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New Celebrities Ready to Promote Horse Racing

Jamie Lynn Sigler
at the Stride Gum Longest Day of the Year Party. Crown Bar, Los Angeles, CA. 06-20-08

Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international event, has announced four new Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors, a distinction awarded to celebrity racing fans and owners. The new Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors will promote and serve as spokespersons for the upcoming 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 2 and 3.

The new Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors include Chris Harrison (television host), Erik R. Johnson (NHL defenseman), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (actress), and Michael Owen (sports pundit). First launched in 2012, the Breeders’ Cup Ambassador program includes an impressive roster of talent, which mostly recently inducted Kate Upton, Gary Player, James Carville, Avery Johnson, John Ortiz, and Steven Jackson in 2013.

The newest Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors share a deep love for horse racing and boast intimate ties to the sport. Chris Harrison, most well-known for his role on the hit reality television show The Bachelor, began his career as a sportscaster and was a host for TVG Network during its launch in 1999.

Erik R. Johnson, the ice hockey defenseman for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, first became a horse owner in 2014 and has since owned and raced winning horses in the name of his racing stable, ERJ Racing.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, an award-winning actress well known for her work on The Sopranos, grew up with horse racing as a daughter of the principal owners of the prestigious Winning Move Stable in New York.

Lastly, in addition to owning a state-of-the-art training facility and award-winning horses, former English footballer Michael Owen, who played for prestigious teams including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Liverpool F.C., recently made his own debut as a jockey at a charity race at Ascot Racecourse in 2017.

“I am excited to join a fantastic list of individuals as a Breeders’ Cup Ambassador,” said Harrison. “I’ve attended the Breeders’ Cup, and I really enjoy watching the outstanding showcase of international Thoroughbred racing, as well as the fun and energy at the event. I look forward to supporting the Breeders’ Cup for many years to come.”

“We are excited to introduce a new group of Ambassadors to the Breeders’ Cup family,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “From actors to former football players, these new ambassadors diversify our program with their many talents and backgrounds, and their shared passion for Breeders’ Cup and horse racing enriches the fan experience. We look forward to sharing their enthusiasm with fans across the world.”

The 35th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the iconic Churchill Downs racetrack. To learn more about the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit www.breederscup.com/2018. For more details on Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Ambassadors, please visit http://www.breederscup.com/experience/celebrity-ambassadors.

source: Breeders Cup

Draft rules would allow up to 3000 horse-race gambling machines in Virginia

Draft rules would allow up to 3000 horse-race gambling machines in Virginia

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Source: Draft rules would allow up to 3000 horse-race gambling machines in Virginia

Today! Arizona Downs Opens for Simulcast Wagering

Arizona DownsPRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — Friday, July 13th will be a lucky day for those in the region wanting a new place to bet on horse racing as well as another entertainment venue.

The new Arizona Downs is bringing back wagering on racetracks across the country to the site of the old Yavapai Downs on July 13. Arizona Downs’ simulcast room is being constructed on the first floor of the grandstand, part of more than $2 million in renovations planned. The facility will be open seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m. MST. Admission and parking are free.

“The local region is booming, and we will be an entertainment option for horseplayers and sports fans,” said Arizona Downs general manager Ann McGovern. “Our customers can watch horse racing, professional and college sports and enjoy food and beverages. With more than 40 televisions, Arizona Downs will have something for everyone. And by opening in mid-July, we start accruing money toward horsemen’s purses, which will really be a boost in 11 months when live racing returns here after a decade’s absence.”

Yavapai Downs last ran in 2010. The facility was bought out of bankruptcy court in January by J&J Equine Enterprises LLC, an entity formed by brothers and Phoenix-based JACOR Partners principals Tom, Dave and Mike Auther and their partner Joe Jackson, along with longtime racing executive Corey Johnsen. Live thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing in the summer will return to Arizona in 2019, with Arizona Downs running Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

The new owners chose to change the track’s name from Yavapai Downs to Arizona Downs to reflect the restoration of a year-round circuit to the state, as well as its importance to all facets of Arizona’s racehorse industries.

