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Only 5 to Face to Star Racehorse Catalina Cruiser

Cruiser to be Big Favorite in 2019 San Diego Handicap

Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser, primed for his title defense in Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap will face five challengers in the 1 1/16-mile event that is the main stepping stone to the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on August 17.

“We had him (Catalina Cruiser) out this morning, he’s looking good and we’re excited to have him running here again,” trainer John Sadler said early Wednesday morning.

Post positions were to be drawn in the afternoon, but the field beyond Catalina Cruiser will consist of, alphabetically, Core Beliefs, Dr. Dorr, Draft Pick, Higher Power and Mongolian Groom.

Del Mar racingCatalina Cruiser won the 2018 San Diego as a stand-in for stablemate Accelerate then came back to take the Pat O’Brien Stakes to secure the Top Sprinter title of the meet and set his Del Mar record at 2-0. The chestnut 5-year-old son of Union Rags made his 2019 debut with a stretch-rallying win in the True North Handicap on June 7 and has had four workouts since then at Santa Anita.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, whose only San Diego Handicap win came with Fed Biz in 2014, nominated standouts American Anthem, McKinzie and Dr. Dorr to the race and opted to go with Dr. Dorr somewhat surprisingly after sending both McKinzie and Dr. Dorr through workouts Wednesday morning.

McKinzie, second in the Met Mile at Belmont on June 8, went five furlongs in a bullet :59 flat under Joe Talamo. Del Mar clockers had McKinzie galloping out to six furlongs in 1:12.0. Dr. Dorr went four furlongs in a bullet :47.20 under Drayden Van Dyke.

Dr. Dorr, owned by Baffert’s wife Jill, has five wins from 17 career starts and earnings of $512,320. The 6-year-old gelded son of Lookin At Lucky chased Catalina Cruiser home in last year’s San Diego, finishing 6 ¾ lengths behind.

In Saturday’s other major stakes, the Grade II $200,000 San Clemente Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, a field of nine was entered. In alphabetical order, with trainers in parentheses consists of: Apache Princess (J. Keith Desormeaux), Devil’s Dance (Craig Lewis), Harmless (R.B. Hess, Jr.,), Keeper Ofthe Stars (Jonathan Wong), Lady Prancealot (Richard Baltas), Maxim Rate (Simon Callaghan), Mucho Unusual (Tim Yakteen), Over Emphasize (Michael McCarthy), Seranitsa (Neil Drysdale) and Stillwater Cove (Wesley Ward).

Source: Del Mar

Derby ‘Winner’ Maximum Security looks to rebound in Haskell

Maximum Security is back in action this weekend as he’ll move forward in the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park.

The Jason Servis-trained 3-year-old colt was famously disqualified from first and placed 17th in the Kentucky Derby, the first horse ever disqualified from first due to an infraction during the race. Maximum Security was upset at 1-9 odds in his next start, the June 16th Pegasus at Monmouth. That race was little more than a prep for Maximum Security and Servis even admitted his colt wasn’t back to the form he had prior to the Kentucky Derby.

The winner of that race, King of a Day, is also entered in the Haskell. Todd Pletcher said the connections are “very high” on the Uncle Mo colt. He has won three of his past four starts with the only loss coming on a sloppy track in a Grade 2.

One to keep an eye on for a possible upsetter is Laughing Fox. He is a deep closer trained by Steve Asmussen. He won the Oaklawn Park Invitational two starts ago before flying home late in the Preakness to finish fifth, beaten less than four lengths. The pace could be fast enough to set him up late, and at a generous price…

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Learning From Horse Racing Research

Scientific Study on Horses & Injuries in Progress

Preventing injuries is important not only for racehorse health but also jockey safety and public perception, says David Horohov, PhD, chair of the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Department of Veterinary Science and director of the Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington. He and his colleagues have been working on a series of studies investigating injury prevention.

An assembled group including James MacLeod, VMD, PhD, and Jennifer Janes, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, of the Gluck Center; Laura Kennedy, DVM, Dipl. ACVP, of the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; and Mary Scollay, DVM, of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, are evaluating injury risks and possible precursors.

Horohov says their research thus far suggests that orthopedic injuries in racehorses are related to long-term effects rather than acute events. “It’s a chronic injury pattern that eventually leads to an acute failure,” he says.

In addition, Horohov and colleagues, including UK’s Allen Page, DVM, PhD, are looking at whether inflammatory changes that occur in racehorses and sport horses indicate a pathologic (causing disease or damage) condition is brewing.

As bones and muscles experience stress during exercise, they undergo microdamage as part of their normal adaptive process. Ideally, this process helps strengthen both bone and muscle. However, if the horse is overtrained or does not adapt well to training, the result is inflammation and potential injury. Horohov and Page have hypothesized that bloodwork should reveal certain inflammatory marker patterns that indicate systemic inflammation caused by early microlesions.

“Some microlesion formation is likely part of the normal remodeling effort,” Horohov says. “It is when the …

Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Kentucky Derby

Nyquist KY Derby 2016If you’re a horse race fan or bettor, there’s no chance you haven’t heard about the Kentucky Derby. One of the greatest horse racing events of the season, the Kentucky Derby is watched by millions. Huge amounts of money are bet on the event each year and it’s also a race with some of the biggest payouts in history.

 

Of course, not everything is about betting. The Kentucky Derby is one of the oldest horse races in the world and as such, it is brimming with tradition. Legendary winners such as Secretariat have graced the track which is regularly visited by the rich and famous. All in all, there are plenty of reasons why you should never miss the Kentucky Derby.

