Palace Malice is the even money favorite for Saturday's $1.5 million Whitney Handicap.

Palace Malice Headlines Whitney Handicap Field at Saratoga

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]

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Monmouth Park Betting: Six Stakes Highlight Haskell Day on Jersey Shore

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]

Stopchargingmaria is the headliner for the CCA Oaks at Saratoga on Sunday.  (Photo credit: NYRA)

Jockey Club Tour on Fox Hits Spa, Del Mar on Sunday

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]

The 146th summer season at Saratoga opens Friday. (photo credit Ivan Cholakov via Bigstock)

Stars Will Be Out as Saratoga Opens Rich 40 Day Meet Friday

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]

Shared Belief won the Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday with a 105 Beyer Speed Figure (Photo credit: Los Alamitos Race Course).

Shared Belief Looks Like Real Deal in Los Alamitos Derby Win

The Clones have to be happy after Shared Belief won Saturday’s $500,00 Los Alamitos Derby (G2) in his first stakes run since winning the CashCall Futurity (G1) last December. Owned in part by Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing, Shared Belief won Saturday’s Los Alamitos Derby by 4 ¼ lengths as the 8-5 favorite and earned a… [Continue Reading]

A field of seven will line up in the $200,000 Lake George (G2) at Saratoga on Wednesday. (© Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Stars & Stripes Day at Belmont Park Highlights Holiday Betting Action

The rain on Friday should clear out and there will be sunny skies for Saturday’s Stars & Stripes Day at Belmont Park which will feature five graded stakes with $3.25 million up for grabs. The rains on Friday figure to leave the turf course less than firm which may suit the eight overseas invaders, four… [Continue Reading]

A speed-laden group lines up in the Coronation Cup at Saratoga on Wednesday (photo credit © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Coronation Cup at Saratoga Top Heavy With Speed

A field of nine is likely to line up in Wednesday’s feature at Saratoga, the $100,00 Coronation Cu, and the race is top heavy with early speed types. Ten were entered for the race but Sweetmarys Success is a main track only entrant and two others, Hot Squeeze and Isabele are also entered in tomorrow’s… [Continue Reading]

Seven line up Saturday at the Spa in the $600,000 Jim Dandy © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com

Belmont Stakes Winner Tonalist Headlines Jim Dandy Field

Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tonalist is back in action on Saturday, facing six foes in the $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga, a steppingstone to the marquee event of the Spa meeting, the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 23. Trained by Christophe Clement, Tonalist comes into the Jim Dandy off back-to-back wins, taking the… [Continue Reading]

A field of seven will line up in the $200,000 Lake George (G2) at Saratoga on Wednesday. (© Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Betting Picks: Seven Fillies Line Up in Lake George

A field of seven three-year-old fillies will line up on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga in the $200,000 Lake George (G2), with the Michael Matz trained A Little Bit Sassy the 5-2 morning line favorite. The fill drew the seven post and will be looking for better luck after getting disqualified form the victory in the… [Continue Reading]

A field of seven will line up in the $200,000 Lake George (G2) at Saratoga on Wednesday. (© Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Betting: Deep Field Lines Up in Diana at Spa

The first Grade 1 of the Saratoga meeting is on tap on Saturday afternoon as a field of 10 fillies and mares will line up to go 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf in the $500,000 Diana. The Chad Brown trained Alterite is the 3-1 morning line favorite despite making her first start off… [Continue Reading]

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Belmont Park Betting: Grandeur Looks Tough in Bowling Green

The Jeremy Noseda trained Grandeur gets some class relief and will be sent off as the betting favorite for Saturday’s $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park. The race is the final graded stakes race of the Belmont Park meeting. Belmont Park closes on Sunday with Saratoga opening for its 40-day summer meeting on… [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: churchilldowns.com).

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]

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Belmont Stakes Draw, Odds: California Chrome Draws Two Post

A field of 11 will line up on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome drawing the two post and installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite. The Art Sherman trainee is seeking to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed swept… [Continue Reading]

Connections of Mucho Macho Man celebrate after the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Breeders’ Cup Joins Horseplayers in Snubbing Churchill Downs

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]

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge Television Schedule on NBC and NBCSN

NBC and NBC Sports Network will have the Road to the Breeders’ Cup covered this summer and fall, televising 18 Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races. The first two were the Met Mile and Ogden Phipps which were on the Belmont Stakes Day undercard. Last year’s Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice took the… [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]

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]

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will headline the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 17 (photo credit Pimlico Race Course)

Preakness Betting: California Chrome Hammered in Early Wagering

California Chrome took the early betting action on Friday, as the Kentucky Derby winner was bet down to odds of 1-2 in advanced wagering for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico. A winner of five straight, the Art Sherman trainee was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite and is expected to… [Continue Reading]

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

Preakness Post Positions, Odds: California Chrome Big Favorite

As expected, California Chrome was installed as the betting favorite for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on Saturday, and will face nine foes as the colt seeks to keep his Triple Crown bid alive. The Art Sherman trainee drew the three post and is the 3-5 morning line favorite. The colt likely… [Continue Reading]

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

2014 Kentucky Derby Results: California Chrome Dominates

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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2014 Kentucky Derby Field, Post Positions, Betting Odds

California Chrome drew the five post and was installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, with post positions and betting odds released by Churchill Downs on Wednesday afternoon for the race, which will be contested on Saturday. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, the… [Continue Reading]

California Chrome, seen here winning the San Felipe, will be the favorite for the Belmont Stakes (Photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Kentucky Derby Betting Odds: How Low Will California Chrome Go

There is little doubt that California Chrome is going to be the betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1), but what can we expect the betting odds to be? The so-called experts have been tossing around 9-5 or 2-1 as his possible price when the gate opens on Saturday, but I expect the price to… [Continue Reading]

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March Madness Betting: Bovada Offers $75 Hoops Bonus

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]

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]

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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]