Archives for March 2018

Early Pick-5 Carryover of $251,993 Expected to Generate $2M Pool

$4.1M Rainbow Six at Gulfstream today as well

 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 23, 2018)—No one picked all five winners in Santa Anita’s popular Early Pick 5 wager on Friday, creating a massive carryover into Saturday of $251,993.  With the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes anchoring Saturday’s “Early 5,” track officials project Saturday’s total Early Pick 5 pool will exceed $2 million.

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Carded as race five, Saturday’s seven furlong Santa Monica attracted a field of five, included even money favorite Paradise Woods, a multiple Grade I winner, and hard-hitting distaffers Skye Diamonds and Selcourt, who have each been assigned a morning line of 5-2.

With first post time at 12 noon, entries and complete morning line information for Saturday’s 10-race card at Santa Anita are available at

Sunland Derby for Dummies: A Primer for Novices in time for Sunday’s Big Race

The 15th running of the Sunland Derby is coming up on Sunday, March 25. Offering $1.5 million in total purses, the show gets underway at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino at 12:30 p.m.

For those who are new to the most prestigious horse race in the area, here’s a quick rundown of how the derby works, along with its history and competitor highlights…

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Blue Hen Broodmare Hasili Dies at 27

Juddmonte Farms’ remarkable mare produced five group 1 winners and champion sire Dansili.

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Get ready for horse racing, Formula One-style

Team horse racing competition planned in the UK

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Might Bite Could Be Set For Aintree Test In April

Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite could be set to appear one final time before the end of the 2017/18 national hunt season in the Aintree Bowl during their Grand National meeting. Nicky Henderson’s runner finished just over four lengths behind Native River at the Festival and, as long as he shows no signs of being tired over the next few weeks, he will line up in Merseyside.

Despite defeat in the Gold Cup, it has been a brilliant campaign for the nine-year-old. After an impressive novice chase season, with the highlight of his victories coming in the RSA Chase, he made the perfect start after his summer break to score at Sandown in a sound round of jumping at the Esher-track.

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Might Bite announced himself in the open age company back in December as he landed the Grade One King George VI Chase, the most prestigious prize of his career so far. The field at Kempton included Thistlecrack, Bristol De Mai and Fox Norton but none of the leading horses in the division could prevent him from sealing the Christmas feature race.

Connections of the horse were expecting a big run at Cheltenham in the Blue Riband event of the Festival and he played his part in producing a brilliant duel between himself and Native River as the two horses set the pace, running the opposition into the ground with their strong sectionals early into the contest.

If he does participate in the Grand National meeting next month, it will be the second year running that the chaser has appeared at the three day festival. Might Bite lined up and won the Mildmay Novices’ Chase in 2017, just weeks after his victory at Cheltenham. You can find tips and betting advice for the meeting at Aintree and other leading international races when over at Champion Bets. The bookmakers are likely to make Might Bite the favourite for the Aintree Bowl, where he could meet many of his rivals who he beat in the Gold Cup.

Gold Cup Likely To Be Target Again Next Season For Might Bite

A shot at the Cheltenham Gold Cup is likely to be the main target next season for Might Bite who will be looking to replicate what Native River did by winning the 3m2f contest at the second attempt after finishing in the placings on their debut.

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Next year’s Gold Cup could also feature 2017 champion Sizing John, who was forced to miss the Festival this year due to injury, RSA Chase winner Presenting Percy and JLT Novices’ Chase champion Shattered Love.

It is Native River though who is the +500 favourite to become the first horse since Best Mate in 2003 to defend its crown in the race. Colin Tizzard’s runner has won the Hennessy Gold Cup, Welsh Grand National and the most prestigious trophy in national hunt race anywhere in the world. If he can prevail in the Gold Cup again in 12 months’ time, he is likely to be considered as one of the greatest staying chasers of the modern era.

Horses racing groups unite in race for future

Woodbine via WO FB pageThe idea behind the ORM is to create a more streamlined approach to administration of all facets of the industry on behalf of 15 racetracks that include powerful Woodbine, the extensive group of smaller harness tracks as well as the province’s lone quarter horse facility in Ajax…

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A Day in the Life of a Racehorse

A day in the life of a racehorse

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Is Horse Racing Dead? 2017 Breeders’ Cup a $96.8 Million Impact on San Diego

Del mar chantal billboardThe Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which were contested at Del Mar racetrack for the first time in 2017, generated $96.8 million in direct and indirect economic benefits for San Diego County, according to an economic impact study.

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Medaglia d’Oro holds solid Kentucky Derby cards

Handicapper Art ParkerBy ART PARKER

His greatest runners have been fillies. Names such as Songbird, Rachel Alexandra and last year’s Alabama winner Elate. The successful sire, Medaglia d’Oro, has two of the current Kentucky Derby favorites and their prospects look good.

