With three wins on Saratoga Race Course's July 22 card, including Lady Eli's triumphant return to the track's winner's circle with her game victory in the grade 1 Diana Stakes, trainer Chad Brown was in good spirits at his barn Sunday morning.
It's opening weekend at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course, which is sort of like midsummer Christmas for anyone who follows Thoroughbred racing.
A document outlining upcoming federal regulatory actions released July 20 by The White House indicates that modernized tax guidance relating to withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings is nearing enactment.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Diana Stakes (G1) and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga.
Racing analyst Tom Amello will present the first of two educational seminars dedicated to Thoroughbred handicapping at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 25 at 11 a.m. EDT.
Below is a rundown of horse racing television, radio, and online streaming coverage through the opening weekends at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course.
The opening weekend of the all-important race meet begins with five graded stakes, including opening day co-features of the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) for 2-year-old fillies and the Lake George Stakes (G3T) for 3-year-old fillies on turf.
While racing fans everywhere eagerly await opening day at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course next week, there is solid stakes action across the nation July 15.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) and Indiana Derby (G3).
The Grade III, $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby and the $150,000 Forbidden Apple are part of a special cross country Pick 4 being offered Saturday.
The New York Racing Association July 10 announced the hiring of veteran horse racing analyst and Major League Baseball All-Star Paul Lo Duca.
It didn't take long for value-conscious horseplayers to see the benefits of the NYRA Bets Pick 5 rolled out July 4 for players at the advance-deposit wagering site, as well as on-track and in-state players
The fourth edition of the Stars And Stripes Racing Festival is on tap at Belmont Park July 8, with five graded stakes worth a collective $3.7 million to be contested.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Derby and Iowa Derby
In terms of handle, United States horse racing enjoyed a steady second quarter, an important metric as it includes the three Triple Crown races.
While Arrogate is fueling the massive earnings of Baffert and Smith, they have teamed to win grade 1 races this year with Abel Tasman and Mor Spirit. Smith also rides champion Songbird; Baffert has multiple graded stakes winner Vale Dori.
Handicappers of all persuasions will find something to sink their teeth into Saturday, as we turn the calendar page to July and officially begin the second half of the 2017 racing season.
Horse racing contest site DerbyWars.com announced June 30 it had reached partnership agreements with several tracks and racing associations that will allow the site to use those racing signals as part of its handicapping contests.
The New York Racing Association announced June 30 the launch of the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5, exclusively available to NYRA Bets members across the country and to bettors in New York wagering on-track or through a simulcast facility.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Mother Goose Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park
In the aftermath of a Triple Crown series that produced nine different in-the-money finishers in three races, leadership of the 3-year-old division is up for grabs.
STATS, the global leader in sports intelligence, and Equibase Company, the Thoroughbred industry's official database, announced the availability of a mobile version of STATS Race Len, the interactive past performance product released last summer.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown.
Kentucky Downs will offer wagers this year based on how jockeys perform in the final seven races on the card and that betting will benefit injured riders.
This Saturday, I must somehow convince Mrs. At Large about the merits of ordering in. That would mean our date is over by 8 p.m., but hey, McCracken, Forever Unbridled, and Gun Runner are running!
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps three Saturday stakes races at Churchill Downs.
In a court-approved settlement, the operator of the handicapping contest site DerbyWars will pay at least $500,000 to tracks owned by The Stronach Group, which filed suit in December of 2015.
The Triple Crown trail comes to an end on Long Island Saturday, June 10, with the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) the last of 10 stakes to be run on a marathon 13-race card that gets underway at 11:35 Eastern.
Calling it a matter of fairness to horseplayers, the New York Racing Association increased its carryover pool for the June 9 Pick 6 after receiving permission from the New York State Gaming Commission early that morning to make the revision.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
Nothing blends speed and stamina like a top-class mile, and the three biggest races June 3 are at that distance.
Who's ready for a fantastic weekend of competitive racing? The lineup of stakes races scheduled for this Saturday is impressive, making it difficult to choose a single race to handicap.
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.
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