Trainer Bob Baffert is seeking his fifth Kentucky Derby win with Mor Spirit.  (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Baffert Seeking Fifth Kentucky Derby Win With Mor Spirit

Bob Baffert is not front and center as he was last spring when he sent off the Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite American Pharoah, but the Hall of Fame trainer has a legitimate shot of winning again this year with Mor Spirit. The colt was no match for Exaggerator in his runner up finish in the […]

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77 races make up the 2016 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series.  (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Schedule Features 77 Races

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series schedule was announced this week, which will include 77 races throughout the world with the winner of each stamping their ticket to this year’s championship event which will be held at Santa Anita on Nov. 4-5. 17 of the races will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. […]

Nine go in Saturday's $100,000 Elusive Quality at Belmont Park. (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Belmont Park Picks: Wide Open Field Lines Up in Elusive Quality

The Saturday feature at Belmont Park on the second day of the spring/summer meeting is the wide-open $100,000 Elusive Quality, a seven-furlong turf sprint that drew 12, with nine expected to start. There are two main-track only entrants and Aztec Brave is likely to scratch to run Sunday at Laurel Park. The Wesley Ward trained […]

Six will line up in Saturday's $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.  (Photo credit Bigstock).

Donn Handicap Picks: Valid Threat to Wire Field

A field of eight will line up in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) with the speedy Valid the likely one to catch in the 1 1/8-mile test on the main track. The Donn is one of six stakes on the 13-race card. The supporting features on the card are the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap […]

A field of nine line up in Saturday's Santa Monica (G2) at Santa Anita. (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Santa Anita Picks: Ben’s Duchess Looks Tough in Santa Monica

A field of nine fillies and mares will line up in the only graded stakes race in the U.S. on Saturday, the $200,000 Santa Monica (G2) at seven furlongs on the main track. Ben’s Duchess is the 5-2 morning line favorite and appears the one to beat. The John Sadler trainee exits the La Brea […]

The $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (G3) on turf highlights an 11-race card at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. (Photo credit: © Richardpross |

Kaigun Looking Tough in McKnight Handicap at Gulfstream Park

The Mark Casse trained Kaigun leads a field of 12 that will go to the post in Saturday’s $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap, one of three graded stakes on the Gulfstream Park card. Also on the 11-race card on Saturday are the $100,000 la Prevoyante Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares that drew a field of […]

Trainer Bob Baffert sends out a pair in Saturday's Los Alamitos Futurity (Photo credit: Los Alamitos Race Course).

Baffert Sends Out Duo Looking for Eighth Futurity

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out to two likely favorites in Saturday’s $350,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1), the last Grade 1 race for juveniles in 2015. Baffert has won the Futurity a record seven times, six at Hollywood Park and last year with Dortmund in the first time it was run at […]

Four stakes highlight Saturday's 11-race card at Gulfstream Park (Photo credit:

Rampart Kicks Off Graded Stakes Action at Gulfstream Park

Saturday’s $100,000 Rampart at Gulfstream Park is the first of 37 graded stakes that will be run at the championship meeting, and trainer Marty Wolfson will send out a trio looking to get the job done. Eight fillies and mares will line up in the Rampart led by Wolfson’s Cali Star (3-1), Curlin’s Princess (12-1) […]

Six will line up in Saturday's $400,000 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.  (Photo credit Bigstock).

Royal Posse Invades from New York for Claiming Crown Jewel

The Gulfstream Park championship meeting gets underway on Saturday with the 17th running of the Claiming Crown, with the $200,000 Jewel the marquee event on the 11-race card. There are nine Claiming Crown races, restricted to the blue-collar claiming horses that make up most of racing today. There is $1.1 million in purses up for […]

Breeder' Cup Sprint (G1) runner up Private Zone (right) is the favorite for Saturday's Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Private Zone Looking for Repeat in Cigar Mile

Defending champion Private Zone headlines the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) on Saturday at Aqueduct, one of four graded stakes on an outstanding wagering card. The six-year-old gelding will be making his first start for trainer Brian Lynch and his first start since getting run down by Runhappy in the stretch of the Breeders’ Cup […]

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner and is early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic. (Photo credit: Maryland Jockey Club)

Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Goal is Breeders’ Cup Classic

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 […]

10 go to the post in Monday's feature at Saratoga, the $100,000 Saratoga Dew.  (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

American Pharoah Bids for History in Belmont Stakes

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 […]

American Pharoah will face just seven rivals in the Belmont Stakes. (Photo credit: Maryland Jockey Club).

Belmont Stakes Betting: Field Reduced to Eight, American Pharoah Works

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 […]

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Super Bowl Wagering Guide: Everything You Need to Bet on the Big Game

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 […]

Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) stamping his ticket to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby (G1). (Photo credit: Santa Anita Park).

