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Horse Racing: Justify Cruises to Triple Crown Glory

Mike SmithBettors who believed Justify was set to continue his unbeaten record and sent him off as the 4/5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday June 9 were not only correct but they did not have a moment of anxiety.

Justify set the pace and kept on convincingly all the way to the wire under Mike Smith to become the 13th Triple Crown winner after more …

Belmont Stakes: Vibes Good But Can Justify Take Triple Crown?

Justify: Can He Win Triple Crown?Bettors seem to think so. Justify is the hot odds-on favorite to take the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9 and complete his claim for Triple Crown glory. He may well succeed but this stunning, unbeaten chestnut colt is not ideally bred to benefit from an additional two furlongs.

Trained by Bob Baffert, his sire Scat Daddy was more …

Kentucky Oaks Review 2018: Monomoy Girl Fights Back

Brad Cox: Kentucky Oaks ReviewNot many fillies will fight back after being headed but Monomoy Girl, the 13/5 second favorite, showed talent and tenacity to win the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4.

She was challenged and briefly headed in the stretch by Wonder Gadot (17/1) but responded to the more …

Kentucky Derby News: Pletcher Quartet, Justify & Mendelssohn On Song

Todd PletcherTodd Pletcher’s quartet of Kentucky Derby runners have arrived safely at Churchill Downs and have a big chance of providing him with his third winner. His Florida Derby victor Audible is the most popular with bettors and the second favorite in the Kentucky Derby betting.

Unlike some of his rivals this son of more …

Risen Star Stakes: Bravazo Shocks at 21/1

D Wayne LukasBravazo (21/1) showed he had guts as well as talent by getting his nose in front on the wire after a hard-fought battle in the stretch at Fair Grounds in the Grade 2 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes 2018 on February 17.

Trained by D Wayne Lukas, a photo was needed to confirm that Bravazo had beaten Steve Asmussen’s more …

Pegasus World Cup 2018 Review: Gun Runner Slays Pegasus Pack

Steve AsmussenGun Runner demonstrated his superiority over his rivals in the 2018 Pegasus World Cup Invitational by blasting clear of them on January 27 at Gulfstream Park. It was an emphatic end to his exploits on the racetrack prior to his new career at stud.

Trained by Steve Asmussen and partnered by Florent Geroux, the five-year-old star son of Candy Ride had been more …

Pegasus World Cup: Will Dettori Be Toast Of Gulfstream?

Frankie Dettori: Rides in Pegasus World Cup 2018The UK trainee, Toast Of New York, has made himself comfortable at Gulfstream Park and is in with a live chance of scoring in the planet’s richest horse race, the $16 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday (January 27).

Previously owned by Michael Buckley who is better known in the UK for his interest in jumps horses, Toast Of more …

Stormy Liberal: From Lowly Claimer To Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Champion

Peter MillerFormer claimer Stormy Liberal was ignored by bettors at 30/1 but he did not know that he was a ‘no-hoper’ and surged late to win the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 4 at Del Mar.

Trained by Peter Miller, the five-year-old gelding beat his barn mate Richard’s Boy (13/1) on the wire under more …

Battle Of Midway Triumphs in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile 2017

Flavien PratBattle Of Midway was an 18/1 long shot but lived up to his name by outbattling the gutsy pacesetter Sharp Azteca (100/30) in the stretch to win the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile by half a length under Flavien Prat on November 3 at Del Mar.

Owned by Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, it was the three-year-old son of more …

Frankel Record Falls as Breeders’ Cup Beckons for Record-Breaker O’Brien

Aidan O'Brien: Broke Bobby Frankel's RecordIrish trainer Aidan O’Brien has beaten Bobby Frankel’s world record of 25 Group or Grade 1 wins on the Flat in a year. O’Brien equaled it at Ascot, England on October 21 with Hydrangea in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes and broke it on Saturday (October 28) with Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

Saxon Warrior, a son of Deep Impact out of more …

Breeders’ Cup Finale: One More Run And Arrogate’s Done

Mike SmithArrogate will retire to stud at Lexington after attempting to defend his Breeders’ Cup Classic title on November 4 at Del Mar. His owners Juddmonte Farms have not yet provided details of his stud fee.

Arrogate was bred by Clearsky Farms and sold for $560,000 as a yearling. Clearsky will be hoping more than more …

O’Meara’s Suedois Steals Shadwell Turf Mile 2017

David O'MearaHeart To Heart was the 11/5 favorite in the Shadwell Turf Mile and looked set for his first Grade 1 win until the 10/1 shot Suedois surged late under Danny Tudhope denying him on the wire at Keeneland on Saturday (October 7).

Trained by Brian Lynch, the popular and incredibly consistent six-year-old Heart To Heart had given more …

Arrogate Flops Again As Barnmate Collects Pacific Classic

Martin GarciaBob Baffert saddled the first two horses home in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic but not in the order that many US bettors or Baffert expected. Collected (3/1) repelled the late challenge of the 7/10 favorite Arrogate to win by a half-length at Del Mar on August 20.

Owned by Speedway Stables and ridden by Martin Garcia, it more …

Oscar Performance Stars in Secretariat Stakes

Frankie DettoriThe 6/4 favorite Oscar Performance proved he is an act that others can only follow by winning the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes impressively at Arlington International Racecourse on August 12.

