Gun Runner Turns in Last Timed Workout for Pegasus World Cup

In his typically professional manner Monday, Gun Runner turned in the last timed workout for his career finale in the Saturday’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup … [Read More...]

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

The 144th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) will be run Saturday, May 5, 2018 and for the sixth consecutive year, a … [Read More...]

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Favorite Firenze Fire Takes Muddy Jerome at Aqueduct

(NYRA press release) Originally scheduled for New Year’s Day, the Jerome proved to be worth the wait for Mr. Amore Stable’s Firenze Fire, as he got up in the final jumps to run down a front-running Seven Trumpets on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, getting his sophomore campaign off to a successful, albeit slightly delayed, start […]

Looking for Karma in LeComte at Fair Grounds in Early Derby Prep

The road to the Kentucky Derby kicks off in 2018 in earnest with three points races over the next couple of days. Saturday’s $200,000 LeComte (G3) at Fair Grounds and the $150,000 Jerome at Aqueduct along with Monday’s $150,000 Smarty Jones offer up 10-4-2-1 points toward entry into the 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1). The LeComte […]

Asmussen Saddles Three in LeComte at Fair Grounds

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen will send a trio of 3-year-olds for the $200,000 Gr. III LeComte on Saturday, Jan. 13, the first of three local preps on Churchill Downs’ Road To The Kentucky Derby which awards the Top 4 finishers on a 10-4-2-1 scale. Heading the Asmussen threesome is Three Chimneys Farm’s Principe […]

Mask on Derby Trail After Mucho Macho Man Victory

Lane’s End Racing’s Mask ($4.80) identified himself as a serious Triple Crown candidate Saturday at Gulfstream Park, registering a dominating 6 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man under a hand ride from Javier Castellano. The Chad Brown-trained colt remained undefeated in two career starts with his front-running victory in the one-turn mile kickoff […]

McKinzie Dominates in Sham at Santa Anita for Baffert

Bob Baffert’s McKinzie took another significant step toward the Kentucky Derby by winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes in stylish fashion under Mike Smith, as he dominated by 3 ½ lengths while getting a flat mile in 1:36.58. With Baffert removing blinkers, McKinzie seemed more settled early than he had been in his first […]

Reynaldothewizard, Muarrab and Rayya Lead Star Studded Second Dubai World Cup Carnival

Local legend Reynaldothewizard takes centre stage in Thursday’s second Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting at Meydan Racecourse. He faces six rivals in an attempt to win the upgraded Dubawi Stakes (Group 3) Sponsored By Borealis for a remarkable fifth time. Inaugurated in 2010 as a conditions race, the Satish Seemar-trained Reynaldothewizard first won the 1200m […]

Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide        

Horseracing has been at the heart of British popular and sporting culture for centuries and, for many, ‘having a flutter’ is key to the enjoyment of the raceday. At the Cheltenham Festival, a bet can make an already exciting race far more thrilling, backing your selection with cash and watching your chosen horse win is […]

Blaklion Primed for 2018 Grand National Bid

The countdown to the greatest steeplechase in the UK is underway, the Grand National 2018. Many horses are already laying down their markers and working their way up to peak fitness for the big race and the one horse who has really stood up above the rest so far has been Blaklion. The Nigel Twiston-Davies […]

Vision Perfect Cuts Back in Distance for Janus at Gulfstream Park

Trainer Jason Servis sends out Vision Perfect in Monday’s feature at Gulfstream Park, the $75,000 Janus which drew a field of eight along with one main track only entrant in the five-furlong dash on turf. Vision Perfect was last seen at a mile on turf at Belmont Park running a close up third against $100,000 […]

Audible Looks Tough in Stakes Debut in Damon Runyon

A field of nine led by the Todd Pletcher trained Audible will head to the gate in the feature on Saturday at Aqueduct, the $100,000 Damon Runyon at a mile for New York bred juveniles. The $500,000 son of Into Mischief broke his maiden at the Big A in his second career start and then […]

