Preakness Stakes 2015 Predictions

American Pharoah cruised to victory in the Kentucky Derby and will head to Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes, the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown. It’s been 37 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown. and in that 37 year span, 13 horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but all 13 failed to win the Belmont Stakes. Jockey Victor Espinoza gets a second chance after winning the first two legs with California Chrome in 2014.

The field for the Preakness will only include 8 horses, one of the shortest fields since 1986. Trainer Todd Pletcher said Tuesday he will not enter any of the four horses he was considering for Saturday’s Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. Full Story

My Selections for the entire card and my wagers for the Preakness

Races 1 through 14

8 Finnegan – 2nd place first time out
3 Stolen Love – Throw out last should be hard to catch
6 Mack the Knife – Showing improvement, good spot
3 Bluegrass Singer – Has back class and speed
4 Happy My Way – Speedster here, gets it done
7 LuLu Island – Easy winner here last time
6 Donworth – 3rd in G3 last time out
3 Lunar Rock – 2 for 5 gets 3rd win in 15
4 Cat’s Claw – Speed and will be stalking
9 Holy Boss – Could boss these, won last two outings
2 Ageless – Excellent speed noses out #5
13 War Correspondent – Beat the best here and repeats
8 Firing Line – Gets it done this time
2 Old Upstart – Sharp last time out

Preakness wagers
$20 Win #8 Firing Line
$10 Exacta 8-4, 8-2
$2 Cold Trifecta 8-4-1, 8-4-2

Saturday, May 16: Preakness Stakes coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and moves to NBC at 5 p.m. ET
Preakness Stakes post time: 6:18 p.m. ET

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141st Kentucky Derby Race Analysis and Selections

The 141st Kentucky Derby is just a couple of days away and after Wednesday’s post-position draw, handicappers may have a change of heart on who they think will win the 141st Kentucky Derby.

Trainer, Bob Baffert did not look happy with the draw for American Pharoah who will leave from the far outside post 18. Baffert did get relief when his undefeated colt, Dortmund drew post 8. I do believe with one of the strongest field’s ever for the derby that post 18 is a major concern. There’s some speed inside of AP that could force the colt outside longer than Baffert would like so with that, I am changing my selection due to the post-position draw.

I am going with #8 Dortmund the second choice at 3-1 Morning line odds. The colt is undefeated, he leaves from mid-pack and has beaten several of the colts in this field. Dortmund won his last race easily by 4 1/4 lengths in the Santa Anita Derby after a bobble at the start. The colt is getting more mature each time he races and should be tough to beat this Saturday. Here are my wagers for the Derby;

Total wager pool = $80

$20 Win #8 Dortmund
$4 Exacta Key Box 8 with 2, 3, 7, 10, 15, 18 ($48)
My upset play: $12 Win on #10 Firing Line ($12)

This should be an exciting race with all the talent in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Good luck with your selections!

George Levy & Bluechip Matchmaker Finals Saturday at Yonkers

Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway will feature two of the richest harness races in North America. Race 6 will get it started with the $261,000 Bluechip Matchmaker final and to close out the super night of harness racing is the $529,000 George Morton Levy Memorial final. Yonkers post time is at 7:10 PM EDT.

In the Bluechip Matchmaker final, trainer Rene Allard has two of the fastest pacers is this series going with Yagonnakissmeornot with Brian Sears in the sulky and Carolsideal with Daniel Dube as the driver. I like Carolsideal in this one for the Bluechip Matchmaker.  My value play is Camille with driver George Brennan and trainer Ron Burke.

The George Morton Levy final is loaded with superstars. The speedster P H Supercam and driver Jason Bartlett have won the last 3 outings and has dominated the Levy series and will leave from post 8. The post position shouldn’t matter for P H Supercam with his early speed. P H Supercam is coupled with Mach It So with Tim Tetrick in the sulky and both are trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. My pick in this race is Take it Back Terry with George Brennan driving and trained by Ron Burke. Take it Back Terry has been racing really well and has 3 Levy wins in the series coming into to the final. Take it Back Terry leaves from post 5.

