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Play in the Florida Stallion Stakes Betting Championship on September 1

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Florida Sire Stakes Betting Challenge, presented by Xpressbet.com, will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, with prizes including two entries to both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Betting Challenge and National Horseplayers Championship as well as cash prizes. Players can participate at Gulfstream Park or online at Xpressbet.com. Additional information can be found at: http://gulfstreampark.com/racing/contests/florida-sire-stakes-betting-challenge https://www.xpressbet.com/2018-florida-sire-stakes-betting-challenge A maximum of two entries per person will be accepted with a buy-in of $1,500 ($1,000 bankroll and $500 prize pool). Contest races will include those from Gulfstream, Saratoga and Del Mar. There will be win, place, show, exacta, trifecta and daily double wagering available. Participants must wager at least $150 on a minimum of three contest races and wager at least $1,000 in total.  

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Free Pacific Classic Wager Guide Now Available

Download Xpressbet’s FREE 2018 Pacific Classic Wager Guide to bet Del Mar’s signature race like a pro.  Our Wager Guide is loaded with everything you need to bet with confidence, including analysis, picks, wagering strategies and stats and trends you can’t get anywhere else. In addition to free Pacific Classic picks, our Wager Guide also includes analysis and strategies for the other two stakes races on the card – the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap. Have an Xpressbet Account? Log In and Click the Banner to Download the Guide. Not an Xpressbet Customer? That's OK! You can get the Guide here. First post at Del Mar on Pacific Classic Day is 5:00PM ET and the Pacific Classic is Race 10, at 9:43PM ET.   

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Plenty of competition in Saturday's G1 Fourstardave at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - A strong field of seven is set to compete in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at one mile on the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course. Barry K. Schwartz's Voodoo Song returns to Saratoga after the son of English Channel rattled off four straight wins at the Spa in 2017, highlighted by his neck victory over Yoshida in the Grade 3 Saranac. The 4-year-old colt made his first start at Saratoga on the second day of the meet last year, and his second on grass since he broke his maiden at Aqueduct in 2016. The decision to return to the sod proved successful after the New York-bred was transferred to Linda Rice's barn after Mike Hushion retired from training last spring. Remarkably, Voodoo Song returned to victory just four days later, then made his next start in late August and quickly became a fan favorite, winning his first try against graded stakes company. Through all four starts at Saratoga, Voodoo Song remains un-headed by 31 other rivals winning in gate-to-wire fashion over both turf courses. The projected softer ground in his 16th career start could play a role at post time, said Rice. "Clearly he loves the turf," she said. "He likes the configuration here. Last year, we got very little rain and he likes it hard and fast. This year, he has run at Belmont on softer turf and has actually performed quite well. I would prefer a firm course for him, and I don't know if we will have that." After leaving Saratoga, Voodoo Song added a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park before ending his 3-year-old year with a fifth-place finish in the Hawthorne Derby on October 28. A victory in a conditional claiming start at Aqueduct in his second start as a 4-year-old led him to a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Poker at Belmont Park. Voodoo Song will look to extend his local win streak in his first Grade 1 start after winning the $150,000 Forbidden Apple on July 14 at Belmont Park. "He has not proven to be a Grade 1 horse yet," said Rice. "I think he has improved from 3 to 4 even though he won four in a row here. He went through his conditions, and he has gotten a couple of 100 Beyers. I do think we have seen improvement, but the races get tougher the more you win." Voodoo Song will apply his speed from post 6 and will be ridden by Jose Lezcano. Stronach Stable's Delta Prince is another starter whose connections hope for firm ground. The 5-year-old by Street Cry enters off his first graded stakes victory in the June 30 Grade 2 King Edward at Woodbine, and will make only his second start this year for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. The Kentucky-bred ended his 4-year-old season with a third place finish in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga on September 4, and has missed plenty of time due to minor issues throughout his career. "He seems to be doing good," Jerkens said. "It was very good, especially after that long layoff. He's a very willing horse in the morning so that helps alot. He's a natural athlete. He's long and kind of slender through the middle. He keeps himself worked up and gets himself fit too, so if ever a horse can get away with it, it's him." "Let's hope it's not too soft," Jerkens said. "He seems to struggle a little bit. He ran very well in his race last year [Bernard Baruch], but I could tell it was a little soft and he kind of struggled a little bit more so than when it's firm." With Delta Prince now making his ninth career start, Jerkens expects better results and said he is pleased with how his horse, a half-brother to three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta, has turned the corner with his victory at Woodbine. "Javier [Castellano] rode him good too," said Jerkens. "Took him back a little bit, let them go out there and let him settle, tried to save him a little bit, which is a smart thing to do especially after a long layoff like that. He's been very consistent. I wish I would be able to run him a little more." Delta Prince drew post 2 and will be ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano. Multiple graded stakes winner Made You Look will carry the colors of Three Chimneys Farm while looking to step up off his second-place finish in the Grade 3 Poker at Belmont. The 4-year-old colt by More Than Ready won the Grade 2 With Anticipation as a 2-year-old at Saratoga, and will make his third start of the year for trainer Chad Brown. "He's doing well," Brown said. "It's a big step up for him. It's a tough race, but the horse is training super. I thought he ran a great race last time out and it's worth a shot." Made You Look will break from post 4 and may be ridden by Luis Saez, who has first call aboard main track-only entrant Weekend Hideaway. WinStar Farm's 4-year-old Yoshida makes his first start since finishing fifth in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot. The Japanese-bred by Heart's Cry ended his 3-year-old year with a victory in the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont Park, then began this year with a victory in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. A victory would give Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott his fifth victory in the Fourstardave. Yoshida starts from post 7 and gets the services of Manuel Franco in the irons. Multiple Grade 1 winner Heart to Heart brings a wealth of experience with him to the Fourstardave, which will mark making his 37th career start. The 7-year-old by English Channel enters off a second-place finish in the Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita on May 28, and owns two Grade 1 victories in the Gulfstream Park Turf, and the Maker 46 Mile at Keeneland. The Ontario-bred is perfect through two starts at Saratoga after winning the $100,000 Better Talk Now in 2014 and the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch last year. Heart to Heart drew post 5, and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux. Rounding out the field in the Fourstardave is Weekend Hideaway entered for the main track for trainer Phil Serpe and jockey Luis Saez from post 1; and Divisidero, cross-entered in Saturday's Grade 1 Arlington Million for trainer Kelly Rubley and jockey Jevian Toledo, from post 3.

