Triple Crown Countdown

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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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Numbers And Mudders

Derby By The Numbers By Natalie Voss With a relatively evenly-matched field coming into this year’s Kentucky Derby, fans and handicappers are clamoring for more data to help them separate the Derby contenders from the pretenders. As the racing world counts down to the Run for the Roses, replaying the last few prep races and […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: On McCraken’s Back

This is part of a series of features designed to get you geared up for the Triple Crown races. Each day this week, we’ll have something new to focus on plus handicapping tips, pedigree information and more in advance of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. On McCraken’s Back: A Derby Contender’s Final Breeze Scott Jagow/Chelsea Hackbarth What makes […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Understanding Equipment, Historical Context

This is part of a series of features designed to get you geared up for the Triple Crown races. Each day this week, we’ll have something new to focus on plus handicapping tips, pedigree information and more in advance of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Explaining Derby Equipment By Natalie Voss As Kentucky Derby and Oaks hopefuls go […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: Pre-Race Inspections, Fractionally Speaking

Today, we launch a new feature to get you geared up for the Triple Crown races. Each day this week, we’ll have something new to focus on plus handicapping tips, pedigree information and more. Enjoy! Considering the Intricacies of Pre-Race Inspections By Natalie Voss As Kentucky Derby and Oaks starters turn in their final workouts and […]

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