‘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…]

Always Dreaming The Big Preakness Favorite

With the post positions to be drawn today, Always Dreaming remains the clear favorite Tuesday heading into the Preakness Stakes. The Kentucky Derby winner has 10/11 odds to win Saturday’s race and his odds to win the Triple Crown are 11/4 compared to 2/9 to lose, according to betting side Bovada. In a routine 1… [Read more…]

At 81, Conquest Mo Money owner Tom McKenna a newcomer in Preakness spotlight

Tom McKenna was 12 years old when his beloved grandfather, a Texas judge with a passion for horse racing, helped fuel his own love of the sport by having him ride one of the quarter horses in a race at Cowboy Park in El Paso.

“I was scared to death,” McKenna, now 81, recalled this week.… [Read more…]

Preakness primer: Derby Winner is top story line

Churchill winner's circleLast year, the Preakness Stakes was labeled as the next meeting in the intense rivalry between two West Coast colts, Nyquist and Exaggerator, who ran first and second, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby.

Exaggerator turned the tables and won the Preakness, with Nyquist finishing third. Southern California racing was on top. This year the thinking is… [Read more…]

Always Dreaming energetic in morning work at Pimlico

For just a moment Monday morning, the old anxiety rose inside Todd Pletcher as he watched Kentucky Derby champion Always Dreaming bounce onto the track at Pimlico Race Course. As he had been in his first days at Churchill Downs in preparing for the Derby, the willful colt was so excited that he seemed ready to… [Read more…]

Always Dreaming takes to Pimlico for light training

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming took to the Pimlico racetrack for a light jog Wednesday morning to begin preparing for the 142nd Preakness Stakes on May 20. The colt jogged around the track under an exercise rider and in the company of a pony in his first training session that was overseen by assistant trainer Ginny… [Read more…]

Nilsen’s Kentucky Derby 143 Expert Selections with Wagering Strategies

Skip the Pretenders.  Get Real Expert Selections for Saturday’s KY Derby

Rich Nilsen handicapperBONUS: Full-card Selections for all 14 races at Churchill Downs, Saturday May 6, 2017. Includes 3 Spot Plays (Best Bets) on the undercard and a top Longshot play for the Derby!

Get the expert analysis of Kentucky Derby 143 from Agameofskill.com founder and 12-time NHC qualifier Rich Nilsen. The report includes analysis for the Run for the Roses, along with wagering strategies for the exacta and late Pick-4.

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“Kentucky Derby 143 Analysis” includes:

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Late Pick-4 wagering strategies

This guide was published after the post position draw on Wednesday.

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Nilsen has worked the past 25 years in the equine industry, including managing a horse racing stable for 10 years. During his long tenure at Brisnet.com and TwinSpires.com, Nilsen managed the successful Players’ Pool syndicate, which pooled funds from the account wagering members to go after large Pick-6 carryovers. The Players’ Pool produced a significant profit for the members over several 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.

Nilsen is one of the top participants in the history of the $2.8 Million National Handicapping Championship (NHC), having qualified 13 times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 at the NHC twice.

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Ridgefielder Spearman has vested interest in Kentucky Derby with Tapwrit

Ridgefielder Spearman has vested interest in Kentucky Derby

Spearman, a Ridgefield resident, is the chairman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, which has a substantial ownership stake in Tapwrit, an imposing three-year-old colt that is a contender in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby .

Source: Ridgefielder Spearman has vested interest in Kentucky Derby

Trainer Shirreffs has let Gormley do his thing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Parents remember when their A student brings home their first B, or, heavens, even a C. Maybe the parents react with a stern lecture or by taking away privileges or even removing the device that seems to be growing out of their hand. Rare is the parent who just views it as part… [Read more…]

Can New Jersey-bred in the Kentucky Derby actually win? Bet on it

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Regret and Cavalcade, the names are faint echoes, hallmarks of a time in American thoroughbred racing when New Jersey was a lot more than a casual pit stop in the breeding business. They were the only Jersey-breds ever to win the Kentucky Derby — Regret in 1915, Cavalcade in 1934. They were to…

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