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Santa Anita Expands Wagering Menu for 2018 Winter Meet

Santa Anita San Gabriel

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Press Release

In addition to a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool on opening day, Tuesday, Dec. 26, fans will also find a new fan-friendly Santa Anita betting menu that will include an additional 50 cent Pick 5 and rolling one dollar Super High Five wagers. Santa Anita’s Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot will remain in place as will the popular 50 cent Early Pick 5, which offers a low 14 percent takeout on the first five races each day.

Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers. The track will also continue to offer one dollar exactas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick 3s, an early and late 50 cent Pick 4, as well as 10 cent Superfectas.

Santa Anita’s 2017-18 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:

–Two separate 50 cent Pick 5s, to be offered on the first and last five races each day.

–Rolling one dollar Super High 5s. This wager requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each race (minimum of eight runners). If no one selects the top five finishers in exact order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next race featuring the Super High 5.

–$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend

–$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday

–$100,000 guaranteed two dollar Pick Six each weekend

–Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation.

–50 cent Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required).

–10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start).

–One dollar Exactas on each race.

–The two dollar Pick Six, with a Single Ticket Jackpot, will be offered on the final six races each day.

–The 50 cent Early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card.

–Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout.

–One dollar rolling Pick 3s will be offered beginning with the first race each day.

AGOS Horses to Watch – Dec. 19, 2017

Horses to Watch



Race #1 – #5 – Black Sea – Javier Castellano / Chad Brown

Black Sea = Sent off the odds-on chalk and upon leaving the gate he broke sharply toward the inside. Once he settled out there was a solid bid made down the stretch for third place.

Race #4 – #4 – Forty Winds / Joe Bravo / George Weaver

Forty Winds = Odds-on favorite when they broke from the gate. This was a very impressive mdn winner drawing off by 4 impressive lengths. Follow this gal right back to the windows.

Race #7 – #5 – Silverado Mist / Jose Ortiz / Bill Mott

Silverado Mist = Stumbled badly at the break and once Ortiz got his mount corrected he saved ground and swung out 3 wide on the turn giving a good account of himself.

Turfway Park


Race #3 – #7 – Derby Dreamer / Mike Maker

Derby Dreamer = Hit gate and was away slow. Heavily bet at the windows and just jogged home not giving any effort after a compromised beginning. He’ll have plenty in the tank next out as Maker should be loaded for bear this meet.

Race #6 – #3 – Memorial Blue / John McKee

Memorial Blue = Here was another impressive winner on the night that needs to be played right back. He won by 4 and is even more impressive after breaking awkwardly and gathering his steam to draw off with authority.

British Horse Racing Marketing Targets True Fans Among Youth

young attractive British racegoerHorse racing in England is on an “upward curve” but faces challenges in keeping both the traditionalists and the younger generation happy, a leading figure in the sport says. Paul Fisher, chief executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, which is responsible …

Source: Sports: British horse racing targets true fans among young

Fantasy Football Culture in U.S

Loophole in Illegal Gambling or A Game of Skill?

The main argument for it not falling into the category of illegal is that it is a game of skill . It is seen as a skill for the fantasy team “owners” to create the best teams by compiling statistics and facts about the game whereas online gambling is …

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The 10 Richest Horse Races in the World

As befits one of the ten richest races in the world, Sunday’s Japan Cup had quite an impact on the international racing scene.

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AGOS Horses to Watch – Dec. 16, 2017

Horses to Watch to put in your Stable Mail or Stable Alert service.



Race #3 – Clm $32,000 – 1 mile

Old Up Start – Trainer Steve Asmussen with his go-to-guy Ricardo Santana. He was 6 wide down the backstretch, 5w on the turn, and 4 wide turning for home. He beat right at the wire and you can play him right back.

Race #5 – Claiming $16,000 – 6f

Archival = Joe Bravo in the irons for top trainer David Jacobson. He did a perfect job stalking the pace and got beat at the wire for all the money. This was a very good effort to build and was claimed by Robert Diodoro.

Race #9 = $50,000 Stakes – 6f

Beautiful Buzz – First-time starter by stallion Tuefflesburg. Trained by the Gary Gullo barn and ridden by Angel Arroyo. They teamed up for a very effort solid that will have you chomping at the bit to play him right back.

