Eight will line up in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.  (Photo credit Bigstock).

Donn Handicap Picks: Valid Threat to Wire Field

A field of eight will line up in Saturday’s $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) with the speedy Valid the likely one to catch in the 1 1/8-mile test on the main track. The Donn is one of six stakes on the 13-race card. The supporting features on the card are the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap […]

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A field of nine line up in Saturday's Santa Monica (G2) at Santa Anita. (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Santa Anita Picks: Ben’s Duchess Looks Tough in Santa Monica

A field of nine fillies and mares will line up in the only graded stakes race in the U.S. on Saturday, the $200,000 Santa Monica (G2) at seven furlongs on the main track. Ben’s Duchess is the 5-2 morning line favorite and appears the one to beat. The John Sadler trainee exits the La Brea […]

The $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (G3) on turf highlights an 11-race card at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. (Photo credit: © Richardpross | Dreamstime.com)

Kaigun Looking Tough in McKnight Handicap at Gulfstream Park

The Mark Casse trained Kaigun leads a field of 12 that will go to the post in Saturday’s $100,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap, one of three graded stakes on the Gulfstream Park card. Also on the 11-race card on Saturday are the $100,000 la Prevoyante Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares that drew a field of […]

Trainer Bob Baffert sends out a pair in Saturday's Los Alamitos Futurity (Photo credit: Los Alamitos Race Course).

Baffert Sends Out Duo Looking for Eighth Futurity

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out to two likely favorites in Saturday’s $350,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1), the last Grade 1 race for juveniles in 2015. Baffert has won the Futurity a record seven times, six at Hollywood Park and last year with Dortmund in the first time it was run at […]

Four stakes highlight Saturday's 11-race card at Gulfstream Park (Photo credit: gulfstreampark.com)

Rampart Kicks Off Graded Stakes Action at Gulfstream Park

Saturday’s $100,000 Rampart at Gulfstream Park is the first of 37 graded stakes that will be run at the championship meeting, and trainer Marty Wolfson will send out a trio looking to get the job done. Eight fillies and mares will line up in the Rampart led by Wolfson’s Cali Star (3-1), Curlin’s Princess (12-1) […]

Eight will line up in Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.  (Photo credit Bigstock).

Royal Posse Invades from New York for Claiming Crown Jewel

The Gulfstream Park championship meeting gets underway on Saturday with the 17th running of the Claiming Crown, with the $200,000 Jewel the marquee event on the 11-race card. There are nine Claiming Crown races, restricted to the blue-collar claiming horses that make up most of racing today. There is $1.1 million in purses up for […]

Breeder' Cup Sprint (G1) runner up Private Zone (right) is the favorite for Saturday's Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Private Zone Looking for Repeat in Cigar Mile

Defending champion Private Zone headlines the $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) on Saturday at Aqueduct, one of four graded stakes on an outstanding wagering card. The six-year-old gelding will be making his first start for trainer Brian Lynch and his first start since getting run down by Runhappy in the stretch of the Breeders’ Cup […]

La Verdad, second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) takes on the boys in the Fall Highweight at Aqueduct. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

La Verdad Takes on Boys in Fall Highweight at Aqueduct

A great holiday weekend of betting action kicks off on Thursday with a field of seven going in the Thanksgiving fixture at Aqueduct, the $250,000 Fall Highweight (G3). The mare La Verdad, fresh off her runner up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) will take on six males in the six-furlong […]

A field of 10 head to the gate in Saturday's $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs. (Photo credit: Delta Downs).

Derby Hopefuls Looking to Hit Jackpot at Delta Downs

A field of 10 line up on Saturday afternoon in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3), one of eight stakes on an outstanding 11-race card at the Vinton, Louisiana racetrack. The Jackpot is a points race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), with 10-4-2-1 points up for grabs. The $400,000 Delta Princess […]

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner and is early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic. (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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

The Doug O'Neill trained Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Nyquist is atop the Road to the Kentucky Points Standings. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Road to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Schedule, Updated Point Standings

Mohaymen made it looks easy on Saturday, winning the $250,000 Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, remaining undefeated and moving up to second in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 20. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Nyquist remains atop of the points standings with 30. The $2.2 million Keeneland purchase trained by […]

A field of six line up at Gulfstream Park in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park. (Photo: Gulfstream Park)

Derby Frontrunner Mohaymen Looks Tough in Holy Bull

The Kiaran McLaughlin trained Mohaymen takes on five foes on Saturday afternoon in the $350,000 Holy Bull (G3), and the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) looks as if he is going to be very tough to beat. The colt is the current betting favorite at most online racebooks for the Run for the […]

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

Smarty Jones Stakes Gets Derby Trail Going at Oaklawn Park

The $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park officially gets the Derby Trail underway in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the first of three key preps for the Run for the Roses. The Smarty Jones offers up 10-4-2-1 points to the top four finishers toward entry into the Kentucky Derby (G1), and serves as a prep for the […]

California Chrome returns from a long layoff in Saturday's San Pasqual at Santa Anita. (Photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

California Chrome’s Return in San Pasqual Easier With Dortmund Out

The much anticipated return of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome is coming up on Saturday at Santa Anita in the $200,000 San Pasqual (G3). A 10-month absence from the racetrack along with the emergence of Triple Crown American Pharoah put the plucky colt on the back pages, but his 2016 campaign gets underway […]

American Pharoah capped off his career with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Horse Racing Fans Up in Fetlocks Over SI Sportsperson of Year Pick

Horse racing fans around the globe are upset that American Pharoah was snubbed by Sports Illustrated with Serena Williams winning the Sportsperson of the Year award, and rightly so. Oh the outrage! Serenity now! A tennis player? Really? Nobody watches tennis anymore. I haven’t watched a tennis match since Guillermo Vilas beat some other guy […]


Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Kicks off Saturday With Claiming Crown

Gulfstream Park kicks off its championship meeting on Saturday with the Claiming Crown, stakes races restricted to the blue collar set.  The meeting offers a record 73 stakes, including 37 graded races during the 77th anniversary meet at the Hallandale, Florida racetrack. The marquee event of the meeting is the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) […]

Nine go to the starting gate in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) this afternoon (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

American Pharoah Looks to Go Out a Winner in Breeders’ Cup Classic

One of the most anticipated races in the three-decade history of the Breeders’ Cup is on tap on Saturday afternoon, with American Pharoah making his final career start as the chalk in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). The Bob Baffert trainee has worked sharply since suffering defeat in the Travers (G1) at the […]

Friday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) drew a stellar field including nine Grade 1 winners.   (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Distaff Betting: Wedding Toast Leads Full Field

Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) drew a full field and is one of the most competitive races over the two-day championship event, even though we are missing the defending champion and the leader of the division. Defending champ Untapable scratched after spiking a fever this week, while Beholder was being pointed toward the […]

Beholder, the second choice in early wagering for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) will scratch.  (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Second Choice Beholder Out of Breeders’ Cup Classic

The brilliant mare Beholder, who was the 3-1 second choice on the morning line for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), will scratch according to her trainer Richard Mandella. Mandella said this morning that the mare has “irritated tissue in her lung” that caused bleeding after doing her morning work on Thursday. The mare […]

Defending Breeders' Cup Distaff champion Untapable will miss this year's edition after spiking a fever. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Untapable Spikes Fever, is Out of Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Defending Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) champion Untapable will not have a chance to defend her title, as her connections announced on Tuesday morning she will scratch due to spiking a fever and the discovery of mucus in her tracheal passage after an endoscopic examination. The mare was the 5-1 co-third choice on the morning line […]

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown winner and is early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic. (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 […]

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 […]