Rocket Fuel
Please provide a valid email address.

News Story

Go behind the scenes at the Woodward Stakes (G1) with the connections of Mucho Macho Man. Experience the drama unfold from his final workout through his determined, close runner-up finish to To Honor and Serve.

America's Best Racing takes you behind the scenes for all of the big events this summer as well as all of the major stops on the road to the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in November.

The Insider series provides viewers an insider's perspective with must-see stories direct from the connections of top horses pointing for the biggest races of the year. We'll take you from the backstretch to the track, get up close and personal with the horses, meet their key connections, and provide expert analysis ... everything you'll need to know to get ready for the key races on the path to Santa Anita.

America's Best Racing launched its Insider series in the spring for the 2012 Triple Crown races.

Catch all of the Belmont Insider Exclusives, by clicking Here!

View all of the Preakness Insider Exclusives Here!

If you missed any of the Derby Insider videos, the entire catalog of Derby Insider Exclusives can be accessed by clicking Here!

red white blue Bar

Go behind the scenes with Jane Cibelli, the top trainer at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ. 

Relive all of the sights and sounds from the final weekend at Saratoga. Experience the festive music in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, featuring events and activities for all ages.

America's Best Racing blogger and Racing 101 handicapper Katie Mikolay chats with Del Mar fans and tests their knowledge of racing terms.

ABR's own Penelope Miller puts fans on the spot at Del Mar.

Racing 101 traveled to beautiful Del Mar, where Brandi Goode and Katie Mikolay were among the experts helping to encourage and educate new fans on Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) weekend.

America's Best Racing brings you inside the rail and onto the dirt for a morning workout with Woodward Stakes (G1) favorite Mucho Macho Man. Check back for exclusive access to Mucho Macho Man's connections before, during, and after Saturday's race.

America's Best Racing visits Marylou Whitney's fifth annual party for Saratoga's backstretch workers.

Saratoga Race Course took a day to recognize the importance of social media to the Thoroughbred industry, particularly to the next generation of horse racing fans.

In this edition of the Summer Series Insider, America's Best Racing highlights the morning trackside breakfast that is open to the public every day of the Saratoga Race Course meet.

Young racing fan Simon visits with jockeys Rosie Napravnik and Javier Castellano at the Travers Eve Party in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Saratoga Family Fun Fridays are a great opportunity to spend a day outside with the family and enjoy some of the best racing in the world.

NYRA's Paddock Analyst Maggie Wolfendale puts racing fans at Saratoga Race Course on the spot with a pop quiz on some of the sport's funny terminology.

Horse Racing Ambassador Joe Kristufek explains how the Racing 101 tent helps fans understand the sport as the fan hub returned to Saratoga Race Course for the Alabama Stakes (G1) on August 18. Jockey Joe Bravo and trainer Ken McPeek stopped by the tent to chat with fans.

Horsemen traditionally have evaluated the physical aspect of horses to judge their capabilities.

Kerry Thomas' emotional conformation technique evaluates the mental capacity of a horse in addition to the physical for a more complete holistic picture of the horse as an athlete. A new window into what was once a mystery is now being revealed. Thomas is a researcher and has pioneered these methods not only for the benefit of horse racing but for human therapeutic applications such as working with children with special needs, autism and with war heroes transition.

The result of Thomas’ work is the formation of the Thomas Herding Technique: Equine Athletic Psychology Specializing in Emotional Conformation Profiling. Thomas is the author of Horse Profiling: The Secret to Motivating Equine Athletes.

The New York Racing Association celebrated women and their contributions to the Thoroughbred industry on August 17 at Saratoga Race Course with Fabulous Fillies Day, which raised funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Jockeys Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez, Julien Leparoux and Rosie Napravnik and trainers Ken McPeek and Ian Wilkes stopped by the Racing 101 tent at Saratoga Race Course to chat with fans.

Jamie Hill and Mike McMahon of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock and Bourbon Lane Stables are your tour guides for a special behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to succeed in identifying top talent in the high stakes game of Thoroughbred horse sales. America's Best Racing caught up with the duo as they were gearing up for action at the recent Fasig-Tipton sales of selected yearling in Saratoga Springs, New York.

For more information on purchasing a horse at public auction, click here.

