It was 40 years ago that John Henry, a gelding who rose to stardom from relative obscurity, won the world’s first $1 million Thoroughbred race, the Arlington Million, by a scant nose.   John Henry won 39 times during his extraordinary career. Of those 39 victories, the 1981 Arlington Million quite possibly was his finest […]

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Gulfstream Park veteran host and analyst Ron Nicoletti picked 10 winners on Saturday’s 12-race card. That’s a huge afternoon for any public handicapper and great news for his loyal followers. Unfortunately, Nicoletti’s big afternoon was bad news for those squaring off against him in Beat the Host Week 6 action.   In concert with his […]

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This Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans has enticed a wide-open field of 13. Heading the 1 1/8-mile contest is Keepmeinmind, who ranks No. 8 on my Kentucky Derby Top 10.   Senor Buscador, No. 9 on my Top 10, also is entered in the […]

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Saturday, veteran Gulfstream Park handicapper and simulcast host Ron Nicoletti will be the man wearing the bullseye in Week 6 Beat the Host action. Players will attempt to top Nicoletti’s earning’s total based on a ‘live’ $5 Win wagers in each of 10 competition races. That accomplishment earns a seat in the Beat the Host […]

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I made selections last week for both the Holy Bull Stakes and Robert B. Lewis Stakes. My top pick won both. Can I do it again this week? To be perfectly frank, I seriously doubt it. But, hey, despite a lack of confidence, I shall give it a try.   My top selection for last […]

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Veteran handicapper and host Jeff Siegel turned a profit Saturday when he picked 4 winners out of 10 competition races in Week 4 Beat the Host action. His winning total was $56, based on $5 Win wagers on one horse in each race.   Usually, Beat the Host competition races are a combination of heats […]

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Kentucky Derby points will be up for grabs this Saturday in both Florida and California when the Holy Bull Stakes is presented at Gulfstream Park and the Robert B. Lewis Stakes is run at Santa Anita Park.   The Holy Bull is a Grade III race at 1 1/16 miles, as is the Lewis. Nine […]

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Last Saturday, we fumbled. Booted a grounder. Launched an air ball. Technical difficulties knocked us out. Down for the count. Offline for a few hours. Wasn’t the first time. Won’t be the last. It happens. And, according to the folks working in IT, that word ‘it’ usually begins with an additional two letters.   Ever […]

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The horses are entered and post positions have been drawn, which means the stage is set for Gulfstream Park’s Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The $3 million race will be contested at 1 1/8 miles Saturday.   NBC will telecast the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and Pegasus World Cup Turf from 4:30-6 p.m. ET. […]

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Millie Ball, talented XBTV and Santa Anita simulcast personality, turned in a strong performance Saturday as the host-to-beat in Week 2 of Xpressbet’s Beat the Host competition. Ball impressively selected 5 winners in 10 races.   While Ball is based in SoCal and delivers post parade observations from Santa Anita on the track’s simulcast feed, […]

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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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Santa Anita Saturday Late Pick 4 Analysis   Welcome to 2021! The New Year and the horses are off and running at Santa Anita. Below is one man’s humble handicapping opinion regarding the last four races at Santa Anita Saturday. It’s an interesting collection of puzzles anchored by the second start for what appears to […]

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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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No matter what you’re doing Saturday you’ve got to submit a ticket in Gulfstream’s Rainbow Six. It’s ‘mandatory.’ You know, as in ‘you have to do it.’ Why? Because it’s ‘mandatory.’   We thought we already made that clear.   What’s that, you want a reason? OK, here goes: There’s a giant Rainbow Six pot […]

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The Eclipse Awards were created in 1971 to recognize outstanding achievements in North America by Thoroughbreds and individuals.   The three organizations responsible for determining Eclipse Award recipients are the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.   To help celebrate 50 years of the Eclipse Awards, the […]

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