Team Pletcher Must Watch Out for These 3 New Preakness Horses

Always Dreaming is a huge -150 favorite in Vegas sportsbooks to take home this Saturday's Preakness Stakes. But, like for most Preakness Stakes, there are plenty of newcomers that could upset Always Dreaming's quest for the Triple Crown. Below are the 3 horses that I believe Team Pletcher must watch out for when it comes to the Second Jewel of the Crown. There are positives about all 3 that could lead to a massive upset over the less than even [...]

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 [...]

Churchill Downs In The Spotlight

While many novice and serious thoroughbred racing enthusiasts were eager to see the post position draw and morning line for this Saturday's Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby for three-year-old colts and geldings, Churchill Downs will also offer a stellar card on day earlier when the three-year-old fillies take center stage. The Friday card at Churchill Downs starts early and gets going midway through with a bevy of graded stakes capped by the Grade I, $1 million Kentucky Oaks for [...]

BARN Episode 4/20/16

Jason recaps the news of the day and is joined by new VIP Manager at BetAmerica Michelle Yu to play Kentucky Derby Contender or Pretender. Then Erich Zimny, VP of Racing Operations at Charles Town joins the show to talk about the Charles Town Classic.

Kentucky Derby Top Five In Points Standings

Gun Runner holds off Foreveamo. (Photo by Fair Grounds) The Kentucky Derby is on May 7 this year. What it means is that the Derby will take place 2 weeks from this Saturday. It's time to start handicapping the race! Too early, you say?  I don't think so. It's highly likely that the 20 horses listed in the point standings, with the exception of Cupid whom Bob Baffert has already declared from the race, will make it to [...]

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 [...]