Triple Crown-The Preakness

After running the best race in his career two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom now goes for the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes. He was a 20/1 long shot in the Derby but is a 2-1 favorite in the Preakness. Animal Kingdom will race against a full field of 14 horses, which is a sign that people consider him to be vulnerable.  Four horses that I feel have the best chance to win Saturday are as follows: Animal Kingdom +200 Animal Kingdom shocked the world 2 weeks ago by winning the Derby and definitely deserves to be the favorite in the Preakness. His running style should suit Pimlico perfectly, and obviously the distances won’t be an issue. He answered every question about his ability to handle the dirt in the Derby and we expect him to be running late on Saturday. Dialed Read More

Kentucky Derby betting and tips

Anticipation is starting to build for this year’s Kentucky Derby and early odds for betting the first jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown have been posted at With a shortage of obvious standouts and few if any horses than can be dismissed outright, this year’s Kentucky Derby shapes up as a handicapper’s nightmare. One person’s nightmare, however, is another’s opportunity, or at least it can be. The first step is reducing the number of playable horses to a manageable level.  Six horses that intrigues me this year are as follows: Dialed In +350 – The current Derby favorite along with Uncle Mo, Dialed In has won three of four career starts with his win in the Florida Derby being the most significant. That’s because the winner of the Florida Derby has gone on to win the Kentucky Derby twice in the last five years (Barbaro 2006, Big Brown 2008). Read More

Triple Crown

It is never too early to look at the horses that will be competing for this years Triple Crown.  The Kentucky Derby will run on May 7th, followed by the Preakness on May 21, ending with the June 11th Belmont Stakes. Led by champion Uncle Mo, a total of 364 3-year-olds have been nominated to the 2011 Triple Crown. The impressive roster of nominees to the Triple Crown provides proof that the desire to achieve horse racing’s ultimate dream of a Kentucky Derby win and Triple Crown sweep of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes is as strong as ever. Trainers Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert have both nominated 20 3 year-old horses for the Triple Crown.  Trainer Steve Asmussen has nominated 17. Pletcher is looking for his second straight Derby triumph after winning it last year with Super Saver. Super Saver’s half-brother, Brethren, remained undefeated for Pletcher after easily taking Read More

Horse Racing in North America

Horse racing in North America differs from such events held in some other parts of the world.  Yes, the horses still race and bets can still be placed, but the types of bets placed in America compared to Europe can be different.  It is worth keeping that in mind if you fancy a wager while on holiday in the U.S.  Check out the differences before you gamble is good advice. The styles of the races are also different and the length of the courses can vary greatly.  The race courses have no jumps and the track itself is oval.  Horse racing in America is all about the speed and the stamina of the horse rather than its skill at jumping over hurdles and fences as in many parts of the world.  These flat courses have a dirt, synthetic or grass surface, varying in length between 5 furlongs and 1.5 miles. Read More

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga race course is located in Saratoga Springs, New York.  It was opened in 1863, making it the oldest venue for organized sports in the United States.  Two men, John Hunter and William R Travers had the track constructed. The Travers Stakes is the oldest thoroughbred horse race and it is held at Saratoga race course every year.  The Saratoga race meet now lasts for six weeks ending on Labor Day; originally it only ran for four days. There are two popular nicknames for the Saratoga race course.  The first, The Spa, is due to the fact there are natural springs nearby, the second, The Graveyard of Champions, is due to the fact that many champions have been surprisingly defeated here after having a run of good races.  A horse called Man o’ War had 21 consecutive wins under his belt before he ran at Saratoga where he was defeated.  Read More

Betting on Horses

Betting on horse races in the U.S. is quite simple. The three common ways in which to place your bet are, to win, to place or to show. A bet placed ‘to win’ is also called a straight bet.  This basically means that the money that you bet (your stake) is placed on the horse to win only. If the horse comes in first then you are a winner. A bet placed ‘to place’ means that you win if your horse comes in either first or second.  A bet placed ‘to show’ means you are a winner if your horse comes first, second or third. As the latter two options increase your chances of winning, your odds will be cut accordingly so that the final winnings will be a reduced amount. Many people think there is a winning formula or a system to use that can guarantee picking winners. It Read More

The Story of Alydar

The story of the race horse Alydar is probably unknown to those outside of horse racing circles unless you are a big fan of true crime. Alydar’s racing career is perhaps best known for the fact he lost out to his major rival, Affirmed, in every leg of the Triple Crown event.  Alydar came an extremely close second to Affirmed every time, which is a feat never repeated by two rivals.  A bookies’ favorite Alydar’s fate was not a happy one.    Calumet Farm was a popular thoroughbred breeding and training stables; it was home to many champions including Alydar.  On November 14th 1990 emergency surgery was performed on Alydar’s leg, as it appeared to have been broken the previous evening.  The leg broke again and the next day, November 15th Alydar was put to sleep.  J T Lundy the owner of Calumet Farm (due to his marriage to Cindy Read More


Seabiscuit, the subject of several films, documentaries and books was an American thoroughbred race horse that became a symbol of hope during the terrible years of the Great Depression. Seabiscuit was born and reared on Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.  He never gave the impression of being a champion as he was small and slept for longer than was considered normal.  Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons who was also the trainer of the great horse Gallant Fox initially trained him.  Fitzsimmons thought the horse was just lazy. He was eventually sold on and soon got used to his new jockey and started to win races.  Seabiscuit’s performance yo-yoed but in total 1937 saw him win 11 of his 15 races.  When his jockey suffered a serious accident riding another horse his trainer replaced him with George Woolfe; together they rode several races narrowly missing the top spot.  After winning a tough race at Read More

The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is arguably the most popular horse racing event in America.  It is the first leg of the Triple Crown followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.  A horse has to win all of the three events to be a Triple Crown winner.  The race itself is for three-year-old thoroughbred horses and is held on the first Saturday in May every year.  It is the culmination of a two week long event known as the Kentucky Derby Festival.  Dubbed as ‘the two most exciting minutes in sport’ or ‘the fastest two minutes in sport’ the Kentucky Derby is now run over 1.24 miles at Churchill Downs.  A man called Meriwether Lewis Clark Jnr. had seen the Epsom Derby in England and upon his return home started the Louisville Jockey Club as a way of raising money to start his own race course.  That course became known Read More