Archives for March 2024

Macao Ends Horse Racing

MACAO — After more than 40 years, Macao’s horse racing track hosted its final races on Saturday, bringing an end to the sport in the city famous for its massive casinos.

In January, the city’s government said it would terminate its contract with the Macao Jockey Club in April. The decision came at the request of the Macao Horse Race Company, which cited operational challenges as part of the reasons for the closure.

A Rare Kind of Filly Dazzles at the RacetrackOn Saturday, gamblers congregated in the half-full stands and placed their final bets. Some tourists also visited the track.

Mai Wan-zun, a student from mainland China in Macao, said she wanted to get a taste of the atmosphere. “We could come to see horse racing here in Macao, but not in mainland China,” she said.

Helena Chong, a Macao resident, decided to visit the racecourse for the first and last time to see what it’s all about.

“It’s a pity to see the end of all this gambling and entertainment,” she said.

Horse racing in the former Portuguese colony has struggled with economic challenges in recent years and has yet to rebound from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its jockey club had accumulated operating losses of over $311 million, the Macau News Agency earlier reported.

Under the termination arrangement, the horse racing firm had pledged to arrange for transportation of owners’ horses to other locations by March 2025, and handle the company’s employees according to the law, the government said.

In neighboring Hong Kong, horse-racing remains popular and profitable. Its jockey club runs various gambling activities and is the city’s major donor of many charity works.

source: Associated Press

Hong Kong Horse Racing Expert Selections – Sun., March 31


(Sunday, March 31, 2024)

Race 1: #12 Hero Icon, #5 Hearty Wish, #8 Young Horizon, #14 Tsuen Wan Glory
Race 2:
#7 Sweet Diamond, #3 Rattan World, #2 Noble One, #6 Smart Leader
Race 3:
#4 Mugen, #7 Superb Boy, #2 All For St Paul’s, #5 Flaming Rabbit
Race 4:
#2 The Great Master, #7 The Perfect Match, #14 Prosecco, #1 Super Commander
Race 5:
#2 Daring Pursuit, #3 Golden Rise, #4 Flying Mojito, #9 Gimme Five
Race 6:
#3 Voyage Samurai, #8 Packing Wisher, #11 Patch Of Time, #12 Chilli Baba
Race 7:
#4 Superb Kid, #8 Beauty Fit, #11 Beauty Missile, #1 Huge Wave
Race 8:
#4 King Miles, #6 Storming Dragon, #2 Super Legends, #1 You’remyeverything
Race 9:
#13 Winning Data, #9 Silver Up, #3 Frantanck, #8 Beato
Race 10:
#1 Gorgeous Win, #7 James Tak, #8 Kaholo Angel, #13 Golden Long

 Race 1: New Asia Alumni Handicap (9.45pm PDT, 12.45am EDT)

 #12 Hero Icon turned in a solid effort last start and he can take another forward step here. He’s shown he’s capable of winning and does appear in the right vein of form at present. #5 Hearty Wish can mix his form but is going about his racing the right way. The inside gate suits him this week. #8 Young Horizon turned his form around last start and he could easily remain at that level of form this week. #14 Tsuen Wan Glory slots in light as he chases a hat-trick of wins. He draws ideally.


Hong Kong horse racingRace 2: Chung Chi Alumni Handicap (10.15pm PDT, 1.15am EDT)

 #7 Sweet Diamond is racing well and he deserves another win. He’s placed in three out of his last four outings and has proven before that he is able to overcome wide draws. #3 Rattan World won well three starts ago and he’s still in great condition. He’s since trialled at Sha Tin and he’s more than capable of winning here. #2 Noble One was a winner two starts ago and he can easily bounce back to his best, especially with Zac Purton up. #6 Smart Leader has a suitable draw and gets an opportunity.


Race 3: United Alumni Handicap (10.45pm PDT, 1.45am EDT)


#4 Mugen is a seriously good horse and he can beat this group. He’s a three-time winner this season with the form, ability and gate to win again. #7 Superb Boy is looking to snap a trio of runner-up efforts. He slots in light and continues to finish thereabouts. #2 All For St Paul’s continues to defy market expectations by either winning from the front or running very well, which once again, he is capable of doing here under familiar ally Matthew Poon. #5 Flaming Rabbit is better than his form suggests. He can bounce back.


