Parx Racing: Travers Winners Headline Pennsylvania Derby

They ran 1 ¼ miles at Saratoga in the Travers (G1) on Aug. 25, and at the wire they could not be separated, one the 5-2 betting favorite, the other a 33-1 longshot, producing a stunning deadheat in the Mid Summer Derby. The previous deadheat occurred in 1874 between Attila and Acrobat, and that race […]

Saratoga Recap: Pletcher, Dominguez Dominate at Spa

The 40-day Saratoga meeting is in the books, with familiar names sitting on top of the standings, and handle showing a solid improvement over last year’s numbers. Trainer Todd Pletcher won 36 races from his 149 starters to win the training title for the third consecutive year, and the ninth time in his career. Pletcher […]

Travers Day Wagering: Alpha Morning Line Favorite in Mid Summer Classic

The $1 million Travers (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday is lacking star power, with I’ll Have Another, Union Rags, Paynter, Bodemeister, and Hansen on the sidelines, which leaves a field of eleven up and coming three-year-olds looking to take over the top spots in the division. The 143rd running of the Travers may have drawn […]

Saratoga Recap: Pletcher, Dominguez Leading Way at Spa

We are 22 days into the 40 day Saratoga meeting, and there have been few surprises along the way as trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Ramon Dominguez are leading the way. Pletcher actually got off to a slow start at the meeting, and after the first six days of the meeting the trainer had just […]

My Miss Aurelia Makes Much Anticipated Return at Spa in The Mandy’s Gold

The undefeated My Miss Aurelia, champion two-year-old filly of 2011 will make her first start as a three-year-old on Wednesday at Saratoga in the $100,000 Mandy’s Gold. Owned by George Bolton and Stonestreet Stables and trained by Steve Asmussen, the daughter of Smart Strike capped off her juvenile campaign by winning the Breeders’ Cup Fillies […]

Saratoga Betting Recap: Dominguez Hot, Pletcher Not Opening Weekend

The first three days of the Saratoga meeting are in the books, and of the two perennial leaders on the New York racing circuit, one is on fire while the other is surprisingly frigid. It looked as if there would be a dogfight among the top jockeys at the Spa, with last year’s leader John […]

Tricky Rick is “Beamin” as Master of the Quick Turnaround

In this day and age of thoroughbreds having more time in between races and making less starts overall, one trainer continues to defy that trend. Trainer Rick Dutrow saddled Willy Beamin on Sunday in the $125,000 Mike Lee, pulling off the upset over the heavily favorite Bob Baffert trainee Brigand, drawing clear to win by […]

Rosario Moving to New York Will Be Wakeup Call to Dominguez

One of Southern California’s leading riders is heading east, as Joel Rosario is switching his tack to Belmont Park starting on June 27, making the New York jockey colony by far the deepest in the nation. Currently Rosario is third in the jockey standings at BetFair Hollywood Park, and is sixth in the nation in […]

Belmont Park Wagering: Rich Meeting Gets Underway Friday

Belmont Park

Belmont Park’s spring/summer meeting gets underway on Friday, April 27 with an influx of slots fueled purses and a deeper trainer and jockey colony, with the highlight of the meeting the 144th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 9, the third jewel of the Triple Crown. The 56-day meeting will offer […]

Derby Prep Recap: Welcome Bodemeister and Dullahan to Party

Bodemeister winning the Arkansas Derby

The final two major Kentucky Derby preps were contested last Saturday, and they both produced serious contenders for the Run for the Roses, now less than three weeks away. Bodemeister gives hall of fame trainer Bob Baffert a legitimate shot of winning another Kentucky Derby just six weeks after suffering a heart attack while in […]