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King Ranch: A Classic Horse Racing Legacy

King Ranch: A Classic Horse Racing Legacy

For most people, the name King Ranch brings to mind images of a sprawling western ranch filled with cattle and cowboys. But for fans of Thoroughbred racing, King Ranch brings to mind a different image - the image of one of the most influential and successful racing and breeding operations in the history of the sport. King Ranch had existed for many…
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The Week in Review: Do We Really Need So Many Stakes Races?

The Week in Review: Do We Really Need So Many Stakes Races?

They could only scrape together a field of four for Saturday's GII Mother Goose S. at Belmont Park, run two weeks after they had a field of four in the GI Acorn S. Saturday's third race at Belmont fared no better. Only four went in the Wild Applause S., and three of them were trained by Chad Brown. And it isn't just a NYRA problem. The number of…
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Chelsea keeping the faith

Chelsea keeping the faith

Young Winton harness racing horsewomen Chelsea Faithful has a lot of strings to her bow. She successfully trains a small team, works for the busiest stable in the province, is breeding from two mares, is preparing two yearlings for the upcoming sales and is photographing yearlings for a handful of clients. "I was born into it. Mum tried to get me…
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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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Horseplayers need time to weigh a new scandal

Horseplayers need time to weigh a new scandal

In what will go down as the most surreal week in sports since 9/11, racing got a double spoonful of distasteful medicine. As the sports world - and the real world - come to grips with the spreading coronavirus, the horse world must also sort out the impact of the criminal bombshell that dropped Monday. Rival trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro,…
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Looking back on Mine That Bird's victory in the Kentucky Derby

Looking back on Mine That Bird's victory in the Kentucky Derby

They will all dream on Saturday. Owners and trainers and jockeys of 20 thoroughbred horses will be hoping their prayers will be answered when the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is done at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. One thing learned from the prior 144 editions of America's greatest horse race is that any horse entered has a shot to win…
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Watson hoping to beat the odds at Dubai World Cup

Watson hoping to beat the odds at Dubai World Cup

A positive mindset leads to positive results and perhaps nobody knows that better than former champion trainer Doug Watson, as he prepares to lead a five-strong team into Saturday's $30.5 million Dubai World Cup meeting. It's been close to three decades since he arrived in Dubai as a hungry young groom hoping to forge a career on the country's…
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Brown helps Arlington Million gain influence

Brown helps Arlington Million gain influence

It is sometimes called the most important turf meeting in the U.S. this side of the Breeders' Cup. But is the Arlington Million card really all that? The ingredients are certainly there. Impressive purses for three Grade 1 races that have endured for more than three decades. Horses from around the world representing the sport's biggest powerhouse…
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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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Horses to Watch: See 3-year-olds for Asmussen, Pletcher, Cox

Horses to Watch: See 3-year-olds for Asmussen, Pletcher, Cox

In this biweekly series, racing analyst J. Keeler Johnson shares promising horses from his handicapping watch list, reviewing runners who have recently caught his eye and previewing horses scheduled to run back in the near future. New to the Watch List Gun Pilot You know Saturday's fourth race at Oaklawn, an $80000 allowance optional claimer (post…
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Pasco Stakes Predictions, Odds, Pick (Tampa Bay Downs)

Pasco Stakes Predictions, Odds, Pick (Tampa Bay Downs)

A Grade 3 stakes winner last time in New York, Champions Dream headlines a strong pair of stablemates for Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse in Saturday's $125000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Likely to be favored in the field of six, the son of Justify has won 2-of-3 starts for former trainer Danny Gargan. Debuting at Saratoga, he broke his maiden…
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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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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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Cedillo gets chance of lifetime on Maximum Security

Cedillo gets chance of lifetime on Maximum Security

It is the great story of the understudy getting that one shot to step in for the star. One shot to step into the spotlight. And maybe even stay there. When Drew Bledsoe got hurt, in came Tom Brady. Wally Pipp was replaced by Lou Gehrig. Phil Fulmer less elegantly for Johnny Majors. On the other hand, sports are full of one-hit wonders like Jeremy…
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Cyberknife slices along the rail to upset Haskell Stakes

