Lecomte Draws Competitive Field in First Fair Grounds Derby Points Race

The Road to the Kentucky Derby via the bayou gets underway on Saturday with a competitive field lining up in the $200,000 Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds. An outbreak of the equine herpesvirus at Fair Grounds has prevented horses from shipping in or out of the track, and the weather looks lousy with rain in […]

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Field Appears Set for $12 Million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park

With the Monday additions of Noble Bird and Prayer for Relief, the 12 starting spots for the first running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) are now full. The race will be run on Saturday, January 28 at Gulfstream Park, with the connections of each starter having put up $1 million with a […]

Chad Brown, Javier Castellano Top Earnings List in 2016

Trainer Chad Brown topped the earnings list for trainers in 2016 for the first time while Javier Castellano led all jockeys in purse earnings for the fourth consecutive year. Brown was second behind Todd Pletcher in 2014 and 2015 and got the top spot in 2016, his horses earning $23,135,084 in 2016. Brown won 182 […]

New York Vet Submits Bogus Heath Certificates, Gets Slap on Wrist

The stewards in New York have suspended veterinarian Camilo Sierra for submitting health certificates for three horses he never examined per David Grening of The Daily Racing Form. The three horses according to Grening were unraced juveniles New York Bourbon and Too Much Malibu and the 0 for 12 maiden Sky Ace, who is trained […]

Tommy Macho Looking to Rebound in Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream Park

Trainer Todd Pletcher is having a big meet at Gulfstream Park and sends out Tommy Macho in Saturday’s $150,000 Hal’s Hope (G3), the five-year-old looking to rebound off back to back subpar efforts since returning off the layoff. The son of Macho Uno ran the best race of his career at Gulfstream Park last February […]

Chalk Players Will Send It In in Alex Robb at Aqueduct

The Todd Pletcher trained Send It In will be tough to beat, and there is no doubt chalk players will send it in to back this talented gelding in the $100,000 Alex M. Robb at Aqueduct. A field of seven will line up to go 1 1/16 miles on the inner track including defending champion […]

Baffert Sends Out Three in Malibu on Opening Day at Santa Anita

Santa Anita opens on Monday with a solid nine race card that features four graded stakes including the $300,000 Malibu (G1) for three-year-olds and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sends out a trio of contenders in the 10-horse field. Baffert has won the Malibu twice, taking the 2013 edition with Shakin It Up and […]

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Look at Them Go: The Top 5 Racehorses of All Time

Did you ever think of horse racing as a team effort? If not, you definitely should. Winning a race is impossible without the jockey and the horse working together. Besides, the horse is doing the running, but (as you have probably seen before) it can’t perform at its peak without a great jockey. It is […]

Alabama Favored in National Title Game Against Clemson

It’s a rematch fans were looking for as Alabama will take on Clemson again this year in Monday’s national championship game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Last year Alabama prevailed 45-40 and is currently the betting favorite at Oddsshark at -6.5 to make it back to back championships. The Crimson Tide of Alabama […]

Smarty Jones Kicks Off Road to Derby Through Oaklawn Park

A field of eight three-year-olds will line up on Monday in the $150,000 Smarty Jones, the first of four Road to the Kentucky Derby points races to be run at Oaklawn Park. The Wayne Catalano trained Uncontested is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Smarty Jones. The colt was fourth in the Kentucky Jockey […]

Updated 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

The John Shirreffs trained Gormley won Saturday’s $100,000 Sham (G3) at Santa Anita and moved into second place in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 20. The colt battled on gamely in the stretch to prevail in the Sham by a head over the Bob Baffert trained American Anthem, who was making […]

Baffert Looks for Fifth Sham Win With American Anthem

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out the promising American Anthem as he seeks to win the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) for the fifth time on Saturday at Santa Anita. The son of Bodemeister broke his maiden in his debut at Del Mar on Dec. 3 going six furlongs and stretches out to […]

Road to Derby: Takaful Short Priced Favorite in Jerome at Aqueduct

The Road to the Kentucky Derby picks back up on Monday with a field of seven going to the post in the $150,000 Jerome (G3) at Aqueduct led by the promising Takaful. The colt is looking to bounce back off a third-place finish as the beaten favorite in the Remsen (G2) on the main track […]

Baffert Duo Looks Tough in Los Alamitos Futurity

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be looking for his third straight and ninth victory overall in Saturday’s $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (G1), sending out the 1-2 morning line favorite Mastery and 7-2 second choice Show Me Da Lute. Baffert won the Futurity last year with Mor Sprit and in 2015 with […]

Ten Derby Hopefuls Head to Gate in Remsen at Aqueduct

A field of 10 juveniles will line up in Saturday’s $300,000 Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct, with the winner earning 10 points toward entry into the Kentucky Derby (G1) next spring. The Remsen is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, with 10-4-2-1 points up for grabs. The $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill […]

Perfect Seasons End for Songbird, California Chrome But Still a Classic Breeders’ Cup

The perfect seasons of Songbird and California Chrome came to an end, but the 2016 Breeders’ Cup will long be remembered as one of the most exciting editions in its history. Songbird tasted defeat for the first-time in her career, but it took a soon to be four-time Eclipse Award winner to beat her. California […]

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 […]

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 […]