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NBA Week 8 News Update: Who’s On The Up & Trending Down?

Rudy GayIt’s the middle of December, but the 2018-19 NBA standings are still super unclear. Seeds two through five in the Eastern Conference are just one game apart, and the bottom four are just two games apart from each other.

The Western Conference is where chaos truly resides. Only 5.5 games separate seeds 1 through 14. All 14 of those more …

NBA Week 7 Form Guide: Which Teams Are Trending Up & Down?

Gordon HaywardWe are approaching the one-third point of this NBA season. A great sign for the league’s competitive balance is that 24 of the 30 teams are within two games of a playoff spot. That hasn’t been the case at all at this point in past seasons.

However, with so many teams performing close to an average level, there are a lot of squads checking the more …

NBA News: Risers & Fallers for Week 6 of the 2018-19 Season

Juancho HernangomezWe are close to the one-quarter mark of the NBA season. Many early-season trends have normalized by now, but there are still plenty of surprises every week on the individual and team level.

Let’s discuss some of the teams that have both boosted and dropped their stock in the past week. more …

NBA Risers & Fallers Reviewed: Week 5 Sees Chaos & Inconsistency

LeBron JamesThe 2018-19 NBA season continues to be one of the most unexpected campaigns in recent history.

The prohibitive favorites in their conferences (the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics) haven’t found a groove. Teams with mediocre expectations (LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and more …

NBA Movers News: Risers & Fallers for Week 4 of the 2018-19 Season

Montrezl HarrellHow has your favorite NBA team fared in the first four weeks of the season? Chances are, their performance has already seen many ups and downs. Pretty much the entire league has been quite inconsistent with its performance.

We have been tracking the league’s trends over the past week, so let’s discuss some of those teams that more …

NBA Week 3 Risers & Fallers: Cavs Calamity as Raptors, OKC & Nets On The Up

Kyle Lowry: NBA Week 3 Risers & FallersThe NBA’s first few weeks have been marked by lots of three-pointers, very fast-paced games and offenses generally having their way with defenses. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on your preferences.

One clearly positive thing from the early season is the competitive balance in the league. Seventeen of the 30 teams have a more …

NBA Review: Risers & Fallers for Week 2 of the 2018-19 Season

Marc GasolWith just over two weeks of NBA play over in the 2018-19 season, we are still at a point where teams are finding their identities. Even so, we can start to see where squads are trending.

Most teams have performed somewhat within the realm of reasonable expectations for them. A few teams in more …

NBA Form Review: Risers and Fallers for Week 1 of the 2018-19 Season

Anthony Davis: NBA Week 1 Risers & FallersWe are just over a week into the 2018-19 NBA season. So far this season, there have been lots of surprise players and teams. In some cases, they have been pleasant surprises. In other cases, they have been disappointments.

Even though sample sizes for most teams are small, it is not too early to check in with the state of the more …

Baffert’s Game Winner Scores in Del Mar Futurity

Mario GutierrezFollowing Bob Baffert trainees in Grade 1 contests for juveniles is generally a good policy but in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Stakes on September 4 most bettors picked the wrong one.

It was Baffert’s second string, the appropriately named Game Winner, the 8/5 second favorite, who gave his more …

Carrick Surprises at 38/1 in Secretariat Stakes

John VelazquezThe crowd cheered when Chad Brown’s 4/5 favorite Analyze It took the lead in the stretch in the Secretariat Stakes but the 38/1 shot Carrick managed to get his head in front in the final 100 yards and win by a neck at Arlington Park on August 11.

Trained by the UK-born Tom Morley for Donegal Racing, Carrick had been pushed along by John Velazquez for more …

Lady Aurelia Retires From Racetrack: Review Of Her Career

Wesley WardGlobetrotting sprint star Lady Aurelia is set for a new career as a broodmare. Trained by Wesley Ward, the four-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy dazzled at the highest level as far afield as the UK and France.

Ward knew from day one that Lady Aurelia was something special, her work at home was spectacular. She was more …

Justify Out Of Big-Race Targets: Will Triple Crown Winner Race Again?

Bob BaffertHall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has announced that his Triple Crown winner Justify has been ruled out of his August big-race targets, the Pacific Classic at Del Mar and the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. A leg problem that is ‘under evaluation’ is the cause of the break in his schedule.

Justify broke every rule in more …

Catholic Boy Triumphs in Belmont Derby Thriller

Javier CastellanoNot many pace-setting horses battle back after being headed in the stretch but the 5/1 shot Catholic Boy dug deep to deny Chad Brown’s 2/1 favorite Analyze It on the wire in the 2018 $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1T) on July 7.

Owned by Robert LaPenta, Sol Kumin (Madaket Stables), Twin Creeks Racing and Siena Farm, Catholic Boy seems to more …

Belmont Stakes: 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 …