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9/23/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
Big Saturday stakes at Belmont, Parx Racing, Woodbine, Laurel & more! Check out the sign. Too much list, so check out the stakes sign below for all the action. Did you know the complete weekend stakes link is always posted here? You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

Unbeaten Songbird will be in the Cotillion at Parx Racing Saturday. There’ll be five challengers looking to upset the superstar filly. Cathryn Sophia or Carina Mia just might have what it takes to cause an upset.  Nyquist, Exaggerator and ten others will battle it out in the Pennsylvania Derby also at Parx Racing. What a day at Parx.

Saturday is Yonkers’ NY Night of Champions with $1.8million and 8 NY Sire Stakes. It’s NY’s richest night of racing.

Besides three six figure stakes at Woodbine and the Jon Hettinger for NY Breds at Belmont, Remington has a huge Sunday ahead with 10 stakes highlighted by the grade 3 $400,000 Oklahoma Derby.

You’re invited! Catskill OTB branches host the Free Fall Festival Handicapping Contests at nine branches this Sunday.

~ A NY minute…

Belmont post 1:30pm September 9 – October 2. Belmont post 12:55pm October 5 – 30. Special posts October 1st 12:30pm & October 8th 12:15pm.

Belmont’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/
Watch Belmont Live in September on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm Sept  24,25,  28,29,&30.

~ Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
@Hoosier & Mohawk this weekend

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~ Road to the Kentucky Derby 2017…
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2017-road-to-the-kentucky-derby/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, September 24  - PENNSYLVANIA DERBY – Parx Racing
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~Horse news…
Rumor has it Tepin, recent winner of the Woodbine Mile, will go to Keeneland next for at least one start before heading to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

~Free Handicapping Contests…
The next contest series begins this Sunday, September 25 and October 2, The Free Fall Festival Handicapping Contest Series covers Belmont Races. More details soon here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~NYS Lottery…

September – Five new games in branches this week: $3,000,000 in Benjamins (a $10 game), $500,000 in Grants (a $5 game), $75,000 Hamilton ($3), $25,000 Lincoln ($2), and $5,000 Washington ($1).

Tuesdays: September Extra Power Hours! Play Quick Draw with Extra from 5pm=7pm on Tuesdays for the chance to multiply base winnings by 2x – 10x.

Thursdays: Bonus Thursdays! Buy $10 or more of Quick Draw on one ticket between 5pm-7pm on Thursdays and receive a 50% bonus on all winnings on that ticket.
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • September 24 Parx Racing revised post 12:25pm
  • September 24 Gulfstream revised post 12:45pm
  • September 25 Gulfstream revised post 1:15pm
  • September 25 Free Belmont Handicapping Contest at nine branches.
  • September 26 & 27 Zia Park revised post every Mon&Tues 2:10pm
  • September 28 Penn National added a make-up day today, post time 6pm.
  • September 30 Santa Anita opens, post time 4pm.
  • October 1 OTB early opening 11:45am. Gulfstream special post 12noon.

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9/15/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
$3.75 million Saturday on tap at Woodbine highlighted by the group 1 $1,000,000 Woodbine Mile. Rumor has it Tepin will race in the Mile. The undercard includes the $300,000 Canadian Stakes and Northern Dancer Turf. The Mile and Canadian are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races. Churchill offers two more Challenge races Saturday, The Pocahontas and Iroquois. Churchill offers two more high stakes this day. Belmont offers the grade 2 $500,000 Sands Point Saturday.

Saturday evening the excitement moves over the Charles Town for an $800,000 eight stakes card highlighted by the grade 3 $350,000 Charles Town Oaks, Charles Town special post is 5:00pm. The Oaks is race 12, post 10:18pm.

On the harness side there’s $2.5 million up for grabs Saturday evening at Mohawk featuring the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Mohawk boasts four additional high stakes event.

Woodbine is once again the place to be on Sunday featuring two more Breeders’ Cup Challenge races, the $250,000 Natalma, and just squeaking in at the end of the season, the $200,000 Summer Stakes.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Belmont post 1:30pm September 9 – October 2. Belmont post 12:55pm October 5 – 30. Special posts October 1st 12:30pm & October 8th 12:15pm.

Belmont’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/
Watch Belmont Live in September on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm Sept  15,16,17,18,  21,22,23,24,25,  28,29,&30.

NY Harness – NYSS & Excelsior Weekly Schedule – Vernon (Four finals 17th), Yonkers (15th) and Tioga (16th)

~ A look ahead…
It’s Little Brown Jug time!  On Tuesday, September 20 through Thursday, September 22 a sleepy, small town in Ohio hosts the fan-favorite Delaware County Fair meet. Tuesday’s post is 1:00pm. Wednesday features the $350,000 Jugette. Thursday features one of the most prestigious 3-year-old pacing races in North America the 71st edition of the $700,000 Little Brown Jug (LBJ). There’s an early 11am post on Wednesday and Thursday. Branches open at noon. There are typically so many races that two cards may be scheduled in a day.  The top 10 contenders for the LBJ include: Betting Line, Racing Hill, control the Moment, Check Six, Manhattan Beach, Another Daily Copy, Fernando Hanover, Lyons Snyder, Pure Country, and Dr J Hanover.

~ Grand Circuit Racing…
Friday, September 16 – Two events at The Meadowlands

Saturday, September 17 – Six events at Mohawk, two events at The Meadowlands

Monday, September 19 – one event at Harrington
Tuesday, September 20 – one event at Delaware County Fair (Ohio)
Wednesday, September 21 – three events at Delaware County Fair (Ohio)

Thursday, September 22 – four events at Delaware County Fair (Ohio)

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
September 17 – two races at Churchill & two races at Woodbine
September 18 –  two races at Woodbine

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, September 17  - WOODBINE MILE
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~Free Handicapping Contests…
The next contest series begins in just one week on September 25 and October 2, The Free Fall Festival Handicapping Contest Series covers Belmont Races. More details soon here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~NYS Lottery…

September – Five new games in branches this week: $3,000,000 in Benjamins (a $10 game), $500,000 in Grants (a $5 game), $75,000 Hamilton ($3), $25,000 Lincoln ($2), and $5,000 Washington ($1).

Tuesdays: September Extra Power Hours! Play Quick Draw with Extra from 5pm=7pm on Tuesdays for the chance to multiply base winnings by 2x – 10x.

Thursdays: Bonus Thursdays! Buy $10 or more of Quick Draw on one ticket between 5pm-7pm on Thursdays and receive a 50% bonus on all winnings on that ticket.
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • September 17 Charles Town Oaks today, special post 5pm.
  • September 21 Delaware County Fair meet begins before branches open, Jugette today.
  • September 22 Delaware County Fair meet begins before branches open, Little Brown Jug today.
  • September 25 Free Belmont Handicapping Contest at nine branches.
  • September 28 Penn National added a make-up day today, post time 6pm.
  • September 30 Santa Anita opens, post time 4pm.

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9/8/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

We’re back to Belmont this weekend beginning on Friday, September 9. Post time is 1:30pm. Belmont offers $100,000 stakes Friday (Christiecat), Saturday (Seattle Slew), and Sunday (Allied Forces).  The fan favorite Kentucky Downs boutique meet, a European-style turf course, continues this weekend with $1.5 million for four stakes Saturday and $550,000 for two stakes Sunday.    It’s also Super Derby Day at Louisiana Downs with five stakes highlighted by the $400,000 Super Derby.

In July Claming Crown Limited announced that Kentucky Downs and Laurel Park will host automatic qualifying races for the 2016 Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park on December 3. The Kentucky Downs qualifying races are this Sunday, September 11 for the Emerald and Tiara.

Zia Park begins their 56-day race meet on Saturday, September 10 with live racing every Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 12:15 PM Mountain Time.  New for 2016, Zia Park will card all Thoroughbred racing on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the meet.  Saturday and Sunday will feature cards with a mix of both Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing.

Live Harness racing returns The Meadowlands this Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th at 7:15 pm.
PASS races at The Meadows H Saturday and at Philadelphia Park H Sunday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

The 38-day 2016 Belmont Fall Championship Meet runs through October 30 offers a total of 42 stakes worth over $10.6 million. Post time is 1:30pm September 9 – October 2. Post time will change to 12:55pm October 5 through October 30. There are special posts on the two Super Saturdays. Saturday, October 1st post time is 12:30pm and October 8th post time is 12:15pm. October 1st , Joe Hirsch Classic Day, offers five big graded stakes. October 8th , Jockey Club Gold Cup Day, offers six graded stakes.

Belmont’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

Watch Belmont Live in September on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm Sept  9,10(Seattle Slew),11(Allied Forces),  14,15,16,17,18,  21,22,23,24,25,  28,29,&30.

NY Harness – NYSS & Excelsior Weekly Schedule – Yonkers (8th), Yonkers (9th), Batavia (10th), Yonkers (12th), Batavia (14th), and Yonkers (15th).

~ Grand Circuit Racing…
Friday, September 9 – Two events at Mohawk & 3 events at The Meadowlands

Saturday, September 10 – Five events at Mohawk, two events at The Meadowlands, and one event at Scioto Downs.
Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
This weekend’s five races are overseas in Ireland.
September 17 – two races at Churchill & two races at Woodbine
September 18 -  two races at Woodbine

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, September 10  - SUPER DERBY – Louisiana Downs
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~Free Handicapping Contests…
Look for the next contest series in two & half weeks, on September 25 and October 2, The Fall Festival Handicapping Contest Series covers Belmont Races. More details soon here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~NYS Lottery…

September – Five new games in branches this week: $3,000,000 in Benjamins (a $10 game), $500,000 in Grants (a $5 game), $75,000 Hamilton ($3), $25,000 Lincoln ($2), and $5,000 Washington ($1).

Tuesdays: September Extra Power Hours! Play Quick Draw with Extra from 5pm=7pm on Tuesdays for the chance to multiply base winnings by 2x – 10x.

Thursdays: Bonus Thursdays! Buy $10 or more of Quick Draw on one ticket between 5pm-7pm on Thursdays and receive a 50% bonus on all winnings on that ticket.
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • Sept 1 Ellis Park added a race day to make up for a previous cancellation.
  • Sept 3,4,5 Saratoga post 12:30pm for the last three days of the meet.
  • September 3 Gulfstream revised post 12 noon today.
  • September 3 Mohawk early post 7:05pm. It’s Super Saturday.
  • September 5 Labor Day OTB is open. Closing by 9pm or earlier if scheduled.
  • September 6 Plainridge H changes to a 1pm post all month.
  • September 8 Los Alamitos Thoroughbred fair meet opens 5:00pm post.
  • September 8 Bangor H races today 3pm
  • September 9 Bangor H races today 6pm
  • Sept 9 Belmont is back! Post 1:30pm
  • September 9 special posts at Philadelphia H (6:05pm) and Century H (7:05pm)
  • September 10 Zia Park opens, post time 2:15pm eastern.
  • September 12 Dayton Raceway H begins. Mon & Tues 2pm. Thurs, Fri, Sat 6:15pm.
  • September 17 Charles Town Oaks today, special post 5pm.
  • September 28 Penn National added a make-up day today. Post time 6pm.

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9/1/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

Sizzling stakes for Labor Day weekend at Interbets & OTB!  The $500,000 Woodward featuring Frosted is this Saturday’s big Saratoga event, but wait there’s more! Saratoga also plays host to the $350,000 Spinaway. The Spin Away is a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” race. Both have TV coverage on NBC from 5-6pm. Gulfstream hosts $900,000 in Florida bred races. A special treat this Saturday is over $1.4 million in stakes at our fans favorite track, Kentucky Downs. Even Parx Racing gets in the mix Saturday with six stakes worth over $845,000 featuring Kentucky Oaks winner, Cathryn Sophia. There’s a special treat this Saturday. One of our fans’ favorite tracks, Kentucky Downs, hosts over $1.4 million in stakes. Later in the day Del Mar hosts the $300,000 Debutante.

Harness highlights the Saturday evening schedules at Yonkers, Mohawk and Northfield Park. Yonkers will host the second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, the $500,000 Messenger and the Yonkers Trot Finals. Saturday is also Ohio Super Night with over $2,000,000 in purses.  Mohawk’s Super Saturday card is filled with stakes action, highlighted by the $661,000 Metro Pace, the $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, the $427,000 Shes a Great Lady, the $215,704 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, $208,040 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters (two divisions) and the $210,000 Ontario Sires Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings (two divisions). Some of the top horses in North American will compete on the card including Wiggle It Jiggleit, Always B Miki and Betting Line. Mohawk also offer our Pick 4 ($50,000 races four through seven) and Pick 5 ($30,000 race 1) guarantees. Early post 7:05pm at Mohawk this Saturday. Running Aces Night of Champions will feature 9 MN sired feature and two undercard events on the 11 race card worth $250,000 in purses.

That’s all just on Saturday! More stakes action Sunday and Monday. Monday is the last day of Saratoga and Del Mar.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

First race post time 1 p.m. – $150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning in Race 5

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6:30pm Sept1,2,4 & 5.

Watch Saratoga on NBC (or NBCSN?) this Saturday, September 3, 5:00pm-6:00pm with live coverage of the Woodward and Spin Away. Note, conflicting posts list either network. We do know all of Saratoga’s races will be simulcast live as always at OTB branches and video streamed to Interbets account holders!

Belmont opens next Friday, September 9, post time 1:30pm. Post time changes to 12:55pm as of October 5.
Belmont Super Saturdays are October 1 and 8.

NY Harness – Weekly
NYSS at Vernon (2nd), Batavia (3rd), Vernon (5th), Monticello (6th), and Yonkers (8th).

~ Grand Circuit Racing…
Friday, September 2 – Two events at Mohawk

Saturday, September 3 – Five events at Mohawk and two events at Yonkers.
Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~A look ahead…
Live Harness racing returns The Meadowlands on Friday, September 9th, Saturday, September 10th, Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th, post time for all four days 7:15 pm.

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Saturday, September 2 – Spin Away – Saratoga

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, September 3  - DEL MAR DEBUTANT
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~Free Handicapping Contests…
Look for the next contest series in four weeks, September 25 and October 2, The Fall Festival Handicapping Contest Series covers Belmont Races. More details posted in early September here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~NYS Lottery…

September:  The next new Scratch-off ticket game launch is next week! There are five new games featuring five important figures from American history. $3,000,000 in Benjamins (a $10 game), $500,000 in Grants (a $5 game), $75,000 Hamilton ($3), $25,000 Lincoln ($2), and $5,000 Washington ($1).

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • Sept 1 Ellis Park added a race day to make up for a previous cancellation.
  • Sept 3,4,5 Saratoga post 12:30pm for the last three days of the meet.
  • September 3 Gulfstream revised post 12 noon today.
  • September 3 Mohawk early post 7:05pm. It’s Super Saturday.
  • September 5 Labor Day OTB is open. Closing by 9pm or earlier if scheduled.
  • September 8 Los Alamitos Thoroughbred fair meet opens 5:00pm post.
  • Sept 9 Belmont is back! Post 1:30pm
  • September 9 special posts at Philadelphia H (6:05pm) and Century H (7:05pm)

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8/25/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

Saratoga’s spectacular NY-centric Friday card features more than 100 NY-breds. It’s the Summer NY Showcase Day including six stakes worth $1.15 million. In addition, the Travers Stakes will be advance bet all day Friday, August 26 at Interbets.com and OTB. Saratoga’s Friday card has a 1:00pm post.

Saratoga is the place to be Saturday for the 147th $1,250,000 Travers Stakes totaling over $5 million in purses for the seven stakes, six grade 1s (Travers, Sword Dancer, Personal Ensign, Forego, King’s Bishop, and Ballerina), and a grade 2 race (Ballston Spa). Interbets and OTB branch betting begins at 11:15am. Some superstars sightings will be on hand Saturday: Expected in the Travers are Exaggerator, Creator, Destin, Gift Box, Connect, My Man Sam,Laoban, Majesto and more! Mohaymen will be pointed to the King’s Bishop.

Saratoga’s Saturday first post is 11:35am. There is a $1,000,000 guaranteed Pick 4 beginning on Race 8, approx. 3:35pm. There is a $400,000 guaranteed Pick 5 beginning on Race 1 at 11:35am. There is a $250,000 guaranteed Pick 6 beginning on Race 6.

Watch Saratoga on NBC-TV this Saturday, August 27, 4:30pm-6:00pm with live coverage of the Travers Stakes, Forego, Personal Ensign Handicap, and Sword Dancer.

NY is not just about the Travers this weekend. NY harness tracks jump on board with their own big races at Tioga and Yonkers. Yonkers features the Hudson Fillies Trot and Lady Maud Pace Finals in addition to eliminations for the Yonkers Trot and Messenger. The Yonkers Trot $40,000 elimination race has nine entries for only eight spots in.  Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder will go after the second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown in the 62nd Yonkers Trot final next Saturday, September 3. The Trot winner also gets a Yonkers International Trot invitation set for October 15th.  The 61st Messenger Final is the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown and is set for Saturday, September 3.

Tioga Downs’ marquee race day is Sunday, Aug. 28 for the $500,000 Empire Breeders’ Classic Finals, $175,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace, and $125,000 Reynolds 2YO Trot.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

First race post time 1 p.m. – $150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning in Race 5

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6:30pm and *Aug 27 2pm-4:30pm
Aug 24,25,26,27*,28  29,31,Sept1,2,4 & 5.

Watch Saratoga on NBC-TV this Saturday, August 27, 4:30pm-6:00pm with live coverage of the Travers Stakes, Forego, Personal Ensign Handicap, and Sword Dancer.

NY Harness – Weekly
NYSS at Vernon (26th), Tioga (28th), Monticello (29th), Batavia (31st).
Excelsior Races at Vernon (26th), Monticello (29th), Batavia (31st).

~ Grand Circuit Racing…
Friday, August 26 – Two events at Vernon Downs

Saturday, August 27 – Four events at Yonkers, three at Mohawk and one at The Meadows.
Sunday, August 28 – Three events at Tioga.
Monday, August 29 – Two events at Tioga.

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~Rumor has it…
Okay it’s for sure! Jockey Calvin Borel, 49 year old Hall of Famer, had the shortest retirement from racing ever. Borel will resume riding on August 27 at Ellis Park.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/back-saddle-borel-resume-riding-later-month/

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Saturday, August 27 – Sword Dancer – Saratoga
Saturday, August 27 – Person Ensign – Saratoga
Saturday, August 27 – Forego Hcp – Saratoga
Saturday, August 27 – Ballerina – Saratoga
Saturday, August 27 – Pat O’Brien – Saratoga

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, August 27  - TRAVERS – Saratoga
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~Free Handicapping Contests…

Look for the next contest series on two Sundays just after the Autumn begins, September 25 and October 2, The Fall Festival Handicapping Contest Series covers Belmont Races. More details posted in early September here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~NYS Lottery…

A Players Club was launch at the lottery on August 19. Details can found at NYLPlayersClub.com and is also accessible through nylottery.ny.gov

August Promotion:
Take 5:  Buy $10 & Get $2 Free Quick Pick;
Quick Draw: Buy $10 or more on one ticket on Thursdays 5-7pm. Receive 50% bonus on all winnings on that ticket.

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • August 11 Gulfstream revised post 12:50pm (weekdays/Sundays) & 12:35pm (Saturdays)
  • August 26 Del Mar 6:30pm post
  • August 26 Freehold H 12:30pm post
  • August 26 Advance Bet the Travers Stakes
  • August 27 Travers Stakes Day. 1st race post 11:35am & betting opens 11:15am.
  • August 30 – The September calendar should be posted by end of day.
  • Sept 1 Ellis Park added a race day to make up for a July cancellation.
  • Sept 3,4,5 Saratoga post 12:30pm for the last three days of the meet.
  • Sept 9 Belmont is back! Post 1:30pm

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8/18/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
An already full weekend just grew bigger! Last weekend’s stormy weather cancelled Saratoga’s card midway. The $200,000 Adirondack Stakes has been rescheduled to Friday, August 19.  The grade 1 $500,000 Fourstardave has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 20.

Saturday at Saratoga already features the grade 1 $600,000 Alabama with superstar Songbird heading the field. Saratoga has two more big stakes on a twelve race card. With the Saturday addition of the Fourstardave a unique opportunity was created. Keep in mind it is also a big day at Del Mar with the grade 1 $1,000,000 Pacific Classic, grade 1 $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, and the grade 2 $250,000 Del Mar Handicap.  The Del Mar/Saratoga Pick 4, hosted by Del Mar, comprises the Fourstardave Handicap (post time 5:40 p.m. ET), the Alabama (6:18 p.m. ET), the Del Mar Handicap (8:43 p.m. ET) and the Pacific Classic (9:15 p.m. ET).

Heads up more wagering changes announced at NYRA for Alabama Day, Saturday, August 20th Saratoga adds a 3rd Pick 4 set to begin on Race 5.   The Late Pick 4 now will begin on Race 8, and the Pick 6 will begin on Race 7.

Stellar race shaping up this Saturday at Del Mar for the 2016 Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic as follows:

  1. California Chrome (Victor Espinoza) 8-5
  2. Hoppertunity (Flavien Prat) 8-1
  3. War Story (Ricardo Mejias) 30-1
  4. Hard Aces (Santiago Gonzalez) 15-1
  5. Win The Space (Joe Talamo) 15-1
  6. Imperative (Norberto Arroyo, Jr.) 20-1
  7. Beholder (Gary Stevens) 5-2
  8. Dortmund (Rafael Bejarano) 3-1
  9. Dalmore (Kent Desormeaux) 20-1

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/breeders-cup/california-chrome-draws-rail-2016-pacific-classic/

Pocono Downs provides all the harness action one needs this Super Saturday evening with $2,175,000 in purses highlighted by the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine, $500,000 Colonial, and $350,000 Valley Forge.

Sunday features the grade 2 $300,000 Lake Placid at Saratoga and the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine. No chance for a Canadian Triple Crown, but still a significant race.  After hours there are sire stakes events at The Red Mile, Ocean Downs, and Pocono Downs.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

First race post time 1 p.m. – $150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning in Race 5

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6:30pm and *Aug 27 2pm-4:30pm
Aug 18,19,20,21  22,24,25,26,27*,28  29,31,Sept1,2,4 & 5.

NY Harness – Weekly NYSS & Excelsior Races at Saratoga Harness (19th), Batavia Downs (20th), Tioga Downs (21st), and Monticello (22nd).

~ Grand Circuit Racing…
Saturday, August 20 – Nine events at Pocono Downs, two at Yonkers and two at Mohawk.

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Saturday, August 20 – Del Mar Handicap
Saturday, August 20 – Pacific Classic

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:

Saturday, August 20  - PACIFIC CLASSIC – Del Mar
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Handicapping Contest Results…
Congrats to our Sizzling Saratoga Summer Series Winners of Free Saratoga Bets and points toward the Interbets VIP Big Money Contest scheduled for November. Seventeen contests were held in total. Look for the next contest series the Fall Festival in late September. More details posted in early September here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~NYS Lottery August Bonus at OTB…
Take 5:  Buy $10 & Get $2 Free Quick Pick;
Quick Draw: Buy $10 or more on one ticket on Thursdays 5-7pm. Receive 50% bonus on all winnings on that ticket.

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • August 11 Gulfstream revised post 12:50pm (weekdays/Sundays) & 12:35pm (Saturdays)
  • August 15 Harrington H reopens 5:00pm
  • August 17 Fair Grounds Quarter Horse meet opens
  • August 26 Del Mar 6:30pm post
  • August 26 Freehold H 12:30pm post
  • August 26 Advance Bet the Travers Stakes
  • August 27 Travers Stakes Day. 1st race post 11:35am & betting opens 11:15am.

