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.




Kentucky Derby Celebrations 2018

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

Kentuck Derby at Churchill Downs

Where are you celebrating the “Run for the Roses?”

The Kentucky Derby is much more than a horse race.  Its traditions have over a century of history and pageantry.  The Garland of Roses, first established as part of the Derby celebration when they were presented to all the ladies attending a fashionable Louisville Derby party.  The famous Twin Spires were the finishing touches to the Grandstand in 1895.

Staying home, or celebration at a New England Casino?  Here is a list of where to celebrate and have some “Derby” Fun:

MAINE – Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino, Maine

Oxford Casino, Maine

Derby Dash – SATURDAY, MAY 5, NOON TO 6:00PM

Pick your favorite pony in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby and you could win a share of the Derby Dash prize pool of
up to $15,000* Free Slot Play.

We’ll start the pool at $5,000 and add $10 every time someone enters!
Make your pick at a promotional kiosk between Noon and 6:00pm** on Derby Day.

Terms and Conditions
No purchase necessary. Must be present to make picks and win. Choosing a scratched horse voids entry. See Guest Services for details and complete rules. Prize pool split: 50% to 1st place horse, 30% to 2nd place horse and 20% to 3rd place horse. Free Slot Play expires at 11:59pm.

* Maximum prize pool $15,000 Free Slot Play. **No entries will be accepted after 6:00pm.

  • Times
  • Noon – 6:00pm


CONNECTICUT – Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Pequot Grand Ballroom – 10AM

Hat Contest – Most Creative, Most Beautiful, Most Outragious

Meet Anthony “The Big A” Stabile Radio Personality at Horse Racing Network

Place $50 wager and receive one free food coupon for the Kentucky Derby Buffet with one free Mint Julep.

For information about reserved seating and more, click HERE.

CONNECTICUT – Mohegan Sun Resort Casino

MoSun Sign

Saturday, May 5th | Uncas Ballroom

10:00am – Doors open to the public

Receive a commemorative Mohegan Sun Derby 2018 T-shirt with $25 wager.*
Receive a pass to the Derby Festival buffet with a $50 wager

Open seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Special Guest Handicappers
Mike “Mut” Mutnansky – Host of “Mut at Night” and Boston Red Sox host at WEEI
Bob Neumeier – Boston sports personality
Mike Vesce – Writer and workout analyst for DRF

Advance Wagering
Advance wagering is available in the Race Book on Friday, May 4th. Make a $50 advance wager on the Kentucky Derby and receive a souvenir cap. Race Book windows open at 11:00am on Friday, May 4th.


That’s all for now.   AANNNDDDDn  THEY’RRE OFF!




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.

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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).