A field of 11 go to the gate in Saturday's Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland (Photo credit: Keeneland .com)

Keeneland Betting: Ami’s Holiday Live Longshot in Lexington

We have reached the end of the road on the Kentucky Derby trail, with Saturday’s $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3) the final points race, and Ami’s Holiday has the look of a live longshot. While the race offers 10-4-2-1 Derby points, the race will have no impact on the Kentucky Derby field. However, the race drew… [Continue Reading]

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Trainer Steve Asmussen is under fire after PETA releases undercover video.

PETA Video Fallout: Owners Need to Step Up and Replace Asmussen

By now, most of you have seen the video released by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which was made by a PETA informant who went undercover as an employee for trainer Steve Asmussen. The video, reportedly shot at Saratoga and Churchill Downs, showed some damaging stuff including generous usage of therapeutic… [Continue Reading]

Wise Dan winning the Breeders' Cup Mile. (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Eclipse Awards: Wise Dan Sweeps, A Few Voters Clueless

Wise Dan took home the most hardware at the Eclipse Awards on Saturday, taking down top honors for older male, turf male and Horse of the Year, becoming the first horse in history to win three awards in consecutive years. The Charles LoPresti trainee was perfect in six starts on turf in 2013, his lone… [Continue Reading]

Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and jockey Gary Stevens are the chalk in the Sunshine Millions Classic (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Mucho Man Man Returns in Sunshine Millions Classic

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) champion Mucho Macho Man is the headliner for Saturday’s Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park, six stakes races restricted to Florida breds with $1.3 million in purses. His win in the Classic at Santa Anita last November was the Moment of the Year in voting conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association… [Continue Reading]

Saginaw was one of David Jacobson's best runners until he broke down after taking a bad step. (Photo credit: Drawing Away Stable)

David Jacobson: A Rolling Trainer is Gathering Moss

David Jacobson, the leading trainer in New York is getting crucified by an outspoken group on Facebook and Twitter recently, led by well-known owner Maggi Moss. Jacobson, who is currently the leading trainer at the Aqueduct meeting and set an all-time record for wins by a trainer on the New York circuit in 2013 with… [Continue Reading]

Wise Dan winning the Breeders' Cup Mile. (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Horse of the Year: Wise Dan Gets Nod by Default

The debate for Horse of the Year is in full swing with Wise Dan the likely winner by default thanks to Game On Dude, who for the second year in a row came up lacking in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). There would not be a debate if Game On Dude had won the Classic.… [Continue Reading]

Hollywood Park ran its last Grade 1 race on Saturday. The racetrack closes on Dec. 22 (Photo credit: Biigstock.com

Shared Belief Moves to Front of Class with CashCall Futurity Win

Shared Belief became the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby and is now in the mix for the Eclipse Award after a strong effort winning the $75,000 CashCall Futurity (G1) on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, the last Grade 1 race to be run at the racetrack, which closes on Dec. 22. The Jerry Hollendorfer… [Continue Reading]

Trainer Bob Baffert was exonerated by the California Horse Racing Board but questions remain (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Racing Does Not Need Baffert, It Needs Answers

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has been in the news plenty, and recently it has not always been about his trips to the winner’s circle. Between July 1, 2011, and March 14, 2013 seven horses in his care, all at his stable at Hollywood Park dropped dead. Recently the California Horse Racing Board released… [Continue Reading]

A field of 11 go to the gate in Saturday's Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland (Photo credit: Keeneland .com)

Keeneland Betting: Testa Rossi Headlines Ashland Field

Spring is officially here as Keeneland opens for their spring meeting on Friday for 15 days of top class racing, and the ladies take center stage on Saturday as Testa Rossi headlines a field of 13 in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1). The race traditionally is a prep for the Kentucky Oaks (G1), but… [Continue Reading]

Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge meet up again in Saturday's Big 'Cap.  (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Santa Anita Handicap: Game On Dude Looks for Redemption

Two years in a row Game On Dude entered the gate for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) as the betting favorite and with a shot of landing the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. The gelding failed miserably both times and looks for redemption on Saturday in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1). The… [Continue Reading]

13 go in Saturday's Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park (Photo credit: gulfstreampark.com)

Donn Handicap Betting: Winner Will Take Charge of Handicap Division

A solid field of 11 older runners will line up on Sunday in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park led by Will Take Charge, the winner of the Eclipse Award for top three-year-old in 2013. The winner of the race will take charge of the handicap division, but will it be the D.… [Continue Reading]