The opening comes right before the start of two of the nation’s most popular tracks for handicappers, with Southern California’s Del Mar opening July 18 and Saratoga in upstate New York commencing July 20, as well as prominent summer signals such as Kentucky’s Ellis Park, Arlington Park in suburban Chicago, Florida’s Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park in New Jersey and Minnesota’s Canterbury Park, where a number of Arizona trainers have spent summers since Yavapai Downs closed. Los Alamitos’ quarter-horse racing also will be a featured signal.

Arizona Downs’ launch of its onsite off-track betting facility is the first step toward creating an in-state network of simulcasting outlets affiliated with the track in order to further strengthen purses paid out to racehorse owners.

Source: Arizona Downs

2018 Del Mar Meet Adds 3 New Wagers

Del Mar Opens July 18 with New Wagers

Del Mar’s betting menu, which last year offered 14 different wagers for seaside investors, will grow by three new bets this summer when the 36-day session gets off and running on Wednesday, July 18.

The track’s bet roster, which starts with the traditional win, place and show wagers and expands out to several five- and six-horse combinations, now will tack on the following trio of offerings during the shore oval’s seven-week stand:

  • An early Pick Four starting on Race 2 daily that will be a .50¢ minimum wager.
  • A late Pick Five offered on the last five races daily. It, too, will be a .50¢ minimum bet.
  • A Win, Place, Show Parlay available for a minimum of two races and a maximum of six. It is a $2 bet.

Del mar chantal billboardIn addition to its new Early Pick Four, the track will continue to offer its usual Pick Four on the last four races on the day’s card, a bet that has proven to be one of the most popular in the country and regularly registers $1-million-plus pools on weekends. The late Pick Five also will be similar to the track’s early Pick Five held on the day’s initial five events. And the Win, Place, Show Parlay will be presented using the standard single-bet W-P-S takeout of 15.43% instead of a multi-bet takeout that goes above 20%.

Del Mar will continue with its $2 Pick Six on all racing days, along with the “Single Ticket Jackpot” addition to it that the track introduced during its 2016 fall season. Under the “Jackpot” rules, a separate pool accumulates alongside the regular one if nobody hits the bet as a lone ticket holder. This allows for a large separate pool to grow even in the case of a “hit’ on the Pick Six by two or more players. The “Jackpot” pool often reaches six figures in fairly rapid order and can be expected to do so throughout the stand.

And, as it did last summer, Del Mar will schedule two “mandatory payouts” on the “Jackpot” pool: first on TVG Pacific Classic Day (Saturday, August 18), then on Closing Day, Monday, September 3. That means that a Pick Six winner on either of those dates would share not only in the regular pool, but the full “Jackpot” pool besides. Further, consolation winners on those days also would share in the “Jackpot” payout.

“We’ve got something for everyone this year,” said Del Mar’s Director of Mutuels, Bill Navarro. “And with the updated tax wagering rules (installed at the end of 2017) that have significantly reduced IRS reporting and withholding now firmly in place and expediting betting on all fronts, we’re expecting a fine summer at the pari-mutuel windows all around.”

The full array of Del Mar bets is as follows: $2 win, place and show (all races); $1 Exacta (all); $2 Quinella (all); .50¢ Trifecta (all); $2 Rolling Doubles (all except last); $1 Rolling Pick 3 (all except last two); $1 Superfecta (.10¢ minimum – all); $1 Place Pick All (starts w/Race 1 or 2); $1 Super High 5 (last); $2 Pick Six (last six); .50¢ Players’ Pick 5 (first five and last five); .50¢ Pick 4 (Races 2 thru 5 and last four), and $2 Win-Place-Show Parlay (all races but last).

Racing will be conducted on a Wednesday through Sunday basis throughout the stand with the lone exception of the Labor Day Monday closer. First post daily will be 2 p.m., with the exceptions of Fridays when starting times shift to 4 p.m. (with the exceptions of the final two Fridays – 8/24 and 8/31) – when first post will be 3:30 p.m.). Friday’s races run until sunset and are followed by the hugely popular Del Mar Concert Series.

Source: Del Mar

Beat Saratoga! 8 Tips for Turning a Profit

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8 Tips for Turning a Profit!