Gulfstream Park


Race #6 – Pulpit Stks – 1-mile turf

Pony Up = Javier Castello for Todd Pletcher. Taken back at the start and started to move going 5-6 wide on the final turn. He finished up a game second and will be one to keep on your big money radar screen.

Sunland Park Opens 59th Race Meet Today

Press Release

The 59th live racing season at Sunland Park Racetrack Casino and Hotel begins on Friday and a terrific line-up of all-star stakes races is planned for Saturday and Sunday. Post time will be 12:30 p.m. on Friday and that starting time will remain in effect the entire season. Racing will be conducted on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday basis through Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Saturday’s card is impeccable powered by the $65,000 KLAQ Handicap (9th race) at 5 furlongs. A robust field of ten sprinters with combined lifetime earnings of over $1.8 million has signed on for battle. The Justin Evans trained trio of Redneck Humor, Concord Fast and Mt Veeder will be extremely tough to beat in one of the best KLAQ Handicaps in memory.

Redneck Humor won six straight stakes this year including the Bill Thomas Memorial Handicap before finishing an unlucky second to stablemate Mt Veeder in the Zia Sprint Championship on November 22. The 3-1 morning line favorite is particularly fond of the Sunland Park oval having also won last season’s Budweiser Handicap. He should also like his #9 post position and a possible traffic free trip. Miguel Perez pilots the 14-time winner of nearly $440,000. Redneck Humor ranks as one of the most prolific sprinters in New Mexico.

Concord Fast rates another high profile threat from the Evans barn. The rejuvenated four-year-old gelding is back in top form having defeated solid allowance foes at Zia Park by over 3 lengths. In 2016, Concord Fast won the Mine that Bird and Riley Allison Stakes so he loves his new surroundings. 5-time Sunland park riding champion Ry Eikleberry gets the call.

horse racing blinkersMt Veeder, a son of former Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, looks like the rabbit in the race with his keen acceleration. He is coming off a career best performance with a 16-1 upset win in the Zia Sprint by a margin of 2 lengths. Alfredo Juarez, Jr returns for the mount. The former $10,000 claimer has won 6 of his last 7 races and is obviously peaking for the KLAQ Handicap.

Luke Kruytbosch Stakes winner Kaabraaj merits respect shipping in from Turf Paradise for trainer Jeff Metz. The highly successful jockey Scott Stevens will ride.

Running Dragon efforts to remain unbeaten over Sunland Park soil in the $85,000 Jess Burner Memorial Handicap (10th race) at 400 yards. The outstanding New Mexico-bred mare has never lost in 6 local starts. Last season, she won the Shue Fly Stakes, NMHBA Stakes and the Sunburst Stakes. Last time out, the daughter of Zulu Dragon captured a clutch win in the $140,0000 New Mexico Filly and Mare Championship at Zia Park. The grey speedball is back in stellar form with $695,842 in the bank from 11 career wins. Adrian A. Ramos will ride for trainer Juan Carlos Gonzalez.

Proven stakes winners Carson City Girl, Major Bites and Seeyalateralligator are also part of a strong Jess Burner cast.

Young Thoroughbreds get attention in the 5th race allowance going one mile with aspirations of running in the Riley Allison Derby in January. The stakes placed two-year-old gelding Bortstein has shown much promise with his strong late kick. The Justin Evans trainee is named after the renowned award winning radio broadcaster Steve Bortstein from Farmington, New Mexico.

Sunday’s live program features two big stakes: the $85,000 New Mexico Racing Commission Handicap (8th race) at 6 furlongs and the $85,000 Johnie L. Jamison Handicap (9th race) at 6 and one-half furlongs.

Diabolical Dame, one of the greatest New Mexico-bred mares of all time, casts a long shadow in the New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap. The 15-time winner is coming off two driving stakes wins and remains ultra-consistent for trainer Todd Fincher. The daughter of Diabolical has dominated this division for years and even defeated open company last season by taking the Bold Ego Handicap. Roimes Chirinos retains the mount on the multiple stakes winner of nearly $675,000.

Fincher holds a strong hand in the feature as La Senora and Enchantress Stakes winner Sippin will run along with Tilla Cat and the speedy Tijuana.

