Lady and The Track | August 23, 2017

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Cash More Winning Tickets in Some of Saratoga’s Most Difficult Races

July 27, 2017 |

By Noel Michaels Let’s look at some key elements that horseplayers will need to navigate successfully if they hope to have a winning season at Saratoga. The handicapping aspects this article will concentrate on are 2-year-olds, first-time starters, and horses trying turf for the first time — three very important, yet difficult, areas that players […]

Arrogate Teaches Fans and Bettors Valuable Lesson

July 26, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Arrogate came, saw and was conquered in the San Diego Handicap. The horse lauded as the best in the world was anything but at Del Mar on Saturday. In terms of upsets, it was Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson to win the heavyweight title, it was the New York Jets defeating […]

Trainer Keen Eyes Success With Pair of One-Eyed Runners

July 21, 2017 |

(Del Mar Stable Notes) Trainer Dallas Keen had experiences at Lone Star Park in Texas recently that make for top-rate story telling around the backstretch here, or anywhere else the widely-travelled veteran may be stationed. Within a nine-day period, Keen saddled two one-eyed horses to win races. One from the No. 1 post. “I don’t […]

A Tale of Two Taras

July 14, 2017 |

By Tara Cochran Just beyond the fields belonging to Godolphin and Adena Springs’ farms, I arrived at the gate of Barbara Banke’s and the late Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Farm. As I was buzzed in through the wrought iron gates that hang between two brick walls bearing the crimson and gold Stonestreet Farm sign, I felt […]

A Closer Look at Arlington Million Preview Day

July 7, 2017 |

By Matt Hess Summer is starting to heat up here in Chicagoland, and so is the racing at Arlington International Racecourse. The biggest race day of the year is, of course, the Grade I Arlington Million.  But this weekend’s Million Preview Day will feature some racing that may be just as compelling. For the fifth […]

Was Charles Town Scratch of 11-Year-Old Warranted?

June 29, 2017 |

By Derek Simon This week, social media was all abuzz over a horse named Awesome Actor, who was entered in Thursday’s fourth race — a waiver claiming (think starter allowance) event — at Charles Town Racetrack in Charles Town, West Virginia. I say “was” because, thanks in large part to pressure brought to bear by racing […]

A Yank’s Reflections on Royal Ascot

June 27, 2017 |

By Mary Perdue Why American horse racing fans should make this a bucket list item and what to expect  For the first time ever, NBC Sports televised the entire five-day Royal Ascot meet June 20 through 24, giving American audiences a unique, in-depth experience of this annual one-of-a-kind event up close and personal. The on-site […]

A Visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum

June 8, 2017 |

by Mary Perdue Immediately adjacent to the Churchill Downs track entrance on Central Avenue in Louisville is the Kentucky Derby Museum, a must for any racing fan. The museum is open even on non-race days and offers a comprehensive and entertaining view of thoroughbred racing, with a special emphasis on the history and splendor of the Derby. A good way to begin your […]

Why A Longshot Will Win the Belmont Stakes

June 2, 2017 |

By Noel Michaels The 2017 Belmont Stakes lacks the drama of a Triple Crown bid and does not have the star power of either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner as a headline attraction, but what the race does have is a world of great betting opportunities afforded by a large wide-open field of contenders. […]

For Always Dreaming’s Triple Crown Success, Pletcher Holds the Key

May 19, 2017 |

By Derek Simon Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes of all time. In the 1912 Olympic Decathlon he placed in the top four in all 10 events and scored 8,413 points — a record that stood for nearly two decades. Thorpe played professional football, professional basketball and professional baseball. He was inducted into […]