Top Horseplayer Marshall Gramm Gambles with Preakness Stakes Entry

Memphis horse racing syndicate led by Rhodes College professor in Preakness with Longshot

Ten Strike Racing has decided to enter a horse into a Triple Crown race for the first time.

His name is Warrior’s Charge, a late-blooming colt with 12-1 odds who will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano in the wide-open field Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

And before we suggest you bet on him – and we are very much suggesting that because if someone has to win, why not a horse with legitimate Memphis ties? – let’s explain why this particular entry is so fascinating.

“Our horse is just as fast as anyone going,” Gramm said earlier this week. “We thought it was worth the risk.”

Man Won Over $600,000 on KY Derby But is Offered $35K Due to Sportsbook’s Cap

This is Why You Play with a Real ADW or Track

Dr. Steve Friedlander walked into the Tamarack Junction sportsbook in Reno, Nev., and spent $2,760 on bets for the Kentucky Derby.

He put $600 on the No. 8 horse Tacitus to either win, place or show and he did a $100 exacta box and a $40 trifecta box using the 8, 13, 16 and 20 horses. If any of those four finished first and second, he would win the exacta. If any of those four finished first second and third, he would cash in the trifecta.

When Maximum Security, the No. 7, crossed the finish line first, it appeared as though Friedlander had lost all his bets. But then Maximum Security was soon turned into a loser when the horse was disqualified and taken down.

“I actually didn’t know that’s what happened,” Friedlander told The Action Network. “I bet on horses a couple times a year, so I thought maybe he fell to second place.”

In reality, every horse was moved up one slot.

The new order was: Country House (20), Code of Honor (13) and Tacitus (8).

Friedlander couldn’t believe it. He hit every bet.

Country House went off at 65-1, the biggest longshot to win the Derby since Donerail in 1913.

The board flashed.

He started to do the math…

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Derby ‘Winner’ Maximum Security arrives at Monmouth, pointed to Haskell

OCEANPORT — A weary Maximum Security arrived Tuesday [May 7] at Monmouth Park, where his trainer plans to race the colt in the $1 million Haskell Invitational in July.

The first Kentucky Derby winner disqualified for interference in the race’s 145-year history pulled into the Jersey shore track shortly before 6 a.m.

The previously undefeated colt was taken to the barn of trainer Jason Servis. The Florida Derby winner was walked and then put in a stall to rest.

There were a few photographers, a videographer and a reporter outside the No. 2 barn, adorned with a big pink plant in front and hanging flower pots.

The arrival of Maximum Security coincided with Monmouth Park’s annual news conference leading to the new season.

Not so, said trainer Kelly Breen, whose Ruler on Ice won the 2011 Belmont Stakes. He called the takedown the right move.

Trainer Jason Servis’ Side of the Story – Kentucky Derby DQ

OCEANPORT, N.J. — A steady line of horses paraded out of his barn on Wednesday morning, with Jason Servis giving whatever instructions necessary to each exercise rider and then making the short walk to the track to oversee the workouts.

In one sense, it was business as usual for the Monmouth Park trainer. But the reality is that things may never be quite the same for Servis, 62, now one of the most recognizable figures in racing after Maximum Security became the first horse ever disqualified after winning the Kentucky Derby.

Maximum Security returned to New Jersey before Servis, the horse arriving at the Shore on Tuesday (watch scenes from the horse’s arrival in the video at the top of the page). Servis had maintained a low profile during the national controversy — until now.

“It was a bad call. The best horse won the race that day. They weren’t beating him,’’ Servis told the Asbury Park Press, while getting back to work here after making the drive from Churchill Downs, stopping in his hometown of Charles Town, West Virginia, to see his parents. “There are too many things that were unsettling.’’

Servis still furious about Maximum Security DQ in Kentucky Derby; Is the Belmont Stakes next? Read on

Controversial 2019 KY Derby – Head On View

This is the official head-on view of the 145th Kentucky Derby won by Maximum Security … and Country House.  Maximum Security was disqualified and place out of the money for interference on the turn for home.