Race 4: Faculty Of Education Alumni Handicap (11.15am PDT, 2.15am EDT)


#2 The Great Master gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back. Expecting him to lead early in a bid to try and pinch this one. #7 The Perfect Match makes his debut with Zac Purton aboard. He’s been trialling well and definitely appears forward enough to figure on debut in Hong Kong. #14 Prosecco continues to race well even without winning. He slots in light and ticks several boxes once again. #1 Super Commander has the class edge. He’ll roll forward in a bid to offset the wide ally.


Race 5: The CUHK Alumni Cup Handicap (1st Section) (12.10am PDT, 3.10am EDT)


#2 Daring Pursuit is chasing back-to-back wins. He has the scope to keep improving and is favoured this weekend with 10 pounds taken off his back due to the apprentice’s booking. #3 Golden Rise won well three starts ago and has continued to race well. Zac Purton’s aboard and he gets his chance from gate three. #4 Flying Mojito is much better suited to this grade and he can begin to show something now. #9 Gimme Five has been consistent across two runs in Hong Kong. He’ll race well once more.


Race 6: Graduate School Alumni Handicap (2nd Section) (12.40am PDT, 3.40am EDT)


#3 Voyage Samurai has his fair share of talent and his two runs so far in Hong Kong have been superb, finishing second last start after winning on debut. He draws ideally and gets his chance here. #8 Packing Wisher is on the quick back-up after racing at the midweek fixture. Zac Purton hops up and he bears close watching. #11 Patch Of Time is lightly raced but does appear to steadily be piecing it all together. He does have the wide draw to overcome though. #12 Chilli Baba is still open to more improvement and he has claims.


Race 7: Shaw Alumni Handicap (1.10am PDT, 4.10am EDT)


#4 Superb Kid has done well throughout his first season of racing in Hong Kong. He’s a one-time winner and this contest appears more than suitable, especially with Zac Purton electing to ride. #8 Beauty Fit has been remarkably consistent all season, aside from a few of his recent runs. Expecting him to bounce back to his best here. #11 Beauty Missile slots in light and finds a suitable draw. He’s in sound form and he should be able to make his presence felt. #1 Huge wave turned his form around last start and deserves respect.


Race 8: Lee Woo Wing Alumni Handicap (1.40am PDT, 4.40am EDT)


#4 King Miles hit the ground running in Hong Kong with an excellent effort to finish fourth first-up. He can improve out of that run and shapes as the one they all must beat. #6 Storming Dragon makes his debut. His latest trial was solid and he can make an impact this weekend. #2 Super Legends is lightly raced but does have his fair share of ability. He goes about his racing well and the inside gate is favourable. #1 You’remyeverything has returned to form in Class 4. He can contend strongly with five pounds coming off his back.


Race 9: CW Chu And Wu Yee Sun Alumni Handicap (2.15am PDT, 5.15am EDT)


#13 Winning Data is in career-best form with a trio of wins from his last four starts. He draws ideally once more and is worth taking a chance on up in grade. #9 Silver Up continues to improve and he’s proven consistent so far in Hong Kong. He gets a super chance to breakthrough this weekend. #3 Frantanck got his win two starts back and should get an opportunity here from the suitable gate. #8 Beato has been racing well and deserved his win three starts back. He can make his presence felt with Zac Purton up.


Race 10: Morningside And S.H. Ho Alumni Handicap (2.50am PDT, 5.50am ET)


#1 Gorgeous Win is talented and he’s chasing a hat-trick of wins this weekend. He remains in Class 3 following recent efforts and gets another chance here. He has the class edge and is the clear top pick. #7 James Tak is open to further improvement. He’ll make an impression against this group. #8 Kaholo Angel gets the 10 pounds removed and may not know himself under the featherweight. #13 Golden Long has a bit of ability and he’s worth consideration here.