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8/11/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

Team USA continues to be triumphant in the Olympics! Meanwhile back in the States our race tracks are planning a winning weekend just for you.  Arlington Park takes the gold for best Saturday card with a $2,675,000 schedule this Saturday highlighted by the Arlington Million and $700,000 Beverly D. Saratoga gets the Silver for the grade 1 $500,000 Fourstardave and grade 2 $200,000 Adirondack. Del Mar earns a respectable Bronze, coming in third for the grade 2 $200,000 Best Pals for 2 year olds.

Hoosier Park and Northfield Park share the gold for big events this weekend. Hoosier’s $300,000 Dan Patch is Friday and Northfield’s $400,000 Carl Milstein is Saturday. Silver goes to the The Meadows for the $175,000 Moni Maker.

Sunday brings gold back to Saratoga for the main event grade 2 $200,000 Saratoga Special. Del Mar takes Silver with the $150,000 Solana Beach and Emerald tops off the evening after hours with a Bronze for hosting the grade 3 $200,000 Longacres Mile. Remember to use your Interbets account for Sunday evening events after branches close.

Go Team USA!

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

First race post time 1 p.m. – $150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning in Race 5

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6:30pm and *Aug 27 2pm-4:30pm
Aug 11,12,13,14,  15,17,18,19,20,21  22,24,25,26,27*,28  29,31,Sept1,2,4 & 5.

NY Harness – Weekly NYSS & Excelsior Races at Yonkers (11th & 12th), Batavia (13th), Tioga (14th), and Yonkers (15th & 18th).
~ Grand Circuit Racing…
Saturday, August 13 Three events at Northfield Park and one event at The Meadows.

Sunday, August 14 One event at Tioga Park.

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/


~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…

Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, August 13  - ARLINGTON MILLION
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~Free Handicapping Contest…
The Sizzling Saratoga Summer Series is here – Eight contests Sunday, August 14, 2016 at an OTB near you.  Earn points in the FREE contests for a free spot in the Interbets VIP Big Money Contest this Fall!  Details here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • August 11 Gulfstream revised post 12:50pm (weekdays/Sundays) & 12:35pm (Saturdays)
  • August 15 Harrington H reopens 5:00pm
  • August 17 Fair Grounds Quarter Horse meet opens
  • August 26 Del Mar 6:30pm post
  • August 26 Freehold H 12:30pm post
  • August 26 Advance Bet the Travers Stakes
  • August 27 Travers Stakes Day. 1st race post 11:35am & betting opens 11:15am.

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8/4/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
Step right up! The weekend offers three main events on Saturday, August 6. Betting opens at 11:45am this Saturday.

SARATOGA
If this were a circus Saratoga’s card would be the center ring main attraction!  Purses total $2,150,000 for five big races on the card with the main event you’ve been waiting for, the grade 1 $1,250,000 Whitney.  Saratoga will offer three guaranteed wagers: $1,000,000 late Pick 4 begins in race 8, $400,000 Pick 5 – race 1, and $250,000 Pick 6 – race 6.

“Frosted will look to bolster his reputation as the heavyweight contender on the East Coast as he heads a talented field of six in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney, the traditional focal race for older horses and co-richest race of the 148th Saratoga Race Course meet.

A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Grade 1, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 5 at Santa Anita Park, the 89th running of the 1 1/8-mile Whitney anchors an outstanding day of live racing Saturday that also includes the Grade 1, $500,000 Test, the Grade 3 Fasig-Tipton Waya, the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure.”  NYRA press release 8-2-16

HAMBLETONIAN

The day kicks off with an early opening at 11:45am and an early 12 noon start, $2,525,000 in purses, and 16 races Saturday at The Meadowlands harness track. The highlight of the card is the $1,000,000 Hambletonian Open Final. Hambo Final participants must first race in the heats earlier on the card. Hambo Eliminations are races 8 (2:50pm) and race 9 (3:20pm). The Hambo Final is race 13 at 5:10pm.  There are ten Grand Circuit races on the card today. Three guaranteed pools. The Hambletonian Oaks is race 12 at 4:35pm including an Oaks/Hambo Double. See the sign & link for more details. http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

According to a USTA post @ustrotting.com Meadowlands has signed a contract extension to host the Hambletonian through 2021. More Hambo fun facts: Did you know the Hambletonian is the only harness race that strictly prohibits race-day medication? The Hambletonian began in 1926 and was brought to NJ in 1981. The Hambletonian is the first leg of the harness trot Triple Crown. The Yonkers Trot is leg 2 on August 27, and the Kentucky Futurity is leg 3 on October 9.

MOUNTAINEER

There’s an early 2:00pm post at Mountaineer this Saturday for the grade 2 $750,000 West Virginia Derby. A whopping $1,650,000 in purses and nine stakes are included on today’s matinee card.

SUNDAY

There’s plenty more sizzling stakes action on Sunday for the free branch handicapping contest at nine different OTB branches around NY and more next Sunday too. Saratoga features the $100,000 Alydar during sunday’s contest. See the sign and link for more details.  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

There’s plenty of harness events this Sunday evening as well. Use your Interbets account after branches close Sunday evening. Open an account in minutes here: https://wagering.interbets.com/firsttime/firstTimeUsage.do?type=n

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

First race post time 1 p.m. – $150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning in Race 5

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6:30pm and *Aug 27 2pm-4:30pm
Aug 4,5,6,7,8,   10,11,12,13,14,  15,17,18,19,20,21  22,24,25,26,27*,28  29,31,Sept1,2,4 & 5.

NY Harness – Weekly NYSS & Excelsior Races at Tioga (5th), Vernon (6th), Batavia (7th), Monticello (8th), Saratoga Harness (9th), and Yonkers (11th).
~ Grand Circuit Racing…
Ten events August 6 at The Meadowlands.

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, August 6  - WHITNEY – Saratoga
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The monthly calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • July 31 Monmouth early post 12 noon, Haskell Day.
  • August 1 Thistledown changed to a 1:40pm post daily.
  • August 4 Gulfstream changed to a 1:00pm post all Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Saturday’s post is now 12:35pm.
  • August 6 Mountaineer special, early post 2:00pm
  • August 7 Sizzling Summer Saratoga Handicapping Contest at OTB http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/
  • August 15 Harrington H reopens 5:00pm
  • August 17 Fair Grounds Quarter Horse meet opens
  • August 26 Del Mar 6:30pm post
  • August 26 Freehold H 12:30pm post
  • August 26 Advance Bet the Travers Stakes
  • August 27 Travers Stakes Day. 1st race post 11:35am & betting opens 11:15am.

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7/28/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

SATURDAY

HARNESS – The Meadows harness track has an early 12 noon post this Saturday. The Meadows offers a full card including seven stakes highlighted by the $125,000 Addio Volo and the $500,000 Adios. The Meadows offers a total seven Grand Circuit races Saturday.  The Meadowlands offers the Hambletonian Oaks Eliminations and the Reynolds Memorial, both are part of the Grand Circuit.

THOROUGHBREDS – Throughout the day there are stakes galore for your wagering pleasure highlighted by Saratoga and Del Mar.  Saratoga offers the grade 1 $350,000 Alfred G Vanderbilt Hcp and three grade 2 races: $600,000 Jim Dandy, Bowling Green Hcp, and Amsterdam.  Del Mar offers the grade 1 $300,000 Clement. L Hirsch.  Gulfstream Park revised early post is 12:45pm for Saturday only.

QUARTER HORSE – Our quarter horse offerings have been growing with the addition of a new fan favorite Ruidoso Downs. This Saturday Ruidoso three stakes, but our long-time fan favorite Los Alamitos takes the spotlight back this Saturday with California Champions Night. Los Al’s card includes the $425,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity, $225,000 Governor’s Cup Derby, and the $100,000 Childers Ca Breeders Championship Hcp.

SUNDAY

Wow! A great Sunday is planned and kicks off with an early 11:30am opening at OTB. Monmouth has an early 12 noon start July 31 and features a 14 race card. It’s Haskell Day!  Monmouth offers a $400,000 guaranteed Pick 4 beginning in race 9 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 5 beginning in race 10. Monmouth race 9 also offers the 123 wager.  The Haskell is race 12 at 5:47pm.  The Haskell is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race for the Classic.  Beside live simulcast at branches and live stream to our Interbets account holders you may watch national NBC-TV coverage from 4-5pm.  Multiple reports say Nyquist and Gun Runner may be battling it out in the Haskell this year.

Saratoga will offer two six figure stakes on Sunday and Del Mar offers the grade 1 $300,000 Bing Crosby, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for the Sprint. Ruidoso Quarter horse track once again offers a huge card including 10 stakes races.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

First race post time 1 p.m.
$150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning in Race 5

Effective Friday, July 22, 2016: “New York State Gaming Commission rules governing the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 will go into effect on Friday, July 22… The bettor-friendly changes, adopted in April, impact when a pool gets refunded as well as the major and minor split on the Pick 6 when races are taken off the turf… “  NYRA press release 7-14-16. More details available at Catskill OTB branches.

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm July 28,29,30,31 and
Aug 1,  3,4,5,6,7,8,  10,11,12,13,14,15  17,18,19,20,21,22  24,25,26,27,28,29  & 31.

NY Harness – Weekly NYSS & Excelsior Races at Tioga (July 29th) Yonkers (Aug.1st) and Saratoga Harness (2nd).

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Sunday, July 31 – Haskell at Monmouth > Classic

Sunday, July 31 – Bing Crosby at Del Mar > Sprint
~ Grand Circuit Racing…
July 29 & 30 at The Meadowlands and The Meadows.

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, July 31  - HASKELL – Monmouth
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~Free Handicapping Contest…
The Sizzling Saratoga Summer Series is here! Nine contests will be held next Sunday, August 7,2016 and Eight contests Sunday, August 14, 2016 at an OTB near you.  Earn points in the FREE contests for a free spot in the Interbets VIP Big Money Contest this Fall!  Details here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~Horse News…

Chromey Alert!  California Chrome battled it out for a victory over Dortmund last Saturday in the San Diego Handicap. So far multiple reports state both are expected to run in the Pacific Classic August 20. Who else is looking forward to this rematch?!

Pegasus is alive and well at Gulfstream Park. The Pegasus World Cup was granted grade 1 status for its first run in 2017. The Pegasus was formerly known as the Donn Handicap.  http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/new-pegasus-world -cup-invitational-awarded-grade-1-status/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • July 16 Arlington revised post 3pm all Saturdays.
  • July 29 Northland Park revised post today 3:00pm
  • July 30 Gulfstream revised early post today 12:45pm
  • July 30 The Meadows Harness Track early post 12 noon.
  • July 31 Monmouth early post 12 noon, Haskell Day.

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7/21/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

FRIDAY

It’s officially Saratoga summertime, opening day Friday, July 22, post time 1:00pm.

SATURDAY

It’s here! The first Saratoga Saturday includes grade 1 $500,000 Diana and grade 3 $150,000 Sanford.

One of our newest track offerings is proving to be popular with our quarter horse players. Ruidoso quarter horse tracks features the grade 1 $1,200,000 Rainbow QH Derby Final and two more stakes races Saturday.

Note, Gulfstream has a revised post Saturday to 12:45pm and Arlington’s revised post is 3:00pm.

There’s plenty of action in Saratoga both day and night with the Saratoga harness track featuring the $250,000 Joe Gerrity. If you can be there you should be with us.

SUNDAY

The first Saratoga Sunday includes the grade 1 $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks featuring Songbird and Miss Temple City. http://www.paulickreport.com/news/throughbred-racing/songbird-miss-temple-city-highlight-opening-weekend-saratoga/

Ruidoso offers two stakes today including the $1,000,000 Rainbow QH Futurity Final.

Have your Interbets Account ready for Sunday evening for the $700,000 Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs harness track. Their special late post 6:45pm is after branch closing time.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Congrats to jockey Jose Ortiz, trainer Chad Brown, and leading owner Michael Dubb for winning Belmont’s Spring 2016 meet titles.  This is Ortiz’s third straight title, Dubb’s first and Brown “won at a nearly 29 percent clip” according to the NYRA press release last Sunday.

July 22 Saratoga kicks off the 148th meet for 40 days including 69 stakes worth $18.725 million in purses. The Whitney is scheduled for August 6 and the Travers Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, August 27.  “First post time is 1 p.m. on Friday, with gates opening at 11 a.m. Opening Day will kick off with a pair of graded stakes: the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 3, $200,000 Lake George for 3-year-old turf fillies as well as a $150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6.” NYRA press release 7-18-16

Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list is posted  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/nyra/

“The time-tested traditions of two-year-olds and turf racing highlight Friday’s Opening Day stakes at Saratoga Race Course as the historic track opens its gates for its 148th meet.  First race post time for the 10-race card is 1 p.m., with a $150,000 Guaranteed Pick 6 beginning in Race 5.” NYRA press release 7-19-16

“New York State Gaming Commission rules governing the Pick 4, Pick 5 and Pick 6 will go into effect on Friday, July 22, opening day at Saratoga Race Course. The bettor-friendly changes, adopted in April, impact when a pool gets refunded as well as the major and minor split on the Pick 6 when races are taken off the turf… “  NYRA press release 7-14-16. OTB branches have more details available at every branch.

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm July 22,23,24,25,27,28,29,30,and 31

NY Harness – Weekly NYSS & Excelsior Races at Saratoga Harness (23rd), Vernon (24th), Batavia Downs (25th), and Saratoga Harness (27th).
~ Grand Circuit Racing…
July 23 At Saratoga Harness, The Meadowlands, The Meadows

July 24 Vernon Downs

Full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/2016-grand-circuit-harness-racing/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 23  - DIANA – Saratoga
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • July 16 Arlington revised post 3pm all Saturdays.
  • July 22 Saratoga opening day, 1pm.
  • July 23 Gulfstream revised special post this date only 12:45pm
  • July 25 Batavia Downs NY harness track opens, post 6:15pm
  • July 26 Prince of Wales (leg 2 of Canada’s Triple Crown) at Fort Erie, post 4:15pm
  • July 30 The Meadows Harness Track early post 12 noon.

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7/14/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

FRIDAY

Interbets declares weekends officially three days long, Fridays through Sundays, for the rest of the summer with the opening of Del Mar this Friday, July 15. Post time is 5:05pm. After this week Del Mar’s Friday posts will move to 7:00pm.  Next Friday, July 22 Saratoga opens and the real fun begins! Post time 1:00pm.

SATURDAY

With the first Del Mar weekend upon us they’ll kick off the stakes with the grade 2 $200,000 Yellow Ribbon.  As great as the first Del Mar Saturday is to some the day offers up plenty of big stakes elsewhere. Delaware Park features our biggest event of the day with four stakes events and over $1m in purses highlighted by the grade 1 $750,000 Delaware Handicap and grade 3 $200,000 Kent Stakes.  Belmont won’t be out done on their final Saturday featuring the $150,000 Forbidden Apple and the $125,000 Rockville Centre for NY Breds. Northlands offers 6 stakes, and Indiana Grand offers over $1m in purses and 6 stakes.  GULFSTREAM UPDATE: In order to accommodate a 12 race card, the first post from Gulfstream Park on Saturday, July 16, will be 12:45 p.m.  Gulfstream will also be offering an additional Pick 4 starting in race 5.

Saturday is also a huge evening for harness fans with over $2.5m in stakes at The Meadowlands. The $750,000 Meadowlands Pace highlights a card filled with a huge undercard of six additional Finals and eight total stakes. All eight races are part of the Grand Circuit. Remember Meadowlands has an early 6:30pm post and a MANDATORY Jackpot Super Hi5 payout on the 12th race (carryover $267,769).  The 12th race is a major stakes event –The Golden Girls for older pacing mares – with a field of 12 going a mile-and-an-eighth.  Yonkers offers the $100,000 LB Sheppard Final which is also part of the Grand Circuit.

SUNDAY

Sadly Belmont must end to make way for summer days at Saratoga, but who would complain about that?  Before Belmont runs the final card on Sunday they’ll give us one more NY Bred event downstate, the $125,000 Lynbrook will close out the season.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Watch Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm July 14,15,16,17

July 22 Saratoga kicks off the 148th meet for 40 days including 69 stakes worth $18.725 million in purses. The Whitney is scheduled for August 6 and the Travers Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, August 27.

Watch Saratoga Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm July 22,23,24,25,27,28,29,30,and 31

NY Harness – Weekly NYSS & Excelsior Races at Yonkers (15th), Buffalo Raceway (17th), Yonkers (18th), Buffalo (20th), and Vernon Downs (21st).

~The Downs at Albuquerque change in format…
Beginning Wednesday, July 20 The Downs will run thoroughbred races first on the card on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Quarter Horse races will run after the thoroughbreds.  They are also moving the Pick 4 races 3-6 and adding a late Pick 3 beginning in race 8.  On Sundays only the Quarter Horse races will be before the thoroughbreds on the card.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 16  -  DELAWARE HANDICAP
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~NYS Lottery at OTB…

July 2016 Quick Draw Bonus at your local OTB: Buy $10 or more of Quick Draw on one ticket in July Thursdays 5-7pm and receive 50% bonus on all winnings on that ticket.

Play “Quick Draw Extra” during Power Hours: July 2016 Tuesdays 5-7pm


The Lottery introduced a new dimension in scratch-off Game play this week with 3D Reveal Technology. Check it out:

  1. Download the “NYLottery3D” mobile app from the app stores (iOS=iTunes; Android=Google Play)
  2. Scan the QR code on point-of-sale signs displayed at the OTB lottery window
  3. Go to NYLottery3D.com for more details.

The first 3D game is GOLD CASTLE with a top prize of $250,000. There are two ways to play:

  1. Buy the game card at your local OTB.
  2. Scratch it off the traditional way OR
  3. Play in 3D on a smartphone or mobile device by first scratching the top half of the ticket to activate the 3D play feature.
  4. Hold your device over the ticket to automatically launch the 3D game on your device.
  5. Tap the Gold Castle windows to reveal any possible prize and also earn “experience points”. Share the experience on social media. You must have the app to earn points. Points leaders will be listed on the app’s points list for bragging rights only.

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7/7/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
FRIDAY

New York takes center stage this weekend beginning with Belmont’s twilight post on Friday, July 8 at 3:05pm and a Friday guaranteed Late Pick 4 of $250,000. Friday also features a Pick 6 carryover of $67,170.

SATURDAY

The next day Saturday, July 9 there’s an early 12:30pm post.  Belmont announced “the third edition of the internationally themed Stars & Stripes Racing Festival on July 9 highlighted by the Grade 1 $1.25m Belmont Derby Invitational for 3-year-olds and the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational for 3-year-old fillies, both at 1 ¼ miles on the turf.”  This year’s Stars & Stripes offers $3.8 million in purses.   NBC-TV will offer Belmont racing coverage 4:30pm-6:00pm including three of the six big graded stakes: Belmont Oaks, Belmont Derby and Suburban.  There are four guaranteed wagers Saturday:  $500,000 Late Pick 4, $300,000 Pick 6, $250,000 Pick 5, and $250,000 Closing Daily Double beginning in Race 10.

Plenty of sizzling stakes at other thoroughbred tracks including Arlington Park featuring four six figure grade 3 stakes on Saturday. Delaware Park features 11 races, four stakes including two six figure grade 3 stakes, and an added Pick 4 in races 7-10. There’s even more stakes from Monmouth, Lone Star, Ellis Park, Parx Racing, and Santa Anita. Delta Downs Quarter Horse Meet’s closing night features the Louisiana Showcase Night with 8 stakes and $1m in purses.

Suffolk Downs makes a brief appearance on the schedule Saturday and Sunday, post time 12:35pm. Saturday’s race 3 will be Win wagering only. Sunday will now have 11 races. Suffolk expects to race six total live days in 2016.

Meadowlands steals the show for harness players on Saturday with the $250,000 Trot & $250,000 Pace Graduate Finals, Reynolds, and the Meadowlands Pace Eliminations (final next Saturday). Yonkers offers the LB Sheppard Eliminations as well, the Meadows offers the $200,000 PA.S.S., and Mohawk offers the ONSS.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Watch Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm July 8,10,13,14,15,16,17,22,23,24,25,27,28,29,30,and 31.

July 8 Belmont twilight racing post 3:05pm.
July 9 is the Stars & Stripes Festival at Belmont Park, special early post 12:30pm.

July 22 Saratoga kicks off the 148th meet for 40 days including 69 stakes worth $18.725 million in purses. The Whitney is scheduled for August 6 and the Travers Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, August 27.

Weekly NYSS & Excelsior Races at the NY Harness tracks:
July 8 Saratoga Harness, July 10 Tioga, July 11 Yonkers, July 12 Monticello, July 13 Buffalo, July 14 Yonkers
~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 9  -  BELMONT DERBY INVITATIONAL
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Saturday, July 9 – BELMONT OAKS INVITATIONAL

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~NYS Lottery at OTB…

The Lottery introduced a new dimension in scratch-off Game play this week with 3D Reveal Technology. Check it out:

  1. Download the “NYLottery3D” mobile app from the app stores (iOS=iTunes; Android=Google Play)
  2. Scan the QR code on point-of-sale signs displayed at the OTB lottery window
  3. Go to NYLottery3D.com for more details.

The first 3D game is GOLD CASTLE with a top prize of $250,000. There are two ways to play:

  1. Buy the game card at your local OTB.
  2. Scratch it off the traditional way OR
  3. Play in 3D on a smartphone or mobile device by first scratching the top half of the ticket to activate the 3D play feature.
  4. Hold your device over the ticket to automatically launch the 3D game on your device.
  5. Tap the Gold Castle windows to reveal any possible prize and also earn “experience points”. Share the experience on social media. You must have the app to earn points. Points leaders will be listed on the app’s points list for bragging rights only.

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • July 8 Monticello H is racing today, post 12:50pm
  • July 8 Belmont twilight racing, post 3:05pm
  • July 13 & 14 Belmont is racing this Wednesday and Thursday.
  • July 15 Del Mar opens.
  • July 22 Saratoga opening day, 1pm.
  • July 26 Prince of Wales (leg 2 of Canada’s Triple Crown) at Fort Erie, post 4:15pm
  • July 30 The Meadows Harness Track early post 12 noon.

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7/1/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
Happy Independence Day & be safe! The long holiday weekend schedule is bursting with great racing and sizzling stakes.

FRIDAY

Most started this celebrations today to make it a four day weekend. Kick off your holiday with today’s whopping carryover at Churchill Downs Friday, July 1st Pick 6 starts $692,858.58. Belmont offers a twilight 3:05pm post today.

Tioga Harness track offers Tompkins-Geers races today (and Monday).

SATURDAY

Gulfstream offers an early 12:15pm post Saturday and the much anticipated “Summit of Speed” card. Featuring over one million in purses for nine stakes highlighted by the grade 2 Princess Rooney, the Equibase feature race – link below, and the grade 2 Smile sprint. Both races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races – link below.   Prairie Meadows Iowa Festival of Racing continues today with two stakes highlighted by the grade 3 $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap.

Belmont offers two big stakes Saturday, the grade 1 Mother Goose and the Perfect sting. The evening continues with thoroughbred racing at Evangeline for Louisiana Legends, eight stakes totaling $775,000 in purses.

On Saturday Grand Circuit racing takes place at the Goshen Historic Track, a non-wagering venue. If you are in the area for the Landmark races in Goshen be sure to visit Delancey’s Restaurant right next door. Delancey’s has a perfect view of the track and offers OTB simulcast and wagering. You can enjoy Goshen and won’t miss your day’s wagering either. Perfect!  Stay for dinner at Delancey’s and Pocono Downs harness racing. Pocono offers the $1.8m Sun Stakes Saturday evening featuring fourteen races and four big finals: Ben Franklin, Earl Beal, Max Hempt, and James Lynch. Pocono’s races are all part of the Grand Circuit Schedule. Mohawk offers ONSS Gold races and Meadowlands has an early 6:30pm post this evening.

