Breeders’ Cup race card – Saturday’s schedule at Churchill Downs

Attention turns to Churchill Downs on Saturday as the world prepares to tune in to the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Zenyatta’s bid to become one of horse racing’s most influential superstars. Breeders Cup World ChampionshipsIf the wondermare were to make it twenty races unbeaten and land herself an unprecedented third success at the world championships, then Zenyatta would be on the lips of sporting fanatics all over the world and she would cement herself as one of the greatest horses of all time.

She is sure to be popular with punters and Ladbrokes are a top priced 9/4 with the firm’s David Williams explaining to Racingbase: “We’ve some almighty gambles in the Breeders’ Cup down the years but the Zenyatta plunge has all the signs of being a record-breaker.

“If Zenyatta wins the Classic it’ll be the most expensive result to the betting industry in Breeders’ Cup history. Her price is in total freefall.”

Zenyatta will not be the only star looking to enter the record books on Saturday as Freddie Head’s Goldikova looks to land her third consecutive success in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.  After a dismal showing from European raiders at Churchill Downs on Friday, it will be the likes of ‘Goldi’ and Behkabad in the Breeders’ Cup Turf that could be left to fly the flag Stateside. Continue reading


Betting tips

When talking about betting, it is always good to remember that there’s a huge range of betting systems out there; some advertising vast profits while claiming to be risk-free. There are, however, many tried and tested betting systems that confer significant advantages on their users, some of them even offer moBettingney-back guarantees.

Knowing that, there are still many gamblers that adopt a haphazard approach to betting, basing many times their decisions on “gut feelings” about particular wagers, like races and horses. This will inevitably cause lost bets. It is interesting to note, though, that no matter how you see it, horse racing betting always involves a certain amount of luck.

Less Work, More Winners

When you use a proven horse race betting system, it can reduce the effort and time that you require for productive form book study considerably. For a winner, the hours of study of the form book are important, but the time that you spend on it is not related with the number of earnings produced and this is not a guarantee of success. In any case, a betting system can help you remove guesswork from finalizing selections, leading to more winning bets.


With a tried and tested betting system each bet can be simple and easy to comprehend; this is a significant and useful feature for novice horse racing punters. This kind of system removes many complicated factors that may present a problem during the betting process. Continue reading

The Preakness Stakes

Preakness StakesPreakness is the second leg of the prestigious Triple Crown Race for top 3-year-old thoroughbreds in America. After the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, horse racing handicappers, bettors, and fans turn their attention to the Preakness. This race is the indicator on whether there will be a Triple Crown nominee to root for at Belmont in June.

The Preakness Stakes is a classic 1 3/16 mile (1.91 km) thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds, held on the third Saturday in May of each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg); fillies 121 lb (55 kg). Like its preceding Triple Crown race, the Preakness Stakes have been termed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because a horseshoe of black-eyed susans is traditionally placed around the winner’s neck.

Preakness Stakes Tips

  • Only select horses you feel have a good chance of winning.
  • If you don’t like a horse, don’t pick it.
  • Give preference to winners. Choose a horse that has won before.
  • Avoid selecting on a horse that has just moved up in class.
  • Look for value odds as much as likely winners. If you keep looking for them, you will learn to spot them fairly quickly.
  • Look for a horse that has a fair chance of winning and is not overly backed. This is usually a good value bet in the long run. On odds of say, 10:1, you need to win once in ten attempts to break even. Anything more is net profit. Horses backed heavily by touting services and computer handicappers may win more often, but are usually poor value bets.
  • When the track is slow or heavy, give preference to fast starters. Slow, muddy and heavy track conditions usually favor the horse that takes an early lead.
  • A straight bet is simple, manageable and not too difficult to win. Play it but always weigh up the odds. Avoid favorites and long shots (outsiders) too. Be selective – don’t bet on anything or everything.
  • When betting straight, consider betting to win and show, or each-way, if the odds are relatively high.

History of the Triple Crown

Triple Crown immortality is horse racing’s greatest honor. Countless horses have tried and only 11 have succeeded.

triple-crow-descriptionIn 1919, Sir Barton was the first horse to claim the Triple Crown, capturing the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in the same year. Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) have followed in infamy.

In order to win a Triple Crown , a horse must win three long races in five weeks, at three different tracks, in three different states. Triple Crown hopefuls must first win the Kentucky Derby, where Aristedes grabbed the inaugural “Run for the Roses” in 1875. Barring injury, the Derby winner is shipped to the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. Survivor was the first Preakness winner in 1873. A Derby-Preakness champ then has a shot at Triple Crown immortality at the Belmont Stakes. The first Belmont winner was Ruthless in 1867.

There have been 18 horses that have won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown and failed to win at the Belmont. Two of them, Burgoo King in 1932 and Bold Venture in 1936, didn’t run in New York.

For the fifth time in the last seven years, a horse will go into the Belmont starting gate with a chance to win the Triple Crown. Funny Cide follows the Bob Baffert-trained War Emblem, who in 2002 stumbled at the start of the race and finished eighth. Prior to that attempt, there were three straight years that had horses trying for the Crown: Baffert trainees Silver Charm and Real Quiet each finished second in the Belmont, in 1997 and 1998 respectively, while in 1999, Charismatic came home third.

Source: ESPN

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