Memorable Racehorses Named After Famous Sports Figures

Nyquist winning the 2016 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Sometimes, racehorses are given short, powerful names like Affirmed or Justify. Other times, they’re named after their ancestors. And once in a while, they’re named after athletes. Horses name in honor of sports figures aren’t as common as you might expect due to official naming restrictions, but through the years there have been some noteworthy runners named after ball players, hockey players, and even Olympic champions. Want some examples? [...]

Betting Regional Class Advantages, Part 2

Coady Photography In a recent article here on BetAmerica, we discussed how regional class advantages can exist throughout the sport of horse racing and produce to profitable wagering opportunities. Our first example noted how turf horses from the East Coast tend to be superior to their counterparts from the West Coast, but when we turn our attention to dirt racing, the picture looks very different. Specifically, when it comes to three-year-old dirt horses—Kentucky Derby candidates—the west has been [...]

When Do Kentucky Derby Winners Typically Debut?

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography There can be no denying that the 2018 Kentucky Derby victory by Justify has signaled a significant shift in the way that horses are being prepared for that tough test on the first Saturday in May. With horses racing less and less prior to the Kentucky Derby, we knew it was just a matter of time before a talented horse would come along and replicate the fabled 1882 Kentucky Derby [...]

2016 Saratoga Meet Preview

Scenes from morning workouts at Saratoga Race Course on Travers Stakes Day in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 25, 2012. The 2016 Saratoga Meet starts on July 22 and ends on September 5. Saratoga is routinely the most important meet on the East Coast year in and year out. The Saratoga Meet remains one of the top destinations for horses looking to make their mark in the Breeders Cup World Championships. Although the goal for many horses is [...]

After Triple Crown 3 Year Old Division Predictions

The Triple Crown is in the books!  Creator nipped Destin by a nose at the wire to win the Belmont Stakes, the third and final jewel of the crown, on Saturday, June 11. Time to move on to Saratoga! Nobody could have expected this year's Triple Crown to match last year's. American Pharoah broke a 37 year Triple Crown drought. It was something that we may never see again the rest of our lives. This year was about good horses [...]

Nyquist Skipping Belmont Could be a Blessing in Disguise

Although many will likely disagree with me, Nyquist skipping the Belmont Stakes could be a blessing in disguise. All too often, horses that have run in the Belmont Stakes never recover. The grueling 1 1/2 mile Test of Champions is often times the longest race of a horse's career. More importantly, a lot of times three-year-olds aren't mature enough by June in order to run in, much less win, a race like the Belmont Stakes. Many a horses' career has [...]

Nyquist Lost Triple Crown but Could Still be a Great Horse

It looked like he might do it. The undefeated, best three-year-old in the world appeared to switch to another gear as his biggest rival took to the rail. Jockey Mario Gonzalez pulled Nyquist out deep in the stretch of the 2016 Preakness Stakes. That's when it appeared that Nyquist would run past Exaggerator. The gutsy horse kicked it in for a moment, but the damage had been done. Even a tough horse like Nyquist couldn't keep it going after running a [...]

Nyquist seeks to keep Triple Crown hopes alive

One year after thoroughbred racing fans finally welcomed back the thrill of celebrating a Triple Crown winner when American Pharoah completed the rare feat to taking the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Nyquist will look to keep his hopes alive of becoming the sport's 13th Triple Crown winner when he goes postward this Saturday evening in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Wednesday afternoon Nyquist (Mario Gutierrez) drew post three in a field of 11 for [...]

3 Reasons Why Nyquist Can Win the Triple Crown

Nyquist's romp in the 2016 Kentucky Derby proved that he's without a doubt the top horse of this 3-year-old crop. It was a smashing win. To put it into perspective, he beat  Gun Runner, who also ran an amazing race, by 4 1/2 lengths. Both Gun Runner and Nyquist were close to an insane pace set by Danzing Candy. In the first quarter mile, Danzing Candy, Nyquist and Gun Runner ran :22.58.  Danzing Candy ran the half, with Nyquist and Gun [...]

2016 Kentucky Derby Picks

Photo: Matt Carter There's no time like the present to make my Kentucky Derby picks. After going through every single 1 of the 20 entrants, I've come up with my Top 4 finishers for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. It makes no sense to wait until the post-position draw. The only thing that the post-positions will do is make me second guess myself. I've lost more bets on the Derby by second guessing myself than I have by sticking to [...]