While the handicap division is lacking in star power, it may soon get a boost as two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan has resumed regular training and we could see him in a race as soon as August according to his trainer Charlie LoPresti. The gelding has not raced since winning the Shadwell Turf… [Continue Reading]
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American Pharoah ended the 37-year drought on Saturday, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, and now the goal is the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Oct. 31 at Keeneland. The colt took command early in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) under a confident ride from jockey Victor Espinoza… [Continue Reading]
It has been nearly four decades since the last Triple Crown winner, and American Pharoah will be the latest to try the “Test of Champions” as the Bob Baffert trainee will go off as the short priced favorite in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1). The colt has won six races in a row by… [Continue Reading]
American Pharoah’s bid for history on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (G1) got a bit easier on Monday morning with defections of two starters, reducing the field to eight, and the Bob Baffert trainee drew rave reviews after posting his final workout for the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Trainer Ken McPeek announced that… [Continue Reading]
A field of 10 will line up in Saturday’s $300,000 Mother Goose (G1) at Belmont Park and with just one graded stakes winner in the field, Munasara could pull off the upset in her stakes debut. Include Betty is the lone graded stakes winner in the field, taking the Fantasy (G3) at Oaklawn Park back… [Continue Reading]
The $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational highlights an outstanding Friday afternoon card at Belmont Park, a good warm up to Saturday’s festivities where American Pharoah will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Day 2 of the Belmont Stakes Festival of Racing on Friday will feature a 10-race card that includes five… [Continue Reading]
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey looks for his fourth consecutive win in the $400,000 Man o’ War (G1) at Belmont Park when he saddles the defending champion Imagining, the 8-5 morning line favorite. Imaging took the field gate to wire to win the race last year. McGaughey won with Point of Entry in 2012… [Continue Reading]
While the boys are getting most of the attention this week, Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) for three-year-old fillies is lining up to be one of the best wagering races coming up over the next couple of days at Churchill Downs. The Oaks anchors an outstanding 12-race card under the Twin Spires that gets… [Continue Reading]
A field of eight will line up in the $200,000 Excelsior (G3) on Saturday, the final graded stake of the spring meeting at Aqueduct, led by even money favorite Wicked Strong. Wicked Strong won last year’s Wood Memorial (G1) over the Big A main track and was sent off at 6-1 in the Kentucky Derby… [Continue Reading]
Shared Belief, owned in part by Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing will be sent off as the chalk in Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia. In just six short years, the Charles Town Classic has become one of the top races of the year for the… [Continue Reading]
A field of seven will line up in Saturday’s $250,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at Keeneland with the Todd Pletcher trained Comfort getting the call as he makes his stakes debut and first start for the barn. The Lexington was moved back to three weeks before the Kentucky Derby (G1) this year and is back on… [Continue Reading]
A field of 10 will line up in Saturday’s $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3), a Road to the Derby points race, with the Mark Casse trained Conquest Typhoon the one to beat. The colt makes his three-year-old debut and his first start over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields. The colt does have… [Continue Reading]
The Peter Miller trained Calculator is the 8-5 morning line favorite for the $100,000 Sham (G3) despite having not notched a victory yet, and looks not only for his diploma but the valuable 10 Derby points that are awarded to the winner. The colt has started four times, running third and fourth in the maiden… [Continue Reading]
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will do battle on Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with the Pats currently favored by two points at Bovada. The boys at our sister site Oddsshark have been burning the midnight oil gathering the latest betting and odds updates and… [Continue Reading]
This year’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge series of races heats up on Saturday night at Churchill Downs with a pair of “Win and You’re In” races including the first of 2015 for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). This year’s Breeders’ Cup will be held at Keeneland on Oct. 30-31. Ten Breeders’ Cup Challenge races… [Continue Reading]
California Chrome was anointed ‘America’s Horse” by co-owner Steve Coburn shortly after winning the Santa Anita Derby (G1) last year, and it was hard to argue with that moniker after the colt won the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1). However, a lot has transpired since the colt left Baltimore, including winning just one… [Continue Reading]
Turf ‘n’ Sport’s own Michael Dempsey will take part in the Breeders’ Cup Million Dollar Finish Media Challenge. The Million Dollar Finish is a fantasy game that could win one lucky horseplayer $1 million. With great anticipation building for American Pharoah’s attempt at the coveted Triple Crown title this Saturday, Breeders’ Cup has launched a… [Continue Reading]
It looks as if American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat will not be vacationing in Costa Rica any time soon after reports have surfaced that he owes $1.6 million in gambling debts racked up at an offshore sportsbook located in the Central America country between 2003 and 2005. Zayat is being sued in United States District… [Continue Reading]
Three Road to the Kentucky Derby points races and the world’s richest race highlight a long and busy day of horse betting on Saturday. Between 8:40am ET beginning with the first wagering race from Dubai until the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) is run at 6:48 ET, we have 10 hours of betting that will… [Continue Reading]
When Magna Entertainment introduced the Magna 5 wager back in 2004, it was an innovative wager. Five races run over an hours’ time at several racetracks, and the pools were large and the payouts were strong. Magna is now the Stronach Group, and the plan is to bring back the wager with a new name… [Continue Reading]
Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah will break from the one post as the 4-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The Bob Baffert trainee faces seven foes as he seeks to keep his Triple Crown bid alive with a victory. Derby runner up… [Continue Reading]
The 140th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) is set for Saturday and Mother Nature just may crash the party. The extended forecast for Saturday calls for an 80% chance of afternoon thunderstorms with a high of 84 degrees. As someone that visits Weather.com several times daily, there is one thing I know for certain–that… [Continue Reading]
It looks as if the top three finishers of the Kentucky Derby (G1) will be heading to Baltimore to compete in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. Two questions popped into my head immediately after American Pharoah won the Run for the Roses: First… [Continue Reading]
There is a wide variety of prop and match up wagers available for the Kentucky Derby, with Bovada spicing things up this year with wagering involving the winner of the race along with the winner of the big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. One prop that will get some action is involving Itsaknockout,… [Continue Reading]
Until next Saturday, horseplayers will be focused on finding the winner of the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby (G1). However, to cash big on the first Saturday of May it is just as important to find the runner up before heading to the betting window. The last two editions of the Run for the… [Continue Reading]
International Star, who swept the three Kentucky Derby prep races contested at Fair Grounds, finished first in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 171. Trained by Mike Maker, the colt won the LeComte (G3), Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2), but figures to be no better than the fifth or sixth… [Continue Reading]
With just two races left, International Star leads the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 171, and it will take at least 30 to earn a starting spot in the gate for the Run for the Roses. The undefeated Dortmund shot up the points standings with his victory on Saturday in the $1… [Continue Reading]