SUNDAY

Woodbine is the place to be this Sunday with and early noon post and four big stakes highlighted by the 157th $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate, race 10 at 5:36pm. There are four guaranteed pools on the card: $300,000 Late Pick 4 (10-13), $150,000 Early Pick 4 (4-7), $100,000 Late Pick 5 (6-10), and $50,000 Early Pick 5 (2-6).  Belmont offers two six figure NY Breds races. Woodbine boasts “Thirteen of the best three-year-olds foaled in Canada will head to the post, looking to add their name to the list of Canadian bread greats (in this year’s Queen’s Plate)”. The Sunday Card will also feature four turf stakes races.

The Queen’s Plate is the first leg of Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing. It is 1 ¼ miles over Woodbine’s tapeta surface. Woodbine boasts “The Queen’s Plate is North America’s oldest continuously run stakes race”.  Leg 2 is the $500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie Tuesday, July 26. Leg 2 is 1 3/8miles on dirt. Leg 3 is the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes back at Woobine on Sunday, August 21. Leg 3 is on the turf course at 1 ½ miles.
MONDAY

HAPPY JULY 4TH – Seems everyone is racing on the Monday holiday! Check the calendar for all the tracks racing today. Belmont & Santa Anita both offer two $100,000 races. A fan favorite Parx Racing offers the grade 3 $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial.  Tioga Harness Track offers Tompkins-Geer races.  Note, branches will close by 7:30pm today.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…

Watch Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm July 2,3,4,8,10,13,14,15,16,17,22,23,24,25,27,28,29,30,and 31.

July 8 Belmont twilight racing post 3:05pm.
July 9 is the Stars & Stripes Festival at Belmont Park, special early post 12:30pm.

July 22 Saratoga kicks off the 148th meet for 40 days including 69 stakes worth $18.725 million in purses. The Whitney is scheduled for August 6 and the Travers Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, August 27.
~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 2  -  PRIINCESS ROONEY HANDICAP – Gulfstream
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm
~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Saturday, July 2 – Princess Rooney Handicap – Gulfstream
Saturday, July 2 – Smile sprint Handicap – Gulfstream

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • July 2 Gulfstream 12:15pm
  • July 2 Ellis Park opens today, post 1:50pm
  • July 2 Meadowlands early post 6:30pm
  • July 3 Woodbine early post 12:00pm
  • July 4 Belmont is racing today. Special post 1:30pm.
  • July 8 Monticello H is racing today, post 12:50pm
  • July 13 & 14 Belmont is racing this Wednesday and Thursday.
  • July 21 OTB offers an all new track Ajax Downs Quarter Horse Track from Canada.
  • July 22 Saratoga opening day, 1pm.
  • July 26 Prince of Wales (leg 2 of Canada’s Triple Crown) at Fort Erie, post 4:15pm
  • July 30 The Meadows Harness Track early post 12 noon.

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6/23/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

Belmont has another twilight card Friday. First post is 3:05pm.  The Meadowlands features a Grand Circuit Race Friday, the A.J. Cutler Memorial.
Harness Handicap Contest at 11 branches Friday. Details here plus two other branches will play the OTB Game Friday night.  Details here.

Saturday features 49 tracks highlighted by Belmont’s grade 3 $150,000 Bed O’ Roses Handicap, Thistledowns’ $500,000 Ohio Derby, and Santa Anita’s grade 1 $500,000 Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race for the Classic in November and will be featured on NBCSN 8-9pm Saturday evening. There are eight contenders, a virtual who’s who list of runners including Hoppertunity, Hard Aces, and Melatonin. Approximate post is 8:45pm.

NYRA reports the Bed O’ Roses for fillies and mares at seven furlongs has six entries. The morning line favorite is Wavell Avenue at 6-5 from post 2 with Joel Rosario aboard. “Wavell Avenue will shoulder the field high weight of 123 as she drops down from Grade 1 company for the first time this year.” NY is represented by Bar of Gold in post 3, carrying 117lbs. and jockey Junior Alvarado, 4-1 odds.

Saturday evening includes plenty for harness fans. There are Grand Circuit races at Pocono Downs. Saturday’s elimination races at Pocono are for the Benjamin Franklin, Max Hempt, Earl Beal Jr, and James Lynch. Finals are next Saturday, July 2.   Vernon Downs features four Zweig Memorial races. Two finals and two consolations for 3 year-old colt trotters and 3 year-old filly trotters.

NY harness continues with featured races on Sunday with the NYSS and Excelsior races at Buffalo Raceway.  Back on the thoroughbred side Belmont also features NYSS with two six figure races, the Cupecoy’s Joy division and the Spectacular Bid division.  Woodbine thoroughbreds features the $125,000 Frost King. Sunday includes thirty tracks total to choose from.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Saturday, June 25 – Gold Cup – Santa Anita

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~ A NY minute…

Watch Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm June 23, 24, 25(BedO’Roses), and 26 (Spectacular Bid).
July 1,2,3,4,8,10,13,14,15,16,17,22,23,24,25,27,28,29,30,and 31.

It was reported in the Blood-horse that Songbird is headed to the east for “a campaign that will likely include the  July 24 Coaching Club American Oaks… and Aug. 20 Alabama.”  NYRA has also released Saratoga’s 2016 stakes list. “The 40 day meet… includes 69 stakes  worth $18.725 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 22 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5… Wednesdays through Mondays.” The 147th Travers Stakes is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2016.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, June 25  -  GOLD CUP – Santa Anita
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • June 16-30 Santa Anita revised daily post 4:30pm
  • June 24 Belmont late post 3:05pm
  • June 26 Rideau cancelled racing today.
  • July 4 Belmont is racing today. Special post 1:30pm.

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6/17/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

The weekend has something for everyone!  Belmont starts things off Friday with a twilight card. First post is 3:05pm. Remember Belmont will have a twilight card next Friday, June 24 too.

Saturday will be the chock full of great racing from Belmont’s grade 3 $300,000 Poker to five graded stakes and over $1.1 million in purses at Churchill highlighted by the grade 1 $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap. Churchill has a late 6:00pm post Saturday. There’s also Ruidoso Quarter Horse Track featuring the grade 3 $350,000 Mountain Top New Mexico Bred QH Futurity Final.  In addition, Monmouth has NJ bred and Woodbine has Ontario bred races all Saturday.

On the harness side of life Mohawk out shines them all on Saturday evening with over $2,440,000 in purses including the 33rd edition of the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup Final. Mohawk has an early 6:30pm post Saturday.  Elimination winner Betting Line (5-2) selected post 3. Elimination winner Boston Red Rocks (3-5) opted for post 4. Boston Red Rocks, son of Rocknroll Hanover, was the 2015 two-year-old pacing colt Dan Patch award winner.

Mohawk has a Mandatory payout of the Jackpot Hi5 in race 15 and a current value at $484,912.44.  The Fan Hanover, race 9 at 9:15pm starts the $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4. There’s also a guaranteed Pick 4 beginning in race 4 at 7:27pm and a $50,000 guaranteed Pick 5 in race 1 at the special early post 6:30pm.  The other stakes are Armbro Flight (race 3), Goodtimes (race 5), Fan Hanover (race 9), Gold Cup (race 10), Roses are Red (race 11), and North America Cup (race 12, 10:40pm).

Sunday is no slouch with thirty-one tracks offered at Interbets and Catskill OTB branches. Cheers for six figure stakes including Belmont’s Wild Applause, Monmouth’s Pegasus, Santa Anita’s grade 2 Honeymoon, and more from Canterbury & Presque Isle.  Heads up! Santa Anita revised special early 3:00pm post on Sunday.

NY harness fans will enjoy Tioga Downs’ $175,000 Roll With Joe during the day and get your Interbets Account funded for the after hours betting. Vernon Downs has a late 6:45pm post and two Empire Breeders’ Classics. Pocono Downs has a 7:30pm post highlighted by a PA.S.S.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~2016 Triple Crown Results…

May 7 Kentucky Derby winner is NYQUIST.

May 21 Preakness Stakes winner is EXAGGERATOR.

June 11 Belmont Stakes winner is CREATOR

Now on to the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Saturday, June 18 -  Stephen Foster Hcp – Churchill

Saturday, June 18 -  Fleur de Lis Hcp – Churchill

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~ A NY minute…

Watch Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm June 16,17,18,19,22,23,24,25,26.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, June 18  -    STEPHEN FOSTER – Churchill
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • June 16-30 Santa Anita revised daily post 4:30pm
  • June 17 Belmont late post 3:05pm
  • June 18 Churchill late post 6:00pm
  • June 18 Canterbury revised special post 1:15pm
  • June 18 Delta Downs revised early post 4:50pm
  • June 19 Santa Anita revised special early post 3:00pm eastern.
  • June 24 Belmont late post 3:05pm

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6/9/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

It’s all about Belmont this weekend beginning today. The Belmont Racing Festival is today, Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11.  Post time Friday is 12:50pm and Saturday is 11:35am.  Belmont is still racing Sunday, June 12 as well at their regular 1:30pm post.

Heads up to Interbets Account Holders! Interbets sent you a Belmont Stakes Gift via email. Check your in-box. Contact “> or call us at 888FUN@BET if you didn’t get it yet.

See the Belmont page at Interbets.com for all the links and information you may want to know about Belmont Stakes here:  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/belmont-stakes-information/

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~2016 Triple Crown…

May 7 Kentucky Derby winner is NYQUIST.

May 21 Preakness Stakes winner is EXAGGERATOR.

June 11 Belmont Stakes… to be determined!!!

~ A NY minute…

Watch Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm June 9,12,15,16,17,18,19,22,23,24,25,26.
~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, June 11  -  BELMONT STAKES
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ RAINCHECK FOR TOBY CALLET!
Due to circumstances beyond our control Toby will not make it to our area this trip. Better luck next time.  We’ll still get all his daily picks!
~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Saturday, June 11 -  Metropolitan Handicap – Belmont Park

Saturday, June 11 -  Ogden Phipps  –  Belmont Park

The NYRA will host a combined fifteen Breeders’ Cup Challenge races between Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.  The nine Challenge races to be conducted at Belmont is the most of any track in the 2016 series.

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • June 1-12 Yonkers is closed
  • June 9 Belmont Racing Festival, post 1:00pm
  • June 10 Belmont Racing Festival, post 12:50pm, Advance Bet Belmont Stakes
  • June 11 Belmont Racing Festival, post 11:35am, Belmont Stakes today!
  • June 17 Belmont late post 3:05pm
  • June 18 Churchill late post 6:00pm
  • June 24 Belmont late post 3:05pm

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6/2/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
The weekend’s feature race comes from one of our popular evening thoroughbred tracks, Penn National. Penn will have a regular 6:00pm post this Saturday and features the grade 3 $500,000 Penn Mile.  This weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race is the Shoemaker at Santa Anita.

Note, Gulfstream Park has moved their first post to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, to accommodate the 12 race Summit of Speed Preview program.

The upcoming week’s harness races in the NYSS & Excelsior Series are:
June 3 – Saratoga – 3yo Filly Pace
June 6 – Monticello – 3yo Colt Pace

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~2016 Triple Crown…

May 7 Kentucky Derby winner is NYQUIST.

May 21 Preakness Stakes winner is EXAGGERATOR.

June 11 Belmont Stakes…

The third leg of the Crown is the Belmont Stakes next Saturday, June 11. Derby winner Nyquist will not run. Preakness winner Exaggerator is planning to run.  With or without a Triple Crown in contention this should be a worthy Belmont Stakes with plenty of competition. More details next week. The 148th Belmont Stakes draw will be held on Wednesday, June 8 at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan and a “Belmont Stakes Preview” on MSG+ from 6-6:30pm.

~ A NY minute…

Watch Belmont Park Live on MSG+ from 4pm-6pm June 2,3,4 and 5.

The Belmont Festival June 9-11 features two new marathon races in 2016 the Coronation and Rags to Riches. According to a NYRA press release next Thursday, June 9 is the $200,000 Belmont Coronation Invitational at 1 15/16 miles on the turf for fillies and mares. This race was created as a sister race to the 2 mile Belmont Gold Cup that will run June 10. On Friday, June 10 is the second marathon race, the $150,000 Rags to Riches Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the dirt is for fillies and mares. The Rags to Riches is the only dirt race in the United States beyond 1 ¼ miles strictly for fillies and mares.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, June 4  -  PENN MILE – Penn National
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Belmont Seminar results are in…
Bob Ehalt & Shawn Rychling spent their Memorial weekend Saturday, May 28 with fans at Pearl River OTB.
There were plenty of free bets given away on Saturday. It was an “OTB Bettor Day” exclusively at Pearl River OTB.   Congratulations to the one of the “Beat The Pro” game winners, Mr. Mayo Credle pictured here with Hot List Handicapper Shawn Rychling on Saturday. Mayo swept a three race pot of free bets away from the Pros. Congrats also to Gerald L. who won the drawing for the Belmont Showcase Day $25 Bet.  Anyone who followed the Hot List Team’s advice was also happy when their Saturday picks gave out a winning Trifecta.

Thanks Bob & Shawn for having some fun with us and sharing your expertise. See you at the Fall Showcase Seminar, details to follow after the summer.
~ TOBY CALLET IS COMING! TOBY CALLET IS COMING!
Meet & greet, discuss Belmont, Gulfstream and handicap the day’s races with professional handicapper Toby Callet. If we can make it happen then all the details will be in next week’s newsletter.

Plans are in the works to have professional handicapper Toby Callet make an appearance at an OTB in the Hudson Valley, possibly June 15! Save the date! Rumor has it Toby will be in our area during the days around the Belmont Stakes. If you’d like to just meet Toby or discuss handicapping the day’s card with Toby let us know you’re out there by sending a quick email to . We’ll email back the details of the event as soon as it’s finalized that we can actually make this happen on June 15. Announcements will be posted at branches too.

Yes, of course there will be fun and games, and free bets too! Stay tuned!
~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…

Winners earn automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Saturday, June 4   -  SHOEMAKER MILE  – Santa Anita
Saturday, June 11 -  Metropolitan Handicap – Belmont Park

Saturday, June 11 -  Ogden Phipps  –  Belmont Park

The NYRA will host a combined fifteen Breeders’ Cup Challenge races between Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.  The nine Challenge races to be conducted at Belmont is the most of any track in the 2016 series.

See the full schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The June calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • June 1-12 Yonkers is closed
  • June 3 Finger Lakes is racing this Friday, post 12:35pm.
  • June 3 Monticello H is racing this Friday, post 12:50pm.
  • June 4 Georgian Downs
  • June 9 Belmont Festival, post 1:00pm
  • June 10 Belmont Festival, post 12:50pm, Advance Bet Belmont Stakes
  • June 11 Belmont Festival, post 11:35am, Belmont Stakes today!
  • June 17 Belmont late post 3:05pm
  • June 18 Churchill late post 6:00pm
  • June 24 Belmont late post 3:05pm

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5/26/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

Much appreciation goes out to all those who serve or have served in our military. Special thanks and remembrance this Memorial weekend for those who gave all in the line of service and their families.

This Saturday, May 28 Belmont offers the $100,000 Paradise Creek. Join us at Pearl River OTB for the Free Belmont Seminar and meet Bob Ehalt, just back from the Preakness where he was recognized with yet another journalism award as was mentioned in previous newsletters. Discuss the Paradise Creek and the whole card with Bob and Shawn our Interbets bloggers, Hot List Handicappers and all around great guys. Hear what they have to say about the Showcase card and Belmont Stakes too. WIN FREE BETS WHILE YOU’RE THERE TOO!  See the seminar details below.

Saturday is also the big Yonkers finals for the Art Rooney and Lismore. NYSS and Excelsior races at Vernon Downs Saturday. Meadowlands offers NJSS both Friday and Saturday. Western Fair ends Friday with a final card you won’t want to miss including the $150,000 Molson Pace (race 12) featuring State Treasurer, 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year. Western Fair post is 7:05pm. The Meadows is racing at 5:00pm this Friday, May 27. More NYSS at Tioga on Sunday.

Belmont will race on Monday, May 30, post time 1:30pm, featuring the NY Spring Showcase Day with six NY bred stakes worth $900,000. There’s a guaranteed $350,000 Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6.  Additional coverage of the races on MSG+ from 4-6pm.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~2016 Triple Crown…

No chance for a Triple Crown this year. Congrats to Exaggerator for winning the Preakness Stakes on May 20.

The third leg of the Crown is the Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 11. Derby winner Nyquist will not run in the Belmont Stakes due to the after effects of a fever detected after the Preakness Stakes.  With or without a Triple Crown in contention this should be a worthy Belmont Stakes with plenty of competition. Exaggerator and other Derby and Preakness runners will be in attendance. More details next week.

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/pegasus-world-cup-oversubscribed-reddam-mcingvale-purchase-spots/

The Thoroughbred Daily News interview reported by Bill Finley on May 22, 2016 introduces Dan Schafer one of the Pegasus spot owners. Mr. Schafer discusses the possibility of a World Triple Crown event possibly involving the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup and the Dubai World Cup. Wouldn’t that be something?!
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/pegasus-world-cup-mystery-man-schafer-has-lofty-goals/
~ A NY minute…

As of Thursday, May 26 here are the new Belmont guarantees!!!
$250,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on weekdays;
$350,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 on Sundays;
$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Monday, May 30  -  LONE STAR PARK HANDICAP
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Free Belmont Seminar at OTB Saturday, May 28! WIN FREE BETS…
Bob Ehalt & Shawn Rychling will spend their Memorial weekend Saturday, May 28 with you at Pearl River OTB. Starts at 1pm. Bob Ehalt will just be getting back from the Preakness where he accepted yet another award for excellence in journalism from the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico Race Course. Congratulate Bob in person May 28. The seminar is a chance to meet our Interbets Hot List handicappers and bloggers. Discuss the day’s card, prepare for the Spring Showcase Day happening two days later, have some fun and WIN FREE BETS, all in a casual, low key atmosphere.

~ICYMI…
The Pegasus World Cup is an all new idea allowing twelve owners to buy a starting space in the $12,000,000 race. Each spot is $1,000,000. All twelve spots have already sold out. Seems there are some high hopes for this race. This race is 1 1/8 mile on the dirt and will replace the Donn Handicap on the calendar according the article below.

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge…

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge races have begun. See the schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The May calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • May 5 Golden Gate revised daily post 4:45pm
  • May 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 and Monday, May 30 add Fairmount Park, Tuesdays 2pm, Sats 8:30pm
  • May 11, 18, 25 Hawthorne cancelled racing all Wednesdays.
  • May 17 Add Running Aces Harness Track every Tuesday (8pm), Saturday(7pm) and Sunday(7pm)
  • May 31 The June calendar will be posted by today or sooner.
  • June 1-12 Yonkers is closed

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5/19/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

See all the Preakness details below. The Preakness fun begins on Friday with advance betting, a special two-day Double at Pimlico, and 50 additional tracks to choose from. OTB & Interbets betting opens at 11:00am Friday.

In addition to the Preakness, Belmont Park will offer the grade 3 $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap and the $100,000 Soaring Softly.  Belmont revised post for this Saturday is now 12:40pm.  Saturday evening offers plenty for our harness players with the highly anticipated $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, The Art Rooney & Lismore Elimination races at Yonkers Raceway (Finals May 28), and the NYSS and Excelsior races at Vernon Downs.

Sunday offers stakes from several tracks: Woodbine, Canterbury, Remington Q, Emerald, Santa Anita, and Pocono Downs. Remember Pocono is after hour so have your Interbets account handy.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~2016 Triple Crown…

Friday, May 20
Preakness weekend is upon us and the betting starts in advance all day Friday.  Betting opens at 11:00am. Pimlico’s post is 11:30am. In addition to the live full card simulcast OTB offers and the video stream Interbets offers the NBC Sports Network will have Pimlico coverage from 3-5pm.  There is a special Two-Day Black-Eyed Susan-Preakness Double on a separate card. Bet the special Double as Race 1, minimum $1, post time is 4:50pm.

There are plenty of guaranteed pools on Friday:
12:01pm           Race 2              $100,000 Pick 5
12:32pm           Race 3              $100,000 Pick 4
2:06pm             Race 6              $100,000 RB6 Jackpot
2:39pm             Race 7              $300,000 Pick 5
3:13pm             Race 8              $300,000 Pick 4
4:50pm             Race 11*           $400,000 Pick 4
*Race 11 is the grade 2 $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan, post time 4:50pm.

Saturday, May 21 Preakness Day
Betting opens at 10:00am. Pimlico’s post is 10:30am. In addition to the live full card simulcast OTB offers and the video stream Interbets offers the NBC Sports Network will have Pimlico coverage from 2:30-6:30pm and NBC-TV coverage beginning at 6:30pm through the end of the Preakness coverage (approximately 7:15pm).

There are plenty of guaranteed pools on Saturday:
11:05am            Race 2              $250,000 Pick 5
11:41am            Race 3              $300,000 Pick 4
1:28pm             Race 6              $500,000 Pick 4
2:40pm             Race 8              $100,000 RB6 Jackpot
3:21pm             Race 9              $1,000,000 Pick 5
4:02pm             Race 10            $2,000,000 Pick 4
Race 13 is the grade 1 $1,500,000 Preakness Stakes, post time 6:45pm.

There are eleven entered in the 141st Preakness on Saturday:

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Note, Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 11.
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~ A NY minute…

Belmont Park Post time 1:30pm.
Starting Next Thursday, May 26
$250,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on weekdays;
$350,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 on Sundays;
$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays.

Belmont Park TV coverage on MSG+ begins May 18. The Belmont Live program runs 4-6pm on race days. Belmont’s Big Apple New York Spring Showcase is Monday, May 30 featuring six all New York-bred stakes worth a total $900,000.

Yonkers Raceway will commingle wagering France on designated trotting races beginning May 24, win and show pools only. The plan is to commingle 20 cards and 111 races:  13 Tuesday matinees, 6 Sundays, and International Trot Day on Saturday, October 15.

Yonkers Raceway announced across-the-board purse increases and some condition changes.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, May 21  -  PREAKNESS – Pimlico
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Free Belmont Seminar at OTB Saturday, May 28! Meet the Hot List Team…
Bob Ehalt & Shawn Rychling will spend their Memorial weekend Saturday, May 28 with you at Pearl River OTB.

Bob Ehalt will just be getting back from the Preakness where he accepted yet another award for excellence in journalism from the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico Race Course. Congratulate Bob in person May 28. The seminar is a chance to meet our Interbets Hot List handicappers and bloggers. Discuss the day’s card, prepare for the Spring Showcase Day happening two days later, have some fun and WIN FREE BETS, all in a casual, low key atmosphere.

~ICYMI…
Woodbine thoroughbred track tested clockwise racing this past Monday as a trial run for their EuroTurf Series slated to start in June. According to a track press release “Up to 40 races will be contested clockwise over Woodbine’s expansive turf course (in 2016).” Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson “noted that the short run to the turn will be a test of agility for horse and rider.” http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/woodbine-holds-successful-trial-run-euro-turf-race/


~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge…

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge races have begun. See the schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The May calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • May 5 Golden Gate revised daily post 4:45pm
  • May 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 and Monday, May 30 add Fairmount Park, Tuesdays 2pm, Sats 8:30pm
  • May 11, 18, 25 Hawthorne cancelled racing all Wednesdays.
  • May 11,12,13,14 Charles Town cancelled racing due to weather related track conditions
  • May 12,13,14,15 Belterra Park cancelled racing to resurface the track
  • May 17 Add Running Aces Harness Track every Tuesday (8pm), Saturday(7pm) and Sunday(7pm)
  • May 21 Betting opens at 10am
  • May 21 Penn National revised post 5:50pm
  • May 21 Rosecroft H revised post 7:00pm
  • May 21 Pocono H revised post 7:30pm
  • June 1-12 Yonkers is closed

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5/12/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

The main event this weekend is at Belmont Park with four big stakes including the grade 1 $400,000 Man O’ War, grade 2 $250,000 Ruffian, grade 2 $200,000 Peter Pan, and grade 3 $150,000 Beaugay.  Belmont offers an All Stakes Pick 4 this Saturday beginning in Race 7, post 4:41pm.  The field is looking competitive for the Man O’ War.

