Horse Racing

Winx under jockey Hugh Bowman salutes the fans. (Image: Getty Images)

Must See TV: Streaking Winx Tries For 31 Straight

The champion Australian race mare Winx, drawing ever nearer to her final career start in mid-April, is attempting a record 31st straight visit to the winners circle later this week. Winx loads into the starting gate late Friday – Saturday afternoon in Australia at Royal Randwick in suburban Sydney – […]

Overhead view of plans for new Islanders' arena at Belmont Park. (Image: New York Arena Partners)

Plans for New NY Islanders Arena at Belmont Park Put on Ice

A delay is now likely in the start of the massive development project co-joining hockey and horse racing at New York’s Belmont Park. New York Arena Partners, the developers behind the $1.18 billion project, were forecasting a May groundbreaking in hopes the NHL’s New York Islanders would be making the […]

Vennezulan-based Canonero II winning 1971 Kentucky Derby.(Image: Staten Island Advance/Irving Silverstein)

How the Kentucky Derby Became a Worldwide Horse Racing Event

Non-American horse racing interests have long coveted the greatest prize in US racing, the Kentucky Derby. The question of who has the fastest horse — in this instance a three-year-old — is many hundreds of years old and has no national boundaries. In 2012, a specific framework was created establishing […]

Anotherwtistafate impresses at Golden Gate on the Kentucky Derby Trail

Horses Moving Up or Moving Out in Kentucky Derby Points Chase

Mid-February remains a key time of year for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Aspirants must soon be moving forward in any of the multitude of prep races, stepping up training to attain fitness for longer, more testing March and April Derby preps. Or, head for the exit ramp on the road to […]

Winx wins once more - 30 in a row for the super mare. (Image: Getty Photo)

Oi Oi Oi! Winx Notches 30th Win in a Row Down Under

The “Down-Under Wonder” Winx gave her fans what they wanted to see Saturday, notching her astounding 30th straight win. Her victory by two lengths in the 7/8 mile Apollo Stakes on the turf came at odds of 1/9 at her home track Royal Randwick in suburban Sydney. And once again the […]

Golden Gate Fields hosts weekend Kentucky Derby prep (Image: Golden Gate Fields

Seeking Kentucky Derby Glory Presidents’ Day Weekend

Don’t overlook two additional preps Presidents’ Day Weekend as hopefuls pursue a place in the Kentucky Derby winners’ circle. Complementing the $400,000 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans are the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby Saturday at Golden Gate Fields near San Francisco and the $500,000 Southwest […]

Down Under Wonder Winx winning 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Winx Puts 29-Race Winning Streak on the Line at Royal Randwick

Winx, the first lady of horse racing, puts her 29-race winning streak on the line Saturday in the Apollo Stakes at Royal Randwick near Sydney. Post time in the US is 11:50 pm ET Friday. TVG is telecasting the race live. The Aussie-based daughter of Street Cry is expected to […]

Mark Casse send out his Wow horse, War of Will in Risen Star Stakes New Orleans.

Outside Draw Adding Intrigue to Derby Prep in New Orleans

Trainer Mark Casse’s War of Will is the likely favorite in Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, the major Kentucky Derby prep this week at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. But he’ll have to overcome an outside post position if he wants to visit the winner’s circle. The […]

Knicks Go, 5/2 on the morning line, is looking to rebound at Tampa Bay Downs. (Image: Keeneland/Coady Photography)

On the Derby Trail: Knicks Go No Slam Dunk at Tampa Bay Downs

History and a compelling field suggest that Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is a Kentucky Derby prep race not to be ignored. Despite often playing second fiddle to Gulfstream Park near Miami, Tampa Bay Downs is now an important feeder track for […]

Bob Baffert and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify Garry Jones /AP

Future is Now for Kentucky Derby Bettors, Bob Baffert Leads the Way

Game Winner and Improbable, both from the stable of Bob Baffert, are expected to attract the most individual Kentucky Derby future book wagering action when the second phase of the popular bet opens Friday. Bettors also have an “all others” option covering any horse not listed by veteran linemaker Mike […]

Harvey Wallbanger blows up tote board in Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Coglianese Photos/Kenny Martin

Harvey Wallbanger Leaves Bettors Tipsy in Holy Bull

Harvey Wallbanger, namesake of the popular 1970s cocktail and a nearly 30/1 long shot, set off explosive payoffs Saturday by pulling off a huge upset at the $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Kentucky Derby aspirant keyed a $1101.70 one dollar exacta on top of Everfast, the Dale […]

Holy Bull winning the 1994 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park | Equi-Photo

Kentucky Derby Hopefuls Taking ‘Holy Bull’ by the Horns

Race fans and bettors from coast-to-coast continue to be on the lookout for breakthrough performances on the road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby, with eyes on horses like Maximus Mischief and Mihos, two of the expected favorites in the Saturday’s $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Other significant […]

Gun Runner under Florent Geroux wins 2018 Pegasus World Cup

Fastest of the Fast Vie for $9 Million in Pegasus World Cup

The fastest of the fast square off Saturday in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park near Miami. This year, the one mile and three-sixteenths event for grass runners, the Pegasus World Cup Turf, highlights a loaded betting undercard that has bettors salivating over the full fields and […]

Wow. War of Will ran way ahead of the field to take an easy win -- and 10 Kentucky Derby points -- at the Fair Grounds on Saturday. (Image: Racing Dudes)

Wow Moment: War of Will Takes Big Easy Win at LeComte

War of Will, who carries the barn moniker “Wow,” produced that “wow moment” for Kentucky Derby followers Saturday, handily winning the $200,000, 1 mile-seventy-yard Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Now, the horse racing world’s Derby attention moves into the South on Friday. That’s where Oaklawn Park […]

Canadian horse Escape Clause is making Santa Anita Park his home away from home as he runs away with the win in the La Canada Stakes last weekend. (Image: Orange County Register)

Don Schnell and Escape Clause: New Do-It-All Duo Scores at Santa Anita

The do-it-all duo of owner/trainer Don Schnell and his swift mare Escape Clause are getting Southern California thoroughbred racing fans buzzing. That’s because Escape Clause –$4.20, $2.80, $2.40 — was the dominant winner of the $100,000 La Canada Stakes Jan 12 at Santa Anita. As Schnell, 66, remarked, “I said […]

Kentucky Derby hopefuls convene in New Orleans

Kentucky Derby Prep on the Menu in New Orleans

An early Kentucky Derby prep – and, perhaps, some gumbo and oysters – all are on the menu in New Orleans Saturday. That’s because an expected 14 hopefuls are going postward in the 1 mile-70 yard Lecomte Stakes for 3-year-olds at the Fair Grounds. The race marks the start of […]

Derby horses round the first turn at Churchill Downs (Churchill Downs Photo)

Historical Horse Racing Machines Boost Kentucky Derby Purse

When the 2019 Kentucky Derby starting gate springs open a lot more will be at stake – a million dollars more to be exact – thanks to new revenue from historical horse racing machines. That’s because the purse for the US’s most prestigious race has been boosted to $3 million from $2 […]