HORSE RACING

Upcoming Stakes Offer Tons of Options

upcoming stakes

The upcoming stakes offer tons of options this weekend and we will try to get a head start by looking at events around the country and in Canada. The Grade 2 San Carlos at Santa Anita, the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine and the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park are the stakes we’ll examine. Kobe’s Back and …

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Affirmed Stakes Showcased in California

Affirmed Stakes.

The Grade 3 mile and a sixteenth $100,000 Affirmed Stakes is showcased in California Saturday at Santa Anita and the race takes on a personal note. I was lucky enough to watch the great Affirmed train at Santa Anita early in his Triple Crown season and it was unforgettable. I lived a hop, skip and a jump from Santa Anita …

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Mountain Top Futurity Tops Ruidoso Bill

Mountain Top Futurity

The Mountain Top Futurity heads the Ruidoso Downs bill on Saturday and although it is not a major national stakes, it can be an opportunity for players to hone their handicapping skills. The $141,382 race is for New Mexico-bred colts and fillies and is carded at five furlongs. Ruidoso Downs is far removed from the central horseracing meccas like Churchill …

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The Best in the Equine Business Still Improving

best in the equine business

The best in the equine business are still improving and the leader of the pack, Arrogate, is back looking like his old self. The Horse of the Year was off slowly in his only loss. That came in his debut at Los Alamitos and he still was getting to the winner late in that race. After graduating and moving through …

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Tapit Deserves His Props on Father’s Day

Tapit deserves his props

Tapit deserves his props on Father’s Day for a number of reasons as a sire. One of those is that he is not only the most expensive stud in North America, but he performs expertly at the dating game and continues to bring superstars into the sport. Tapit deserves his props because the owners and breeders that pay $300,000 for …

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Delaware Park Is Ideal Option for Gamblers

Delaware Park

Delaware Park is an ideal option for gamblers for many reasons including the fact that it is easy to get to from a number of different venues. It is located just outside the city of Wilmington which makes it a hop, skip and jump to Parx Racing in Philadelphia. Factor in that the New York tracks are close along with …

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Stephen Foster Stakes Tops Churchill Card

Stephen Foster

The Stephen Foster Stakes tops the Churchill Downs card on Saturday and older horses get a shot for some big money. With the Triple Crown now in the history books, older horses and juveniles will get their chances to pad the bankroll in the coming weeks and months. This is a $500,000 Grade 1 event for three-year-old runners and upward …

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Mor Spirit’s Met Mile Success No Fluke

Met Mile success

Mor Spirit’s Met Mile success was no fluke and it just went to show the domination that can happen when great trainers put their horses in the right spots. The runner was ideally positioned last Saturday by trainer Bob Baffert to pull off the big win and we all know that Baffert will find another potent placing for the up …

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Belmont Stakes Alibies Are Just That

Belmont Stakes alibies

The Belmont Stakes alibies are just that as the winner Tapwrit won on the square and the second finisher Irish War Cry ran his race but just was beaten. Todd Pletcher ended up running one-three in the classic so there are no Belmont Stakes alibies for one of the best trainers in the country. The race took on a complete …

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Triple Crown Trail Ends with 12 in Belmont Stakes

Triple Crown Trail

The Triple Crown Trail ends with twelve in the Belmont Stakes and with the injury to Classic Empire, the race has taken on an entire new dimension. Classic Empire, who could have been the favorite in the Belmont Stakes. Classic Empire has a hoof abscess in the bulb of his right front. It is the same issue that surfaced after …

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