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Yes, Essential Quality is No. 1 in the Kentucky Derby Future Pool 4. The Tapit colt opens at 7/2 when the KDFW's Pool 4 begins Friday. (Image: Coady Photography)

No Surprise: Essential Quality Opens as 7/2 Favorite in KDFW Pool 4

Essential Quality turned his Southwest Stakes victory on Saturday into 7/2 favored status for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) Pool 4. The KDFW’s Pool 4 runs concurrently with the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager’s sole pool. Clariere opens as the 5/1 favorite for that pool. The KDFW opens Friday at […]

Highly Motivated makes his anticipated 2021 debut in Saturday's Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. (Image: Coglianese Photos)

Weekend Stakes: History at Santa Anita, Derby Preps on Both Coasts

This weekend’s stakes lineup features one of the most iconic races in American horse racing, the Santa Anita Handicap. But even that event, technically Santa Anita Park’s Saturday headliner, may get overshadowed on its own card by a Grade 2 Kentucky Derby prep, the San Felipe Stakes. Featuring two of […]

Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook discusses defense during a recent winning streak by the Washington Wizards. (Image: Lane Pryce/Getty)

Are the Washington Wizards Really Making a Legit Playoff Run?

If you’re looking for an undervalued asset to invest in, keep an eye on the Washington Wizards. Yes, the Wizards at 13-19. The Wiz recently climbed out of the Eastern Conference basement, and they’re heading into the second half of the season with a chance to compete for a playoff […]

Kyle Lowry was a vital part of the Toronto Raptors when they won the championship in 2019, but his future with the Raptors is a question mark. (Image: Chris O'Meara/AP)

NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors to Trade Kyle Lowry to Philly 76ers?

In the latest batch of NBA trade rumors, the Toronto Raptors could trade veteran guard and six-time All-Star Kyle Lowry before the deadline. Teams interested in a Lowry trade include the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and LA Clippers, but all signs indicate that the Raptors won’t be quick to get […]

This T206 Honus Wagner formerly owned by Joe Garagiola brought $2.5 million at auction on Sunday. (Image: Heritage Auctions)

T206 Honus Wagner Card Fetches $2.5M at Auction

Imagine owning a baseball card that not only features a big crease, but that’s lost some of the cardboard from the back after being pasted in a scrapbook – and then selling that card for more than $2.5 million. A famed T206 Honus Wagner fetched that price during a recent […]

Irad Ortiz Jr. usually throws his punches on the track with his riding skill. He was fined $1,000 for throwing them at fellow rider Paco Lopez after Friday's fourth race at Gulfstream Park. (Image: Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)

When Jockeys Fight: Leading Rider Ortiz Fined $1,000 for Starting Brawl

In a rare episode of When Jockeys Fight, Gulfstream Park stewards fined leading jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. $1,000 and put him and brawling partner Paco Lopez on probation after the two riders fought following Friday’s fourth race at Gulfstream. The Daily Racing Form first broke the story. According to the […]

Defensive end JJ Watt, seen here in a game for the Houston Texans against the Kansas City Chiefs, will play with the Arizona Cardinals next season. (Image: Getty)

JJ Watt Signs $31 Million Deal with Arizona Cardinals

No one saw that coming! JJ Watt, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, broke the news himself about signing a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were definitely a curveball, considering both of his younger brothers played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cards weren’t on […]

After Jose Ortiz pointed the way to a stretch victory in the Fountain of Youth, Greatest Honour reached his lowest Kentucky Derby odds mark to date. He's 7/1 at Circa Sports, 5/1 at William Hill Nevada. (Image: Lauren King/Gulfstream Park)

Derby Futures: Just When You Thought the Favorites Can’t Go Lower

As the calendar turns to March – a mere two months out from the Kentucky Derby – Circa Sports and William Hill Nevada pared 53 horses from their Derby futures boards. There are 150 horses remaining. The value on many of the favorites? The books sliced that away long ago. […]

The Vegas Golden Knights promptly cancelled a partnership with tour service UpickTrade.com after just three days. (Image: David Zalubowski/AP)

Vegas Golden Knights Quickly Make, Break Partnership with Mexican Tout Service

When the Vegas Golden Knights announced they were partnering with Mexican sports betting pick service UpickTrade, it didn’t take long for social media to roundly criticize the deal. Within a matter of days, the NHL franchise took that criticism to heart, ending the relationship before it ever really began. On […]

PSA raised its rates on Monday, making it significantly more costly to have sports and TCG cards evaluated through the company. (Image:

Internet in a Tizzy After PSA Doubles Card Grading Prices Overnight

Although it had been rumored for weeks, Professional Sports Authenticators’ practical doubling of the rate it charges to grade cards sent shockwaves through the sports card collecting community on Monday. Collectors Universe, PSA’s parent company, announced in November that it would sell the company for $700 million to an investor […]

After their resounding Southwest Stakes victory, Essential Quality and Luis Saez point to either the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn. (Image: Coady Photography)

What’s Next on the Derby Trail for Essential Quality, Greatest Honour?

Essential Quality and Greatest Honour came out of their weekend Kentucky Derby prep victories none the worse for their victorious efforts. And, their respective trainers have already plotted their next stops on the Derby trail. Essential Quality, who splashed through the Oaklawn Park slop for a 4 ¼-length victory over […]

Monomoy Girl warms up for Sunday's Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park. She goes for her 14th win in 16 races as a prohibitive favorite. (Image: Coady Photography)

The Monomoy Girl Farewell Tour Opens at Oaklawn’s Bayakoa

Again, when you’re handicapping a Monomoy Girl race, like Sunday’s Grade 3 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park, it’s best to put the pen down. Instead, pick up your attention and simply watch. Betting on Monomoy Girl, especially in a race like this, lacks value. For horse racing fans, however, it […]