Cyberknife slices along the rail to upset Haskell Stakes

By the time the Grade 1, $1017500 Haskell Stakes was about to start Saturday evening, trainer Brad Cox was under extra pressure. He had been on a private plane from Saratoga only a few hours earlier with rival trainer Chad Brown, Brown's girlfriend and three jockeys. By the time the Haskell rolled around, Brown had won five races, including four…
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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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Betting On Horses with No-Code AI

Betting On Horses with No-Code AI

Artificial Intelligence is altering online gambling, shifting the odds away from handicappers and card counters and point spread calculators in favor of data scientists who can code. But that has left the non-coders of the world out of the money. So, when the founders of the no-code AI platform Akkio offered to let a curious novice use their…
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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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'Out Of My Wheelhouse': Maggie Wolfendale Learned To Broadcast From Home In 2020

'Out Of My Wheelhouse': Maggie Wolfendale Learned To Broadcast From Home In 2020

Just one live day - the New Year's Eve card at Aqueduct Racetrack - remains in 2020 to complete a remarkable year of racing action on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit. The NYRA Press Office checked in with a selection of New York-based racing personalities to get their reflections on the memorable year. As a third-generation…
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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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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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'Tremendous Champion Of Thoroughbred Racing': Dr. David Richardson Dies At 76

'Tremendous Champion Of Thoroughbred Racing': Dr. David Richardson Dies At 76

Dr. J. David "Doc" Richardson, the distinguished Louisville surgeon who was an owner, breeder and widely-respected leader in the horse racing industry, died Tuesday at the age of 76. According to the Daily Racing Form, Dr. Richardson had been admitted to a hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. with pneumonia following a COVID-19 diagnosis, then…
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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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Wednesday wagers: Java Buzz should graduate at Saratoga

Wednesday wagers: Java Buzz should graduate at Saratoga

Another racing week at Saratoga begins on Wednesday with a 10-race program, highlighted by the Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes for steeplechase runners going 2 1/16 miles. I've highlighted my five favorite races on the program, which gets underway at 1:05 p.m. EDT. Best Bet: Java Buzz (Race 5) Best Value Bet: Frosty Invasion (Race 2) Race 1 No. 3…
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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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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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Team Tuley's Thoroughbred Takes for races on Saturday 1/7

Team Tuley's Thoroughbred Takes for races on Saturday 1/7

Team Tuley continues to look for value at horse racing tracks from coast to coast. After taking two weeks off, my friend Ed Sehon (aka Mr. Ed from his Saratoga and Keeneland columns at VSiN.com in addition to his contributions here) carried us last Saturday as his Late Pick 5 at Gulfstream Park paid $588.20. This Saturday, we're joined by Sehon as…
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Kentucky Derby Report: Forte brings top credentials to the New Year

Kentucky Derby Report: Forte brings top credentials to the New Year

The Road to the Kentucky Derby series opened in late September, but the prep season doesn't get into full swing until the New Year. And the first qualifier of 2023 took place at Oaklawn Park on New Year's Day, the Smarty Jones. Twenty-six additional point races will be offered for the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1) over the next 3 1/2 months. Let's…
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Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby

Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby

Always Dreaming need dream no longer after the horse won the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs on a soggy track. Jockey John Velazquez rode Always Dreaming during the annual event that was attended by more than 158070 people - the seventh-largest crowd in the race's 143-year history. The win for Always Dreaming marks the second…
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Fillies, steeplechasers take center stage on Thursday

Fillies, steeplechasers take center stage on Thursday

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Turf racing for 2-year-old fillies and a stakes race for horses that are novices over the jumps headline the Saratoga card on Thursday. The $150000 P.G. Johnson has drawn eight entries to run 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon Turf Course, plus one who will run only if the race is moved from the turf to the main track. Be Your Best, who…
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Lombardi Hopeful Andiamo a Firenze Can Follow in Brother’s Footsteps

Lombardi Hopeful Andiamo a Firenze Can Follow in Brother’s Footsteps

Andiamo a Firenze takes the Funny Cide Aug. 26 (Joe Labozzetta) NYRA Press Office OZONE PARK, N.Y.- Owner Ron Lombardi of Mr. Amore Stable expressed a sense of confidence that graded-stakes placed New York homebred Andiamo a Firenze can carry on a family tradition by winning Saturday's $150000 Jerome for newly turned 3-year-olds going a one-turn…
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Sam-Son Farm: Canada’s Gold Standard