Handicapping Hour for Oaklawn Park – Arkansas Derby Day 2024

Guests AGOS Founder Rich Nilsen and top bankroll player Frank Mustari

Nilsen and Mustari join Mark and Steve Simonvic on their weekly Oaklawn Handicapping Hour to discuss the Saturday card in Hot Springs, AR.   It is the 87th running of the Arkansas Derby and 13 races are on tap. Nilsen and Mustari discuss their picks in the late Pick-5.

Related: MUTH looks to take Arkansas Derby to give Bob Baffert his 5th win in the race and point to the Preakness Stakes.

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BCBC Contest Schedule as of April 2024

The most coveted and lucrative real-money bankroll handicapping contest is the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC). There are several ways to win into the $10,000 buy-in event.

This schedule is subject to change but up to date as of April, 2024. Contact information included.




Jim Goodman




Hawthorne- IL Derby Day

Rhonda Sosnowski


Santa Anita/Xpressbet -KY Derby Challenge

Crystal Bartko



Santa Anita/Xpressbet-Preakness Challenge

Crystal Bartko



Monmouth Park Pick Your Prize

Brian Skirka

6/7/2024 – 6/08/2024

NYRABets Belmont Stakes Challenge

Donny Nelson



Santa Anita/Xpressbet-Belmont Stakes Challenge

Crystal Bartko



Hawthorne Invitational (Invite only)

Rhonda Sosnowski


NYRA Stars & Strips Challenge

Donny Nelson



Monmouth Park

Brian Skirka


Del Mar Summer Challenge

Chris Bahr


Monmouth Park

Brian Skirka

Patrick McGoey

2011 BCBC Chanp Patrick McGoey (left) alongside his brother


NYRA Fourstardave Challenge

Donny Nelson



Del Mar-Little Red Feather

Chris Bahr


Woodbine-King’s Plate Day

Klaus Ebner


Monmouth Park

Brian Skirka


Kentucky Downs

Brian Skirka


Del Mar- Pacific Classic Betting Challenge

Chris Bahr


Kentucky Downs

Brian Skirka


Kentucky Downs

Brian Skirka


Woodbine-Woodbine Mile Day

Klaus Ebner


Canterbury Park

Jeff Maday


Santa Anita Opening Weekend

Crystal Bartko




Jim Goodman



Hong Kong Expert Selections – Wed., March 27

(Wednesday, March 27, 2024)

Race 1: #2 Windicator Family, #7 Atomic Beauty, #1 Viva Hunter, #10 Mach Ten
Race 2:
#2 Pegasus General, #1 Romantic Fantasy, #8 Palace Pal, #3 Precise Express
Race 3:
#10 Brother Pearl, #5 Master Of Luck, #4 Diamond Diamond, #11 Foxhunter Way
Race 4:
#11 Winning Heart, #2 Golden Luck, #6 Yoda’s Choice, #8 Lucky Quality
Race 5:
#2 Comet Splendido, #7 Turin Warrior, #5 Snowalot, #11 Po On Way
Race 6:
#6 Super Taichi, #3 Ernest Feeling, #1 King Eccellente, #4 Happy Soul
Race 7:
#6 Beauty Waves, #7 Harmony Fire, #5 Happy United, #2 Great State
Race 8:
#7 Star Contact, #3 Quantum Patch, #10 Show Respect, #8 Lucky Eight
Race 9:
#11 Captain Win, #4 Beauty Infinity, #12 Joy Coming, #1 Pleasant Endeavor


Race 1: To Kwa Wan Handicap (2nd Section) (3.40am PDT, 6.40am EDT) 

#2 Windicator Family steps down in grade. He’s been making inroads in Class 3 and is far better suited here, even from the wide draw, which should see him shuffle back to the tail of the field early on. #7 Atomic Beauty is consistent and his reward for effort shouldn’t be too far away. He’s suited here. #1 Viva Hunter has the class-edge and pairs favourably with an in-form Karis Teetan. #10 Mach Ten slots in light and has claims, especially from the positive draw which should afford him the right run.


Race 2: Ma Tau Wai Handicap (4.10am PDT, 7.10am EDT) 

#2 Pegasus General has been racing well and he’s closing in on another win. He’s drawn ideally here for Hugh Bowman, who can easily find the right spot and ensure he gets every opportunity. #1 Romantic Fantasy is lightly raced but was a solid winner two runs back. He’s remained in suitable form and gets his shot here. #8 Palace Pal finally broke through last start. Expecting another strong run from him here, although he can be a touch weak over the concluding stages. #3 Precise Express is better suited to this grade. Next in line.


