‘Super Bowl’ of Horse Racing Worth $100 Million to San Diego Economy

Del Mar racingSan Diego Chargers may have left, but the “Super Bowl of horse racing ” – Breeders’ Cup 2017 –  is coming to Del Mar in November and will be worth $100 million to the San Diego economy.

A total of $4.5 million has been spent to upgrade the track and add 2,700 premium seating options, including a $1.5 million chalet village at the west end of the stretch run. “This is not your grandmother’s Del Mar,” said Fravel.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer estimated the two-day event will be worth $100 million to the local economy and be a significant public relations coup for both San Diego and Del Mar. “Millions of people will be watching the event on television across the globe,” he said.

Source: ‘Super Bowl’ of Horse Racing Worth $100 Million to San Diego Economy

A Race for the Ages: Arrogate’s 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic

Arrogate runs down California Chrome in Breeders’ Cup Classic

Arrogate edged past California Chrome in a stunning stretch drive to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., giving trainer Bob Baffert his third straight Classic victory. The 3-year-old Arrogate proved his track-record performance in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in his last start in August was… [Read more…]

2016 Breeders’ Cup Analysis Online

Rich Nilsen handicapperPace Scenarios, Spot Plays w/ Wagers, Top Selections and Analysis

Rich Nilsen, who has absolutely been on fire with his major race selection sheets, is back for both days of this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.   Included in this report are top selections for all 4 stakes on Friday and all 9 stakes on Saturday (all 13 Breeders’ Cup races)!

You get Nilsen’s expert pace analysis, which is often the key to selecting the winner.   Nilsen has three Spot Plays on the sheet, which includes wagering strategies to attack these races.

Every Breeders’ Cup race for BOTH days (Friday & Saturday) in one sheet!  Download instantly to any type of device. Only $15.97
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Highlights from 2016, Top Picks:

Arrogate, longshot winner of the Travers Stakes

Creator, longshot winner of the Belmont Stakes

Exaggerator, winner of the Preakness Stakes

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rich Nilsen caught the horse racing bug at a young age when his father took him to the racetracks in New York. He eventually attended the University of Louisville Equine Business Program with the goal of making a career in the horse racing industry.

Nilsen has worked the past 24 years in the equine industry, serving most of those years as the Marketing Director for Brisnet.com and TwinSpires.com, the Official Wagering Site of the Kentucky Derby.

During his long tenure at the Churchill Downs-owned properties, Nilsen managed the successful Players’ Pool syndicate, which pooled funds from the account wagering members to go after large Pick-6 carryovers. During Nilsen’s leadership, the Players’ Pool produced a significant profit for the members over the course of seven years. One of the best hits was when the Players’ Pool took down half of the Pick-6 pool on Kentucky Derby Day 2007, with a gross return of over $500,000.  The Pool had several other hits over $250,000.

The $2.8 Million National Handicapping Championship (NHC) is the premier horse racing tournament in the nation. It is basically horse racing’s version of the World Series of Poker, with the main difference being that players cannot buy their way into the NHC. Players can only win their way in via tournaments held throughout the country. Nilsen is one of the top participants in the history of the event, having qualified 13 times. He was the first player, and one of only two, to finish in the top 10 at the NHC twice.

Nilsen is now the founder and editor of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

About the Sheet 

In this brief but concise report, I provide selections for each and every Breeders’ Cup race for both days, as well as pace scenario analysis which is critical for predicting the outcomes of these events.

Spot Plays are my best bets and key wagering horses for the big weekend. Picking your spots is key to profiting on the races, especially when it comes to the Breeders’ Cup. The opportunities are plentiful but you improve your chances by selecting key spot plays and focusing most of your bets on those plays.

Set aside a budget for these two days and be sure to have plenty of ammunition for the bigger of the two days, Saturday. Best of luck!

Spanish Broadcast of Breeders’ Cup World Championships Set

Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY and official radio home of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championships, announced that José Arturo Sulbarán will join their Spanish broadcast team at Santa Anita Park November 4 and 5 to provide the live Spanish race call of all 13 championship races throughout the two-day coverage on HRRN en Español.

Sulbarán, a 30 year industry veteran, served as the official announcer of the Venezuelan Triple Crown in 1998 and provided the Spanish calls of major events such as the Clásico del Caribe in Puerto Rico as well as the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. From 1983 to 1994, Sulbarán worked as the producer and announcer of the ‘Monitor Hípico’ Show along with legendary Venezuelan race caller Aly Khan, and currently serves as the director of Venezuelan radio stations RQ 910 AM and Deportiva 1300 AM.

“Jose brings an incredible amount of passion and excitement to his race calls,” said HRRN President Mike Penna. “His enthusiastic style and stellar reputation as a top notch announcer make him the perfect fit to capture the essence of a high caliber event such as Breeders’ Cup.”

