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Flightline Rated The World's Best Racehorse

Flightline Rated The World's Best Racehorse

US wonder horse, Flightline, was cemented into the horse racing hall-of-fame at the Longines World Racing Awards on Tuesday after getting a top rating of 140 - the same mark as the unbeaten Frankel managed in 2012. A big crowd at Banqueting House in London witnessed the John W Sadler-trained Flightline being given a ranking of 140 at the Longines…
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Unbridled: The Gentle Giant Who Delivered a Magical Kentucky Derby Moment

Unbridled: The Gentle Giant Who Delivered a Magical Kentucky Derby Moment

Few horses have been able to blend the kind of success that Unbridled enjoyed both on the racetrack and in the breeding shed. A strapping, 17-hand colt with a long, ground-gobbling stride, he was slow to develop at 2 after a promising 10 ½-length victory in his career debut. The son of Fappiano was then plagued by a sore hoof at 4, succinctly…
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2022 Kentucky Derby odds, horse-by-horse analysis

2022 Kentucky Derby odds, horse-by-horse analysis

Michael "The Wizard'' Kipness has been a professional horse racing handicapper since 1986. The Las Vegas resident analyzes the 20-horse field for Saturday's 148th Kentucky Derby, designating each horse as a contender or a pretender. Visit Wizardraceandsports.com for his full card selections and wagering strategies for Oaks Day (13 races) and Derby…
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Saratoga Derby and Oaks, Whitney Stakes top weekend horse racing agenda

Saratoga Derby and Oaks, Whitney Stakes top weekend horse racing agenda

Knicks Go, seen winning the Grade I Pegasus World Cup in January, is favorite for Saturday's Grade I Whitney at Saratoga. Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Rich purses drew some top foreign talent for the Saratoga Derby and Oaks on Saturday and Sunday on the upstate New York turf to highlight a big weekend of Thoroughbred…
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Team Tuley's Thoroughbred Takes for races on Saturday 4/16

Team Tuley's Thoroughbred Takes for races on Saturday 4/16

I led last week's column with this, but … "There seems to be more distractions than ever before for gamblers' attention with MLB starting to join NBA and NHL on the daily calendar" … and now we have football, too, with the second coming of the USFL. But, hey, there's always time to slip in some horse racing plays on our busy Saturdays. Last…
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Entries set for next week's Breeders' Cup

Entries set for next week's Breeders' Cup

Essential Quality, shown winning the Grade I Travers, is among the favorites in a Breeders' Cup Classic field announced this week. Photo courtesy of New York Racing Association Oct. 29 (UPI) -- It's a week for looking forward as horse racing around the globe nears its annual champion-making events and youngsters get in final licks to make a case…
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15 Kentucky Derby prospects are in 7 races Saturday

15 Kentucky Derby prospects are in 7 races Saturday

Even if a race does not carry qualifying points, if there are 3-year-olds running, it could end up being a prep for Kentucky Derby 2023. In addition to the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, there are six other races Saturday that include 15 horses who already are in the Derby futures market in Las Vegas or are on the verge of being there. Maiden…
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#FanFriday: Get to Know Matt Bernier

#FanFriday: Get to Know Matt Bernier

Matt Bernier, handicapper for the Daily Racing Form, is a Massachusetts resident who is one of the sport's most enthusiastic young ambassadors. He's a regular presence as an analyst on NBC Sports' television coverage of the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup and is also a leading expert on handicapping tournaments. Matt previously worked in real estate…
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Dueling Grounds Derby winner Kitodan named HBPA's Claiming Horse of the Year

Dueling Grounds Derby winner Kitodan named HBPA's Claiming Horse of the Year

The Eric Foster-trained and co-owned Kitodan rolled to a four-length victory under Gerardo Corrales in the $750000, Grade 3 Big Ass Fans Dueling Grounds Derby on Sept. 5 at Kentucky Downs. (Coady Photography) National HBPA Press Release LEXINGTON, Ky. - Turf specialist Kitodan, who went from being claimed twice last year to winning Kentucky Downs'…
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Baffert 2-year-olds already lead 2019 Derby trail