Owned and bred by John and Jerry Amerman and trained by Brian Lynch, this son of Kitten’s Joy out of more …

Arrogate Set for Pacific after Del Mar Flop

Bob BaffertArrogate is reportedly back on track after his flop at Del Mar and is aiming to run in the $1 million Pacific Classic on August 19. His trainer Bob Baffert believes he has successfully retuned his star colt as he produced a bullet last week and an encouraging performance over seven furlongs on August 8 that suggested he had progressed.

On July 22 Arrogate proved that more …

Oscar Performance Outruns Invaders in Belmont Derby

Brian LynchOscar Performance was not the most fancied runner at 11/2 in the $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational but he proved that he could still act at the highest level by winning impressively from the front on July 8.

It was a long-awaited second top class victory that restored the faith of his trainer Brian Lynch and his owners and more …

Belmont Stakes 2017 Review: Tapwrit Outstays Irish War Cry

Jose OrtizGraham Motion looked set for his first Belmont Stakes win when his 11/4 favorite Irish War Cry turned for home under Rajiv Maragh but the long stretch gave the strong-finishing Tapwrit (5/1) time to overcome him.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the winning grey Tapwrit galloped relentlessly all the way to the wire and more …

Preakness 2017 Review: Cloud Computing Cracks Classic Empire

Javier CastellanoThe Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 20 was billed as a two horse race but the largely overlooked 13/1 shot Cloud Computing had not read the script and got his head in front of Classic Empire, the 11/5 second favorite, in the final strides.

Trained by Chad Brown, Cloud Computing had tracked the two market leaders, Always Dreaming the 6/5 Preakness favorite and more …

Kentucky Derby Review 2017: Always Dreaming Wires The Field

John VelasquezAlways Dreaming fulfilled the fantasies of his owners the Brooklyn Boyz and the hopes of bettors who made him the 47/10 favorite in the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6.

This son of Bodemeister showed both speed and resolve, winning from the front on the sloppy track under more …

Kentucky Oaks Review 2017: Abel Tasman Last To First for Baffert & Smith

Bob BaffertThe combination of Bob Baffert and Mike Smith usually attracts plenty of bettors’ attention in big races but Abel Tasman triumphed at 9/1 for them in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs (May 5).

Owned by the China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms, Abel Tasman spent most of the race dead last but more …

Eve of Kentucky Derby News Update with Betting Prediction & Pick

Christophe SoumillonOn the eve of the Kentucky Derby, we give a news update on some of the main contenders. Not everything has gone smoothly in the battle to make the big day in one piece.

So in our final Kentucky Derby update, here are the latest factors that could affect the outcome. It’s a ‘must read’ before more …

Classic Empire Books Kentucky Derby Berth with Arkansas Win

Mark CasseClassic Empire finally repaid his trainer Mark Casse’s patience and booked his Kentucky Derby starting gate with a win in the $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

It was not an awe-inspiring display of superiority but provided a long-awaited first win as a three-year-old and more …

Arrogate Overcomes Adversity to Win Dubai World Cup 2017

Mike SmithAnyone who had backed Arrogate, the 1/3 favorite in the 2017 $10 million Dubai World Cup, had to endure a nail-biting time on Saturday (March 25) before he achieved the most impressive win of his career.

Arrogate not only missed the break but immediately encountered traffic problems that checked his stride and left him languishing in last approaching more …

Awesome Mastery Limps out of Kentucky Derby Picture

Bob BaffertThe unbeaten Mastery lived up to his name, cruising seven lengths clear in the Grade 2 $400,690 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. Mastery’s awe-inspiring performance confirmed his claims for Kentucky Derby glory – until spectators saw Mike Smith jumping off him and spotted that he was lame.

His trainer Bob Baffert (pictured) had always had very high hopes for more …

Gunnevera Tops Kentucky Derby Points after Fountain of Youth Romp

Javier CastellanoGunnevera powered clear of more fancied rivals in the $400,000 Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 4. Swooping late from last to first under Javier Castellano (pictured), he won with such authority that Castellano was able to put his whip down and use his hands and heels to urge him over the wire.

Gunnevera was sent off at more …

Girvin Takes Kentucky Derby Points Lead after Risen Star Victory

Joe SharpThe unfancied 8/1 shot Girvin galloped two lengths clear of Untrapped in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday and straight to the top of the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard.

His trainer Joe Sharp (pictured), husband of former top jockey Rosie Napravnik, was so delighted and surprised by the more …

Classic Empire Misses Fountain of Youth With Foot Abscess

Graham MotionClassic Empire’s trainer Mark Casse has announced that he will miss his scheduled run in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on March 4. His star colt is still suffering from the effects of the foot abscess that is believed to be responsible for his disappointing performance at the same track last time out.

That was in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes on more …

Pegasus World Cup Review: Easy for Arrogate as Chrome Flops

Art ShermanThe first running of the $12million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on January 28 was supposed to be a scintillating two horse race but only one of them showed up sound on the day, allowing the Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate to win easily.

Unfortunately the Pegasus will be remembered by many as the one time that the usually ultra-consistent California Chrome failed to more …

Pegasus World Cup: Arrogate vs Chrome, The $12 million Rematch

Khalid AbdullahThe first $12 million Pegasus World Cup will be a race to remember with the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Arrogate, set for an eagerly awaited rematch with California Chrome. The newly created most valuable horse race on planet Earth is to be run over a mile and a furlong on dirt at Gulfstream Park on January 28.

The Pegasus World Cup has been on more …