Monday's feature is the $100,000 Lucky Coin at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf with Undrafted the morning line favorite. (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Saratoga Picks: Pool Winner the Value in Lucky Coin at Spa

At 10-1 on the morning line, Pool, Winner appears to be the betting value of the race in Monday’s $100,000 Lucky Coin at Saratoga. The race drew a field of 13, with 11 in the main body of the field and two main track only entrants. The morning line favorite is the Wesley Ward trained […]

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Postponed missed the King George but could target the Breeders' Cup this fall.  (Photo credit:  © Martin Applegate |

Door Open for Exciting Backend Campaign for Postponed

Postponed was a very short priced favourite to come out victorious in one of Europe’s biggest races on Saturday July 23rd but owing to an unfortunate dirty scope, the Roger Varian trained five-year-old gelding had to be scratched from his big mid-season target. For US racing fans, this could be a blessing in disguise because […]

California Chrome (far left) was third in the '14 Breeders' Cup Classic and the early favorite for this year's edition (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Odds: California Chrome Favorite

California Chrome remains the early betting favorite in 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Odds in the latest odds released by Bet Online, currently at +250. The 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner is perfect in three starts this year, winning the Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 26 in his last outing. The […]

Belmont Park

Belmont Oaks Draws 13 With Breeders’ Cup Berth at Stake

A field of 13 three-year-old fillies will line up on Saturday at Belmont Park in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) with the winner earning an automatic starting spot and fees paid for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita in November. The Belmont Oaks is one of six graded […]

Melatonin stamped his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Classic with his win in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (Photo credit: Santa Anita Park).

Melatonin Top Classic Contender After Gold Cup Victory

Now perfect in four starts over the Santa Anta main track, Melatonin became a top contender for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) this fall with his victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). Sent off as the 9-5 betting favorite in a field of eight, the gelding pressed the early […]

Eight go to the post in Saturday's Gold Cup at Santa Anita, a Breeders' Cup Challenge race. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Baffert Seeks Sixth Gold Cup Win With Hoppertunity

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be seeking his sixth win in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) when he sends out Hoppertunity, the 3-1 morning line favorite in a field of eight. Baffert won the race in the last three years it was contested at the now shuttered Hollywood Park, winning […]

10 line up in the $500,000 Diana (G1) over the Spa turf on Saturday. (photo credit © Cheryl Quigley |

Field of Ten Line Up for Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga

A field of 10 fillies and mares will line up on Saturday to go 1 1/8 miles on the turf in the $500,000 Diana, the first Grade 1 race of the summer meeting at Saratoga. Miss Temple City, fresh from a run at the Royal Ascot meeting returns to the U.S. for the Diana and […]

Saratoga opens on Friday for a 40-day meeting that runs through Labor Day. (photo credit Ivan Cholakov via Bigstock)

Saratoga Meeting Kicks Off With Lake George, Schuylerville

The 2016 Saratoga meeting kicks off on Friday with a pair of traditional stakes, the $150,000 Schuylerville (G3) for two-year-old fillies and the $200,000 Lake George (G2) for three-year-old fillies. The 40-day meeting will run through Labor Day offering top class racing six days a week with Tuesdays dark. The marquee event of the meeting […]

A field of 12 go to the gate Saturday night in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) (Photo credit: Indiana Grand ).

Indiana Derby Preview: Dozen Head to Gate in Grand Race

Saturday night’s $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) drew a competitive field of a dozen three-year-olds that will head to the starting gate to go 1 1/16 miles at Indiana Downs, one of six stakes races on a stellar 10-race card. The Dale Romans trained Cherry Wine is the 5-2 morning line favorite, making his first start […]

Saginaw was one of David Jacobson's best runners until he broke down after taking a bad step. (Photo credit: Drawing Away Stable)

Royal Posse Looks Tough as Favorite in Saginaw

Trainer Rudy Rodriguez sends out a pair of runners in Friday’s $100,000 Saginaw at Belmont Park including Royal Posse, who looks tough as the 8-5 morning line favorite. The gelding is coming off a runner up finish in the state bred Commentator in the mud at Belmont Park on May 30. The three-time stakes winner […]

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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 […]

Belmont Park Race Track

Belmont Meeting Titles Won by Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz

The Belmont Park Spring/Summer meeting came to a close on Sunday with Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz taking the titles for top trainer and jockey respectively. Brown won 38 races from his 132 starters, easily besting Todd Pletcher, who finished second in the trainer standings with 25 winners from 144 starters. Brown won at a […]

Kentucky Derby champ Nyquist's lead in the division is dwindling after Creator's victory in the Belmont Stakes.  (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Creator Creates Division Logjam With Belmont Stakes Win

Last year at this time American Pharoah had won the Triple Crown and wrapped up the Eclipse Award for top three-year-old and Horse of the Year, but the victory by Creator in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on Saturday assures this year’s honors won’t be decided until at least November. The three-year-old division is […]

Monday's Big Apple Showcase Day at Belmont Park may be run over a wet track (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Rain to Put Damper on Big Apple Showcase Day

It is Big Apple Showcase Day at Belmont Park on Monday with six stake races, but rain may put the damper on the big day for New York breds with 1-2 inches of rain in the forecast. Memorial Day will not be a good day for cookouts in the northeast of the U.S., but with […]

Kentucky Derby champ Nyquist's lead in the division is dwindling after Creator's victory in the Belmont Stakes.  (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 […]

Five Grade 1 races including the Met Mile support today’s Belmont Stakes on a 13-race card.  © Wingbeats551 |

Six Grade 1 Races Highlight Belmont Stakes Day

There is no Triple Crown hanging in the balance like in the past two seasons, but Belmont Stakes Day will still be one of the best wagering days of the year, with 13 races on the card, 10 stakes, with six Grade 1 races on tap. The highlight of course is the $1.5 million Belmont […]

Belmont Park

Six Stakes Highlight Second Day of Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

The second day of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival is on tap this afternoon, with six stakes on the 11-race card at Belmont Park on the eve of racing’s third jewel of the Triple Crown. Saturday’s card gets even better. There is no Triple Crown in the offing, but the 13-race card will feature 10 […]

Exaggerator is the early wagering favorite for the Belmont Stakes.  (Photo credit: Maryland Jockey Club).

Hot Pace, Exaggerator End Nyquist’s Triple Crown Bid

There will be no Triple Crown winner this year after Exaggerator and a hot early pace extinguished Nyquist’s bid in the Preakness Stakes (G1). Under jockey Mario Gutierrez, the previously undefeated Nyquist broke alertly but they found themselves in a bitter early pace duel with Uncle Lino, going 22.38 and then 46.56 for the first […]

The undefeated Nyquist is the chalk for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico (Photo credit: Maryland Jockey Club).

Nyquist is Imposing Favorite in Preakness Stakes

The undefeated Nyquist seeks to become the fourth Kentucky Derby (G1) winner in the last five years to win the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), and the Doug O’Neill trainee will be the betting favorite in the field of 11 that will go to the post at Pimlico on Saturday evening. Nyquist’s price drifted up […]

Nyquist remained undefeated wiith his win in the Kentucky Derby (G1). (Photo credit: Churchill Downs).

2016 Kentucky Derby Handle, Ratings Down from Last Year

Despite coming off a year where we saw the first Triple Crown in nearly four decades, both handle and television ratings for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday were down. Wait, what? American Pharoah’s historic run through last year’s Triple Crown was supposed to give the horse racing industry a boost right? […]