Baffert 2-year-olds already lead 2019 Derby trail

As times change, even a two-time Triple Crown-winning, Hall of Fame trainer has to adjust. In an era when horses are racing less and less, Bob Baffert looks like he is not only ahead of the curve, but he is leading the vanguard. This goes way beyond what he did with Justify in a gaudy, 112-day dash from apprenticeship to retirement. Very quietly,…
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See mare from Japan who cannot be ignored in Breeders’ Cup

See mare from Japan who cannot be ignored in Breeders’ Cup

A 5-year-old mare who was a Group 1 winnerlast spring in Hong Kong may be the best hope for a Japan-based horse to breakthrough for the first time ever in the Breeders' Cup. Loves Only You, who has amassed $5453602 inpurse earnings with a record of 14: 6-2-3, is expected to lead seven horsesbeing shipped from Japan to the Nov. 5 and 6 championships…
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Pan Zareta Winner Oeuvre Stays Sharp for Menard

Pan Zareta Winner Oeuvre Stays Sharp for Menard

Oeuvre winning the Pan Zareta at Fair Ground Dec. 3, 2022. (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography) Kevin Kilroy/Fair Grounds NEW ORLEANS, La. - Winner of the Pan Zareta Stakes in December, Oeuvre returns to face an oversubscribed field of 13 in Saturday's $100000 Nelson J. Menard for 4-year-old and up fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs at Fair…
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2022 Sycamore Stakes Daily Double Wagers

2022 Sycamore Stakes Daily Double Wagers

Friday's headliner at Keeneland is the $300000 Sycamore S. (G3), which will be run at 1 1/2 miles on the turf as Race 9. An overflow field of 16 has been entered for the ultra-competitive event, which will be the centerpiece of my Daily Double wagers as I will look to capitalize on an especially generous offer from Twin Spires. The " Keeneland…
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Royal Ascot 2019 tips: Newsboy's 1-2-3 and best bets for EVERY race on day four

Royal Ascot 2019 tips: Newsboy's 1-2-3 and best bets for EVERY race on day four

Don't be a plonker - go with Jubiloso to land the Coronation Stakes (4.20, ITV) on Friday. Sir Michael Stoute's filly, whose uncle is the great unbeaten champ Frankel, faces a big step up in class but could hardly have made a more promising start to her career. An easy winner at Chelmsford at the end of April, Jubiloso went on to blitz her rivals…
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UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview: Last chance for Breeder's Cup qualifying

UPI Horse Racing Weekend Preview: Last chance for Breeder's Cup qualifying

This is "last call" weekend for Breeders' Cup hopefuls with more than a dozen "Win and You're In" races spread across three U.S. tracks. It's also Arc weekend in Paris and Winx seeks her 28th straight win in Australia. There's even more, with important 2-year-old races in Canada and the Group 1 Sun Chariot in England. Twenty-eight straight wins? It…
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Breeders' Cup 2020 Post Positions, Odds for all 14 races

Breeders' Cup 2020 Post Positions, Odds for all 14 races

Headlined by classic winners Authentic, Swiss Skydiver and Tiz The Law, 184 horses were drawn Monday afternoon into 14 fields for the $28 million Breeders' Cup championships Friday and Saturday at Keeneland. The morning lines were determined by handicapper Mike Battaglia. [] Below are the fields and odds for the 14 Breeders' Cup races in reverse…
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Preakness ends playing of 'extremely offensive' state song

Preakness ends playing of 'extremely offensive' state song

The official state song "Maryland, My Maryland" will not be performed before the Preakness next month because the lyrics are perceived by some to be racist. A spokesperson for Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness, said Friday the tradition of playing the song before the race will be scrapped on Oct. 3, when the Triple Crown series comes to…
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2022 TVG La Brea Stakes Betting Odds and Contenders Preview

2022 TVG La Brea Stakes Betting Odds and Contenders Preview

Three-year-old dirt fillies get one last chance to compete at the top level against their own age and sex in the $300000 La Brea Stakes (G1), which runs Monday, December 26 at Santa Anita! The race drew a field of eight, four of whom are already graded winners and four who seek those honors for the first time in their career. The field is led by…
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Longshot Reincarnate wins Sham Stakes for Bob Baffert at Santa Anita