Race 3: Wang Tau Hom Handicap (4.40am PDT, 7.40am EDT)


#10 Brother Pearl is closing in on a first win for Dennis Yip. The in-form trainer won the BMW Hong Kong Derby last weekend and he has this guy in the right vein of form. #5 Master Of Luck exploded to an impressive victory last start. He’s in the form of his life and another strong showing is expected. #4 Diamond Diamond has been around the mark all season and his pairing with Zac Purton catches the eye. #11 Foxhunter Way slots in light and has a suitable draw. He narrowly missed last start and can go close again.


Race 4: Lok Fu Handicap (1st Section) (5.10am PDT, 8.10am EDT)


#11 Winning Heart has a low weight and appears close to winning his first race in Hong Kong. Tony Cruz has the horse going very well and he steps away here off a suitable mark. #2 Golden Luck can roll forward and give this group something to reel in. He’ll cross in a bid to offset the awkward draw and look the winner at some stage. #6 Yoda’s Choice is lightly raced but continues to make inroads. He has a positive gate and should get his opportunity. #8 Lucky Quality has been consistent all term. He gets a handy five pounds off his back.


Race 5: To Kwa Wan Handicap (1st Section) (5.40am PDT, 8.40am EDT)


#2 Comet Splendido comes down in grade and draws ideally. He can mix his form, however, his last run was superb in defeat and that’s the sort of effort that he can transcend into victory. #7 Turin Warrior has the capabilities, although still finds himself without a win. He’ll get his chance and be around the mark once more. #5 Snowalot has a tricky gate to contend with this week. Expecting Zac Purton to cross early in a bid to offset this hindrance. #11 Po On Way is next in line. There’s something there and he shapes as the value runner.


Race 6: Lok Fu Handicap (2nd Section) (6.10am PDT, 9.10am EDT)


#6 Super Taichi makes his debut. He’s been trialling well and is worth a shot here, especially with Karis Teetan electing to ride first-up in Hong Kong. #3 Ernest Feeling is a super little horse, especially in this grade. He continues to make his presence felt and the inside gate is favourable. #1 King Eccellente gets a handy 10 pounds taken off his back. He’s going about his racing the right way now and gets another chance this week. #4 Happy Soul is after back-to-back wins. He should get a sweet run from the gate.


Race 7: Hok Yuen Handicap (6.45am PDT, 9.45am EDT)


#6 Beauty Waves is seeking a first win. He’s hit the ground running in Hong Kong and the inside gate is a big plus, especially with Zac Purton engaged. One to beat. #7 Harmony Fire is chasing back-to-back wins. The 10 pounds comes off his back and he just has the tricky draw to overcome this week. #5 Happy United has been in super form all season and the inside gate affords him yet another great opportunity. He’s lightly raced and has a few rating points still in hand. #2 Great State was sound on debut and any improvement brings him right into contention.


Race 8: Ma Tau Kok Handicap (7.15am PDT, 10.15am EDT)


#7 Star Contact is a winner already this season and his recent form has been solid. He gets another chance this week and any luck afforded can easily him see him deliver again. #3 Quantum Patch deserves another win this season. He’s been performing with plenty of merit and Zac Purton’s booking ensures his chance. #10 Show Respect is seeking back-to-back wins. He slots in light as he returns to Class 3. #8 Lucky Eight has returned to a winning mark and he remains a threat this week.


Race 9: Kowloon City Handicap (7.50am PDT, 10.50am EDT)

 #11 Captain Win has been superb in his last two starts, twice finishing second at Happy Valley. He gets another opportunity here under the light weight and stepping from a good gate. He’s deserving and ready to win again. #4 Beauty Infinity is a lightly raced talent. He keeps improving and can do so once more under Zac Purton. #12 Joy Coming is chasing back-to-back wins. He slots in light and deserves his chance up in grade. #1 Pleasant Endeavor gets a handy 10 pounds removed from his back. Keep safe.