New York Yankees pitcher and future baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera visits Saratoga Race Course, where he caught up with newly inducted racing Hall of Famer John Velazquez.

Experience the emotion of Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in this piece that features jockey John Velazquez and trainer Roger Attfield, and the connections of Ghostzapper explaining the feeling of joining the elite of Thoroughbred racing with their 2012 enshrinement.

Scenes from the Racing 101 tent at Saratoga Race Course.

Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and trainer Ian Wilkes offer their insights after Fort Larned took home the 2012 Whitney Invitational Handicap (G1). Fort Larned took command in the stretch and held off favorite Ron The Greek in the final furlong to win the $750,000 stakes race at Saratoga Race Course.

Jockey Corey Nakatani visits the Racing 101 tent in between races on Haskell day at Monmouth Park and discusses how he got into the sport of horse racing.

Scenes from the fourth annual College Day at Saratoga Race Course, where the New York Racing Association gave away a $1,000 scholarship after each race and the festivities extended well into the evening.

Take a trip to Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on an upcoming weekend and enjoy "Saratoga Family Fun Fridays." Activities and events for all ages include face painting and pony rides, as well as a full card of exciting Thoroughbred racing action.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez signs autographs for the crowd at Monmouth Park on Haskell day 2012, and he discusses his plans for the future after guiding I'll Have Another to victories in the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes.

Rafael Bejarano outlines his winning ride aboard Paynter in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) with footage of the Awesome Again colt's awesome victory.

The tour hit the shore on Saturday as America’s Best Racing continued its quest to introduce new fans to the wonderful world of horse racing and educate newcomers to the sport on the basics of handicapping the races and wagering on them.

Racing 101’s Joe Kristufek led a group of experts at the America’s Best Racing tent on Haskell Stakes (G1) weekend, giving out pointers, answering questions, and providing the foundation for new fans to fully understand and enjoy the sport.

Bill Knauf, Monmouth Park's Assistant General Manager, describes the allure of Haskell Stakes weekend, and racecaller Larry Collmus explains why the Oceanport, New Jersey, track, is 'the place to be" on the weekend of the track's marquee race.

Christina Jelm, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, takes Haskell contender Nonios for a schooling session in the Monmouth paddock and explains the importance of this pre-race preparation for horses. Jim Barnes, assistant to Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, brings Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Paynter to the paddock for a schooling session of his own and discusses his Haskell contender.

Monmouth Park racecaller Larry Collmus analyzes the talented field for the 2012 Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and he explains how running styles could play an interesting role in the outcome of Sunday’s big event.

America's Best Racing offers an inside look at opening day of the 144th meeting at Saratoga Race Course. The opener drew 25,676 for festivities.

Take an exclusive look at the first night of the Saratoga season. After a great day at the track, fans headed over to the Spa's historic downtown for live music, great food and more.

Rosie Napravnik earned her first Saratoga win in the first race of the Saratoga season, aboard 13-1 longshot Nine O Wonderful.

Jockey John Velazquez offers a first-hand account of the 2012 Belmont Stakes as well as his injury just eight days later. Velazquez is now back in the saddle, breezing this week at Saratoga.

NYRA's Paddock Analyst Maggie Wolfendale offers insight into her Thoroughbred upbringing, paddock strategy, and favorite part of the job.

Take an exclusive look at the sights and sounds of Belmont's Party At The Park. One of Long Island's biggest parties of the summer, the event featured live music, food and drinks, a mechanical bull, and nine thoroughbred races. The Billy Joel tribute band, Big Shot, played an energized set to the packed house.

Eclipse Award-winning rider John Velazquez, chairman of the Jockeys Guild, explains the importance of Jockeys for a Cause, the upcoming event in Southern California that benefits the families of permanently disabled jockeys as well as backstretch workers in need.

Several racetracks get the majority of the publicity when it comes to incredible fan experience, but one venue that probably does not get as much recognition as it deserves as an elite destination for racing fans is Monmouth Park.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Sponsors & Partners

  • FoxSports1
  • NBC Sports
  • Logo 6
  • Saratoga
  • Santa Anita
  • CBS Sports
  • Monmouth
  • Keeneland
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Del Mar
  • Belmont Park
  • Arlington Park
  • OwnerView