Kentucky Derby Betting Odds: Exaggerator on Move

The undefeated Nyquist remains the early wagering favorite for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, now less than two weeks away, but the gap is narrowing in the latest Kentucky Derby betting odds. In the most recent odds released by, Nyquist stands at +250, but Exaggerator has cut into the margin, now down […]

The Doug O'Neill trained Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist heads to Louisville as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby(Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Road to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Schedule, Updated Point Standings

The Steve Asmussen trained Gun Runner topped the 2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings, winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds on March 26 in his last prep for the Run for the Roses. The colt is currently at betting odds for the Kentucky Derby at +800 at He has won […]

A field of 12 will line up in Saturday's Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. (Photo credit: Bigstock).

Arkansas Derby Picks: Cupid Deserving Favorite for Baffert

Trainer Bob Baffert is back in Hot Springs on Saturday, saddling Cupid as the colt is sent off as the likely favorite, which would make it six years in a row that the Hall of Fame trainer has sent out the betting favorite for Oaklawn Park’s marquee race. American Pharoah was the winner last year […]

14 Derby hopefuls will head to the gate in Saturday's Rebel (G2) Stakes at Oaklawn Park. (photo credit: Oaklawn Park)

Road to Derby: Baffert Looks for Another Rebel Win with Cupid

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will look for his sixth win in the $900,000 Rebel (G2) on Saturday at Oaklawn Park when he saddles recent maiden winner Cupid, the 7-2 second choice on the morning line in a full field of 14. Baffert has won the Rebel in five of the last six years […]

A field of 10 line up in Saturday's $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs (Photo credit:

Brody’s Cause Headlines Field of 10 in Tampa Bay Derby

The highly regarded Brody’s Cause makes his three-year-old debut as the 5-2 morning line favorite in a field of 10 in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. The Dale Romans trainee makes his first start since running third and beaten 2 ¾ lengths in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile […]

California Chrome is the betting favorite for Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup (Photo credit: Dubai Racing Club).

California Chrome Looks Ready for Dubai World Cup

2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome looks ready to improve upon his runner up finish last year when he takes on a field of 11 runners in this year’s $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) at Meydan Racecourse. The Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner of 2014 had an abbreviated campaign in 2015, […]

There are four major horse racing events that rival the two most exciting minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby.

The Four Biggest Horse Racing Events in the World That Rival the Kentucky Derby

Though it may be a year round pleasure for sports bettings most enthusiastic participants, for most regular folks, the occasional flutter is just that; a once-in-a-blue-moon wager usually reserved for the biggest of national events. In football, it’s the Super Bowl, in baseball, it’s the World Series. In the world of American horse racing, you […]

The Breeders' Cup is one of the most popular wagering events in racing in the world. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Which Horse Racing Events Across the World Have the Most Money Bet on Them?

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the world for punters to bet on but with so many events and meetings taking place every year which ones see the most money bet on them by the punters? Cheltenham Festival This horse racing festival is considered to be the granddaddy of them all […]

The Doug O'Neill trained Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist heads to Louisville as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby(Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Undefeated Duo Clash in Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park

It is rare for the top two betting favorites for the Kentucky Derby (G1) to square off in their final prep, but thanks to Fasig-Tipton Mohaymen and Nyquist will battle on Saturday in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1). A field of 10 will line up with Road to the Kentucky Derby points up for […]

California Chrome returns from a long layoff in Saturday's San Pasqual at Santa Anita. (Photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley |

California Chrome’s Return in San Pasqual Easier With Dortmund Out

The much anticipated return of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome is coming up on Saturday at Santa Anita in the $200,000 San Pasqual (G3). A 10-month absence from the racetrack along with the emergence of Triple Crown American Pharoah put the plucky colt on the back pages, but his 2016 campaign gets underway […]

American Pharoah capped off his career with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Horse Racing Fans Up in Fetlocks Over SI Sportsperson of Year Pick

Horse racing fans around the globe are upset that American Pharoah was snubbed by Sports Illustrated with Serena Williams winning the Sportsperson of the Year award, and rightly so. Oh the outrage! Serenity now! A tennis player? Really? Nobody watches tennis anymore. I haven’t watched a tennis match since Guillermo Vilas beat some other guy […]


Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Kicks off Saturday With Claiming Crown

Gulfstream Park kicks off its championship meeting on Saturday with the Claiming Crown, stakes races restricted to the blue collar set.  The meeting offers a record 73 stakes, including 37 graded races during the 77th anniversary meet at the Hallandale, Florida racetrack. The marquee event of the meeting is the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) […]

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner and is early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic. (Photo credit: Maryland Jockey Club)

Preakness Stakes Latest Betting Odds, Post Positions

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 […]