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AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – September 11, 2018

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COMPLEXITY (Race 3 @SAR 9/3/18) – Chad Brown two year old faced what looked like a decent group but he crushed the field as the much-the-best winner.  Son of Maclean’s Music is bred to be a precocious runner and he looks the part for Klaravich Stables.

CHARLIE MCCOY (Race 7 @SAR 9/3/18) – The 3yo son of Bluegrass Cat was well meant in this state-bred bottom allowance but he lost his best chance when he fell on his face out of the gate.  Proceeded to make a strong move after that before flattening out in the lane.  Can move forward off this performance.

BAMBALINA (Race 6 @SAR 9/3/18) – impeccably bred filly out of the super mare Perfect Sting should be given another chance off her career debut performance.  Didn’t have an ideal trip and can benefit from this experience for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

Five Intriguing Bets for the Coming Months

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 The summer of 2018 is slipping away, but we have already been rewarded with some top class moments in racing this year: Justify secured the Triple Crown, arguably in greater style than any horse before him; Stradivarius showed his credentials by wining the Ascot Gold Cup; Gun Runner gobbled up the big prize money by winning the second ever Pegasus World Cup.

There was, of course, plenty more highlights in a great year for racing, but there should be plenty more with the likes of the Breeders’ Cup, Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and Melbourne Cup still to come. In light of that, here are five intriguing bets that you can make in the ante-post markets. All prices are taken from the latest today horse racing odds at 888sport:

Cox Plate – Winx (1/2)

Starting with a hot favourite, Winx is on a well-documented 26 race winning streak, equalling the record of the legendary Black Caviar. The mare now tops the rankings as the world’s best racehorse, quite the feat with the likes of Justify was out there creating history. The Cox Plate looks like the right fit for Chris Waller’s horse. The reason Winx makes for an intriguing bet is that there is every chance those odds will drop as we approach November. Few big races are nailed on in horse racing, but the Cox Plate looks almost certain for Winx.

King George V1 Chase – Native River (10/1)

This one takes place right at the tail end of 2018, so you might want to wait a bit to get a feel for the British national hunt season before weighing in. However, Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River sticks out at a very big price here. The current favourite, Might Bite, comes in at 5/2, but you’d need to be pretty brave to go all in at this stage with odds like that.

The Everest – Trapeze Artist (7/2)

Listen to any of the connections of Trapeze Artist speak and you’ll hear a team brimming with confidence in its charge. On paper, you can see why; Trapeze Artist loves the distance and beat last years winner, and 9/2 second-favourite, Redzel at Randwick in April. One caveat, however, is that the Everest works in the same manner as the Pegasus World Cup in that slots are purchased for the race. Two slots are yet to be filled, so there may yet be a better challenge to Trapeze Artist.

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Prix de l‘Arc de Triomphe – Study of Man (20/1)

Two names have dominated the betting chatter in the run up to France’s most important race – last year’s winner Enable and 9/2 favourite Sea of Class. However, keep an eye out for Pascal Bary’s talented Study of Man, who took a surprise victory in the Prix du Jockey Club, the equivalent of the French Derby, in June.

St Leger – Old Persian (8/1)

Again, most of the betting has centred around Kew Gardens (7/4) and Lah Ti Dar (5/1), but Old Persian showed that he is a battler when beating the former at York last week. The St Leger will represent a tougher challenge and it’s going to be a tight race, but the value might well lie with Charlie Appleby’s underrated 3-year-old.


Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in Louisiana

Louisiana horse racingLouisiana Horse Racing Gets Purse Increases …. Again

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce its third purse increase of the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season. Effective Saturday, September 8, an additional $2,000 was added for all races published in the condition book.

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs had previously acknowledged an increase in overnight race purses which went into effect on June 30.  All overnight races, up to and including $12,500, were increased by $1,500. All other purses were raised by $1,000.  On July 19, purses for each of the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds on Louisiana Cup Day were increased by $10,000. That announcement was made in partnership with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA).

“Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce a purse increase for the remainder of the 2018 Thoroughbred meet,” said David Heitzmann, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Directory of Racing. “Our Louisiana horsemen have been extremely loyal and steadfast in their support of our live racing season. We are glad to be able to reward them and create added opportunities for Louisiana racing.”

The 84-day Thoroughbred meet began on Saturday, May 5 and will continue through Wednesday, September 26.  Live racing takes place Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday with a 3:15 p.m. (Central) post time. For more information on the current racing season and special events, visit

Source: Harrah’s Louisiana Downs


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