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]
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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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
Saturday’s $200,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park is not a Road to the Derby points race, but for even money morning line favorite Daredevil, it is a starting point to hopping back onto the Derby trail. The Todd Pletcher trainee won his first two career starts including picking up 10 Derby points by winning… [Continue Reading]
We had three Derby points races this weekend, one involving a knockout, one won by a star, and the other contested over a sloppy track where being far right was not the place to be. Itsaknockout, International Star and Far Right were the winners, but did we see the 2015 Kentucky Derby in action this… [Continue Reading]
Six days after weather knocked out racing in Hot Springs, a field of 11 will line up in the rescheduled $300,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Sunday, with 10-4-2-1 points up for grabs as part of the Road to the Derby series of races. The Southwest serves as a prep for the $750,000 Rebel… [Continue Reading]
The John Terranova trained El Kabeir remains on top of the Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings despite a loss in the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct on Feb. 7. The colt has 25 points, which likely will be enough to assure a top 20 finish in the race to Louisville. The colt has two… [Continue Reading]
Eleven Kentucky Derby hopefuls will head to the gate on Monday in the $300,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park, one of three races that are part of the Road to the Derby series of races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas racetrack. It will be anything but hot in Hot Springs, with freezing rain in the… [Continue Reading]
Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed on Sunday with the mutuel field the betting favorite at 5-2 and Texas Red the lowest price among the 23 separate betting interests, closing at 9-1. Texas Red won last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in an upset at 13-1, but was a neck short in… [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
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]