“Off the Charts” Horses to Watch and Trip Notes – May 20, 2018

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CHURCHILL DOWNS

ANGASTON (Race 4 at CD, 5/10/18) – this 3yo gelding took to the turf like a duck to water.  His grandsire is Lonhro who is a top stallion ‘down under’ in Australia.  The Lon Wiggins trainee drew off and crushed this allowance field at huge odds.  He is now the 4th winner out of his dam (mother) who is by Marquetry.  Can handle all surfaces but is best at one mile or under on the lawn.

AWESTRUCK (Race 7 at CD, 5/10/18) – daughter of top sire Tapit has really come into her own for trainer Rusty Arnold.  Stretching back out, packing more weight, and stepping up into “two other than” allowance optional company was no problem for the 4yo as she absolutely crushed what looked like a good, competitive field.

MIDNIGHT TEA TIME (Race 4 at CD, KY Derby Day, 5/5/18) – lightly raced son of Midnight Lute looked like a winner in this maiden special weights event but was blocked badly in the stretch run, costing him the chance for the win. Out of a stakes winning Dynaformer mare.

BEHAVIORAL BIAS (Race 5 at CD, KY Derby Day, 5/5/18) – This Al Stall, Jr. runner made a bold, wide move at the top of the lane to hook the strong favorite McCracken and battled gamely with that runner in the stretch run.  This allowance race played like a stakes race.  Consistent, talented son of Shackleford will get a stakes win soon.

AUDIBLE (Race 12 at CD, KY Derby, 5/5/18) – Florida Derby winner was the best of the closers and he finished willingly up the rail to just miss 2nd to Good Magic in a very good performance.

Suffolk Downs to Raise Summer Meet Purses 15%

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Kentucky Derby winner Justify hot favorite for the Preakness Stakes

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Churchill Downs and Sports Betting

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2018 Preakness Notes – Part II

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Major Deal between Paddy Power Betfair and Fan Duel?

Paddy Power Betfair Plc is in talks to merge its U.S. unit with closely held website FanDuel as the Irish bookmaker positions itself for expanded sports betting in the U.S. following a Supreme Court ruling this week.  “Discussions are ongoing and … [Continue reading]

2018 Preakness Notes – Part I

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Congratulations to Jockey Edgar Prado

Great rider scores 7,000 victory With a victory aboard Anthony Merlino's Thefundsarelow in the 6th race Tuesday afternoon at Parx, jockey Edgar Prado won the 7,000th race of his Hall of Fame career. Inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in August of … [Continue reading]

Justify is the early prohibitive favorite in the Preakness

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Legalized Sport Betting

Monday, May 14, 2018 According to CNN: "The Supreme Court cleared the way [today] for states to legalize sports betting, striking down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting. The court said the federal … [Continue reading]