Bolt D’Oro leads most Kentucky Derby polls as the top three year old in the nation. He is a true blue blood coming from a dam by the great A.P. Indy. You put the dam side along with his sire, which is El Prado, and you have the makings of a classic champion. The most impressive part of his sire line contains names such as Sadler’s Wells and Northern Dancer. One thing about Bolt d’Oro – distance should be no problem.

Bolt d’Oro won the San Felipe Stakes, the biggest three year old race on the west coast prior to the Santa Anita Derby. It is important to note that Bolt d’Oro didn’t make it to the finish line first, that honor belonged to McKinzie, a Bob Baffert trainee that many considered to be the top Derby prospect in the nation. Bolt d’Oro won with a controversial disqualification. If he and McKinzie both return in the Santa Anita Derby the issue of superiority should be resolved, at least until the first Saturday in May.

As of now Bolt d’Oro is atop the Derby list and his pedigree makes him a genuine classic distance horse.

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On the east coast another son of Medaglia d’Oro captured a Kentucky Derby prep the same day Bolt d’Oro was victorious in California. Enticed, a colt with the cool one word name, romped in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Enticed left the impression that he was a plodder and had to be encouraged to go. When he did get down to business in the Aqueduct stretch, he turned the Gotham into an easy win.

Enticed has strong ties to A.P. Indy on the dam side since his broodmare sire is former Horse of the Year Mineshaft. His dam was no slouch either. It’s Tricky defeated two-time Champion Royal Delta and Oaks winner Plum Pretty in the Grade 1 Coaching Club of America Oaks over 9 furlongs.

Medaglia d’Oro has been a great sire and he was also a great runner. His record from 17 starts is 8-7-0. He won The Travers Stakes and The Whitney at Saratoga as well as the Strub Stakes, the Oaklawn Handicap and the Donn Handicap. He finished second in the Pacific Classic and the Belmont Stakes and twice finished in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Dubai World Cup.

Medaglia d’Oro currently has a lofty stud fee $250,000.

Now 19 years old, Medaglia d’Oro only needs a winner on the first Saturday in May in Louisville to round out a great stud career. In 2018 he looks to be at the Derby poker table holding some strong cards. His popularity as a prospective Derby winning sire was displayed in the November future sire pool when he was heavily bet to 5-1.

Trifecta Score in Gotham Stakes Propells Handicapper to Victory

NTRA NHC logoWhen Old Time Revival set the pace and valiantly held on to nab the runner up spot in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, it not only propelled the 3-year-old into the Triple Crown picture, it vaulted Karen Casey into first place in the Gotham Handicapping Challenge, held at Aqueduct.

Casey, a registered nurse from Manhattan, successfully hit a $10 Trifecta in the race, netting $5,695 which vaulted her into first place from 125 participants.

The Gotham Challenge, a $500 entry fee live-money handicapping challenge with $250 directly deposited to the prize pool and the remaining $250 comprising each player’s live bankroll, featured races on Saturday from Aqueduct Racetrack, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs.

“I was stunned,” Casey said when the field crossed the wire in the Triple Crown prep race. “I couldn’t believe it. [It was] very exciting.” 

Casey said she has been following handicappers on Twitter and listening to podcasts, especially Pete Fornatale, and learned that successful players had been winning similar events by playing trifectas. She said that in previous events she focused on exactas, but decided trifectas were the way to go in the Gotham Challenge.

Her second strategy was to focus on speed horses at Aqueduct, she said. That led her to Old Time Revival, who had shown early speed in all of his races and once again disputed the pace in the Gotham, where he held the lead until late in the stretch.

“Speed was running so well all day at Aqueduct, so I just threw the 7 in there,” Casey said. “That wasn’t my main tri, but I took a shot in the last race since speed was playing well. I keyed a $10 tri, 9 with 6,7.”

Casey said she first fell in love with horse racing as a youngster. A native of New Jersey, she fondly recalls her father taking her to Monmouth Park. She took a break from following racing while raising her children but reconnected with it in 2007 after a trip to Saratoga.

Picking up the first-place prize of $5,000, Casey also earned $5,985 on the day from her live-money wagers. With her victory, she also won a seat to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge. In second-place was Peter Yan, with $2,049 from the prize pool and $3,845 in live money and one seat to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. Michael Cavana finished in third-place, netting $1,567 from the prize pool and $2,567.75 in live money wagers earning the remaining seat to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship.

The next Handicapping Challenge the New York Racing Association will host is the Wood Memorial Challenge on Saturday, April 7. The winner of that contest is guaranteed a minimum first place prize of $5,000, with a seat to the 2018 Belmont Stakes Challenge and two seats to the National Horseplayers Championship in February 2019 up for grabs.

Registration is available for the Wood Memorial Challenge at Entrants may also earn a berth through qualifiers hosted at and