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6.18.2018:

Royal Ascot Recognizes Xpressbet as 'A Preferred US Betting Site'

June 18, 2018 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, has once again received recognition as ‘A Preferred US Betting Site’ of Royal Ascot.  Royal Ascot, one of the world’s most prestigious meets and racing’s most recognized brands, begins Tuesday, June 19 and continues through Saturday, June 23.  The 2018 Royal Ascot meet encompasses five extraordinary days, with world-class racehorses competing for more than £7.3m in prize money.  The meet features 19 group stakes races, including eight Group 1 events, and top runners like Cracksman, Lady Aurelia, Order of St George and Harry Angel are expected to be in action. For the first time ever, Royal Ascot will offer a Pick 4 each day.  The Pick 4 is one of North America’s most popular bets and requires horseplayers to pick the winner of four consecutive races.  Bolstered by Royal Ascot’s large fields, payouts are expected to be significant.  In the United States, bettors can legally watch and bet the races with Xpressbet.  Xpressbet customers have access to lucrative promotions and exclusive handicapping material, including: 0% Takeout on the Royal Ascot Pick 4: To celebrate the Royal Ascot daily Pick 4, Xpressbet customers will receive 0% Takeout when they make a winning wager.  Picks from Expert Bettors: Find out how experts Brian Nadeau and Hayley Turner are betting Royal Ascot. 5X Points on the 'International Pick 5': Xpressbet customers will receive 5X Points for their wagers on the ‘International Pick 5,’ an All-Turf Pick 5 with a $250,000 Single Winner Guarantee.  Offered Saturday, June 23, it spans races at Royal Ascot, Gulfstream Park, Woodbine, Belmont and Churchill Downs. Additionally, US viewers can watch the races on the NBC Family of Networks: NBC Sports Network: Tuesday, June 19 - Friday, June 22 (8:30AM ET - 1:00PM ET) NBC: Saturday, June 23 (9:00AM ET - 1:00PM ET) For more information about betting Royal Ascot and to sign up for an Xpressbet account to receive a $500, $100 or $20 Sign Up Bonus, please visit https://www.xpressbet.com/royal-ascot.   

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6.18.2018:

Tuesday, June 19: Hayley Turner's Royal Ascot Picks

GBI Racing Ambassador and former leading jockey, Hayley Turner, gives her expert insight on Tuesday's Racing Race 1 (9:30AM ET) – Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) #3 BENBATL (4/1)This race is not often won by an outsider and I am going for Benbatl here. He stays a mile and one furlong (1800m) so Ascot's stiff, straight mile (1600m) will really suit. He has also won fresh before an, with Saeed bin Suroor horses hitting form, I think this will be a good bet to start your Royal Ascot. Race 2 (10:05AM ET) – Coventry Stakes (Group 2) #7 CALYX (5/2) John Gosden's horses are running well at the moment and I think it says something that he has selected this horse for this race, one of the best two-year-old contests of the season. He was an impressive winner first time out, despite being a bit green, and there will be plenty of improvement.   Race 3 (10:40AM ET) – King's Stand Stakes (Group 1) #10 LADY AURELIA (2/1) – Bet of the dayI was impressed when she won this race as a three-year-old last year as it it not often won by a horse that age, so now she is four years old she will be even stronger. She will have been set out for this race and looks like a rock-solid proposition.   Race 4 (11:20PM ET) – St. James's Palace Stakes (Group 1) #9 WITHOUT PAROLE (5/2)He won his last race in not a flashy style but he likes to make the jockey work hard and keep a bit up his sleeve.  There is definitely more to come from him and is trained by the man in-form, John Gosden.

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6.18.2018:

Belmont Returns Wednesday with $235K Pick 6 Carryover

ELMONT, N.Y. - The Pick 6 went unsolved for the third straight day Sunday at Belmont Park, triggering a three-day carryover of $235,671 when live racing resumes on Wednesday. Sunday's Pick 6 sequence kicked off with longshot Swamp Rat (No. 6) upsetting Race 5 at odds of 24-1 returning $51.50 for a $2 win wager. Have Another (No. 3, $4.20) followed in Race 6 with long-priced winner Stolen Pistol (No. 7, $21.80) winning Race 7. Post-time favorite Still Krz (No. 5, $6.50) hit the wire first in Race 8 with Oscar Performance (No. 3, $8.10) capturing the Grade 3, $300,000 Poker in Race 9. Battle Joined (No. 2, $18) took the day's finale. A consolation payout of $1,588 was awarded to bettors who has five of six winners. Wednesday's Pick 6 sequence will begin with Race 4 with a scheduled post time of 3:09 p.m. ET.

