The grade 1 action is at The Great Race Place on Saturday, May 27 of Memorial Day weekend, as the $300,000 Gamely Stakes and $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes share top billing.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1).
They're running 15 stakes worth a combined $3.7 million at Pimlico Race Course May 19 and 20, but in terms of weather, what a difference a day will make.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico.
In a victory for The Stronach Group tracks suing the contest site Derby Wars, a U.S. District Court has ruled that entry fees paid in contests are considered wagers under the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978.
With rain in the forecast, handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up Saturday's top stakes.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Peter Pan Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park
Handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Kentucky Derby.
McCraken appears to be on the upswing, Girvin going other way.
Handicapper Dave Litfin sizes up the weekend's top stakes races.
As Churchill Downs Inc. prepares for its biggest week of the year, the company also said it is considering adding historic gaming machines at the Louisville track or its Trackside Training Center.
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the potential pace of the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses.
While there is a bit of a lull as we await the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (G1) on the first Saturday in May, there will be some noteworthy stakes action Saturday.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (G2)
At this point, handicappers can be excused for being a trifle gun-shy when it comes to evaluating this crop of 3-year-olds, simply because the most consistent thing about them has been their inconsistency.
In a move designed to build the confidence of new horseplayers while emphasizing that racing offers a different form of gambling from random gaming like the lottery, Oaklawn Park is paying more money for winning on-track show wagers this year.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.
Twelve members of Congress have signed a letter delivered to the Department of Treasury requesting recently proposed IRS regulations relating to the way pari-mutuel winnings are calculated for tax withholding and reporting purposes be finalized.
- By Dave Litfin
- Handicapping, Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Kentucky, Southwest Region, West Region
Horse players will need three sets of eyes to keep track of this week's action, as Aqueduct Racetrack, Keeneland, and Santa Anita Park all run 170-point qualifiers to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and Ashland Stakes (G1).
Last year's Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (G1T) winner Harmonize will make her season debut in the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2T) for fillies and mares 4 and older April 8.
A seat at the 2018 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race LensTM and Treasure Island Las Vegas will be up for grabs in a free handicapping contest open to Equestricon ticket holders.
In 2018 Ascot Race Course will launch its own pari-mutuel betting operation, AscotBet.
Godolphin has officially launched Round Two of the Godolphin Fantasy Stable League, a pioneering interactive online gaming competition designed specifically for fans of horse racing.
McCraken closed as the narrow 5-1 favorite over Always Dreaming.
The Southern routes to Louisville come to a climax April Fools' Day, when Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots each highlight their final stakes-studded April 1 programs with preps to Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Kentucky Derby.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds.
Two veterans of this year's Road to the Kentucky Derby, Whitham Thoroughbreds' unbeaten McCraken and Peacock Racing Stables' Gunnevera, are the morning line co-favorites at 6-1 for the fourth and final pool of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
For some reason, or combination of reasons, I never seem to do much good on Dubai World Cup Day, so even though they're running nine stakes worth a total of $30 million in the desert Saturday, I am again finding it difficult to come up with a plan.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park.
- By Dave Litfin
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
Older fillies and mares in the spotlight at both Oaklawn Park and Santa Anita Park.
A revamped and rebranded NHC Tour will be the richest in its 10-year history with a record prize pool totaling $400,000 up for grabs in 2017.
The Rebel Stakes (G2) is the penultimate leg of Oaklawn's Kentucky Derby prep race series, and with such a large purse, the Rebel has drawn a field of eleven horses that look very competitive on paper.
Xpressbet customer gets chance to make $25,000 bet on the Preakness.
Racing's economic model was discussed as advance-deposit wagering continues to account for a larger share of pari-mutuel handle.
- By Dave Litfin
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, West Region, Southwest Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region
On the West Coast at The Great Race Place, the 80th running of the Santa Anita Handicap Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1) anchors a five-stakes program
The NTRA is continuing efforts to what it hopes will be a successful finish on new tax reporting and withholding rules while working with the industry to make sure it will quickly transition to the new rules.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs.
TVG is expanding its agreement with Sky Racing World to offer increased television coverage of Australian horse racing on TVG and TVG2 as well as launch additional wagering promotions for TVG account holders on Australian racing.
The upgrade of the racetrack’s signal to HD, which debuts March 9, will include new, customized graphics for an enhanced racing simulcast experience.
The company that launched the first betting exchange in the United States, Betfair US, believes its first year performance offers some encouraging trends for the industry.
It's early in the process but because the wording in a current Florida Senate bill would potentially outlaw ADW, industry leaders have quickly weighed in to make sure legislators understand how devastating that outcome would be for horse racing.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues to heat up with two more 85-point qualifying races March 4 when the Gotham (G3) is run at Aqueduct Racetrack, and the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth (G2) caps a sensational card at Gulfstream Park.
"It's amazing how few horse racing movies have been produced," Jay Cronley lamented in recounting the story behind the making of "Let it Ride," the film version of his novel "Good Vibes." Cronley was right. It truly is amazing.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with two major Derby prep races at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park, including the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced Feb. 27 that HPItv, Woodbine Entertainment Group's CRTC licensed digital television channel, will remain on the air.
The always-popular "All Others" wagering interest was the narrow 5-1 favorite in the third of four pools of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager, edging a tightly bunched group of individual contenders headed by unbeaten McCraken ( 5-1).
Dave Litfin handicaps the weekend's top graded stakes races including three stakes for 3-year-olds or 3-year-old fillies this weekend.
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