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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Summer’s Last Fling

It’s the last fling of summer, at least as far as the racing calendar is concerned, as Saratoga and Del Mar conduct their closing programs over the three-day Labor Day weekend. Racing fans could not have asked for more this … Continue reading

Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: In A Winning Zone

Private Zone looked very impressive when charging to a 3 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1 Forego Stakes last Saturday at Saratoga. The Forego was the third graded stakes win of the year for the 6-year-old gelding, and it places … Continue reading

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Harts’ Story Makes For ‘Appealing Tale’

Susie and Dr. E.C. “Pug” Hart are horse people who enjoy the accomplishments of every equine that passes through their care, even if from afar. Whether it’s a stakes winner they bred, a future champion they trained, or an injured … Continue reading

Bloodlines: Travers Winner Descends From ‘Chic’ Family

By the “ice”-hot sire Curlin, Keen Ice struck the pinnacle of his career with a victory in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 29. Following a third in the Belmont Stakes to American Pharoah and Frosted and then … Continue reading

Photos Of The Week: Midsummer Spoiler

“They all get beat.” That’s what trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday morning at Saratoga after Zayat Stable’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah became the latest casualty at the Graveyard of Champions, when Keen Ice ran past him in the final … Continue reading

The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Pharoah’s Next Chapter

More history is on the line for American Pharoah when he steps into the gates for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.6 million Travers Stakes. Only one other Triple Crown winner (Whirlaway, 1941) has gone on to win the “Mid-Summer Derby.” Furthermore, no … Continue reading

Cosequin Presents OTTB Showcase: Keeping Things Grounded

It’s not too often that you find an off-track Thoroughbred that was unraced but didn’t retire until he was five, but that’s exactly what happened to the horse Joe Desoto. Sven, as he’s known these days, was purchased for $500 … Continue reading

Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Appealing Victory

Appealing Tale held off the late challenge of Wild Dude to capture the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes last Saturday at Del Mar. The Pat O’Brien was the first graded stakes win for Appealing Tale, and it was the fifth … Continue reading

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Success, Against The Odds

Big John B’s win in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap last weekend was one that the bettors were ready for. When the gelding rallied in the stretch under Rafael Bejarano to top Ashleyluvssugar by 1 ½ lengths, his odds … Continue reading

Bloodlines: ‘Nobody Was Cheering Harder’ For Rare Talent Beholder

Not many Grade 1 stakes open to both sexes are won by fillies or mares each year. In part, this is due to North America having a good program of racing restricted to fillies and mares. But in part, it … Continue reading

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