Longshot Reincarnate wins Sham Stakes for Bob Baffert at Santa Anita

This is trainer Bob Baffert's really fun time of the year, running his stable full of talented 3-year-olds and learning which ones are ready for the big time and which are maybe a cut below. Cave Rock, Arabian Knight and Faustin might be at the head of the class right now, but Baffert unveiled three others Sunday at Santa Anita that he hopes could…
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Watch Pegasus World Cup 2023: Live stream online, TV channel, time

Watch Pegasus World Cup 2023: Live stream online, TV channel, time

The 2023 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series comes to Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 28 (4:30-6 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock). Some of the biggest names in the sport are potentially going after the $4.5 million at stake. Cyberknife is most likely the biggest name that is probably to be in the field of the headline dirt race. He finished second in…
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Appleby will bring 6 to Breeders' Cup

Appleby will bring 6 to Breeders' Cup

British trainer Charlie Appleby will bring six runners to the Breeders' Cup Nov. 4 and 5 at Keeneland, according to a Twitter post by U.K. racing broadcaster Nick Luck. The six are: Turf: Rebel's Romance, winner of his last four, including two Group 1s. He's the 3-1 joint favorite in international futures. Also Nation's Pride, winner of the Jockey…
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Raven Run Stakes 2022: Odds, free PPs for Keeneland feature

Raven Run Stakes 2022: Odds, free PPs for Keeneland feature

As Keeneland prepares to host the 2022 Breeders' Cup in two weeks, the Lexington, Ky., track continues its October meet Saturday with a graded stakes for filly sprinters. Smash Ticket (5-2) is morning-line favorite for the Grade 2, $350000 Raven Run Stakes. Post time from Keeneland is 5:16 p.m., with FanDuel TV to broadcast the seven-furlong sprint…
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Del Mar’s summer racing season returns with a wide variety of events

Del Mar’s summer racing season returns with a wide variety of events

It's full speed ahead this summer at the Del Mar racetrack. While the schedule of activities in 2021 was abbreviated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this season will have a calendar that is chock-full of events, which visitors are more accustomed to seeing. "We're raring to go," said Chris Bahr, Del Mar's director of events and promotions. "Not…
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former British-based rider on her US move

former British-based rider on her US move

Jane Elliott: has ridden three winners in the US The US is known as the land of opportunity and jockey Jane Elliott is determined to give her American adventure every chance of succeeding. Elliott's name has been absent from British racecards since January and, after encouragement from trainer Tom Dascombe and agent Steven Croft, she crossed the…
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What not to do in betting Kentucky Derby Future Wager

What not to do in betting Kentucky Derby Future Wager

While I was watching yet another NFL halftime show precede and perhaps trigger a stadium power outage, I went back to my computer window that was locked Thanksgiving morning into the very early betting on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Four times a year I am thankful for the a-ha, teaching moment that the KDFW provides. And it happened like…
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Alice Haynes has sights set on further progress in 2023

Alice Haynes has sights set on further progress in 2023

Alice Haynes admits that replicating the results of her first full season as a trainer will be a challenge in 2023. The young Newmarket handler recorded her 50th domestic winner of the campaign when Silks Pass scored at Southwell on Tuesday, making it 52 overall. Having previously worked for the likes of Henrietta Knight, Mick Channon and David…
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Breeders’ Cup 2022 Trends geegeez.co.uk

Breeders’ Cup 2022 Trends geegeez.co.uk

This will be the 39th renewal of the great transatlantic horseracing shemozzle that is the Breeders' Cup and, while some races are a lot newer than that, most have a historical profile worth noting. What follows are some observations based on what we've seen previously in the hope that it might help to predict what will happen in Keeneland on the…
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Get to Know the 2023 Pegasus World Cup Top Contenders

Get to Know the 2023 Pegasus World Cup Top Contenders

Some of the best thoroughbreds in the world compete in the Pegasus World Cup, a prestigious invitation-only race. This event, presented by Baccarat, will be held in the Carousel Club at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, January 28. There is no doubt that fans have been anticipating the yearly event and keeping an eye on the list of contenders. With a…
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John Gosden thrilled as impressive Commissioning throws down Classic marker

John Gosden thrilled as impressive Commissioning throws down Classic marker

Commissioning (navy) streaks away from her rivals in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket Commissioning surged into contention for next year's Qipco 1000 Guineas with an impressive performance to maintain her unbeaten record, becoming the next potential star for trainers John and Thady Gosden in the process. However, far from overflowing with…
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Royal Ascot looms as Mandaloun bids to join top ranks of U.S. 3-year-olds

