Steve's observations, strategy, and wagers for the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) featuring Rachel's Valentina, Land Over Sea, Mokat, Cathryn Sophia, Weep No More, Go Maggie Go, and Lewis Bay. Sponsored by Equibase.
Black Hornet is training strongly to defend his title in the Vigil, Stakes where he will face graded stakes winners Dimension and Canadian champion sprinter Stacked Deck. The field will be rounded out by a trio of stakes winners.
Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr take a look at the Kentucky Derby field as we head into the final week. Claire is also joined by a very special guest! Sponsored by Equibase
Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown.
Highlighted by the 148th renewal of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, June 11, Belmont Park will kick off its 54-day spring/summer meet on Friday, April 29.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes the potential pace scenarios of the Kentucky Derby.
Factors like those are key in HANA's yearly racetrack rankings, as it looks at factors that affect horseplayer betting value.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr are on location at Keeneland and examine the Charles Town Classic at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
For the first time exchange wagering will be available in the U.S. when Betfair U.S. launches a platform for New Jersey residents May 10.
This week we take a closer look at Creator, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on April 16 at Oaklawn Park.
Canterbury Park and its horsemen's group hope to make a statement this year with an across-the-board reduction in pari-mutuel takeout rates that will range from 15% to 18% for the 2016 meet.
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) featuring American Pioneer, Cupid, Whitmore, Creator, and Gettysburg. Includes a special offer for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase.
Dan Tordjman and friends bet a Pick Four that included the Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Learn how to organize your notes, when you should pick favorites, and how to put together a ticket with a group. Watch Video
The only horse in the $1 millon Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) field to have win over a wet track sure looked like he loved the slop April 9.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra come to you from Keeneland to preview the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) featuring My Man Sam, Zulu, Star Hill, Cherry Wine, Brody's Cause, and Laoban. Watch Video
This week we take a closer look at Danzing Candy, winner of the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 12 at Santa Anita Park.
John Menary and trainer Gail Cox's Something Extra will attempt to repeat his 2015 victory in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) for turf sprinters on the April 9 Blue Grass Stakes card at Keeneland.
Despite fewer races and race days, commingled wagering on U.S. racing rose nominally during the month of March, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase April 5.
Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will have a new look when its Thoroughbred meet begins April 28. The track has added high-definition equipment and will expand its race-day television programming.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $807 million for its 85-day Championship meet that concluded April 3. Average daily handle was $9.49 million.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $32.09 million for its 14-race Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) program April 2.
Horse Racing Radio Network's inaugural "Saturdays at Gulfstream" series concludes this weekend with exclusive live coverage of the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
This week we take a closer look at Nyquist, the 2015 Sentient Jet Breeders' Juvenile (gr. I) victor and winner of the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
ARCI has scheduled three additional "Town Hall" meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies.
This week we take a closer look at Cupid, winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
The fourth and final 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend times up well with the Florida Derby (gr. I) showdown of unbeatens in Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's 2-year-old champion Nyquist.
With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.
A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.
According to a wagering expert, the industry's embrace of computer-robotic wagering through the high rebates required to sustain these players has resulted in a less attractive game for all other horseplayers.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) featuring Greenpointcrusader, Dazzling Gem, Gun Runner, Mo Tom, and Forevamo. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
The takeaway from a session on daily fantasy gaming at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans? Racing regulators need to be prepared for a changing gaming landscape.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. read blog
Louisiana-based owners and a Louisiana-based trainer hope the home cooking works for their Mo Tom, who hopes to turn the tables on Gun Runner in the March 26 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds
Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. read blog
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) featuring Madtap, Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore, and Discreetness. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.
Wagering on Polar River has been suspended in the upcoming Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after a representative of trainer Doug Watson confirmed to Churchill Downs officials that the Dubai-based filly would not race in the Oaks.
In the first agreement of its kind between a racetrack and racing contest site, DerbyWars will contribute revenue to Hawthorne Race Course and Illinois horsemen.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) featuring Star Hill, Rafting, Destin, Brody's Cause, and Economic Model. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
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