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.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) featuring Governor Malibu, Unified, Decorated Soldier, and Adventist. Sponsored by Equibase
TOC president Nick Coukos believes surface changes should be made before multi-race wagers are initiated.
The Sovereign Award winner posted a bullet work at Woodbine May 1, and will be the one to beat if he's rounding back into top form.
The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner appears to be well-poised, based on his class and pedigree, to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
A late change in the status of a horse entered May 10 at Parx Racing created confusion and ultimately frustration for bettors.
When Monmouth Park begins a new season of racing Saturday, May 14, fans will notice a few new items around the racetrack, including a banner for Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, this year's inductee into the Oceanport, N.J. track's Hall of Champions.
TVG, a leading advance deposit wagering provider, said human error was responsible for a May 7 systems breakdown that halted online wagering for more than two hours during the running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Based on early Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) wagering, undefeated Nyquist will be a solid favorite in the 1 1/4-mile classic May 7 at Churchill Downs.
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
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