Saturday, December 31, 2011

LET'S GO TO THE RACES - Dec. 31 / Jan 1

A quick reference tool meant to help the newer fan (like me!)  NOTE:  AFTER A RACE HAS BEEN RUN, you can return here, click on the CARD to view the Results and watch a REPLAY.


Saturday, December 31

Mr. Prospector | G3 | $100,000 | 3yo+ | 6f | Race 11 | 4:45 pm ET
Mr. Prospector S - CARD
DRF: Race Preview - VIDEO
Apriority early favorite
DRF: Race Preview with Dan Ullman plus Article about race

Sunday, January 1
Bring on the brand new Three Year Olds!!
BHorse: Old Hat for fillies & Gulfstream Derby for 3yo

First stakes race for brand-new three year old fillies will be the Old Hat Stakes
Old Hat S | G3 | $100,000 | 3yof | 6f | Race 9 | 4:17 pm ET | HRTV
BHorse: Old Hat CARD
DRF: Dan Illman previews the Old Hat - VIDEO

Gulfstream Park Derby S | Inaugural | $100,000 | 1 1/16 mi | 3 yo | Race 10 | 4:45 pm ET | HRTV
BHorse:  Gulfstream Derby CARD
My picks are Gold Megillah, Casual Trick, and Ancient Rome.  Ancient Rome is probably the favorite and he carries high weight at 120 lbs.
DRF: Dan Illman previews the inaugural Gulfstram Derby - VIDEO

Here are some recent race replays for my three favorites:
BHorse: Race Replay VIDEO Ancient Rome in Spectacular Bid
Casual Trick (son of Bernardini) - Won his second race, maiden, by 2 1/2 lengths - Race 6, Churchill Downs, Nov. 18:  BHorse:  Race Replay VIDEO - Casual Trick wins his maiden by 2 1/2
BHorse: Race Replay VIDEO Gold Megillah wins maiden by 18 1/2

Saturday, December 31
BHorse: Turbulent Descent seeks to rebound in La Brea
LaBrea S | G1 | $300,000 | 3yof | 7f | Race 7 | 4:07 pm PT | HRTV
BHorse: La Brea - CARD
BHorse: THS - Race Preview VIDEO
DRF: Dan Illman previews the La Brea - VIDEO

Sunday, January 1
DRF: Dan Illman previews the Robert Frankel - VIDEO

Robert J Frankel S | $150,000 | G2 | 1 1/8 mi | 4 yo+ f/m | Race 8 | 4:07 pm PT | HRTV
BHorse: Robert J Frankel S - CARD
City to City is the high weight at 123. Miss Mittagong, 5 yo Pleasantly Perfect mare, is the entry by Ben Cecil who won the race last year.
BHorse: Trainer Cecil after repeat in Robert Frankel

More on current racing activity:  Browse through the stories, videos and options at:,,   HRTV Racing Calendar

Sister Moon sets new track record - YouTube VIDEO

DRF: Union Rags made early Derby Favorite with Vegas sports books
Union Rags is now the 30-1 favorite, with Drill at 35-1, Creative Cause and Take Charge Indy both at 45-1, and Alpha and Fire on Ice still sitting at 50-1. Takes the Gold, at 85-1, is the only other horse under 100-1 as most of the eligible horses are in the 200-1 to 300-1 range this far out.

BHorse: Can Horse racing truly harness social media
BHorse: Racing industry told to innovate or suffer
TTimes: Casner weighs the consequences of salix

BHorse: Mahubah's Corner - Star Guitar
BHorse: Transcent typifies Wild Rush record in Japan

COOL TIP:  Come back here after the races and click on the cards for the featured races below and see the RESULTS and Order of Finish, as well as VIDEO REPLAY of the race.  Also:  to get the results for all the races on a particular day, this is BloodHorse's results page:  Race Results  There will be a "short list" but scroll down and click on "View Full List".  Most will have videos of the races!! Easy way to get a roundup of a day's racing action quickly!!

New to the sport or just want a place to learn more?
Check the following sites:
Stakes Entries - Video Replays

Seventeen stakes races with purses of more than $3 million are scheduled for the 26-day season, which commences November 10 and continues through December 18.
BloodHorse has a great video replay site to watch all the stakes action:
You can watch all stakes races for a particular DAY, or by TRACK, or a combination.  You can also watch INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC racing action!  Because these are links and not embedded videos, the site loads quickly. 
DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos
Note:  There are free sites to watch online: check out or NTRA Live Stream or or sign up for a free trial account at  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at   Calracing has live coverage of races - Will need to register

A really good site for the new fan:

NOTE: In order to enjoy and use the functionality of the various sites below, some sites may require you to register, however, there is no charge for most of what you will want access to.  If you want to go to the next level and actually place bets and learn more about handicapping, some of these types of services have a fee, but this is strictly your choice whether to use these services.

DRF Grid: Today's Action - Upcoming & Prior Race Days - Click on any track "day", and pull up that day's entries for each of the races
DRF - Starts with ACTIVE tracks - Click on the DAY next to the track name to see that day's full race card. 

Simple Alpha List of American Graded Stakes by Stakes Name, by Grade I, II, III

This includes a list of all American tracks

Useful web sites 
Twin Spires Race viewer - One of the best individual race video sites - You will need to register, free

Links to blogs and other sites I have found useful:


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