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American Pharoah led wire to wire to win the Belmont Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths on Saturday, becoming the first horse since 1978 to win all three races – Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
“Wow! Wow!” jockey Victor Espinoza said moments after crossing the finish line. “I can only tell you it is just an amazing thing.”
Congrats to American Pharoah and his connections!
This day will go in the history books! About time!
Out of the gate he is fluid, strong and runs like the wind, even Mother Nature couldn’t upset the applecart at the Preakness. There’s so much speculation that AP will lose at the Belmont Stakes because many handicappers don’t believe we will ever have another Triple Crown winner. I am not one of those handicappers.
Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah looking back.
Hammerin Hank is picking the upset, but this guy couldn’t pick his own ass let alone the last leg of the Triple Crown. David Papadopoulos from Bloomberg is also picking the upset with Materiality. I read that science predicts American Pharoah will not win the Triple Crown. I didn’t know science can predict the outcome of the start from the gate, the bumping, the track condition, etc. It must be some mad scientists that lost a big wager once. Good luck!
There’s so many article’s making the assumption that American Pharoah will fall like the 23 before him who won the first two legs of the Triple Crown. This colt is a superstar, he launched from post 18 in the Kentucky Derby and won, and he came back and ran in the slop at the Preakness and won by 7 going easily. They say he may not handle Belmont’s deep sandy surface. This colt can run at Jones Beach and win, you kidding me?
There are two colts in my opinion that had a chance to upset AP and both are not running in the Belmont and that’s Dortmund and Firing Line.
What else does this horse need to prove? Oh, the Triple Crown! And that he will!
Good luck to Victor Espinoza and rest of the connections and safe trip American Pharoah. No matter what, it will be a spectacular 2 minutes in horse racing!
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
$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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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!
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.
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
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)
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?