Which hidden terrible OR wonderful trips in the Derby prep races will lead to horses being overbet or underbet in the Derby? read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the William Walker Stakes at Churchill Downs. read blog
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to move forward on work to reform tax rules on withholding and reporting with respect to pari-mutuel winnings and is calling for industry support of these efforts.
J. Keeler Johnson lists four late-running longshots that could have an impact on the Kentucky Derby. read blog
The Washington Horse Racing Commission granted an advance-deposit wagering license to 123Gaming to operate 123bet.com at its monthly meeting April 17.
TimeformUS looks at the Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Charles Town Classic featuring Shared Belief. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) at Charles Town. read blog
Equibase Co. April 16 announced the addition of new pricing options and the bundling of products by racetrack at Equibase.com.
Mike Battaglia, who sets the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands morning-line odds, is struggling to decide between stablemates Dortmund and American Pharoah when it comes to choosing a favorite for this year's classic.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes the potential early pace scenarios of the Kentucky Derby. read blog
Longines will enter the in-race horse tracking business Saturday, April 11, when its technology is used for the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Aus-I) day of racing.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Arkansas Derby (gr. I). read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the final 100 point Kentucky Derby prep race of the year, the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. watch video
Kentucky Downs, which holds a short all-turf meet in September, has topped the 2015 Horseplayers Association of North America Racetrack Rankings.
Gulfstream Park will open its 2015 spring/summer racing season April 8 with an eight-race card topped by a $46,000 allowance optional claimer that includes the Todd Pletcher-trained stakes runner Vinceremos.
Turfway Park recorded increases in all-sources and average daily pari-mutuel handle during its recently concluded 2015 winter/spring meet. Field size and purses also showed gains during the 2015 meet.
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
The New York Racing Association has officially re-launched its NYRA.com website.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are on location at Keeneland, handicapping the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. The Blue Grass Stakes is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 100 points to the winner. Hear about contender Carpe Diem. watch video
New York lawmakers have given final approval to an expansion of video lottery terminal games at six of the state's nine racetrack-based casinos.
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Saturday racing action, including the UAE Derby. read blog
Equibase Company has announced that effective immediately it will include in its data feeds, result charts, and Equibase past performance products information on claims that were subsequently voided.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Handicapping, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Kentucky, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
The lengthy dispute that has kept members of the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative from offering wagering on racetracks represented by Monarch Content Management has ended, an official confirmed March 27.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Florida Derby (gr. I), Louisiana Derby (gr. II), and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). read blog
J. Keeler Johnson shares some early thoughts on the Dubai World Cup races at Meydan. read blog
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will broadcast the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) live from Meydan Racecourse March 28.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sunland Derby (gr. III) at Sunland Park. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park. read blog
John McGary is returning as the track announcer for the California Authority of Racing Fairs in 2015. He was the announcer for the fair meets from 2000-05.
Months have passed to the point that when American Pharoah makes his 3-year-old debut Saturday, March 14, in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, it will come just seven weeks before the Kentucky Derby.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Rebel Stakes (gr. II). read blog
In the year's first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015, recent Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Shared Belief has landed in the top spot.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Handicapping, West Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky
While it's difficult to determine if their efforts are making much of a dent in illegal bookmaking in the U.S., federal law enforcement officials have been busy the past few years prosecuting these sports wagering operations.
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst preview the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park featuring American Pharoah. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Santa Anita Handicap, San Felipe Stakes, and more! read blog
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) featuring Shared Belief, and also look at the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II). Watch Video
A federal jury in Oklahoma City convicted three Florida men and a Florida corporation today for their participation in an illegal international gambling and money laundering enterprise.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby, and Gotham Stakes. read blog
Behind a strong quarter that saw 17% revenue growth at its New Jersey online casino, compared with the same quarter a year ago, Betfair reports a 25% revenue growth in its U.S. operations for the three months ended Jan. 31.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region, Northeast Region, Southwest Region, Midwest Region
Because of severe winter weather conditions, or expected winter weather, racing for March 5 has been canceled at Aqueduct Racetrack, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and Oaklawn Park.
After an encouraging start in terms of pari-mutuel wagering in January, handle on U.S. races plummeted in February compared with the same month in 2014, a decline that dropped 2015's handle behind last year's pace
Two federal agencies have issued a notice that opens the door to the possible addition of pari-mutuel gambling winnings to updated reporting and withholding requirements being developed for bingo, keno, and slot machines.
The Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 27 that West Point Thoroughbreds has been named official partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships and presenting sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Swale Stakes (gr. II). read blog
Streaking champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi is a narrow choice as the favored individual horse, but the ever-popular mutuel field is the morning-line favorite in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager odds.
A pair of 3-year-olds trained by Bob Baffert are the top individual choices according to the morning line for this weekend's Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, the third of four Derby future wagers that will be offered.
J. Keeler Johnson recaps last weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst preview the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. Watch Video
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