Sterling Silver points to Grade 1 Madison after Tampa Bay Downs triumph

Mark Anderson’s multiple graded stakes-placed New York-bred Sterling Silver returned in style from a more than three-month layoff Saturday when capturing the seven-furlong Manatee Handicap versus older fillies and mares by a head at Tampa Bay Downs.

Trained by Tom Albertrani, Sterling Silver kicked off her 5-year-old campaign with an impressive closing finish, and was awarded a 91 Beyer Speed Figure in victory.

“It was a really good effort. She really had to work at it, being trapped inside until the last quarter,” said Albertrani. “She had no running room at all until she got just past the quarter pole and managed to wiggle out of there to come with a strong run late.”

After breaking from the inside post and sitting sixth-of-seven through the first half-mile, Sterling Silver saved ground on the inside in the turn before getting a perfectly-timed cue from regular rider and Hall of Famer Javier Castellano to collar pacesetter Poiema right at the wire.

The Cupid gray exited the race in good order and will now have her sights set on the Grade 1 Madison sprinting seven furlongs on April 6 at Keeneland.

“She had a great gallop out and it was basically just a prep race,” said Albertrani. “She ran exactly how we would want her to – I think she could’ve even won a little easier. Now we’ll go to the next step. It looks like her best distance is six to seven furlongs.”

tampa bay downsBefore her respite, Sterling Silver tried a turf sprint, finishing fourth in the Autumn Days on November 17 at Aqueduct. The experiment followed a pair of two strong stakes performances at 6 1/2 furlongs over the main track in October when capturing the state-bred Iroquois and crossing the wire first in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom. She was subsequently disqualified from the latter due to interference in the stretch run.

“The owner hadn’t seen her in a while, Mark Anderson was at the races yesterday and said how much better she looks this year,” Albertrani said. “She has filled out and is carrying more muscle tone, a little more weight on her, and physically she couldn’t look any better. Hopefully as a five-year-old, she will have a good year now.”

Bred in the Empire State by Mallory Mort and Karen Mort, Sterling Silver was a $13,000 purchase at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase. She now boasts 20-7-3-3 record and $692,988 in purse earnings with other state-bred stakes scores as a sophomore in Belmont’s Bouwerie and the Big A’s Franklin Square.


Hong Kong Expert Horse Racing Analysis – Wed, March 6

(Wednesday, March 06, 2024)

Race 1: #7 Young Horizon, #6 Nordic Combined, #1 Rattan World, #8 General Ace
Race 2:
#1 Jazz Club, #8 Charming Steed, #4 Big Two, #2 Stormtrouper
Race 3:
#10 Kyrus Unicorn, #1 Absolute Sunshine, #3 Serangoon, #2 Darci Joy
Race 4:
#4 Lucky Archangel, #7 Beauty Glory, #5 Colourful Emperor, #6 Act Of Faith
Race 5:
#4 Quantum Patch, #7 Red Hare King, #2 Winning Dragon, #1 Gallant Waking
Race 6:
#1 Solar Partner, #8 Country Dancer, #3 Ragnarr, #9 Super Eagle
Race 7:
#8 Happy Trio, #1 Watch Buddy, #4 Kaholo Angel, #3 Golden Empire
Race 8:
#9 Po On Way, #3 Sure Joyful, #8 Strongest Boy, #12 United Endeavors
Race 9:
#10 Joyful Life, #2 Togepi, #7 Flying Phantom, #3 Lyrical Motion

Race 1: Kwoon Chung Motors Handicap (2.40am PST, 5.40am EST)

#7 Young Horizon is now in the bottom grade after performing well in Class 4. He’s suited here, especially with his one and only win coming in Class 5. The inside gate is ideal he can easily turn his form around. #6 Nordic Combined can mix his form but with even luck rates strongly, especially with Zac Purton up. He’ll be coming home hard and fast. #1 Rattan World is a winner in this grade. He can save ground throughout from the inside gate. #8 General Ace is seeking back-to-back wins. He gets his chance.