“Multiple graded stakes winner Kaigun will look to establish himself as a dominating force in this year’s turf male division, facing eight rivals in the first Grade 1 of Belmont Park’s spring/summer meet, the $400,000 Man o’ War at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf on Saturday.

The ultra-consistent Kaigun, the most seasoned runner of the field with six wins from 29 lifetime races and over $1.4 million in earnings, hasn’t finished worse than second in his past six starts, …” Find out more here:  https://www.nyra.com/belmont/kaigun-returns-to-belmont-in-g1-man-o-war/

This week’s Equibase feature race is Belmont’s Peter Pan (link below).  “(The) $200,000 Peter Pan, Belmont Park (is the) traditional prep for the final leg of the Triple Crown on June 11.

The 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan is one of four graded stakes at Belmont on Saturday’s 11-race card, which also features the first Grade 1 of the year, the $400,000 Man o’ War at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf, along with the Grade 2, $250,000 Ruffian for fillies and mares and the Grade 3, $150,000 Beaugay for turf fillies and mares.

The four races comprise an All Graded Stakes Pick 4 that begins with the Ruffian in Race 7 (4:41pm)…” Read more here: https://www.nyra.com/belmont/sophomores-look-to-take-flight-in-g2-peter-pan/

Monmouth Park is racing this Saturday, post time 12:50pm.

Harness fans use your Interbets.com account to bet Flamboro Downs this Sunday evening, post 6:00pm, highlighted by the $244,000 Confederation Cup. WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT will compete with eight other 4 year old pacers in this event, no eliminations.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~2016 Triple Crown…

Congratulations to Derby winner Nyquist and Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia.

Results & Replay links at Interbets here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/kentucky-derby/

Next up The Preakness Stakes next Saturday, May 21, 2016
Betting opens at 10am – Pimlico first race post 10:30am

Preakness Race 13, 6:45pm

The Preakness field is limited to 14 runners in the 1 3/16-mile test. Derby winner Nyquist is already at Pimlico, second and third place finishers, Exaggerator and Gun Runner, along with a few others from the Derby are expected to run in the Preakness. Mohaymen is reported to be taking a rest and not expected to run again till the summer.

Friday, May 20 – Advance bet the Preakness all day!
Black-Eyed Susan (BES), Race 11, 4:50pm
Special Two Day Double BES-Preakness – Bet as Race 1, separate card, post 4:50pm.

More details next week just in time for the big day.

Belmont Stakes, Saturday, June 11.

~ A NY minute…

Belmont Post time 1:30pm.

Starting May 26
$250,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on weekdays;
$350,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 on Sundays;
$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays.

Some guarantees are added or increase on special days:
May 30 – $350,000  Late Pick 4 & $100,000 Pick 6
June 9 – $75,000 Pick 6
June 10 – Two-Day Double – $300,000 guaranteed
Belmont Gold Cup – Belmont Stakes
June 10 – Two-Day Double2 – $150,000 guaranteed
True North – Metropolitan Handicap
June 10 – $500,000 Late Pick 4 & $150,000 Pick 6
June 11 – $1,500,000 Pick 4 races 8-11 &
$1,000,000 Pick 6 & $500,000 Pick 5
& $250,000 Pick 3 races 3-5
July 4 – $350,000  Late Pick 4 & $100,000 Pick 6
July 9 – $500,000 Late Pick 4 & $300,000 Pick 6
& $250,000 Pick 5
& $250,000 Closing DD races 10-11.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, May 14  -  PETER PAN – Belmont
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Free Belmont Seminar at OTB May 28! Meet the Hot List Team…
Bob Ehalt & Shawn Rychling will spend their Memorial weekend Saturday, May 28 with you at Pearl River OTB.

Bob Ehalt will just be getting back from the Preakness where he accepted yet another award for excellence in journalism from the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico Race Course. Congratulate Bob in person May 28. The seminar is a chance to meet our Interbets Hot List handicappers and bloggers. Discuss the day’s card, prepare for the Spring Showcase Day happening two days later, have some fun and WIN FREE BETS, all in a casual, low key atmosphere.

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge…

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge races have begun. See the schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The May calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • May 5 Golden Gate revised daily post 4:45pm
  • May 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 and Monday, May 30 add Fairmount Park, Tuesdays 2pm, Sats 8:30pm
  • May 11, 18, 25 Hawthorne cancelled racing all Wednesdays.
  • May 11,12,13,14 Charles Town cancelled racing due to weather related track conditions
  • May 12,13,14,15 Belterra Park cancelled racing to resurface the track
  • May 21 Rosecroft H revised post 7:00pm
  • May 21 Betting opens at 10am
  • May 21 Penn National revised post 5:50pm

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5/5/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

It’s all about the Oaks & Derby this weekend. See the Derby details below.

Heads up to Interbets Account Holders! There’s a Churchill-Derby gift coming your way from Interbets today. Check your e-mail.

Belmont offers three big graded stakes Saturday, post 12:45pm.

Pocono Downs harness track offers two cards today and features the $500,000 Pennsylvania Classic Final, the $300,000 Miss Pennsylvania Final and two more stakes Saturday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~2016 Oaks & Derby…

OTB branch locations, wagering calculator & other handy Derby links at Interbets here:

http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/kentucky-derby/
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Friday, May 6 – Churchill 1st race post 10:30am
Kentucky Oaks, Race 11, 5:49pm
OTB branches & Interbets account wagering begins at 10am.
Churchill 13 race card Fridayand two special two day wagers:
Oaks-Derby Double
Oaks-Woodford Preserve-Derby (O-W-D) Pick 3
$250,000 guaranteed Pick 6, race 6-11, post 1:26pm

Superfectas are a $1 minimum today & Pick 6 is a $2 minimum.

Saturday, May 7 – Churchill 1st race post 10:30am
Kentucky Derby, Race 12, 6:34pm
OTB branches & Interbets account wagering begins at 10am.
Churchill 14 race card Saturday.
Woodford Preserve is Race 11 at 5:25pm
$1,000,000 guaranteed Pick 6, race 7-12, post 1:55pm
Superfectas are a $1 minimum today & Pick 6 is a $2 minimum.

~ A NY minute…

Belmont Post time 1:30pm.

Starting May 26
$250,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on weekdays;
$350,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 on Sundays;
$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays.

Some guarantees are added or increase on special days:
May 30 – $350,000  Late Pick 4 & $100,000 Pick 6
June 9 – $75,000 Pick 6
June 10 – Two-Day Double – $300,000 guaranteed
Belmont Gold Cup – Belmont Stakes
June 10 – Two-Day Double2 – $150,000 guaranteed
True North – Metropolitan Handicap
June 10 – $500,000 Late Pick 4 & $150,000 Pick 6
June 11 – $1,500,000 Pick 4 races 8-11 &
$1,000,000 Pick 6 & $500,000 Pick 5
& $250,000 Pick 3 races 3-5
July 4 – $350,000  Late Pick 4 & $100,000 Pick 6
July 9 – $500,000 Late Pick 4 & $300,000 Pick 6
& $250,000 Pick 5
& $250,000 Closing DD races 10-11.

~ Congratulations Bob Ehalt…

“BALTIMORE - The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that Bob Ehalt will receive the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism at the May 19 Alibi Breakfast in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course.

Ehalt will be recognized for “American Pharoah Makes it Look Easy,” a news account of the 2015 Preakness Stakes won by Zayat Stable’s American Pharoah. The story appeared on ESPN.com May 16, 2015.”
Continue reading here:    http://www.preakness.com/preakness/latest-news/ehalt-named-recipient-woods-memorial-award

Read Bob Ehalt’s award winning article here:

http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/blog/_/name/ehalt_bob/id/12900854/american-pharoah-makes-look-easy

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge…

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge races have begun. More information here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The May calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • May 5 Golden Gate revised (again) daily post 4:45pm
  • May 6 Betting opens at 10am
  • May 6 Golden Gate special post 4:15
  • May 6 & 7 Charles Town canceled racing both days.
  • May 7 Betting opens at 10am
  • May 7 Many tracks have special posts today.
  • May 7 & 21 Rosecroft H revised post 7:00pm
  • May 7 Bangor H canceled racing today.
  • May 8 Santa Anita revised post 3:30pm
  • May 21 Betting opens at 10am
  • May 21 Penn National revised post 5:50pm

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4/28/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

The weekend welcomes back two of our premier spring tracks Belmont Park and Churchill Downs.  All eyes are on the Belmont spring meet opening Friday, April 29, post time 1:30pm. See Belmont details in “A NY Minute” section below.
The meet opens with the $100,000 Affirmed Success for NY Breds, 4 & up. Two more $100,000 races will be offered for the elders on Saturday and Sunday, both on the Turf.  Churchill’s opening card is a late 6:00pm special post Saturday evening. Churchill opens with the $100,000 William Walker. Note, Gulfstream revised first post is 1:15pm beginning this Friday, April 29.

Golden Gate wraps up their inaugural Turf Festival this weekend featuring three $100,000 stakes, one Saturday and two for Ca. breds on Sunday.

Pocono Downs and Freehold each offer elimination races on Saturday for harness fans. Freehold elimination is for the Dexter Cup, finals next Saturday. Pocono offer two eliminations for the Pennsylvania Classic and the Miss Pennsylvania, finals are also next Saturday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
Belmont is back! Post time 1:30pm. The 54 day meet is packed with more of what we want. Starting May 26 there’s a $250,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on weekdays; $350,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 on Sundays; $500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays. Some guarantees are added or increase on special days:
May 30 – $350,000  Late Pick 4 & $100,000 Pick 6
June 9 – $75,000 Pick 6
June 10 – Two-Day Double – $300,000 guaranteed Belmont Gold Cup – Belmont Stakes
June 10 – Two-Day Double2 – $150,000 guaranteed True North – Metropolitan Handicap
June 10 – $500,000 Late Pick 4 & $150,000 Pick 6
June 11 – $1,500,000 Pick 4 races 8-11 & $1,000,000 Pick 6 & $500,000 Pick 5 & $250,000 Pick 3 races 3-5
July 4 – $350,000  Late Pick 4 & $100,000 Pick 6
July 9 – $500,000 Late Pick 4 & $300,000 Pick 6 & $250,000 Pick 5 & $250,000 Closing DD races 10-11.

Twilight racing will take place on four Fridays, June 17, June 24, July 1 and July 8 with late post time 3:05pm. Special post May 7 – 12:45pm, May 21 – 12:10pm, June 9 – 1:00pm, June 10 – 12:50pm, June 11 – 11:35am, July 9 – 12:30

Belmont will offer the second annual Belmont Spring Festival June 9-11 highlighted by the 148th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11. The grade 1 $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the oldest and longest leg of the Triple Crown at 1 ½ miles, highlights a 13 race card including ten stakes, six of which are grade 1. Post is 11:35am.

More details as we get closer to each event.

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Handy Derby links at Interbets:  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/kentucky-derby/
Friday, May 6 – 1st race post is 10:30am & the Kentucky Oaks is Race 11 at 5:49pm
OTB branches & Interbets account wagering begins at 10am.
Churchill offers a 13 race card today including two special two day wagers:
Oaks-Derby Double & Oaks-Woodford Preserve-Derby (O-W-D) Pick 3
Superfectas are a $1 minimum today & Pick 6 is a $2 minimum.

Saturday, May 7 – 1st race post is 10:30am & the Kentucky Derby is Race 12 at 6:34pm
OTB branches & Interbets account wagering begins at 10am.
Churchill offers a 14 race card today.
Superfectas are a $1 minimum today & Pick 6 is a $2 minimum.
Woodford Preserve is Race 11 at 5:25pm

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge…
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge races have begun. More information here:

http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The May calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • April 28 Prairie Meadows opens 6:30pm
  • April 29 Belmont opens 1:30pm
  • April 29 Belterra opens 3:30pm
  • April 29 Gulfstream revised daily post 1:15pm
  • April 29 & 30 Delta Downs special 6pm post both days.
  • April 30 Churchill Downs opens, special late post 6:00pm
  • April 30 Hawthorne late 6:40pm post
  • April 30 New Zealand added racing this day from Waterlea . Please update calendars.

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4/21/16
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~ Weekend highlights…

The weekend after Derby Preps is still full of racing excitement. It’s all about the Charles Town classic on Saturday with the $1,250,000 Classic and seven more stakes totaling $1.8 million in purses! Charles Town has an early 12:45pm post.  Many tracks offers six figure stakes today. Keeneland, Woodbine, Aqueduct has two, Remington Park, Sam Houston, and more. Yonkers offers the Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker Finals this weekend. Remember, the last word on the Levy was that Wiggleit Jiggle it will be in the consolation race. See the complete stakes list link.

Donworth Installed As 3-1 Morning Line Favorite For Charles Town Classic

by Press Release | 04.21.2016 | 8:18am

“In its first seven runnings, the Charles Town Classic has always seemed to draw a diverse set of competitors and this Saturday will be no exception as a full field of 10 horses exiting races in California, Louisiana, Florida, Maryland, Arkansas and West Virginia will enter the gate for the $1,250,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The country’s co-richest race outside of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup will be the marquee attraction on a 13 race card that includes 7 stakes and gets underway at 12:45 P.M. EST.

Having proven popular with horses coming out of the Santa Anita Handicap over the years, the 2016 renewal of the Charles Town Classic is no different with three horses shipping eastward from their respective Santa Anita bases.”
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/donworth-installed-3-1-morning-line-favorite-charles-town-classic/

Many tracks offer six figure stakes Saturday. Keeneland, Woodbine, Aqueduct has two, Remington Park, Sam Houston, and more. Yonkers offers the Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker Finals this weekend. Remember, the last word on the Levy was that Wiggleit Jiggle it will be in the consolation race.

Aqueduct will offer two six figure stakes again, NYSS Time Square and Memories of Silver. Woodbine has the Wando.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
Belmont Park opens April 29, post time 1:30pm. More details as we get closer.

~2016 Road the the Derby…
The Road to the Derby Races are over. Gunner is on top with 151 points, Nyquist 130 points, and Exaggerator 126. See the standings here (subject to change): http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/road2derb/
Note, even the attached list will have updates as horses decide if they will actually race.
First update, getting reports that Cupid will not be running, so Mo Tom moves in!

Satudray, April 30 is opening night at Churchill Downs with a special late post at 6:00pm.
Friday, May 6 – 1st race post is 10:30am & the Kentucky Oaks is Race 11 at 5:49pm
Saturday, May 7 – 1st race post is 10:30am & the Kentucky Derby is Race 12 at 6:34pm

More details next week!

~2016 Breeders’ Cup Challenge…
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge races have begun. More information here:

http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breederscupchallenge/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The April calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • April 14 Golden Gate revised post 5:15pm eastern
  • April 22 OTB turns 40!  It’s an OTB Bettor Day at branches. Happy Birthday to us!
  • April 22 Sunray opens 6:00pm
  • April 22 Vernon Downs opens H 6:45pm
  • April 23 Charles Town early 12:45pm post, Classic Day!
  • April 25 Thistledown opens 12:55pm
  • April 28 Prairie Meadows opens 6:30pm
  • April 29 Belmont opens 1:30pm
  • April 29 Belterra opens 3:30pm
  • April 30 Churchill Downs opens special late post 6:00pm
  • April 30 Hawthorne late 6:40pm post
  • April 30 New Zealand added racing this day from Waterlea . Please update calendars.

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4/14/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
Spring has sprung (again). The weather is warming up along with the betting on the final Road to the Derby weekend this Saturday! The hope is thick in the air for the contenders and the last shot to earn points toward a Derby spot. See the Derby section below for more Derby details. The biggest stakes are at Oaklawn on Saturday with two million in purses, four stakes, two of which are graded, and of course the Derby contenders on hand for the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby. Remember Oaklawn has an early 1:30pm post Saturday.

It’s always fun to bet on Keeneland in April, and it’s still true this Saturday with purses totaling $800,000, four stakes, three of which are graded, and the last chance to squeak out a few more Derby points in the grade 3 $150,000 Lexington. Keeneland has an early 12:35pm post Saturday.  Have you been following the Hot List free Keeneland picks we’ve been posting in the Handicappers’ Corner and sharing at branches? Hope so! The Hot List team has been hot, hot, hot. http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/todays-picks/

Have you had a chance to check out some of our newest racing partners yet? Fonner Park thoroughbred track and Century Downs harness track both offer stakes on Saturday.

Harness fans!  The 5th leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series and the George M Levy Series are this Friday and Saturday respectively and the finals are next weekend.

Sunday betting features Aqueduct’s grade 2 $200,000 Distaff Handicap, Keeneland’s grade 3 $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont, and two six figure stakes at Sunland Park. Remember, Sunland added a few days in April. Free handicapping contests at seven OTBs this Sunday. Details below.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
Belmont Park opens April 29, post time 1:30pm. More details as we get closer.

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Saturday’s feature Road to the Derby Race is the last chance to get in to the Derby: ARKANSAS DERBY
The top 4 finishers receive 100-40-20-10 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby,
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
There’s also a last chance for contenders to earn a few more points if they are just on the edge of getting into the Derby and this could bump someone else out too. The very last Road to the Derby Race is the LEXINGTON at Keeneland also on Saturday. The finishers earn just 10-4-2-1 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby. This could be a very exciting race depending on who enters.

Oaklawn tweets that Cupid, Arkansas Derby favorite, is on track. See their Cupid clip here:  https://twitter.com/OaklawnRacing/status/720344127246716928

Preliminary Churchill information is out. Take note:
Satudray, April 30 is opening night at Churchill Downs with a special late post at 6:00pm.
Friday, May 6 – 1st race post is 10:30am & the Kentucky Oaks is Race 11 at 5:49pm
Saturday, May 7 – 1st race post is 10:30am & the Kentucky Derby is Race 12 at 6:34pm

Much more soon!

~ OTB-Interbets Free Handicapping Contest Series…
The 2016 contests continues with the Spring Fling on Sunday, April 17 at an OTB near you. Remember the participant that earns the most accumulated points from any and all 2016 handicapping contests series will win a free spot in the VIP contest to be held in November 2016.

***Update: The Kingston OTB branch contest was rescheduled and already held last weekend. There are still seven branches holding contests this Sunday.  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The April calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • April 17 OTB Spring Fling Handicapping Contest at various branches. See schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/
  • April 14 Los Alamitos THOROUGHBRED meet opens, post time 5pm eastern.
  • April 14 Golden Gate will change to a 5:15pm eastern post time. Please update your calendar.
  • April 16 Keeneland early post 12:35 & Oaklawn early post 1:30
  • April 19 Indiana Grand opens 2:05pm post
  • April 22 OTB turns 40!  It’s an OTB Bettor Day at branches. Happy Birthday to us!
  • April 22 Sunray opens 6:00pm
  • April 22 Vernon Downs opens H 6:45pm
  • April 23 Charles Town early 12:45pm post, Classic Day!
  • April 25 Thistledown opens 12:55pm
  • April 28 Prairie Meadows opens 6:30pm
  • April 29 Belmont opens 1:30pm
  • April 29 Belterra opens 3:30pm
  • April 30 Churchill Downs opens special late post 6:00pm
  • April 30 Hawthorne late 6:40pm post
  • April 30 New Zealand added racing this day from Waterlea . Please update calendars.

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4/7/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
Aqueduct $2.2 million in stakes purses Saturday on a twelve race card. Early post is at 12:20pm. Branches and betting will open by 11:45am. Race 10 is the $1,000,000 Wood Memorial Day featuring plenty of Derby hopefuls looking to earn a spot. It’ll be an exciting race with Shagaf (on the rail), New York bred Flexibility (post 5), and Matt King Coal (post 6), Outwork (post 8), and four more hopefuls.  There are a few guaranteed pools too:
$500,000 guaranteed all graded stakes Pick 4 races 8-11
$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 races 7-12
AND
Aqueduct and Keeneland have joined forces to offer a separate card, special Pick 4 with legs from both tracks:
leg 1 = 4:52pm  Aqueduct   g3  $300,000 Bay Shore
leg 2 = 5:20pm  Keeneland g1  $300,000 Madison
leg 3 = 5:30pm  Aqueduct   g1  $1,000,000 Wood Memorial
leg 4 = 6:00pm  Keeneland g1  $1,000,000 Blue Grass Stakes

NBC Sports Network will offer a two-hour broadcast 5pm – 7pm featuring the simulcast of the big three races: Wood Memorial from Aqueduct, Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland, and the g1 $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby.

Santa Anita offers a total $1,950,000 in stakes Saturday.

Sunday features Oaklawn’s g3 $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, Aqueduct’s $100,000 Danger’s Hour, two $100,000 stakes at Santa Anita, and more.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
Aqueduct special early post this Saturday 12:20pm.  Regular post is 1:20pm till the meet ends.  Belmont Park opens April 29, post time 1:30pm. More details as we get closer.

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 100-40-20-10 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
This weekend featues three Road to the Derby Races: Wood, Blue Grass and Santa Anita Derby.

~ OTB-Interbets Free Handicapping Contest Series…
The 2016 contests begin with the Spring Fling on Sunday, April 10 at an OTB near you. Remember the participant that earns the most accumulated points from any and all 2016 handicapping contests series will win a free spot in the VIP contest to be held in November 2016. Interbets.com account holders may expect more online Interbets Big Race Handicapping Contests this year too. Details will be emailed soon to all account holders on the email list and notice will also be posted in the weekly Interbets eNewsletter. Open an account now just in time for the April Derby Prep races, the Kentucky Derby, and all the free contests.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • The April calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • April 8 Keeneland opens today, post 1:05pm
  • April 9 Aqueduct Keeneland special Pick 4 – Big Apple/Blue Grass Pick 4 today.
  • April 10 & 17 OTB Spring Fling Handicapping Contest at various branches. See schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/
  • April 14 Los Alamitos THOROUGHBRED meet opens, post time 5pm eastern.
  • April 14 Golden Gate will change to a 5:15pm eastern post time. Please update your calendar.
  • April 16 Keeneland early post 12:35 & Oaklawn early post 1:30
  • April 19 Indiana Grand opens 2:05pm post

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3/31/16

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~ Weekend highlights…
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 will open at Interbets.com and all Catskill OTB branches on Friday, April 1st (at 12:00 pm ET) and close Sunday, April 3rd (at approximately 6:00 pm ET).  Exacta Wagering is available for Pool 4.  The odds sheet is attached.

The $1,000,000 Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park highlights the Saturday card. Gulfstream has a special early 12 noon post and also offers seven six figure stakes on Saturday. The Florida Derby features two of the hottest, unbeaten Derby contenders Mohaymen and Nyquist. Reputations are on the line as well as a whopping 100-40-20-10 points toward a Derby spot. Currently Nyquist has 30 points and Mohaymen already has 70 points. This race may be a good measuring stick for their Derby runs.

The Turfway Park $500,000 Spiral Stakes is another Derby Prep, but this one is still worth 50-20-10-5 points to the top four finishers. Fifty points may be all one needs to earn their spot in the Derby.