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6.11.2018:

Justify Wins Belmont Stakes, Becomes 13th Triple Crown Champion

ELMONT, N.Y. - With a breathtaking, wire-to-wire tour de force under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, undefeated Justify became racing's 13th Triple Crown winner on Saturday at Belmont Park, sweeping to a 1 ¾-length victory over Gronkowski to add the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets to his triumphs in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The victory over Belmont Park's sweeping 1 ½-mile oval was the sixth straight for Justify, who joined Seattle Slew - also a wire-to-wire Belmont winner in 1977 - as the only undefeated winners of the Triple Crown. All six of the rangy chestnut colt's wins have come in 2018, beginning with a maiden victory on February 18 at Santa Anita Park and culminating just shy of 16 weeks later in the Belmont. "This horse ran a tremendous race," said Smith, who at 52 is the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. "He's so gifted. He's sent from heaven. He's just amazing. "Did you see him standing in the gate?" added Smith, sporting the red-and-gold silks of China Horse Club after having worn the white-and-green colors of WinStar Farm in the Derby and Preakness. "He's standing so still ... I actually thought, 'He's not going to break today.' I mean, he left there like he was going 440 yards in Ruidoso, New Mexico." Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who saddled American Pharoah to end a 37-year-old Triple Crown drought in 2015, thus became the second trainer along with "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons to train two Triple Crown winners, with Fitzsimmons having conditioned Gallant Fox (1930) and his son, Omaha (1935). Other Triple Crown winners include Sir Barton (1919), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948) and Secretariat (1973). "It's amazing," said Baffert, who had Triple Crown near-misses with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002). "It never gets old. American Pharoah, he'll always be my first love. "[This horse] was showing me the same signs [as American Pharoah], he showed me that same brilliance. Superior horse. I mean, he could have won every race on the undercard today. He's just that kind of horse." Smith, who won his third Belmont to go with those in 2010 (Drosselmeyer) and 2013 (Palace Malice), sent Justify straight to the lead from the No. 1 post, which since 1905 has produced 24 winners of the Belmont, the most of any post position. The big colt took command before the first turn, settling into a comfortable rhythm as stablemate Restoring Hope and the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Bravazo kept him in their sights. Galloping through fractions of 23.37 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.11 for the half, 1:13.21 for three quarters and 1:38.09 for the mile, Justify entered the far turn without having been asked for run, still two lengths clear of his stablemate and closest rival, with Bravazo hanging on in third. Approaching the quarter pole, with the crowd on its feet and screaming, Gronkowski was hitting his best stride from far back, picking off a half-dozen rivals to gain third even as Vino Rosso was moving into second. Once in the stretch, however, Justify continued to roll along, giving no signs of quitting, and Gronkowski had to settle for second, with second choice Hofburg coming on to edge Vino Rosso by a neck for show. "He broke a bit slow," said jockey Jose Ortiz aboard Gronkowski, who was making his American debut. "He's a horse from England. After that, I didn't have any choice. I had to drop in and save all the ground. He handled the dirt. I worked him twice and he handled it, so I was optimistic. We got a good trip, it worked out well. He broke a bit slow. I wish he would have broke a little bit better." "There was no pace and nobody put any pressure on [Justify] and he kind of walked the dog going around there," said Bill Mott, Hall of Fame trainer of Hofburg. "They were going slow and [jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.] said he didn't want to make some crazy move down the backside to go join him, which probably wouldn't have made any sense. Our horse came running. He ran well. I mean, for not having any pace, he finished up very well. "Mike [Smith]'s great, obviously, and Justify is probably a great horse," he added. "I mean, they're a good combination and they got the job done. We saw another Triple Crown winner. A lot of people are happy about it." Justify's winning time was 2:28.18 for the 1 ½ miles over a track rated fast, unlike his two previous wins, which came over sloppy tracks at Churchill Downs and Pimlico. In addition to the three Triple Crown races, Justify's resume includes his maiden win, an optional claiming victory, and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, all with a combined winning margin of 23 ¾ lengths. Owned in partnership by China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, Justify earned $800,000 for the win and boosted his bankroll to $3,798,000. Completing the order of finish after Vino Rosso were Tenfold, Bravazo, Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope, Blended Citizen and Noble Indy.

