Starting with the $200,000 Amsterdam (G2) in the fifth race, Saratoga hosts four graded stakes on Saturday’s 11-race card. The Amsterdam drew a field of seven three-year-olds that will go 6 ½ furlongs on the Spa main track. Chick Lang Stakes winner Holy Boss is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Steve Asmussen trainee has… [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]
The Linda Rice trained Palace, a multiple Grade 1 winner over the Spa main track returns off a four month break and is back in the the New York bred ranks as the one to beat in Thursday’s feature, the $100,000 John Morrissey. The 6 ½ furlong test on dirt drew a field of eight… [Continue Reading]
The Todd Pletcher trained Curalina headlines a strong group of three-year-old fillies that will battle in Sunday’s $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga. Pletcher is seeking his third consecutive win in the Grade 1 fixture and seventh overall. He won last year with Stopchargingmaria and in 2013 with Princess of Sylmar. Curalina is… [Continue Reading]
The first Grade 1 race of the 40-day Saratoga meeting is on tap on Saturday with a field of seven fillies and mares going to the post in the $500,000 TVG Diana at nine furlongs on the turf. The race drew a solid field with the speedy My Miss Sophia the 5-2 morning line favorite.… [Continue Reading]
The first of seven Grade 1 races to be contested at Del Mar this summer is on tap on Saturday, with a field of seven lining up in the $400,000 Eddie Read at nine furlongs on turf. Midnight Storm is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The Phil D’Amato trainee has won three of his four… [Continue Reading]
It’s a big day at Arlington Park on Saturday with Million Preview Day, with key local preps for the biggest day of the meeting coming up on Aug.15, Arlington Million Day. The $100,000 Arlington Handicap (G3) serves as a prep race for the Arlington Million (G1), a race that 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner… [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]
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]
Four Breeders’ Cup Challenge ‘Win and You’re In” races were contested in the U.S. over the holiday weekend, with Lady Eli remaining undefeated and Big Blue Kitten knocking off defending Turf champion Main Sequence. Lady Eli is a budding superstar, winning her sixth consecutive race to start her career with an impressive victory in the… [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]
Saratoga opens on Friday for 40 days of outstanding horse racing action with many of the top horses, trainers and jockeys settling in this week in Saratoga Springs as opening day approaches. The highlight of the meeting is the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) which will bring together some of the horses that went down… [Continue Reading]
While Triple Crown winner American Pharoah looks as good as ever as he continues his preparation for his next outing in the Haskell Invitational (G1), the sport lost some real star power over the past few days. The 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner California Chrome appears unlikely to race again in 2015,… [Continue Reading]
There will be plenty of fireworks Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, with six graded stakes making up the Stars and Stripes Festival Day betting card highlighted by a the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) and the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). There is $1 million in guaranteed betting pools including an all-stakes Pick… [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
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]
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]