Royal Ascot looms as Mandaloun bids to join top ranks of U.S. 3-year-olds

Kentucky Derby second-place finisher Mandaloun (pink cap) wins Sunday's Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Photo courtesy of Monmouth Park June 14 (UPI) -- Maybe it's a little early to crown Belmont Stakes winner Essential Quality as best 3-year-old in the nation, especially after Mandaloun's impressive victory in Sunday's Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth…
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Kentucky Turf Cup 2022: Odds, preview, stakes schedule, more

Kentucky Turf Cup 2022: Odds, preview, stakes schedule, more

Two weeks after a Grade 1 win at Saratoga, trainer Christophe Clement is putting the star of his barn back in the starting gates. Gufo (7-5) is morning-line favorite Saturday for the Grade 2, $1 million Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes. Post time from Kentucky Downs is 5:45 p.m., with the race broadcast on both CNBC and FanDuel TV, the network formerly…
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Baffert runners 1-2-3 in Santa Anita's Kentucky Derby prep

Baffert runners 1-2-3 in Santa Anita's Kentucky Derby prep

Lovely Ride wins Saturday's Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park Coady Photography, courtesy of Oaklawn Park Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Trainer Bob Baffert saddled the first three finishers in Sunday's $100000 Grade III Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" race, while the other weekend qualifier went to a colt who might find the Derby distance…
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Major preps are at hand for Kentucky Derby

Major preps are at hand for Kentucky Derby

Now we are talking Kentucky Derby preps. This time we mean it. Life Is Good can race across, up and down or diagonally through the San Felipe. Greatest Honour can close on pedestrian fractions in the Fountain of Youth. Concert Tour can be anointed prince of the Bob Baffert Invi … er … Rebel Stakes. Essential Quality can be forgotten with his…
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Preakness Stakes 2021 odds, lineup: Post positions, favorite, horses, Medina Spirit

Preakness Stakes 2021 odds, lineup: Post positions, favorite, horses, Medina Spirit

Kentucky Derby 147 champ Medina Spirit will run from the No. 3 spot in the gate at Pimlico in the 146th Preakness Stakes on May 15 with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert agreeing to a special set of conditions after the colt failed his post-Derby drug test. He opens as the 9-5 favorite. The 2021 Preakness Stakes will air on Saturday, May 15 from 2…
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16-1 shot Reincarnate wins Sham Stakes for Baffert

16-1 shot Reincarnate wins Sham Stakes for Baffert

ARCADIA, Calif. - It's proving time for 3-year-olds in the barn of trainer Bob Baffert. The next four months will weed out the best of the bunch as the calendar moves closer to May and the start of the Triple Crown series. "See what you have, see what they like to do," Baffert said. "You learn from the races and hope they stay healthy. That's the…
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Santa Anita Barn Notes: Friday's Card Gets 8.5 Starters Per Race

Santa Anita Barn Notes: Friday's Card Gets 8.5 Starters Per Race

Santa Anita Barn Notes: Friday's Card Gets 8.5 Starters Per Race From the Santa Anita Media Team: FRIDAY'S ALL-DIRT CARD ATTRACTS 8.5 STARTERS PER RACE With more rain in the forecast for Arcadia this week, the decision was made to run Friday's eight-race program exclusively on dirt. After entries were taken and the program finalized yesterday,…
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Odds and picks for the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Odds and picks for the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Country House won the 145th Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security - who crossed the finish line first - was disqualified for a race infraction, an unprecedented result in race history. Read full coverage of the race here. Bob Baffert, the Hall of Fame trainer of Triple Crown winners American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018, has three horses in…
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Kentucky Derby 2023 trail: Sham Stakes odds, free PPs, more

Kentucky Derby 2023 trail: Sham Stakes odds, free PPs, more

Southern California's first points-paying Kentucky Derby prep of 2023 features only two runners eligible to collect those points. National Treasure is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Grade 3, $100000 Sham Stakes. Post time from Santa Anita is 6:30 p.m. EST, with FanDuel TV showing the one-mile trip for 3-year-olds. Bob Baffert trains National…
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The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 3

