The field breaks from the gate in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), won by now retired Stopchargingmaria (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Time to Move Race to Saturday

There is only one Breeders’ Cup race coming up that is likely to have three champions lining up to face each other, and that is the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and it’s about time the race is shifted to Saturday. The Distaff is one of four Breeders’ Cup races to be contested on […]

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A field of 11 line up in Sunday's Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park. (Photo credit: Remington Park).

Competitive Field Lines Up in Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park

A wide open field of 11 will go to the post in Sunday’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park, the highlight of a 12-race card that will be the richest in the history of the track and state. There are 10 stakes on the card with over $1.4 million in purses up for grabs. […]

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Brown Sends Out Duo Looking to Win First Noble Damsel

Trainer Chad Brown sends out a pair of runners as he seeks to win the $200,000 Noble Damsel (G3) for the first time at Belmont Park, a one-mile turf event for fillies and mares. Yes, I was surprised too that Brown has not won this race, he has won every major turf stake on the […]

A field of nine will line up in Saturday's Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs. (Photo credit: Kentucky Downs).

Da Big Hoss Looks for Repeat in Kentucky Turf Cup

The Michael Maker trained Da Big Hoss will be seeking to defend his title when he takes on eight seemingly overmatched foes in Saturday’s $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs. Maker claimed him for $50,000 last June and just three races later won the Kentucky Turf Cup by two lengths, returning $10.60. His […]

The Hopeful is the closing day featured stake at Saratoga (Photo credit (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Hopeful Closes Out Saratoga Meeting on Monday

We have reached the end of the line, Monday closing day at Saratoga. The closing day feature is the 112th running of the $350,000 Hopeful (G1) which drew an evenly matched field of seven juveniles. The Hopeful has been won by some of the all-time greats including Secretariat, Man O’ War, Whirlaway, Native Dancer, Nashua […]

Seven line up in the $100,000 P.G. Johnson over the Spa turf on Thursday. (photo credit © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Coasted Imposing Favorite in P.G. Johnson at Saratoga

A field of seven juvenile fillies will head to the starting gate in Thursday’s feature at Saratoga, the $100,000 P.G. Johnson led by 7-5 morning line favorite Coasted from the Leah Gyamarti barn. The filly broke her maiden in her second career start going two turns over the Spa turf, drawing away to win by […]

Lady Eli makes her return to the races as the favorite in the $200,000 Ballston Spa at Saratoga. (photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Undefeated Lady Eli Returns in Ballston Spa on Travers Day Card

The marquee event of the summer meeting at Saratoga is the $1.25 million Travers (G1), but there will be plenty of other stars in action on Saturday including the much anticipated return of the undefeated Lady Eli in the $200,000 Ballston Spa (G2). The Ballston Spa is one of four Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and […]

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Fall Championship Meet at Belmont Park Opens Friday

The Fall Championship Meeting at Belmont Park gets underway on Friday, a 38-day meeting that features 42 stakes races with over $10 million in purses including six Breeders’ Cup Challenge races. There are 21 graded stakes on tap at the meeting which features a pair of “Super Saturday” cards that will serve as major preps […]

Kentucky Derby champ Nyquist's lead in the division is dwindling after Arrogate's strong performance in the Travers  (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Arrogate Stakes Claim for Leader of Division in Travers Win

The Bob Baffert trained Arrogate went from making his stakes debut in the Travers (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga to becoming one of the leaders in the three-year-old division in the matter of two minutes. Actually it was 1:59.36, the fastest Travers time in the history of the race that goes back nearly 150 years. […]

The Hopeful is the closing day featured stake at Saratoga (Photo credit (Photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

New York Showcase Day at Saratoga Features Six Stakes

State breds take center stage on Friday at Saratoga with New York Showcase Day, six stakes with over $1 million up for grabs on the 11-race card. The stakes action kicks off with the $200,000 Funny CIde, the opening race on the card. A field of five juveniles will go 6 ½ furlongs including two […]

NFL concluded its investigation into allegations that former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning used HGH (Photo credit: Denver Broncos).

Was NFL’s Investigation into Peyton Manning Really Thorough?