UPDATED FOR 2018

Download this free guide "Beat Saratoga: 8 Tips for Turning a Profit" by AGameofSkill.com founder Rich Nilsen and play the 2018 Saratoga meet successfully.  Beating this 40-day meet with so many contentious races is no easy task, even for experienced horseplayers, but the tips in this guide will get you on track to do just that.

15-time NHC Qualifier and 7-time major contest winner Rich Nilsen walks you through the steps required to beat this prestigious race meet.   In "Beat Saratoga: 8 Tips for Turning a Profit" you'll learn:

  • What steps it takes to beat this meet successfully
  • Which jockeys and trainers dominate the Saratoga meet
  • Which 'dark horse' jockeys and trainers you need to know about.  These guys bring home the prices, and one trainer in particular is the King of Saratoga Longshots!
  • How each of the three tracks (dirt and turf) play and how this affects you as a handicapper
  • Plus .... be on the lookout for this one important trend - it occurs every year!

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#LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest to Award Race Meet Packages

Kentucky Downs 2015Two grand-prize packages to 2018 race meet up for grabs

While the 2018 live meet isn’t until September, America’s most unique racecourse has launched a social-media contest where fans can earn a trip to Kentucky Downs by posting on Facebook and/or Twitter about the track.

The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is free. Simply post on Facebook, Twitter or both why you want to attend Kentucky Downs’ live race meet for the first time or why you want to go back. To be eligible for the grand prize, posts must include the hashtag #LiveAtKyDowns and an entry blank must be filled out and returned for every submission, with the forms available on kentuckydowns.com, facebook.com/KyDownsGaming and twitter.com/KyDownsRacing. Direct link to form:

The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest will award two grand prizes: one for an entrant residing within 200 miles of the track on the Tennessee border and one going to an entrant residing more than 200 miles away. The contest begins immediately and ends July 31, with the winners to be announced Sunday, Aug. 5 at Ellis Park’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day, which features four $100,000 turf stakes funded by money transferred from Kentucky Downs’ purse account.

Kentucky Downs staff will select the two grand prize recipients on a purely subjective basis, including originality and passion exhibited in the winning posts. Judges may consider a series of posts collectively in determining a winner. The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is not a sweepstakes and is not determined by random drawing.

The two grand prize winners will be Kentucky Downs’ guests for live racing Sept. 6, 8 and 9, including hotel accommodations for up to five nights. The regional winner will receive a betting voucher for $1,000 and up to four tickets in either the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion for any or all of the three race days they are able to attend. The national winner will be reimbursed for airfare up to $600 for one person or up to $1,000 for two, a $500 betting voucher and two tickets in the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion for any or all of the three race days they are able to attend.

Winners will have a race named after them and present a trophy to the winning connections.

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“We receive so many endearing comments from people around the country saying why they love visiting Kentucky Downs or why it’s on their bucket list that we decided to give our fans a chance to win a trip here,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager. “We wanted to have two grand prize winners because Kentucky Downs has so many loyal guests in the region, but we also want to recognize the people betting on our horse races from across the nation who have led to our record-setting meets. We think we can have a lot of fun with our #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest and encourage people to enter early and often.”

There is no limit to the number of entries a person can make, though the social-media posts must be different in at least one aspect, such as phrasing, photo or video. The same post can be used on both Facebook and Twitter.

All posts must be visible to the general public and have the ability to be “retweeted” or “shared.” By entering the contest, participants agree to let Kentucky Downs use all or parts of any posts, including photos, videos and memes, for publicity or news purposes.

Kentucky Downs reserves the right to tailor the trip to accommodate winner’s travel schedules. Contest participants must be at least 18 years old. Complete rules available below and at KentuckyDowns.com.

#LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest

Two grand prizes:

National (outside 200 miles):
Airfare for one up to $600; airfare for two up to $1,000 to attend Kentucky Downs’ live race meet Sept. 6-9, 2018 (live racing that Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). Winner will be reimbursed upon arrival at Kentucky Downs.
Hotel room for up to five nights, Sept. 5-9, 2018, at Hampton Inn-Franklin KY or Comfort Suites, Portland TN. Value $500.
$500 betting voucher
Two tickets each race day in either the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion
Race named after the winner

Regional (within 200 miles):
Hotel room for up to five nights, Sept. 5-9, 2018, at Hampton Inn-Franklin KY or Comfort Suites, Portland TN. Value $500.
$1,000 betting voucher
Four tickets each race day in either the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion
Race named after the winner

Rules:

Must be 18 years old to enter.  Free to enter.

Contest starts immediately and runs through July 31, with winners to be announced Aug. 5 during Kentucky Downs Preview Day at Ellis Park.

Contest participants post on Twitter and/or Facebook about why you want to go to Kentucky Downs for the first time or why (if you’ve been) you want to go back.

Must use hashtag #LiveAtKyDowns on either Twitter or Facebook.

All Twitter and Facebook posts must be able to be shared publicly, with Kentucky Downs having the ability to retweet or share, in order to count as an entry.

Participants must fill out an official entry form on facebook.com/KYDownsGaming/, twitter.com/KyDownsRacing or kentuckydowns.com, specifying whether post appears on Twitter or Facebook or both, date of posting, your name, address, phone number, email and birthdate, along with direct link to the post and the text of the post. Entrants have the option of including professional or personal information (such as how long you’ve been a racing fan, or how you became a fan).

Entrants must be able to establish proprietary right to photos and/or video. By submitting an entry, the entrant gives Kentucky Downs the right to use all or parts of the social-media posts, including any photos or video, for news and promotional use both in 2018 and beyond.

No limit on number of entries by a single participant.

The same post can be on Twitter and Facebook.

Kentucky Downs reserves the right to add sponsors to the contest or clarification of the rules at any time.

This is not a sweepstakes or drawing. Grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of Kentucky Downs employees, with judging completely subjective. Factors can include — but are not limited to — originality, passion, visual appeal and information about the entrant. Kentucky Downs’ decision on the winners is final.

Entries using profane or distasteful language or characterization will not be considered.

Kentucky Downs reserves the right to tailor the package to an individual winner.

If winner cannot attend during the 2018 live meet, efforts will be made to offer prize package to another participant.

Entry form to go with each post

The $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, won last year by Oscar Nominated, is one of the many stakes #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest winners will see. Grace Clark/Reed Palmer Photography

About Kentucky Downs
Located near the Kentucky-Tennessee border off Interstate 65, the year-round entertainment center offers live racing on its unique 1 5/16-mile European-style turf course in September. Simulcasting is available seven days a week, as well as pari-mutuel wagering on Historical Horse Racing, charitable gaming, dining and other events. Racing has been conducted at the facility since 1990, when it was called Dueling Grounds.
2018 live race meet: Sept. 1, 6, 8, 9, 13

Strong Financial Year At Ascot Racecourse

source: Ascot

Is Horse Racing Dead?  Not in the UK

Commenting on the business performance and on future plans, Ascot chief executive Guy Henderson said, “2017 was another year of progress in our financial performance, with Royal Ascot performing particularly well. The opening of the new Village Enclosure on the inside of the track, in which we have further invested, was positively received and has generated strong sales for 2018.”

Source: Strong Financial Year At Ascot

Emerald Downs’ Breakfast at the Wire returns tomorrow

horse racing blinkersEmerald Downs

Breakfast at the Wire – where fans can enjoy a leisurely breakfast while watching Thoroughbreds train – returns for a fifth straight year beginning July 7 and continuing every Saturday through August 25.

Sponsored by Toscanos Italian Grill, Breakfast at the Wire is located just past the finish line in front of the Trackside Deli—a perfect vantage point to enjoy breakfast while viewing the nearly 1,000 Thoroughbreds currently training at Emerald Downs.

Breakfast at the Wire runs from 8 to 10 a.m. with entry via the Paddock Gate. The $7 price includes free parking and entry to the track, and a breakfast choice of scrambled eggs, bacon and hash browns, or scrambled eggs with biscuits and gravy along with giant cinnamon rolls and gourmet coffee from Rad Roasting Company.

