1. Close Hatches Preps for Breeders' Cup Distaff as Chalk in Spinster

    Perfect in four starts in 2014, the Bill Mott-trained Close Hatches will look to keep her winning streak intact as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at Keeneland on Sunday...

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  2. Wise Dan Tunes Up for Breeders' Cup in Shadwell Turf Mile

    Wise Dan is the two-time reigning Horse of the Year. He spent part of the summer recovering from colic surgery in May, has won 14 straight races on turf and by some accounts is the most interesting horse in the world...

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  3. Jim Rome's Shared Belief Looking for Awesome Breeders' Cup Prep

    Shared Belief was the champion juvenile of 2012, but missed the Triple Crown season with foot issues. However, that may not stop him from unseating Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner ...

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  4. California Chrome Back in Action as Favorite in Pennsylvania Derby

    Summer break is over, and it is back to work for Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, who takes on seven foes in Saturday’s Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing...

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  5. Ricoh Woodbine Mile Caps Off Jockey Club Tour on Fox

    The horse racing action moves north of the border on Sunday, as the Jockey Club Tour on Fox heads to Woodbine in Toronto for the Grade 1, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile...

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  6. Breeders' Cup Contenders Battle at Saratoga Saturday

    There are just three days left in the Saratoga meeting and two months until the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita...

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  7. Shared Belief Takes on Game on Dude in Pacific Classic

    The grizzled seven-year-old gelding Game On Dude and the up-and-coming three-year-old Shared Belief share top billing for Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic, the signature race of the summer meeting at Del Mar...

    Michael Dempsey Written by Michael Dempsey about 2 months ago 1,858 reads 0 comments

  8. Belmont Stakes Winner Tonalist Headlines Travers Stakes at Saratoga

    Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist headlines a stellar field for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes, the marquee event of the 40-day Saratoga meeting...

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  9. Jockey Club Tour on Fox Returns to Saratoga for Sword Dancer

    For the third time this summer the racing action on the Jockey Club Tour on Fox hits beautiful Saratoga, with a field of seven lining up in the 40th running of the Grade 1 $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational...

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  10. Real Solution Looking to Defend Title in Arlington Million

    While Saturday’s Grade 1 Arlington Million only drew a field of seven, which matches the smallest field in the 32-year history of the race, the race features a solid group including ...

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  11. Pletcher Looks Loaded in Juvenile Stakes Races at Saratoga

    Trainer Todd Pletcher looks well on his way to his 11th training title at Saratoga and will be well represented in both juvenile stakes on Sunday’s card, the $200,000 Adirondack ...

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  12. Palace Malice Faces off with Will Take Charge in Whitney at Saratoga

    Dogwood Stables’ Palace Malice was installed as the even-money morning line favorite and will be seeking to keep his perfect 2014 season intact when he takes on eight foes in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1...

    Michael Dempsey Written by Michael Dempsey about 3 months ago 2,101 reads 2 comments

  13. Untapable Takes on Boys in William Hill Haskell Invitational

    After trouncing her own division by a combined 31 lengths in her last four starts, the brilliant three-year-old filly Untapable takes on the boys on Sunday afternoon in the Grade 1, $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park...

    Michael Dempsey Written by Michael Dempsey about 3 months ago 2,540 reads 2 comments

  14. Belmont Stakes Winner Tonalist Looks Dandy at Saratoga

    While Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is on break, Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist will be in action at Saratoga on Saturday, installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy...

    Michael Dempsey Written by Michael Dempsey about 3 months ago 2,021 reads 1 comments

  15. Summer Racing Heats Up with CCA Oaks at Saratoga, Eddie Read at Del Mar

    There is no better time to be a horseplayer than the dog days of summer, as Saratoga and Del Mar both kicked off their summer meetings this week, with the top horses, trainers and ...

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  16. Jockey Club Tour on Fox Hits Jersey Shore for United Nations

    The Jockey Club Tour on Fox shifts to the Jersey Shore on Sunday afternoon as a field of 10 will line up in the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations at Monmouth Park...

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  17. Belmont Oaks: Euros Invade for Breeders' Cup Challenge Race

    It may be the Fourth of July holiday weekend, but on Saturday the invasion is coming, as four overseas invaders will converge on Belmont Park, hoping to take home the lion’s share of a $1 million purse in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational...

    Michael Dempsey Written by Michael Dempsey about 4 months ago 2,249 reads 0 comments

  18. Breeders' Cup Challenge: Game on Dude Seeks Third Gold Cup Win

    Game On Dude will look to stamp his ticket to the Grade 1, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic when the gelding faces six foes in the Grade 1, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday ...

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  19. What's Next for California Chrome After 2014 Triple Crown Miss?

    On Saturday, California Chrome became the 13th horse to have a Triple Crown bid derailed in the Belmont Stakes since Affirmed last accomplished the feat in 1978...

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  20. Steve Coburn's Post-Belmont Rant Stumbles onto What's Wrong with Triple Crown

    The drought lives on, as California Chrome came up short in his bid to win the Triple Crown on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes...

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  21. Belmont Stakes Early Betting: California Chrome Getting Hammered

    It is only a small fraction of the millions that will be wagered on the $1.5 Belmont Stakes, but California Chrome is getting the majority of the early betting dollars, bet down to 1-2 odds in his bid to win the Triple Crown...

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  22. Belmont Stakes Predictions 2014: Last-Minute Picks and Analysis

    The Belmont Stakes is here, and all eyes are on California Chrome as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and just the 12th in history...

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  23. Reality Television Star Calls Belmont Stakes: It's a Photo!

    Peter Rotondo Sr., co-star of Esquire Network’s reality television show Horseplayers , may spend way too much time at the racetrack, but if he ever gets tired of sending his ...

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  24. Belmont Day Features Two Breeders' Cup Challenge Races

    Sure, all eyes will be squarely on California Chrome on Saturday as the colt bids to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978...

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  25. Belmont 2014 Odds: 10 Betting Tips from Handicapping Expert

    There is nothing more exciting in sports than a horse heading to the Belmont Stakes seeking to win the elusive Triple Crown. We have been here before, a dozen times since Affirmed won the last Triple Crown in 1978...

    Michael Dempsey Written by Michael Dempsey about 5 months ago 10,059 reads 2 comments