Eric Floyd is a turf writer forÂ various gaming publicationsÂ as well as a Triple CrownÂ pari-mutuel consultant forÂ several national media outlets.Â Excerpts from his gamblingÂ memoir, “My First DecadeÂ Playing the Game,” can beÂ found at LuLu.com.
Horseplayers who labor when the sun is shining often miss the opportunity to play major â??daytimeâ? racetracks like Churchill Downs, Santa Anita Park, Saratoga Race Course, Gulfstream Park and Belmont Park. Instead, they typically help fund the handle at intermediate â??night timeâ? ovals like Evangeline, Prairie Meadows, Canterbury, Mountaineer, Charles Town, Delta, Penn National, Remington, Fairmount and Assiniboia.
American Pharoah and his jockey, Victor Espinoza, have secured the world’s attention. But, American Pharoah didn’t get off to a smooth start with his racing career. The only race in which he was defeated was his first, where he appeared anxious, responding to commotion and reacting negatively to the blinker hood he was wearing. He finished fifth.
Despite the disappointing maiden race, owner, Ahmed Zayat, and his trainer, Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, believed the horse had potential and set out to find what he could do. Zayat has been quoted as saying, “We felt that he had brilliance in him. Unleashing that brilliance was the next step in creating a winner.”
The Triple Crown is the most elusive prize in sports.
Baseball has its own Triple Crown. It happens when a player leads the league in three statistical categories and since baseball began in 1838, there have been 17 batters and 38 pitchers that have accomplished this amazing feat.
In terms of other horsepower, to win the Triple Crown of motorsport is to capture Formula 1â??s most important races: the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Monaco Grand Prix. Only 17 drivers have won a single event while competing in all three, and just 1 â?? Graham Hill â?? has pulled off the near impossible.
This year will see horse racing celebrate the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, the 140th Preakness Stakes, and 147th Belmont Stakes: and just 11 horses have captured all three. Unlike any other sport where an athlete can try for a Triple Crown over and over, a horse only has one chance to be three-years-old on the first Saturday in May. (more…)
EARLY LAST MARCH WHILE ordering a cup of coffee at the Clubhouse Turn CafÃ© inside Tampa Bay Downs, I overheard a patron boisterously proclaim to everyone within earshot that he had caught the daily double for $116.
HORSERACING: LIVE AND ONLINE
DAY AT THE RACES IS NO LONGER LIKE it was a generation or two ago when betting on horse racing was virtually restricted to wagering at the track where live racing was being held. A boom in simulcast off-track betting (OTB) locations brought the action closer to home, to where more than 90 percent of wagering on horse racing is now done away from where live racing is taking place. An ever-growing share of that percentage is now done on the Web in what is the only legal form of online wagering in the United States.
Known as the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, theÂ Preakness StakesÂ is held two weeks after theÂ Kentucky Derby,Â but that hasnâ??t always been the case?
Read below to learn when exactly the Preakness has been run in the past in addition to other interesting, and off-the-wall, facts about the shortest race in the Triple Crown series.Â