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Pimlico Posts Record Handle for Preakness Stakes Card With Nearly $100M in Bets Placed

Saturday served as another record-breaking day for Pimlico Race Course. The Stronach Group, which owns the Baltimore horse track, announced that nearly $99.9 million was bet on Pimlico’s 14-race card, highlighted of course by the Preakness Stakes. That’s an increase of about 2.7 percent over the previous record handle from all-sources. That was set two…Read More

No Objection: War of Will Wins the 144th Preakness Stakes After Late Move Inside

No interference. No objections. And, most of all, there was no doubt about the winner of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. War of Will made a late charge from the inside to capture the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. Trained by Mark Casse, War of Will was in position to…Read More

Thoroughbred Think Tank Thinks Fixed-Odds Betting Can Give Racing Fresh Blood and Makes Its Case

Saturday marks one of the biggest days in horse racing: the running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. And it gave the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) an opportunity to showcase what it believes is the future of the sport. On its blog this week, the Foundation — a think tank that seeks to improve the…Read More

Kentucky Derby $600K Win Voided by William Hill Sportsbook, Bettor Appealing Nevada GCB

William Hill Kentucky Derby payout

The Kentucky Derby will long be remembered for its historic disqualification, but one bettor who was denied a $600,000 payout will remember it for another reason, too. Earlier this month, stewards at Churchill Downs ruled that Maximum Security — the first horse to cross the finish line — caused interference coming out of the last…Read More

Improbable Tabbed as Morning Line Favorite for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes

Improbable drew the fourth post for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes and became the 5-2 morning-line favorite to capture the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Post positions were drawn Wednesday at Pimlico for the 13-horse Grade I stakes race, which will run a mile and 3/16ths. The Bob Baffert-trained colt is the highest placed entrant…Read More

Horse Racing Won’t Be Excluded from New York Sports Betting Legislation: Sen. Addabbo

New York mobile sports betting

New York mobile sports betting bill sponsor Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-15th) has denied his legislation would freeze the state’s racetracks out of a future sports-betting market. Speaking during at a hearing for the bill Monday by the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, which he chairs, Addabbo agreed his bill in its current form appears…Read More

New York Senator Remains Hopeful Mobile Sports Betting Becomes Reality in 2019

A New York state senator is holding out hope the state will be able to implement mobile sports betting sooner rather than later. Prior to Wednesday’s Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee’s meeting that focused on the topic in Albany, state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) said doing sports betting without the mobile component barely “scratches the…Read More

Maximum Security to Skip Preakness, Owners’ Derby Appeal Denied

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday rejected an appeal by the owners of Maximum Security to overturn the stewards’ decision disqualifying their horse as the winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. After a chaotic 22 minutes following Saturday’s Derby, when stewards reviewed race video and interviewed jockeys to determine that Maximum Security interfered with at…Read More

Kentucky Derby Once Again Breaks Betting Records for Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Churchill Downs produced yet another record-setting weekend as wagering on the Kentucky Derby card eclipsed a quarter-billion dollars for the first time. The total handle from Saturday’s 14-race card reached $250.9 million. Nearly two-thirds of that money was put on the Derby, as the betting public wagered $165.5 million on the Run…Read More

OP-ED: In Making the Kentucky Derby Results Right, Horse Racing Still Gets It Wrong

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby, known as the greatest two minutes in sports, became the most confusing 22 minutes in sports Saturday. In the end, the right decision was made but something still feels wrong about the entire process that led to Country House winning the Kentucky Derby, Maximum Security’s stunning disqualification and a…Read More

65-1 Country House Wins Kentucky Derby Thanks to Disqualification

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a historic decision, 65-1 shot Country House won Kentucky Derby 145 Saturday after stewards at Churchill Downs disqualified apparent winner Maximum Security for interference. The ruling gave trainer Bill Mott his first Derby win and second Triple Crown win ever. However, that storyline will get pushed aside as horse racing fans…Read More

Kentucky Derby 145: Sorting the Contenders from the Pretenders in the Run for the Roses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby isn’t your normal horse race. For starters, it brings up to 20 horses to the gate, more than double than what you see in most fields. Throwing that many horses – or 19 as are slated to run Saturday – adds a lot of randomness to the race. The…Read More

Serengeti Empress Wins Kentucky Oaks After Positive Spirit Falls at Start

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Serengeti Empress led wire-to-wire to claim the 145th Kentucky Oaks Friday at Churchill Downs, holding off 38-1 shot Liora down the stretch to win by a length and three-quarters. The Grade I stakes race for 3-year-old fillies was marred at the start after Positive Spirit, starting from the sixth gate, was bumped…Read More

Hoof Issue Forces Haikal from Derby; Omaha Beach Undergoes Successful Procedure

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Derby saw another defection to the field Friday morning as the connections to Haikal pulled the 3-year-old out of the race. The colt developed an abscess on his left front hoof earlier in the week, and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin hoped ­­the Gotham Stakes winner would be able to respond. “We…Read More

Churchill Downs Unveils New Pick 6 Tied to Kentucky Oaks, Derby Cards

As the Kentucky Derby approaches, Churchill Downs has introduced a new wager that ties the track’s six biggest races of the upcoming weekend. Bettors will have the chance on Friday to bet on the Oaks/Derby Pick 6, a unique take on the multi-race wager. Instead of trying to pick the winner of six consecutive races,…Read More