes are in her future.
First-crop sires: Gun Runner's Red Run, Pappacap fire on debut
First-crop sires: Gun Runner's Red Run, Pappacap fire on debut

2021-06-22T20:51:17.733ZKellie Reilly

Horse of the Year Gun Runner is off to a blazing start with his first crop. Considering his own profile, as a colt who progressed at three and blossomed into a champion at four, it’s a most encouraging sign that he can get precocious early-season juveniles.
Selections for Saturday at Royal Ascot 2021
Selections for Saturday at Royal Ascot 2021

2021-06-18T21:24:41.496ZKellie Reilly

A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” for the Turf Sprint (G1), Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee S. (G1) is just one of the terrific betting races on the final day of Royal Ascot.
Reilly: Longshot plays for Friday at Royal Ascot 2021
Reilly: Longshot plays for Friday at Royal Ascot 2021

2021-06-17T20:41:42.680ZKellie Reilly

Another super-competitive card at Royal Ascot Friday offers more opportunities for price plays. Here are a few capable of outperforming their odds.
Selections for Wednesday's Group races at Royal Ascot 2021
Selections for Wednesday's Group races at Royal Ascot 2021

2021-06-15T20:57:14.169ZKellie Reilly

The Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Prince of Wales’s S. (G1) is the highlight of Wednesday’s card at Royal Ascot. There’s a beatable favorite in the small field, and we’ll look for value in the day’s three other Group races as well.
Reilly: Handicapping the 2021 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot
Reilly: Handicapping the 2021 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot

2021-06-15T01:17:59.575ZKellie Reilly

Trying to sift through a 17-strong field of promising juveniles, all developing at varying rates, with limited form, plus a Wesley Ward wildcard, makes Tuesday’s Coventry S. (G2) a brain teaser.
Reilly: Handicapping the 2021 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot
Reilly: Handicapping the 2021 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot

2021-06-14T20:37:05.419ZKellie Reilly

Defending champion Battaash is the best horse in Tuesday’s King’s Stand S. (G1) at Royal Ascot, but is he going to deliver his best effort? If not, the five-furlong dash suddenly looks open, offering a handicapping conundrum along with a potential for a bigger profit if you’re right.