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Parlay Wagering Now Available at Xpressbet

August 3, 2018 (Washington, PA) – Xpressbet is excited to announce that customers can now make parlay wagers via its online, mobile and telephone betting platforms.  Parlay wagering, which returned to select tracks in 2018, allows horseplayers to combine multiple races into a single multi-leg bet, even when those races are not ordered sequentially on the card.  Parlay wagering is currently available on Santa Anita and Del Mar, and customers can build parlay bets in Win, Place and Show pools.  More tracks are expected to be added in the future.  When betting parlays, Xpressbet customers can play the races they want, how they want, regardless of the order of races on the card.  Additionally, parlays allow bettors to reinvest all of their winnings on a Win, Place or Show bet – even the dimes or pennies – into their next wager.  For more information about parlay betting, please visit www.xpressbet.com/parlay-betting.

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Friday's Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Carryover Grows to $627K

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Thursday at Gulfstream Park, producing a carryover jackpot if $627,139.41 for Friday’s 2 p.m. twilight program. Multiple winning tickets with six winners Thursday were each worth $29,296.04. The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.  The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 19 straight racing days following the June 30 mandatory payout of a pool in excess of $4 million that yielded a $196,953.84 payoff for each ticket with all six winners. A carryover of $589.483.52 going into Thursday’s program generated a $156,984 handled for the six-race sequence that spanned Races 4-9. There will also be a Super Hi 5 carryover in the first race of $1,936.67.

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Diversify, Mind Your Biscuits Headline Saturday's Grade 1 Whitney

