Many of horse racing’s varied constituencies fear that the wider adoption of exchange wagering would reduce revenue for the sport. But results from New Jersey indicate they are dead wrong.
Mike Brunker is an assistant city editor at the Review-Journal and he writes a weekly horse racing column. The column is posted on Thursday's and appears in Friday's print edition. He previously covered horse racing for the San Francisco Examiner, the Thoroughbred Times and NBCSports.com. Follow @mike_brunker on Twitter
In a little more than a year, Betfair has created new, younger fans and increased handle in New Jersey among established players with its system that the New York Stock Exchange with horses instead of shares.
You might not be familiar with the contrarian Kentucky Downs racetrack, but you should be.
Virtually every top contender for the sophomore division crown will contest the 1¼-mile Midsummer Derby on Saturday at Saratoga.
The Irish-bred Deauville, third in the Arlington Million last year, is the 7-2 morning line favorite to win Saturday’s race. He drew the 5 post.
After Arrogate’s stumble, 4-5 favorite can cement his status as a leader in the older horse division by taking down the $1.2 million race on Saturday at Saratoga. But it doesn’t look like a walkover.
Establishing a morning line of your own is a great way to add some discipline to your betting strategy. Here’s how it’s done.
Arrogate will launch the second half of his season Saturday in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. The 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds and older will launch what is expected to be a three-race campaign for him.
Del Mar and Saratoga racetracks offer a welcome respite to horseplayers tired of trying to wring a profit out of too many five- and six-horse races, but even they aren’t immune to the worsening horse shortage problem.
Many of the top jockeys in the U.S. are getting a bit long in the stirrups, but phenomenal riding feats by two youngsters this past weekend suggested that the next generation is ready to step to the fore.
Sometimes handicapping a horse race is like sitting on a jury and trying to decide if the star witness is telling the truth. A case in point is Saturday’s United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park, a 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up.
Saturday’s Ohio Derby (G3) could vault a horse into the top ranks of the sophomore set. Join the R-J’s interactive handicapping forum and post your picks on Twitter, using the hashtag #RJhorseracing.
Meet the Review-Journal’s new horse racing columnist and join in what he hopes will develop into a far-ranging handicapping conversation.