Derby points are up for grabs in Saturday's Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park (Photo credit: gulfstreampark.com)

Road to Derby Selections: Frosted Looks Tough, That’s No Bull

The Road to the Kentucky Derby goes through Hallandale, Florida on Saturday as a field of 10 will line up in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G2), with Frosted looking like the one to beat. The Holy Bull is a Derby points race with 10-4-2-1 points up for grabs for the top four finishers. The race… [Continue Reading]

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Eight go to the post in Saturday's Grade 3 Sham, a Derby points race.  (Photo credit santaanita.com)

Calculator Seeking First Career Win, Derby Points in Sham

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]

A field of eight will line up in Saturday's $100,000 Alex M. Robb at Aqueduct. (photo credit: bigstock.com)

Alex M. Robb Closes Out 2014 Stakes Action at Aqueduct

A field of eight New York breds will line up in Wednesday’s $100,000 Alex M. Robb at 1 1/16 miles on the inner track, the final stakes race in New York for 2014. The Robb is supported by a nine-race card that features the $100,000 Bay Ridge for state bred fillies and mares that drew… [Continue Reading]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Take Charge Brandi headlines the Starlet. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Brandi Looks to Take Charge of Division in Starlet at Los Alamitos

Take Charge Brandi takes on six foes in Saturday’s $350,000 Starlet (G1) at Los Alamitos, with a victory all but wrapping up the Eclipse Award for top two-year-old juvenile filly. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee was beaten double-digit lengths in three starts going into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), but under jockey, Victor Espinoza… [Continue Reading]

Nine go in Saturday's Garland of Roses at Aqueduct. (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Aqueduct Betting: Bridgehampton Looks Tough in Garland of Roses

The first stakes race at the inner meeting at Aqueduct comes up on Saturday with a field of nine fillies and mares signed up to go six furlongs in the $100,000 Garland of Roses. Willet is the 5-2 morning line favorite, coming back on short rest after she ran seventh in the Go for Wand… [Continue Reading]

Secret Circle, Private Zone and Bourbon Courage exit the Breeders' Cup Sprint and headline the Cigar Mile at the Big A. (Phoro credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Foes Face Off in Cigar Mile

A field of nine will line up on Saturday at Aqueduct in the $500,000 Cigar Mile (G1), the last Grade 1 race in New York this year, the race attracting the runner up, third and fourth place finishers from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). The Bob Baffert trained Secret Circle is the 2-1 morning line… [Continue Reading]

A full field led by Mr. Z  head to the gate in Saturday's $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs. (Photo credit: Delta Downs).

Kentucky Derby Hopefuls Looking to Hit Jackpot at Delta Downs

A full field will head to the gate in Saturday’s $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3), with 17 points up for the grabs in the Road to the Derby series, 10 points to the winner along with a $600,000 payday. The D. Wayne Lukas trained Mr. Z is the 5-2 morning line favorite, last seen running… [Continue Reading]

Big Blue Kitten is the headliner in the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. (photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Aqueduct Betting: Big Blue Kitten Chalk in Red Smith ‘Cap

The Chad Brown trained Big Blue Kitten appears to be the one to beat in Saturday’s $250,000 Red Smith Handicap (G3), the last graded stakes race of the year on turf in New York. The six-year-old got a late start to his 2014 campaign, winning the restricted Lure in August, which was his first start… [Continue Reading]

A field of 12 will line up for Saturday's Long Island Handicap on turf at Aqueduct. (© Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Aqueduct Betting: “Viva” Looks Tough in Long Island ‘Cap

A full field of fillies and mares will hit the turf course at Aqueduct for Saturday’s $200,000 Long Island Handicap (G3) going 1 ½ miles, and it appears the Todd Pletcher trained Viva Rafaela is going to be the one to catch. The feature goes off as the seventh race on a nine race card… [Continue Reading]

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

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]

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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]

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: churchilldowns.com).

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]

Nine Derby hopefuls will head to the gate in Monday's Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park. (photo credit: Oaklawn Park)

Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park Draws Nine Derby Hopefuls

A deep field of nine three-year-olds will line up at Oaklawn Park on Monday for the first of four key Kentucky Derby preps at the Hot Springs, Arkansas racetrack. The Smarty Jones is a Road to the Derby points race, with 10-4-2-1 points up for grabs to the top four finishers. The race kicks off… [Continue Reading]

A field of 11 line up in the $200,000 LeComte at Fair Grounds.

Lecomte Kicks Off Derby Preps at Fair Grounds

The Road to the Kentucky Derby goes through New Orleans on Saturday, as a field of 11 will line up in the $200,000 Lecomte (G3). The race offers up 10 Derby points to the winner and serves as the first of three key Derby preps held at the New Orleans racetrack. Coming up is the… [Continue Reading]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile champ Texas Red is 12-1 in Derby betting. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

2015 Kentucky Derby Odds: Calculator Now in Mix With Sham Victory

The Peter Miller trained Calculator picked up his first career victory in Saturday’s Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, which vaulted the colt up to a tie for second in the Road to the Derby points race and his early betting odds for the Run for the Roses have dropped to 20-1. The colt was… [Continue Reading]

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Horse Racing Needs to Hit Derby Jackpot

Horse racing betting handle is plummeting, field sizes are shrinking, the industry seems to constantly be rocked with scandal, horseplayers are exiting looking for more value with their gambling dollar as takeout rises and the gloom and doom of the sport continues. While marketing efforts by the Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and America’s Best Racing… [Continue Reading]

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Favorite Albums of 2014: Tunes That Are Not a Gamble

It is time once again for the third somewhat annual favorite albums of the year list. It is a list of my favorite tunes I spend the day listening to while gambling and working. Yes, some friends think I have a sweetheart gig sitting in the office handicapping and gambling all day and night, but… [Continue Reading]

California Chrome won his fourth Grade 1 of the year on Saturday winning the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (Photo credit: Del Mar Racing)

California Chrome Wins Hollywood Derby, Frontrunner for Horse of Year

Trainer Art Sherman said his colt California Chrome would be able to handle turf, and he was right as the colt was an impressive winner of the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) on Saturday at Del Mar, making him the frontrunner for Horse of the Year honors with his fourth Grade 1 race in 2014. Sent… [Continue Reading]

Bayern veered in sharply at the break and went on to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Bayern Takes Field from Bump to Wire to Win Breeders’ Cup Classic

In a roughly run edition of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), the Bob Baffert trained Bayern took the field from bump to wire to win, returning $14.20 for the victory, leaving the connections of the other horses and horseplayers around the world wondering what the California stewards might have been thinking. With Martin… [Continue Reading]

A field of 14 will line up in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Betting: Classic to Decide Horse of the Year

After a chalky start on Friday, there should be plenty of fireworks on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, with nine championship races and the $5 million Classic likely to decide Horse of the Year honors. The Friday Breeders’ Cup races started with Hootnanny winning the Juvenile Turf and returning $14.00, giving trainer Wesley Ward his first Breeders’… [Continue Reading]

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]

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]

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]