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Wanna Bet? A Peek at the Current 2021 Kentucky Derby Contenders - Posted on: November 24, 2020

By Richard Rosenblatt With the holiday season fast approaching – along with the end of 2020 — it seems like an appropriate time to sit back, take a deep breath, and think about … the Kentucky Derby (G1)! And why not? After all, the Run for the Roses is just over five months away – for now scheduled on its traditional date, the first Saturday in May — and back as the first leg of the Triple Crown. Churchill Downs on Monday (Nov. 23) announced that its first Derby Future Wager opens Thursday (Nov. 26), with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)

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A Winning Sendoff at The Meadowlands - Posted on: November 24, 2020

By John Furgele The TVG Finals at The Meadowlands on Nov. 21 brought together some of harness racing’s most popular performers who wrapped up their careers in style. The Finals comprised four of the 13 races on the card, with the $320,000 TVG Open Final kicking things off as race 2. Manchego, in her final start, was sent off the narrow even-money favorite over Atlanta in the field of five, and she didn’t disappoint, taking the lead in the stretch to win in 1:51.3. The win was her 33rd in 56 career starts and pushed her earnings to $2.72 million.

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Big Plans Ahead for Apprentice Rider Kody Kellenberger - Posted on: November 23, 2020

By Margaret Ransom For apprentice jockey Kody Kellenberger, this year’s Fair Grounds meeting is a bit of a case of finally finishing what he started. Eight months ago, during the waning weeks of the 2019-2020 meet, the now 24-year-old was forced to abruptly end his fairly prosperous first season at the New Orleans oval early after one of his mounts stumbled badly after the wire, launching him onto the track and breaking his collarbone. The injury also came at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the young rider, who had only started as a professional four months earlier, got

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Bettor’s Guide to Fall Stakes Races at Aqueduct, Churchill, Del Mar - Posted on: November 22, 2020

By Noel Michaels The second half of November and early December is truly one of the great times of year for horseplayers. Thanksgiving weekend has something for all racing fans, and the premier tracks are set to offer up one last hurrah to cap-off the fall post Breeders’ Cup racing season. And the few weeks following Thanksgiving, there will be extra helpings of great racing all over the country. Important and high-quality late fall racing revolves mainly around three tracks – Del Mar, Churchill Downs and Aqueduct – through early December. This is great for handicappers because it makes it

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10 Memorable Moments From Racing In A Tough 2020 - Posted on: November 20, 2020

By Ed McNamara In a heartbreaking year in which COVID-19 overwhelmed us, horse racing soldiered on. Despite track shutdowns, scrambled schedules and empty stands, the sport provided a desperately needed distraction and, as always, many memorable moments. Here’s 10: 1 AUTHENTIC Front-running colt embodied the essence of the thoroughbred — brilliance — as he came within a neck of sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic. Only Triple Crown hero American Pharoah ever won all three. A lock for Horse of the Year. 2 GIRL POWER Swiss Skydiver became only the sixth filly, and the first since Rachel

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10 Memorable Moments From Racing In A Tough 2020 - Posted on: November 20, 2020

By Ed McNamara In a heartbreaking year in which COVID-19 overwhelmed us, horse racing soldiered on. Despite track shutdowns, scrambled schedules and empty stands, the sport provided a desperately needed distraction and, as always, many memorable moments. Here’s 10: 1 AUTHENTIC Front-running colt embodied the essence of the thoroughbred — brilliance — as he came within a neck of sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic. Only Triple Crown hero American Pharoah ever won all three. A lock for Horse of the Year. 2 GIRL POWER Swiss Skydiver became only the sixth filly, and the first since Rachel

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No Crying at the Track: 4 Betting Tips for Handling Late Changes - Posted on: November 17, 2020

By Ray Wallin Has this ever happened to you? You spent the night before handicapping today’s card. You found a couple of good betting opportunities that got you excited. You canceled your plans to go watch the ball game with a few friends because you knew you would be rolling in cash after playing these races. You got to the track and found a good spot to camp out for the day. Yet, when the track announcer read off the scratches and changes, all your great betting opportunities were affected. What do you do? You have a couple of choices.

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Harness Racing: Special Nights at Dover Downs, Rosecroft Raceway - Posted on: November 16, 2020

By John Furgele A Thursday night in November is not usually a marquee night in harness racing, but last Thursday, 31 of the top 3-year-olds showed up at Dover Downs for the Matron Stakes, four races with a total of $659,000 in purse money. The 3-year old filly trot kicked things off and Sorella, like she did in the Hambletonian Oaks, outclassed the competition and won with ease. She took command early and cruised home in 1:53.1 with Yannick Gingras in the bike. The race had great promise with Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill, who missed the Breeders Crown due to

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Franco Booted Off Tiz the Law in Latest Version of Racing’s ‘Blame Game’ - Posted on: November 13, 2020

By Mike Farrell Jockeys and baseball managers share a common employment experience. Most are hired to eventually be fired. That was the hard lesson Manny Franco learned this week when he was booted off Tiz the Law following a sixth-place finish last Saturday (Nov. 7) in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Hall of Famer John Velazquez will be aboard when the colt makes his next scheduled start in the Pegasus World Cup (G1) on Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park. Franco is just the latest victim of the “Blame Game.” When a horse doesn’t perform up to expectations, someone

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Hold Your Fire! 3 Ways To Overcome Being a Shotgun Horseplayer - Posted on: November 12, 2020

By Ray Wallin Do you bet on every race that you can? Do you lower your standards on what types of horses or races warrant a play in the hopes of increasing your chance of winning? Are you playing tracks or breeds that you wouldn’t normally play trying to find more action? If you answered yes to any of the above questions you are a “Shotgun Horseplayer.” You are betting widely and hoping to hit something, like when firing a shotgun. You are mismanaging your bankroll and are not showing a profit. That’s the bad news. The good news is

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