In the Bluechip Matchmaker consolation I like the mare Anndrovette with driver Tim Tetrick. Anndrovette seems to be coming into her own winning last time out. In the Levy consolation I like Dancin Yankee with driver Brett Miller.

It’s going to be a great night of racing with a full card loaded with some of the best pacers in harness racing all in one place.

2015 New York Yankees Comebacks

I am not going to pull any punches so here’s my predictions;

Comeback kids? “Slash”
Alex Rodriguez 271/312/488 18 HRs, 58 RBI, 55 Runs
Mark Texiera 232/317/508 27 HRs, 88 RBI, 69 Runs
Brian McCann 262/307/497 21 HRs, 70 RBI, 57 Runs

Pitching Recovery
CC Sabathia 9-8 3.56 ERA – On DL for 60 days
Tanaka 22-6 2.68 – Cy Young
Bullpen Grade A (2.55 ERA)

Difference maker?
SS GIGI – solid D, bat maturity needs to improve and has the tools to do so.
Steven Drew – Yea, you just called me crazy and delusional, but he has a very low bar to improve from, count on it!

Team Record: 85-77 3rd place

What’s your predictions for the upcoming Yankees season?

Road to the Kentucky Derby 2015

A new year and hope for a Triple Crown winner starts again as we head into the early part of the prep races in 2015. Who will earn enough points to race in the Kentucky Derby? Below is the racing schedule for the remaining prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.

Here’s a look at the prep schedule thanks to kentuckyderby.com.

Race Date Title Distance Track Winner
3-Jan-15 Jerome 1 Mile 70 YD Aqueduct El Kabeir
10-Jan-15 Sham 1 Mile Santa Anita Calculator
17-Jan-15 Lecomte 1 Mile 70 YD Fair Grounds International Star
19-Jan-15 Smarty Jones 1 Mile Oaklawn Park Far Right
24-Jan-15 Holy Bull 1 1/16 Miles Gulfstream Park Upstart
7-Feb-15 Withers 1 1/16 Miles Aqueduct
7-Feb-15 Robert B. Lewis 1 1/16 Miles Santa Anita
14-Feb-15 El Camino Real Derby 1 1/8 Miles Golden Gate
16-Feb-15 Southwest 1 1/16 Miles Oaklawn Park
21-Feb-15 Fountain of Youth 1 1/16 Miles Gulfstream Park
21-Feb-15 Risen Star 1 1/16 Miles Fair Grounds
7-Mar-15 Gotham 1 1/16 Miles Aqueduct
7-Mar-15 San Felipe 1 1/16 Miles Santa Anita
7-Mar-15 Tampa Bay Derby 1 1/16 Miles Tampa Bay
14-Mar-15 Rebel 1 1/16 Miles Oaklawn Park
21-Mar-15 Spiral 1 1/8 Miles Turfway Park
22-Mar-15 Sunland Derby 1 1/8 Miles Sunland Park
28-Mar-15 UAE Derby 1 3/16 Miles Meydan
28-Mar-15 Florida Derby 1 1/8 Miles Gulfstream Park
28-Mar-15 Louisiana Derby 1 1/8 Miles Fair Grounds
4-Apr-15 Wood Memorial 1 1/8 Miles Aqueduct
4-Apr-15 Santa Anita Derby 1 1/8 Miles Santa Anita
4-Apr-15 Blue Grass 1 1/8 Miles Keeneland
11-Apr-15 Arkansas Derby 1 1/8 Miles Oaklawn Park
11-Apr-15 Lexington 1 1/16 Miles Keeneland

A look at the derby contenders courtesy of kentuckyderby.com

Buffalo Raceway Picks 1/28/2015

I will feature two best bets and three long shot plays for various tracks when time permits. Check back each day for my latest harness racing picks.

1/28 Buffalo Raceway

Best Bets
Race 1 #6 Lutetium
Race 6 #1 Herbie is Gone
Race 7 #1 Herbie is Gone

Long Shot Plays
Race 7 #5 Odds on Cygnus
Race 8 #6 The Prophet Mary
Race 10 #7 Legal Process

Bankroll
$2 Win bet on each selection – $10

Total Balance Lifetime
Invested: $28
Returned: $19.40
Difference: ($8.60)

Good luck!

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