There is a scene in the film Seabiscuit where jockey Red Pollard lets up in the final stages of the Santa Anita Handicap, allowing foe Rosemont to pass in the final stages and win by a nose. Continue reading
After two weeks of waiting, the Preakness is here. Justify will head to post the heavy favorite to capture the second jewel of the Triple Crown and become the third horse in the last five years to head to Belmont Park with hopes of history. Continue reading
Happy Derby Day! Saturday’s 14-race card presents a slew of betting opportunities, with plenty of value present on the morning lines. We’ll try to identify and bring home some of those outsiders leading up to one of the most exciting Kentucky Derbies in recent memory.
Best Bet: #8 McCraken, Race 5
Value Play of the Day: #5 Outplay (10-1 ML), Race 8
Happy Saturday! Today’s 11-race card is highlighted by the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, the local prep for the Travers and this year a rematch between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Preakness champion Cloud Computing.
We will also be treated to the Grade 2 Amsterdam, the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, and the Grade 2 Bowling Green. Without further ado, let’s dive right in:
Best Bet: #3 Kirby’s Penny, Race 3
Value Play of the Day: #10 Benefactor, Race 2 (12-1) Continue reading
It’s the first Saturday card at Saratoga, and the premier day of the week is highlighted by a pair of Graded Stakes, including some potential future Derby runners in the Grade 3 Sanford and an appearance from Lady Eli in the Grade 1 Diana. Best of luck.
Best Bet: #5 Untamed Domain, Race 3
Value Play of the Day: #8 Halloween Horror, Race 2 (15-1 ML) Continue reading
“Ask Red Smith for the directions to Saratoga and here’s what he would say: `The way to Saratoga is easy. From New York City, you drive north on the Thruway for 150 miles, take a left at Exit 14 onto Union Avenue, and go back about 100 years.'” – William Nack, Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance
Opening day at the Spa is finally upon us, and though the actual directions to 267 Union Avenue may differ a bit, those making the pilgrimage to racing’s crown jewel will certainly be transported back in time over the next six weeks. Continue reading
A week after 57,729 spectators descended upon Belmont Park for the biggest racing day of the spring/summer meet, NYRA made it through just three races before dropping the curtain on its June 17 racing program. Continue reading