Bob Baffert’s undefeated Dortmund will be the favorite in the Los Alamitos Futurity on Saturday. In the Kentucky Derby future books, the colt already is 12-1 at Wynn Las Vegas and 10-1 at William Hill.
In the battle over the shrinking horse racing pie, simulcast providers are seeking increased payments from locations that don’t offer live racing. This could have a big impact at Nevada casinos.
When horse racing is presented in a first class manner, it’s the best sport, and gambling game, going. Del Mar is among a select few racetracks that has a strong, positive brand even to those outside of horse racing.
When California Chrome enters the starting gate for the Grade 1 $300,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday at Del Mar, most eyes in the horse racing world will be watching.
Racetracks that are “No. 2” and don’t have the status or resources of the New York Racing Association, Churchill Downs or Keeneland and Del Mar or Santa Anita Park can still bulk up and host an outstanding day of horse racing.
It used to be that once the Breeders’ Cup was over, things quieted down in the horse racing world. That is not the case this year with a potential start by California Chrome in the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 29.
Among the keys to making money betting on horse racing is to identify vulnerable favorites. This is never more important than on big race days like the Breeders’ Cup Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
A record 201 horses were pre-entered for the two-day Breeders’ Cup championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. And this with one less race as the Marathon no longer exists.
If you are undecided on whether you want to meet trainer Art Sherman in the Sam’s Town race book at 10 a.m. Monday, let me share a story about the man.
Wise Dan is the top contender for a third straight Horse of the Year title. But Shared Belief and California Chrome could challenge if either wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic.