Who Wins The Wood ?

Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial provides the final east coast opportunity for the 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders to reap qualifying points for the Run For The Roses, which is just a month away. The 1 1/8-mile event at Aqueduct will offer points to the top four finishers at the highest level of 100-40-20-10. The race is slated as race eight on a card of eleven, … Continue reading Who Wins The Wood ?

The Wood Memorial

On Saturday, Aqueduct Park will host its signature race and the final stop on the New York road to the Kentucky Derby. A field of eight 3-year-olds will do battle in the $750,000, Grade 2 Wood Memorial Stakes.  A total of 170 Derby qualifying points are on the line, with the Winner receiving 100 points, the runner-up getting 40, the 3rd-place finisher earning 20, and the 4th-place … Continue reading The Wood Memorial

What Is A Graded Stakes race?

When we preview races here at the Daily Racing Blog we often refer to the horses’ past performances and as such we indicate some of the races in which they have participated. Which for many of the upper echelon of horses means Graded Stakes races. We indicate those races as such; Travers Stakes (G1). But for those unfamiliar with the sport, the G1 probably doesn’t … Continue reading What Is A Graded Stakes race?

Going To The Belmont Stakes?

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) today announced that tickets for the 2022 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will go on sale to the public Thursday, February 10th via Ticketmaster. Highlighted by the 154th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million dollar Belmont Stakes – the oldest and most challenging leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown – the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin on Thursday, … Continue reading Going To The Belmont Stakes?

The Mig

When aspiring jockeys dream of Winning races it’s usually marquee events like the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes that top the list. But Brooklyn-native Richard Migliore had his heart set on Winning the Toboggan Handicap, which will celebrate its 129th edition, this weekend at Aqueduct Racetrack. Migliore, 57, was a multiple Grade 1-Winning jockey with 4,450 career Victories and earnings in excess of $160 million … Continue reading The Mig

NYRA v Baffert Day One

Attorneys in the hearing of NYRA vs. Bob Baffert made their opening statements Monday, and they came out swinging. One side claimed NYRA Board members had a vendetta against Baffert while the other contended that the Hall of Fame trainer was responsible for a “rampage of doping violations” and is deserving of a temporary suspension. The hearing, expected to last from three to five days, … Continue reading NYRA v Baffert Day One

Dangerous Occupation

Three-time Eclipse Award-Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. could be out three to four weeks as a result of a knee injury suffered in a starting gate incident January 7th at Gulfstream Park. The jockey’s agent- Steve Rushing, said on Tuesday that Ortiz suffered a small fracture to his left knee. On the day of the injury his mount, SHEA ON A MISSION (a four-year-old filly), … Continue reading Dangerous Occupation

Sports Gambling App A Go In NYS

All bets are on. The New York State Gaming Commission has greenlighted mobile and online sports betting across the state beginning Saturday morning. On Thursday the NYS Gaming Commission announced that four licensed Mobile Sports Wagering Operators – Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive – have satisfied all statutory and regulatory requirements necessary to accept and process mobile sports wagering activity and have … Continue reading Sports Gambling App A Go In NYS

Johnny West

For the first time in his illustrious 32-year career, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will ride full-time this winter at Santa Anita, beginning with the track’s opening day, Sunday, December 26th. A 50-year-old native of Puerto Rico, Johnny V as he’s affectionately known, is Thoroughbred racing’s all-time leading money Winning jockey, with career purse earnings of more than $446 million from 6,357 Wins.  A … Continue reading Johnny West

Who Wins The Cigar ?

The calendar says the last day of fall is December 20th. But for many racing fans, the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Park on Saturday marks the end of the autumn racing season. The one-mile contest is traditionally the final Grade 1 race of the year in New York, and brings together some of the country’s top middle distance horses. The race is the final contest on … Continue reading Who Wins The Cigar ?