On Monday, the NFL concluded its investigation into allegations that former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning used HGH while recovering from four neck surgeries in 2011. The league cleared the future Hall of Famer of any wrong doing, bringing an end to a strange saga that began in December. Despite Manning being cleared by the […]

Tepin looks primed and ready to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1). (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.).

Tepin Leads Pack Heading to Breeders’ Cup Mile

The brilliant mare Tepin made it eight in a row with her victory in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) on Saturday, beating the boys for the third time in her career and stamping her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) to defend her title. In the Woodbine Mile she was coming back […]

Woodbine hosts a pair of Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In' races for juveniles on the turf on Sunday. (Photo credit: Woodbine Entertainment).

Casse Looks to Sweep Juvenile Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races at Woodbine

Trainer Mark Casse has contenders in both of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races at Woodbine on Sunday, races he has dominated in recent years. The trainer sends out four fillies in the $250,000 Natalma (G1), a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). Casse has won the Natalma a […]

Tepin is the heavy favorite for the Woodbine Mile on Saturday, her final prep before defending her title in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1). (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Six Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races on Tap This Weekend

The brilliant mare Tepin leads the way this weekend as the heavy favorite for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1), one of six Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races on tap this weekend. The mare will be making her first start since winning the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot on […]

The field breaks out of the gate in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

No Lack of Star Power Lining Up for 2016 Breeders’ Cup

A year ago at Keeneland all eyes were on the first Triple Crown winner we had seen in nearly four decades taking on older in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), and American Pharoah did not disappoint, overcoming his first loss of the year in a runner up finish in the Travers (G1) to go out […]

A field of seven fillies line up in the Spinaway at Saratoga. (photo credit: © Wingbeats551 | Dreamstime.com)

Juvenile Fillies Seek Breeders’ Cup Berth in Spinaway at Spa

A field of seven two-year-old fillies will head to the starting gate on Saturday in the 125th running of the $350,000 Spinaway (G1), with the winner stamping her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup. The Spinaway is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita […]

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Sure Win: When the Slots Meet Horse Races

Betting on horses and playing casino games are considered to be very similar activities by outsiders – but those practicing them know that there is a huge difference between the two. This doesn’t mean, though, that they can’t go hand in hand. Racetracks inside and out of the United States often add slot machines and […]

Trainer Dermot Weld will skip St. Leger with Harzand (Photo credit: © Lukas Blazek | Dreamstime.com)

Harzand Set to Miss St Leger

With the upcoming St Leger horse racing meeting now just a matter of weeks away, the news that previous favourite Harzand will not be making an appearance at Doncaster has come as a disappointment to many. Trainer Dermot Weld is believed to favour October’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, for a horse that has […]

Five Grade 1 races including the Met Mile support today’s Belmont Stakes on a 13-race card.  © Wingbeats551 | Dreamstime.com

Six Grade 1 Races Highlight Belmont Stakes Day

There is no Triple Crown hanging in the balance like in the past two seasons, but Belmont Stakes Day will still be one of the best wagering days of the year, with 13 races on the card, 10 stakes, with six Grade 1 races on tap. The highlight of course is the $1.5 million Belmont […]

Exaggerator is the early wagering favorite for the Belmont Stakes.  (Photo credit: Maryland Jockey Club).

Hot Pace, Exaggerator End Nyquist’s Triple Crown Bid

There will be no Triple Crown winner this year after Exaggerator and a hot early pace extinguished Nyquist’s bid in the Preakness Stakes (G1). Under jockey Mario Gutierrez, the previously undefeated Nyquist broke alertly but they found themselves in a bitter early pace duel with Uncle Lino, going 22.38 and then 46.56 for the first […]

Nyquist remained undefeated wiith his win in the Kentucky Derby (G1). (Photo credit: Churchill Downs).

2016 Kentucky Derby Handle, Ratings Down from Last Year

Despite coming off a year where we saw the first Triple Crown in nearly four decades, both handle and television ratings for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday were down. Wait, what? American Pharoah’s historic run through last year’s Triple Crown was supposed to give the horse racing industry a boost right? […]