Two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan is out of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and now Beholder will miss a chance of winning her third Breeders’ Cup race, out of the Distaff, leaving both races looking for new betting favorites. Wise Dan was the early betting favorite at +125 for the Mile at… [Continue Reading]
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Michael's Keeneland Report will be available each Saturday and Sunday during the fall meeting from Oct. 3 to Oct. 25. The fall meeting at Keeneland features 17 stakes races, eight of which are Breeders' Cup Challenge races. With the return of dirt and some of the lowest takeouts in the industry, Keeneland is a horseplayers friendly track to wager on.
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Michael’s Breeders’ Cup Report for Friday and Saturday includes his selections, analysis, fair odds line, and wagering recommendations for every race on the Friday and Saturday card from Santa Anita Park on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The Breeders’ Cup offers 13 championship races over two days, bringing together the best top horses, trainers, and jockeys from around the world, this year to compete at Santa Anita Park. Last year on Breeders' Cup Saturday Mike had SEVEN recommended exactas: $53.20, $19.00, $23.20, $58.00, $66.60, $107.80 and $33.60.
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Belmont Park features an outstanding betting card on Saturday with Empire Showcase Day. There are eight stakes restricted to New York breds with purses that total $1.75 million. New York bred stars Artemis Agrotera, Dayatthespa, Palace and Zivo are awaiting bigger challenges in two weeks in the Breeders’ Cup, but there is still plenty of… [Continue Reading]
There is racing on Columbus Day at Belmont Park on Monday, with a field of 11 three-year-old fillies lining up in a wide-open edition of the $200,000 Pebbles, a one-mile test on turf. Trainer Christophe Clement, who won last year’s running of the Pebbles with Discreet Marq, is back with an uncoupled entry, and they… [Continue Reading]
The final Grade 1 race of the fall meeting at Keeneland is Saturday with an evenly matched field of nine three-year-old fillies lining up in the $500,00 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), a test at 1 1/8 miles on the grass. While all of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge races are done, this race potentially… [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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 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]
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]
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]
Two-time reigning Horse of the Year had just crossed the wire to win the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday, and the questions started. Could we see Wise Dan in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic? With Mucho Macho Man, Palace Malice and Game On Dude out of the picture, the… [Continue Reading]
It is getting close to last call for connections hoping to land a spot in the Breeders’ Cup, and on Saturday we have six “Win and You’re In” races on tap, three at Keeneland, a pair at Belmont Park, and one at Santa Anita. Keeneland features two on Sunday, there are four across the pond… [Continue Reading]
Keeneland opens on Friday and Fall Stars Weekend will feature nine graded stakes races, all preps for the Breeders Cup with seven “Win and You’re In” races. Among the stars that will be out is two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who is the 4-5 morning line favorite for the $1 million Shadwell… [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]