The 11th (and last) race on the Santa Anita card will be a $100,000 Arabian race, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stakes, at 1 mile on the main track. This race is part of a global Arabian Racing Festival series including 100 events in 81 countries to promote Arabian racing.

Check out racing and wagering from Fonner Park from Nebraska. This is the first time Fonner Park was ever offered. Let us know what you think “> Is there another track you would like us to offer?

Yonkers Raceway offers the 3rd leg of the George Morton Levy Pacing Series on Saturday evening.

Both Aqueduct and Santa Anita offer six figure grade 3 races on Sunday with the $200,000 Top Flight Handicap and the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup respectively.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
Aqueduct is scheduled to move to the main track on March 31st. Post time is expected to remain 1:20pm.  Note, post time moves to 1:30pm on April 29 when Belmont Park opens. More details as we get closer.

~Derby News…
by Press Release

“LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, March 29, 2016) – Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen (#14) and Reddam Racing LLC’s reigning 2-year-old champion Nyquist (#16) – a pair of unbeaten stars scheduled for a pre-Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) showdown in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream Park – loom as the top wagering choices for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s April 1-3 fourth and final pool of its 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).

Churchill Downs odds maker Mike Battaglia has installed Mohaymen, winner of Gulfstream’s Fountain of Youth (GII) for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, as the solid 7-2 favorite among 24 wagering interests in his morning line odds. If Battaglia’s odds are validated in his effort to hold East Coast home court in the Florida Derby, the gray son of Tapit will have been the favorite 3-year-old Thoroughbred in three of the four 2016 Derby Futures pools.”

Kentucky-bred Lani won the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse last weekend earning 100 points and a spot in the Kentucky Derby.  Lani will represent Japan according to a bloodhorse.com post.

~Horse Player World & OTB-Interbets Spring Fling Series…
Root for our Interbets.com-Catskill OTB representative in the Boyd Gaming Horse Player World Series (HPWS), Mr. Raj Bhutani. The HPWS is happening right now, March 31 through April 2. Raj earned his spot by winning our 2015 Interbets.com VIP Contest. Interbets gave Raj this trip to Vegas and paid his entry into the HPWS! Best wishes Raj!

The 2016 contests begin with the Spring Fling on April 10 at an OTB near you. Remember the participant that earns the most accumulated points during the 2016 contests series will win a free spot in the VIP contest in November 2016. Interbets.com account holders may expect more online Interbets Big Race Handicapping Contests this year too. Details will be emailed soon to all account holders on the email list and notice will also be posted in the weekly Interbets eNewsletter. Open an account now just in time for the April Derby Prep races, the Kentucky Derby, and all the free contests.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • March 31 All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by today. <<< ALERT!
  • The April calendar is posted at Interbets.com   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • April 1-3 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 Bet all day.
  • April 2 Gulfstream special early post 12:00pm.
  • April 2 Turfway Park special early post 1:10pm.
  • Sam Houston Q special early post 4:00pm.
  • April 8 Keeneland opens today, post 1:05pm
  • April 10 & 17 OTB Spring Fling Handicapping Contest at various branches. See schedule here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

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3/25/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
FRIDAY
Good News! OTB & Interbets are pleased to announce we ADDED wagering from FAIR GROUNDS, OAKLAWN, THE MEADOWS H and Miami Valley starting today!  Yes, we are just in time for Saturday’s $1,000,000 LOUISIANA DERBY, Fair Grounds Oaks, etc.. Yes, we will offer the Kentucky Derby & Oaks including the upcoming Futures Wager!

Thank you to all of our loyal customers for your patience and understanding as we worked through this one. Your support has been overwhelming and much appreciated as we do our best for you, our horsemen and our state.

Advance wagering on the Dubai World Cup card is open today! Bet all day Friday, March 25 on Saturday’s card.

SATURDAY
We are opening by 11:30am this Saturday. Dubai racing at Meydan will be in progress at branch opening. Advance bet Friday if possible. Are any “Chromies” reading this? Watch California Chrome battle for the World Cup again this year. Second just wasn’t good enough for this fan favorite. Plenty of worthy US based contenders won’t make it easy for him either: Frosted, Hopportunity, Keen Ice and Mshawish.  This year’s Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse is THE World Cup for USA based fans to wager on! You know these horses. Best wishes to all.  Get the Free Meydan PPs here

http://www.interbets.com/racing/media/DWC-PDF-Program-TB1.pdf

Wagering from Aqueduct, Fair Grounds, Oaklawn, Gulfstream Park, and many more on Saturday. There may even be a $4.3 million Rainbow Six with a mandatory payout if there isn’t a jackpot winner Friday. Best wishes to all.

SUNDAY, March 27 NYS prohibits horseracing and wagering on Easter Sunday. OTB is closed.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
Yonkers fans, finals are March 28 for the Petticoat and March 29 for the Sagamore Hill.

Note, OTB & Interbets.com are prohibited by law from offering horserace wagering on Easter Sunday, March 27 and Christmas Day, December 25. OTB is closed March 27.

Aqueduct is scheduled to move to the main track on March 31st. Post time is expected to remain 1:20pm.

~Derby horse news…
“Ranked as the country’s leading Triple Crown contender, the 3-year-old Tapit colt (Mohaymen) was clocked in 48.95 seconds over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County (Thursday in final Florida Derby workout).”
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/triple-crown/mohaymen-beats-rain-final-work-florida-derby/

~Don’t be a loser with a winner!
All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by Thursday, March 31, 2016. Don’t wait. It’s your money.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • March 25 Advance Bet Friday on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup Card.
  • March 25 Sam Houston Quarter Horse meet opens today.
  • March 26 Early branch opening time 11:30am, Dubai racing in progress at opening & advance bet Saturday.
  • March 27 NYS prohibits horseracing and wagering on Easter Sunday. OTB is closed.
  • March 31 Aqueduct moves to the main track.
  • March 31 New Zealand Racing added today.
  • March 31 All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by today. <<< ALERT!

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3/17/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
Saturday is a full race day for 4&up fillies and mares with big races across the country highlighted by Santa Anita’s grade 1 $500k Santa Margarita and $100k Irish O’Brien, Aqueduct’s $125k Correction, and Gulfstream’s grade 2 $200k Insider Information.

Spring is in the air! Yonkers Raceway kicks off the 2016 Grand Circuit schedule on Friday, March 18 with the 1st leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker featuring the sport’s best racing mares, races 6-8, and on Saturday, March 19 with the 1st leg of the George M Levy, races 4,5,6,7,9, and 10.  The second division race features Foiled Again. “The now 12-year-old gelding begins his quest for a third Levy title from post No. 2 in the second division. It’s the 247th purse start for harness racing’s richest horse ($7.3 million), who gets regular date Yannick Gingras for the assignment.” Yonkers Press Release by Frank Drucker 3-15-16

Sunday continues the St. Paddy’s shenanigans, rings in the Spring, and many celebrate Palm Sunday, March 20 including OTB & Interbets this year because we are open Sunday!  For the first time ever OTB & Interbets will be permited to be open Palm Sunday due to a change in NYS law. See you Sunday for plenty of racing fun!

Please note, Sunland Park has changed their Palm Sunday stakes card around. The Sunland Park Derby and Oaks are both cancelled. These races will be replaced by the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for 3 year olds at 1 1/8mile and the $200,000 Plum Pretty respectively. Sunland will offer seven big stakes with purses totaling a whopping $1.1 million.

As the Irish say “May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light”
with good luck and abundant winnings from OTB & Interbets.com that is.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
Yonkers Raceway 1:10pm post time Sunday matinee, March 20. Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series finals are March 28 for the Petticoat and March 29 for the Sagamore Hill.

Note, OTB & Interbets.com are prohibited by law from offering horserace wagering on Easter Sunday, March 27 and Christmas Day, December 25. OTB is closed March 27.

Aqueduct is scheduled to move to the main track on March 31st. Post time is expected to remain 1:20pm.

~Don’t be a loser with a winner!
All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by Thursday, March 31, 2016. Don’t wait. It’s your money.

~Grand Circuit…
The Grand Circuit Schedule is now posted at ustrotting.com and begins at Yonkers Raceway next Friday, March 18 with the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series.  Check it out! http://news.ustrotting.com/grandcircuit/

~ Racing’s Superstars in Sports History…
Sports Illustrated recently announced their latest edition of the “100 Greatest Moments in Sports History” including three of racing’s superstars:
#13 Belmont Stakes 1973, the Triple Crown win of Secretariat.
#35 Belmont Stakes 2015, the Triple Crown win of American Pharoah.
#99 Belmont Stakes 1978, the Triple Crown win of Affirmed (over Alydar in their epic rivalry).
source url: http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/three-racing-superstars-make-sports-illustrateds-100-greatest-moments/

http://www.si.com/specials/100-greatest/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • March 20 – Yonkers’ Sunday matinees – UPDATE: POST TIME is 1:10pm
  • March 20 OTB is open for wagering on Palm Sunday.
  • March 25 Advance Bet Friday on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup Card.
  • March 25 Sam Houston Quarter Horse meet opens today.
  • March 26 Early branch opening time 11:30am, Dubai racing in progress at opening & advance bet Saturday.
  • March 27 NYS prohibits horseracing and wagering on Easter Sunday. OTB is closed.
  • March 31 Aqueduct moves to the main track.
  • March 31 All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by today. <<< ALERT!

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3/10/16

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~ Weekend highlights…
Before we get to the weekend there are a few notes worth mentioning. Tonight, Thursday, March 10 begins Yonkers’ Thursday $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 and a carryover of $3,184.85.  The guarantee was previously on Monday nights. The Pick 5 is a .50 cent base wager, Races 7-11, no consolation payoff.

Friday, March 11, Laurel Park’s winter meet resumes with a 1:10pm post and Friday begins Meadowlands new, later 7:15pm post time. Note, this is a revision to Meadowlands’ previously posted calendar.

Saturday gets off to an early start with OTBs opening at 11:45am to accommodate Tampa’s 12 noon post time. It’s a special day at Tampa with the, Road to the Derby, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby. It’s also Santa Anita Handicap Day. Santa Anita has an early 3:00pm post. The card also includes the Road to the Derby, grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, and two more graded high stakes races.

Sunday, March 13, daylight savings time begins. Remember to spring forward one hour when you wake up Sunday morning. Along with the time change Turf Paradise will update their post to 4:25pm eastern.  Aqueduct offers the $125,000 Stymie this Sunday and Santa Anita offers the grade 2 $200,000 San Luis Rey.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, March 12  - TAMPA BAY DERBY – Tampa
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 50-20-10-5 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
March 12 – Tampa Bay Derby – Tampa
March 12 – San Felipe – Santa Anita

~ A NY minute…
Yonkers Raceway recently made several announcements worth note. Yonkers will have a 1:10pm post time for their two Sunday matinee cards, March 13 and 20. Mark your calendars. Yonkers also announced the start of their stakes season this week with the first leg of the Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The finals are March 28 for the Petticoat and March 29 for the Sagamore Hill. This week Yonkers also announced they will have across-the-board purse increases beginning next week. “The significant (up to 25 percent) hikes raise the overnight purse range from $8,000 (for $12,500 claimers) to $40,000 (weekly Opens/Open Handicaps). The current structure is $6,500 to $32,000.”

Aqueduct is scheduled to move to the main track on March 31st. Post time is expected to remain 1:20pm.

~Don’t be a loser with a winner!
All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by Thursday, March 31, 2016. Don’t wait. It’s your money.

~The Rumors are true…
We are open Palm Sunday
, March 20. The rules changed in NYS allowing horserace wagering on this day. We are still prohibited by law from offering horserace wagering on Easter Sunday, March 27 and Christmas Day, December 25.

It is also true that Sunland Park has changed their Palm Sunday stakes card around. The Sunland Park Derby and Oaks are both cancelled. These races will be replaced by the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for 3 year olds at 1 1/8mile and the $200,000 Plum Pretty respectively. Sunland’s purse total on March 20th will be a whopping $1.1 million.  Look for additional days added to Sunland’s calendar in April and May to make up for all of the lost days due to the EHV—1 outbreak.

~Hall of Fame Nominees…
“The brilliant female racehorses Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, both of whom were named Horse of the Year, top a star-studded final ballot for this year’s National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame that also includes Steve Asmussen, the trainer of Rachel Alexandra, and the accomplished jockeys Victor Espinoza…”

“Under the Hall of Fame’s rules, only the four who receive the most votes from the 188-member voting panel will get in, making this year’s balloting particularly difficult since the list of candidates is especially strong. Voters can choose any combination of horses, trainers, or jockeys. The four inductees will be announced April 25. The induction ceremonies are scheduled for Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.,… “     http://www.drf.com/news/rachel-alexandra-zenyatta-among-hall-fame-finalists

Congrats and best wishes to the nominees.

~Grand Circuit…
The Grand Circuit Schedule is now posted at ustrotting.com and begins at Yonkers Raceway next Friday, March 18 with the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series.  Check it out! http://news.ustrotting.com/grandcircuit/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • March 1 – The March calendar is posted here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • March 6 – Beginning Mar. 6 Turfway Park Sunday post is 3:40pm.
  • March 11 – UPDATE: Meadowlands H revised post 7:15pm begins today.
  • March 12 – OTB special early opening at 11:45am. Tampa special early post 12 noon today.
  • March 12 & 19 – Advance Bet Saturdays on Yonkers’ Sunday matinee cards.
  • March 13 Daylight Savings Begins. Spring forward one hour.
  • March 13 Turf Paradise revised post 4:25pm eastern begins Mar. 13
  • March 13 & 20 – Yonkers’ Sunday matinees – UPDATE: POST TIME is 1:10pm
  • March 18 Meadowlands H changes to a later 7:00pm post time.
  • March 20 OTB is open for wagering on Palm Sunday.
  • March 25 Advance Bet Friday on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup Card.
  • March 25 Sam Houston Quarter Horse meet opens today.
  • March 26 Early branch opening time 11:30am, Dubai racing in progress at opening & advance bet Saturday.
  • March 27 NYS prohibits horseracing and wagering on Easter Sunday. OTB is closed.
  • March 31 Aqueduct moves to the main track.
  • March 31 All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by today. <<< Alert!

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3/3/16
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~ Weekend highlights…
The weekend kicks off early with advance betting all day Friday, March 4 on Saturday’s early morning Dubai Super Saturday race card.

Holy Horseshoes Betman! It’s a big day in Gotham. Aqueduct features the grade 3 $400,000 GOTHAM STAKES for 3 year-olds at 8.5f on the dirt in addition to the $150,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational this Saturday. Revised early Aqueduct post 12:50pm Saturday!!!

Gulfstream fights for top billing Saturday with the 72nd running of the grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap for 4&up at 8f. The purse has been increase this year from $350,000 up to a whopping $500,000. Bam!

Santa Anita keeps the excitement going Saturday with the grade 3 $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3 year-old fillies. Songbird may add some “Super Star Power” if she enters this race. Songbird, daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, is the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and 2015 Eclipse Award winner for two-year-old in her division. Songbird recently won her 2016 3 year-old debut in the Las Virgenes on Feb 6. Wham!

Gotham’s racetrack, a.k.a. Aqueduct, keeps the 3 year-old stakes coming on Sunday with the $125,000 Jimmy Winkfield.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…

Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, March 5  - GOTHAM – Aqueduct
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~2016 Road the the Derby…
The stakes or should I say, points, just got higher!  Top 4 finishers receive 50-20-10-5 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
March 5 – Gotham – Aqueduct

~Interbets Account Holders Alert…
Expect Toby Callet’s “Road to the Triple Crown” Free Handicapping Sheet for the GOTHAM emailed to you by Friday if it is available to Interbets timely along with your next set of NY Hot List Review Sheets.  Check your e-mail on Friday!

~ A NY minute…
> Don’t be a loser with a winner!  All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by Thursday, March 31, 2016.

> Aqueduct is scheduled to move to the main track on March 31st. Post time is expected to remain 1:20pm.

> Join us for racing and wagering for the first time ever on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016! Save the Date!

>NY OTBs and racetracks are prohibited from racing and horserace wagering on Easter Sunday, March 27. OTB is closed.

~Harness happenings…
Meadowlands Racetrack reports that they have “the lowest percentage of winning favorites in harness racing. During 2016, post-time wagering favorites have won just 32.26 percent from a sample of 155 races. Not only is this percentage the lowest among American harness tracks currently racing and more than 13 percent lower than the average favorite’s winning percentage at American half-mile tracks, it is also lower than the percentage of the three top Thoroughbred tracks currently racing: Gulfstream (35 percent), Santa Anita (37 percent), and Aqueduct (38 percent). Lare we-matched fields have created vulnerable wagering favorites, leading to large payouts to handicappers sharp enough to solve the puzzles.” Everyone likes a winner, but everyone loves a winner that pays well!

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • March 1 – The March calendar is posted here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • March 4 Advance Bet Friday on Dubai Super Saturday Card. Early morning racing before branches open.
  • March 5 Aqueduct revised early post 12:50pm.
  • March 8 Rosecroft Harness Track opens today.
  • March 12 & 19 – Advance Bet Saturdays on Yonkers’ Sunday matinee cards. Racing in progress at opening.
  • March 13 Daylight Savings Begins. Spring forward one hour.
  • March 13 & 20 – Yonkers’ Sunday matinees (advance bet Saturdays March 12 & 19)
  • March 18 Meadowlands H changes to a later 7:00pm post time.
  • March 25 Advance Bet Friday on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup Card.
  • March 25 Sam Houston Quarter Horse meet opens today.
  • March 26 Early branch opening time t.b.d., Dubai racing in progress at branch opening.
  • March 27 NYS prohibits horseracing and wagering on Easter Sunday. OTB is closed.
  • March 31 All 2015 winning tickets must be cashed by today. <<< Alert!

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2/25/16

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~ Weekend highlights…
Gulfstream has a 12 noon post this Saturday for their big day including eight stakes races highlighted by the graded 2 $400,000 Fountain of Youth, six are graded and total of $1,3250,000 in purses.  Undefeated Mohaymen had his final breeze in preparation for the big race. Aqueduct has the $125,000 Busher, Santa Anita has the $100,000 Sensational Star, and Sam Houston has four stakes highlighted by the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup.

Update! The latest update is that Sunland Park will finally reopen Friday, February 26 and Parx Racing will reopen Saturday, February 27.  Fingers still crossed.

Yonkers’ Raceway matinee this Sunday February 28 is now set for 11:55am. Looking ahead to March Yonkers plans to have two matinee cards, March 13 and 20, early post times to be determined.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…

Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, February 27  - Fountain of Youth – Gulfstream
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 10-4-2-1 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
February 27 – Fountain of Youth – Gulfstream

~Interbets Account Holders Alert…
Expect Toby Callet’s “Road to the Triple Crown” Free Handicapping Sheet for the Fountain of Youth emailed to you by Friday. Check your e-mail.

~ A NY minute…
Join us for racing and wagering for the first time ever on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016! Save the Date!  Back in November 2015 the Governor of NY approved the change along with a majority vote of both the state legislature and senate. The “Road to the Derby” $800,000 Sunland Derby is March 20 this year too!

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • February  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • February 26 – Expect the March calendar to be posted by today!
  • February 26 – Sunland is tentatively scheduled to reopen today.
  • February 27 – Gulfstream revised early first post this Saturday is 12 noon.
  • February 27 – Parx Racing is tentatively scheduled to reopen today.
  • February 27 – Advance bet Yonkers’ Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • February 28 – Update! Yonkers matinee post 11:55am

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2/17/16

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~Carryover Alert!
Thursday, February 18, 2016
$1,228,001 Pick 6 Jackpot   Gulfstream Park
$41,998             Pick 6                    Aqueduct

~ Weekend highlights…

Good news! Aqueduct will make up for some lost racing by adding a race day this Thursday, February 18, post 12:50pm. More good news! The weather is looking good in the northeast for the next week or so, including this weekend.  Aqueduct will offer the $125,000 Franklin Square, Gulfstream offers the Melody of Colors, and Santa Anita offers the grade 2 $200,000 Buena Vista, Tampa Bay Downs offers two stakes, the Pelican and Minaret. There are twenty-five tracks to choose from this Saturday and fifteen on Sunday.

Note, Louisiana Downs has a revised early 1:00pm (eastern) post time this Saturday.

Update! Parx Racing and Sunland continue to have their ongoing issues. Sunland is now scheduled to reopen on Friday, February 26th, post 3:30pm. Parx will reopen Saturday, February 27, post 12:55pm. Fingers crossed!

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ Horse notes…

Nyquist Among Eligibles for $1 Million Bonus in Gulfstream’s Florida Derby… (The 2016 Florida Derby is April 2nd) Undefeated champion Nyquist, winner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Keeneland Nov. 1 and victorious Monday in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) in his 3-year-old debut, tops the list of bonus eligible… “

~Harness notes…
The Grand Circuit Schedule is now posted at ustrotting.com beginning at Yonkers Raceway on Friday, March 18 with the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series.  Check it out! http://news.ustrotting.com/grandcircuit/

~ A NY minute…
Join us for racing and wagering for the first time ever on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016! Save the Date!  Back in November 2015 the Governor of NY approved the change along with a majority vote of both the state legislature and senate. The “Road to the Derby” $800,000 Sunland Derby is March 20 this year too!

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • February  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • February 23 – Sunland Park continues to be closed temporarily with horse health issues. Tentatively scheduled to reopen February 26.
  • February 20,21,22,23 Parx Racing reopening is further delayed and will NOT race these 4 days. Update your calendar. Opening rescheduled to Feb 27.
  • February 26 – Expect the March calendar to be posted by today!
  • February 27 – Advance bet Yonkers’ Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • February 28 – Yonkers matinee racing begins before OTB branches open.

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2/11/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

Hey New York! Broadway at Aqueduct for NY Breds this Saturday, purse $100,000.  Saturday’s Equibase feature race is Laurel’s grade 2 $300,000 Barbara Fritchie and the Road to the Derby features the grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real from Golden Gate Fields.  Tampa offers $700,000 in purses highlighted by the grade 3 $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes.

You’re going to love the sweet Sunday Valentine’s Day menu highlighted by Aqueduct’s $125,000 Rego Park.

Monday is President’s Day so Aqueduct is racing, post 12:50pm. Aqueduct’s Monday card features the $100,000 Hollie Hughes for NY Breds, in addition to Laurel’s General George, and Santa Anita’s San Vicente.

All eyes are on the San Vicente with the entry of the 2015 Eclipse Award winning and 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winning Nyquist in this race.  “…Nyquist will make his 3-year-old debut on Monday at Santa Anita in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes.” http: //www.drf.com/news/derby-watch-nyquist-already-ahead-game

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, February 13  - Barbara Fritchie Handicap – Laurel
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 10-4-2-1 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
February 13 – El Camino Real – Golden Gate Fields

~ American Pharoah Update…
Love is in the air!  Ahmed Zayat tweeted Friday at 1:53pm: “Life is a full cycle. The First Lady to be the date of American Pharoah will be untouched talent. The mare of Bodemeister.”  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • February  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • January 23 – at least February 19 – Sunland Park closed temporarily with horse health issues. Tentatively scheduled to reopen February 20.
  • February 13,14,15,16 Parx Racing reopening is further delayed and will NOT race these 4 days. Update your calendar. Opening rescheduled to Feb 20.
  • February 15 – Presidents’ Day – Aqueduct is racing, post 12:50pm
  • February 16 – Laurel Park Hiatus begins Feb 16 through March 10.
  • February 20 Sunland anticipates reopening today, but must get clearance. Follow us on facebook and twitter for updates.
  • February 20 – Parx Racing (revised) opening day.
  • February 27 – Advance bet Yonkers’ Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • February 28 – Yonkers matinee racing begins before OTB branches open.

