Triple Crown Countdown

NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Picks For The Big Day?

The Belmont Stakes card has arguably become of one of the best betting days on the racing calendar. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on some of the major undercard races, plus the third leg of the Triple Crown. Top selections come first with interesting alternatives next. Race 3, Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: What Does A Belmont Winner Look Like?

Yesterday, we heard a jockey’s perspective and a trainer’s view on how to prepare for and execute a performance in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes. Today, we delve into visual and mental cues for a potential Bemont winner. Who better to give advice on the subject than Maggie Wolfendale, the paddock analyst for the New […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Training For And Riding Test Of The Champion?

A Jockey’s Perspective By Scott Jagow While Richard Migliore never won a Belmont Stakes in his 30-year career, he rode in half a dozen Belmonts and many other races over the 1 1/2 mile oval. Every year, we hear how the massive track can be a nightmare for unfamiliar riders based on its size, but I […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: A ‘Gallant’ Comeback

The day jockey Earl Sande accepted the trophy for his fifth Belmont Stakes win was wet and miserable. The 1930 edition of the race, which he took aboard Gallant Fox, made him the first jockey to win the Triple Crown since the concept had come to the United States, sometime after Sir Barton’s sweep in […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Got Undercard Picks?

While the second leg of the Triple Crown can present excellent betting opportunities, quite often the undercard on Preakness day is the place to look for scores. With that in mind, here are some selections for major races leading up to the Preakness: Race 5: #5 Pretty Perfection (4-1): Kelly Breen is winning at an insane […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: This Year’s Yosemite Sams

Half of this year’s Preakness field consists of horses that didn’t run in the Derby. Every year for some reason, the media likes to call them “new shooters.”  We like to make fun of that. But what about these non-Derby entries? Do any of them have a chance? History suggests they are unlikely to win. Only […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Jockey The Only Change For Gunnevera, Sano

Antonio Sano, trainer of Fountain of Youth winner Gunnevera, said he hasn’t changed his training methods since leaving his native Venezuela in 2009 and settling in South Florida. Except for one thing. In most South American countries, including Venezuela, horses are ridden without a saddle during their morning gallops. Why? “It’s just a tradition,” said […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Jockey Desormeaux On ‘Unique’ Pimlico Track

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was based in Maryland when he won two of his three Eclipse Awards, as outstanding apprentice in 1987 and in 1989 when he rode 598 winners to set an all-time single-season record for wins that still stands. A third Eclipse Award came in 1992 after he moved his tack […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Names, Hunches And Decision Time

In the Name of Derby By Chelsea Hackbarth This year’s Kentucky Derby contenders feature an intriguing mix of names stemming from a play on words, homage to a person or a location, and a unique sense of creativity. Gunnevera, Girvin and McCraken are all names for small towns with special meaning to the owners. Gunnevera […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Splish Splash, Giving A Bath

Every year at Kentucky Derby time, Ray Paulick comments on how many videos are shown on social media of Derby horses getting baths. Well, we decided to see if Ray actually knows how to give a horse a proper bath. Thanks to trainer Dale Romans, we have the definitive instructional video on what it’s supposed […]

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