The holiday weekend at Belmont Park gets underway on Saturday with eight fillies and mares going long on the turf in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay (G2) at 1 3/8 miles on the turf. The race is one of five graded stakes carded over the next three days, with Monday’s Memorial Day card featuring the $750,000… [Continue Reading]
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Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow may face off in three weeks in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, as both are contenders for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1). Trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his sixth Preakness with Oxbow, the son of Awesome Again taking the field gate to wire… [Continue Reading]
Just 24 hours after the air was let out of the Triple Crown balloon with the scratch of I’ll Have Another, jockey John Velazquez showed why he has won more racing at Belmont Park than any active rider with a daring rail run to win the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) aboard Union Rags. Velazquez… [Continue Reading]
For once the “buzz” horse on the backstretch during Derby Week came up huge on Saturday afternoon as the Shug McGaughey trained Orb relished the off track at Churchill Downs to win the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Sent off at 5-1 in a field of 19, jockey Joel Rosario got a perfect set… [Continue Reading]
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby highlights a big day of betting under the Twin Spires at historic Churchill Downs on Saturday, with the 13-race card getting underway at 10:30am eastern, and Mother Nature likely is going to stop by. According to The Weather Channel there is a 90% chance of rain (as of… [Continue Reading]
He is undefeated and already has taken plenty of wagering action, but the early Kentucky Derby favorite Verrazano sure has the look of an underlay as we head into Derby Week. The colt is the top runner among the three-year-olds in the very deep Todd Pletcher barn, who will send out five and possibly six… [Continue Reading]
There is plenty of national television coverage during Derby Week including 8 ½ hours of live coverage coming up on Saturday, highlighted by the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs. Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network during a one-hour telecast that gets underway… [Continue Reading]
Most of the attention this week and next is focused on Pimlico in Baltimore, Md. but Saturday’s $200,000 Peter Pan (G2) could produce a major foe for Kentucky Derby winner Orb in four weeks in the Belmont Stakes. A field of 11 will line up, and they may have to deal with a wet track… [Continue Reading]
While the boys go for the roses on Saturday, a field of 10 fillies will line up for the lilies on Friday afternoon in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) including the Todd Pletcher trained Dreaming of Julia, who is the 3-1 morning line favorite. The 3-1 morning line is likely to look more like… [Continue Reading]
The Churchill Downs spring meeting gets underway in a big way with opening night under the lights, with a first post of 6:00 ET, the feature the $175,000 Derby Trial (G3) which drew a field of nine three-year-olds. The race could produce a starter for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1). Trainer D. Wayne Lukas stated… [Continue Reading]
A field of seven will head off to the mountains of West Virginia for the Grade 2 $1.5 million Charles Town Classic Saturday night, with the Bob Baffert trained Game On Dude the headliner as the 4-5 morning line favorite. The seven that line up for the three turn 1 1/8 mile race will be… [Continue Reading]
Trainer Doug O’Neill, who saddled I’ll Have Another to victory in the 2012 Kentucky Derby is seeking to have another Derby contender with Mudflats, one of nine entered in Sunday’s Grade 3 $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park. Mudflats came up short in his last start in the Grade 2 San Vicente in a fifth… [Continue Reading]
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]
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the headliner on Saturday at Pimlico for the $1 million Preakness Stakes, but there is plenty of other star power on an outstanding betting card that includes seven supporting stakes that will keep horseplayers busy all day. The 13-race card gets underway at 10:45am eastern, and the field for the… [Continue Reading]
Before we get to the second jewel of the Triple Crown on Friday, the fillies will take center stage on Friday at Pimlico in the $500,000 Black Eyed Susan (G2), one of seven stakes on an outstanding 13-race card. The Black Eyed Susan did not attract any of the runners that raced two weeks ago… [Continue Reading]
A field of nine three-year-olds were entered on Wednesday for the $1 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, and Kentucky Derby winner Orb was installed as the even money favorite when post positions and morning line odds were announced. The Shug McGaughey trainee comes into the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown riding a… [Continue Reading]
Horseplayers can rejoice on Saturday as the Wood Memorial Day card at Aqueduct offers some of the best betting races we have seen in New York in a while, with five graded stakes highlighted by the Grade 1 $1 million Wood Memorial. After suffering through Thursday’s card that featured three five-horse fields and a six-horse… [Continue Reading]
The Road to the Kentucky Derby goes through Turfway Park on Saturday, and thanks to our friends at BetAmerica.com horseplayers have $500 to shoot for in the Bet America Spiral Stakes Day Handicapping Contest! BetAmerica.com is one of the leaders in online horse wagering, offering a wide variety of thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound racing, free… [Continue Reading]
The first key Kentucky Derby prep in New York for 2013 takes place on Saturday as a field of eight will go to the post in the Grade 3 $200,000 Withers, one of four stakes on the 10-race card. There will be 17 points up for grabs in the Withers, which is part of the… [Continue Reading]
Saturday was a lucky day for trainer Eddie Plesa, who now has a serious Kentucky Derby contender, and also for horseplayer Jim Benes, who took down the top prize of $750,000 in the 14th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Treasure Island and Sovereign Stable. No Bull, Itsmyluckyday a Serious Derby… [Continue Reading]
The 29th Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is in the books, and for me it was perhaps the most forgettable in the three decade history of the event. Sure, I might be jaded as I had one of my worst Breeders’ Cups wagering, with not even my top pick Fort Larned ($20.80) in the Classic… [Continue Reading]
His name was Robert Short and he took a good part of my childhood away from me on Sept. 30, 1971. Four decades later, I am about get a small piece of it back. Short was the owner of my beloved Washington Senators, and he decided things would be better in Texas, and he got… [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
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]
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]