HRRN en Español, which debuted under the HRRN banner at Saratoga in July, offers live coverage of major stakes races throughout the year as well as a weekly Spanish language talk show “Hablando de Hipismo” which translates to “Talking Racing” in English. Hosted every Saturday morning by Roberto “El Potro” Rodriguez and Eloy Vielma live from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL, Hablando de Hipismo can be heard worldwide from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET via live streaming on the HRRN en Español website, www.hrrnenespanol.com.

The HRRN en Español broadcast team will join HRRN’s award-winning crew of Mike Penna, Jude Feld, Kurt Becker and Jeff Bloom at Santa Anita, November 4 and 5, to provide nine hours of live Breeders’ Cup coverage Friday and Saturday afternoons. Spanish coverage of the Breeders’ Cup is presented by Gulfstream Park, home of the 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe while HRRN’s traditional English coverage will be presented by visitbarbados.org.

A complete broadcast schedule along with live streaming can be found on the HRRN website and at www.horseracingradio.net.

Breeders’ Cup XXXIII Workouts by Top Stars

Television Games Network (TVG) has put together a fabulous play list that shows and analyzes some of the workouts from the top Breeders’ Cup contenders.   Use the Menu link in the top left-hand corner to navigate between the works.

The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, the 33rd running since 1984, is Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita in Arcadia, CA.

Breeders’ Cup XXXI Pre-Entries, Post Times, Wagering Menus

 

BC 2016 logo ARCADIA, Calif. (October 26, 2016) — The Breeders’ Cup announced today the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. There will be a total of 10 races (four Breeders’ Cup Championships races) on the Championship Friday program and 12 races on Championship Saturday (nine Breeders’ Cup Championships races). Championship Friday begins at 11:25 a.m. PT with five undercard races. Championship Saturday first post is 10:15 a.m. PT, and begins with three undercard races.

The race order for the undercard races on Friday and Saturday will also be announced on Monday, October 31.

Championships Race Order (All Times Pacific)

The first Championships race on Breeders’ Cup Friday will be the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2:25 p.m.); followed by the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (3:05 p.m.); the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (3:50 p.m.); and the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (4:35 p.m.).

Championship Saturday begins with two stakes races followed by the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (12:05 p.m.); $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (12:43 p.m.); $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (1:21 p.m.); $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (2:05 p.m.); $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2:43 p.m.), $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (3:22 p.m.); $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (4:01); $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (4:40 p.m.) and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (5:35 p.m.).

Friday’s Guaranteed Pools

Friday’s card will open with a $500,000 Pick 5 on Races 1-5. There will be a Pick 6 on Races 4-9 with a $500,000 guarantee and an all Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 on Races 6-9 with a $1.5 million minimum guarantee.

Saturday’s Guaranteed Pools

There will be a $500,000 guaranteed Pick 5 on Races 1-5; an early all Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 with a $1 million guarantee on Races 4-7; a $2 million guaranteed all Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick 6 on races 7-12 and a $3 million guaranteed all Breeders’ Cup late Pick 4, Races 9-12.

 

POST-TIMES/WAGERING MENU

Friday, November 4

Race 1          11:25 AM     WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD   PICK 5
Race 2          12:00 PM     WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD
Race 3          12:35 PM     WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 4
Race 4              1:10 PM    WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD   PICK 6
Race 5              1:45 PM    WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD
Race 6             2:25 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD   PICK 4
Race 7             3:05 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 4         
Race 8             3:50 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 9             4:35 PM   WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    Sp DD           SupHi 5
Race 10            5:10 PM    WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER

Saturday, November 5

Race 1             10:15 AM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD   PICK 5
Race 2             10:50 AM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD   PICK 4
Race 3             11:25 AM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD
Race 4             12:05 PM         WPS        EX       TRI       SUPER       PICK 3    DD   PICK 4
Race 5         12:43 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 6         1:21 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 7         2:05 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 6         
Race 8         2:43 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD          
Race 9         3:22 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD PICK 4
Race 10        4:01 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER    PICK 3    DD
Race 11        4:40 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER                   DD 
Race 12        5:35 PM      WPS       EX      TRI      SUPER               Super Hi 5
ALL POST-TIMES ARE PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME 

BOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races 

  • Friday’s Pick 6, Pick 5 and Super Hi 5 may carryover from Friday to Saturday. 
  • Saturday’s Pick 6, Pick 5 and Super Hi 5 may carryover from Saturday to Sunday. 
  • Special Distaff/Classic Daily Double on Friday race 9 and Saturday race 12.