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2/5/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

Aqueduct already reset their post for Saturday to 12:20pm. Check our Facebook page “ Interbets-Catskill OTB ” and Twitter feed “ @Interbets OTBCatskll ” as soon as we hear of any of changes now that they have cancelled racing today (Fri, Feb 5).

This Saturday Gulfstream and Delta Downs both have early posts for their big day!  At Gulfstream there’s a 12 noon post and $1,250,000 worth of stakes. Four of the six stakes are graded highlighted by the grade 1 $500,000 Donn Handicap and the grade 1 $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.  In his 4 year old debut Keen Ice will be using the Donn Handicap as a prep for the Dubai World Cup (DRF 2/1/16). You may recall Keen Ice will forever be known as the only horse to beat 2016 Triple Crown and Grand Slam winner American Pharoah at Saratoga in the Travers last summer.

At Delta Downs there’s a 2:15pm post and over $2,000,000 in purses for ten stakes races. It’s the Louisiana Premier highlighted by the $200,000 Championship.  Aqueduct offers two $100,000 races including the Gander for NY Breds and Fredd “Cappy” Capossela.  Santa Anita will not be out done offering four graded stakes highlighted by the grade 2 $500,000 San Antonio and grade 1 $300,000 Las Virgenes.

Before the world focuses attention Sunday evening on the big game, the decadent snacking, or the clever commercials the races will go on! Of course most tracks will have early posts this day. Note, Gulfstream will be 12 noon again, Santa Anita is 2:00pm, but so far Aqueduct is the regular 12:50pm. Check out the complete list of posts on the calendar page:      http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/ Aqueduct offers another race for NY Breds on Sunday and Santa Anita has another six figure graded stakes event, Palos Verdes.

Pssst!  Sunday is an “OTB Bettor Day” at all full service branches. Win free bets!

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, February 6  - SAN ANTONIO – Santa Anita
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 10-4-2-1 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
February 6 – Robert B. Lewis – Santa Anita

~ A NY minute…
NYRA introduces three all new marathon races in 2016 at Belmont Park on May 15, June 9 and June 10. The May 15th race is the $100,000 Flat Out at 1 3/8 mile on the dirt and prep for the Brooklyn Invitational scheduled for June 11.  The other two marathons are for fillies and mares and will run during the Belmont Stakes Festival.  The Belmont Coronation, scheduled June 10 on the turf at 1 15/16 miles, is created as a sister race to the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup Invitational. The third race is the Rags to Riches Invitational a 1 ½ mile dirt race.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • February  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • January 23 – at least February 9 – Sunland Park closed temporarily with horse health issues. Tentatively scheduled to reopen February 12.
  • February 3 Charles Town added racing to make up for cancellations in January.
  • February 5 & 6 Los Alamitos cancelled racing for electrical repairs.
  • February 6 Early post at Aqueduct 12:20pm, 10 race card!
  • February 6 & 7 Gulfstream revised post 12 noon both days.
  • February 6 Delta Downs early post 2:15pm.
  • February 7 Super Bowl. Several schedule changes and early posts. Check the calendar!
  • February 7 Turfway Park revised early post 1:50pm today. Update your calendar.
  • February 12 Sunland anticipates reopening today, but must get clearance. Follow us on facebook and twitter for updates.
  • February 13,14,15,16 Parx Racing reopening is further delayed and will NOT race these 4 days. Update your calendar. Opening rescheduled to Feb 20.
  • February 15 – Presidents’ Day – Aqueduct is racing, post 12:50pm
  • February 16 – Laurel Park Hiatus begins Feb 16 through March 10.
  • February 20 – Parx Racing (revised) opening day.
  • February 27 – Advance bet Yonkers’ Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • February 28 – Yonkers matinee racing begins before OTB branches open.

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1/28/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

Only one snowstorm in the NY metro area so far, but it was a doozie.  The weather looks much better at Aqueduct this coming Saturday, January 30 for the grade 3 $250,000 Withers. In addition the Toboggan is re-rescheduled to race 9 on Saturday and the very full card has prompted Aqueduct to adjust post back to the earlier 12:20pm post for the day per a NYRA press release dated 1/28/16:

The field for the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan:

PP Horse A/S Jockey WGT Trainer M/L
1 Sam Sparkle (FL) 8/R M Franco 114 D A. Cannizzo 20/1
2 Captain Serious (NY) 5/G A T. Gryder 118 M E. Hushion 10/1
3 Sassicaia (KY) 5/H J Bisono 114 R R. Rodriguez 15/1
4 Dads Caps (KY) 6/H J L. Ortiz 123 R R. Rodriguez 5/2
5 Mewannarose (FL) 6/G C P. DeCarlo 114 C J. Englehart 20/1
6 Heaven’s Runway (KY) 6/H C H. Velasquez 118 D Jacobson 10/1
7 Alex the Terror (KY) 4/C I Ortiz, Jr. 114 J T. Toscano, Jr. 8/1
8 Sir Rockport (VA) 4/G E Cancel 114 T A. Ice 30/1
9 Fabulous Kid (FL) 5/H A S. Arroyo 116 D Jacobson 6/1
10 Green Gratto (NJ) 6/H K Carmouche 123 G Grant 2/1

Besides a very full Aqueduct card Gulfstream Park offers the grade 2 $350,000 Holy Bull and four more six figure stakes. Saturday is also the $1,000,000 California Cup Day at Santa Anita with five big stakes. Last but not least, Sam Houston boasts a $100k all stakes Pick 4 (race 6-9) and three stakes highlighted by the grade 3 $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic. “A field of seven fillies and mares… including last years winner, Cassatt, who will face stiff competition from Forever Unbridled, winner of the Comely Stakes (… Aqueduct), and Cali Star, who pulled away to win the Rampart Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream…”

Note some Saturday early posts: Gulfstream 12:05pm, Aqueduct 12:20pm,Santa Anita 3:00pm, Sam Houston 6:00pm.
Note, Charles Town and Sunland are not racing this Friday and Saturday. Please update your calendars. Sunland is not racing Sunday either. Turfway changed to a later 3:30pm post all Sundays.

Sunday is another good day at Aqueduct highlighted by the $100,000 Maddie Mac for NY Breds.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, January 30  - JOHN CONNALLY – Sam Houston
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~2016 Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 10-4-2-1 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
January 9 – Sham Stakes – Santa Anita

~ A NY minute…
Who is excited to come join us for racing and wagering for the first time ever on Palm Sunday, March 20?! Save the Date!  Back in November the Governor approved the change along with a majority vote of both the state legislature and senate. The “Road to the Derby” $800,000 Sunland Derby is March 20 this year too!

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • February  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • January 23 – at least February 9 – Sunland Park closed temporarily with horse health issues. Tentatively scheduled to reopen February 12.
  • January 28 Aqueduct new post time 12:50pm starts today.
  • January 30 Early posts: Aqueduct 12:20pm, Gulfstream 12:05pm, Santa Anita 3:00pm, Sam Houston 6pm.
  • January 30 Turfway revised post all Sundays 3:30pm beginning today.
  • February 3 Charles Town added racing to make up for cancellations in January.
  • February 5 & 6 Los Alamitos cancelled racing for electrical repairs.
  • February 6 & 7 Gulfstream revised post 12 noon both days.
  • February 6 Delta Downs early post 2:15pm.
  • February 7 Super Bowl. Several schedule changes and early posts. Check the calendar!
  • February 15 – Presidents’ Day – Aqueduct is racing, post 12:50pm
  • February 16 – Laurel Park Hiatus begins Feb 16 through March 10.
  • February 27 – Advance bet Yonkers’ Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • February 28 – Yonkers matinee racing begins before OTB branches open.

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1/21/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

Woodbine has some timely pace finals this Friday with the Blizzard (f&m) and Snowshoe (open) for 3 & 4 yos. With our first chance of snow accumulations in the NY metropolitan area threatening the Aqueduct card and the $100,000 Busanda Stakes this Saturday we must consider the other 26 tracks racing this Saturday and the other eight big stakes events. Down in Florida our friends at Gulfstream will host the $100,000 H. Allen Jenkens for 4&up at 16furlongs on the Turf. Over on the west coast of Florida our Tampa friends will offer three big dirt stakes. The Tampa card includes the $100,000 Pasco for 3yos and $100,000 Gasparilla for 3yo fillies, and the $50,000 Wayward Lass for 4&up, f&m at 8.5f. Check out Sam Houston with four $50,000 stakes on Saturday. Santa Anita’s card is highlighted by the grade 2 $200,000 Santa Monica.

Please note, in anticipation of the storm Laurel has cancelled racing on both Saturday and Sunday.

Let’s assume the snow moves out as quickly as predicted and the Sunday card at Aqueduct won’t be affected. The Toboggan was scheduled for last Monday, but that card was cancelled due to subzero temps and high winds. Start your handicapping on Sunday’s grade 3 $150,000 Toboggan Stakes now.  There’s another 16 tracks racing on Sunday as well.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~Harness Highlights…
If you enjoy the Standardbreds no doubt you are familiar with the the United States Trotting Association or USTA. Everything you want to know about harness racing may be found on their website:  ustrotting.com

On Monday and Tuesday of this week they just posted two track announcements with some Grand Circuit highlights.
Meadowlands has announced a total of $14 million in Grand Circuit events in 2016 and Woodbine Entertainment has announce C$14 million-plus as well. The dates for their respective biggest events are as follows:
Saturday, June 18 – Mohawk Racetrack $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup
Saturday, August 6 – Meadowlands $1,000,000 Hambletonian
Saturday, October 29 – Meadowlands 2016 host of the $5.8 million Breeders Crown Championships
SAVE THE DATES!

~Eclipse awards…
A shout out is in order for all of the 2015 Eclipse Awards finalists and the winners!
Below are some highlights:
Horse of the Year: American Pharoah
Champion Older Dirt Male: Honor Code
Champion Older Dirt Female: Beholder
Outstanding Breeders & Owner: Zayat
Outstanding Trainer: Baffert
Outstanding Rider: Javier Castellano
Congratulations to all! More details here: http://www.ntra.com/eclipse-awards/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • January  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • January 1-31 Our OTB Partner location Breezy Point in Greenwood Lake, NY will be closed for the month as usual. They’ll be open again in February. Please visit your local OTB in nearby Monroe, NY during January.
  • January 28 Aqueduct new post time 12:50pm starts today.
  • January 30 Santa Anita early post 3:00pm
  • January 30 Sam Houston early post 6:00pm

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1/14/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

Even though this has been “the winter that wasn’t” so far it’s always a nice to have quality racing from our southern tracks. This Saturday is Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream Park for Florida Breds. The card includes six stakes worth over a million dollars. Our friends in California will add to an already good day with the grade 2 $200,000 La Canada at Santa Anita and the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate. There’s a whopping 27 tracks to choose from this Saturday in January.

Harness fans remember Yonkers second Sunday matinee is January 17 and there will be advance wagering all day Saturday, January 16 on the Sunday card. Actual post time for Sunday is to be determined and is tentatively scheduled for 11:15a.m., before branches open.

Aqueduct offers the $100,000 Ruthless this Sunday. Our newest track offering and newest friend from the south is Hialeah Park quarter horse racing. Hialeah has a big Sunday ahead including over $400,000 for six stakes highlighted by the $250,000 Hialeah Derby! There are 19 tracks to choose from this Sunday including six “after hours” tracks in the evening.

If you don’t have an Interbets account already this is the time to open one for “after hours” wagering and for those days you can’t get to the branch. We’re bound to get some snow soon. Wager with your account online at Interbets.com, at branch self-serve machines, and by phone with live operators. Account wagering offers rewards and the convenient option of deposits and withdrawals at any Catskill OTB branch.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A look ahead…
January 18 – Aqueduct is racing this Monday
, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, post time 12:20pm, in addition to added racing from Gulfstream, Laurel, Santa Anita and Golden Gate this day.

~New Zealand Racing…
The New Zealand Racing (NZR) calendar is posted monthly at Interbets.com on the racing calendar page. Account holders may check the daily track wagering menu online or the calendar posted at branches to see which track(s) are racing each day. When two NZR tracks are racing on the same day the designated NZR “A” track and “B” track will include the name of the track assigned a “A” or “B”.  Thanks for the feedback so we may serve you better. Please keep the feedback coming!

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • January  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • January 1-31 Our OTB Partner location Breezy Point in Greenwood Lake, NY will be closed for the month as usual. They’ll be open again in February. Please visit your local OTB in nearby Monroe, NY during January.
  • January 8 Meadowlands revised early post for January and February at 6:35pm
  • January 8 Hawthorne all new harness meet begins, 8:20pm post.
  • January 9 & 16 Advance wager Yonkers Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • January 10 & 17 Yonkers matinee racing begins before branches open, 11:15am, advance bet Saturday.
  • January 13 Buffalo Harness racing begins, post 5:00pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00pm Saturdays.
  • January 14 Our OTB Partner location Elsie’s Place in Wallkill, NY is open once again for wagering.
  • January 15 Sam Houston racing begins, post 8:10pm.
  • January 18 Aqueduct is racing this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • January 20 Portland Meadows adds racing today, post 3:00pm eastern.
  • January 28 Aqueduct new post time 12:50pm starts today.
  • January 30 Santa Anita early post 3:00pm
  • January 30 Sam Houston early post 6:00pm

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1/7/16

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~ Weekend highlights…

This weekend offers substantial stakes races from the big three and a few fan favorites. On Saturday there are six figure purses at Aqueduct, Gulfstream, and Santa Anita. Gulfstream has three graded stakes worth a total of $500,000. Santa Anita offers two graded stakes, but it’s all about the Sham, the grade 3 $100,000 Sham stakes is the featured Road to the Derby Race and the Equibase featured race for this weekend. Our Quarter Horse offerings have been gaining popularity with offerings from Los Alamitos, Louisiana Downs starting Saturday, and Hialeah Park. On Sunday Aqueduct offers another $100,000 race. Two of our fan favorite tracks, Hialeah Park and Sunland Park, will offer stakes this Sunday as well.

Harness update: Meadowlands seems to have found a sweet time spot with their early 6:35pm post, They are going to revise all posts in January and February to 6:35pm beginning with this Friday, January 8 and both cards will feature fourteen races! Once again we will offer advance wagering all day Saturday on Yonkers’ Sunday matinee card. The matinee card begins at 11:15am before branches open at 11:45am.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~ A NY minute…
NYRA announced their 2015 year-end titles on January 1. Congrats to Ortiz, Brown and Dubb!  Irad Ortiz, Jr. earned his second consecutive riding title with 281 wins. His younger brother Jose was second again with 237 wins. Chad Brown won his first ever year-end training title with 131 wins.  Michael Dubb won 58 times to make him the top owner for the fourth time.

A look ahead to the 2y-year-old spring program in New York. NYRA announced that it will offer six maiden races worth $100,000 each leading up to the Astoria June 9 and Tremont June 10. Three Astoria trials for fillies will be held on April 20 at Aqueduct and May 4 and 18 at Belmont. The three Tremont trials will follow one day behind running on April 21 at Aqueduct and May 5 and 19 at Belmont.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, January 9  -  SHAM STAKES – Santa Anita
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 10-4-2-1 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.
January 9 – Sham Stakes – Santa Anita

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • January  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • January 1-31 Our OTB Partner location Breezy Point in Greenwood Lake, NY will be closed for the month as usual. They’ll be open again in February. Please visit your local OTB in nearby Monroe, NY during January.
  • January 2-13 Our OTB Partner location Elsie’s Place in Wallkill, NY will be closed. Please visit your local OTBs in nearby Newburgh, Middletown, and Kingston, NY.
  • January 8 Meadowlands revised early post for January and February at 6:35pm
  • January 8 Hawthorne all new harness meet begins, 8:20pm post.
  • January 9 & 16 Advance wager Yonkers Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • January 10 & 17 Yonkers matinee racing begins before branches open, 11:15am, advance bet Saturday.
  • January 13 Buffalo Harness racing begins, post 5:00pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00pm Saturdays.
  • January 15 Sam Houston racing begins, post 8:10pm.
  • January 18 Aqueduct is racing this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • January 20 Portland Meadows adds racing today, post 3:00pm eastern.
  • January 28 Aqueduct new post time 12:50pm starts today.
  • January 30 Santa Anita early post 3:00pm
  • January 30 Sam Houston early post 6:00pm

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12/31/15

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~ Weekend highlights…

OTB & Interbets wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  We are open today New Year’s Eve and tomorrow New Year’s Day until 7:30pm. Branches that are scheduled to close earlier will close at their regular closing time. There’s plenty of racing to ring in the new year today and Friday, New Year’s Day before the weekend even begins. Please note, Northfield has added a race card this Friday at 6:00pm. Remember to place all your bets before the early closing by 7:30pm.

This weekend is full of stakes for the first Saturday of 2016. Aqueduct features the grade 3 $200,000 Jerome. The Jerome is a Road to the Derby race earning the top four finishers points toward a Derby spot. Gulfstream offers five $100,000 stakes including three grade 3 events. Santa Anita also offers three graded stakes events worth a total of $500,000. Meadowlands harness track will have a special 6:35pm post time this Saturday.

Hialeah is a big hit!  Glad we could reintroduce a track that many of you have welcomed back so successfully. Their pools have grown as a direct result of our participation. If you haven’t check out their quarter horse racing yet then why not do so tomorrow. Post time is 12:35pm racing Friday through Monday.

Laurel – On Thursday, December 31 Laurel has a mandatory payout of three wagers: the Pick 5 includes a carryover from last Sunday of $16,361. The Rainbow 6,note Laurel will remove the wager maximum restriction on the Rainbow 6 this day only. Lastly, the Super High 5 on the last race of the day has a mandatory payout.  The Laurel winter meet begins January 1st. There are two changes to note. The minimum bet value on the Rainbow 6 will be .20cents. The minimum bet value of the Super High 5 will be $1.

Heads up Cal Expo Harness Racing fans – Pick 6 changes effective this Saturday, January 2. The dime single winner Pick 6 is discontinued. In its place will be a traditional Pick 6 with 75% major / 25% minor pool payout and a .50cent minimum.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~A N.Y. minute…

The last NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes of the year is today!
December 31    Aqueduct         Alex M. Robb

Aqueduct winter meet will race on the inner track four days a week Thursday through Sunday for the first three months of the year. Post time December 26-January 24 is 12:20pm. Post time January 28-February 21 is 12:50pm. Post time February 25-March 26 is 1:20pm.

Aqueduct will race on Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Monday, February 15, Presidents’ Day and will be dark those following two Thursdays.  Aqueduct is closed Sunday, March 27, Easter Sunday.  For the first time ever NYS is permitting horse racing and wagering on Palm Sunday, March 20. Aqueduct is scheduled to race.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, January 2  -  JEROME – Aqueduct
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~American Pharoah…
We can’t end the year without one more shout out of gratitude to the horse that did it all in 2015. Winning the Triple Crown after a 37 year drought was praise worthy enough. American Pharoah took it to a never before written page in history with the first ever Grand Slam of Racing by also winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year. Last Thursday NYRA announced that American Pharoah’s historic achievement was being honored as the “Sports Story of the Year” by the Associated Press. Thankfully AP’s story won out over the deflate-gate controversy that plagued the NFL.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • December  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • December 31 Laurel is racing this Thursday, post 12:25pm.
  • December 31 & January 1 wagering available both days! Branches will be close by 7:30pm or earlier if scheduled closing time is earlier. Happy New Year.
  • January 1-31 Our OTB Partner location Breezy Point in Greenwood Lake, NY will be closed for the month as usual. They’ll be open again in February. Please visit your local OTB in nearby Monroe, NY during January.
  • January 1 Northfield is racing, 6:00pm post.
  • January 2 Meadowlands Harness special early post today, 6:35pm.
  • January 8 Hawthorne all new harness meet begins, 8:20pm post.
  • January 9 & 16 Advance wager Yonkers Sunday matinee card all day Saturday.
  • January 10 & 17 Yonkers matinee racing begins before branches open, 11:15am, advance bet Saturday.
  • January 13 Buffalo Harness racing begins, post 5:00pm Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00pm Saturdays.
  • January 15 Sam Houston racing begins, post 8:10pm.
  • January 18 Aqueduct is racing this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • January 28 Aqueduct new post time 12:50pm starts today.
  • January 30 Santa Anita early post 3:00pm
  • January 30 Sam Houston early post 6:00pm

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12/23/15
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~ Weekend highlights…

OTB & Interbets wishes all who are celebrating a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.  We are closed on Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve and Friday, December 25, Christmas Day this year. NYS law prohibits horse race wagering on Christmas Day.

A spectacular Saturday will make up for the couple days of no racing with graded stakes and NY Breds. Gulfstream kicks off the weekend with a 12:05pm post and three grade 3 $100,000 stakes.  Aqueduct features the $100,000 Damon Runyon for NY Breds and $100,000 Gravesend stakes.  Laurel offers five stakes races on Saturday worth $350,000 total. Santa Anita hits the ground running on opening day with four stakes races worth $900,000 highlighted by the grade 1 $300,000 Malibu and $300,000 La Brea. What an entrance!

Welcome! Hialeah Park quarter horse racing begins Saturday with a 12:35pm post at “The World’s Most Beautiful Race Course”. Hialeah will race four days a week, Friday through Monday through the end of February. Their Flamingo Six is a jackpot Pick 6 wager with a base of .20 cents.  Hialeah offers many stakes events highlighted by the race cards on January 17 and February 28th. Save the dates!

There are some early post times on Saturday to note: Woodbine Harness 1:00pm, Northlands H 3:00pm, Santa Anita opening day post 3:00pm, Golden Gate 3:15pm, and last but not least Meadowlands has a revised early post at 6:35pm.

Aqueduct is right back at it on Sunday with the $150,000 NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Division and $100,000 East View for NY Breds. Santa Anita tops off their opening weekend on Sunday with the grade 3 $100,000 Robert J Frankel.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~A N.Y. minute…

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes December 2015
December 26    Aqueduct         Damon Runyon
December 27    Aqueduct         NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27    Aqueduct         East View
December 31    Aqueduct          Alex M. Robb

Aqueduct winter meet will race on the inner track four days a week for the first three months of the year. Post time December 26-January 24 is 12:20pm. Post time January 28-February 21 is 12:50pm. Post time February 25-March 26 is 1:20pm.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, December 27  -  ROBERT J FRANKEL – Santa Anita
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Give the gift of winning…
Most OTBs sell all NYS lottery games. OTB gift vouchers are available year-round in any denomination $2 and up. These gifts can stuff a stocking and fit easily in any card. Remember us for your birthday shopping needs too.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • December  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • December 24 No wagering today.  Branches are closed.
  • December 25 No wagering. Branches are closed. NYS law prohibits horse race wagering on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.
  • December 26 Hialeah Park Quarter Horse Wagering offered for the first time, post time 12:35pm.
  • December 26 Charles Town cancelled racing today. Delete from the calendar.
  • December 26 Meadowlands revised early post 6:35pm.
  • December 31 Laurel is racing this Thursday, post 12:25pm.
  • December 31 & January 1 wagering available both days! Branches will be close by 7:30pm or earlier if scheduled closing time is earlier. Happy New Year.
  • January 1-31 Our OTB Partner location Breezy Point in Greenwood Lake, NY will be closed for the month as usual. They’ll be open again in February. Please visit your local OTB in nearby Monroe, NY during January.

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12/17/15

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~ Weekend highlights…

What a nice spring we’ve been having in the Northeast this December!  Old Man Winter must be on holiday so we get to enjoy another week of warm weather and no cancellations at Aqueduct.  As a matter of fact so far the rest of the month is forecast to be mild with just a bit of rain. Aqueduct features the $100,000 Queens County on Saturday.  Interbets and Catskill OTB also brings you a $350,000 grade 1 Futurity event from the Los Alamitos thoroughbred meet, three Tampa Bay $100,000 stakes and the second leg of the Valedictory from Woodbine’s harness track all on Saturday.

