Tonalist wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup and is a strong contender for the Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Super Saturday Recap: Tonalist Serves Notice to Clones There is More Than Belief

While much of the talk about Super Saturday revolves around Shared Belief winning the Awesome Again (G1) despite getting “mugged,” Tonalist served notice to the Jim Rome clones that the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) is not a done deal. While Bovada had Shared Belief at early betting odds of 2-1 for the Classic… [Continue Reading]

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Two turf stakes highlight Saturday's card at Belmont Park (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Belmont Park Betting: Clement Holds Strong Hand in Turf Stakes

Trainer Christophe Clement will saddle contenders in both turf stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, the $200,000 Noble Damsel (G3) and the $500,000 Sands Point (G2). Clement will send out a pair in each race. Clement will saddle Love Train (6-1) and Annecdote (7-2) in the Noble Damsel. Love Train returns off a two-month break… [Continue Reading]

Two turf stakes highlight Saturday's card at Belmont Park (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Belmont Park Betting Picks: Legendary Looks Tough in Yankee Affair

A field of six will line up in Saturday’s feature at Belmont Park, the $100,000 Yankee Affair at 1 ½ miles on the grass with the Todd Pletcher trained Red Rifle the 2-1 favorite while Legendary may be tough as the second choice. Legendary checked in third last out in the Lure at Saratoga for… [Continue Reading]

Two turf stakes highlight Saturday's card at Belmont Park (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Betting: Saranac Brings Spa Meeting to a Close

The 40-day Saratoga meeting ends on Monday with the $300,000 Saranac, a 1 1/8 mile test on turf for three-year-olds. The Graham Motion trained Ring Weekend is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The gelding is 0 for 2 on turf but did win the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on dirt in March and was fifth… [Continue Reading]

10 go to the gate in Saturday's $600,000 Woodward at Saratoga (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Woodward Betting: May Not Be Lucky Day for Moreno

The front-running Moreno is safely into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic after his win in the Whitney (G2) on Aug. 2. However, will he be lucky enough to be able to wire the field again in Saturday’s $600,000 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga? The Eric Guillot trainee earned a career top Beyer Speed Figure in… [Continue Reading]

It is Saratoga Showcase Day with six stakes on tap. (© Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Showcase Day Features Six Stakes for State Breds

Travers Day has come and gone, but the Spa is putting on a good show on Sunday with Saratoga Showcase Day, which features an 11-race card for New York breds with six stakes on tap. The richest of the six stakes is the $250,000 Albany Stakes for three-year-olds who will go 1 1/8 miles on… [Continue Reading]

Better Talk Now won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Saratoga Betting: Motion Sends Out Craftsman in Better Talk Now

Trainer Graham Motion will send out Craftsman in Wednesday’s feature at Saratoga, the $100,000 Better Talk Now, which drew a field of seven that will go one mile on the inner turf. The race is named after the Motion trained Better Talk Now, who won 14 of 51 career starts with earnings of $4,356,664. The… [Continue Reading]

The Jockey Club Tour on Fox hits Saratoga on Sunday. (photo credit Ivan Cholakov via Bigstock)

Sword Dancer, Alydar Featured on Jockey Club Tour on Fox

The Jockey Club Tour on Fox makes it’s next to last stop on Sunday at Saratoga, where the Grade 1 $500,000 Sword Dancer will be the highlight along with the $100,000 Alydar. The telecast will air from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, and FOX Sports Go, and on-air duties… [Continue Reading]

The Arlington Million and Beverly D. top the stakes action at Arlington Park on Saturday. (photo credit: arlingtonpark.com)

Arlington Park Betting: Alterite Could Be Right Choice in Beverly D.

