Arcadia, California- This year will be the 30th running of the Breeders Cup and will be contested for the 7th time at Santa Anita Park. The east coasters continue to grumble, but let’s be fair, where else can you get 80 and sunny weather in November? Florida might be an option but past venues of Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, & Monmouth Park have only offered cool temps and an unfriendly fan environment. This particular east coaster loves to hit California this time of year and as a gambler getting a fair playing field you can’t ask for anything more. (As a side note, the 2014 BC will also be held at Santa Anita)
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Belmont Stakes-The 145th running of Belmont stakes is carded as race 11 this Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY, approximate scheduled post time is 6:36 PM. The field consists of 14 entrants who are vying for the 3rd Jewel of the Triple Crown. The weather forecast is showers all day Friday and Saturday morning ending mid-day with below normal temps for the big day, looks like sloppy main track and yielding turf.
Preakness Stakes-The 138th running of Preakness stakes is carded as race 12 this Saturday at Pimlico Racecourse, approximate scheduled post time is 6:20 PM. The field consists of 9 entrants who are vying for the 2nd Jewel of the Triple Crown with Orb trying to become the 1st Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The weather forecast is projecting picture perfect weather Friday & Saturday with ideal temperatures, partly cloudy, and no precipitation on Preakness day.
Kentucky Derby-(Louisville, Kentucky) the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is carded as race 11 this Saturday at Churchill Downs, approximate scheduled post time is 6:24PM. The field consists of 20 entrants who are vying to make history having their name forever etched in racing lore. The weather forecast is projecting potential rain storms Saturday with very mild temperatures with a 70% chance of precipitation.
Derby fever starts when the BC Juvenile winner crosses the finish line as aspirations abound as if this is the “next great one”, most of those have just been dreams as only Street Sense was able to double back on the first Saturday in May.
The rest of us feel the Derby trail begins when they start taking wagers in the futures Pool which the first pool closed today. Continue reading
Arcadia, California- For the 6th time the Breeders Cup will be contested at Santa Anita. As a purist who has attended over half of these events including last 3 editions in the greater Los Angeles area, this is the best place for it. I love Churchill Downs, but the weather is always on the cool side for the fans. Let’s be real, the weather in the Midwest & Northeast in November is not ideal (case in point, look what “Frankenstorm” just did, it even knocked the DRF off-line), but in Southern California this time of year it is picture perfect.
Sweet Lou is the odds on prohibitive favorite to win the Meadowlands Pace and rightfully so, he sports an impressive resume coming into the event having only missed the exacta once in 17 career starts. Check out the field (Meadowlands Pace PP’s)
The local buzz at Sweet Lou’s home base at the Meadows is he could be the fastest standradbred of all-time. So he’s a lock isn’t he? Continue reading
Dave Palone is only two wins away from the unthinkable which is to pass Herve Fillion as the all-time dash winning driver in the history of harness racing. That record will likely fall Thursday July 5th. To put this feat in perspective, let’s look at some numbers. Continue reading
Sure the Triple Crown is over but what a ride I’ll Have Another Gave Us. Flat Racing can be broken down into 3 schedules:
Triple Crown trail from November until June
Fall Finals in October & November when the Arc in Europe and the Breeders Cup culminate the year
and the Summer……. Continue reading