An international field of nine line up Saturday in the Group  $10 million Dubai World Cup. (Photo Meydan Race Course)

Derby Preps, Dubai World Cup Highlight Saturday Betting Action

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]

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A field of ten will line up in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields (photo credit: Golden Gate Fields)

El Camino Real Derby Picks: Looking for a Typhoon

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]

Eight go to the post in Saturday's Grade 3 Sham, a Derby points race.  (Photo credit

Calculator Seeking First Career Win, Derby Points in Sham

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 will line up in Saturday's $100,000 Alex M. Robb at Aqueduct. (photo credit:

Alex M. Robb Closes Out 2014 Stakes Action at Aqueduct

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]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile champion Take Charge Brandi headlines the Starlet. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Brandi Looks to Take Charge of Division in Starlet at Los Alamitos

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]

Nine go in Saturday's Garland of Roses at Aqueduct. (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Aqueduct Betting: Bridgehampton Looks Tough in Garland of Roses

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]

Secret Circle, Private Zone and Bourbon Courage exit the Breeders' Cup Sprint and headline the Cigar Mile at the Big A. (Phoro credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Sprint Foes Face Off in Cigar Mile

A field of nine will line up on Saturday at Aqueduct in the $500,000 Cigar Mile (G1), the last Grade 1 race in New York this year, the race attracting the runner up, third and fourth place finishers from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). The Bob Baffert trained Secret Circle is the 2-1 morning line… [Continue Reading]

A full field led by Mr. Z  head to the gate in Saturday's $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs. (Photo credit: Delta Downs).

Kentucky Derby Hopefuls Looking to Hit Jackpot at Delta Downs

A full field will head to the gate in Saturday’s $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3), with 17 points up for the grabs in the Road to the Derby series, 10 points to the winner along with a $600,000 payday. The D. Wayne Lukas trained Mr. Z is the 5-2 morning line favorite, last seen running… [Continue Reading]

Big Blue Kitten is the headliner in the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. (photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley |

Aqueduct Betting: Big Blue Kitten Chalk in Red Smith ‘Cap

The Chad Brown trained Big Blue Kitten appears to be the one to beat in Saturday’s $250,000 Red Smith Handicap (G3), the last graded stakes race of the year on turf in New York. The six-year-old got a late start to his 2014 campaign, winning the restricted Lure in August, which was his first start… [Continue Reading]

A field of 12 will line up for Saturday's Long Island Handicap on turf at Aqueduct. (© Cheryl Quigley |

Aqueduct Betting: “Viva” Looks Tough in Long Island ‘Cap

A full field of fillies and mares will hit the turf course at Aqueduct for Saturday’s $200,000 Long Island Handicap (G3) going 1 ½ miles, and it appears the Todd Pletcher trained Viva Rafaela is going to be the one to catch. The feature goes off as the seventh race on a nine race card… [Continue Reading]

The $300,000 Empire Classic headlines Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.  (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley |

Belmont Park Features Empire Showcase Day for State Breds

Belmont Park features an outstanding betting card on Saturday with Empire Showcase Day. There are eight stakes restricted to New York breds with purses that total $1.75 million. New York bred stars Artemis Agrotera, Dayatthespa, Palace and Zivo are awaiting bigger challenges in two weeks in the Breeders’ Cup, but there is still plenty of… [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]

Tonalist wins the Belmont Stakes, ending California Chrome's Triple Crown bid (Photo credit: NYRA).

Belmont Stakes Results: Tonalist Derails Chrome’s Triple Crown Bid

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]

California Chrome is the 3-5  favorite for the Belmont Stakes.(Photo credit:

Belmont Stakes 2014: California Chrome Has Date with Destiny

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]

El Kabeir remains atop of the Kentucky Derby points standings with eight races left to be decided. (Photo credit: Churchill Downs)

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings

While El Kabeir remained safely atop the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings, Dubai Sky and Firing Line earned starting spots in the gate for the Run for the Roses by picking up 50 Derby points last weekend. Dubai Sky pulled off the mild upset in the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park… [Continue Reading]

A field of seven line up in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby. (Photo courtesy of Sunland Park)

Road to Derby: Firing Line Looks Tough in Sunland Derby

The Simon Callaghan trained Firing Line is the headliner in Sunday’s $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) and is seeking to punch his ticket to Louisville on the first Saturday of May with a victory. The Sunland Derby offers up 50-20-10-5 points to the top four finishers as part of the Road to the Derby series of… [Continue Reading]

A field of 11 go in the gate in Saturday's $550,000 Spiral with 85 Derby points up for grabs (photo credit: Turfway Park).

Road to Derby Picks: Looking for Typhoon in Spiral at Turfway Park

Conquest Typhoon, third in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) ships from California and is the one to beat in Saturday’s $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral (G3) at Turfway Park. The Spiral is one of two Road to the Derby points races this weekend, with 50-20-10-5 points up for grabs for the top four finishers… [Continue Reading]

Seven  Derby hopefuls will head to the gate in Saturday's Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. (photo credit: Oaklawn Park)

American Pharoah Returns Off Bench as Chalk in Rebel Stakes

The Bob Baffert trained American Pharoah, who spent the entire winter until last week as the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby makes his much-anticipated three-year-old debut on Saturday in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park. The colt won a pair of Grade 1 races last year, taking the Del Mar Futurity and… [Continue Reading]

A field of 10 will be gunning for Derby points in the $400,000 Gotham  at Aqueduct (Photo credit:

Road to Derby: El Kabeir Seeking to Rebound in Gotham

The John Terranova trained El Kabeir is looking to rebound after being the beaten favorite last out in a runner up finish in the Withers (G3) when he takes on nine foes in the $400,000 Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct. The Gotham is one of three Derby points races on tap on Saturday along with the… [Continue Reading]

Trainer Bob Baffert has two strong Derby hopefuls in Dortmund and American Pharoah. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3: Baffert Duo Take Betting Action

Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed on Sunday, with the Bob Baffert trained duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund taking the most action among the separate betting interests. The mutuel field or “All Others” closed as the 4-1 betting favorite. American Pharoah closed at 8-1 and will returns his backers $18.20 for… [Continue Reading]

Could Frank Stronach's new wager be called The Frankie Five? (photo credit:

Stronach Group May Swing and Miss With New Pick 5 Wager

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]

16 scratches on Sunday's Aqueduct card left horseplayers with small fields.  (Photo credit:

Aqueduct Safety Rules Lead to Eight Additional Scratches on Sunday Card

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]


Horse Racing Needs to Hit Derby Jackpot

Horse racing betting handle is plummeting, field sizes are shrinking, the industry seems to constantly be rocked with scandal, horseplayers are exiting looking for more value with their gambling dollar as takeout rises and the gloom and doom of the sport continues. While marketing efforts by the Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and America’s Best Racing… [Continue Reading]


Favorite Albums of 2014: Tunes That Are Not a Gamble

It is time once again for the third somewhat annual favorite albums of the year list. It is a list of my favorite tunes I spend the day listening to while gambling and working. Yes, some friends think I have a sweetheart gig sitting in the office handicapping and gambling all day and night, but… [Continue Reading]

Bayern veered in sharply at the break and went on to win the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Bayern Takes Field from Bump to Wire to Win Breeders’ Cup Classic

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]

A field of 14 will line up in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Betting: Classic to Decide Horse of the Year

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]

California Chrome wins the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico (Photo courtesy of America's Best Racing).

Preakness Results: California Chrome Stamps Ticket to Big Apple

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]