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Turnback the Alarm Handicap

Friday is the start of arguably the best and biggest weekend in horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup Championships. Horse racing’s equivalent of the World Series, Stanley Cup Finals or Super Bowl. In addition to the Breeders’ Cup, it is closing … Continue reading

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Saturday Stakes Action

Saturday offers the best day of stakes racing so far this year. It kicks off early with the Dubai World Cup card from Meydan race course. Although this year’s edition doesn’t have superstar 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, these … Continue reading

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Fear of a Charming Kitten

Originally published at ThoroFan Handicapper’s Corner Saturday’s $500,000 Grade II Virginia Derby starts at 8:12PM, meaning Colonial Downs improved their track lighting system to a degree they can hold turf races during twilight hours. It also means the early evening thunder … Continue reading

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Lowdown on Colonial Downs Colonial Turf Cup

Originally published at ThoroFan Handicapper’s Corner. The only Thoroughbred racetrack in the Commonwealth of Virginia is Colonial Downs, conveniently located off Interstate 64 (or rather inconvenient, if you happen to live in Northern Virginia) between Richmond and Williamsburg. Colonial Downs … Continue reading

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Scatman Aristides

For ThoroFan’s Handicapper’s Corner Dylan J. previewed Saturday’s Grade 3 Aristides Stakes. It only drew five entries so Churchill Downs made it Race 5 to keep it out of their Pick 6.  That doesn’t mean it won’t be an exciting … Continue reading

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Catching Up

Last Saturday I made my first foray into the world of live money handicapping tournaments by playing a qualifier for next year’s Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas at Laurel Park.  The Rules: $300 buy-in with $100 going to the … Continue reading

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Saturday’s Derby Preps at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park

The Kentucky Derby prep season moves into the “Championship” phase according to Churchill’s new points system. What that means is that this weekend’s Risen Star and Fountain of Youth Stakes are worth 50 points to winner. In the Risen Star … Continue reading

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Delta Decade – 10th Running of the Delta Jackpot

The Delta Jackpot turns ten this year. In years past the million dollar purse all but guaranteed the winner’s admission to the Kentucky Derby. While past winners of the Jackpot have not had success in the Kentucky Derby there have … Continue reading

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The 2012 Breeders’ Cup – It’s All Greek To Me

Breeders’ Cup weekend is here. Do I know which horse is going to win every race? Of course not. Do I know which horse is going to win any race? I hope so (but there’s no guarantees). Our team of … Continue reading

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Raven Haven – Raven Run Stakes Preview

October may be most noted for playoff baseball and apple crisp but the return of racing at Keenland is not too far behind! While the spring meet may take more of a precedent with Kentucky Derby preps, the fall meet … Continue reading

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3 Year Old Colts & Fillies on the Turf

There’s a few tasty stakes for three year olds on the turf Saturday: the Tropical Park Derby at Calder, the G.3 Hawthorne Derby at Hawthorne, and the G.1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Chicago-based WirePlayers contributor Paul Mazur has … Continue reading

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Hawthorne Gold Cup Day

“I’ve got this thing and it’s <redacted> golden” –Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich He was talking about a senate seat and he is now serving time in a federal prison, but Hawthorne Race Course can say that quote this week … Continue reading

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Jockey Club Gold Cup Day (aka Super Saturday)

Headlined by the Jockey Club Gold Cup, there’s 6 balls out races on Saturday at Belmont. Before the Breeders’ Cup Classic, this was THE championship race for handicap horses each year. While the Breeders’ Cup (in 5 weeks hence) took some … Continue reading

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Parked at Parx – Pennsylvania Derby Highlights Weekend Action

Saturday is the biggest day at Parx / Philadelphia Park during what is a year round racing schedule. The one million dollar PA Derby is a Grade II featuring a diverse field of eight that might have Breeders Cup aspirations … Continue reading

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How We’re Playing Saratoga’s Travers Day Late Pick 4

Minor injuries (and subsequent retirements) to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Champ I’ll Have Another; Belmont Champ Union Rags; and Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister resulted in a lackluster Travers Stakes field. Even Belmont runner-up and Haskell winner Paynter is out … Continue reading

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