The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 3

Top contenders for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby are listed in order of preference, with comments provided by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times. Churchill Downs has adopted a points system to determine the Derby field, with points being earned by the top four finishers in designated prep races. The odds are from the…
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Derby-winning owner's £20.5m of stock forced to be resold due to non-payment

Derby-winning owner's £20.5m of stock forced to be resold due to non-payment

Horses purchased by Derby-winning owner Saleh Al Homaizi during a blockbuster £20.5 million (€23.3m) spending spree last autumn have not been paid for and are set to be resold privately and at the sales in the spring. Sales companies have been forced into the awkward position of having to contact potential purchasers for the horses only months…
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Japan Cup tops weekend horse racing agenda; Bahrain steps into racing limelight

Japan Cup tops weekend horse racing agenda; Bahrain steps into racing limelight

Cheval Grand, shown winning the 2017 Japan Cup, returns seeking a repeat victory in Sunday's renewal. Photo courtesy of Japan Racing Association Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Weekend horse racing action stretches from Tokyo to Bahrain with a stop in England and a quick look at Hong Kong's preparations for its big weekend two weeks down the calendar. The Grade 1…
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Keeneland Announces Spring Stakes Schedule

Keeneland Announces Spring Stakes Schedule

Keeneland Announces Spring Stakes Schedule (Keeneland / Photos by Holly M. Smith) From the Keeneland Media Team: Keeneland will award a season record $8.05 million for 19 stakes to be run during its 2023 Spring Meet, which will cover 15 days from April 7-28. Leading the schedule are the 99 running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) and 86…
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Lugan Knight Comes Out on Top in $150K Jerome, Earns 10 Derby Points

Lugan Knight Comes Out on Top in $150K Jerome, Earns 10 Derby Points

Lugan Knight (inside) holds off Arctic Arrogance to win the Jerome (Chelsea Durand) By Mary Eddy - NYRA Press Office OZONE PARK, N.Y.- BG Stables' Kentucky homebred Lugan Knight came out on the winning end of a thrilling stretch duel with New York-bred Arctic Arrogance in Saturday's $150000 Jerome, a one-turn mile for sophomores, at Aqueduct…
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Lugan Knight Holds Off Arctic Arrogance To Win Kentucky Derby Prep

Lugan Knight Holds Off Arctic Arrogance To Win Kentucky Derby Prep

BG Stables' Kentucky homebred Lugan Knight came out on the winning end of a thrilling stretch duel with New York-bred Arctic Arrogance in Saturday's $150000 Jerome, a one-turn mile for sophomores, at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Michael McCarthy, Lugan Knight earned 10 qualifying points towards the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill…
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Chocolate Gelato Delivers Sweet Victory in Frizette, Major Dude Takes Pilgrim

Chocolate Gelato Delivers Sweet Victory in Frizette, Major Dude Takes Pilgrim

Repole Stable's Chocolate Gelato fought off a determined You're My Girl coming out of the turn to win the $400000, Grade 1 Frizette Stakes by a length on a sloppy main track at the Belmont at the Big A meet held at Aqueduct Oct. 2. The victory earned the 2-year-old daughter of Practical Joke a spot in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile…
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Why Improbable is the Real Deal for 2019 Kentucky Derby Trail

Why Improbable is the Real Deal for 2019 Kentucky Derby Trail

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2019 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We'll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner,…
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Superfecta keys: Play 4 tickets at Aqueduct, Oaklawn, Gulfstream

Superfecta keys: Play 4 tickets at Aqueduct, Oaklawn, Gulfstream

The Queens County Stakes is a 1 1/8-mile dirt stakes for 4-year-olds and up and this year a nearly full field of 11 has been entered including two trained by Norman Cash. The runners exit dirt races in 10 cases including five at Aqueduct, three at Laurel Park and one each at Parx and Keeneland with the final runner coming out of a synthetic race at…
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Kentucky Derby 2023 trail: Jerome Stakes odds, free PPs

Kentucky Derby 2023 trail: Jerome Stakes odds, free PPs

The trail toward the first Saturday in May reaches its next step on the first Saturday in January. Arctic Arrogance is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the $150000 Jerome Stakes. Post time from Aqueduct is 3:16 p.m., with FS2 showing the one-mile event for 3-year-olds. The Jerome awards its top five finishers Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a…
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