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]
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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]
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 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 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]
The weather during the first half of the Saratoga meeting was good for the most part, but things could be ugly on Wednesday, which likely will shift the $100,000 Troy from the turf to the main track. A field of eight was entered including main-track-only entrant Dads Cap, who is the 4-5 morning line favorite.… [Continue Reading]
Three-year-old fillies will battle in Monday’s feature at Saratoga, the $100,000 Tenski, with Sweet Acclaim looking to turn the tables on Walk Close, who got the best of her in the Wild Applause at Belmont Park in June. While Walk Close makes her first start since that victory, her third win in three career starts,… [Continue Reading]
The past two years two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan ruled the $500,00 Fourstardave Handicap (G2) at Saratoga, but this year it will be Silver Max trying to wire the field as the likely betting favorite. The Dale Romans trainee is the 9-5 morning line favorite and will have to outrun five foes going… [Continue Reading]
A compact field of six will line up in Friday’s feature at Saratoga, the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2), contested at 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course. The Chad Brown trained Bobby’s Kitten is the 7-5 morning line favorite but is coming off a subpar effort last out in… [Continue Reading]
A field of 10 is entered and eight are likely to go in Wednesday’s feature at Saratoga, the $100,000 John’s Call, a 1 5/8 mile turf marathon. Trainer Todd Pletcher sends out the 2-1 morning lien favorite Winning Cause, who is coming off a fourth place finish in the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth Park.… [Continue Reading]
Three-year-old turfers will take center stage on Monday’s card at Saratoga with a pair of New York Stallion Series races going a mile on the turf. The third race on the card is the Cab Calloway division for three-year-old colts and geldings, drawing a field of eight led by the Linda Rice trained Mark My… [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]
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]
Owned in part by Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing, Shared Belief has vaulted into the top spot in Breeders’ Cup Classic future betting after his score in Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic. The colt remained undefeated beating a field of nine in the signature race of the summer Del Mar meeting, becoming just the… [Continue Reading]
The Grade 1 Arlington Million drew the smallest field in its 32-year history, but a stellar field will head to the gate including last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Magician, who was installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite. Trained by Aiden O’Brien, who won this race in 2011 with Capo Blanco and… [Continue Reading]
The Breeders’ Cup will soon announce where racing’s championship two-day event will be held through 2017, and according to Gregory Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal, it won’t be at Churchill Downs. According to Hall, the 2015 Breeders’ Cup will be held for the first time at Keeneland, followed by back at Santa Anita for 2016… [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
Palace Malice will come into Saturday’s $1.5 million Whitney Handicap (G1) riding a four-race winning streak and was installed as the even money morning line favorite in a field of nine. The Whitney is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race, with the winner earning an automatic starting spot and paid expenses for… [Continue Reading]
Highlighted by the filly Untapable taking on the boys in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (G1), horseplayers are in for a challenging day of handicapping with six stakes on the Monmouth Park 14-race card, and there are no easy races. The Haskell is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race, with… [Continue Reading]
Hold off on the barbecue as horse racing goes national on Sunday afternoon, with the latest edition of the Jockey Club Tour on Fox going coast to coast for a couple of Grade 1 races. First, it is off to Saratoga for opening weekend of the 40-day meeting, with Sunday’s feature the $300,000 Coaching Club… [Continue Reading]
Saratoga opens on Friday for the 146th time and the stars will be out during the 40-day meeting that will feature more than $17 million in purses in stakes races alone. There are 34 graded stakes highlighted by the $1.5 million Whitney (G1) on Saturday, Aug. 2 for older runners and the $1.5 million Travers… [Continue Reading]
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 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]
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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]