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2015 The Belmont Stakes Triple Crown Horse Racing Betting Odds Preview

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

The third jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown is scheduled for Saturday June 6th as the Belmont Stakes will be run. The Belmont Stakes is the 11th race on the Belmont card from New York and it’s scheduled for 6:50PM Eastern Time with NBC TV providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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A field of eight three year olds is scheduled to run the 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes on a fast dirt surface.

American Pharoah is set to make history as a Triple Crown winner if he wins the Belmont Stakes. He is the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. American Pharoah will run from the 5th spot and is trained by Bob Baffert and will be ridden by veteran jockey Victor Espinoza. His morning line odds is set at 3/5 and is the favorite after his one length win in the Kentucky Derby and by seventh lengths in the Preakness Stakes win three weeks ago. American Pharoah has a six race winning streak.

The second favorite on the morning line if the #6 Frosted. This three year old colt will be ridden by Joel Rosario and is trained by Kieran McLaughlin. He has a five week layoff after a ground gaining fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby where he was 3 ¼ lengths behind the winner. Frosted has one race at Belmont and finished second in a Maiden 6 ½ furlong sprint as a two year old.

The third choice on the morning line is the #8 Materiality. He will be ridden by John Velazquez and is trained by Todd Pletcher. He too is coming off a five week layoff as he finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby 7 ¾ lengths behind American Pharoah. Materiality most notable win came at the Florida Derby and makes only his fifth career start on Saturday.

Longshot choices include #3 Madefromlucky who comes off a win in the Peter Pan at Belmont Park by a length a week after the Kentucky Derby. He is a new shooter and will be ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher.

The second place finisher in the Preakness is the #2 Tale of Verve. The three year old is lined at 15/1 on the morning line and will be ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by Dallas Stewart.

2015 The Preakness Stakes Triple Crown Horse Racing Betting Odds Preview

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

The Preakness Stakes is the second jewel of the Triple Crown and it’s scheduled to be run as the 13th race on the Pimlico betting card on Saturday May 16th. The horses will be sent out of the gate at 6:18PM Eastern Time and NBC TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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A field of eight three year olds is scheduled to run the 1 3/16th mile race with a purse of $1.5 million dollars.

The 4-5 favorite in the race is the #1 horse American Pharoah who will be riden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Bob Baffert. Espinoza was aboard California Chrome a year ago. American Pharoah was the winner of the Kentucky Derby by a length holding off the efforts of Dortmund and Firing Line.

The third place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Dortmund is lined at 7/2 in the wagering. Ridding by Martin Garcia and trained by Bob Baffert Dortmund was third by three lengths behind American Pharoah. Dortmund is the son of Big Brown and his loss in the Kentucky Derby was the first of his career after six straight wins.

Firing Line finished second behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby. The veteran Gary Stevens is board and is trained by Simon Callaghan. He has wins in the Sunland Derby and was second to Dortmund in the Robert B Lewis and as a two year old in the Los Alamitos Futurity.

There is a big drop from the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby. The #7 horse Divining Line is 12/1 in the betting. He will be ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Arnaud Delacour. He last raced on April 11th and won the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland which was his only win coming other than Maiden.

Danzig Moon will race from post position number four. The fifth place finisher in the Kentucky Derby is ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Mark Casse. His only victory came as a Maiden and has a second place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

Mr. Z is trained by D. Wayne Lukas. He has one win and four seconds in his race career. Mr. Z has tons of experience having ridden in 13 races in his career with many of his races against graded company.

2015 The Kentucky Derby Triple Crown Horse Racing Betting Odds Preview

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The first jewel of the 2015 Triple Crown will take place on Saturday May 2nd as the Kentucky Derby is scheduled with 20 entrants set to go. The Kentucky Derby is Race 11 on the Churchill Downs card and is set to begin at 6:34PM Eastern Time and NBC TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The morning line favorite is the #18 horse American Pharoah as he is listed as 5/2 on the program. Ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Bob Baffert American Pharoah will run from post 17. The three year old has won four straight and is coming off an eight length victory in the Arkansas Derby. He has won two other Grade 1 stakes with both coming in his two year old campaign.