Aqueduct continues their NY Bred schedule with the Fifth Avenue for 2yo fillies on Sunday.  We’re also happy to welcome back Sunland Park racing beginning December 18. Sunland will feature two $85,000 stakes this Sunday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~A N.Y. minute…

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes December 2015
December 20    Aqueduct         NY Stallion Stakes Fifth Ave Div
December 26    Aqueduct          Damon Runyon
December 27    Aqueduct          NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27    Aqueduct          East View
December 31    Aqueduct          Alex M. Robb

Aqueduct winter meet will race on the inner track four days a week for the first three months of the year. Post time December 26-January 24 is 12:20pm. Post time January 28-February 21 is 12:50pm. Post time February 25-March 26 is 1:20pm.

~ICYMI…
Harness fans: Earlier today it was tweeted from @Breeders_Crown that the Horse of the Year is Wiggle It Jiggleit with 130 of 136 votes. Pinkman gets three & Freaky Feet Pete, Foiled Again, Mission Brief each got one. More details on all of the voting after the Dan Patch Awards are officially announced by USHWA. Congrats to all of the winners.

American Pharoah continues to win in 2015. The latest accolades come from his overwhelming choice of voters in the Vox Populi Award. “(The Vox Populi) was established five years ago by Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, to honor the “horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.” Reported by Matt Hegarty 12/09/15.

~A look ahead…
OTB plans to add Hialeah Park quarter horse race track to our menu of racing beginning Saturday, December 26 pending NYSGC approval. Hialeah will race four days a week, Friday through Monday, post time 12:35pm. Hialeah    offers the Flamingo Six, a jackpot pick 6 wager, with a minimum of .20 cents.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, December 20  -  LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY – Los Alamitos thoroughbred meet
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Road the the Derby…
Top 4 finishers receive 10-4-2-1 points respectively toward earning a spot in the 2015 Kentucky Derby.
December 20 -  Los Alamitos Futurity – Los Alamitos thoroughbred meet

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • December  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • December 21,22,23 Special early post 2:15pm at Delta Downs
  • December 24 No wagering today.  Branches are closed.
  • December 25 No wagering. Branches are closed. NYS law prohibits horse race wagering on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas.
  • December 26 Hialeah Park Quarter Horse Wagering offered for the first time, post time 12:35pm.
  • December 26 Charles Town cancelled racing today. Delete from the calendar.
  • December 31 & January 1 wagering available both days! Branches will be close by 7:30pm or earlier if scheduled closing time is earlier. Happy New Year.

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12/9/15

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~ Weekend highlights…

Best wishes go out to Triple Crown and Grand Slam winning jockey Victor Espinoza who is participating in the International Jockeys’ Championship in Hong Kong today. The outcome is unknown as of the writing of this newsletter entry.

Gulfstream Park features four $100,000 stakes this Saturday including the grade 3 Rampart. Los Alamitos thoroughbred meet is underway and features the grade 1 $300,000 Starlet. The action continues at Los Alamitos and carries over to the Quarter Horse track with the grade 1 $600,000 Champion of Champions.

Aqueduct continues NYRA’s stellar year with New York-Breds stakes for the next three weekends. This Saturday’s NY Bred feature is the $100,000 Bay Ridge for F&M, 3 year olds at 1 1/16m.   Catskill OTB and Interbets.com offers advance wagering all day Saturday, December 12 on the Yonkers harness racing Sunday matinee card.

Sunday is Yonkers last day of racing until January 7th.  All the flats action is at Remington Park on Sunday with the Equibase feature race of the day, the $250,000 Springboard Mile, two $100,000 stakes, and two more $50,000 stakes.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~A N.Y. minute…

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes December 2015
December 12    Aqueduct           Bay Ridge 1 1/16m F&M, 3&up
December 20     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes 5th Ave Div
December 26      Aqueduct             Damon Runyon
December 27      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27      Aqueduct             East View
December 31      Aqueduct             Alex M. Robb

Aqueduct moved to the inner track Wednesday, December 9. Racing continues on the inner track through March 26, 2016. Aqueduct will race four days a week for the first three months of the year. Aqueduct moves back to the main track March 31 through April 24.

~ICYMI…
Gulfstream kicked off their championship meet on December 5 with the following announcement: “Gulfstream Park will present a stakes program worth a record $11.61 million in purses during (the meet) highlighted by the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on April 2. (Save the date!)  A record 73 stakes, including 37 graded races, will be offered during the 77th anniversary meet ( …) Six new races have been added to the stakes program for the 2015-2016 meet, while another six races have received purse increases.”

~A look ahead…
OTB plans to add Hialeah Park quarter horse race track to our menu of racing beginning Saturday, December 26 pending NYSGC approval. Hialeah will race four days a week, Friday through Monday, post time 12:35pm. Hialeah offers the Flamingo Six, a jackpot pick 6 wager, with a minimum of .20 cents.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, December 13  -  SPRINGBOARD MILE – Remington Park
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • December  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • December 13 Yonkers offer the last Sunday matinee on their last day of racing in 2015.
  • December 21,22,23 Special early post 2:15pm at Delta Downs
  • December 24 No wagering today.  Branches are closed.
  • December 25 No wagering. Branches are closed. NYS law prohibits horse race wagering on Christmas Day.
  • December 25 Merry Christmas.
  • December 26 Hialeah Park Quarter Horse Wagering offered for the first time, post time 12:35pm.
  • December 31 & January 1 wagering available both days! Special hours expected, tba. Happy New Year!

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12/2/15

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~ NY Weekend highlights…

The holiday season kicked off last weekend with Thanksgiving and a long weekend filled with good racing, Tampa Bay Downs’ opening, and much appreciation for our customers.  This first Saturday of December rings in the Gulfstream Park Championship meet and the $1,110,000 Claiming Crown Day.  Aqueduct features the $100,000 Garland of Roses and Laurel offers three $100,000 stakes.

OTB & Interbets wish all who are celebrating a Happy Hanukkah beginning this Sunday.  OTB gift vouchers make a great gift year-round. Remember, Yonkers will not offer matinee racing this Sunday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~A N.Y. minute…

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes November 2015
December 12      Aqueduct             Bay Ridge
December 20     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes 5th Ave Div
December 26      Aqueduct             Damon Runyon
December 27      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27      Aqueduct             East View
December 31      Aqueduct             Alex M. Robb

Aqueduct will move to the inner track next Wednesday, December 9. Racing continues on the inner track through March 26, 2016. NYRA has announced their 2016 schedule. Aqueduct will race four days a week for the first three months of the year. Aqueduct moves back to the main track March 31 through April 24.

Belmont’s 2016 meet dates are Friday April 29-July 17. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled for Saturday June 11.  Saratoga races Friday, July 22 through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, Wednesdays-Mondays. Belmont’s back for the Fall meet September 9-October 30. Aqueduct races Thursday, November 4 – December 31 with a winter break December 19-28.

~NY Hot List Results…
Yup, still hot!

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, December 5  -  CLAIMING CROWN JEWEL – Gulfstream
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • December  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • December 3 Los Alamitos thoroughbred meet opens 3:30pm eastern post time.
  • December 6 Happy Hanukkah. Branches are open.
  • December 6 Yonkers will NOT offer matinee racing this Sunday.
  • December 13 Yonkers offer the last Sunday matinee on their last day of racing in 2015.
  • December 21,22,23 Special early post 2:15pm at Delta Downs
  • December 24 No wagering today.  Branches are closed.
  • December 25 No wagering. Branches are closed. NYS law prohibits horse race wagering on Christmas Day.
  • December 25 Merry Christmas.
  • December 26 Hialeah Park Quarter Horse Wagering offered for the first time, post time 12:35pm.
  • December 31 & January 1 wagering available both days! Special hours expected, tba. Happy New Year!

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11/25/15

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~Thanksgiving & Interbets Carryover Alert…
Thursday, November 26 – Del Mar Pick 6 carryover $102,968

Betting opens at 11:00am Thanksgiving Day through 3:30pm. Norwich & Port Jervis OTBs are closed.
Gulfstream revised early post now 11:40am, Aqueduct 11:50am, Laurel 11:05am. Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28 Aqueduct has a special early post 11:50am and branches are open 11:30am.

OTB & Interbets are sincerely thankful for your patronage. Let’s keep NY s

~ NY Weekend highlights…
THURSDAY – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
There’s an early start to the weekend with the holiday on Thursday.  Betting opens at 11:00am.  Norwich and Port Jervis OTBs are closed Thursday. All other OTB branches are open 11am-3:30pm. The tracks all have early posts too, Laurel 11:05am, Aqueduct 11:50am, Gulfstream Park West 11:40pm. Check the calendar for the complete schedule.  Psst! Thursday is an OTB Bettor Day at branches. Any bet may include a free bet and much thanks to our loyal customers.

FRIDAY
Aqueduct has an early 11:50am post today. Do your Black Friday holidays shopping at your local OTB. OTB gift vouchers come in any size, $2 and up.  Most OTBs sell all NYS Lottery Games. OTB gift vouchers and NYS Lottery tickets are great ideas to fill a card or stuff a stocking!

SATURDAY
It’s Cigar Mile Day at Aqueduct featuring four graded stakes worth $1.4 million in purses. Post time is early once again at 11:50am. The grade 1 Cigar Mile is worth $500,000 in addition to $300,000 each for the grade 2 Demoiselle and Remsen. Note, the Remsen is also a Road to the Derby race worth 10-4-2-1 points to the top four finishers. The fourth stakes is the grade 3 $300,000 Comely. NYRA reports that “Private Zone is likely to defend his crown in the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap”.

Saturday is the 79th running of the grade 2 $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup. Remember Hawthorne will offer both thoroughbred and harness racing in the new year beginning in January.

Gulfstream Park West hosts a Juvenile Showcase Day this Saturday.

Del Mar offers three graded stakes Saturday highlighted by the grade 1 $300,000 Hollywood Derby.

SUNDAY
Aqueduct features the $125,000 Thunder Rumble NYSS and Woodbine also offer a $125,000 stakes. Its Woodbine’s closing day of the thoroughbred meet. Keep in mind that Woodbine will replace the Polytrack surface with Tapeta for their 2016 season.

Del Mar will feature another grade 1 stakes for the weekend this Sunday with the running of the $300,000 Matriarch.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/


~A N.Y. minute…

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes November 2015
November 29     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Thunder Rumble Division
December 12      Aqueduct             Bay Ridge
December 20     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes 5th Ave Div
December 26      Aqueduct             Damon Runyon
December 27      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27      Aqueduct             East View
December 31      Aqueduct             Alex M. Robb

~Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
November 27     Northfield           Courageous Lady
November 29     Dover Downs     Progressive Pace

~Interbets VIP Contest Winner – Vegas & the HWS…
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2015 INTERBETS VIP GRAND PRIZE WINNER, RAJ BHUTANI.
Raj won a free trip and free entry to the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas, a $2,500 value!  He’s going to Vegas… baby! Please wish Raj much success in Vegas. We’ll keep you posted when he goes next March-April 2016.

Second place goes to William Olson. Third place finisher is Warren Davis. Great job! The complete order of finish of our top ten finishers who received cash prizes will be posted on the contest page by next week. Congrats to you all.

Shout out to our 2015 OTB Handicapping Contests Points Winner O. Dohn Paditsone of Dutchess County. Dohn earned a whopping 35 total points and free entry into the Interbets VIP Contest on Saturday, November 21.

Thank you to all of our contestants throughout the year. Thanks to all of our VIPs. The competition was intense, and a good time was had by all. See you all next year at the Interbets.com 4th Annual VIP Contest. Remember to earn your points all year!

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, November 28  -  HAWTHORNE GOLD CUP – Hawthorne
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • November  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • November 26 – Betting opens at 11:00am Thanksgiving Day through 3:30pm.Norwich & Port Jervis closed.
  • November 26 Gulfstream revised early post now 11:40am, Aqueduct 11:50am, Laurel 11:05am.
  • November 27 & 28 Aqueduct special early post 11:50am. Branches open 11:30am.
  • November 28 Tampa Bay Downs opens, post 12:35pm.
  • November 28 Turf Paradise revised post 2:40pm daily
  • November 28 Zia Park revised post 2:00pm daily

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11/19/15

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
SATURDAY
This is a day to come to your local OTB!  Aqueduct offers two $100,000 stakes, The Notebook for NY Breds and the Artie Schiller. Gulfstream Park West offers two grade 3 $100,000 stakes. Some of the country’s top older turf horses will participate in these two races. Both tracks are part of the Interbets VIP Handicapping Contest this Saturday. It is one contest held at three locations simultaneously. Yes, you can sign up on Saturday. Bring $160 cash and your identification to registered 10:30am-12:20pm. See the section below and follow the link for details. Best wishes to all participants.

In addition to the VIP excitement Saturday is also the $2,300,000 Delta Jackpot Day highlighted by the grade 3 $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot. The Jackpot has thirteen pre-entries including Exaggerator who won the Saratoga Special back in August, and came in second in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. He finished fourth most recently in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on October 31. Delta will have an early 2:15pm post today.  The Jackpot is a Kentucky Derby Prep race as well. The top four finishers will earn 10-4-2-1 points respectively. Later in the afternoon Del Mar will offer its own grade 3 $100,000 stakes.

Harness players have been waiting for the Meadowlands to open and they did last week. Now Meadowlands will offer six big stakes finals with total purses of $2,230,000 on Saturday highlighted by the $530,000 Governor’s Cup, $500,000 Valley Victory, and much more. See the upcoming stakes sign for the complete list of stakes.  Psst! It’s also an OTB Bettor Night for NY Harness wagering too. Free bets may randomly print out at any OTB branch with your wagers.  Remember, Yonkers matinee is early on Sunday so advance wager Yonkers’ Sunday card all day and evening on Saturday.

SUNDAY
Aqueduct offers another NY Bred race on Sunday, $100,000 Key Cents. Woodbine and Del Mar will also offer six figure stakes on Sunday. Yonkers will offer matinee racing on Sunday that will begin before branches open on Sunday so take advantage of advance wagering on Saturday for the first few races.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes November 2015
November 21      Aqueduct             Notebook
November 22     Aqueduct             Key Cents
November 29     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Thunder Rumble Division
December 12      Aqueduct             Bay Ridge
December 20     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes 5th Ave Div
December 26      Aqueduct             Damon Runyon
December 27      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27      Aqueduct             East View
December 31      Aqueduct             Alex M. Robb

~Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
November 21      Meadowlands    Governor’s Cup
November 21      Meadowlands    Valley Victory
November 21      Meadowlands    TVG 3 & up open Trot
November 21      Meadowlands    TVG  3 & up open Pace
November 21      Meadowlands    Tarport Hap
November 21      Meadowlands    Continental Victory
November tba   Dover Downs     Progressive Pace Elims.
November 27     Northfield           Courageous Lady
November tba   Dover Downs     Progress Pace Final

~OTB VIP Contest NOV 21! Win a Vegas trip to the HWS…
WIN CASH PRIZES & GRAND PRIZE TRIP TO HORSEPLAYER WORLD SERIES IN VEGAS –The 3rd Annual Interbets.com Big Money VIP Handicapping Contest is scheduled for Saturday, November 21. One contest held simultaneously at three locations: Park Avenue OTB (Nanuet, NY), Arlington OTB (Poughkeepsie, NY), and Nimmonsburg OTB (Binghamton, NY).

100% of the entry fee money goes toward prizes. Grand prize is entry into the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas (March/April 2016).  You must be 21 years old to win the grand prize.  This is a LIVE MONEY contest. The player with the highest balance at the end of the contest wins the first place cash and the grand prize trip with entry to the HWS. The top ten win cash prizes.

REGISTRATION HAS ALREADY STARTED AT ALL BRANCHES 50 participants maximum. Each allowed up to two entries.You can sign up on contest day too only at one of the three contest locations beginning at 10:30am through 12:20pm. Bring identification and $160 cash. $100 toward entry fee is non-refundable and $60 for live money wagering according to the contest rules.  Questions? Call (888)FUN2BET and ask for Marketing/VIP Contest Registration.

More details on the Handicapping Contest Page: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

Upcoming Event Schedule:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, November 21  - DELTA JACKPOT  – Delta Downs
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~A look ahead…
Monday, November 23 – Mahoning Valley will offer the $200,000 Steel City Sprint on November 23rd.
Wednesday, November 25th – Zia Park will host the Land of Enchantment Day highlighted by the $300,000 Zia Park Oaks in addition to five more high stakes races worth over $1,000,000 total. Zia Park post is 2:15pm.
Wednesday, November 25th – Penn National hosts the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap. Ben’s Cat is gearing up for a four-peat victory in this one. There are two more stakes at Penn Wednesday evening. Post time 6:00pm.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • November  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • November 21 Interbets VIP Contest at Park Avenue, Arlington & Nimmonsburg OTBs. One contest at 3 locations. Win free entry to the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series, Vegas trip & Cash!  Register Nov 21 at any of the 3 locations, 10:30am – 12:20pm!
  • November 21 Laurel revised, new post is 12:25pm daily.
  • November 26 – Betting opens at 11:00am Thanksgiving Day.
  • November 26 Gulfstream revised early post now 11:40am, Aqueduct 11:50am, Laurel 11:05am.
  • November 27 & 28 Aqueduct special early post 11:50am.
  • November 28 Tampa Bay Downs opens, post 12:35pm.

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
SATURDAY
The weekend gets an early start with the revised early 12:05pm post at Laurel Park on Saturday for the $350,000 DeFrancis Dash plus five more stakes worth $100,000 each for a whopping total of $850,000 in stakes. Later in the evening Lone Star Park offers two grade1 stakes, the $1,150,000 Texas Classic Futurity and the $415,000 Texas Classic Derby. See the upcoming stakes page for all the stakes at all the tracks being offered this weekend.

SUNDAY
Sunday is highlighted by a NYSS at Aqueduct, the $200,000 Bessarabian at Woodbine, and the $100,000 Desi Arnaz at the Del Mar Fall meet.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes November 2015
November 15      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Staten Island Division
November 21      Aqueduct             Notebook
November 22     Aqueduct             Key Cents
November 29     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Thunder Rumble Division
December 12      Aqueduct             Bay Ridge
December 20     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes 5th Ave Div
December 26      Aqueduct             Damon Runyon
December 27      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27      Aqueduct             East View
December 31      Aqueduct             Alex M. Robb

~OTB VIP Contest NOV 21! Win a Vegas trip to the HWS…
WIN CASH PRIZES & GRAND PRIZE TRIP TO HORSEPLAYER WORLD SERIES IN VEGAS –The 3rd Annual Interbets.com Big Money VIP Handicapping Contest is scheduled for next Saturday, November 21.

100% of entry fee money goes toward prizes. Grand prize is entry into the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas (March/April 2016).  You must be 21 years old to win the grand prize.

REGISTRATION HAS ALREADY STARTED AT ALL BRANCHES.  50 participants maximum. Each allowed up to two entries.You can sign up on contest day too at one of the three contest locations beginning at 10:30am. Bring identification and $160 cash. $100 toward entry fee is non-refundable and $60 for live money wagering according to the contest rules.  Questions? Call (888)FUN2BET and ask for Marketing/VIP Contest Registration.

More details on the Handicapping Contest Page: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

Upcoming Event Schedule:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • November  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • November 1-15 Register at any OTB for the Interbets VIP Contest – 1 contest at 3 locations Nov 21!
  • November 6 Evangeline revised special post today 6:05pm.
  • November 9 AQUEDUCT IS RACING 12:20pm. ADD AQUEDUCT TO THE CALENDAR!!!
  • November 9 Woodbine Harness revised new daily post is now 7:30pm
  • November 21 Interbets VIP Contest at Park Avenue, Arlington & Nimmonsburg OTBs. Win free entry to the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series, Vegas trip & Cash!  Register at any OTB Nov 1-15!

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11/5/15

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
SATURDAY
We’re still enjoying some warm weather, but the Aqueduct meet has begun. Aqueduct has a 12:20pm post. The first Saturday feature race is the grade 3 $200,000 Long Island. It’s a big day at Gulfstream Park West featuring the Sunshine Millions Preview races including eight stakes races competing for $625,000 in purses. Later in the afternoon Lone Star Park offers the Challenge Championship featuring six grade 1 & 2 races worth $925,000.

Harness fans may be enjoying their last hurrah with Balmoral Harness as their 2016 meet days have not been approved by their state’s commission when last checked. Balmoral Harness features eight American-National races worth a whopping $1,380,000.  Illinois harness dates are expected to be given to Hawthorne as of the latest reports.

SUNDAY
Sunday begins with Yonkers Harness racing already in progress as of branch opening. Branches open at 11:45am and Yonkers will begin each of the next six Sundays at 11:15am-11:25am. Bet the early races with your Interbets account.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes November 2015
November 6        Finger Lakes      Shesastonecoldfox
November 15      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Staten Island Division
November 21      Aqueduct             Notebook
November 22     Aqueduct             Key Cents
November 29     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Thunder Rumble Division
December 12      Aqueduct             Bay Ridge
December 20     Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes 5th Ave Div
December 26      Aqueduct             Damon Runyon
December 27      Aqueduct             NY Stallion Stakes Great White Way Div
December 27      Aqueduct             East View
December 31      Aqueduct             Alex M. Robb

Belmont ended on a high note with Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. earning his third consecutive Belmont riding title. Meanwhile his younger brother Jose Ortiz tied for second with Javier Castellano.  Chad Brown won his fifth consecutive Belmont fall training title. Linda Rice finished sixteen races behind for second. It came down to the wire so to speak for Ken and Sarah Ramsey finishing in first on the last day of the meet to secure the leading owner honors. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who put on the races at beautiful Belmont Park.

A press release announcement on November 1 states that Normandy Invasion will stand stud in 2016 in NY.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, November 7  -  LONG ISLAND – Aqueduct
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
November 7          Balmoral H       American-National races

~OTB VIP Contest! Win a Vegas trip to the HPW…
WIN CASH PRIZES & GRAND PRIZE TRIP TO HORSEPLAYER WORLD SERIES IN VEGAS – Saturday, November 21, The 3rd Annual Interbets.com Big Money VIP Handicapping Contest is scheduled. All entry fee money goes toward prizes. Grand prize is entry into the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas (March/April 2016).  You must be 21 years old to win the grand prize. Contest location and more details soon, details subject to change.  SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming event schedule:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~Breeders’ Cup wrap up…
We’ve all had the privilege of witnessing an historical event this past Saturday. American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza accomplished the first ever Grand Slam in racing history by winning all three of the Triple Crown races and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year. Over-the-moon and elated are just a few words to describe the feeling this moment brings to so many “phans”. Wouldn’t you agree? Writing a congratulatory post just isn’t enough. Take a moment to read the many tweets and posts on social media @interbets @AmericanPharoah @BreedersCup @VictorEspinoza to experience the well-deserved appreciation and admiration being showered on American Pharoah and his connections. It’s simply “Phantastic”.

It was announced on the Breeders’ Cup website that next year’s Breeders’ Cup races will be back on the west coast at Santa Anita and then at Del Mar in 2017.

~NY Lottery…
Have you tried the new Win4/Numbers “Close Enough” feature?  Players can now win a prize if their numbers match in exact order or if they are 1-off of any or all of their numbers if they select the “close enough” wager. Details posted at all OTB branches that sell NYS Lottery games.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • November  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • November 1-15 Register at any OTB for the Interbets VIP Contest – 1 contest at 3 locations Nov 21!
  • November 6 Evangeline revised special post today 6:05pm.
  • November 9 AQUEDUCT IS RACING 12:20pm. ADD AQUEDUCT TO THE CALENDAR!!!
  • November 9 Woodbine Harness revised new daily post is now 7:30pm
  • November 21 Interbets VIP Contest at Park Avenue, Arlington & Nimmonsburg OTBs. Win free entry to the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series, Vegas trip & Cash!  Register at any OTB Nov 1-15!

