Horse Racing

Win or lose, Accelerate is off to the breeding shed after Pegasus World Cup. (Image: AP)

Accelerate Set for Final Race in $9 Million Pegasus World Cup

Accelerate, the Breeders’ Cup Classic hero and possible 2018 Horse of the Year, is set to enter the starting gate for the final time Jan. 26 in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. Then, it’s off to the breeding shed, win or lose. At stake is significant prestige in […]

Mihos (Image: Kenny Martin/Racing Dudes)

Favorites Fail in First Round of Derby Preps on Road to Triple Crown

Heavy favorites Coliseum (3/5) and Code of Honor (4/5) both failed on Saturday to live up to the betting hype in their first Kentucky Derby prep races for 3-year-olds in California and Florida. Their results, or lack thereof, left presumptive 2-year-old champion Game Winner as the standout in the ongoing […]

Arlington Park is one of three surviving racetracks in Illinois that could benefit from slot machines powered by historical horse racing algorithms. (Image: Four Footed Fotos/Paulick Report)

Could Horse Racing’s Past Save Its Future? Illinois, Virginia Look to Historical Gaming Machines for Slot-Like Revenues

It’s no secret the equine industry has been experiencing hard times. But in Illinois and Virginia, two major horse racing and breeding states, there’s new hope that “historical horse racing” machines will bring new gaming revenues to struggling tracks. Such HHR machines — essentially slots with random-number generators built on […]

Justify became the 13th horse in the history of the Triple Crown to win all three races. (Image: USA Today Sports)

Justify 2018: Anatomy of an Historic Triple Crown Run (VIDEO)

Justify wasn’t even trainer Bob Baffert’s favorite horse, but he still managed to have a pretty good year. Having never run a race as a 2-year-old, the horse came seemingly out of nowhere to become the 13th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history. . Baffert chose not to run […]

Accelerate, seen here winning the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, may have had a better 2018 than Triple Crown winner Justify. (Image: Alex Evers/The Buffalo News)

Can Accelerate Eclipse Justify to Win 2018 Horse of the Year?

Eclipse Award voters tasked with deciding just who will be anointed America’s 2018 Horse of the Year confront an age-old dilemma:  Should they reward special and unprecedented excellence over a short period of time in the form of Triple Crown winner Justify … or does the coast-to-coast, longer-term brilliance of Accelerate merit […]

California horse racing authorities contend the technology at Santa Anita Park was good enough to determine the winner of this  TK (Image: Santa Anita)

Is It Time for Horse Racing to Upgrade Photo Finish Technology?

In horse racing, a picture is worth only four words – win, lose, or dead heat – not the thousand as the bromide goes. But now, at least one prominent trainer is calling for the racing community to reconsider the technology that determines the difference, saying that his horse got […]

Justify became only the third horse in history to win the Triple Crown on Saturday. (Image: Reuters)

Justify Wins Belmont Stakes Easily, Captures Triple Crown

Justify showed why he was the 4/5 favorite on Saturday, winning the Belmont Stakes by 1-3/4 lengths and becoming the 13th horse in history to capture the Triple Crown. It was his sixth victory in as many starts. He was a +425 to win the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky […]

Justify won the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday at the Preakness, but only by less than an length. (Image:AP)

Justify Wins Preakness, But Not by Enough for Triple Crown Skeptics

In another Triple Crown race in the mud, Justify validated his favorite status at the Preakness, and came out clean as a whistle. The three-year-old thoroughbred’s win on Saturday signaled to his critics that his Kentucky Derby victory earlier in May was no fluke. And now he is one race away from […]

Trainer Bob Baffert walks Kentucky Derby champion Justify around the Pimlico barn ahead of Saturday’s Preakness. (Image: Patrick Semansky/AP)

Justify Is Morning Line Favorite after Drawing No. 7 Post for Preakness

Kentucky Derby champion Justify will look to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown this Saturday at the Preakness, where he is favored to top the field of eight horses. Justify was installed as the 1/2 favorite for Saturday’s race at Pimlico, something that suits trainer Bob Baffert just […]

Audible is included in several Kentucky Derby prop bets being offered by sportsbooks. (Image: Eclipse Sportswire)

Wagering Available for More Than Just Winner of Kentucky Derby

While the odds are pretty straightforward for the Kentucky Derby, there is a myriad of betting options for the race besides just picking the winner. Sportsbooks, especially internet ones, have several proposition wagers that gamblers can make on Saturday’s Run for the Roses. Horse racing has so many built in […]

Kentucky Derby favorite Justify trains before the Santa Anita Derby, which he won by 3.5 lengths. (Image: Santa Anita Park/Zoe Metz Photography)

Justify Opens as Kentucky Derby Favorite After Drawing No. 7 Post

Santa Anita Derby winner Justify has opened as the favorite for the 2018 Kentucky Derby, with Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia listing the horse at 3/1 to win the first Triple Crown race. While Justify only has three races in his career, he has won all three of them, and […]

Gronkowski, named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, was pulled from the Kentucky Derby because of an infection. (Image: Getty)

Gronkowski (the Horse) Will Not Race in Kentucky Derby Due to Infection

Gronkowski, named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, is out of the Kentucky Derby after suffering an infection. Trainer Jeremy Noseda made the decision on Monday to not send the 3-year-old colt to Churchill Downs from where he was training in England. “We’ve had a minor setback and […]