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Road To The Kentucky Derby – Lecomte Stakes Preview

Lecomte Stakes is first of three Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep Series Races at the Fair Grounds The January prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby have not been strong races in years, but the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes has been the most productive in turning out starters for the Kentucky Derby with 13 runners in the past 11 years. In fact, last year’s impressive 3 ¾ length Lecomte winner Instilled Regard beat a deep field and then went on to a fast-closing 4th place finish in the ... More

Road To The Kentucky Derby – Sham Stakes Preview

Sham Stakes is first of four Road to the Kentucky Derby Prep Series races at Santa Anita The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues Jan. 5 with the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. The Sham is a 1-mile race for 3-year-olds and offers 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner and 4,2 and 1 point to the next three finishers. Top trainer Bob Baffert brings two contenders into this year’s 19th running of the Sham Stakes after capturing the 2018 edition with McKinzie. Baffert has won three ... More

Champagne Stakes Race Profile

The Champagne Stakes (G1) has been running since 1867, and the 1-mile event at Belmont Park is considered New York’s premier race for 2-year-olds. The Grade 1 Champagne is the oldest race of its kind and is held in early October with a purse of $500,000. The Champagne is a ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ prep qualifying race, as the winner is awarded 10 points towards qualifying for the Derby and the top four finishers receive points (10-4-2-1). The Champagne is part of a big day of ... More

Win and You’re In: Whitney Stakes Sends Winner to Breeders’ Cup Classic

New York-breds are Favorites in 2018 Edition of Historic Whitney Stakes A big weekend of racing continues Saturday at Saratoga with five stakes races headlined by the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes. The Grade 1 Whitney is an annual summer feature at Saratoga, and not only honors the prominent Whitney racing family, but produces some superb champions including Gun Runner last year. A first place prize of $650,000 awaits the winner of the 1 1/8 mile race on Aug. 4, as does an automatic invitation ... More

Breeders’ Futurity Race Profile

The Breeders’ Futurity (G1) was inaugurated in 1910 and is held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky; the host course since 1938. The race takes place in early October and is open to 2-year-olds contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles with a purse of $500,000. The race was upgraded to Grade II status in 1976 and became a Grade 1 event in 2004. It has been run at various distances but has remained at 1 1/16 miles since 1981. The Breeders’ Futurity is a ‘Road to the ... More

Derek Jeter’s Petty Gambling: A Playful Stunt Or Reason For MLB Concern?

Public perception was always important to Derek Jeter while he played for the New York Yankees. Jeter’s perception will reach the ultimate height in 2020 when he becomes a first-ballot inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeter was a superstar shortstop and an icon beloved in New York, where fans are especially tough on players. Jeter is now the CEO and part owner of the Miami Marlins and has his 12,000-plus square-foot castle-like compound on the market for more than ... More

Race Profile – Haskell Invitational

Haskell Invitational is a "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup Prep Race to the Classic The Haskell Invitational was inaugurated in 1968 and is a 1 1/8 mile Grade 1 race run the end of July at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. The race earned the nickname “War on the Shore” with the track just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and is named in honor of Armory Haskell, who got the pari-mutuel laws in New Jersey changed to permit wagering on horse racing. Haskell raised the money to build ... More

Kentucky Derby Betting Guide

Betting Tips and Information for the Kentucky Derby The Kentucky Derby is the most popular betting race in the United States. It’s the Super Bowl of horse racing and creates considerable media attention and interest from casual sports fans and bettors along with industry insiders and horsemen. Known as “The most exciting two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby generates huge betting action as America’s most wagered-on horse race. The Sport of Kings has clearly generated an ... More