Belmont Park Recap: Sahara Sky by Nostril in Met Mile Over Cross Traffic

The Jerry Hollendorfer trained Sahara Sky got his nostril in front at the wire to beat a very game Cross Traffic on Monday’s $750,000 Met Mile (G1) at Belmont Park, with betting favorite Flat Out suffering his first loss at Belmont Park in a third place finish. I wrote in my analysis that I thought […]

Aqueduct Betting: Five Graded Stakes on Wood Memorial Day

Horseplayers can rejoice on Saturday as the Wood Memorial Day card at Aqueduct offers some of the best betting races we have seen in New York in a while, with five graded stakes highlighted by the Grade 1 $1 million Wood Memorial. After suffering through Thursday’s card that featured three five-horse fields and a six-horse […]

Track Champion Hosts Bet America Handicapping Contest

The Road to the Kentucky Derby goes through Turfway Park on Saturday, and thanks to our friends at BetAmerica.com horseplayers have $500 to shoot for in the Bet America Spiral Stakes Day Handicapping Contest! BetAmerica.com is one of the leaders in online horse wagering, offering a wide variety of thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound racing, free […]

Aqueduct Betting: Withers Headliner on Four Stake Day at Big A

The first key Kentucky Derby prep in New York for 2013 takes place on Saturday as a field of eight will go to the post in the Grade 3 $200,000 Withers, one of four stakes on the 10-race card. There will be 17 points up for grabs in the Withers, which is part of the […]

Weekend Recap: It’s a Lucky Day for Derby Hopeful, Horseplayer

Saturday was a lucky day for trainer Eddie Plesa, who now has a serious Kentucky Derby contender, and also for horseplayer Jim Benes, who took down the top prize of $750,000 in the 14th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Treasure Island and Sovereign Stable. No Bull, Itsmyluckyday a Serious Derby […]

Eclipse Awards: Hat Tricks for Wise Dan, Ramon Dominguez

The NHL lockout is over and the season started Saturday night, but there were more hat tricks at the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park. Wise Dan took down three pieces of hardware, winning  the Eclipse Award for Older Male, Turf Male, and Horse of the Year. Ramon Dominguez, recovering at Jamaica Hospital Medical […]

Best Albums of 2012: Music That Pads the Wagering Bankroll

Handicapping over 3,000 horse races a year can be a daunting task, and one of the things that keeps me from going completely insane is being able to crank up the music as I work. I am lucky enough to have a job where if the mood strikes me I can mute the televisions, bypass […]

Eclipse Awards: I’ll Have Another, Fort Larned, Wise Dan Finalists for Horse of Year

The finalists for the 2012 Eclipse Awards were announced on Saturday, and the winners will be revealed at the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday, January 19 at Gulfstream Park. The festivities will be televised live on HRTV, and will be hosted for […]

Twitter Accounts Horseplayers Should Be Following

The Twitterverse is alive and well, and while the horse racing industry for the most part was late to the social media party, there are a number of Twitter accounts that horseplayers should be following. The demographics of horseplayers does not exactly seem like a good match for social media, but there is plenty of […]

NTRA Moment of Year: Ranking the Choices

Voting is now under way at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Web site for the 14th annual “NTRA Moment of the Year.” Voting continues until January 2, with a dozen choices for the 2012 Moment of the Year. Last year, Drosselmeyer’s  upset win over Game on Dude in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was the […]