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!




Kentucky Derby For The Beginner

Churchill Downs Is The Center of the

Racing World This Week

Are you one of those that plan for the date set ahead of time, planning your Derby party,  making it as special as the Super Bowl? Or are you like me…. not aware until it’s the weekend of the event?

I must admit, horse racing is not my favorite form of gambling. But the Kentucky Derby is so much more. It’s one of the most famed horse races in the world, aptly named “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” It’s step one of the famed Triple Crown in horse racing. For the state of Kentucky, The Derby draws an average of 150,000 visitors each year, including residents, out-of-towners, celebrities, presidents, and even members of royal families.

Churchill Downs

 So, here are a few facts for you beginners out there like me:

1) The first Kentucky Derby race occurred in 1875

2) The Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. It is an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint, and a sweet syrup and is traditionally served in a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass.

3) The Kentucky Derby is host to some of the longest standing racetrack traditions in the U.S. Each year, you will find fans sipping Mint Juleps (drink made from whiskey, mint and sugar) and eating burgoo (a meat stew) at the racetrack. Women appear in lavish outfits with big, elegant hats. The University of Louisville marching band plays Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses are paraded before the grandstands.

4) This is actually a 2-week festival – The annual two-week series of events held in Louisville beginning with Thunder Over Louisville and leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby Betting Rules
Depending on where and how you place your bets on the Kentucky Derby, the rules may vary a bit. Having said that, most times all bets must be made at least a few minutes before the race begins. This is why it’s important to start doing your research about the 2018 Kentucky Derby now while you still have time. Knowing the specific rules for betting on the Kentucky Derby is important, so choosing how you are going to place your bets is also something you should do as soon as possible.

Types of Kentucky Derby Bets Available

Mohegan Sun Racebook

Win – This is a bet for a single horse to win.

Place – This is a bet for a single horse to finish first or second.

Show – A bet the horse will place in the top three.

Across the Board (Win, Place & Show) – This is similar to a show bet, but if your horse wins second or first, the payout is much larger.

Exacta – This is a bet for the first and second places – in the exact order.

Exacta Box – This is like the exacta bet, except that the winners can be in any order.

Trifecta – This bet is for the top three finishers in a specific order.

Trifecta Box – Similar to the trifecta except the winners can be in any order.

Superfecta – This is the toughest bet but one with the biggest payout. It chooses the top four finishers in exact order.

Superfecta Box – This is the same as a superfecta except the order of the top four horses picked does not matter.

As you can see, there are quite a few options when it comes to horse races like the Kentucky Derby. Knowing the options and payouts is important for coming up with a good betting strategy to follow.

That’s all for now. Look for more coverage of this year’s Derby this week, including Kentucky Derby Celebrations at your New England Casinos.