The Breeders' Cup breaks from the gate on Friday with four championship races. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Kicks Off Friday Betting Action

Four of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races will be contested on Friday at Santa Anita, with the $1 million Juvenile Turf kicking off the action over the two-day championship event. The $1 million Dirt Mile (G1) and Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) follow, and then the ladies take center stage in the $2 million Distaff (G1).… [Continue Reading]

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The $300,000 Empire Classic headlines Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.  (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Belmont Park Features Empire Showcase Day for State Breds

Belmont Park features an outstanding betting card on Saturday with Empire Showcase Day. There are eight stakes restricted to New York breds with purses that total $1.75 million. New York bred stars Artemis Agrotera, Dayatthespa, Palace and Zivo are awaiting bigger challenges in two weeks in the Breeders’ Cup, but there is still plenty of… [Continue Reading]

Belmont Park Race Track

Belmont Park Betting: Eleven Line up in Wide Open Pebbles

There is racing on Columbus Day at Belmont Park on Monday, with a field of 11 three-year-old fillies lining up in a wide-open edition of the $200,000 Pebbles, a one-mile test on turf. Trainer Christophe Clement, who won last year’s running of the Pebbles with Discreet Marq, is back with an uncoupled entry, and they… [Continue Reading]

A field of nine goes in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland (photo credit

Keeneland Betting: Looking for Speed in Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

The final Grade 1 race of the fall meeting at Keeneland is Saturday with an evenly matched field of nine three-year-old fillies lining up in the $500,00 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), a test at 1 1/8 miles on the grass. While all of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge races are done, this race potentially… [Continue Reading]

Two turf stakes highlight Saturday's card at Belmont Park (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Belmont Park Betting: Clement Holds Strong Hand in Turf Stakes

Trainer Christophe Clement will saddle contenders in both turf stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, the $200,000 Noble Damsel (G3) and the $500,000 Sands Point (G2). Clement will send out a pair in each race. Clement will saddle Love Train (6-1) and Annecdote (7-2) in the Noble Damsel. Love Train returns off a two-month break… [Continue Reading]

Two turf stakes highlight Saturday's card at Belmont Park (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Belmont Park Betting Picks: Legendary Looks Tough in Yankee Affair

A field of six will line up in Saturday’s feature at Belmont Park, the $100,000 Yankee Affair at 1 ½ miles on the grass with the Todd Pletcher trained Red Rifle the 2-1 favorite while Legendary may be tough as the second choice. Legendary checked in third last out in the Lure at Saratoga for… [Continue Reading]

Two turf stakes highlight Saturday's card at Belmont Park (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Saratoga Betting: Saranac Brings Spa Meeting to a Close

The 40-day Saratoga meeting ends on Monday with the $300,000 Saranac, a 1 1/8 mile test on turf for three-year-olds. The Graham Motion trained Ring Weekend is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The gelding is 0 for 2 on turf but did win the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on dirt in March and was fifth… [Continue Reading]

10 go to the gate in Saturday's $600,000 Woodward at Saratoga (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Woodward Betting: May Not Be Lucky Day for Moreno

The front-running Moreno is safely into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic after his win in the Whitney (G2) on Aug. 2. However, will he be lucky enough to be able to wire the field again in Saturday’s $600,000 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga? The Eric Guillot trainee earned a career top Beyer Speed Figure in… [Continue Reading]

It is Saratoga Showcase Day with six stakes on tap. (© Cheryl Quigley |

Saratoga Showcase Day Features Six Stakes for State Breds

Travers Day has come and gone, but the Spa is putting on a good show on Sunday with Saratoga Showcase Day, which features an 11-race card for New York breds with six stakes on tap. The richest of the six stakes is the $250,000 Albany Stakes for three-year-olds who will go 1 1/8 miles on… [Continue Reading]

Better Talk Now won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Saratoga Betting: Motion Sends Out Craftsman in Better Talk Now

Trainer Graham Motion will send out Craftsman in Wednesday’s feature at Saratoga, the $100,000 Better Talk Now, which drew a field of seven that will go one mile on the inner turf. The race is named after the Motion trained Better Talk Now, who won 14 of 51 career starts with earnings of $4,356,664. The… [Continue Reading]

The Jockey Club Tour on Fox hits Saratoga on Sunday. (photo credit Ivan Cholakov via Bigstock)

Sword Dancer, Alydar Featured on Jockey Club Tour on Fox

The Jockey Club Tour on Fox makes it’s next to last stop on Sunday at Saratoga, where the Grade 1 $500,000 Sword Dancer will be the highlight along with the $100,000 Alydar. The telecast will air from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, and FOX Sports Go, and on-air duties… [Continue Reading]

The Arlington Million and Beverly D. top the stakes action at Arlington Park on Saturday. (photo credit:

Arlington Park Betting: Alterite Could Be Right Choice in Beverly D.

The Grade 1 Arlington Million is the marquee event on Saturday’s International Festival of Racing card at Arlington Park, but the Grade 1 $750,000 Beverly D. might be the best wagering race. A field of 11 will go to the post in the 1 3/16 mile turf event, with the winner earning an automatic starting… [Continue Reading]

Tonalist wins the Belmont Stakes, ending California Chrome's Triple Crown bid (Photo credit: NYRA).

