While many Americans will head to the beach or simply to their backyards for cookouts this coming Memorial Day weekend, harness racing enthusiasts will have ample time to devour plenty of races in addition to burgers and hot dogs. Saturday evening the Western Fair Raceway will host the inaugural edition of the $160,000 Camluck Classic - previously contested as the Molson Pace - and the field of eight includes several of the proven aged pacers and several others looking to [...]
We look ahead to Gold Cup day at Santa Anita, Monmouth Stakes, and the Lone Star Handicap. The BARN Jury joins us to talk about some of their favorite music.
Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Question: What do Justify, Arrogate, Abel Tasman, West Coast, Drefong, McKinzie, Mastery, and Mor Spirit all have in common? Answer: They all won Grade 1 races for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith, arguably the most powerful trainer/jockey duo in U.S. racing over the last two years. Baffert and Smith have been in the headlines as of late thanks to their success with the unbeaten Kentucky [...]
Ezmosh breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography It’s not a Triple Crown race, and it’s not even being held on dirt, but Saturday’s $100,000 Arlington Classic (gr. III) at Arlington Park has nevertheless attracted a couple of horses that were briefly on the Triple Crown trail. The most prominent is the 9-5 morning line favorite #4 Ezmosh, who looks tough to beat in this 8.5-furlong turf event. Trained by Brad Cox, the son of Tizway [...]
Danon Premium - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association If you’re a fan of talented three-year-old Thoroughbreds and top-quality Triple Crown races, then you’re in for a treat on Sunday morning! While the countdown to the June 9th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park continues, you can tune in to the action at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan to watch the prestigious Group 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), one of the most prestigious races in the country. A [...]
It's Horseplayer Thursday so we welcome in longtime horseplayer, writer, and bettor Jonathan Stettin to join the show. We talk about his life in racing, big scores, tough times, and much more!
Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Granted, the field that has assembled for Sunday’s $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) at Lone Star Park isn’t very large. Just five horses have been entered, and one of them—#2 Full of Luck—may scratch from the race. But even if just four horses face the starter, the race has plenty of quality thanks to the presence of #1 Mubtaahij and #4 Fear the Cowboy, who [...]
Golden Mischief winning at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography After handicapping Saturday’s $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, I have to think that it’s going to take a monstrous effort for anyone to defeat #2 Golden Mischief in this six-furlong sprint. On paper, the four-year-old daughter of Into Mischief appears to be a cut above her five rivals. Owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Brad Cox, Golden Mischief is a four-time stakes winner with [...]
A challenging set of results to conclude the action at Santa Anita Park on Sunday led to a Pick 6 carryover of $63,301 heading into Thursday afternoon. The eight-race card features four maiden events, including a pair of $40,000 maiden claimers down the hill. The six-race sequence begins in Race 3 at approximately 1:30 PM local time. Despite a number of small fields there should be at least a couple of opportunities to differentiate from the public. Most likely winner [...]
We welcome in writer Jessica Chapel to talk about her article from SB Nation about the new sports betting law, how racing can/should deal with it, racing data, Massachusetts racing, and so much more!