Irap Looks to Rebound in Ohio Derby at Thistledown

Irap leads four runners seeking to rebound off disappointing efforts under the Twin Spires in the Run for the Roses when a field of nine head to the gate in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown. The Doug O’Neill trained Irap was 18th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and is the second choice on […]

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Arrogate Heavy Chalk in Breeders’ Cup Classic Future Odds

The Bob Baffert trained Arrogate is the strong early favorite in early Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) odds at US Racing at -300. The colt is the defending champion in the Classic and came out of that victory with wins in the two richest races in the word—the Pegasus World Cup (G1) and the Dubai World […]

Gunner Runner Returns in Foster Looking for Breeders’ Cup Classic Berth

The Steve Asmussen trained Gun Runner heads a field of eight in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) as he makes his first start since running second to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1). The Foster is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) coming up […]

Shoemaker Mile Winner Stamps Ticket to Breeders’ Cup Mile

Saturday’s $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (G1) drew a field of seven runners that will battle on turf at Santa Anita, with a free ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) going to the winner. The Shoemaker Mile is the first U.S. based Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race of 2017. This year’s Breeders’ Cup […]

Stars in Stripes: Four American Fancies for Royal Ascot

As flat racing meetings go, they don’t come much better or more regal than Royal Ascot. The Queen has attended each year for well over three decades, and Her Majesty’s seal of approval is confirmation of five days of outstanding racing from the infamous Berkshire track. There is a rather blue-blooded feel to the racecard, […]

Breaking Down the Belmont Stakes Field

The final leg of the Triple Crown takes place in New York State and it should prove a thrilling race after favorite Classic Empire was ruled out with a foot injury. That caused the odds to shift hugely on the remaining 12 horses, and there is now plenty of value to be had for punters […]

Arrogate Scheduled to Return in TVG San Diego ‘Cap July 22

Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate, the dynamic 4-year-old colt who has set racing afire with a series of powerful winning performances in the world’s top races, appears likely to make his next start in the TVG San Diego Handicap on Saturday, July 22 at Del Mar, it has been announced. The big gray – victorious in seven […]

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Live Racing Returns to Belmont Park Friday

Featuring the third annual Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, itself anchored by the 149th renewal of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 10, live thoroughbred racing returns to Belmont Park on Friday, April 28 for its 54-day spring/summer meet. The three-day opening weekend is highlighted by the $100,000 Affirmed Success for New […]

Brown Sends Out Dangerous Pair in New York Stakes at Belmont Park

It is no surprise that Eclipse Award winning trainer Chad Brown will saddle the top two betting choices for Friday’s $500,000 New York (G2) at Belmont Park, one of five stakes on an 11-race card. Sea Calisi is the 5-2 morning line favorite and is coming off a victory in the Sheepshead Bay (G2) which […]

New York Breds Featured on Big Apple Showcase Day at Belmont Park

Monday’s Big Apple Showcase Day card at Belmont Park features six stakes races with $900,000 up for grabs. The feature is the $200,000 Commentator, a one mile test on the main track that drew a competitive field of 11 led by the speedy Diversify for the Rick Violette barn. The gelding set the early fractions […]

Baffert Sends Out Duo in Gold Cup at Santa Anita

A field of nine led by a duo sent out by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert head to the gate on Saturday in the $500,000 Gold Cup (G1) at Santa Anita. The race is a “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) this fall at Del Mar. […]

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Tapwrit Runs Down Irish War Cry to Win Belmont Stakes

Trainer Todd Pletcher added his third victory in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, with Tapwrit running down favorite Irish War Cry in the stretch to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1). It was the ninth time in the last 18 years the Belmont Stakes winner ran in the Run for the Roses, […]

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Six Grade 1 Races Highlight Belmont Stakes Day

There is no Triple Crown bid, Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming and Preakness (G1) winner Cloud Computing will spend the day in the barn and early Belmont Stakes (G1) favorite Classic Empire is out with another foot abscess. When there is no Triple Crown hanging in the balance, my phone goes silent as the […]

Favorite Classic Empire Out of Belmont Stakes With Foot Abscess

The roller coaster campaign of 2016 Eclipse Award winner Classic Empire continues as the colt has been declared out of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) with a foot abscess according to his connections. The colt was the early betting favorite for the third jewel of the Triple Crown at odds of 7-5 in early […]

Wood Memorial Winner Irish War Cry Headed to Belmont Stakes

Isabelle de Tomaso’s New Jersey homebred Irish War Cry, whose multiple Grade 2 wins include the April 8 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, will make his next start in the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, June 10 at Belmont Park. The colt is currently at odds […]

Preakness Day Features Seven Supporting Stakes Including Dixie

While most eyes will be on Always Dreaming’s attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive in the $1.5 million Preakness (G1), horseplayers are in for a treat with seven supporting stakes on an outstanding 14 race card at Pimlico on Saturday. The first stake on the card is the $100,000 The Very One which […]

Looking for Luck at Pimlico in Black Eyed Susan

Before we get to Preakness Day, Pimlico offers up a 14-race card on Black Eyed Susan Day on Friday and we will look for some Summer Luck in the featured race of the day. A field of 11 will line up in the $250,000 Black Eyed Susan (G2), one of seven stakes on an outstanding […]

Derby Winner Always Dreaming 4-5 Favorite in Preakness

At Wednesday afternoon’s post position draw for Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1), Always Dreaming, the impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1), was assigned post 4 and installed the 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field. At US Racing the Kentucky Derby winner is currently listed at odds of 10-13. The Todd Pletcher-trained Always Dreaming […]

Pletcher Picks Up Second Derby Win, Time to End Mediocre Record Talk

Trainer Todd Pletcher picked up his second victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday with Always Dreaming getting the job done, and starting next year I am no longer going to mention his record in the Run for the Roses. He came into this year’s running with a mediocre 1 for 45 record in […]

Will a Speed Friendly Sloppy Track Greet Horseplayers for Kentucky Derby?

Mother Nature was not kind to Churchill Downs on Friday, with rain making the main track sloppy and the turf course rated as good, with two of the grass races moved to the main track. Speed prevailed early on the card, with five winners going gate to wire in the first eight races on the […]

Paradise Woods Heads Full Field in Kentucky Oaks

The $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Friday drew a full field of 14 fillies along with an also-eligible, led by Paradise Woods, who as installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Oaks Day card features five supporting stakes on an outstanding 13-race card— the Grade 3 $150,000 Edgewood, Grade 2 $200,000 Eight Belles, […]

Classic Empire Widens Gap in Early Kentucky Derby Wagering

Classic Empire had plenty of horseplayers jumping off his bandwagon after coming out of his third place finish in the Holy Bull (G2) with a foot abscess, but many are jumping back on board and the colt has widened the gap in early Kentucky Derby (G1) wagering. The colt came back in his final prep […]