The $100,000 Shared Belief, to be contested Saturday at Del Mar, has never been a prep for the Kentucky Derby. Makes sense. Del Mar’s meet normally extends from late-July through Labor Day and the Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in May. However, in case you haven’t noticed, nothing’s ‘normal’ this year. Not […]

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In Seattle Slew’s career debut on Sept. 20, 1976, he won a six-furlong maiden race by five lengths at Saratoga, a major-league track. On July 28, 2020, David Peterson won his major-league debut when the left-hander led the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. David’s father, Doug Peterson, trained […]

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Calling Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security’s career ‘interesting’ is like saying Babe Ruth hit some home runs. Both would be accurate but grossly inadequate descriptions. Maximum Security and Ruth actually have something in common. Both came from humble beginnings—Ruth was raised in an orphanage/reform school and Maximum Security’s parents were once discounted. Max’s sire New […]

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Bob Baffert is probably best known for training two Triple Crown winners. He won the three races in 2015 with American Pharoah, who ended an excruciatingly long 37-year Triple Crown drought, and again in 2018 with Justify. The legendary “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons is the only other trainer to have won the Triple Crown twice. His […]

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Del Mar racing is cancelled this weekend because of a rash of jockey COVID 19-positives and a spectator-less Saratoga season is underway. So, what else is new? It’s just another crazy weekend in a pandemic world. No worries. There are numerous opportunities nationwide for players to cash Saturday and Monmouth’s Haskell-day card looms as most […]

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Coming off his first defeat when second in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on June 6, Authentic seeks to regain his winning ways in Saturday’s Grade I Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. The 1 1/8-mile affair has attracted a field of seven. Monmouth oddsmaker Brad Thomas has installed Authentic as the Haskell morning-line favorite […]

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Jeff Siegel’s Black Book Xpress – Updated July 7, 2020   Jeff Siegel goes treasure hunting at various North American tracks to uncover excellent future wagering opportunities in the Black Book Xpress.  Updated every week, the list below includes horses that  should be included in your stable mail so that you'll be aware where and […]

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Wait a minute. This can’t be right. Keeneland and Del Mar racing in the same afternoon? Oh, that be right, alright. We’re in the COVID 19 twilight zone where anything’s possible. Experience racing ‘As it was meant to be’ while playing ‘Where the Turf Meets the Surf’ all in the same afternoon. Thought you’d never […]

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Breaking with alacrity to seize the lead at once, Vekoma dared his seven opponents to overtake him during last Saturday’s Grade I Met Mile at Belmont Park. Not one of the seven ever could. George Weaver trains Vekoma. As an assistant, Weaver in 1996 saddled Honor and Glory for trainer D. Wayne Lukas when the […]

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JEFF SIEGEL’S NATIONAL DAY MAKERS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020 * Jeff Siegel’s prime plays from around the country are offered on a daily basis to members of xpressbet.com and 1stbet.com.  Always the day’s the cream of the crop, Day Makers emphasize price and wagering value and each selection should be given strong consideration both […]

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JEFF SIEGEL’S NATIONAL DAY MAKERS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020 * Jeff Siegel’s prime plays from around the country are offered on a daily basis to members of xpressbet.com and 1stbet.com.  Always the day’s the cream of the crop, Day Makers emphasize price and wagering value and each selection should be given strong consideration both […]

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  JEFF SIEGEL’S NATIONAL DAY MAKERS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 Jeff Siegel’s prime plays from around the country are offered on a daily basis to members of xpressbet.com and 1stbet.com.  Always the day’s the cream of the crop, Day Makers emphasize price and wagering value and each selection should be given strong consideration both […]

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JEFF SIEGEL’S NATIONAL DAY MAKERS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020 *   Jeff Siegel’s prime plays from around the country are offered on a daily basis to members of xpressbet.com and 1stbet.com.  Always the day’s the cream of the crop, Day Makers emphasize price and wagering value and each selection should be given strong consideration […]

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JEFF SIEGEL’S NATIONAL DAY MAKERS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2020 * Jeff Siegel’s prime plays from around the country are offered on a daily basis to members of xpressbet.com and 1stbet.com.  Always the day’s the cream of the crop, Day Makers emphasize price and wagering value and each selection should be given strong consideration both […]

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Now that the calendars have been flipped over to July, it’s time for my list of the Top 10 performances by a Thoroughbred in the United States during the first half of 2020. When there were just a handful of tracks conducting live racing for several weeks earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, […]

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