The second favorite in the race will be #8 Dortmund. The three year old colt is trained by Bob Baffert as Baffert is training the top two choices in the Derby. Dortmund is a perfect six for six in his racing career. He was the winner of the Santa Anita Derby by 4 ½ lengths and has posted a Grade 1 win in his two year old campaign in the Los Alamitos Futurity. He has one race over Churchill Downs in his two year old career and that resulted in a victory in an optional claiming race.

The third choice in the wagering is Carpe Diem who is the #2 horse with odds of 8/1. Todd Pletcher will train the three year old that has four wins and a second in his five race career. John Velazquez will ride the winner of the Blue Grass and Tampa Bay Derby winner.

The Florida Derby winner is lined at 12/1 in the wagering and that’s the #3 horse Materiality. The three year old colt is ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher. He is lightly raced with three wins in his three race career.

Some longshot players will circle the #12 horse International Star. He is ridden by Miguel Mena and trained by Michael Maker. International Star is the winner of the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star stakes during his three year old career.

2014 The Belmont Stakes Triple Crown Horse Racing Betting Odds Preview

Friday, June 6th, 2014

A horse racing Triple Crown Champion could possibly be crowned on Saturday June 7th as a field of 11 will ride in the Belmont Stakes. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled to air at 6:52PM Eastern Time with NBC TV providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current favorite listed at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has California Chrome the -120 betting favorite. California Chrome was the betting favorite in his wins in the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Chrome has eight wins in his twelve races and has won seven straight races since Vic Espinoza took over as his jockey.

The second wagering choice is Ride on Curlin at +550 odds. Ride on Curlin ran in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. After a seventh place finish in the Kentucky Derby the son of a former champion Curlin was second place in the Preakness finishing a length and a half behind eventual winner California Chrome.

The Peter Pan Stakes winner Tonalist is the third choice with odds of +700. In the Belmont Stakes prep race The Peter Pan it was Tonalist earning the victory by four lengths over a sloppy track surface in a career best effort. Prior to his win in the Peter Pan, Tonalist ran second against a weak optional claiming field and then came up favorite in the Peter Pan. It looks like it was a weak bunch Tonalist faced in the Peter Pan.

The notable longshots in the Belmont are Wicked Strong at +750 odds, Commanding Curve at +1000 odds and Samraat at +2500 odds. Wicked Strong will be a fresh horse as he skipped the Preakness after a fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby. He has a win and a second place finish at Belmont Park. Commanding Curve was the second place finisher in the Kentucky Derby and was freshened for the Belmont Stakes after skipping the Preakness. Commanding Curve was nearly 38-1 in the Kentucky Derby as he had just a Maiden win in seven starts. Samraat is the speed of the race. He too skipped the Preakness after running fifth in the Kentucky Derby as he faded after running with the frontrunners.

What to Watch and Bet MLB for Sunday July 14th 2013

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

We have reached the final day prior to the All Star Break and scheduled for Sunday July 14th and three Major League Baseball games for national television to satisfy the interests of bettors.

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It all gets started at 1PM Eastern Time as the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers conclude their weekend series on Sunday. The Rangers and Tigers get things started at 1PM Eastern Time and TBS provides the live television broadcast. The pitching matchup scheduled for Sunday afternoon will be left hander Martin Perez for the Tigers going up against the Tigers ace right hander Justin Verlander. The Tigers right hander has not been able to exhibit his Cy Yound Award season He enters play with a 9-6 record and ERA approaching four earned runs.

At 1:35PM Eastern Time over WGN TV it will be the Chicago White Sox closing out an interleague series with the Philadelphia Phillies. The teams will take the field from Chicago in the final game of their series. Taking the mound for the White Sox will be Jose Quinana as he faces Phillies lefty Cole Hamel. Cole Hamels had pitching tough luck for Philadelphia this season. Philadelphia is pushing across 4.1 runs per game in Cole Hamels starts this season. Game one of this series was schedule for Friday and was washed away on account of rain and will be part of the Day/Night doubleheader.

The ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game will pit the St Louis Cardinals finishing off an NL Central division game against the Chicago Cubs. They get this game started from Chicago. An outstanding pitching matchup is scheduled as Adam Wainwight takes the hill for the Cardinals to face Cubs young phenom Travis Wood. Wainwright is having a fantastic season in 2013 as he has an ERA of 2.30 and WHIP of 0.99 to support St Louis to a possible post season run. The left hander Wood for Chicago is 6-6 in this young season at home and has an ERA of 2.69. Wairghwright has pitched extremely well for St Louis by allowing one earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.

2013 The Preakness Horse Racing Betting Odds Preview

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

It will be the 2013 running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday May 18th as Orb looks to capture the second jewel of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown series. The Preakness Stakes is scheduled as Race 12 on the card at Pimlico with a post time of 6:20PM Eastern Time and television coverage by NBC TV.

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The 2013 Preakness will feature a field of nine with eight colts and one gelding going to the post to run the 1 3/16th of a mile race over the fast dirt surface of Pimlico racecourse in Baltimore Maryland. Everyone is hoping for a fast dirt surface as there is a 50% chance of rain for the Preakness.

The current favorite at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the #1 horse and Kentucky Derby winner Orb at -130 odds to win. Orb enters the Preakness after a 2 ½ length win in the Kentucky Derby and will be ridden by Joel Rosario. Orb took advantage of a suicide pace set by the early leaders of the Kentucky Derby as Orb made up chunks of ground late against a tiring field who were begging for the wire in the 1 ¼ mile race. Prior to his win the Kentucky Derby it was Orb winning two major prep races held at Florida in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Florida Derby.

The second choice in the wagering will be the #4 horse Departing who is trained by Albert Stall and ridden by 2012 Breeders Cup winning jockey Brian Hernandez. Departing is a fresh and new shooter as the Illinois Derby winner skipped the Kentucky Derby for this spot.

Two other horses taking action is the #5 Mylute at +700 odds and the California based horse #2 Goldensense at +800 odds. Mylute will have the female jockey Rosie Napravnick aboard and was a good fifth place finisher in the Kentucky Derby just 3 ¾ lengths behind Orb. Prior to his fifth place finish Mylute was second in the Louisiana Derby. Goldensense the Santa Anita Derby winner and trained by 2012 Kentucky Derby winning trainer Doug O’Neil did not take to the sloppy conditions at Churchill Downs and was eased late during the running of the Kentucky Derby.

2013 Kentucky Derby Horse Racing Betting Odds Preview

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

The running of the Kentucky Derby is the first race of the Triple Crown and a field of 19 three year olds is scheduled to enter the starting gate at Churchill Downs on Saturday May 4th. The Kentucky Derby is the 11th race on the card on Saturday with a start time of 6:24PM Eastern Time and NBC will provide the TV broadcast.

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The current odds at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have Verrazno the co-favorite at +350 odds in the wagering. Verrazano will be wearing saddle cloth number 14 and is undefeated in his four starts. Aboard the co-favorite in the race will be John Velasquez and is trained by Todd Pletcher. Verrazano earns a co-favorite role off impressive wins at the Tampa Bay Derby and his last time out on April 6th in winning the Wood Memorial.

The three year old colt also at +350 odds in the wagering will be the number 16 racehorse Orb. Riding this well bred colt with AP Indy as grandfather and Unbridled his grandmother will be Joel Rosario with Claude McGaughey the trainor. Orb has won three straight after two fourth place finishes and a third place finish in his first three starts of his career. Orb is the winner of the Florida Derby and won the Fountain of Youth Stakes five weeks earlier at Gulfstream Park.

A horse catching the eye of the media at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby is the #3 Revolutionary. He has gotten early action in the wagering and is now the third choice in the wagering at +500 odds. He has the veteran of Churchill Downs aboard in Calvin Borel and Todd Pletcher is the trainer. After breaking his maiden at Aqueduct in early February Revolutionary won back to back stack races with his final prep for the Derby being the Louisiana Derby where he took first place.

The Southern California based Goldencents is the fourth choice in the current wagering at +600 odds. This three year old trained by the 2012 Kentucky Derby winning trainer Doug O’Neal. Goldencents is the winner of the 2013 Santa Anita Derby and sadly none of his competitors at that Derby prep on April 9th will be making the trip for the race.

