The Filly & Mare Turf is an exciting race on the Breeders’ Cup card. This race features horses from all over the world and, this year, already has challenge winners (horses granted an automatic berth in the starting gate) from New Zealand, France, South Africa and, of course, the United States. The Breeders’ Cup Filly […]
Psychologist Ellen Langer coined the term “illusion of control” for events that we think we have more influence over than we actually do. As horseplayers, we feel we have some sort of control of the events of every horse race that we play. Even with the intense training in optimal blackjack strategy and counting cards […]
California Chrome Shines Bright in Pacific Classic Win As if there were any doubt left in anyone’s mind as to who the best race horse in training is, California Chrome put it all to rest on Saturday with an impressive five-length victory in the 26th running of the $1 million Pacific Classic (GI) at Del […]
DEL MAR, Calif. – It took a little more than two minutes for California Chrome to dominate Beholder, Dortmund, and Hoppertunity on Saturday in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, but the ramifications of his overpowering victory may be felt for the next two months.
DEL MAR, Calif. – Combine a Kentucky Derby winner, the first- and third-place finishers from the Dubai World Cup, two winners of the Santa Anita Derby, runners who have won five Eclipse Awards, two Breeders’ Cup races, a Horse of the Year title, and 19 Grade 1 races, plus the only female winner of the Pacific Classic, and what do you have?
Nonna Mela became the latest filly capture a major New York stakes for the owner-trainer combination of St. Elias Stables and Todd Pletcher. Before her came Bode’s Dream with a convincing score in the June 9 Astoria Stakes followed by Sweet Loretta in the Schuylerville Stakes (GIII). Nonna Mela’s win in the Adirondack Stakes (GII) […]
Saturday’s 11-race card at Del Mar is loaded with amazing races and exciting wagering opportunities, led by the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (GI), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) set for Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Also on the card are two other graded […]
There is so much excitement and anticipation in the Sport of Kings this time of year. While most eyes are on Saratoga and Del Mar and the division leaders and budding stars are sorting themselves out, something monumental is set to take place at the historic and iconic Saratoga Race Course — a fitting place […]
Pass the Buck Talking Horses brought to you by USRacing.com “Set the Pace” is hosted by Buck Grottano and Travis Hembd. On this week’s show, Buck and Travis chat with Ron Paolucci, owner of War Story, who is running in this weekend’s Pacific Classic (GI) at Del Mar on Saturday. The guys also talk to Dr. Kendall […]
“In New York, they like winners. They don’t like second place.” ~Eli Manning Songbird will continue her assault on the East Coast three-year-old filly division this Saturday in the Grade I, $600,000 Alabama Stakes at beautiful Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. In a race lacking top-quality challengers, the superstar filly out of […]
As most regular readers know, I love numbers. So, it should come as no surprise that since I began offering my Race Report Cards to US Racing clients, I have been tracking the performance of those reports, along with the performance of my Win Factor and Pace Profile reports. Now, before I reveal the results […]
The Adirondack Stakes (GII) at Saratoga has long served as one of the track’s stepping stones for juvenile fillies. Several who have won this race have gone on to have very successful careers, such as champions Sky Beauty, Storm Song and My Miss Aurelia. Seven fillies are set to go to post in Friday’s Adirondack Stakes. One […]
DEL MAR, Calif. – One day after she turned in her final work for a defense of her title in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Saturday, Beholder went right back to the track Wednesday morning here at Del Mar, an indication that she’s coming up to the race as good as trainer Richard Mandella could desire.
DEL MAR, Calif. – Four times, Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella has walked into the winner’s circle of the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. His first and most recent visits are part of the race’s lore.
There has been an explosion of daily horse racing contest sites in the recent years. Most of us have played freebies and low-cost “feeder” contests on sites such as Derby Wars, HorseTourneys, DRF Tournaments and NHCQualify. Many of us have participated in live contests at tracks or off-track betting parlors. As someone who has made […]