Hosted by Dean Mazzuca for a fifth straight year, Breakfast at the Wire features prominent guests from all facets of Thoroughbred racing, along with surprise visits from star jockeys and trainers at Emerald Downs. Other guests include veterinarians, stewards, assistant starters, association clockers, farriers, jockeys agents, and many more.

Following the lead of Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner, Vicki Potter of Emerald Downs Group Sales has developed Breakfast at the Wire since its inception.

“Our purpose is to give fans and newcomers the opportunity to understand what happens during morning hours at the track, and to meet and greet our trainers, gallop people, agents, and all the other wonderful people in our sport,” Potter said. “And they can enjoy a great breakfast at the same time.”

Source: Emerald Downs

Saturday’s Stars & Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park

Whitmore races on Saturday

Set to make his first start since finishing second in the Grade 2 True North on Belmont Stakes Day, multiple graded stakes winner Whitmore will kick off his summer slate in the Grade 2, $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship on Saturday at Belmont Park.

A Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race offering all fees paid to the winner for the Breeder’s Cup Sprint in November at Churchill Downs, the Belmont Sprint Championship is one of five stakes races on the fifth annual Stars & Stripes Festival card joining the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational, Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational, the Grade 3, $300,000 Dwyer and the Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban Handicap.

National TV coverage of Saturday’s Stars & Stripes Racing Festival can be found on NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET followed by a special edition of Belmont Park Live from 6-7pm on FS2.

After a successful campaign last year in which he won three graded stakes highlighted by a win the Grade 2 Phoenix at Keeneland, Whitmore kicked off his 2018 season with a win in the Hot Springs on March 10 at Oaklawn Park. Following with a victory in the Grade 3 Count Fleet on April 14 at Oaklawn the 5-year-old gelding by Pleasantly Perfect entered the Grade 2 Churchill Downs on May 4 where he finished fourth. Most recently, he came up just short at the wire to lose by a neck in the Grade 2 True North on June 8.

Posting two workouts since that race, trainer Ron Moquett said Whitmore is in top form.

“He’s doing very well,” said Moquett. “He came back very happy out of the True North and has been working well here at Churchill. He shipped into Belmont last night and I like him at seven-eighths. He’s finished second going a mile and sixteenth in the Rebel and third at a mile and an eighth in the Arkansas Derby, so his distance is whatever the pace will allow us to run. We’re taking things race by race starting Saturday, but we’ll looking forward to it.”

With Ricardo Santana, Jr. in the irons, Whitmore will leave from post 2.

Looking to improve off a third-place in the Grade 1 Runhappy Metropolitan Mile is Limousine Liberal for owner Katherine G. Ball and trainer Ben Colebrook. A multiple graded stakes winner in his own right, the 6-year-old Successful Appeal gelding has one win from three starts this year, capturing the Grade 2 Churchill Downs in which he came from off the pace to win by a head. also besting Whitmore. He began his 2018 campaign with a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Commonwealth at Keeneland on April 7 and has an impressive four wins from nine starts, with two second-place finishes at the Belmont Sprint Championship distance of seven furlongs.

Drawing the rail, Limousine Liberal will be ridden by Jose Ortiz.

Leading Belmont spring/summer meet trainer Chad Brown enters Favorable Outcome for Klaravich Stables. The 4-year-old son of Flatter posted an impressive 102 Beyer Speed Figure in his most recent start finishing second in an optional-claiming race on May 17 at Belmont. Last year, he captured the Grade 2 Swale and finished third in the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita.

With Javier Castellano aboard, Favorable Outcome will leave from post 6.

Rounding out the field is Eye Luv Lulu for owner Michael Dubb and trainer Jason Servis entering off a win in the Affirmed Success for New York-Breds on April 27 at Belmont; Shaft of Light for trainer Jorge Navarro and owners Al and Michelle Crawford Racing and Lewisfiel, for trainer Jeff Runco and owner Linda Zang.

Last year’s Belmont Stakes hero Tapwrit will make his graded stakes return as part of a field of 11 in the Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban at 1 1/4 miles on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Belmont Park horse racingInstalled as Race 9 with an approximate post time of 6:18 p.m. ET on Saturday’s 11-race Stars & Stripes live racing program, the 132nd running of the Suburban will kick off a special edition of Belmont Park Live airing from 6-7 p.m. nationally on FS2 and regionally on MSG+, FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego, and capped by the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational.