Premier League 2017/18 Half-Season Review

The Premier League is at the halfway point of the campaign and the storylines for the season are close to being set, with teams slowly becoming entrenched in positions in the table. Manchester City are on course to run away with the top-flight crown, and could be on their way to breaking the points record after […]

Pegasus World Cup Runners Put in Final Preps

Margoth’s Gunnevera breezed Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park West, his final prep for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) on Jan. 27. Four other Pegasus runners, Sharp Azteca, Stellar Wind, War Story and Fear the Cowboy worked Saturday. Singing Bullet, who is a possible starter in the world’s richest race, breezed for trainer […]

Nominations Released for Pegasus World Cup Undercard

Seven stakes, including four graded stakes, worth $1.225 million in purses will support the $16 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27. The $200,000 W. L. McKnight (G3), the $200,000 La Prevoyante (G3), the $175,000 Fred W. Hooper (G3), the $175,000 Hurricane Bertie presented by Fasig-Tipton (G3), the $175,000 Gulfstream Park Turf […]

The Importance of Lowering Takeout in Horse Betting

(By Richard Eng, America’s Best Racing). My column from New Year’s Day drew so much reaction I thought I would follow up on it. If you did not read it, I compared the mentality of a sports bettor with that of a horseplayer. A sports bettor is happy to bet into 11 to 10 odds. Meanwhile most […]

NTRA to Receive Special Eclipse Award for Effort to Modernize Tax Regulations

For its dedicated and persistent efforts to benefit horseplayers, which resulted in landmark regulatory changes modernizing federal rules allowing bettors to keep more of their winnings, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) will receive a Special Eclipse Award at the 47th annual Eclipse Awards on Thursday, January 25, in the Sports of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale […]

Stellar Wind Strong in Breeze for Pegasus World Cup

Stellar Wind continued to impress trainer Chad Brown Sunday morning with her preparation for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup (G1), breezing five furlongs in 1:00.80 at Palm Meadows Training Center. The breeze was the 6-year-old mare’s sixth workout for the world’s richest race Jan. 27 at Gulfstream Park since joining Brown’s stable at Gulfstream […]

2017 Eclipse Awards Finalists Announced

Led by Horse of the Year candidates Arrogate, Gun Runner and World Approval, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the finalists for the 2017 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing. Winners in 17 horse and human categories will be announced at the 47th annual […]

Did More Rest Equal Breeders’ Cup Success in 2017?

(By Bob Ehalt, Americas Best Racing) There was no rest for the weary handicapper during Breeders’ Cup week, even though rest was a prime concern for some of the horses in the major races. In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the two favorites, Arrogate and Gun Runner, were coming off nine and 11 weeks rest, respectively. […]

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Winner Bar of Gold Goes Out on Top

On Saturday, Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred Bar of Gold overcame long odds to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Breeders’ Cup World Championships history when she closed her career in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at 66-1. Trained throughout her career by John Kimmel, Bar of Gold entered the Breeders’ […]

Gun Runner Dominates in $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner ($6.80) went to the front shortly after the break and never trailed as he defeated Collected by 2 ¼ lengths to win the 34th running of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) for 3-year-olds and up Saturday afternoon to close the first Breeders’ Cup World Championships at […]

Tapwrit Runs Down Irish War Cry to Win Belmont Stakes

Trainer Todd Pletcher added his third victory in the third jewel of the Triple Crown, with Tapwrit running down favorite Irish War Cry in the stretch to win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1). It was the ninth time in the last 18 years the Belmont Stakes winner ran in the Run for the Roses, […]

Preakness Day Features Seven Supporting Stakes Including Dixie

While most eyes will be on Always Dreaming’s attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive in the $1.5 million Preakness (G1), horseplayers are in for a treat with seven supporting stakes on an outstanding 14 race card at Pimlico on Saturday. The first stake on the card is the $100,000 The Very One which […]