Though it has been run only four times, Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational has firmly established itself as an important event on the American racing stage. It has become a prime early-year target.   This year’s 1 1/8-mile Pegasus will be held on Jan. 23. With a purse of $3 million, it is one […]

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I first had the honor of voting for Eclipse Awards in 1976. My choice for Horse to the Year was Forego.   One of the greatest geldings of all time, Forego was elected Horse of the Year in 1974, 1975 and again in 1976.   Forego’s victory in the 1976 Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park […]

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Inspired by Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW), which closed last Sunday, I have put together a very early Top 10 for the 2021 Run for the Roses. Here it is:   Essential Quality Life Is Good Highly Motivated Hot Rod Charlie Keepmeinmind Fire At Will Jackie’s Warrior Caddo River Mandaloun Dr. […]

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Our horse racing fantasy league held its annual draft this past Monday. It’s called the Fantasy Stable League (FSL). Daily Racing Form handicapper Michael Hammersly started this league all the way back in 1986. I joined it in 1990 when I was working for the DRF. I have been the league’s commissioner since 2000.   […]

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VENUE: Keeneland on Nov. 6-7. Main Track: dirt, fast Friday and Saturday; Turf Course: good Friday and for Saturday’s BC Turf Sprint, firm for Saturday’s BC Filly & Mare Turf, BC Mile and BC Turf. $6 MILLION CLASSIC (NOV. 7) Results: (1) Authentic, who paid $10.40, (2) Improbable, (3) Global Campaign. Winner: Owned by Spendthrift […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP SELECTIONS Xpressbet.com Column It’s Post Time by Jon White (Nov. 4, 2020) $1 MILLION JUVENILE TURF SPRINT (FRIDAY) 1. GOLDEN PAL (8-5 on the morning line) Believe he wins despite post 14; Ward praises him 2. BODENHEIMER (8-1) Lone loss by WA-bred came on soft ground 3. AFTER FIVE (6-1) Maiden by The […]

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REVISITING KEENELAND’S PREVIOUS BC CLASSIC Xpressbet.com Column It’s Post Time by Jon White (Oct. 28, 2020) This year will be the 11th time that the Breeders’ Cup has been held in Kentucky. Prior to 2020, there have been nine Breeders’ Cups at Churchill Downs (1988, 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2018) and […]

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The Southern California racing community received a one-two punch of bad news in recent days when learning that retired trainers Gary Jones and Barry Abrams had died. Jones was 76. Abrams was 66. In recent years, Jones’ failing health included the onset of dementia. He died Sunday at his home in Del Mar, where he […]

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The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked considerable havoc throughout the world this year. But in a year in which it seems there have been so many more lowlights than highlights, a ferocious equine tussle all the way down the stretch in the 145th Preakness Stakes became a welcome diversion for Thoroughbred racing fans during these troubled […]

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Trends or angles sometimes can grab one’s attention when it comes to sports in general or horse racing in particular. How about this trend? Prior to last Saturday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggetts, whenever the Lakers had the lead going into the fourth quarter in a playoff game, their win-loss record […]

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“He’s the real deal.” That’s what Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert wrote in response to my text congratulating him for his record-tying sixth Kentucky Derby victory last Saturday with Authentic. Come to think of it, how could a horse with the name Authentic be anything but the “real” deal, right? Baffert has now won […]

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KENTUCKY DERBY SELECTIONS AND ANALYSIS Xpressbet.com Column It’s Post Time by Jon White (Sept. 2, 2020) The 156th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby will be contested Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tiz the Law no doubt will be an odds-on favorite in the field of 18 entered in the 1 1/4-mile classic. This is […]

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The $3 million Kentucky Derby looms. Delayed from its traditional date on the first Saturday in May due to the coronavirus nightmare, this year’s 146th running of the 1 1/4-mile classic is scheduled to be held at Churchill Downs a week from Saturday on Sept. 5. This will be the first time in the storied […]

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As it stands right now, Tiz the Law undoubtedly is going to be a strong favorite in this year’s 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs when he resumes his quest to become a Triple Crown winner on Sept. 5. So much has changed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes the order […]

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Tiz the Law, who won the 1 1/8-mile Belmont Stakes with authority last time out, tiz the one to beat in the 1 1/4-mile Runhappy Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday. There is no doubt about that. The Travers has attracted a field of eight. Tiz the Law drew post 6. Saratoga oddsmaker David Aragona […]

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