The Breeders’ Cup is just about to get underway at Churchill Downs. It’s grown from humble beginnings in 1984 to one of the highlights in the racing season. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more competitive gathering of racehorses in North America. This of course, translates into one heck of a betting bonanza as [...]

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Saturday Aug 27 will mark the 142nd running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.  After the Kentucky Derby, it’s arguably the most important race for 3 year old horses, and certainly has implications for the Breeders’ Cup.  A competitive showing could lead to a shot at the Classic this November. 12th Race - Saratoga – Saturday, [...]

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Here’s a quick brief on what’s been making news in the racing world, here at Hastings and abroad: BC Cup day at Hastings was a success in terms of wagering handle and on track crowd.  It was by far the best day for the track financially, with bettors wagering over a million dollars (typical handle [...]

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  Here’s a small preview of what to expect tomorrow, by Tommy Wolski’s Sport of Kings TV. First race is at 12:20 noon.  Hastings has put together a 10 race card on what has become the signature day on the racing calendar here in Vancouver.  There’s even a possibility of a Pick 5 carryover, if [...]

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The weather gods showed a little kindness to racing fans today, equine and canine.  After qualifying in his heat, Joey the wiener dog proved to doubters that he was worthy of a three-peat as he emerged to take the last heat in his final strides (watch the replay here).  A healthy crowd turned up to [...]

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  We are halfway through the 2011 racing season at Hastings, and the traditional Canada Day card is set for tomorrow at 1:50pm.  With the new Pick 5 rules in effect, this might be the day where we see the first carryover for the year.  The Pick 5 races look to be quite contentious with [...]

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The feature race tomorrow at Hastings Park will be a handicap race sharing the same name of this fine blog site.  It’s a route race for fillies and mares, and there’s a good possibility of a rainy afternoon at the track.  Here’s a look at the field: STAKES. 1 1/16 Mile Dirt.Purse $50,000.Vancouver Sun Handicap. [...]

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Incase you missed it, the Belmont Stakes last Saturday nearly blew up the toteboard.  Ruler on Ice took the 143rd running at 24-1.  I figured he could hit the toteboard, just not in the win spot.  The horse I was rooting for, Brilliant Speed, appeared to have the race in hand at the stretch, only [...]

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  With the 143rd Belmont Stakes running this Saturday, OTB has done a rundown of the field.  While there won’t be a Triple Crown winner in 2011, there are still some compelling storylines in this race.  Both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners will be running again, and they’ll be taking much of the betting [...]

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Nestled between Games 5 and 6 of the Cup finals, the Belmont Stakes will be running for the 143rd time on June 11.  Nicknamed “The Test of a Champion”, it’s one of the few dirt races still contested at 1.5 miles (2.4 KM).  Despite the decline in thoroughbred stamina over the years, it’s not likely to [...]

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Preakness 136 is in the books, and it was a good one. Shackleford wires the field at odds of 12-1, with Animal Kingdom second, and Astrology third.  The pace was faster for about 3/4 of the race, but slowed down as runners approached the stretch run.  There will be no Triple Crown this year, folks. [...]

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Here’s a closer look at the field for the 136th Preakness: 1) Astrology:  Highly regarded horse didn’t have much of an excuse to lose the Sunland Derby, but may have needed a race or two before getting into winning form.  Responded with a much better effort in the Jerome despite being second.  Could run a [...]

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It’s just under 2 days till the 136th Preakness, and the field has been drawn.  Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby, has been made the morning line favourite at 2-1.  I would expect his odds to be lower at post time, probably 6-5 or even money.  He won the Derby gamely although the pace [...]

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Things are abit quiet on the racing front, this being post-Derby week.  Still, there are some blog worthy items: Despite good intentions by Hastings management, betting handle is down in 2011 compared to 2010.  After 10 days of racing, a total of 4.28 million has been bet, compared to 4.90 million the previous year (source: [...]

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Here’s a rundown of the contenders, with picks at the bottom.  Good luck to all! Archarcharch:  This winner of the Arkansas Derby is a decent horse, but wondering if the extra distance could be an issue here.  He just held off a fast closing Nehro.  Nice to see Jon Court get a Derby mount finally. [...]

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Here’s the field for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby.  The post time will be around 3:24 PM (PST). # Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer 1 Archarcharch (KY) 10/1 Jon Kenton Court 126 3 C L William H. Fires 2 Brilliant Speed (FL) 30/1 Joel Rosario 126 3 C LA Thomas Albertrani [...]

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5 more days until the crowds start filling the infield at Churchill Downs.  Here are the latest odds from the Wynn casino in Las Vegas (thanks to Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier Journal for posting): As expected, we have Dialed In as the favourite, with Uncle Mo and Nehro also tabbed at lower odds. [...]

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It’s that time of year again when everyone wonders if we’ll see another Triple Crown winner.  Every year’s Derby field has its share of pretenders, contenders, and live longshots.  In 2011, we don’t have any clear favourite.  Up until the running of the Wood Memorial, it was assumed that Uncle Mo would take the bulk [...]

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Hastings Park had their first stakes race on Friday, the George Royal. Noosa Beach, an invader from Seattle, briefly stalked the front-running Sassou before leading the field to the finish line in 1:16. He won by a comfortable length over Senor Rojo.

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Hastings has its first stakes race of the year today,  The George Royal Stakes for 50k.  We’ve got a field of 9 after 3 scratches.  The quality of this field is very good, with winners of the 2010 Premier’s and Longacres Mile both running (Senor Rojo and Noosa Beach). 7th Race – Hastings – Friday, [...]

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This will be a regular column for racing picks.  I’ll try to post in the morning of the race.  We’ll stick to win, place, and show wagers for now.  It’ll be mostly picks for Hastings Racecourse, but also for big races like the Kentucky Derby (only 3 weeks away).  Here’s our Sunday play for Hastings: [...]

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This morning, a healthy crowd of racetrack fans gathered at Hastings Park for a little preview of the upcoming meet.  The mood was upbeat and optimistic, despite the rainy weather.   In addition to workouts from a few horses, Hastings gave a brief overview of changes for the 2011 season.  Of particular note: Increased purses [...]

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