Oceanport, N.J. – The connections of Nyquist, winner of the Kentucky Derby, confirmed they will run their champion next in Monmouth Park’s $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 31. “We’re headed to New Jersey,” said Doug O’Neill, trainer of Nyquist. “He very much impressed us this morning with his work. Mario (Gutierrez) was aboard and he looked really solid. We’re pumped up and can’t wait to get to New Jersey.” That work was
By Papo Morales, AmWager Race 9 Yellow Ribbon Handicap It’s opening weekend at Del Mar which is Spanish for by the sea. Located just a stones throw from the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar’s slogan of “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” could not be more appropriate. California’s summer racetrack has been a magnet for Hollywood’s elite since it was first built in the late 1930’s by a partnership of investors including actor/singer Bing Crosby. In
AmWager’s resident handicapper Papo Morales hits exacta & trifecta in all the Belmont Stars & Stripes races that were previewed on Saturday’s Down the Stretch radio show. Papo also provide his recommended Pick 4 and hit that, too. Be sure to follow Papo on the Down the Stretch radio show each Saturday, via his twitter feed @papocore1, or via this blog every week.
By Papo Morales, AmWager Race 8 Grade 1 Belmont Derby A full field of 13 three-year-olds running for grade one honors and the winner’s share of the $1.25 million dollar purse in a firecracker of a race the Belmont Derby. Brexit has not tempered the Euros from shipping over three horses including the morning-line favorite Long Island Sound (7-2). From the stable of trainer Aiden O’Brien, Long Island Sound makes his US debut after running
By Papo Morales, AmWest Entertainment Race 10 Queen’s Plate Stakes 1 1/4th Miles The highlight of Sunday’s racing takes us north to Woodbine for the 157th running of the Queen’s Plate Stakes. The race was first run in 1860 and was comprised of three one-mile heats. The inaugural winner was a horse by the name of Don Juan, who won two of the three races that day. There are no “heat” races for the modern