2012 Belmont Stakes Horse Racing Odds

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The Belmont Stakes is this Saturday as I’ll Have Another will try to make horse racing history by winning the Triple Crown for the first time since Affirmed achieved this feat way back in 1978. A contentious field of 12 three year old colts and geldings will contest in the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes. Post time is scheduled for 6:35PM Eastern Time and its NBC providing the live national television coverage.

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The distant is a grueling 1 ½ miles over the Belmont Park dirt service located in Elmont New York. The weather forecast calls for a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms with highs reaching up to 79 degrees.

The current odds at Oddsmaker have I’ll Have Another as the -125 betting favorite to win the 2012 Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has five lifetime wins in his seven race career and is ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill. He will run from post 11. Two of his past three wins have come by a neck or closer with his Kentucky Derby victory a winning margin of a length and a half. The second place finisher in both legs in the Triple Crown Bodemeister will skip the Belmont Stakes.

The current second favorite in the wagering will be a freshened up Union Rags who is +300 odds on Saturday. Union Rags draws the third post and is coming off a seventh place finish in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness. After winning four of five races to begin his career Union Rags have tailed off with two straight losses.

A wise guy horse in the Belmont Stakes will be Dullahan who is the third choice in the wagering at +350 odds to win. Dullahan has long strides and made up good ground late in the Kentucky Derby for a third place finish. He skipped the Preakness and the increased distance makes Dullahan a solid pick to spoil the party for the I’ll Have Another connections.

Trainer Bob Baffert will send just one entry out of his barn in the Belmont Stakes and it will be the lightly raced Paynter who draws the 9th post at +600 odds and the fourth choice in the wagering. This three year old is ridden by Mike Smith and have two wins in his four lifetime starts. If there is rain on Saturday take note that Paynter was a good second in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs on April 28th over a sloppy dirt surface. Paynter ran fourth to I’ll Have Another at the Santa Anita Derby on April 7th in only his second lifetime start of his racing career. This is a horse with some upside.

Big Brown heavy favorite for Preakness

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown is the prohibitive 1-2 favorite for Saturday’s 133rd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD. The colt will face 12 other three-year-olds in the $1 million, 1 3/16 mile race. Owned by IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr., Big Brown is undefeated in four career starts, having won the races by a total of nearly 34 lengths. The three-year-old will again be ridden by Kent Desormeaux and the pair will start from post seven. Desormeaux won the 1998 Preakness aboard Real Quiet.

Arkansas Derby champ Gayego is the only other Kentucky Derby horse to be entered in the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown.

A victory on Saturday would put Big Brown just one win, the Belmont Stakes, away from becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed did it back in 1978.

Catch the race Saturday, May 17, 2008. Post-time is 6:15 PM ET on NBC.

Kentucky Derby

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

The 20 horses for this Saturday’s Kentucky Derby have been selected and assigned post positions. Big Brown is the heavy favorite despite coming out of the No. 20 hole, followed by Colonel John (post 10) at +350 and Pyro (post 9) at +500. These are the three horses to beat at Churchill Downs.

Big Brown rose from anonymity on Mar. 29 with a very impressive win at the Grade I Florida Derby. The Kentucky-bred bay rocketed past Pyro on the odds list; the latter was second at the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and figured to be the Derby favorite after Juvenile winner War Pass was taken off the Triple Crown Trail. But Pyro lost steam when he finished 10th at last month’s Gr. I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

Synthetic tracks are playing a major role in the handicapping of this year’s Run for the Roses. Pyro’s loss came on the new Polytrack at Keeneland, whereas the Kentucky Derby is still run on dirt. Colonel John, meanwhile, ran all six of his career races on synthetic surfaces in California, winning four of his last five including the Gr. I Santa Anita Derby. A fast five-furlong workout in Louisville Sunday is all horseplayers have to go on when gauging Colonel John’s ability to run in the dirt.

There are some viable dark horses in this field, led by Gayego (+1000), although he’ll have to come out of post 19. The filly Eight Belles (+3000) has value as a long shot after winning four races out of four this year, but is not considered a real threat. Television coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.