American Pharoah continues to be heavily bet in early wagering for the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 6 at Belmont Park, currently at odds of 10-11 at Bovada for the third jewel of the Triple Crown. The Bob Baffert trainee is seeking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Thirteen since… [Continue Reading]
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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when he breaks from the gate in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks, and he is going to have a tough group of foes waiting for him in New York. It looks as if as many as… [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
A field of eight will line up in the $200,000 Excelsior (G3) on Saturday, the final graded stake of the spring meeting at Aqueduct, led by even money favorite Wicked Strong. Wicked Strong won last year’s Wood Memorial (G1) over the Big A main track and was sent off at 6-1 in the Kentucky Derby… [Continue Reading]
Shared Belief, owned in part by Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing will be sent off as the chalk in Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia. In just six short years, the Charles Town Classic has become one of the top races of the year for the… [Continue Reading]
A field of seven will line up in Saturday’s $250,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) at Keeneland with the Todd Pletcher trained Comfort getting the call as he makes his stakes debut and first start for the barn. The Lexington was moved back to three weeks before the Kentucky Derby (G1) this year and is back on… [Continue Reading]
A field of 10 will line up in Saturday’s $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3), a Road to the Derby points race, with the Mark Casse trained Conquest Typhoon the one to beat. The colt makes his three-year-old debut and his first start over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields. The colt does have… [Continue Reading]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
It looks as if American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat will not be vacationing in Costa Rica any time soon after reports have surfaced that he owes $1.6 million in gambling debts racked up at an offshore sportsbook located in the Central America country between 2003 and 2005. Zayat is being sued in United States District… [Continue Reading]
Three Road to the Kentucky Derby points races and the world’s richest race highlight a long and busy day of horse betting on Saturday. Between 8:40am ET beginning with the first wagering race from Dubai until the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) is run at 6:48 ET, we have 10 hours of betting that will… [Continue Reading]
When Magna Entertainment introduced the Magna 5 wager back in 2004, it was an innovative wager. Five races run over an hours’ time at several racetracks, and the pools were large and the payouts were strong. Magna is now the Stronach Group, and the plan is to bring back the wager with a new name… [Continue Reading]
Sunday’s Aqueduct card was decimated by 16 late scratches, leaving two races with fields of three, but it could have been avoided if anyone in the New York Racing Association had the ability to count to 14. After a spate of recent breakdowns, the NYRA instituted new safety measures, one being horses are not permitted… [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]
It looks as if the top three finishers of the Kentucky Derby (G1) will be heading to Baltimore to compete in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. Two questions popped into my head immediately after American Pharoah won the Run for the Roses: First… [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]
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]
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]