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6.6.2018:

Justify to Race for Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes; Faces 9 Rivals

ELMONT, N. Y. - Can he do it? Can Justify join Seattle Slew as the only undefeated Triple Crown winner, and become the 13th 3-year-old to accomplish that feat, before an expected sellout crowd of 90,000 in Saturday's 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes? Can he negotiate the vast 1 ½-mile oval that is Belmont Park's main track more swiftly than seven well-rested contenders and at the same time stave off Bravazo and Tenfold, who were hot on his heels at the finish line in the Preakness three weeks ago? Can he give Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith the ultimate prize in horse racing, and anoint Hall of Famer Bob Baffert as the only other trainer aside from the legendary "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons to saddle two Triple Crown winners? The odds - 4-5 from post position 1, as set by New York Racing Association Form oddsmaker David Aragona, for Tuesday evening's post position draw at Citi Field - say he will. His opponents say he should. "I think, like all of us, we need Justify to wake up on the wrong side of the bed to have a chance," said Todd Pletcher, a three-time Belmont Stakes-winning trainer whose Vino Rosso and Noble Indy are among nine challenging the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner. Baffert says he could. "Let's see if he can do it," Baffert said. "He came out of nowhere, and now he's picking up steam. People say, 'Oh, he's so beautiful. What a beautiful horse.' He's become a rock star, like Pharoah, so let's see if he can do it." The numbers say he might.   In the 37-year interregnum between Triple Crown winners - Affirmed in 1978 and the Baffert-trained American Pharoah in 2015 - 13 horses were eligible to add the Belmont to their victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, including three trained by Baffert himself: Silver Charm, second in 1997; Real Quiet, second in 1998 and War Emblem, eighth in 2002. "We're coming up with another great horse who just keeps bringing it," said Baffert Tuesday evening. "We still have a few days to go. We know it's going to be tough. But if it's meant to be, it's meant to be.' With Justify, an imposing chestnut son of Scat Daddy who has made all five of his starts in a three-month span this year, Baffert already has defied history. Since Apollo in 1882, no horse unraced at age 2 had been able to win the Derby. Ditto the Preakness. Further, on Saturday, he will race in the red-and-gold silks of one of his four co-owners, the China Horse Club, after having won the Derby and Preakness with Smith sporting the white-and-green silks of WinStar Farm. (Fortunately, horses themselves have dichromatic vision, which is like a human being red-green color blind).   "He's obviously the best of the generation, I think he's proven that," said WinStar Farms' Elliott Walden of Justify, also owned in part by Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners. "So I think it's his race to lose. Now having said that, there are plenty of great horses who have lost the Belmont. He's not a cinch by any stretch of the imagination. But he's a horse with extreme talent, and I think that's his biggest attribute. He's a better horse than these horses right now. With that being said, the three weeks, how will that play into it? The mile and a half, how will that play into it? The great thing about the Triple Crown is there are always these variables. That's what makes horse racing great, and why there will be [nine] horses to load up against him to try to beat him. That's what it's all about." Those nine have taken vastly different paths to the "Test of the Champion," including four who faced him in the Derby, then skipped the Preakness to await the final leg of the Triple Crown. Chief among them is Juddmonte Farms' Hofburg, the second choice at 9-2 on the morning line, who has enjoyed an interesting spring for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Hofburg, a homebred son of Tapit, was off a step slow in his debut at Saratoga last fall, finishing fourth going seven furlongs, but wowed in his maiden win going 1 1/16miles in March at Gulfstream Park. Emboldened by that performance, Mott sent Hofburg straight into Grade 1 company, where he finished a solid second to Audible in the Florida Derby. In the Kentucky Derby, he had a somewhat eventful trip but improved his position to finish seventh, beaten 8 ¾ lengths, in the slop behind Justify. "We've had good time to recover from the Derby, which probably makes it a bigger challenge for Justify," said Mott of Hofburg, who has been training at Saratoga. "I don't think there's any doubt about it. We didn't hit the board in the Derby and didn't see any big advantage to running in the Preakness. We just pointed for the Belmont. We have to do what's best for us, and that's what we did." Mott is seeking his second Belmont Stakes victory, having won the 2010 renewal with Drosselmeyer.   "I have a lot of confidence in [Hofburg]" said Mott. "I feel very good about him. It's no walk in the park. You got to go run around Belmont, a mile and a half. We don't take the challenge lightly, but that's what we're here for." Mott will give a leg up to Irad Ortiz, Jr. - winner of the 2016 Belmont aboard Creator - with the pair leaving from post 4. The Dale Romans-trained Free Drop Billy sparkled at age 2, finishing second in the Grade 3 Sanford and Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga and winning the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity in October at Keeneland. He has yet to reach the winner's circle this year, with his best effort a second to Audible in the Grade 2 Holy Bull at Gulfstream in February. "He's always been consistent. Throw out two races [16th in the Kentucky Derby and 9th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile] and he's hit the board every time, and the mile and a half might be the difference-maker. You don't know if the others will like it, and his pedigree says he should. But you don't know until you try," said Romans of the son of 2012 Belmont winner Union Rags, a 30-1 longshot. Robby Albarado will ride the Albaugh Family Stables' color-bearer from post 2. Pletcher, who won last year's edition with Tapwrit, counters with a pair having a distinct New York flair - Vino Rosso, co-owned by Big Apple businessmen Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola and a ninth-place finisher in the Derby, and Noble Indy, owned by Repole and WinStar, who disdained the sloppy going at Churchill and finished 17th. Both colts own graded stakes wins around two turns, with Vino Rosso taking the Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack and Noble Indy victorious in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds. Both, says Pletcher, fit the criteria of what he looks for in a Belmont horse. "Both of these horses had a pedigree to suggest they can handle it, with Noble Indy having [1992 Belmont winner] A.P. Indy influence on the top side, and Vino Rosso being closely related to Commissioner, who was unfortunately just beaten in the Belmont, on the bottom side," he said. "Both of them have that training style about them where they show good stamina in their gallops, good rhythms in their gallops and also have been successful at winning races at 1 1/8 miles already." Hall of Famer John Velazquez will be aboard Vino Rosso, who drew post 8 and was tabbed as the 8-1 program choice, while fellow Hall of Famer Javier Castellano will ride Noble Indy, 30-1, from post 9. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Bravazo is the only horse beside Justify who will be competing in all three legs of the Triple Crown, having finished a decent sixth in the Derby and next coming out of the fog to fall a half-length short of Justify at Pimlico. The Calumet Farm homebred owns a single stakes win, having taken the Grade 2 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds, and overall is 3-2-1 from 10 career starts. "This horse is pretty tough," Lukas said of Bravazo, a son of Proud Citizen. "We're taking on Goliath, you know. This is not the junior prom we're dealing with. We're going to have a tough chore. I don't see any chinks in the armor. I think we had a chance to beat Justify in the Preakness. Now he's going to be really tough. I think it's a lot tougher order to beat him now." Luis Saez will ride Bravazo, 8-1, from post 3. Tenfold, like Justify, did not race at 2. Unlike Justify, the third-place Preakness finisher hasn't won a stake, coming in fifth in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby after posting a maiden and an optional claiming win at Oaklawn Park for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who saddled 2016 Belmont winner Creator. "I don't know if there's a 3-year-old around better bred for the Belmont than he is," said Winchell Thoroughbreds racing manager, David Fiske, of the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and the Tapit mare Temptress. "He's by a horse that lost the Belmont by a nostril and is one of the top sires in the country, and he's out of a mare who is by arguably the best Belmont sire ever." Ricardo Santana, Jr. will ride Tenfold, 12-1 on the morning line, from post 7. Perhaps the most intriguing entrant in the Belmont is Phoenix Thoroughbred III's Gronkowski, the namesake of New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will be making his stateside debut on Saturday. He also will be making his first start beyond a mile and first start on the dirt for new trainer Chad Brown, although he comes into the Belmont off a four-race win streak in Great Britain. "This horse hasn't put a foot wrong since he's arrived. He's a real classy horse and came to me in outstanding condition. Based on his two workouts, he's made to go a mile and a half on the dirt to me," said Brown, who took over training duties from Jeremy Noseda last month. "In a perfect world, I wish I had him longer and had a better handle on the horse, but it is what it is and I'm fortunate to be in this position to go there with a chance to win." Jose Ortiz, winner of the 2017 Belmont with Tapwrit, will ride the son of Australian sire Lonhro, 12-1, from post 6. Doug O'Neill, who brought I'll Have Another to the brink of a Triple Crown try in 2012, only to scratch the horse on the eve of the Belmont due to a tendon injury, is back with Grade 2 Peter Pan winner Blended Citizen, 15-1 on the morning line. Successful on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces, The Proud Citizen colt ran the best race of his life in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan, which has been the springboard for seven Belmont winners, most recently Tonalist in 2014.   He will leave from post 10 with Kyle Frey in the irons. Finally, could Baffert thwart his own Triple Crown chances with Gary and Mary West's Restoring Hope? The Giant's Causeway colt is one of three horses at 30-1 and has only a maiden victory on his resume. Third in the Wood and 12th over a sloppy track in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile on Derby Day, Restoring Hope drew post 5 under Florent Geroux. "He's well bred," said Baffert. "He's as good as the majority in there, I think. He ran well in California. I've always thought he was a really top horse. I really thought he was a Derby horse. Then we all thought, 'maybe he's a Belmont horse'."

