Arlington Park spot plays: Larry Rivelli set for big Saturday

Racing down the homestretch at Arlington Park (Coady Photo/Arlington) Saturday could be a good day for trainer Larry Rivelli. With 21 wins from 45 starters—a 47% strike rate—Rivelli is leading the trainer standings at Arlington Park and will have five runners on the Illinois racetrack’s Saturday card. The star of the show is Daddy’s Boo, who could have a live chance to upset the Arlington Matron Stakes (G3), but Rivelli also has a couple of serious players entered [...]

How to bet the 2019 Arlington Matron Stakes

La Force training at Churchill Downs - © Evers/ESW/Breeders Cup /Breeders' Cup In terms of proven class and overall accomplishments, #3 La Force is clearly the mare to beat in Saturday’s $100,000 Arlington Matron Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park. Last year, the German-bred daughter of Power placed second in three straight grade 1 races on the California circuit, and she returned as good as ever in her 2019 debut, when she finished second in the Santa Margarita Stakes [...]

Saturday Spot Plays for Churchill Downs and Arlington Park

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography With 25 stakes races scheduled to be run from coast to coast, Saturday will be a busy day for racing in North America. Churchill Downs and Arlington Park have both put together appealing cards, with Churchill offering two stakes races and Arlington providing a couple of quality allowance events. Why don’t we dig through the action and come up with a few spot plays? Churchill Downs [...]

Lanier Stamps Synthetic Credentials With Hanshin Cup Triumph

Lanier wins the Hanshin Cup at Arlington International (Coady Photo/Arlington) With the sharp decrease in the number of synthetic racetracks in the U.S. over the last decade, there are few high-class options remaining for horses who excel on artificial surfaces. But you can bet Lanier will make the most of those limited opportunities. Just look at how he shredded nine rivals in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) on May 11 at Arlington Park, turning a seemingly competitive [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park

The field rounds the far turn in the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Every year the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park offers a great challenge for handicappers who like large, competitive fields. Held over Arlington’s synthetic Polytrack course, the one-mile race typically attracts an unusual blend of synthetic specialists, tried-and-true turf horses, and daring dirt runners with an eye on snatching an “easy” Grade 3 prize. But winning the Hanshin Cup isn’t as easy [...]

Famous Sports Venues Near Thoroughbred Racetracks

Santa Anita Park - © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 Planning to visit a Thoroughbred racetrack or a major sports venue in the near future? Why not check two goals off your bucket list at the same time? Major racetracks and sports stadiums are frequently located in close proximity to each other, so sports fans can potentially visit both during a single trip to a big city. Need some ideas? Here are some prominent sports venues located within 30 [...]