The Stars and Stripes Festival, part of the July 9 Belmont Park card, features two grade I turf races and three other graded stakes races, and is expected to feature Effinex and Catch a Glimpse.
Unbridled Daddy is making his first dirt start in the Long Branch. The Pletcher trio will face four allowance winners if Voluntario, cross-entered in the Dwyer, runs.
For a second straight year Churchill Downs registered an increase in total pari-mutuel handle for its 38-day spring meet.
With June's biggest race day seeing a significant decline in pari-mutuel handle, wagering on United States races for the month also declined compared with the same month in 2015.
After the completion of the eighth race at Belmont Park July 1, an error was made in regards to the order of finish, according to the New York Racing Association.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps four races on the Summit of Speed card at Gulfstream Park.
Stakes winners Nonna's Boy and Res Judicata also are contesting the race, seeking their first graded stakes wins.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) featuring Rachel's Valentina, Off the Tracks, Mom's On Strike, Lewis Bay, and Lightstream. Sponsored by Equibase.
Also entered are graded stakes winners Danish Dynaformer and Ami's Holiday.
Veteran handicapper Dave Litfin dives into the July 2 Mother Goose (gr. I) at Belmont Park; his selections include Rachel's Valentina and Off the Tracks.
Dual-registered Thoroughbred and Paint filly Painting the Sky is expected to make her first stakes start in the July 2 program, with the eight Louisiana-bred stakes races worth $775,000 in purses.
Whether it's early or late, keeping an eye on the toteboard is surely a way to get the odds in your favor during a day at the racetrack.
OnTrack Media and Entertainment will again sponsor the award honoring the racing industry's best simulcast production to be presented at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference to be held this year in New Orleans.
JACK Thistledown Racino will lower its takeout rate on multi-race pools for the remainder of the season, starting June 25, which is $500,000 Ohio Derby day.
A computer glitch linked to United Tote resulted in more than $100,000 in bogus wagers pouring into a daily double pool in late April at Plainridge Park, a Massachusetts Standardbred track.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby at Thistledown.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I), featuring Melatonin, Hoppertunity, Second Summer, Hard Aces, and Imperative. Sponsored by Equibase.
She will also face multiple stakes winner You Bought Her, and several other stakes-winning or placed fillies and mares.
Legislation that would divert up to $57 million a year to horse racing from Internet poker operations cleared the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations June 22.
Trip handicapping is a popular method for uncovering winners, yet it's not as easy as it might seem.
California racing officials June 16 acknowledged a possible communications breakdown in regard to two races being taken off the turf on the final day of the Golden Gate meet and apologized to bettors for how the move impacted the Golden Pick 6.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Industry efforts to change how threshold levels for tax reporting and withholding on winning pari-mutuel wagers are defined continues to pick up momentum in Washington, D.C.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) featuring Effinex, Are You Kidding Me, Eagle, Bradester, and International Star. Sponsored by Equibase.
Under California Horse Racing Board regulations, two races moved from turf to the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields June 12 necessitated a change in the Golden Pick 6 jackpot bet.
Golden Gate Fields officials expect a total Golden Pick 6 jackpot pool of more than $4 million when the Northern California track wraps up its winter/spring meet June 12.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
A U.S. House of Representatives committee on June 9 encouraged the changes in language to tax laws that would allow winning players to hold on to more of their money.
Claire Novak and Jeremy Balan preview the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), featuring Exaggertor, Destin, Governor Malibu, and Lani.
Steve Haskin discusses Exaggerator's Belmont Park work and how it may reveal something about how the race will be run. He also gives his plays for the Belmont Stakes.
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.
Minnesota officials said advance deposit wagering legislation passed recently by lawmakers will provide an estimated $1.5 million in revenue that will be re-directed to horse racing and breeding in the state.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and FOX Sports have announced a multiyear agreement to telecast NYRA racing live from Saratoga Race Course beginning this season on the FS2 national sports channel.
Preakness day registered record handle but with the Kentucky Derby day handle down slightly from last year's record mark, wagering on U.S. races in the month of May fell 3.95% when compared with the same month last year.
Mike Curry finds 20 of the 75 top-three finishers during the last 25 years were five lengths or more off the pace.
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Vanity Mile (gr. I) featuring Beholder, Stellar Wind, Taris, and Finest City. Sponsored by Equibase
Some of the top tracks in North America are offering their racing signals, or will offer those signals, for wagering on the first U.S.-based exchange wagering platform.
Because of an increase in pari-mutuel revenue from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week business, Churchill Downs June 1 said it will increase overnight purses by 4% for the remainder of its spring meet, which ends July 2.
A single winning ticket resulted in a Santa Anita Park Pick 6 payout of $1,478,942 May 30.
J. Keeler Johnson shares early thoughts on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders.
Are You Kidding Me, last year's Sovereign Award winner for champion older horse, is set to make his second start of the year in the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.
Exaggerator has only two off-the-board finish in 11 starts, and should have stamina from Curlin. One concern about his chance at the Belmont distance comes from his female family, with his dam and her dam both being winners only in sprints.
While the success of its move to lower takeout across the board will be determined over time, bettors did support opening night of the low-takeout Canterbury Park meet May 20.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
Reddam Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist drew post 3 and was tabbed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite May 18 for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Cherry Wine didn't have enough points to enter the Derby, Collected took a step back after running in a Derby prep, and Stradivari is lightly raced but is quite fast and appears very talented. All are poised for a run at Nyquist Saturday.
The New York Racing Association announced May 17 its national advance deposit wagering platform will be available in July to coincide with the 2016 Saratoga Race Course meet.
Four horses on the May 13 card at Belmont Park will run for purse money only after they were taken out of the wagering pool by error.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Steady performers Thrilled and Caren face well-bred stakes winner Treasuring, from the family of Better Than Honour.
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