There is over $1 million up for grabs at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon on Sunshine Millions California Cup Day (photo credit: santaanita.com)

California Cup Derby Could Produce Kentucky Derby Contender

While most of the U.S. is under frigid conditions, it will be a cool 80 degrees on Saturday for Sunshine Millions California Cup Day at Santa Anita, and one race could produce a Kentucky Derby contender. The $250,000 California Cup Derby drew a field of 11 three-year-olds that will go  1 1/16 miles on the… [Continue Reading]

Drill, shown here winning the San Vicente heads to the gate in today's San Pasqual (photo credit: Bigstock)

Baffert Sends Out Betting Favorite in Sham

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is hoping he has a Kentucky Derby contender when he saddles betting favorite Midnight Hawk on Saturday in the $100,000 Sham (G3) at Santa Anita. The colt is the 8-5 morning line favorite in a field of six that will go one mile on the main track. The race… [Continue Reading]

Saturday's Withers at Aqueduct is worth 10 Derby points to the winner.

Jerome Kicks Off 2014 Kentucky Derby Points Race

The first of 25 points races in 2014 on the road to the Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct as a field of eight will line up in the $200,000 Jerome (G2) at one mile and 70 yards on the inner track. Noble Moon, who broke his maiden in his debut at… [Continue Reading]

A field of eight will line up in Saturday's $100,000 Alex M. Robb at Aqueduct. (photo credit: bigstock.com)

Saratoga Snacks Looks for Repeat in Alex M. Robb at Big A

The Gary Sciacca trained Saratoga Snacks looks for a repeat in the $100,000 Alex M. Robb at Aqueduct on Saturday, and horseplayers are looking at a similar payoff, as the ridgling paid $3.70 in gate to wire score last year and is 4-5 on the morning line this time around. The four-year-old is owned by… [Continue Reading]

Palace Malice wins the Belmont Stakes at 13-1 (photo credit: NYRA.com)

Belmont Stakes Results: Palace Malice Upsets Derby, Preakness Winner

The Todd Pletcher trained Palace Malice bounced back from his 12th place finish in the Kentucky Derby to defeat Derby winner Orb and Preakness winner Oxbow in the 145th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes. Pletcher sent out a record five runners in the race and most thought either Revolutionary or Overanalyze was his… [Continue Reading]

Belmont Stakes Day may start off with an off track (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Belmont Stakes Day Betting: Five Graded Stakes Make for Good Wagering

The rains from Tropical Storm Andrea will taper off early Saturday morning and we might see a little sunshine for Belmont Stakes Day, with five graded stakes on tap on an outstanding betting card that should make for some good wagering opportunities. The feature of course is the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1), which will… [Continue Reading]

Dance With Fate is Derby bound after winning the Toyota Blue Grass (Photo credit: Keeneland.com)

2014 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

With all of the major Kentucky Derby points races in the books, California Chrome is currently atop the points standings with 150, and will head to Louisville on the first Saturday of May as the betting favorite for the 140th Run for the Roses. We saw some new shooters earn their way into the starting… [Continue Reading]

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) third place finisher Strong Mandate gets the call in the Arkansas Derby (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Arkansas Derby Betting: Strong Mandate, Bayern Need Points

The final round of major Kentucky Derby preps are on Saturday, and Bayern and Strong Mandate need to earn points in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. Strong Mandate is the 9-2 third choice in the race and is sitting in 27th place in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Point Standings with 11… [Continue Reading]

Intense Holiday is the 2-1 favorite for the Louisiana Derby (Photo credit: Fair Grounds)

Road to Derby: Trio of Key Preps on Tap on Saturday

The road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby heats up on Saturday with a trio of points races, and the fourth and final Kentucky Derby Future Pool (KDFW) opens on Thursday, closing just prior to the running of two of the preps. The $1 million Florida Derby (G1) features one of the early Derby favorites in… [Continue Reading]

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

Road to Derby: Dozen Hit Poly in Spiral at Turfway Park

The Road to the Kentucky Derby makes a stop at Turfway Park on Saturday for the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (G3), and while the road is paved with poly, the race could still produce a couple of contenders for the Run for the Roses. A field of 12 will line up to go 1 1/8 miles… [Continue Reading]

