Triple Crown Countdown

NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Undercard Upsets?

While most of the media attention rests on whether Justify can win the Triple Crown Saturday, there are plenty of handicappers and fans focused on the other races leading up to the Belmont Stakes. That’s because the undercard on Belmont Stakes day has become one of the best betting events of the year, given the […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Chad Summers On ‘Biscuits’ And Shooting Straight

Horses keep you humble. It’s an old adage trainer Chad Summers knows too well. Summers started his training career roughly a year ago in spectacular fashion, saddling Mind Your Biscuits ahead of a win in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen. Summers, 33, said he’s spent every day of that year learning. The success of […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Belmont Countdown: Four Horsemen Of The Belmont?

Perhaps even more than usual, the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes is represented by the most recognizable names in the sport of horse racing. Many of the top jockeys have mounts but check out the trainers’ list — a collection of current and sure-to-be Hall of Famers, plus others who have resumes befitting the […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Baffert On Baffert

A Preakness Stakes win by Kentucky Derby winner Justify would be the seventh for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in a span of just 22 years – which would equal Robert Wyndham Walden’s all-time record of seven set in the 19th century. All of Baffert’s previous Preakness winners competed two weeks earlier in the […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Checking Out The New Guys

This year’s relatively short eight-horse Preakness field is exactly evenly spilt between runners who competed in the Kentucky Derby and those who didn’t. The latter, often tiresomely named “new shooters,” are compromised of the following runners, to which we shall now introduce you: Quip (12-1): You might think the primary owners of the Kentucky Derby […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Lessons From A Hall Of Fame ‘Father-Figure’

Fellow Frenchman Julien Leparoux helped Rodolphe Brisset find a job in the United States, following the latter’s short career as a jockey, now the trainer of Preakness contender Quip. “We came here very young,” said Brisset, 34, “and we didn’t have any family nearby. The whole (Bill) Mott team was such a family, and he […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Names, Numbers And Feet?

By now we know the stories going into the 2018 Kentucky Derby, but as per Paulick Report tradition, we want to get to know the field by the numbers, too. Here are a few statistical points that may (or may not) influence your rooting interests– This is an especially strong year for sale horses. Fifteen […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: NBC’s Coverage A Year In The Making

Rob Hyland, the lead producer for NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage, began preparing for this year’s broadcast hours after triumphant Always Dreaming flashed across the finish line last May. Hyland flew home to Connecticut and fought through exhaustion to watch a replay of the five-hour show. By the time he finally allowed himself to sleep, he had compiled […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: The Jockey Shuffle?

Every spring between mid-April and early May, the country’s top jockeys play a complex game of musical chairs (or musical saddles). Injuries or multiple commitments often mean at least one or two horses are headed to Louisville without their regular rider. For the veteran with multiple prospects, it can mean the biggest handicapping job they’ll […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: In A Foreign Land

When Mendelssohn makes the walk over to the paddock on Saturday, his connections will hope he can overcome more than a grueling 1 ¼ miles and 19 opponents: the overseas-prepped runner will also be facing statistical improbability. Since 1940, 45 horses have prepared for the Derby abroad, with two winners and one second place finisher. […]

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