Submitted by Mike Dempsey on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 23:54
The Steve Asmussen trained Tapiture earned 10 points by winning the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 17 to move up into first place in the Road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby points standings. The colt is currently listed at 12-1 in Derby future betting odds.
There are two major Derby preps on Saturday, each with 50-20-10-5 points up for grabs to the top four finishers. The winner of the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) and the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) will each earn 50 points, which virtually assures locking in a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Submitted by Mike Dempsey on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 09:07
This year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is one of the most wide-open runnings we have seen in quite some time. Sure, Game On Dude is the 8-5 morning line favorite, but is would be no surprise to see any of about six or seven others win the race.
Game On Dude was the betting favorite last year but tossed in a clunker in a seventh place finish, beaten 15 lengths by the upset winner Fort Larned, who paid $20.80 as my top pick last year.
Submitted by Mike Dempsey on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 09:12
Game On Dude was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita. The Classic drew a strong field of 12 that will go 1 ¼ miles in the marquee event of racing’s two-day championship.
Submitted by Mike Dempsey on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 07:49
Kentucky Derby winner Orb was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, while Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow was relegated to third choice at 5-1.
A field of 14 will line up for the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the largest field since 14 went to the gate in 1996.
Sandwiched between the two classic winners on the morning line is Revolutionary, who is the second choice on the morning line at 9-2. The colt makes his first start since rallying up the rail to finish third in the Kentucky Derby.
The Preakness Stakes serves as a launchpad for the biggest horse racing excitement of the year or it muffles the excitement for the casual horse bettor.
Just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby has crowned its champion, horses gather again in at Pimlico Racetrack in Maryland for the second jewel in the Triple Crown. If the same horse wins again, it sets in motion three weeks of major hype around the Triple Crown (which is run weeks later at Belmont in New York).
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