What's next for American Pharoah after his loss in the Travers? (Phoro credit: NYRA)

American Pharoah Connections Made Right and Wrong Move by Going to Travers

American Pharoah’s shocking loss in the $1.6 million Travers (G1) on Saturday to Keen Ice as the heavy favorite disappointed many, but maybe was not such a big surprise after all. If Man O’ War, Citation and Secretariat can get beat at the “Graveyard of Favorites” why did we think that this year’s Triple Crown… [Continue Reading]

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A field of seven line up in the $600,000 Alabama (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday. (Photo credit: © Bratty1206 | Dreamstime.com)

Top Fillies Take Center Stage in Alabama at Saratoga

A field of seven three-year-old fillies will line up at Saratoga on Saturday afternoon in the $600,000 Alabama (G1), with the winner of the race jumping to the top of the wide-open division. The top four finishers of the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) will meet up again. A nose separated the top pair, with… [Continue Reading]

A field of 10 fillies and mares line up in the $100,000 Union Avenue at Saratoga. (photo credit: © Wingbeats551 | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Betting Picks: Willet Returns in Union Avenue at Spa

The James Iselin trained Willet is the 2-1 morning line favorite for Thursday’s $100,000 Union Avenue, a state bred race that drew a field of 10 fillies and mares that will go 6 ½ furlongs on the main track. Willet has not been seen since winning the Interborough on Jan. 17 at Aqueduct. The seven-year-old… [Continue Reading]

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

Carameaway Looks for Repeat in Saratoga Dew at Spa

A field of 10 will line up in Monday’s feature at Saratoga led by defending champion Carameaway, who seeks to win the $100,000 Saratoga Dew in back to back years. The five-year-old mare is the 5-2 morning line favorite among a field of 10 fillies and mares that will go 1 1/8 miles on the… [Continue Reading]

Chad Brown sends out the two betting favorites for Saturday's Arlington Million. . (photo credit: arlingtonpark.com)

Trainer Chad Brown Has Strong Hand for Arlington Million

Trainer Chad Brown has become a top force in graded stakes races on turf and will send out a trio of runners in Saturday’s $1 million Arlington Million (G1) including the likely top two betting choices. Brown will saddle Big Blue Kitten, the 3-1 morning line favorite. The seven-year-old ridgling won the United Nations (G1)… [Continue Reading]

A field of eight line up in Wednesday's Birdstone at Saratoga. © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com

Saratoga Betting Picks: Eight Go in Marathon Birdstone

A field of eight older runners will line up in Wednesday’s feature, the $100,000 Birdstone, a 1 ¾ mile marathon on the main track. The defending champion Micromanage is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Todd Pletcher trainee won last year’s edition of the Birdstone by 8 ½ lengths. Through 16 days of the 40-day… [Continue Reading]

Palace Malice returns to action in Sunday's Alydar at Saratoga.(photo credit: NYRA.com)

Palace Malice Returns as Betting Favorite in Alydar at Spa

The Todd Pletcher trained Palace Malice makes just his second start since getting beaten as the favorite in last summer’s Whitney (G1) when he takes on 11 foes in the $100,000 Alydar on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga. The five-year-old is the 5-2 morning line favorite makes his first start since running third in the Diablo… [Continue Reading]

A field of 10 fillies and mares line up in the $100,000 Union Avenue at Saratoga. (photo credit: © Wingbeats551 | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Betting: Test, Whitney Highlight Saturday Card at Spa

A pair of Grade 1 races, the $1.25 million Whitney and $500,000 Test are the highlights of an outstanding 11-race betting card at Saratoga on Saturday. The Whitney is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge ‘Win and You’re In” race, with the winner earning an automatic starting spot in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at… [Continue Reading]

Chad Brown will saddle five in Friday's Hall of Fame (G2) at Saratoga. (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Brown Starts Five in Hall of Fame at Saratoga

Trainer Chad Brown will be the busiest guy at Saratoga on Friday, saddling five runners in the feature, the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) including my top two picks in the race. Night Prowler was installed as the 3-1 favorite, and Brown will give a leg up to jockey Javier Castellano… [Continue Reading]