Belmont Stakes Results: Tonalist Derails Chrome’s Triple Crown Bid

For the 12th time since Affirmed in 1978, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner came up short in an attempt to win the Triple Crown, with Tonalist spoiling the party. California Chrome grabbed a quarter coming out of the gate, possibly stepped on by Samraat, and after stalking the early pace and being in position… [Continue Reading]

California Chrome is the 3-5  favorite for the Belmont Stakes.(Photo credit:

Belmont Stakes 2014: California Chrome Has Date with Destiny

We have been here before. A dozen horses have shown up in New York looking to wrap up the Triple Crown since 1978, and all have come up short. Now, 36 years after Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner, California Chrome has his date with destiny. The Racing Gods seem to be shining down… [Continue Reading]

174 horses were entered in this year's Breeders' Cup including five returning champions. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Post Positions, Morning Line Betting Odds

The Breeders’ Cup post positions were drawn and morning line odds announced on Monday with a record 174 horse entered including the winners of the spring’s Triple Crown races and five runners that won Breeders’ Cup races last year. The Breeders’ Cup will be held for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Oct.… [Continue Reading]

Dank is seeing a repeat in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and is the early betting favorite (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Betting Odds Update, Wagering Menu

The fields for the Breeders’ Cup are coming into focus, with nearly 200 horses being pointed toward the two-day championship event at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The undefeated Shared Belief is the 7-5 early betting favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in betting odds released this week by… [Continue Reading]

Beholder was ruled out of the Breeders' Cup Distaff after spiking a fever on Sunday.  (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Defections Shake Up Breeders’ Cup Early Betting Odds

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan is out of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and now Beholder will miss a chance of winning her third Breeders’ Cup race, out of the Distaff, leaving both races looking for new betting favorites. Wise Dan was the early betting favorite at +125 for the Mile at… [Continue Reading]

Wise Dan and jockey Jose Lezcano celebrate Breeders' Cup Mile victory. (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Wise Dan Could Make the Breeders’ Cup a Classic

Two-time reigning Horse of the Year had just crossed the wire to win the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday, and the questions started. Could we see Wise Dan in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic? With Mucho Macho Man, Palace Malice and Game On Dude out of the picture, the… [Continue Reading]

Wise Dan is the headliner on Saturday which features six Breeders' Cup Challenge races. (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races Highlight Saturday Betting Action

It is getting close to last call for connections hoping to land a spot in the Breeders’ Cup, and on Saturday we have six “Win and You’re In” races on tap, three at Keeneland, a pair at Belmont Park, and one at Santa Anita. Keeneland features two on Sunday, there are four across the pond… [Continue Reading]

Trainer Chad Brown, seen here with his trophy for Zagora in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, has five live runners in at Belmont Park. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Trainer Chad Brown Set for Big Day on Sunday at Belmont Park

Trainer Chad Brown does not have a starter in either of the stakes on Sunday at Belmont Park, but looks as if he could still have a big day. The trainer has live runners in half of the 10 races on the card. Brown has already picked up two winners from five starters over the… [Continue Reading]

Belmont Park

Belmont Park Fall Championship Meeting Opens Friday

The summer Saratoga meeting is in the books and now it is Belmont Park’s turn with the fall championship meeting getting underway on Friday afternoon for a 38-day meet. Among the 20 graded stakes that will be contested between Friday and closing day on Oct. 26 are six Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In”… [Continue Reading]

Saturday's Travers Day card features 14 races and four graded stakes. (photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley |

Travers Day Betting: Three Graded Stakes Support Mid Summer Derby

The marquee event of summer racing is on tap on Saturday, with a field of 10 going to the post in the Mid Summer Derby, the Grade 1 $1,.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The race drew a solid field led by Haskell Invitational (G1) winner Bayern, Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tonalist and Jim Dandy… [Continue Reading]

Moeno looks to wire teh field again in Saturday's Whi.  (Photo credit: NYRA)

Travers Stakes Odds: Bayern Morning Line Favorite for Mid Summer Derby

A field of 10 will line up in the marquee event of the Saratoga meeting on Saturday, the Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers Stakes, with the Bob Baffert trained Bayern installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The Travers Day card features 14 races including the $250,000 Ballston Spa, the $500,000 Ballerina and the $500,000… [Continue Reading]

Governor Chris Christie with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who probably does not have his thumbs up today (Photo credit: New Jersey Governors Office)

Sports Betting Headed to Racetracks in New Jersey

Just a month after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed two bills passed by the state legislature that would have struck down the state’s prohibition on sports gambling, he issued a directive Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting. According The New York Daily News, the governor said he took his… [Continue Reading]

California Chrome wins the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico (Photo courtesy of America's Best Racing).

Preakness Results: California Chrome Stamps Ticket to Big Apple

Two downs and one to go as California Chrome won the Grade 1 $1.5 million Preakness  Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, running his winning streak to six. Now it is off to the Big Apple in three weeks for a shot at Triple Crown glory. Sent off as the 1-2 betting favorite, the colt broke… [Continue Reading]

California Chrome is the 3-5  favorite for the Belmont Stakes.(Photo credit:

2014 Kentucky Derby Results: California Chrome Dominates

California Chrome lived up to the billing as betting favorite on Saturday at Churchill Downs in front of 164,906, drawing clear in the stretch to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1). Getting a perfect ride from Victor Espinoza, the colt tracked a moderate early pace, got to the front with a quarter-mile… [Continue Reading]

Orb is the 7-2 morning line favorite for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (Photo courtesy of HRTV)

2013 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds: Orb Betting Favorite at 7-2

After spending the entire spring as the early betting favorite for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, the undefeated Verrazano will play second fiddle to Orb after the 2013 Kentucky Derby morning line odds were released on Wednesday afternoon. A field of 21 was entered in the race, with Fear the Kitten sitting on… [Continue Reading]