Race 2: Kwoon Chung Cross Boundary Service Handicap (3.10am PST, 6.10am EST)

#1 Jazz Club gets down to Class 5. He was racing well in the grade above and has a clear class-edge over this group. One to beat. #8 Charming Steed is on the quick back-up after finishing third last Sunday. He’s been in solid form of late and is worth keeping very safe this week. #4 Big Two can mix his form but has done his best racing over this course and distance. His sole win came from barrier one, which he draws here. #2 Stormtrouper ran well last start and he can improve out of that effort. Next best.

Race 3: Trans-Island Chinalink Handicap (3.40am PST, 6.40am EST)

#10 Kyrus Unicorn narrowly missed last start. He can take another forward step following that effort and rates strongly here, especially racing over a suitable course and distance. #1 Absolute Sunshine drops in grade. He’ll relish facing weaker opposition under Hugh Bowman. #3 Serangoon is chasing consecutive wins. He’s in career-best form at the minute and only needs to navigate his way from an awkward draw. #2 Darci Joy has claims and can easily roll forward from the positive gate.

Race 4: Kwoon Chung Intercontinental Limousine Handicap (1st Section) (4.10am PST, 7.10am EST)

#4 Lucky Archangel is a three-time course and distance winner this season. He’s since remained in sound form and gets a super chance here from gate one. Expecting him to save ground and take this opportunity. #7 Beauty Glory mixes his form but deserves respect with Zac Purton going up. #5 Colourful Emperor is the pace in the race. He’s aiming for a first win and shouldn’t be discounted. #6 Act Of Faith can position on the speed and prove competitive.

Race 5: New Lantao Bus Handicap (4.40am PST, 7.40am EST)

#4 Quantum Patch gets his chance again. He’s raced well all season and is deserving of another win. The suitable draw and booking of Zac Purton will see him go close. #7 Red Hare King is consistent and rates strongly. He was a tidy winner three starts ago and is favoured from an inside gate. #2 Winning Dragon is chasing consecutive wins at the Valley. He’ll make his presence felt once more. #1 Gallant Waking has a powerful finish on his day. He’ll be rattling home late under Hugh Bowman.

Race 6: Kwoon Chung Inclusive & Accessible Service Handicap (2nd Section) (5.10am PST, 8.10am EST)

#1 Solar Partner returns to Class 4. His last two runs in the grade were victories and this contest is suitable, especially with Hugh Bowman up from a positive draw. #8 Country Dancer is beginning to find his feet with more experience. He has the gate to overcome, however, remains open to a fair bit of improvement. #3 Ragnarr turned his form around last start. He’s in the right vein of form and can continue to develop. #9 Super Eagle is super consistent and will figure strongly again. Next in line.

Race 7: The Kwoon Chung Bus Cup Handicap (2nd Section) (5.45am PST, 8.45am EST)

#8 Happy Trio is a two-time winner this season. His first run in Class 3 last start was slightly inconclusive as he was inconvenienced in the home straight. He can take the necessary steps forward and is worthy of another chance here. #1 Watch Buddy is in the form of his life and he’ll be fighting out another finish. #4 Kaholo Angel has gate one and chances are he fires forward to take up the lead. He’ll look the winner at some stage, especially under the apprentice. #3 Golden Empire knows what it’s about. Next best.

Race 8: KC Smart Mobility Handicap (6.15am PST, 9.15am EST)

#9 Po On Way has a powerful finish. He’s yet to win, however, gets a super chance here under the light weight. The wide draw isn’t a concern with his get-back style of racing. #3 Sure Joyful is in career-best form and he remains a massive threat. Hugh Bowman is up and his recent form has been superb. #8 Strongest Boy can mix his form but is so close to a first win. He gets that chance with Zac Purton sticking aboard. #12 United Endeavors slots in light and can surprise stepping up in grade.

Race 9: Tai Fung Coach Handicap (1st Section) (6.50am PST, 9.50am EST)

#10 Joyful Life is steadily improving and he’s shaping as a very nice horse. He did well last start and looks ready to take the next step. He’s from the right stable and is favoured under the light weight. #2 Togepi steps back to Class 4, which is where he returned his most recent win. He’s a major threat against this group. #7 Flying Phantom is lightly raced but clearly has what it takes to be winning soon enough. #3 Lyrical Motion is consistent and continue to make his presence felt. Must respect.