Bet America Radio Network: How To Bet the Rebel Stakes podcast

What was to have been the $1-million Rebel Stakes with 85 Kentucky Derby points up for grabs is now a pair of $750,000 Rebel Stakes worth 63.75 each, including 37.5 to the winners. And the extra race, money, and points attracted some extra good horses, including a pair of undefeated two-year-olds from Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert making their three-year-old debuts: champion Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner and Grade 1 winner Improbable. Baffert has won 6 of [...]

Derby Preps “Muddy” the Picture

We're about a month away from the Run for the Roses!  The 2016 Kentucky Derby promises to be an incredibly competitive event. This past Saturday we saw some horses take big steps up into Derby contention. Two of the horses returned to glory after so-so performances while the other proved that his last run wasn't a fluke. I take a look at a few contenders in this Saturday's Arkansas Derby towards the end of the blog. 1. Exaggerator - The son of [...]

Derby Preps Highlight Weekend

Saturday afternoon Thoroughbred fans had the chance to watch a trio of Grade I, $1 million Kentucky Derby preps at three different ovals and the results may have helped clear a muddied Derby picture. In the first of those three Derby preps, Outwork narrowly captured the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner-breeder Mike Repole. His victory hardly validated Outwork as a serious Derby hopeful, but his third win in four career starts earned him a spot [...]

2016 Dubai World Cup Power Rankings

Mshawish laid down the gauntlet in the 2016 Dubai World Cup with a dazzling display of talent in the Donn Handicap over the weekend. I predicted after Mshawish's Hal Hope win in January that he might become Todd Pletcher's dirt horse this year. So far, that appears to be the case. But, Mshawish won't be alone in this year's Dubai World Cup (Meydan, March 26). Even though it's looking like the Bob Baffert trained Dortmund is going to bypass the [...]

September Begins Road to the Kentucky Derby

There's a lot of races coming up that could affect who starts in this year's Breeders' Cup event at Keeneland on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. Arlington Park hosts one of the top turf races of the year, the Arlington Million, on Saturday, August 15. The race could determine this year's favorite in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Saratoga and Del Mar have their biggest days of the Summer Racing Season coming up with the Spa hosting three-year-olds in the Travers Stakes and Del [...]