Is Horse Racing Dead? KY Derby Telecast Viewership Largest Since 1989

NBC Sports Network horse racing tvNBC Sports’ coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) posted numerous viewership milestones according to fast national data provided by The Nielsen Company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

Source: Derby Telecast Viewership Largest Since 1989

Secretariat and the Greatest Horse Racing Performace Ever

“It was like the Lord was holding onto the reins and Secretariat was one of his creatures.”

The Great Secretariat

The Great Secretariat. Photo by Rich Nilsen

His performance on the track in Elmira, New York, back in 1973 placed a close second behind basketball star Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game on ESPN’s “Who’s No. 1” list of greatest sports performances by individual athletes. It was that spectacular. Secretariat was the only athlete on that list with one name. And four legs. As we… [Read more…]

Nilsen’s Full-card Belmont Stakes Analysis 2017

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with Wagering Strategies & Spot Plays by Rich Nilsen

Get the complete analysis of the 2017 Belmont Stakes with Nilsen’s value play selections for the big race.  There may not be a Triple Crown on the line, but just like last year, this is a tremendous betting race.   Speaking of last year, Nilsen gave out $34.80 winner Creator as his top pick as well as the huge exacta with Destin that returned over $260!

Three weeks ago with his Preakness day analysis, Nilsen gave out several winners including a $21.60 Spot Play (Best Bet) on the undercard!

Founder of AGameofSkill.com, Nilsen is the winner of 6 major handicapping tournament and a 13-time qualifier to the multi million-dollar National Handicapping Championship (NHC).  There are a lot of pretenders out there.  Get affordable, expert advice for this year’s amazing Belmont Stakes card.

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Top selections for all 13 races

Sophisticated Pace Scenario for all 13 races

Spot Plays (Best Bets) on the undercard w/ wagering strategies

In-depth Analysis of the Belmont Stakes.  Two Value plays keyed in Exacta, Trifecta & Superfecta strategies.

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Last Year’s Write-Up on TOP SELECTION CREATOR

CREATOR lost his best chance when he broke from an inside post in the field of 20 and encountered a rough trip in the Kentucky Derby.  Prior to that he was ultra impressive, sweeping by the field in the G1 Arkansas Derby.  If you want to see an incredible maiden win, just go back and what this colt’s Feb. 27 score at Oaklawn, and you’ll again see the type of late kick this guy possesses.  Trainer Steve Asmussen has the son of Tapit working well for this rebound race, including a blowout 4f drill over the Belmont training track. Bred to run all day, Creator will drop back under new rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. and come rolling late at a big price. 

Testimonial from the 2017 Sheet:

“Hey Rich.. Thanks for putting me on Tapwrit !! I liked him and Gormley and Irish War Cry.

I think  #9 meantime had enough speed to compromise Irish War Cry. Have feeling that if he wasn’t in the race, Irish War Cry might have been loose on the lead ,and had enough to win.  I had Tapwrit straight & the exacta.  Tapwrit & Gormley both had “dream trips”, But Gormley didnt want to go that far… Hey !! let’s give some love to Disco Partner for his new North  American record for 6 panels. I had him straight  and also knocked down the exacta of 2-4 for $42.00… Hope you had a good day & made some cash !!
 
Thanks Again, 
Wayne M.

Belmont Favorite Irish War Cry Looks to Rebound on Saturday

Belmont Park crowd

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ELMONT, N.Y. — The last time we saw New Jersey’s horse, he was making a left turn, looking for a street that didn’t exist at the start of the Kentucky Derby. Quicker than you can shout, “Typical Jersey driver!” the inevitable happened. The Jersey horse slammed into Tapwrit, who hit McCraken, who bumped Classic Empire, who… [Read more…]

2017 Belmont Stakes Field is Wide Open

The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes this Saturday won’t include the Kentucky Derby (Always Dreaming) or Preakness (Cloud Computing) winners but could attract its largest field since a record 15 broke from the starting gate in 1983.

Source: Belmont Stakes field is deep

No Derby or Preakness winner, but 2017 Belmont Stakes has intrigue

Triple Crown trophy

No Triple Crown on the line this year

Here we are again, facing a second consecutive Belmont Stakes without a Triple Crown on the line. And this year, the field won’t include either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner, the first time both have skipped the race voluntarily since 2010. It’s difficult to spin that into an ideal scenario for the third leg of… [Read more…]

Is Horse Racing Dead? Preakness Ratings Best of all May 20, 2017 Sporting Events on TV

The television ratings for this year’s Preakness Stakes (G1) broadcast on NBC declined from last year, earning a 4.9 rating and 11 share, compared with the 2016 broadcast that earned a 5.8/14.  However, in very positive news …

Source: Preakness Ratings Down, but Best of May 20 Sports

Is Horse Racing Dead? Kentucky Derby Day Handle Hit Record Amounts

churchill downs ky derby dayWith wagering above $200 million for the first time and a top-10 crowd on Kentucky Derby Day, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. expects to add between $4-6 million in increased profitability, the company announced earlier this month.

Source: Kentucky Derby and Derby Day Handle Hit Record Highs

Cloud Computing, surprise Preakness champion, is uncertain for Belmont Stakes

With Preakness champion Cloud Computing uncertain to start in the Belmont Stakes, the thoroughbred racing world faces the strong possibility of a second straight year with three different winners of the three Triple Crown races. Trainer Chad Brown said Cloud Computing came out of his upset victory in good order.

But even in the immediate afterglow… [Read more…]

‘Dream’ Team wants to keep running Kentucky Derby Champ for the Good of Horse Racing

Triple Crown trophyBALTIMORE — When American Pharoah followed his historic Triple Crown run in 2015 by racing three more times and ultimately closing his amazing 3-year-old season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, owner Ahmed Zayat put untold millions at risk to give more horse racing fans the opportunity to see the sport’s newest superstar. The… [Read more…]