Citizen Geller, namesake of Sunland Park’s longtime announcer Robert Geller, makes his local return in the Johnie Jamison. The local favorite won two stakes at Albuquerque and finished a fast closing second to Forger in the New Mexico Cup Sprint at Zia Park. The stretch running grey has won over a quarter million dollars in the last two years. He has won 3 of 5 races this year. Citizen Geller is the pride of the UKUSA Stables led by Larry and Denise Nichols of El Paso and has earned nearly $340,000.

R.D. Hubbard’s Forger may go favored after his recent win over Citizen Geller. The determined son of Attila’s Ghost is enjoying a career year with 3 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third from 10 starts. His efficient stalking style is very effective at this distance. Todd Fincher’s charge has finished in the exacta 13 times from 21 starts. Roimes Chirinos will ride.

The 3rd annual Holiday at the Park will be staged on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is an excellent opportunity for racing fans to wrap up Holiday gift shopping. Admission and parking are free.

Horse Racing Community Continues to Work Together in San Luis Rey Tragedy

Arrogate BC 2016 winners circle“Now, I’ve been in the news business for almost Methuselah-like years, and I know that every story has a lifespan. And it’s usually not that long. The general public will start to forget about these horses and this tragedy as it is replaced by news that is more immediate. That’s just the way it is, nothing nefarious.

So I, and you, need to be vigilant and keep asking when something will happen or “down the road” becomes never. I trust the folks at Santa Anita on this, but a little friendly reminder every once in a while will be good.

OK, some facts. A lot of the horse population has been moved to other farms and such from Del Mar…”

Source: Racing! The horse racing community continues to work together

A New Name in the Jockey Colony to Know

Press Release

Apprentice Weston Hamilton, the youngest son of multiple graded-stakes winning journeyman Steve ‘Cowboy’ Hamilton, picked up his first two professional wins with his only mounts of the day Monday at Laurel Park.

The 19-year-old shares the Laurel jock’s room with his dad, a winner of more than 1,300 career races who returned to the irons last year following a decade’s absence in part to help raise his sons, including older brother Garrett.

Hamilton had ridden in three amateur races, winning a seven-furlong claiming event on My Uncle Al for trainer Patricia Farro Nov. 5 at Parx, before making his pro debut with a runner-up finish on Durango Girl Dec. 2 at Laurel. His first win came in his 10th professional mount.

“I feel great. That was the best feeling ever,” Hamilton said after guiding David Carter’s I Just Wanna Win ($8.60) to a neck victory over favored Have Hope in Monday’s fifth race, a $17,000 claiming event for fillies and mares 3 and up. The Pat McGill-trained 5-year-old mare ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.98 over a fast main track.

Steve Hamilton, sixth in the current fall meet standings with 23 victories, finished another three lengths back in fourth aboard 4-year-old filly Include a Check, the program favorite.

“I saw the light at the end and saw we had an open shot and went on with him. We had a lot of horse under us so we finished up good. I’m really happy,” Hamilton said. “I was thinking we were going to make it. I got up next to my dad, he was outside of me, and he said, ‘Go on with him.’ Sure enough we went on with him and we had a good race.”

Hamilton, a 10-pound apprentice, picked up his second winner with Sola Dei Gloria Stable’s Stella Nova ($14.40) in Race 7, a $25,000 starter allowance for females 3 and up. Despite dropping his whip and briefly losing the lead in mid-stretch, Hamilton persisted on the 3-year-old filly and got her to the wire a neck ahead of Lemon Lover in 1:05.46 for 5 ½ furlongs.

“I knew we had a good horse. I looked at the program and there’s been some pretty good rides. She’s made the lead and never looked back a few times, so I knew we were on a good, fast horse,” Hamilton said. “I wasn’t trying to worry about it too much. I just stayed calm and rode my race.”

“He did a good job,” winning trainer and former jockey Hugh McMahon said. “He didn’t need the stick. He used his hands and kept it coordinated and kept it going and he prevailed.”

Horses, hearts shaken by devastating San Luis Rey fire

Horses, hearts shaken by devastating San Luis Rey fire

The San Diego Union-Tribune At least 25 race horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars perish in California wildfires which have forced 230000 … Daily Mail Full coverage

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