The Belmont Stakes, Justify and Where to Celebrate

Favorites don’t often win the Belmont, and when they do they pay poorly.

But, Justify is not just the favorite, Justify is a triple Crown candidate after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Justify, at 4-5, was the overwhelming morning-line favorite in the 10-horse field followed by Hofburg (9-2), Bravazo (8-1) and Vino Rosso (8-1). Justify’s odds could be as low as 1-5 by post time.

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby.

But Justify seems different – a genuine favorite for the Triple Crown. How different?

  • He’s massive – weighing 1,380 pounds, more than 250 above the average thoroughbred.
  • Justify won the first leg of the Triple Crown by decisively Good Magic by 2½ lengths with Audible another head behind.The Washington Post calls says “He has an attitude to match, more pushy than regal.”
  • He won the Kentucky Derby in just his fourth lifetime start, and in doing so, beat the dreaded Curse of Apollo as the first horse since 1892 to win the Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old.

The Belmont Stakes is the last leg of the Triple Crown – called the “Test of Champions” because it is the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1 1/2 miles.

There have been 12 Triple Crown winners, with American Pharoah the latest winner in 2015. Thirty horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but 19 of them failed to win the Belmont. In addition to Sir Barton, the other Triple Crown winners have been Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978). Secretariat was the fastest ever, setting the world record for a mile-and-a-half distance on a dirt track at 2 minutes, 24 seconds.

So, where can you watch and celebrate the Belmont Stakes this weekend?

FOXWOODS – 150th Belmont Stakes – Advance wagering starts June 8th; Race celebration June 9th.

MOHEGAN SUN – Belmont Stakes Party – SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH, Doors open at 11:00am, Uncas Ballroom.  To add to the racing day atmosphere, VIRTUAL RACING – Saturday, June 9th 2018, 5:00pm & 8pm.

That’s all for now.

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Breeders Cup Championship – Celebrate in CT Casinos

In 1982 a group of prominent thoroughbred breeders from central Kentucky, led by the visionary John Gaines, hatched a plan. Their idea was to create a year-end, culminating championship for their sport. An event where horses from across the world could meet to settle the age old question, who is the best. An event that celebrated the best of horse racing. Put it on a national platform and helped to build the market for racing and breeding. Their vision – The Breeders’ Cup.

Before we get to the celebration schedule for next weekend, let’s take a look at some of its the traditions

  • The Breeders’ Cup Trophy is an authentic bronze reproduction of the original Torrie horse that was created in Florence by Giovanni da Bologna in the late 1580’s. Replicas are presented to the connections of the winners of each of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races every year.
  • Ralphs Floral Design Center creates each of the 13 Championship race garlands. The official flower garland is comprised of the rare combinations of Beauty Asters, Golden Asters, Cremons and Catteleya Orchids, which are grown exclusively for the Breeders’ Cup since 1988.
  • All horses have to be nominated in order to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and it all begins with the stallions. North American stallions are nominated annually to the Breeders’ Cup, the nomination is for the upcoming breeding season and the fee to be eligible is equal to the stud’s advertised breeding fee. Once the stallion is nominated and begins breeding (covering mares) all of his progeny (foals) from that breeding season are then eligible to be nominated the year they are born

    beautiful Del Mar Racetrack, near San Diego, California.

  • The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will take place this weekend at Del Mar, near San Diego, Calif. This is the first time that Del Mar, one of the most iconic tracks in the country, will play host to the Breeders’ Cup. To accommodate the event, Del Mar widened its turf course to be able to handle 14 horses, as well as other changes in temporary seating areas, upgraded the television monitors and video board. Del Mar revamped the main track to increase the banking on the turns and even out the surface.

Need help in your bets?  NETG recommends Bmdsportsandhorses, a 2nd Generation Professional Handicapper – 20+ years experience professionally investing in horse racing and sports betting. Many posts are short and to the point – sharing stats on which horses at what venue are potentially good to bet.  Track conditions, starting gates and previous races are considerations always, and that’s what you’ll find day to day. Click on the link to see:  https://bmdsportsandhorses.wordpress.com/

So, let the celebrations commence:

Foxwoods Racebook – Friday & Saturday, November 3 & 4, 2017

Friday, 11/3 – Doors open at 11:00am. Seating is first come, first served basis. Receive a free official Breeder’s Cup Glass with advance wagering.

Friday, 11/4 – Make a reservation for “Bet at your Seat.” Seating is $25, and reservations are open. Two free hot dogs and chips when betting $50.  Meet radio personality Anthony ” Big A” Stabile.

Mohegan Sun – Saturday, November 4, 2017

At Convention Center And Uncas Ballroom, doors open at 11:00am.

Watch all nine Breeders’ Cup Championship races on nine large screens with the Breeders’ Cup Classic post time slated at approximately 8:35pm. Doors will be open at 11:00am. There will be open seating for approximately 1,000 people.