Sam-Son Farm: Canada’s Gold Standard

In the United States there were stables such as Calumet Farm that dominated horse racing for decades. In Canada, the gold standard begins and ends with Sam-Son Farm. Founded in 1972 by Ernie Samuel, Sam-Son has left an imprint on racing and breeding in Canada that has been second to none. It all started when trainer Art Warner claimed Takaring…
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Mr. Ed's Saratoga bankroll plays for Saturday 7/23

Mr. Ed's Saratoga bankroll plays for Saturday 7/23

Editor's note: last summer, Ed Sehon (aka Mr. Ed) called this column "Saratoga on (about) $100 a Day," but sometimes had trouble finding plays on the mid-week cards, which put a drain on the bankroll. So, for this summer's meet at the Spa, Mr. Ed is saving his bankroll for the higher-quality cards (and horses) on the weekend and is posting his…
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Jerome Stakes Predictions, Betting Odds, Top Picks (Aqueduct)

Jerome Stakes Predictions, Betting Odds, Top Picks (Aqueduct)

A game second in the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes last month, Arctic Arrogance headlines a field of eight Kentucky Derby hopefuls entered in Saturday's $150000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Trained by Linda Rice, who also has Valenzan Day in the race, this son of Frosted has not finished worse than second in four career starts. After breaking his maiden…
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Wit claims Better Talk Now race at Saratoga Race Course

Wit claims Better Talk Now race at Saratoga Race Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Wit, who races for the Repole, St. Elias and Gainsway Stables, followed his usual racing pattern of coming from off the pace when he took the trophy in the Spa's $135000 Better Talk Now Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course. With Jose Ortiz in the saddle for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher, the colt by Practical Joke…
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Tawny Port, Titleholder, Westover impress in weekend racing

Tawny Port, Titleholder, Westover impress in weekend racing

Titleholder wins Sunday's Takarazuka Kinen, now targeting the Arc d'Triomphe. Photo courtesy of Japan Racing Association June 27 (UPI) -- Tawny Port's victory in Saturday's Ohio Derby serves notice the scramble among U.S. 3-year-olds is far from over while Westover's dominance of the Irish Derby indicates he's not out of the frame, either, despite…
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Travers Stakes 2016: Here’s Who We Think Will Win

Travers Stakes 2016: Here’s Who We Think Will Win

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - There is a full field of 14 entered for the 147th running of the Travers Stakes on Saturday, including the Preakness victor Exaggerator and the Belmont champion Creator. Still, the Midsummer Derby, as the race is known, is a wide-open affair in a year in which the crop of male 3-year-olds seems evenly matched. The…
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Superfecta keys: Play these 4 tickets at Gulfstream, Santa Anita

Superfecta keys: Play these 4 tickets at Gulfstream, Santa Anita

These four plays at Gulfstream and Santa Anita meet the criteria for good superfecta key betting opportunities on Saturday.Read on after the plays to learn more about those selection standards. At Gulfstream Race 7 The Suwannee River Stakes (G3) is a one mile turf race for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up and this year's rendition attracted a…
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Clairiere Caps Curlin Exacta in Cotillion

Clairiere Caps Curlin Exacta in Cotillion

Stonestreet homebred Clairiere (Curlin) kicked home convincingly in Saturday's GI Cotillion S. at Parx to earn a first highest-level victory and snap a five-race winless streak while capping an exacta for her sire. A neck winner of the GII Rachel Alexandra S. in February, the Steve Asmussen pupil was second best to familiar foe Travel Column…
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US ace Knicks Go edges out European stars to be named best horse in the world

US ace Knicks Go edges out European stars to be named best horse in the world

Breeders' Cup Classic hero Knicks Go has been named the Longines World's Best Racehorse at an online ceremony hosted from the National Racing Museum in Newmarket. The International Federation of Horseracing Authority's panel of handicappers awarded Knicks Go an end-of-season rating of 129, 2lb clear of a three-way tie featuring European Horse of…
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2022 Champagne Stakes Replay & Reaction

2022 Champagne Stakes Replay & Reaction

The Grade 1, $500000 Champagne produced another unlikely winner on Saturday at Belmont at the Big A, with trainer Chad Brown's Blazing Sevens closing down the center of a sloppy and sealed main track to prevail by 3 1/4 lengths en route to a potential start in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The 151st running of the Champagne, run at one mile…
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