No Problem for World of Trouble in the Jaipur

World of Trouble had no problem securing his third consecutive graded stakes win and seventh win in his past eight races, sizzling over a firm Belmont Park Widener turf course June 8 to win the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1T). Sent to the front by Manny Franco after breaking from post 6, the son of Kantharos  cleared the field and dropped…

Donna Brothers: A Force On Horseback For The Triple Crown

When I talked to Donna Brothers before this year’s Kentucky Derby, she was well into her preparation for the big race. She has a lifetime’s experience on horseback, she knows the racing industry as well as anyone, and she’s been conducting interviews on horseback during national telecasts for nearly two decades. While certainly not blasé…

Robert LaPenta’s Big Belmont Weekend(s)

Eleven years ago, Robert LaPenta found himself hoisting, somewhat improbably, the Belmont Stakes (G1) trophy, after his Da’ Tara, at odds of 38.5-1, the longest shot in the field, romped home by 5 1/4 lengths. Big Brown , winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both G1), was distanced, finishing last. A…

Behind the scenes at NYRA: Oddsmaker David Aragona

There are a lot of thankless jobs in horse racing—outrider, groom, hotwalker come to mind—but few of them are as open to public scrutiny as the morning-line oddsmaker. The work of the morning-line oddsmaker is visible daily, its correctness able to be assessed by anyone interested enough to pay attention. And while a sharp morning…

How To Bet $100 on the Belmont Stakes

If you took the advice of Julie and Nick Tooth for the Preakness Stakes, you cashed tickets. Both Keeneland BETologists made money on the Preakness, their confidence in War of Will literally paying off. Nick bet a total of $102 and made a $40 profit off his $20 win bet on War of Will, which isn’t…