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - On Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, one of thoroughbred racing's most prestigious races will come down to a New York-style affair as New York-bred Horse of the Year candidates Diversify and Mind Your Biscuits top a field of eight in the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney. The 91st running of the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic on November 3 at Churchill Downs, will be aired nationally on Saratoga Live on NBCSN from 5-6 p.m. ET. The NBCSN broadcast, which will also feature the Grade 1, $500,000 Test, will follow Saratoga Live on FS2 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Lauren Evans and Ralph M. Evans' Diversify, who was rerouted to the Whitney from a planned start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on September 2, is exiting an impressive 6 ½-length victory in the Grade 2 Suburban at 1 ¼ miles on July 7 at Belmont Park. That victory earned the 5-year-old Bellamy Road gelding a career-high 110 Beyer Speed Figure. "I was very concerned after the Suburban. He had run such a huge race that I thought that four weeks might be too quick," said trainer Rick Violette, Jr. "But he kept making a liar out of me. He ate well, trained well and breezed awfully well on Sunday. His blood has a habit of spiking up and down, so we had to make sure that duck was in a row. We got back those results today. Sometimes, when your horse is doing good, you're supposed to run." The Suburban was the third race of the year for Diversify, and his first graded stakes since finishing a disastrous seventh as the post-time favorite in the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, his seasonal debut. Following that effort, Diversify's connections opted to move the gelding back against state-bred company in the one-mile Commentator on May 28, where he stumbled at the break but recovered quickly enough to win by a hard-fought nose. Overall, Diversify owns nine wins and two seconds from 14 starts for career earnings of $1,309,425. Last year, the characteristic frontrunner won four of eight races, including an 11 ½-length score in the 1 1/8-mile Evan Shipman against New York-breds, his only previous start at Saratoga and the second of three straight wins in the summer and fall. He capped that win streak with a gutsy one-length victory in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, a title Violette said he hopes to defend on September 29 at Belmont. "We have a few options. He can be tactical and if someone wants to get silly out there, we can certainly follow that lead," said Violette. "We'll be aggressive; the break is always important, [whether] it's a mile and a half or five eighths, it's critical there. He has the ability and has a very high cruising speed and [can] keep going. A lot of times, we just throw the gauntlet down." Irad Ortiz, Jr. retains the mount aboard Diversify, tabbed as the 7-5 favorite on the morning line. The pair will leave from post 6. Already established as one of nation's top sprinters, reigning New York-bred Horse of the Year Mind Your Biscuits is looking to expand on his resume as he takes on a two-turn route for the first time in the Whitney. Mind Your Biscuits, the richest New York-bred in history with $3,939,286 in lifetime earnings, has finished in the top three in 19 of 22 starts with seven wins. He won the Grade 1 Malibu as a 3-year-old in 2016 and the Grade 2 Belmont Sprint Championship in 2017. Trained by Chad Summers, the 5-year-old multi-millionaire by Posse has traveled to Dubai for thrilling back-to-back victories in the Group 1 Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse, including a dramatic, last-to-first rally in this year's edition over X Y Jet and champion sprinter Roy H. In his two stakes tries at a mile, his longest distance to date and both around a single turn, Mind Your Biscuits was second to multiple graded stakes winner Sharp Azteca in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last December and just missed last time out in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, coming up a nose short of a loose-on-the-lead Bee Jersey on June 9 at Belmont Park. From five starts at Saratoga, the strapping chestnut's local record includes a victory in the Grade 2 Amsterdam as a 3-year-old in 2016 as well as two rare off-the-board finishes in the 2016 Grade 1 King's Bishop and the Grade 1 Forego last summer, where he finished fifth and sixth, respectively. "I expect him to be much closer with Diversify coming drawn out in the 6, and [they're] giving us six pounds it's a short run into the first turn, and if Diversify gets hung wide, he gets hung wide," said Summers. "I'm as confident as I can be ... everything he's always shown me over his entire career is that he can do it, and until he can't, I'm not going to think he can't." Mind Your Biscuits, co-owned by Summers and his family, Shadai Farm, Head of Plains Partners and Michael Kisber, will have the services of his regular jockey Joel Rosario. The 2-1 second-choice will leave from post 4. He will carry 117 pounds, a seven-pound weight allowance, in his first race around two turns. Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Backyard Heaven will look to rebound for trainer Chad Brown after snapping a three-race win streak in the June 16 Stephen Foster last time out, giving way late to finish sixth in his Grade 1 debut. The Stephen Foster was Backyard Heaven's fifth career start and second consecutive race at Churchill Downs. In the Grade 2 Alysheba on May 4, the 4-year-old Tiznow colt raced close to the pace and drew off to a 4 ½-length win. "The horse is training well, it's shaping up like a tough one," said the two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer. "He's only run the one bad race for us at Churchill. Maybe it was the heat. We'll draw a line through it because the horse has been training well since and hopefully he bounces back and regains the form he has. "He's lightly raced and has come around so fast. I feel he's so talented; in the Alysheba, he ran fabulous in that race. If he redeems himself and comes back to a performance like that, I feel he can be a real contender in this race." Backyard Heaven, 9-2, will be ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano from post 2. Three-time Whitney-winning trainer Todd Pletcher will send out multiple graded stakes winner Tapwrit, for owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert LaPenta, Bridlewood Farm, Gainesway Stable, and Whisper Hill Farm. The 4-year-old gray colt by Tapit is seeking his first win since his triumph in the 2017 Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Tapwrit, tabled following a fourth-place finish in the Travers last year, has raced twice in 2018, finishing third in an optional claimer in June at Belmont Park and a wide fifth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Suburban on July 7. At 6-1 on the morning line, Tapwrit will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey and four-time Whitney winner John Velazquez from the rail. WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International, SF Racing, Head of Plains Partners' Grade 2 winner Good Samaritan will go postward for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The 4-year-old Harlan's Holiday colt is getting back to two turns after finishing seventh in the Met Mile, his worst placing in 13 career starts. After beginning his career on turf, Good Samaritan was moved last year to the main track for the second half of his sophomore season. He got off to a fast start, besting Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming and Preakness winner Cloud Computing in a 4 ¾-length upset in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy that summer. That effort was followed by a fifth-place in the Travers and then a fourth against older horses in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. He closed out his 3-year-old campaign in November with a close runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Clark at Churchill Downs. His lone victory this year came in his seasonal bow with a 2 ¼-length win in the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap on March 24. Prior to the Met Mile, Good Samaritan finished third in the Alysheba, 5 ½ lengths behind Backyard Heaven. Good Samaritan, 12-1, will break from post 7 with Jose Ortiz aboard. Whitham Thoroughbred's homebred McCraken will look for redemption following a third-place finish last time out as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap on July 6 at Prairie Meadows. The 4-year-old Ghostzapper colt was seventh in last year's Travers, his only other appearance at the Spa, following a runner-up finish to Girvin in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. This year, McCraken returned in May with a half-length win in an optional claiming race on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs and was sixth in the Met Mile. McCraken, who drew post 8 at odds of 15-1, is trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr., who teamed up with Janis Whitham to win the 2012 Whitney with Fort Larned, who went on to victory in that year's Breeders' Cup Classic. California import Dalmore will try to upset the Big Apple cart for trainer Robert Hess, Jr. and owners Loooch Racing Stables, Ashley Quartarolo, Raquel Ritchie, and Cristina Ritchie. Dalmore, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Colonel John, was second to Remembering Rita last time out in the Cornhusker. He will be ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. from post 3 at 30-1. Grade 3 Excelsior winner Discreet Lover, exiting a third-place finish in the Suburban, will complete the Whitney field for owner-trainer Uriah St. Lewis. By Repent, the 5-year-old Florida-bred boasts the most experience of the group, as he prepares to make his 42nd career start. Manny Franco will ride Discreet Lover, 30-1, from post 5. Field for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney 1. Tapwrit (Pletcher/Velazquez) - 6/12. Backyard Heaven (Brown/Castellano) - 9/23. Dalmore (Hess Jr./Santana Jr.) - 30/14. Mind Your Biscuits (Summers/Rosario) - 2/15. Discreet Lover (St. Lewis/Franco) - 30/16. Diversify (Violette/Ortiz Jr.) - 7/57. Good Samaritan (Mott/Ortiz) - 12/18. McCraken (Wilkes/Hernandez Jr.) - 15/1