A field of eleven line up in Wednesday's Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga. (photo credit:Bigstock.com)

Saratoga Picks: Two Breeders’ Cup Vets Meet in Shine Again

Wednesday’s $100,000 Shine Again at Saratoga drew a field of 11 fillies and mares that will go seven furlongs on the main track, and despite its ungraded status still drew a pair of runners that participated in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup. Stonetastic is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the Kelly Breen barn. She ran… [Continue Reading]

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner. (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… [Continue Reading]

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

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… [Continue Reading]

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… [Continue Reading]

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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… [Continue Reading]

Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Untapable goes in Saturday's Personal Ensign at saratoga (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Travers Day Features Four Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races

  There is no doubt who the star of the show is on Travers Day at Saratoga on Saturday, but there will be plenty of other star power on the racetrack, with four Breeders’ Cup Challenge ‘Win and You’re In” races on tap. The card features six Grade 1 races along with a Grade 2,… [Continue Reading]

Amercan Pharoah takes on seven foes in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational (Photo credit: Monmouth Park).

Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Chalk in Haskell

Most horseplayers live for trying to beat heavy favorites, but Sunday’s $1.75 million Haskell invitational (G1) has a different feel despite having a prohibitive chalk in American Pharoah. Most of the time I can find a legitimate reason to play against the chalk, but I am not having much luck looking for a way to… [Continue Reading]

Lady Eli remained undefeated by winning the Belmont Oaks. (Photo credit: New York Racing Association).

Lady Eli, Big Blue Kitten Stamp Tickets to Breeders’ Cup

Four Breeders’ Cup Challenge ‘Win and You’re In” races were contested in the U.S. over the holiday weekend, with Lady Eli remaining undefeated and Big Blue Kitten knocking off defending Turf champion Main Sequence. Lady Eli is a budding superstar, winning her sixth consecutive race to start her career with an impressive victory in the… [Continue Reading]

Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed Zayat spend stall time with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. (Phoro credit: Zayat Stables).

American Pharoah Headed to Saratoga for Travers

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will make his next start on Saturday in the $1.6 million Travers at Saratoga it was announced on Sunday by his connections. The strapping colt worked seven furlongs with Martin Garcia aboard Sunday morning at Del Mar. The colt was timed at four furlongs in 47.2, five in 58.8 and… [Continue Reading]

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

Whitney Festival, Travers Day Highlight Saratoga Meeting

Saratoga opens on Friday for 40 days of outstanding horse racing action with many of the top horses, trainers and jockeys settling in this week in Saratoga Springs as opening day approaches. The highlight of the meeting is the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) which will bring together some of the horses that went down… [Continue Reading]

California Chrome will miss the Arlington Million (G1) with an injury and may be retired.  (Photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Not a Good Week for Stars in Horse Racing

While Triple Crown winner American Pharoah looks as good as ever as he continues his preparation for his next outing in the Haskell Invitational (G1), the sport lost some real star power over the past few days. The 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner California Chrome appears unlikely to race again in 2015,… [Continue Reading]

A field of 14 will line up in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1), one of six graded stakes.  (© Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Stars and Stripes Festival Betting Preview: Six Stakes on Tap at Belmont Park

There will be plenty of fireworks Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, with six graded stakes making up the Stars and Stripes Festival Day betting card highlighted by a the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) and the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). There is $1 million in guaranteed betting pools including an all-stakes Pick… [Continue Reading]

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner. (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… [Continue Reading]

Saturday's Preakness Stakes could be run over a wet track. (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Preakness Betting: Weather Could Play Role on Saturday

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]

Materiality winner the 2015 Florida Derby (G1) is one of three that will be saddled Saturday by Todd Pletcher.  (Photo credit: Gulfstream Park)

Kentucky Derby Prop Betting: Look for a Knockout

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]

Finding the Kentucky Derby runner up can produce a big windfall. (Photo credit dreamstime).

Kentucky Derby Betting: Finding Runner Up Key to Profits

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]

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is over with International Star finishing first in points. (Photo credit: Churchill Downs)

Final Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings

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]

Carpe Diem, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass at Keenealand on Saturday is now third in the points standings (Photo credit: Keeneland Race Course).

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings

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]