With so many options on a wagering menu, it often is difficult to decide what to sink your teeth, or in this case bankroll, into. Multi-race wagers challenge the horseplayer to string together winners over a sequence of races.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby came to an end last Saturday, finishing pretty much like it began. Neither last Saturday’s Lexington Stakes nor the Iroquois Stakes on Sept. 7 was won by a horse who will actually make it to the starting gate for the Run for the Roses on May 3 at Churchill Downs.
The move last year to a points-based system for qualifying for the Kentucky Derby has made for an interesting field in 2014. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the week-to-week suspense around who among the top 20 will actually run and who will drop out and make way for a horse on the bubble.
After an exhausting drive from New Orleans to Lexington, I met up with my girlfriend Miss Wright and we went out for dinner. However, downtown was crawling with people for Thursday Night Live (runs through August, has a short break and then continues into October), so we doubled back to a place that caught our eye on the way, Blue Stallion Brewing.
By Lemon Drop Kid out of the Danzig mare Aurelia, Kentucky Oaks contender Aurelia’s Belle is the result of beautiful breeding that demonstrates the effectiveness of the crossing of Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer blood.
With so many options on a wagering menu, it often is difficult to decide what to sink your teeth, or in this case bankroll, into.
Multi-race wagers challenge the horseplayer to string together winners over a sequence of races. There are variations, but the basic multi-race wagers include: Daily Double, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6.
Ladies, we are less than two weeks away from the biggest ladies’ day at the races in the United States. The Kentucky Oaks has grown substantially, not only in attendance but also in popularity and prestige. This is the race day for the girls, which features a sea of pink, that can’t be missed!
Driving up from New Orleans on Thursday, April 17th left me a bit exhausted but Keeneland beckoned. Anne had an ownersʼ seminar early Friday and I headed out to explore some Bourbon and wine (more on that in another post). My adventure took longer than planned and my arrival was late. Relegated to a distant lot, I boarded the shuttle and made it inside as the second race began.
When it comes to attending outdoor events, finding the best look for your hair can be tricky. The elements of Mother Nature can turn a sleek hairdo into a frizzy, wind-blown mess! Nothing is worse than spending hours straightening, blow drying and styling your hair only to have a gust of wind or afternoon shower leave it limp and lifeless. But don’t worry, there are some great options out there, including two looks that guarantee to turn heads.
One of the great elements of horse racing is that, well, you just never know. How good will they be? How good could they be? While there are so many variables, paths, and possibilities, it is equally fun and maddening to pursue the chances of a young horse.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, a two-time Sovereign Award winner in her native Canada, take America's Best Racing's readers inside the jockeys' room in 2014. Stevens and Sutherland-Kruse will provide answers to all sorts of questions such as how jockeys get paid, what goes on between races, whom they admire and what type of music and fashion style they favor.
In this edition of Inside the Jockeys' Room we learn a little more about how Sutherland-Kruse became a jockey and she also tells us the best advice she's ever received.
The “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” is almost here! The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is May 3, and you had better believe this fabulous day of racing is one this Southern girl always celebrates!
The Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby features eight three-year-olds that could have an impact on the Triple Crown Races but not in the way most people imagine. Horses that run well in the Illinois Derby have potential to return in four weeks and compete in the Preakness Stakes and face the winner of the Kentucky Derby, potentially playing spoiler to any Triple Crown chances.
With Keeneland planning to switch back to a dirt surface, it is fitting that the final Blue Grass to be run on Polytrack once again leaves us wondering about the Kentucky Derby prospects for the top finishers. That said, the top two in this race gave very strong efforts as they came from well off the pace to take the win and place spots.
There have been a variety of reasons to explain why a long list of outstanding horses has been thwarted in their bid to become the 12th Triple Crown champion.
Some are predictable; others are surprising.