Game Winner and Mr. Money move forward with easy Derby wins

Los Alamitos and Indiana Grand may not be America’s most storied racetracks, but after Saturday, each has a chance to produce the 3-year-old male champion of 2019. A few hours and a couple thousand miles apart, Game Winner and Mr. Money threw their bridles into the ring for an Eclipse Award with easy wins in the Los Alamitos Derby and Indiana Derby respectively.

“I think this was a perfect race for him,” declared trainer Bob Baffert after Game Winner’s dominant win in the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby.

The son of Candy Ride needed the confidence building victory after beginning his second season with three consecutive defeats. All three, hard fought seconds in the Rebel Stakes and the Santa Anita Derby, before a late, very wide run left him 3 3/4-lengths short in the Kentucky Derby, were good efforts, but Game Winner needed to regain his winning ways. In a short field yesterday, Game Winner did it in style.

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Preakness 2019: Full field odds and graded entries

The 2019 Preakness is unique because it is the first time in many many years that none of the top three Kentucky Derby finishers are entered in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Improbable, who was fourth, leads the Derby runners in the Preakness and he is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The race appears to have a lot of early speed …

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Preakness 2019 and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Pick 5 analysis

The second jewel of the Triple Crown – the 2019 Preakness Stakes – is upon us. While the top four Kentucky Derby finishers will be not be in Saturday’s Pimlico starting gate, War of Will continues the story of the Kentucky Derby disqualification. If War of Will wins, does that validate the Kentucky Stewards disqualification?

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Dual threat star Catholic Boy set for Dixie return

The second leg of the Triple Crown is not all we have to look forward to Saturday at Pimlico, there’s also Catholic Boy. One of the most dynamic horses in American racing, but away from racing for more than six months, the son of More Than Ready is set to make his return to the

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Kentucky Derby 2019: Betting the trifecta

By Jasen Mangrum

When formulating my bets for the Kentucky Derby, I focus on the horse that I think has the best shot to hit the board, wheel him in all 3 spots, and select another 2 or 3 runners of which 1 of them has to hit the board …

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The Kentucky Derby 2019 Superfecta [VIDEO]

It’s time; Kentucky Derby 145 is upon us! In this preview of his superfecta bet, Tony Bada Bing presents two potential pace scenarios heading into the all important Churchill Downs clubhouse turn on Derby Day. Of course, there’s a couple of superfecta bets …

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Kentucky Derby 2019: Four Must Use Horses

The Kentucky Derby (G1) is always full of betting opportunities that offer great value. Longshots who are peaking at the right time can spice up exotics. To find a huge score, you must find the right angle to capitalize on, whether it would be with the betting-favorite or with an outsider

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Kentucky Derby 2019: Full field odds and entries

Here is a quick guide to the 2019 Kentucky Derby in the form of the old fashioned graded entries with the horses in the order of the morning line odds from the favorite Omaha Beach to the longest shot in the race. Each runner is listed with post position, trainer and jockey, and a brief comment

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Alwaysmining poised to be prime Preakness player

Don’t look now, but the 2019 crop of 3-year-olds is not exclusive territory of those set to run in the Kentucky Derby. There will be some nice horses lying in wait ready to take on the best from Louisville when they make the trip to Pimlico two weeks later for the Preakness Stakes.

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Kentucky Derby Top 10: Ranking the 2019 Derby field

Omaha Beach got the number one spot in the Top 10 with only one more point than Roadster. Jockey Mike Smith announced that he would ride the Richard Mandella trainee in the Derby and in doing so likely stamped the son of War Front as the favorite on the first Saturday in May.

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Arkansas Derby 2019: Handicapping the Pick 5

Oaklawn Park hosts the final Grade 1 Kentucky Derby prep, the $1 million Arkansas Derby, on Saturday. Not only will the final spots for a chance to win a blanket of roses be determined with both first and second place finishers assuring themselves a shot, but of course there’s also a late pick 5 to play.

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Kentucky Derby prep races and Keeneland All Stakes Pick 5

In this version of Drink, Place, and Show, Tony Bada Bing takes a shot at Keeneland’s All Stakes Pick 5 on Saturday that features the Blue Grass Stakes. Tony says, “the sequence features long odds and large fields.”   It’s an action packed 5 minutes and maybe Saturday’s the day to cash a big ticket together.

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Road to Kentucky Derby 2019: Chaos Rules

America’s most famous race has been won by the betting favorite in six consecutive years. If the Kentucky Derby trail results in March are any indication, it’s a streak whose days are numbered. Another week, and another pair of heavy favorites have gone down in defeat. The string of upsets on the Derby trail …

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March Madness 2019 – Free first round picks

Nothing gets my heart pumping and my skin tingling like March Madness. Whether it’s filling out brackets or just betting on each game individually, there is nothing more exciting, or can provide the kind of upsets like the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. In terms of competitive games and upsets,

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Cross-Country Pick 5 featuring the 2019 Rebel Stakes

In the latest edition of Drink, Place, and Show, Tony Baba Bing gives you a bargain $27 Cross Country Pick 5 that begins at Aqueduct and includes Grade 1 action in the Azeri and then both divisions of the 2019 Rebel Stakes from Oaklawn Park. Tony wraps the show up with an Italian

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Handicapping the Cross-Country Pick 5

Drink, Place, and Show is back swinging with the Cross-Country Pick 5 this Saturday, which is all stakes including Kentucky Derby 2019 preps – the Gotham Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. As promised we’re also back with a cocktail that combines the sun and sand of Tampa and has a New York name.

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Remembering … Battle of Midway

I will never forget the first time I saw Battle of Midway run. It came in his career debut on January 21, 2017. For this lifelong fan of racing, it was the perfect storm that afternoon, watching the bay colt win at Santa Anita. He was handsome and well bred, from a sire that I always liked.

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Handicapping the Fountain of Youth 2019 Pick 5

Tony Bada Bing’s Drink, Place, and Show video series makes its 2019 return with the Gulfstream Park Pick 5 that includes the Fountain of Youth. I’m foregoing the drink this time to get to the sequence, which doesn’t look too challenging and quite possibly could be chalky. Nonetheless, I’m taking a swing …

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