The Grade 1 Arlington Million is the marquee event on Saturday’s International Festival of Racing card at Arlington Park, but the Grade 1 $750,000 Beverly D. might be the best wagering race. A field of 11 will go to the post in the 1 3/16 mile turf event, with the winner earning an automatic starting… [Continue Reading]

10 go to the gate in Saturday's $600,000 Woodward at Saratoga (photo credit: © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Betting: Looking for a Score in Troy With Tightend Touchdown

The weather during the first half of the Saratoga meeting was good for the most part, but things could be ugly on Wednesday, which likely will shift the $100,000 Troy from the turf to the main track. A field of eight was entered including main-track-only entrant Dads Cap, who is the 4-5 morning line favorite.… [Continue Reading]

It is Saratoga Showcase Day with six stakes on tap. (© Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Saratoga Betting: Sweet Acclaim Looks to Turn Tables in Tenski

Three-year-old fillies will battle in Monday’s feature at Saratoga, the $100,000 Tenski, with Sweet Acclaim looking to turn the tables on Walk Close, who got the best of her in the Wild Applause at Belmont Park in June. While Walk Close makes her first start since that victory, her third win in three career starts,… [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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Jockey Club Gold Cup Highlights Super Saturday at Belmont Park

With just 34 days before the Breeders’ Cup, the stakes action heats up with nine Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races including the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) on tap on Saturday. The Jockey Club Gold Cup drew a solid field of 12 including the top three finishers of the Travers Stakes… [Continue Reading]

Shared Belief is the early betting favorite for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Shared Belief Solidifies Breeders’ Cup Classic Favorite Role

The undefeated Shared Belief was already the early betting favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), and when new prices are released this week from Bovada, the price will likely shrink. Bovada had the Pacific Classic (G1) winner listed at 3-1 last week, but with the retirement of Will Take Charge and Game… [Continue Reading]

A field of eight line up in Saturday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (photo credit: Parx Racing)

California Chrome, Untapable Headed to Parx to Prep for Breeders’ Cup

The top three-year-old colt and filly will be in action on Saturday at Parx Racing, with California Chrome and Untapable making their final preps for the Breeders’ Cup. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome was installed as the even money morning line favorite for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. The colt makes his first… [Continue Reading]

Trainer Chad Brown, seen here with his trophy for Zagora in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, has five live runners in at Belmont Park. (Photo credit: Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Trainer Chad Brown Set for Big Day on Sunday at Belmont Park

Trainer Chad Brown does not have a starter in either of the stakes on Sunday at Belmont Park, but looks as if he could still have a big day. The trainer has live runners in half of the 10 races on the card. Brown has already picked up two winners from five starters over the… [Continue Reading]

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Belmont Park Fall Championship Meeting Opens Friday

The summer Saratoga meeting is in the books and now it is Belmont Park’s turn with the fall championship meeting getting underway on Friday afternoon for a 38-day meet. Among the 20 graded stakes that will be contested between Friday and closing day on Oct. 26 are six Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In”… [Continue Reading]

Saturday's Travers Day card features 14 races and four graded stakes. (photo credit:  © Cheryl Quigley | Dreamstime.com)

Travers Day Betting: Three Graded Stakes Support Mid Summer Derby

The marquee event of summer racing is on tap on Saturday, with a field of 10 going to the post in the Mid Summer Derby, the Grade 1 $1,.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The race drew a solid field led by Haskell Invitational (G1) winner Bayern, Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Tonalist and Jim Dandy… [Continue Reading]

Moeno looks to wire teh field again in Saturday's Whi.  (Photo credit: NYRA)

Travers Stakes Odds: Bayern Morning Line Favorite for Mid Summer Derby

A field of 10 will line up in the marquee event of the Saratoga meeting on Saturday, the Grade 1 $1.25 million Travers Stakes, with the Bob Baffert trained Bayern installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The Travers Day card features 14 races including the $250,000 Ballston Spa, the $500,000 Ballerina and the $500,000… [Continue Reading]

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]

Governor Chris Christie with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who probably does not have his thumbs up today (Photo credit: New Jersey Governors Office)

Sports Betting Headed to Racetracks in New Jersey

Just a month after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed two bills passed by the state legislature that would have struck down the state’s prohibition on sports gambling, he issued a directive Monday allowing the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting. According The New York Daily News, the governor said he took his… [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]

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]

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]