Buoyed by an 11% increase in total commingled pari-mutul handle for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, wagering on U.S. races improved 4.37% in November compared with the same month last year.
TimeformUS Plays for Thanksgiving Weekend, including the Fall Highweight, the Clark, and the Citation. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Clark Handicap on November 29 at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
Besides giving thanks, eating turkey, and shopping this weekend, Churchill Downs hopes race fans find some time to think about next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Churchill Downs will add a fourth pool to its popular Kentucky Derby Future Wager to coincide with closing week of the racetrack's 25-day fall meet. The initial pool, to be conducted for the first time, will run Nov. 27-30.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Cardinal Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: Breeders' Cup Edition read blog
If you're playing the Stars of Tomorrow cards on Sunday at either Belmont Park or Churchill Downs then Brisnet.com is required. read blog
Rocket Reign, dismissed at 182-1, made his 16th time the charm, breaking his maiden in the last race at the Meadowlands Oct. 25 and paying a record $366.60 for a $2 win wager.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) will be broadcast live in primetime Nov. 2, culminating 9 1/2 hours of Breeders' Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park.
Churchill Downs will debut a 50-cent "Single 6 Jackpot," a multi-race wager with a big-payout dynamic, when racing returns to the Louisville racetrack for its 25-day fall meet Oct. 27.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a request by Churchill Downs to offer a Pick 6 that creates large carryover pools and has been successful at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
Pari-mutuel takeout rates and other issues were discussed during a lightly attended meeting of the New York State Racing Fan Advisory Council Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Raven Run read blog
Brisnet.com Ultimate Queen Elizabeth Preview: Fast is Fast even on turf. read blog
Regulators who believe advance deposit wagering companies are not paying their fair share to the industry squared off against ADW reps who noted that added taxation could slow the success of a growing portion of the industry.
NTRA president Alex Waldrop sees little chance of federal legislation to allow expanded Internet wagering any time soon but he does believe that states will continue to take the lead on the issue.
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau has secured widespread support for its new Tote Security System it will launch next month with plans for full implementation early next year.
Keeneland secured its sixth Simulcast Award for production excellence Oct. 8 at the International Simulcast Conference in Lexington. Keeneland director of broadcast services G. D. Hieronymous accepted the award.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Champagne, Shadwell Turf Mile, and Sprint Championship. read blog
I've lamented before about the horseplayer compulsion to pick THE winner, and nothing upsets that need more than coupled entries. read blog
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Jockey Club Gold Cup and The Awesome Again read blog
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Pennsylvania Derby and The Gallant Bloom read blog
Tom and Claire preview the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion Stakes on September 21, 2013 at Parx. Watch Video
Scene from The Simpsons came to mind when considering whether to single Wise Dan in the $200,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on Sunday at Woodbine, or go against him in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. read blog
TimeformUS looks at the Garden City at Belmont Park, and the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs. read blog
The Horseplayers Association of North America said Sept. 9 it has launched a monthly e-magazine that focuses on handicapping horse races.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Bowling Green and the Super Derby. read blog
NYRA and Penn National Gaming Inc. will launch a special reduced takeout Thursday Pick 4 that will link the final two races at Belmont Park with the first two races at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Spinaway and Del Mar Derby. read blog
Why Mucho Macho Man and Lea will win on Saturday. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Watch Video
Kentucky Downs has scheduled a handicapping contest that will qualify the winner for free entry and travel expenses for this year's lucrative Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge contest.
When Kentucky Downs holds its 21st meet in September, the Franklin, Ky. oval will have some of the lowest exotic takeout rates among U.S. tracks.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: Saratoga and Del Mar Graded Stakes Races. read blog
Claire and Evan preview the Travers Stakes. watch video
TwinSpires.com is launching a new faster-paced, multi-track wager Aug. 17 that is structured so players will see the first race through the fifth race in 90 minutes.
The grade III, $100,000 Sunset Handicap might not be what it once was during its glory days, but the July 14 closing-day feature at Betfair Hollywood Park has more glamour than usual.
Dick Powell offers a study of turf sprints at Saratoga, which starts its meet on July 19.
The July 13 grade II stakes worth $300,000 will feature a rematch between Tell a Great Story and Ile St. Molly as a field of nine 3-year-old fillies line up in the 1 1/16-mile contest at Delaware Park.
Up the track in a pair of Dubai starts earlier this year, Dullahan will look to jump-start the second half of his 4-year-old season when he returns to action in July 13 $200,000 Arlington Handicap.
The good thing about last Saturday's Preakness Stakes is when the action leaves Maryland for its summer home at Colonial Downs, they can plant corn on the main track.
Intro To Exotic Bets with Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk. Sponsored by HRTV.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk discuss exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets. Sponsored by HRTV.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk focus on maiden races and betting angles related to them.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk discuss Rolling Daily Doubles and Pick 3s. Sponsored by HRTV.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk discuss Pick 4s, 5s, and 6s. Sponsored by HRTV.
With the Kentucky Derby field now in place, the points system that got us here looks like it's working pretty well.
In 54 of the last 58 runnings of the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader.
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