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6.5.2018:

Kentucky Oaks Winner Monomoy Girl Headlines Saturday's Acorn Stakes

ELMONT, N.Y. - Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Monomoy Girl will try to maintain her perfect 3-year-old season in the one mile, Grade 1, $700,000 Acorn presented by Nassau County IDA, as part of a field of seven in Race 4 on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park. The multiple Grade 1 winner will make her Belmont debut after winning her third start this year in the May 4 Oaks, which followed her gate-to-wire, 5 ½-length victory in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland. Cutting back to the Acorn's one-turn mile will be the first time the filly by Tapizar has run at that distance since her third start as a 2-year-old in the Rags to Riches at Churchill Downs, where she drew away to win by 6 ½ lengths. Trainer Brad Cox likes what he sees from his impressive filly leading up to Saturday's race. "She's doing great. She looks like she ready to go," said Cox. "Last time she ran the one-turn mile I thought it was probably the most impressive race she's ever run. She's got speed and will probably be somewhat forwardly placed. I don't know about being on the lead, but she's undefeated around one turn in the only time she ever did it. I'm confident she'll like it." Monomoy Girl is just a neck short of perfection through seven career starts after suffering her only defeat in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs. The chestnut filly appeared to have her fourth straight victory well in hand, but after zigzagging in the last sixteenth of a mile, she was caught by Road to Victory in the last start of her 2-year-old campaign. "She's not bad, she's kind of manageable," Cox said of the filly owned by Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables. "You just have to kind of watch her. She's kind of a curious filly I'd guess you'd say." The loss became a distant memory after she returned in February and captured the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds. It was no easy trip for Monomoy Girl who hit the gate at the break and found herself last among the field of seven, a position she was in for the first time in her life. The filly rallied wide and closed strong under jockey Florent Geroux and scored by 2 ¼ lengths. She then followed up the performance with a victory in the Ashland en route to her half-length win over Wonder Gadot in the Oaks, where her connections had to survive a stewards' inquiry and a jockey's objection by Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez after she appeared to brush with her rival in the stretch. Her curiosity is luckily transcended by her versatility, a great trait to have according to Cox. "So far, she's run three races this year, and three different styles. Dead last, on the lead two back, and then kind of sitting off of them last time, so she can adapt. She's proved that she's a nice filly, and she's coming into this race in great order so we'll see what happens," he said. Geroux has return call aboard Monomoy Girl and will break from post 3. Zoom and Fish Stable, Charlie Spiring and Newtown Anner Stud Farm's Caledonia Road, the 2017 champion 2-year-old filly, will make her fifth career start in the Acorn, and second this year after she closed willingly to win by 3 ½ lengths against allowance company at Belmont Park on April 29. The filly by Quality Road broke her maiden at first asking over the slop at Saratoga then followed up with a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park. The Florida-bred closed out 2017 with a start in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies November 4 at Del Mar, where she cleared the field through the stretch and won by 3 ¼ lengths. Trainer Ralph Nicks has her primed for her return to Grade 1 competition. "I expect a good effort from her," Nicks said. "She's training well, looks good, appetite's good. We'll see how we stack up against the Oaks champion and a couple other ones in there. It's not going to be an easy race. "Obviously, it'll be her second race off the layoff and in her first race back, she wasn't what I would call 100 percent for her best effort that day," he added. "It was a building block to the Acorn and, of course, to the rest of the year. I would expect her to move forward off of the last race and if we're good enough, we can catch them around a one-turn mile." Caledonia Road will start from post 5, and reunites with Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, aboard for the second time since her Breeders' Cup start. Rick Waller, Sharon Waller, and Little Red Feather Racing's Spectator will represent California-based trainer Phil D'Amato, and makes her way East after finishing 3 ½ lengths behind Midnight Bisou in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. Belmont's one-turn mile could play into the Jimmy Creed filly's favor. "She's graded-stakes placed around two turns," said D'Amato. "She got a little tired late the last sixteenth [in the Oaks], and again I think the mile and the one-turn race in the Acorn might play to her advantage." After drawing off by 5 ¼ lengths in a field of nine in her debut at Santa Anita, Spectator advanced to the Grade 2 Sorrento at Del Mar where she repeated that same margin of victory. Spectator will break from post 2, and will be ridden by Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano. Derrick Smith, Bridlewood Farm, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's Moonshine Memories will make her first Grade 1 start since her seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The Malibu Moon filly finished second in the Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita, her only start this year. The Simon Callaghan trainee had three victories to start her 2-year-old campaign, winning her first start in front-running fashion at Del Mar, which led to a half-length victory in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. She then forged a 2 ¾-length victory in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita before the Breeders' Cup. Moonshine Memories drew the rail and Flavien Prat will be in the irons. John Oxley's Gio Game, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Julien Leparoux, will break from post 4; Vicente Stella Stable's Starcloud, trained by Oscar Gonzalez with jockey Albin Jimenez in the irons, will break from post 6; and Team Valor International, Rodolphe Brisset and Stephen McKay's Talk Veuve to Me, for trainer Brisset and jockey Jose Ortiz, who will ride from post 7.

