This year’s version may not have a Seabiscuit or Shared Belief-type animal, but for $1 million, nine well-matched horses will take a swing Saturday. The Big Cap headlines an exciting day at Santa Anita.
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One bet that has been dropping in popularity is the Pick 6, a wager in which one must select the winners of all six designated races.
A big story this spring has been if Songbird, the Eclipse champion 2-year-old filly, would consider a start in the Kentucky Derby against males.
When the Kentucky Derby point system was introduced in 2013, many media types, like me, were against it. We had seen the good and the bad of the previous system, graded purse earnings, as a fairly reliable indicator.
We are 85 days from the Kentucky Derby. While it seems the feats of Triple Crown champ American Pharoah just happened a day ago, there is a new, talented crop of 3-year-olds ready to take over.
There is no doubt that the 3-year-olds are the glamour division in horse racing.
The 17th annual Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship began Thursday at TI. The total purse is a record $2.77 million.
One of the corniest, but harmless, publicity stunts done at racetracks is to have a celebrity try to call a horse race. On Sunday, former UNLV quarterback and now ESPN sports personality Kenny Mayne gave it his best shot at Santa Anita Park.
The original Sunshine Millions program began as a competition between horses bred in California and Florida. The races were split between Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.
On a day-to-day basis, the sport of horse racing can be a grind. For example, the only two calendar days without racing are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Eclipse Awards are horse racing's Oscars or Emmys. It crowns the best of the best, and this year's event will be Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park. The show will be televised live on TVG.
Jan. 1 marks the start of the New Year for all of us humans. It also is the common birthday of all horses. That's a good thing, too. It makes a large bag of carrots or mints a perfect birthday gift for a barn full of horses.
For track announcer Trevor Denman, we were told he is retiring as the voice of Santa Anita Park. That's true. But then I got a Del Mar press release saying Denman will call the races there in 2016.
I am sure there are a lot of good ideas being bandied about at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Arizona.
I have written for years my belief that shrinking field sizes in American racing is not a horse shortage. It is an owner shortage.
Thanksgiving weekend means great horse racing action from coast to coast. Among the main stakes offerings are four grade 1 events, the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct and at Del Mar the Hollywood Derby and Matriarch.
I know a lot of horseplayers who focus their main plays on stakes races. The logic is pretty simple. In 99.9 percent of the time, they don't have to worry about deception. Horses are in a stakes race to win it.
I wouldn't call winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile a jinx. But the success rate of the Juvy winner the next spring in the Kentucky Derby has been, quite frankly, abysmal.
There is no doubt in my mind that a Hollywood movie will be made about a winner of a Breeders' Cup race Saturday at Keeneland. The script is writing itself as we speak.
A reminder that horses are flesh and blood, just like humans, was the scratch of Beholder from the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The 5-year-old mare was to be Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's main foe.
The two-day Breeders' Cup on Oct. 30 and 31 is a week away. If you don't have tickets to sold-out Keeneland, and remember there is no walk-up this year, then Las Vegas is your next best place to enjoy it.
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic figures to be the most anticipated edition ever. That is what happens when you have the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, American Pharoah, scheduled to run.
If you have watched a televised sporting event in the past three months, you had to have seen ads from DraftKings.com and FanDuel.com.
Another wave of Breeders' Cup prep races will take place this weekend from Belmont Park and Keeneland.
Saturday is must-see TV for any horse racing fan serious about making money on the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 30 and 31.