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Belmont Stakes Day–Late Pick 5 Picks and Analysis

Hard to believe Belmont Day is already here! Time flies when you’re in the midst of a doping scandal. Despite the black eye cast over the sport and the Triple Crown season caused by the Derby doping debacle, we still have a great Belmont Stakes Day card to enjoy. Tons of stakes action and top horses. Here are our thoughts on the late all-stakes Pick 5 races.

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Kentucky Derby Day Picks and Analysis

 

It’s the Super Bowl of horse racing! Happy Kentucky Derby Day, everyone! We are always excited for the first Saturday of May, but given the absence of the race from this weekend last year, and a very competitive field, we are beyond hyped for Derby 147. But before the main event, Churchill has put together a spicy undercard of fantastic stakes racing with tons of betting opportunities. So muddle some mint, crush your ice, and sit back and wager on an awesome day of racing. Good luck everyone!

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Oaks Day 2021–Stakes Races Picks and Analysis

Happy Oaks Day, everyone!  As many of you know, this is one of our favorite race days of the year. It’s the first big day of the racing calendar, the seasonal debut for many top horses, the kick off of an exciting weekend, and an excuse to wear pink and drink juleps! What’s not to like?  And with racetracks opening back up to fans and the country slowly emerging from the pandemic, we are more excited than ever for Oaks Day.  Friday’s card features great stakes races with a lot of heavy favorites—some deserving and others vulnerable.  There are plenty of opportunities to hit some big tickets and pad bankrolls for Saturday.  So let’s get to it!

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Breeders’ Cup Friday Picks and Analysis

The greatest two days in sports are upon us. Happy Breeders’ Cup, everyone! While COVID has prevented the typical trackside pageantry, the substance of the event—full fields and betting opportunities abound—remain unchanged. Friday’s card features five juvenile BC races—a very challenging proposition for handicappers. Logic would suggest tempering betting excitement and focusing more on Saturday’s races—but where is the fun in that? In all seriousness though, Friday’s races are wide open. If you have a strong opinion in one race, it may make sense to take a stand and spread wide in the other races. Our thoughts and analysis follow. Good luck, everyone!

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Happy (Arkansas) Derby Day! Stakes Analysis and Picks

This is not the first Friday in May racing fans expected. Churchill is empty. The Run for the Roses has been moved to September.

But…the julep glass remains half full. Oaklawn Park has blessed us with not one, but two Arkansas Derbies! Add the Oaklawn Handicap as the meat in the middle of this Pick 3 Sandwich and we have a great evening of racing ahead. With NBC Prime airing 2 hours of historical Derby Coverage, followed by two more hours of NBC Sports covering Oaklawn, racing has a unique opportunity to remain the center of the sports world even absent the Kentucky Derby.

For those of you looking for some live betting action (not the simulated Triple Crown Race—Secretriat/Pharoah exacta box), we have you covered with our thoughts on Oaklawn’s Big 3.  Happy “Derby Day”, everyone—may the juleps still flow!

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Breeders Cup Friday–Picks and Thoughts

 

The best weekend of the racing calendar is upon us.  Friday’s future stars card features five competitive Breeders Cup juvenile races.  Unfortunately, sugar induced late bedtimes on Halloween lead to an abbreviated write up for today’s BC races.  But we put in the time handicapping and think several of these races are wide open.  Good luck everyone and happy Breeders’ Cup.

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Weekend Warrior–The Sultan of Saratoga

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturdays. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat.  Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga.  And it’s not just the championship racing.  It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and dough boys, and late nights on Caroline Street.  Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory.  Happy Friday, Saratoga! 

We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming this weekend to instead pay a Weekend Warrior’s tribute to one of the all-time coolest horses, local hero and proclaimed Sultan of Saratoga, Fourstardave. Dave’s affinity for the Saratoga sod and his massive following earned him the honor of being the namesake for major Saratoga Saturday Grade 1 turf mile race (a race he won several times).  And this year’s Fourstardave is full of intrigue as two talented mares—Uni and Got Stormy—take on the boys.  Got Stormy in particular would make Dave proud as she is proclaiming her Saratoga love by wheeling back off a one week layoff (after dominating the De La Rose). Got Stormy also tries to join the legacy club as her sire, Get Stormy, won this race in 2010.

In preparation for Saturday’s Fourstardave check out our ode to the Sultan of Saratoga:

On August 28, 1987, hall of famer Randy Romero piloted a 2-1 second choice juvenile to win what appeared to be an otherwise benign edition of Saratoga’s Empire Stakes–a six furlong event for two year old New York Breds.  Fast forward seven Saratoga meetings later, and that otherwise unremarkable 1987 state bred stakes held a much larger legacy. It marked the birth of a Sultan.

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Fourstardave, The Sultan of Saratoga, won at least one race at the Spa for eight consecutive years spanning from 1987 thru 1994.  In doing so, he became a local legend.  Fourstardave retired after making 99 (!) starts with a record of 21-18-16 and earnings of $1,636,560.   He also owns a mellon turf course record at Saratoga, traveling a mile and sixteenth in 1:38 4/5.

In 1995, following his retirement, Fourstardave was given an edible key to the city of Saratoga and a street,  “Fourstardave Way” was named in his honor.  On a personal note, two young Thorobros attended the 1995 street naming outside Siros and have signed goggles which Angel Cordero wore that day as he rode ‘Dave over from the barn area.  As an aside, proof of our attendance can be seen here–at the four second mark–that young jockey sporting the black and cherry silks is indeed a young Bro. Fourstardave Ceremony

In 1996, the Darly’s Joy Stakes–a race Fourstardave won twice–was renamed the in the Sultan’s honor. Besides its namesake, only one other horse has won the race multiple times–Wise Dan. Other winners include Breeders’ Cup mile champs Lure, Da Hoss, and Steinlen.

Today’s clip features Tom Durkin, in rare cheerleader mode, rooting home the “Old Boy” as he dominates an allowance field for his final Saratoga victory in 1994.

Fourstardave’s final Saratoga win

Enjoy and best of luck to everone wagering on today’s Fourstardave.

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Weekend Warrior–Whitney Weekend!

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturday. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat.  Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga.  And it’s not just the championship racing.  It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and dough boys, and late nights on Caroline Street.  Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory.  Happy Friday, Saratoga! 

The Whitney is the biggest race of the Saratoga Meet this side of the Travers. Always a historic and prestigious race, the 2019 Whitney has even more meaning given the recent passing of its namesake, Marylou Whitney.  Saturday promises to be a very special day at the track.  But the Whitney is not the only major event this weekend.  Friday is the Hall of Fame induction ceremony—a Thorobro favorite.   Add gorgeous weather forecasted and this weekend carries epic potential.  Here is your guide to all the on and off track excitement of Whitney weekend. Continue reading Weekend Warrior–Whitney Weekend!

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Weekend Warrior– Jim Dandy Weekend

 

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturdays. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat. Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga. And it’s not just the championship racing. It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and dough boys, and late nights on Caroline Street. Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory. Happy Friday, Saratoga!

Happy Friday, Saratoga! After a rough week of heat and cancelled racing, weekend number three looks much more promising. The Jim Dandy, the traditional prep race for the Travers, headlines a terrific weekend of racing. This year’s edition features Triple Crown stars Tacitus and War of Will along with other promising colts. In addition to the Jim Dandy, this weekend features other top stakes action, on track entertainment and benefits for a great cause, and lively food and drink options around town.

Here is your guide to all the on and off track excitement of Jim Dandy weekend.

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