Special Guest Handicappers:
Jim Mazur – Handicapper from Progressive Handicapping
Mike Mutnansky – Talk Show Host from Sports Radio WEEI
Bob Neumeier – NBC Sports

With a $25 wager in the Uncas Ballroom, guests will receive a commemorative 2017 Breeders’ Cup souvenir t-shirt (while supplies last), or with any $50 wager guests receive a pass to the Breeders’ Cup buffet (served 2:00pm – 6:00pm)

Advanced wagering on all of the Breeders’ Cup races will be available in the Race Book beginning Friday, November 3rd at 11:00am. With a $50 wager on any Breeders’ Cup race, guests will receive an embroidered Breeders’ Cup souvenir cap (limited one per transaction, while supplies last).

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Kentucky Derby 2017 – Renovations & Betting Tips

Improvements at Churchill Downs

In the world of sports, there is not a more moving moment than when the horses step onto the track for the Kentucky Derby post parade and the band strikes up “My Old Kentucky Home.”  And let’s not forget the hats, the festival of two days, the mint julep. Click on this link about your best derby hats from Kirby Adams of the Courier-Journal:  Nothing quite as fabulous as a good Derby hat.

This year, visitors to the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday will be met with a revamped feel and a smattering of new amenities and capital improvements designed to enhance their dining and wagering experiences.

Rendering of 2nd floor Clubhouse renovation.

Renovation of Turf Club, Churchill Downs

According to Aaron Stanley of CDC Gaming Reports, Bill Carstanjen, chief executive officer of Churchill Downs said “The big change you will see this year is the $16 million renovation project of the clubhouse.”  The new and improved clubhouse will feature 95,000 square feet of renovated space, 220 flat-screen televisions, 180 new pari-mutuel wagering windows and 133 restroom stalls…..new food and beverage offerings includes several bars named after prior Derby winners, such as Behave Yourself, Spend a Buck, Regret and I’ll Have Another.”

 

The $12 million video board, which will have a 15,224-square-foot screen towers over the backstretch, 80 feet over the ground and is  170 feet off the ground at its peak – higher than the iconic Twin Spires, which are 120 feet above the ground.  The board is clearly visible from the new, $14.5 million Grandstand Terrace seating area, which Churchill officials say represents the first major upgrade to the part of the track closest to Central Avenue — and overlooking the Kentucky Derby starting gate — since the 1950s.

Betting the 2017 Kentucky the Derby

CasinoCity Times

Gary Trask of CasinoCityTimes said recently interest in the Kentucky Derby has been at an all time high. Trask states, “When Nyquist won last year’s Derby, the attendance at the track was 167,227, the second-largest in history, and the total amount wagered ($192.6 million) was also the second-highest ever. Both records were set two years ago when 170,513 people witnessed eventual Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, a race that prompted $194.3 million in wagers.  WalletHub.com predicts that $200 million will be wagered on this year’s race….. even though, overall, the horse racing industry is experiencing a steep decline.”

Trask also has some betting advice for this year’s Derby:

Avoid the far inside and outside posts – Since the 20-horse full field became the norm, it has made it extremely difficult for those horses to use early speed to get ahead of the pack, or to overcome hanging back and falling behind. Since  1964, only one horse has won at either the 1 or 20th positions. “Somewhere between 8 and 13 are probably the best spots to be.”

10 and 5 have been prosperous – The best starting post in Kentucky Derby history has been the 10, with 11.3% of the wins and coming in the money 30% of the time. The No. 5 post isn’t far behind, with a 10.3 winning percentage and coming in the money 23% of the time.

The “curse” of the 14 post – While horses breaking from the 13 post and out have won six of the last nine races, the 14 starting spot has been somewhat of a jinx, holding the longest current drought since producing a winner. For some reason, the last time a horse in the 14 block has won the Derby came way back in 1961.

Finally,  Longshots worth looking at – So, with Dempsey calling for the end of the favorites’ reign at the Derby, we asked if he had any longshots we could dive in on and “bet a little to win a lot.” He gave us three, keeping in mind that his opinion could change depending on the post position:

  1. J Boys Echo (33-to-1): Although he struggled in his final prep race with a fourth place at the Blue Grass in Kneeneland, he owns the highest Beyer Speed Figure earned this year by a Derby contender.
  2. Hence (22-to-1): Won the Sunland Derby, which produced recent Derby winners Mine That Bird, the horse that owns one of the biggest upsets in history by cashing a 50-to-1 ticket in 2009, and Firing Line, who ran second last year.
  3. Practical Joke (14-to-1): Trainer Chad Brown is one of the best in the business and won the Eclipse Award for top trainer in 2016. Practical Joke won two Grade 1 races as a juvenile and is lightly races so far this year with just two starts, including a place in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.

BTW – A local plug for Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast (where, together you & Vito can make luck happen!).  A CT native with a Casino Podcast on the rise!  Today, he released his latest episode “How To Enjoy the Kentucky Derby.”  He’s a hoot, with guest Marco D’Angelo from Wagertalk.com. 

The most exciting 2 minutes in horse racing takes place Saturday.  Where will you be to celebrate.  Later today, watch for NETimeGambling’s coverage of New England’s casino celebration of the Derby – Fancy Hats, Mint Juleps, and Roses, oh my!

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