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6.2.2018:

Churchill Downs has $300K Pick 6 Mandatory Payout Saturday

Bettors this Saturday night are in for a little extra of a treat as Churchill Downs has announced a partial force-out of it's Single 6 Jackpot Pick 6.  There will be a $300,000 mandatory payout of the popular 20-cent bet, which should be an attractive wagering opportunity for customers. First post for Churchill Downs' 'Downs After Dark' card on Saturday is 6:00PM ET and the Single 6 Jackpot kicks off with Race 4, at 7:26PM ET.  Among the most popular wagering options in the Single 6 Jackpot will come in the final leg, Race 9, as Kentucky Derby alum, Solomini, and Florida Derby third-place finisher, Mississippi, run as a coupled-entry that sits at 3/5 on the morning line in a non-winners-of-one allowance contest.  Even if one of the two horses scratch, the other will be incredibly difficult to beat. Not included in the Single 6 Jackpot are a pair of stakes races on the card, the Grade 3, $100,000 Aristides Stakes (Race 10, 10:42PM ET) and the $75,000 Mighty Beau Stakes (Race 11, 11:10PM ET). From Churchill Downs News Release: The Single 6 Jackpot, which debuted at Churchill Downs during the 2015 Fall Meet, is a minimum 20-cent wager with a low 15-percent takeout, one of the lowest multi-race wager takeout rates in American racing. The Single 6 Jackpot is paid only if there is a single winning wager with six winners placed at the required minimum bet value. If there are multiple winning wagers with six winners in the six-race sequence, 90 percent of the net money wagering into the pool is paid out, and the remaining 10 percent is carried to the Single 6 Jackpot. If there are no tickets will all six winners, 100 percent of the pool is carried to the Single 6 Jackpot.

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5.31.2018:

Download our FREE Belmont Stakes Wager Guide

Can Justify close out the Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes?  Or will Bravazo,Vino Rosso, Hofburg, Noble Indy, Blended Citizen or Tenfold step up and beat him in the 'Test of the Champion'? Find out what the experts think in our FREE Belmont Stakes Wager Guide!  Our Guide is loaded with the expert picks, wagering strategies and stats and trends you need to bet the Belmont like a pro.  This year’s team of Wager Guide experts features six horseplayers with decades of experience handicapping and betting the races:  Eddie Olczyk, NBC Sports Bob Neumeier, Horse Player NOW Millie Ball, XBTV Jeff Siegel, XBTV Jon White, Santa Anita Park Dick Jerardi, Daily Racing Form Steve Byk, At the Races (SiriusXM) Ready to download?  Here’s how: Have an Xpressbet Account?Simply log in to your account and click the banner to download your Wager Guide.  Don’t Have an Xpressbet Account? Visit https://www.xpressbet.com/belmont-stakes-picks and fill out the form to download your free copy of the Wager Guide.  Just provide your Name, Email Address and State of Residence!  Or, sign up for a Full Xpressbet account to bet the Triple Crown and receive a $500, $100 or $20 Sign Up Bonus.  Visit Xpressbet.com to learn more.  

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