 

A Bettor’s Dream

We already mentioned that the Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest betting events in horse racing and in general. Unlike Saratoga which is primarily a handicap event (learn how to beat it here – http://agameofskill.com/you-can-beat-saratoga/), millions are placed on exotic bets at the Kentucky Derby every year, with large prizes paid out as well. To see the best online bookies that offer odds on the Kentucky Derby, visit  https://www.onlinesportbetting.ca. All the bookies at the site are properly licensed and regulated and offer exciting odds for the greatest horse race of them all. If you want to take your chances on the Kentucky Derby, pay them a visit.

 

Favorites Tend to do Well

Although the favorite doesn’t always win, that’s not the case with the Kentucky Derby. Favorites at the famous race tend to do well, with the last 6 races won by the betting favorite before the race. If you’re a bettor invested in the world of horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is a great pick. Now that you know that favorites tend to do well at the race, you can plan your bets with ease.

 

Lifestyle of the Rich and the Famous

Horse races don’t go more lavish than the Kentucky Derby. Regularly visited by the rich and famous, the list of Kentucky Derby guests includes Hollywood actors, directors, sports legends, and even members of the Royal Family. A few years back, actors Jeff and Beau Bridges were on the stands for the race, while Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, the late Muhammad Ali, and NFL legend Eli Manning have also been among the guests.

 

Here’s a list of the biggest celebrities at the 2019 Kentucky Derby – https://www.forbes.com/sites/msolomon/2019/05/04/celebrities-at-the-2019-kentucky-derby/#15167b376ec0.

 

One of the Oldest Races Around

The Grade I stakes race was inaugurated in 1875. This makes it one of the oldest races in the world and as such, it has a rich history and tradition. Commonly known as the “Run for the Roses” and “the most exciting two minutes in sports”, the Kentucky Derby is home to interesting traditions. The most-loved tradition has to be the crowd singing “My Old Kentucky Home” which sounds amazing every year.

 

Stunning Payouts

The Kentucky Derby is one of the horse races that regularly hand out amazing prizes. Most recently, an anonymous bettor won $78K on a measly $8 bet at the 2019 Derby. This isn’t the first time for a Kentucky Derby to pay out such amazing wins. There have been plenty of unlikely Kentucky Derby winners, and you can bet that there have been bettors that have beaten the odds as well.

Donerail still holds the record for highest paying winner ever – the horse brought one lucky bettor $185 on a $2 bet at odds of 91-1. There have been plenty 50/1 winners as well, with Mine That Bird’s win in 2009 the subject of a movie aptly named “50 to 1”.

The Best Horse Race Betting Strategies

UK Epsom Downs Horse race betting is the bread and butter of sports betting. Originally a popular sport to bet on in the UK, horse race betting has later spread across the world. The popularity of horse race betting is fueled by exciting races. No matter if it’s a minor or major event, horse races are always exciting, unlike other sports which can be a bit bland and boring. This, along with the unpredictable races, is what makes horse race betting so thrilling.

 

However, horse race betting isn’t as straightforward as betting on football for example. It’s a bit more complicated and requires knowing a thing or two about the horses, track, and horse race betting in general for you to win. Once you master the trade, all you need to do is polish your skills and learn a few betting strategies to call yourself a pro.

 

Bookies in the UK allow punters to bet on a variety of horse racing events. They also offer specials such as best odds guaranteed and a slew of no deposit free bets that can boost your bank account nicely. You can see the latest free bet no deposit offers here and choose what suits you best – there are plenty of great options to pick from. Once you claim your free bet, you can use it on major events such as the Kentucky Derby and place exotic bets that may lead to potentially stunning wins.

Before you make money with horse race betting, though, we suggest you learn the following horse race betting strategies.

 

Dutching

Dutching is a popular and quite complex betting strategy that involves sizing up the possibilities of different outcomes. In short, it ensures a profit by betting on several different outcomes regardless of what horse wins. If you, for example, have two selections and you know how much money you want to place, you’ll probably be tempted to place two equal bets. However, with dutching, you can use advanced math models to properly calculate the return for each selection and split the stake to cover both outcomes while ensuring profit.

 

Although quite a popular horse racing betting strategy, dutching involves quite a lot of math, so it’s not suitable for beginners. Still, it offers a solid and safe return of investment, which is why so many punters love it.

 

Laying the Favourite

This strategy involves betting against the favourite in a betting exchange. Although it may look like it goes against every basic principle in betting, it’s quite a profitable strategy if used correctly. Did you know that gambling statistics show that only a third of favourites win races? There’s no such thing as a safe bet, so if you get the math right, you might be better off with underdogs in major horse race events.

 

Of course, to make this strategy work, you’ll have to lay against a favourite with odds of 3/1 or below – anything higher than that can damage your bank. Knowing handicaps is very important as well since it’ll help you identify the underdogs. Finally, you also need to know when not to lay the favourite. This is why experts recommend sticking to Grade 1 races since bookies offer more in-depth information of the competitors, which in short means you’ll be able to find a weak favourite easier.

 

Value Betting

Value betting is a general strategy that works on any sport, not just horse racing. It involves spotting a so-called value bet or a bet that has a higher chance of winning than what the bookie’s odds indicate. To spot such a bet you’ll need a bit of experience and you’ll also need to master your handicapping skills.

 

Once you learn how to spot a good value bet and trust us, there are many, you can maximize your profits pretty easily.