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Imports add class to Arlington Million card

The Arlington Million on Saturday holds a special place in American racing history. It was the world’s first million-dollar horse race and has had so many rich highlights, including a nose win by John Henry over The Bart in the first running in 1981.

Cash-driven giveaways good business

Kevin Brockley, a Saratoga Race Course patron, won a contest at the New York track for a free $15,000 win bet in Saturday’s Whitney Handicap. He placed the wager on race favorite Fort Larned.

Pitfalls infest public handicapping

The question I am most asked is this: Do you bet your own selections? The reference is to my daily handicapping of the Southern California racetracks that appears in this newspaper.

Hollywood Park's final days looming

There are only nine calendar days until the last summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park ends on July 14. Then after the final 28-day fall meet ends on Dec. 22, the track of “Lakes and Flowers” will be closed forever.

Let's give Wise Dan his due

Wise Dan, the 2012 Horse of the Year, makes his third start of the season Saturday in the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs. He has already won two Grade 1 stakes — the Makers 46 Mile and the Turf Classic — so this should be an easier task.

With Triple Crown done, attention turns to older horses

The Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday marks a turn-the-page moment in racing from the end of the Triple Crown. Orb, Oxbow, Palace Malice plus the other top 3-year-olds will return soon enough in the Haskell and Travers. But for now the attention will be on the older horses.

Steadiness trumps speed in Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes on Saturday is anything but anticlimactic for those of us who follow horse racing. Though there is no horse going for a sweep of the Triple Crown, the Belmont is a classic race with great history to it.

Excitement builds for Orb, Preakness

As soon as Kentucky Derby favorite Orb crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs, the banter began: Is this the colt that finally could end the Triple Crown drought?

Festival of rich races await weekend bettors

There will be an embarrassment of rich races to bet on in our race books on Saturday. Three tracks — the Fair Grounds, Gulfstream Park and Meydan in Dubai — will each host a festival of racing at their venue.

Shake-up at TVG doesn't clear air

If you’re a horse racing fan, I know you’ve watched the races live on TVG. And regardless whether you like the network’s coverage, the fingerprints of executive vice president for television Tony Allevato are all over TVG’s programming.