Tapwrit, a 4-year-old colt by Tapit for trainer Todd Pletcher, will be making his second start of the year following a third-place finish in his seasonal bow, a loaded optional claiming contest on June 3, where he finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Grade 3 winner Timeline.

In 2017, Tapwrit recorded a victory in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in March of his 3-year-old season before competing in the first and final legs of the Triple Crown, capped by his two-length victory over Irish War Cry in the Belmont Stakes. Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbreds, Robert LaPenta, Bridlewood Farm, Gainesway Stable, and Whisper Hill Farm, Tapwrit was pointed to the Grade 1 Travers 11 weeks later at Saratoga Race Course, where he finished fourth, and was then tabled for the remainder of the year.

“The thought process after the Travers last year was that he needed some time off,” said Pletcher. “He shed a frog in that race and it took a while for him to get healed up, so we purposely gave him a little extra time with the idea that we wanted to have a fresh horse for the summer and hopefully the fall. So far, it’s coming together.”

Tapwrit will be ridden by Jose Ortiz from post 4.

Among those leading the challenge are a pair from California-based Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in Hoppertunity and Dr. Dorr.

Hoppertunity is a perfect 2-for-2 at Belmont, beginning with a half-length win in the 2016 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and continuing last time out with a 2 1/4-length score in the 1 1/2-mile Grade 2 Brooklyn on Belmont Stakes Day.

Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman, the 7-year-old son of Any Given Saturday owns a 9-7-5 record from 32 lifetime starts for earnings of $4,646,625 through five seasons of racing, including back-to-back victories in the Grade 2 San Antonio in 2016-17 and a half-length win in the 2014 Grade 1 Clark Handicap.

“He loves Belmont and he likes a mile and a quarter. He keeps going at a mile and a quarter,” said Baffert. “It’s coming back a little bit quick for him, but he’s doing well so he’s shipping back again. It’s a big race. He gives you everything he has. He runs every time. He’s just a solid racehorse.”

Dr. Dorr, a speedy 5-year-old Lookin at Lucky gelding, is exiting a runner-up finish to Santa Anita Handicap winner Accelerate in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on May 26.

“As soon as we stretched him out, he’s gotten to be a better horse,” Baffert said of Dr. Dorr, who is cross-entered in Friday’s Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows. “A mile and a quarter might be a little far with him, but it depends on the pace. He’s doing well. A big field usually means it’s pretty evenly matched and they have two different styles. They’re both training well, they shipped well – all is well. If we can just run 1-2, it’d be perfect.”

Hoppertunity drew post 8 and will have the services of his regular jockey, Flavian Prat. Dr. Dorr will leave from post 5 with Joe Talamo aboard.

Rounding out the field for the Suburban are Lauren Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup hero Diversify, exiting a hard-fought win in the Commentator for New York-breds on May 28; The Lieutenant, a 5-year-old half-brother to Triple Crown victor Justify and making his first start on the East Coast following a one-length win in the Grade 3 All American over Golden Gate’s Tapeta course; hard-knocking multiple stakes winner War Story; Name Changer; Zanotti; Discreet Lover; Take Your Guns; and Sorry Erik.

Source: NYRA

AGOS Horses to Watch and Trip Notes – July 5, 2018

Horses to watch to put into your stable alert or email service, compliments of AGameofSkill (AGOS).

BELMONT PARK

LOVE AND LOVE (Race 1 @BEL 6/29/18) – first time starter was the only one to make a run at the gate-to-wire winning favorite in the Friday opener.  She’s by the freshman sire Goldencents and out of a Giants Causeway mare who has produced a turf winner, so this New York-bred filly looks to have some talent.  Trained by Mike Miceli.

LOS ALAMITOS

INSTAGRAND (Race 4 @LRC, 6/29/18) – No secret with this 2yo first time starter from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn.  The son of Into Mischief toyed with the field and when jockey Drayden Van Dyke asked him, he responded by exploding away from the field and coming home in 11.1.