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. The son of Smart Strike was from connections which I have great respect for, but most of all he displayed everything you want to see in a racehorse in that initial performance.

Carrying the familiar colors of Fox Hill Farm, and battling on the lead through crazy fast fractions, the first time starter had the talent, courage and class to pull away from his competition. That pace was enough to cook most any young horse, but not Battle of Midway. He immediately made his way onto my Kentucky Derby rankings. He also became a horse who I wanted to watch every time he ran.

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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 Sunset cocktail.

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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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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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Kentucky Derby Top 10: War of Will prominent

In the February edition of the Kentucky Derby Top 10 list from the Derby Day Racing team, War of Will impressed the voters with his victory in the Risen Star at Fair Grounds Race Course. The son of War Front moved into second place in the poll as 2-year-old Champion Game Winner retained

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Playing the Kentucky Derby 2019 Future Wager

If you’re interested in picking out your Kentucky Derby 2019 winner 12 weeks before the Run for the Roses, you’re in luck because the future is now! Or so it has been said. The quickest way to play is to hit up your Advanced Wagering Account as Churchill Downs offers up the second of its four

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Midnight Bisou gets the jump on the Older Dirt Female division

In what could be the start of an excellent season for the older dirt female division, Midnight Bisou was up in time, deep in the heart of Texas. It may not have been pretty, but under confident handling by her Hall of Fame pilot Mike Smith, the classy filly, turned mare, rolled late …

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Kentucky Derby 2019: Fantasy league update

Here’s a run down – with early odds of winning – for the six Fantasy Stables competing during Derby Day Racing’s Road to the Roses/Triple Crown Season Challenge. Each team member included their drafting strategy, I provided the odds. Draft was held on January 1. Get the latest news on Derby contenders.

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Kentucky Derby: first Top 10 rankings for 2019

The team at Derby Day Racing has put together their first Top 10 list of contenders for the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

Two-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victor Game Winner was the consensus number one pick after being the top choice by all but one of us.

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NFC Championship Game Selection: Saints vs. Rams

Our second week of selecting games gave us our first loss as the Chiefs dominated the Colts, but the Rams covered the spread in their win and we went 1-1 on the weekend. We’re 3-1 thus far in our sports betting selections this year. This Sunday, the Saints will square off against the Rams.

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Kentucky Oaks: First Top 10 Rankings of 2019

Fresh off a purse increase to $1.25 million, the 2019 Kentucky Oaks maintains its place as the premier race for 3-year-old fillies in the United States. While its male counterpart, the Kentucky Derby receives most of the attention, I always like to give the fillies their due. Without further ado, let’s take a look.

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NFL Playoff Picks 2019: Colts vs. Chiefs and Cowboys vs. Rams

After a successful score last week with Clemson in the NCAA National Championship game, my attention is now focused on two of the four NFL divisional round playoff games this weekend: the Indianapolis Colts versus the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys versus the Los Angeles Rams.

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Bravazo keeps going, and going

Only one horse in 2018 ran in each leg of the Triple Crown, as well as the Breeders’ Cup. Yes, Bravazo is a modern day iron horse. The son of Awesome Again is not the first for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. We only have to recall the schedule of his remarkable filly Lady’s Secret, before she finally went off form

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