It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re at your local track, an OTB betting parlor or sitting behind a computer screen in the comforts of your own home…when it comes to betting on horse racing, there’s always something going on – and that’s a good thing if you like to bet the ponies.
Anyway, this fun-filled look at the lead up to the 2013 Breeder’s Cup World Championships when it takes place on Nov. 2, 2013, live from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.
This coming weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 28, the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park will give horse racing gamblers a couple of fantastic chances to cash in.
Position – Horse-Jockey-Trainer-Odds
- Ron the Greek-J. Lezcano-W. Mott -12/1
- Orb-J. Castellano-C. McGaughey -9/2
- Last Gunfighter-R. Maragh-C. Brown -10/1
- Victoria Olimpica (BRZ)-I. Ortiz, Jr. -T. Pletcher-20/1
- Alpha-J. Bravo-K. McLaughlin -8/1
- Flat Out-J. Alvarado-W. Mott -3/1
- Palace Malice-M. Smith-T. Pletcher -4/1
- Cross Traffic-J. Velazquez-T. Pletcher -5/2
Analysis: First and foremost, veteran horse, Flat Out has won two consecutive Jockey Club Gold Cups. Not only that, but this 7-year-old has also won five of his six career starts at Belmont.
The next two favorites to win this race, no matter what the odds say, are likely 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb and 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, Palace Malice. If either horse wins this race, it could very well catapult them to the 3-year-old championship, depending on what happens at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.
Another horse that could be primed for a huge outing here is Cross Traffic. This horse, the son of Unbridled’s Song, was installed as the odds-on-favorite to win it all at 5-2.
Another older horse race betting enthusiasts need to keep an eye on in this race is the Last Gunfighter. This horse comes into this race riding a blistering streak, having won seven of his last eight races, including victories at the Excelsior stakes and Grade3 Pimlico Special.
The rest of the field for this big race boasts a bunch of impressive credentials as well. Ron the Greek, Alpha, Vitoria Olimpica and Palice Malice are all horse capable of and worthy of winning this race with room to spare.
The Pick: In the end, I’m going Orb, Palace Malice and Flat Out to win, place and show.
Here is a look at the top horses ranked by earnings.
Horses Ranked by Earnings
Animal Kingdom $6,060,000
Game On Dude 2,470,000
Will Take Charge 1,733,200
Wise Dan 1,501,972
The Apache (SAF) 1,374,245
Princess of Sylmar (f) 1,299,000
Palace Malice 1,219,135
Lines of Battle 1,210,549
Close Hatches (f) 1,007,300
Royal Delta (f) 907,275
Dance to Bristol (f) 821,430
Big Blue Kitten 782,800
Sahara Sky 740,000
Fiftyshadesofhay (f) 686,250
Cross Traffic 681,300
Trade Storm (GB) 675,400
Up With the Birds 648,953
Midnight Aria 630,625
Real Solution 615,500
Beholder (f) 610,000
Side Glance (GB) 608,000
Sweet Lulu (f) 603,600
Dank (GB) (f) 597,867
Justin Phillip 591,275
Authenticity (f) 584,492
Clubhouse Ride 581,374
Laughing (IRE) (f) 570,000
Forty Tales 567,589
Flat Out 558,000
Emollient (f) 552,100
Joyful Victory (f) 549,600
Java’s War 539,000
Ron the Greek 538,094
Stephanie’s Kitten (f) 533,655
Unlimited Budget (f) 524,000
Golden Soul 499,634
Discreet Marq (f) 487,500
Point of Entry 480,000