Maximum Security owner will appeal Kentucky Derby disqualification

Longtime Owner Gary West Devastated

In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, West, speaking well before daybreak from his Rancho Santa Fe home, took strong issue with the decision and the race track.

“It was literally like the old TV show [‘Wide World of Sports’], the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat all within a 22-minute period of time,” West said. “Winning it was probably the most euphoric thing [wife] Mary and I have ever had in our lives and then disappointment when they took him down for the first time in history. We were stunned, shocked and in total disbelief. It had never been done before.”

West’s strongest words were directed at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is the only major U.S. race that allows 20 starters. (Because of a scratch, there were 19 on Saturday.) Most major races in the U.S. are capped at 14 starters, either because of the width of the track or for the manageability of the race.

“Churchill Downs, because they are a greedy organization, [doesn’t run] 14 [in the Kentucky Derby] like you have in the Kentucky Oaks, Breeders Cup and just about every other race in America,” West said. “Just because they can make more money, they are willing to risk horses’ lives and peoples’ lives to do that. I’m not a fan of that. I think they ought to have 14 like every other race.”

Derek Simon’s Kentucky Derby Betting Guide

It’s back! The one and only Kentucky Derby Guide from handicapping guru Derek Simon.

Simon’s in-depth KY Derby report offers 17 pages of insightful information on the most exciting two minutes in sports, the 145th Kentucky Derby.

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  • Horse-by-horse Analysis by Derek Simon
  • Do Final Fractions Matter?  One angle with this is 1 for 89 in the last 27 KY Derbys.
  • “Don’t Go Changin'”  One angle with this that is a dismal 0 for the last 49 starts!
  • The Right KY Derby Running Style – what works, what doesn’t.
  • There are 3 horses, including two popular horses, that are trying to buck a 0-for-70 stat in the Derby
  • One horse and one horse only fits a +95% ROI angle in the Derby.  Find out on page 12.
  • The KY Derby contenders likely to  move forward based on an in-depth Brisnet Speed Figure study

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2019 Kentucky Derby: New Jersey hopes rest with Vekoma, Tax

A year ago it was Firenze Fire that boasted local ownership, and this year it’s Vekoma and Tax that have ties to the Garden State.

Franklin Lakes resident Raymond Hill, III, who grew up attending Monmouth Park, who owns a piece of two starters in the Run for the Roses, part of partnerships in both Tax and Vekoma.

The versatile Vekoma, a son of Candy Ride who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, is coming off a 3 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, having won three of four career starts for trainer George Weaver.

Hill owns Vekoma, a $130,000 yearling purchase, along with New Hampshire brothers Ted and Mike Gatsas.

Tax, ridden by Junior Alvarado and trained by Danny Gargan, ran second in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in his last start, finishing behind Tacitus, a closer who is expected to be one of the top choices in the Derby.

Posts for the 145th Kentucky Derby

Run for the Roses, Saturday May 4, 2019

Here is the post position draw for this Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby

1.War of Will, 20/1

2. Tax, 20/1

3. By My Standards, 20/1

4. Gray Magician, 50/1

5. Improbable, 6/1

6. Vekoma, 20/1

7. Maximum Security, 10/1

8. Tacitus, 10/1

9. Plus Que Parfait, 30/1

10. Cutting Humor, 30/1

11. Haikal, 30/1

12. Omaha Beach, 4/1

13. Code Of Honor, 15/1

14. Win Win Win, 15/1

15. Master Fencer, 50/1

16. Game Winner, 5/1

17. Roadster, 6/1

18. Long Range Toddy, 30/1

19. Spinoff, 30/1

20. Country House, 30/1

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21. Bodemeister, 30/1

Wet track appears very likely for this year’s KY Derby.

COMING SOON

Rich Nilsen’s full-card Kentucky Derby analysis

with commentary on ALL 20 Starters.

 

Trainer Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Quarter Crack

Trainer Richard Mandella did a media interview outside the barn last week to discuss the history of Omaha Beach and his quarter crack issue.   Omaha Beach is the possible post time favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby after two impressive wins at Oaklawn Park.

Mandella discusses how a quarter crack issue with a racehorse is comparable to when a person rips their finger nail.  Listen in.