BET MINIMUMS

$2.00 – WIN, PLACE, SHOW, DAILY DOUBLE, PICK 6

$1.00 – EXACTA, DISTAFF/CLASSIC DAILY DOUBLE

$.50 –  TRIFECTA, PICK 3, PICK 4, PICK 5, SUPER Hi 5

$.10 –   SUPERFECTA

 

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube

2016 Breeders’ Cup Post Times Set

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 4, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today the post times for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, which will be held on November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

The official race order and wagering menu for both days of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday, October 26.

Santa Anita San Gabriel

copyright Cheryl Ann Quigley

The 33rd Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday, November 4 with a total of 10 races, four of them Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be five Santa Anita Park races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time of the first race at 11:25 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #6 and will have a post time of 2:25 p.m. PT. The $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be the ninth race on the program, with a post time of 4:35 p.m. PT.

All of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

There will be 12 races on the Saturday, November 5 program, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be three Santa Anita Park races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time for the day’s first race at 10:15 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #4 and will have post time of 12:05 p.m. The first eight Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

Post time for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Race #12, will be 5:35 p.m. PT, and will be televised live and in primetime on NBC.

2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

POST-TIMES

All Times Pacific

Friday, November 4
Race 1 11:25 AM
Race 2 12:00 PM
Race 3 12:35 PM
Race 4 1:10 PM
Race 5 1:45 PM
Race 6 2:25 PM
Race 7 3:05 PM
Race 8 3:50 PM
Race 9 4:35 PM Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Race 10 5:10 PM

Saturday, November 5
Race 1 10:15 AM
Race 2 10:50 AM
Race 3 11:25 AM
Race 4 12:05 PM
Race 5 12:43 PM
Race 6 1:21 PM
Race 7 2:05 PM
Race 8 2:43 PM
Race 9 3:22 PM
Race 10 4:01 PM
Race 11 4:40 PM
Race 12 5:35 PM Breeders’ Cup Classic

ALL POST-TIMES ARE PACIFIC TIME

BOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races

Great Horse Racing Videos – Chrome in the 2016 Pacific Classic

“California Chrome in a canter!” ~ announcer Trevor Denman

Kentucky Derby champion California Chrome smashes to victory in the 2016 Pacific Classic, defeating a solid Grade 1 field that included the super mare Beholder and the talented runner Dortmund.

Later this year California Chrome will attempt to become the first 5-year-old Thoroughbred to add the Breeders’ Cup Classic to a resume that includes the Kentucky Derby.   Derby winners who won the Classic are: 3yos Unbridled, American Pharoah and Sunday Silence, and 4yos Ferdinand and Alysheba.  It’s a difficult task and rare for an older horse to accomplish, especially since few Derby winners get to compete at an advanced age.

2016 Pacific Classic, Saturday August 20, 2016 at Del Mar

 

 

Bet Like No Other Marketing Campaign tied to 2016 Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders' Cup at KeenelandLEXINGTON, Ky. (August 18, 2016) — The Breeders’ Cup announced a new marketing campaign available to all simulcast outlets designed to promote wagering on this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, November 4-5. Titled “Bet Like No Other,” the campaign will focus on the tremendous wagering opportunities and excitement of betting on the two greatest days in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

The “Bet Like No Other” campaign will feature a :30 second television commercial, print, poster, radio and digital banner advertising and “edutainment” GIFs (Graphics Interchange Formats) to be used on social and digital media. All creative assets can be tagged by racetracks, OTB’s and casinos with a local message and are available for download on the Breeders’ Cup partner website.

The campaign will also be supported by a panel of wagering influencers who will take part in a month-long, charity driven program to raise awareness about betting the Breeders’ Cup. The four influencers are ESPN personality Kenny Mayne (@kenny_mayne), who finished 9th in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge; 2012 National Handicapping Championship Champion and co-owner of The Tournament Edge Michael Beychock (@beychockRacing); Renowned author and columnist Joel Stein (@thejoelstein) and social media wagering guru Monique Vag (@parlayqueen).

Beginning October 1, each wagering influencer will wager up to $2,000 on three NBC Sports telecasts of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing. The competition will end with the Breeders’ Cup on November 4-5 and each panelists bankroll will be donated to the charity of their choice with the Breeders’ Cup guaranteeing at least a $1,000 donation to each.

The two-day Breeders’ Cup is one of the world’s greatest wagering events, featuring some of the largest payouts on straight and exotic wagers during the calendar year. Last year, a total of $155.5 million was wagered on the races worldwide.

“While there are many popular aspects that people enjoy about the Breeders’ Cup, wagering on greatest races in the world is second to none,” said Justin McDonald, vice president of marketing. “Our goal is to ensure partner simulcast outlets have a successful Breeders’ Cup weekend and this campaign provides them the tools to reinforce the thrill, excitement and large potential payouts presented to all horseplayers and sports fans during the World Championships.”