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

Road to Derby Makes Stop in Hot Springs for Rebel

The Road to the Kentucky Derby makes a stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Saturday for the $600,000 Rebel (G2), the lone Derby points race of the weekend. A field of eight will line up including the top three finishers of the Southwest (G3), a race that has produced six of the last 10 Rebel… [Continue Reading]


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March Madness is here and Bovada is offering their players an extra hoops promotion called Money March. Players can score up to $75 in cash bonuses just by betting on games throughout each round of the tournament. New players can also receive 50% Welcome Bonus. Join Bovada, make your first deposit and instantly receive a… [Continue Reading]

Mucho Macho Man wins the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic by a nose (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd)

Breeders’ Cup Results: “Mucho” is the Man in Classic

In a race worthy of its name, The Kathy Ritvo trained Mucho Macho Man held off the late running Will Take Charge and the European invader Declaration of War to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita on Saturday. It was a breathtaking finish to an exciting day of racing that… [Continue Reading]

Breeders' Cup Saturday features nine Grade 1 races at Santa Anita (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders Cup Betting: Dude, Dan Headline Saturday Card

Game On Dude and Wise Dan headline Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita, and it is likely one of the two will clinch Horse of the Year honors by evening. Game On Dude is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $5 million Classic (G1), but faces a stellar field and came up short… [Continue Reading]

The Breeders' Cup gets underway Friday featuring the $2 million Distaff (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Betting: Royal Distaff Tops Friday Card

The Breeders’ Cup gets underway on Friday, with Royal Delta and Princes of Sylmar squaring off again in the $2 million Distaff (G1). There are five Breeders’ Cup races on Friday (the remaining nine will be run on Saturday), with Princess of Sylmar able to toss out the first salvo in the Horse of the… [Continue Reading]

Fort Larned is the defending champion in the Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Entries, Morning Line Odds

A star-studded group of 162 horses was entered in this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2 including eight runners that hit the winner’s circle in last year’s two-day championship event. The eight Breeders’ Cup winners from 2012 back this year are Mizdirection, Trinniberg, Beholder, Fort Larned, Groupie Doll, Little Mike, Wise… [Continue Reading]

Royal Delta heads for home in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. She looks for a repeat this year (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Betting Trends: History Can Repeat

While I am waiting for the final post position draw to complete, I thought I would look at a few Breeders’ Cup betting trends we might want to think about before we come up with our final selections for each race. My desk is currently covered with past performances and charts from past years as… [Continue Reading]

Oxbow wins the $1 million Preakness Stakes with Gary Stevens aboard (photo credit: followhorseracing.com)

Preakness Recap: Oxbow Wires Field, Orb Fourth as 3-5 Chalk

Hall of fame jockey Gary Stevens got away with larceny in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md., jumping out to set the early fractions aboard 15-1 long shot Oxbow and taking the field gate to wire, with Kentucky Derby winner Orb floundering back in fourth as the 3-5 chalk. Oxbow,… [Continue Reading]

Orb is the 7-2 morning line favorite for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (Photo courtesy of HRTV)

2013 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds: Orb Betting Favorite at 7-2

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]


Kentucky Oaks Morning Line Odds: Dreaming of Julia 3-1 Favorite

A field of 11 three-year-old fillies will line up on Friday for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks, with the Todd Pletcher trained Dreaming of Julia the 3-1 morning line favorite. The daughter of A.P. Indy is coming off a 21 ¾ length win in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) in her last outing, earning a… [Continue Reading]

An international field of 13 line up Saturday in the Group  $10 million Dubai World Cup. (Photo Meydan Race Course)

Dubai World Cup Odds: Hunter’s Light, Royal Delta Favorites

A field of 13 runners will line up on Saturday in the Group 1 $10 million Dubai World Cup, with Hunter’s Light and Royal Delta likely to vie for favoritism in the world’s richest horse race. Godolphin’s Hunter’s Light will break for the four post and was installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite. The… [Continue Reading]

The 2013 Grand National is Saturday, April 3 (photo courtesy of Aintree Racecourse)

Grand National: Trio of Runners Lead Pack in Future Betting

Aintree Racecourse will host the most famous steeplechase race in the world when the field lines up on Saturday, April 6 in the John Smith’s Grand National. The race is the marquee event of the three-day meeting at Aintree, with a field of forty jumpers expected to compete, making it one of the most exciting… [Continue Reading]