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Gulfstream has $589K Rainbow 6 Carryover on Thursday

When racing resumes Thursday at Gulfstream bettors will have a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $589.483.52. Multiple winning tickets Sunday returned $6,379.92. There was $148,149 bet into Sunday’s Rainbow 6 pool. The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.  The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 16 straight racing days following the June 30 mandatory payout of a pool in excess of $4 million that yielded a $196,953.84 payoff for each ticket with all six winners.

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The Meadows has $35K in Pool Guarantees on Adios Day

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2018 — A new champion will earn the blanket of orchids by winning Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows — and players can take advantage of opportunities for big earnings as well. The Adios Day card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $35,000. All are offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. The line-up includes: $10,000 Guarantee for the Early Pick 4, Races 4 - 7 $15,000 Guarantee for the Adios Pick 4, Races 9 - 12 $10,000 Guarantee for the Pick 5, Races 12 - 16 In addition, the Super Hi-5 will be offered on race 16. Saturday’s program also includes a number of festivities for fans. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will stage a variety of family-friendly activities, and patrons may enjoy food trucks and a VIP Trackside Tent. (Visit www.meadowsgaming for details.) DJ AJ will spin records, and the featured “Rockin’ On The Rail” band is NOMAD, which will perform live on the apron at the conclusion of the races. First post is 12 noon, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM as race 11.  

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