The campaign was developed by Lexington-based advertising agency CORNETT, in conjunction with Breeders’ Cup.

Recap of the Belmont Stakes Card (2016)

track announcer with binoculars

Ed Meyer is the track announcer at Belterra

 by Ed Meyer, special for AGameofSkill.com visitors

The Triple Crown trail officially ended with the running of the 148th Belmont Stakes. Many watched these runners since their two-year-old seasons and you may find yourself getting a little sentimental about this chapter of their racing career ending.  Before you start putting away your notes and stats, we may have just started the real handicapping. We have late summer racing and, of course, the road to the Breeders’ Cup.   So start up your notes and watch-lists again as the best is yet to come.  Some of these runners will have serious Breeders Cup implications.

The (G-1) Acorn Stakes – One mile on the dirt

There was a solid group of six who went to post and the big chalk was the incredible Cathryn Sophia. All of these gals glimmer in their own right, but here is one you’ll want to keep on your watch list for future racing.

Go Maggie Go  has done very little wrong and comes to the races from the Dale Romans bran. This daughter of Ghostzapper had her worst finish in her brief career (4th) and I’m looking forward to her races down the road. She has two 1 1/8 races (9 furlongs) under her belt and looks to be finding herself with every race. She responded well to the rider’s commands and looks like this race is just a stepping stone for bigger things to come.

The (G-1) Ogden Phipps Stakes – 1 1/16 on the dirt

Seven fillies and mares took to the track led by Curalina who was the public favorite this day.

Sheer Drama doesn’t have to take her track with her. She is consistent and shows tactical ability at all distances. She lunged at the start this day and was wide before trying to uncork a bid.   This race is a “toss out” and handicapper’s beware. This daughter of Burning Roma is going to blossom into a real monster with a little racing luck.

The (G-1) Just a Game Stakes – One mile on the turf

A field of thirteen fillies and mares assembled and with a field this size you may have to go back and watch the replay three or four more times to get the correct read. Here are a couple of gals who will should be on the radar screen for handicappers down the line.

Faufiler – California jock Drayden Van Dyke was aboard for Graham Motion, and both rider and trainer are well versed on the greensward. This daughter of Galileo is a stone cold closer. As long as there’s a solid pace she’ll come rolling from the clouds. In time I think we’ll see her a few strides closer to the pace setters, and that will make double dangerous to pick off runners late in the lane. She mainly has traveled a flat mile, but her breeding suggests she may enjoy added ground. After shipping across the pond from France, she appears to be getting better with every start.

Recepta has a late punch that could knock down the champ at any oval. John Velasquez was in the irons this day, and she did very little wrong except come up a bit short nearing the wire. She’s well traveled and merits respect anywhere she’ll run. Her best efforts may range from one mile to 1 1/8 on the turf.  Things look very bright for the future.

The (G-1) Metropolitan Handicap – One mile on the dirt

Just like a well-aged wine I think Frosted will only improve with time. The time figures from every publication are off the charts and he dismissed the “Dubai-Jinx” after getting beat at Meydan and putting on one of the best shows of his career. His late summer-fall campaign will be one to behold if all goes well, and right about when the Breeders’ Cup frenzy is at a fever pitch this will be one of the runners we’ll all be talking about.

The  (G-1) Manhattan Stakes – 1 1/4 on the inner turf

Nine runners went to post and the public made Flintshire from the Chad Brown barn the public choice at the windows.

Flintshire (GB) – This world traveler from the Chad Brown barn had the services of one of the best turf riders in the game with Javier Castellano.  His passport is stamped in Hong Kong, France, Dubai, and the United States. He missed by a 1/4 length in the 2014 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and this son of Dansili looked like he has yet to find his best gear.  One thing is for certain, every time he takes to the track he will be one of the tough guys to contend with, and if this race is any indication I can’t wait until we see him back on the weeds.

The (G-1) Belmont Stakes – 1 1/2 – The Test of Champions

As the media missed an opportunity to see Nyquist return for some payback from his Preakness loss, and the rumors swirled around Kent Desormeaux for personal problems. The fans we’re treated to a full field of thirteen runners and, in the end,  one incredible finish for the Triple Crown.

Destin – This son of Giant’s Causeway has the look of maturing colt at the right time. Add in some well deserved rest and a plan for the later part of the year and we’ll have one tough cookie going to post.  Take nothing away from the fast closing effort of the winner Creator who received a well timed ride from the ultra-talented Irad Ortiz Jr.  Looking ahead, I see a runner with tactical ability who will be feared as a front end presence or stalking just off the hot pace. He should probably find his best races in 1 1/16 – 1 1/8 events. His tactical style fits like a glove and this kind of ability plays well on any oval. By the time Breeders’ Cup is in full view, he’ll be one of the major players on everyone’s tickets.