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10/29/15

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~ Breeders’ Cup…
All things Breeders’ Cup are all right here at Interbets Breeders’ Cup fan page featuring links, information, etc.
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/breeders-cup-2012-information/

FRIDAY – October 30 – Day one of the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.  Branches open at 11:45am. Keeneland post 12:30pm.

SATURDAY – October 31 – Day two of the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. Keeneland post 11:00am.  Keeneland will offer three additional stakes today each worth $100,000.

~ Other weekend highlights…
SATURDAY – Branches open at 10:30am.  Belmont post is 11:45am featuring the grade 3 $200,000 Bold Ruler and $100,000 Chelsey Flower. Los Alamitos Quarter Horse track caps off this spectacular day with their $1,000,000 Super Derby.

SUNDAY – November 1 – Daylight savings ends. Fall back 1 hour. It’s Belmont’s last day, early post time 12:25pm featuring the best way to finish off a meal and a meet with the Pumpkin Pie.  Zia Park takes the cake on Sunday with the twelve race $1,800,000 New Mexico Classic day.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/
~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, October 31  -  BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC – Keeneland
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~OTB VIP Contest! Win a Vegas trip to the HPW…
WIN CASH PRIZES & GRAND PRIZE TRIP TO HORSEPLAYER WORLD SERIES IN VEGAS – Saturday, November 21, The 3rd Annual Interbets.com Big Money VIP Handicapping Contest is scheduled. All entry fee money goes toward prizes. Grand prize is entry into the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas (March/April 2016).  You must be 21 years old to win the grand prize. Contest location and more details soon, details subject to change.  SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming event schedule:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~Horse news…
BEHOLDER will not be in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

AMERICAN PHAROAH’s racing manager Justin Zayat is the real deal. Check out this interview by Jeremy Unger 10/12/http://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/policy/gambling/home-stretch-a-q-and-a-with-american-pharaohs-manager-justin-zayat.html#.VhzoOSPD_qA

~NY Lottery…
The new Win4/Numbers “Close Enough” game begins Sunday, November 1, 2015. If your numbers are “close enough” you may have a winner. Details in stores now.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • October  calendar now posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • October 30 & 31 Breeders’ Cup World Championship Races.
  • October 30 & 31 Monmouth at Meadowlands special post 12:30pm.
  • October 30 Gulfstream Park West special early post 12:20pm.
  • October 31 Gulfstream Park West special early post 11:55am.
  • October 31 Mahoning Valley special early post 12:35pm.
  • November 1 Northfield Park Harness track added racing today, 6pm post.
  • November 1 Belmont’s last day revised post 12:25pm.
  • November 1 Gulfstream Park Wester revised new post 12:35pm.

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10/22/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
SATURDAY
The Belmont Empire NY Showcase Day is this Saturday, October 24 featuring eight NY bred races and $1,750,000 in purses. See the best of the best that NY has to offer. Belmont just announced a revised special early post at 12:25pm. Remember there’s a $300,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 beginning in race 8. See below for the special NY Showcase events happening at Brewster OTB this Saturday. Brewster OTB gets the fun started early with a special early opening at 11:45am!  Keeneland and Santa Anita both offer graded stakes on Saturday too.

Saturday evening is one of the biggest harness events of the year! The $5.4 million BREEDERS’ CROWN FINALS will be held at Woodbine Raceway. There are twelve races for the best of the best 2, 3, and 4 year olds of both gates. Woodbine has a special 6:30pm post on Saturday.

SUNDAY
Belmont, Woodbine thoroughbreds, Gulfstream Park West, and Santa Anita all offer stakes races. Remember Woodbine offers guarantees on both the early and late Pick 4s.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes October 2015
October 24          Belmont               Empire NY Showcase Day! 8 races!

We’re in a NY state of mind! The fall showcase day is the perfect time for a free NY Hot List Seminar. The beautiful new Brewster OTB building is now open, located on the same property. It’s the perfect place to meet the Hot List team and win free bets. The NY Hot List team, Bob Ehalt and Shawn Rychling, created their own methodology and have been finding NY winners successfully since 2011. The Hot List is the perfect team to handicap the Showcase card.  See the events section below for more details.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, October 24  -   TWILIGHT DERBY – Santa Anita
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
October 24          Woodbine                BREEDERS’ CROWN FINALS

~123Racing Pick 6…
There’s a new wager in town! It’s NOT a Pick 6, but a whole new way to play. Compete against your friends and other bettors. It’s a contest bet to earn points and win cash. The top three players with the most points share the pot, 1st gets 60%, 2nd gets 30%, and 3rd gets 10%.  The designated 123Races are six consecutive races. That’s where the Pick 6 reference comes in. You pick one horse in each of the six races. This is a $2 bet. Your horse in each race earns points equal to the payout for Win, Place, or Show depending on where the horse finishes. That’s where the 123 comes in.

For each of the six races:  If your horse comes in first place then you earn points by adding the WIN payouts together for win, place. If your horse comes in second then you earn points by adding the PLACE payouts together. If your horse comes in third then you earn points equal to the SHOW payout.  Add all your points together to get your total points.

There’s a leaderboard for the whole pool so you can see standings throughout the races!  You’ll be assigned a unique, random nickname that’ll be posted on the leaderboard. See how you rank against players at other OTBs, account wagering sites, and at racetracks everywhere!

Note, if your horse does not finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd you earn no points for that race, BUT you’re not out yet! You can still win this thing from points earned in the other 5 races. If you played a longshot in another race or your show horse paid more than the other finishers you earn more points than the others for that race. You may still earn more points and win the pot.

Note, this is a separate bet, a separate pool. You don’t get the Pick 6 payout. You don’t get the win, place, show payouts in each race. You only earn points. After the sixth and final race in this contest the top three finishers get paid out from the 123Racing pool.  The highest points earner is the 1st place finisher and gets 60% of the pot. The next highest points earner is the 2nd place finisher and gets 30%, and 3rd gets 10%.

Follow the “123Racing” link at interbets.com for more details.

~OTB Contests & Events…
October 24 – FREE SEMINAR & FREE BETS – Saturday, Belmont Fall Empire NY Showcase Day is the perfect day to host the Interbets.com NY Hot List Seminar at the beautiful, new Brewster OTB. Hear what the NY experts have to say about Showcase Day, pick their brains in a comfortable, casual setting, and have some fun playing the “Beat The Pros” game to win free bets. It’s also an OTB Bettor Day exclusively at Brewster OTB this day for even more chances to win free bets. Sounds like fun!

November 21 – WIN CASH PRIZES & GRAND PRIZE TRIP TO HORSEPLAYER WORLD SERIES IN VEGAS – Saturday, November 21, The 3rd Annual Interbets.com Big Money VIP Handicapping Contest is scheduled. All entry fee money goes toward prizes. Grand prize is entry into the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas (March/April 2016).  You must be 21 years old to win the grand prize. Contest location and more details soon, details subject to change.  SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming event schedule:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~Breeders’ Cup news…
AMERICAN PHAROAH is “terrific” and “galloping really good” according to an article in Paulick Report on Tuesday “Pharoah ‘was Pharaoh’ in Classic breeze at Santa Anita”. Check it out and don’t miss Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, attempt the never before achieved, Grand Slam of Racing if the king can also win the Breeders Cup Classic.

In another article on Wednesday the Paulick Report staff reports that BEHOLDER’s fever is gone, so no repeat of last year’s issue for the queen of California. She’s on track to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. So far, so good.

The $26 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships are coming up a week from now on October 30 and 31st. Four races will be held Friday and nine races Saturday. The $5,000,000 Classic will be broadcast at 5:35pm eastern (race 11) with NBC-TV coverage 4-6pm. More details next week.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • October  calendar now posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • October 16 Laurel new post 12:35pm.
  • October 17 Laurel special early post 12:15pm.
  • October 22 & 29  Northfield Park Harness track canceled racing
  • October 24 Belmont revised early special post 12:25pm Empire NY Showcase Day.
  • October 24 NY Hot List Seminar at the new Brewster OTB. Subject to change. More details soon.
  • October 24 BREEDERS’ CROWN races at Woodbine Harness track.
  • October 27 Bangor Harness adds racing today, 5:00pm.
  • October 27 Plainridge Harness adds racing today, 2:30pm.
  • October 30 & 31 Breeders’ Cup World Championship Races.
  • October 30 & 31 Monmouth at Meadowlands special post 12:30pm.
  • October 30 Gulfstream Park West special early post 12:20pm.
  • October 31 Gulfstream Park West special early post 11:55am.
  • October 31 Mahoning Valley special early post 12:35pm.
  • November 1 Northfield Park Harness track added racing today, 6pm post.
  • November 1 Belmont’s last day revised post 12:25pm.

November 1 Gulfstream Park Wester revised new post 12:35pm.

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
SATURDAY
Belmont offers two grade two $200,000 stakes, Athenia and Futurity. Finger Lakes also offers a $200,000 race, New York Breeders’ Futurity. The Woodbine BREEDERS’ CROWN ELIMINATIONS are $200,000 .  These may seem like the highlights of the weekend, but wait, there’s more!  Laurel has an early post at 12:15pm for Maryland Million Day.

“The 30th anniversary of the Jim McKay Maryland Million will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 17 at Laurel Park with the running of nine stakes, which attracted a total of 155 nominations.

The star of the $1 million showcase for horses sired by accredited Maryland stallions is once again expected to be Ben’s Cat, who is scheduled to make his sixth consecutive Maryland Million appearance. Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Famer King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat was nominated for both the $100,000 Sprint, a six-furlong event over the main track that drew 12 nominations, and the mile $125,000 Turf, which attracted 23 nominations.

The son of Parker’s Storm Cat, who has three wins and two seconds in the five Maryland Million starts, stretched out to finish a close second in the Maryland Million Turf last year. The versatile Ben’s Cat has won $2.4 million and 30 of 51 starts, including 11 victories over dirt – his most recent being a 3 ½-length victory in the $200,000 Fabulous Strike at Penn National in his 2014 finale last November.”

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/millionaire-bens-cat-leads-155-nominations-for-maryland-million-races/

According to the Hawthorne press release – 10/14/15 – STICKNEY, IL –
“Following a one year hiatus, three-year-old turf runners return to Hawthorne Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hawthorne Derby.  To be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the Hawthorne turf, the Derby drew an overflow field of 13, which includes seven graded or group-placed runners.
The morning line favorite for the Hawthorne Derby at 4-1 is Saham from the barn of Brendan Walsh.  A runner that has been improving since breaking his maiden in February, Saham enters the Hawthorne Derby off a victory in the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup at Churchill on the turf on September 26.  Joe Rocco Jr. takes the return ride as Saham looks for his fourth win on the year.”

SUNDAY
Sunday Oct 18 is the $1,000,000 Canadian International at Woodbine Harness – release 10/15/15
“The 78th running of the Canadian International takes place this Sunday at Woodbine.  A competitive field of eleven horses from across the globe head postward for their chance at a purse of $1,000,000 dollars.

In addition to the turf mile and one-half Pattison, two other turf stakes will be showcased – the Grade 1 $500,000 E.P. Taylor, at one mile and one-quarter for fillies and mares and the Grade 2 $300,000 Nearctic at six furlongs.

The International will go postward at 5:42 pm ET as Race 9 on the program.   All horses carry 126 pounds, except the mare Habibi, at 123 and three-year-old Danish Dynaformer, with 119.”

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes October 2015
October 17           Finger Lakes      $200,000 NY Breeders’ Futurity 2yos, 6f
October 24          Belmont               NY Showcase Day! 8 races!

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, October 18  -   CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL – Woodbine
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
October 16          Vernon Downs        $25,000 each – Simpson – Four division races
October 24          Woodbine                BREEDERS’ CROWN

~OTB Contests & Events…
SEMINAR & FREE BETS – Saturday, October 24, Belmont Fall Showcase Day is the perfect day to host the Interbets.com NY Hot List Seminar at the beautiful new Brewster OTB. Hear what the NY experts have to say about Showcase Day, pick their brains in a comfortable, casual setting, and have some fun playing the “Beat The Pros” game to win free bets. It’s also an OTB Bettor Day exclusively at Brewster OTB this day for even more chances to win free bets. Sounds like fun!

WIN CASH PRIZES & GRAND PRIZE TRIP TO HORSEPLAYER WORLD SERIES IN VEGAS – Saturday, November 21, The 3rd Annual Interbets.com Big Money VIP Handicapping Contest is scheduled. All entry fee money goes toward prizes. Grand prize is entry into the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas (March/April 2016).  You must be 21 years old to win the grand prize. Contest location and more details soon, details subject to change.  SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming event schedule:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~Horse news…
SHARED BELIEF continues to make progress “after suffering a hip injury in the Charles Town Classic last April. He’ll be brought to Golden Gate sometime in November for training according to The Paulick Report 10/11/15

LEA to retire after the Breeders’ Cup according to The Paulick Report 10/12/15

HONOR CODE’s trainer “well-pleased” with his last workout Monday at Belmont according to The Paulick Report 10/12/15

AMERICAN PHAROAH’s racing manager Justin Zayat is the real deal. Check out this interview by Jeremy Unger 10/12/http://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/policy/gambling/home-stretch-a-q-and-a-with-american-pharaohs-manager-justin-zayat.html#.VhzoOSPD_qA

~NY Lottery…
Now more than ever you need to check your scratch-off tickets since some will feature a NEW area on ON THE BACK OF THE TICKET. The extra play area will appear on the new $5 “EXTRA PLAY” scratch-off game, on sale since October 13.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • October  calendar now posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • October 16 Laurel new post 12:35pm.
  • October 17 Laurel special early post 12:15pm.
  • October 22 & 29  Northfield Park Harness track canceled racing
  • October 24 NY Hot List Seminar at the new Brewster OTB. Subject to change. More details soon.
  • October 24 BREEDERS’ CROWN races at Woodbine Harness track.
  • October 27 Bangor Harness adds racing today.
  • October 30 & 31 Breeders’ Cup World Championship Races.
  • November 1 Northfield Park Harness track added racing today, 6pm post.

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
Keeneland offers the grade 1 $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and the Knickerbocker is at Belmont this Saturday! “Drawing a talented field of 11 runners headlined by defending champion Legendary and multiple graded stakes winner Mr Speaker, Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf at Belmont Park will look to establish some order in the older turf horse division on the East coast.” NYRA press release 10/8/15

WestVirginia Breeders’ Classic at Charles Town this Saturday! “Don’t miss the 29th edition of West Virginia Breeders Classics this weekend at Charles Town.  The best in West Virginia face off in 9 stakes races worth nearly $1.1 million in purses, including the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic and $150,000 WV Cavada Breeder’ Classic. First post is 7:05 PM ET. The $500,000 West Virginia Breeders Classic will go off at approximately 10:48 PM ET. .” PNGI notice 10/8/15

$2,000,000 in Grand Circuit Racing purses at the Red Mile (post 1pm), Woodbine Harness offers eight ONSS Gold races worth $2,000,000 (post 7:25pm) and the $1,000,000 International Trot is at Yonkers (post 2pm) this Saturday! “Yonkers Raceway, in conjunction with the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the U-S Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering, shall offer a $75,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool for the special matinee Trot program (first post 2 PM) as this marquee event returns after a two-decade hiatus.  The wager includes $25,000 of “seed money” and encompasses races 2 through 6 on the card, with the 10-horse International scheduled as the fourth race (approximate post 3:10 PM). Yonkers’ Pick 5—a 50-cent base wager—usually goes from races 7 through 11.” Yonkers press release 10/8/15

Sunday Woodbine thoroughbreds offers the $250,000 Cup & Saucer and the $125,000 Bunty Lawless.

Monday is Columbus Day and Belmont is racing! Belmont features the $200,000 Pebbles, Woodbine thoroughbreds offers the $150,000 Carotene and Santa Anita offers the $100,000 California Flag Stakes. Plenty of reasons to join us on the holiday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes October 2015
October 17           Finger Lakes      $200,000 NY Breeders’ Futurity 2yos, 6f
October 24          Belmont               NY Showcase Day! 8 races!

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~NY Hot List, still HOT, HOT, HOT…
The Hot List had an excellent start to the new week at Belmont with 4 winners on Wednesday, October 7.

Race 1: Malibu Charlie – $6.80  Ex $36.20

Race 2: Splendid Gold – $5.40  Double $19.60

Race 7: Gotachancetodance – $8

Race 8: Here’s Zealicious – $8.30   Double $41.40

Others:  Race 6:  Boxed trifecta  $161 & Pick 3  Races 6-8:  $228.50
For the meet the Hot List is winning at a 20.3% clip with positive ROI of $2.21

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, October 10  -   QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP – Keeneland
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
Eight races Saturday, October 10 at The Red Mile H
$500,000 Kentucky Futurity
$500,000 Tattersalls
$300,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity
$300,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial
$180,000 Allerage Farm – two races – 3&up Open Pace  & 3&up Open Trot
$75,000 Allerage Farm – two races – 3&up f&m Pace & Trot

~OTB Contests & Events…
FREE BETS – Monday, October 12, Columbus Day is an OTB Bettor Day!

SEMINAR & FREE BETS – Saturday, October 24, Belmont Fall Showcase Day is the perfect day to host the Interbets.com NY Hot List Seminar at the beautiful new Brewster OTB. Hear what the NY experts have to say about Showcase Day, pick their brains in a comfortable, casual setting, and have some fun playing the “Beat The Pros” game to win free bets. It’s also an OTB Bettor Day exclusively at Brewster OTB this day for even more chances to win free bets. Sounds like fun!

WIN CASH PRIZES & GRAND PRIZE TRIP TO HORSEPLAYER WORLD SERIES IN VEGAS – Saturday, November 21, The 3rd Annual Interbets.com Big Money VIP Handicapping Contest is scheduled. All entry fee money goes toward prizes. Grand prize is entry into the Boyd Gaming Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas (March/April 2016).  You must be 21 years old to win the grand prize. Contest location and more details soon, details subject to change.  SAVE THE DATE!

Upcoming event schedule:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • October  calendar now posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • October 10 Yonkers special early 2pm post,  International Trot Day, race 4 at 3:10pm
  • October 12 Belmont is racing – Columbus Day – It’s an OTB Bettor Day!
  • October 13 & 27 Plainridge H added racing, post 2:30pm.
  • October 24 NY Hot List Seminar at the new Brewster OTB. Subject to change. More details soon.
  • October 24 BREEDERS’ CROWN races at Woodbine Harness track.
  • October 27 Bangor Harness adds racing today.
  • October 30 & 31 Breeders’ Cup World Championship Races.

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
This weekend is Belmont’s Super Saturday with six graded stakes and $3.4 million in purses highlighted by the $1,000,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Last year’s winner, Tonalist expects to defend his title again such formidable opponents as Effinex, Wicked Strong, and Coach Inge. This is also a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for the Classic. Watch it all unfold on our live simulcast at OTB branches, video streamed live to account holders and on NBC-TV 5-6pm.

Saturday also features Gulfstream’s 8 stakes worth $1.6 million, Keeneland’s $1.7 million in stakes including the $1,000,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, advance betting of the L’Arc de Triomphe from Longchamps, and four Bluegrass races at The Red Mile Harness track worth $200,000 each.

Keep in mind that the L’Arc de Triomphe is racing on Sunday before branch opening so place your bets on Saturday. Keeneland features the grade 1 $500,000 Juddmont Spinster and $250,000 Dixianna Bourbon. Golden Gate has mandatory payouts of the Pick 5, gold Rush 6 and Super Hi 5 this Sunday, October 4.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~What to watch on TV this weekend …
October 3 – NBC 5-6pm:
Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont
Shadwell Mile & Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland
October 4 – NBC 5-6pm:
Juddmonte Spinster Stakes & Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland

~A N.Y. minute…
NYS Harness 2015 and Sire Stakes this upcoming week:
October 3            Batavia                                 2 yos colt trot consolation
October 3            Batavia                 2 yos filly trot consolation
October 3            Batavia                 2 yos colt pace consolation
October 3            Batavia                 2 yos filly pace consolation

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes September 2015
October 2            Finger Lakes      $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial 3&up, 6f
October 17         Finger Lakes      $200,000 NY Breeders’ Futurity 2yos, 6f
October 24         Belmont               NY Showcase Day! 8 races!

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, October 3  - JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP – Belmont
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
October 2            Keeneland          Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix
October 2            Keeneland          Darley Alcibiades
October 3            Keeneland          Shadwell Turf Mile
October 3            Keeneland          Thoroughbred Club of America
October 3            Keeneland          Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity
October 3            Belmont               Frizette
October 3            Belmont               Champagne
October 3            Belmont               Jockey Club Gold Cup
October 4            Keeneland          Dixiana Bourbon
October 4            Keeneland          Juddmonte Spinster
October 8            Keeneland          Jessamine

~Grand Circuit Harness Racing…
Grand Circuit Harness Racing at The Red Mile – four Blue Grass races – $200,000 each.

~OTB Handicapping Contests…
It’s here! Eight FREE Fall Festival Handicapping Contests this Sunday, October 4, 2015. Earn points in the FREE contests for a spot in the Interbets VIP Big Money Contest this Fall!  Details here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

Upcoming event schedule and details:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~NYS Lottery/Powerball…
The Powerball game gets an update effective this Sunday, October 4. The new Powerball game offers big jackpots, enhanced play features and better overall odds. Details posted at your local OTB branch.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • September 30 Red Mile H is racing 7pm post, please update calendars.
  • October  calendar posted at Interbets.com http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/
  • October 1 Monmouth thoroughbred turn racing opens at The Meadowlands racetrack, post 7pm.
  • October 2 Hawthorne opens today, post 3:10pm.
  • October 3 Advance Bet the L’Arc de Triomphe all day Saturday.
  • October 4 L’Arc de Triomphe races before branch opening so be sure to Advance Bet October 3!
  • October 4 Fall Festival Free Belmont Handicapping Contest at eight OTBs. Link above.
  • October 4 NYS Lottery Powerball Game changes take effect.
  • October 5 First calendar update! Bangor Harness cancels racing today.
  • October 7 Gulfstream Park West opens (racing at the old Calder Racecourse) post 1:15pm
  • October 10 Yonkers special early 2pm post,  International Trot Day, race 4 3:10pm
  • October 12 Belmont is racing – Columbus Day – It’s an OTB Bettor Day!
  • October 24 NY Hot List Seminar at the new Brewster OTB. Subject to change. More details soon.
  • October 27 Bangor Harness adds racing today.
  • October 30 & 31 Breeders’ Cup World Championship Races.

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~Harness spotlight on The Little Brown Jug…
RIGHT NOW!  “It’s coming! Harness Racing’s most prestigious race, the 70th renewal of the pacing classic, “the Little Brown Jug” will take place on Thursday, September 24”, boasts the Delaware County Fair.  There are two elimination races 12 & 13 going off at approximately 4:13pm and 4:36pm TODAY. The final will include the top four finishers of each elimination. The Final is race 17 today, post time approximately 6:18pm.

Congratulations to yesterday’s Jugette winners  Sassa Hanover, driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and all of their connections.

~ NY Weekend highlights…

Some of the usual big players and a few surprise contenders are putting on quite a show this weekend. Belmont takes the lead Saturday with over $2.2 million in purses and five graded stakes followed later in the afternoon by Santa Anita’s opening day. Santa Anita will offer over $1,570,000 and five grade 1 stakes Saturday.

Saturday evening Yonkers Harness fans will be offered the second NY Night of Champions with $900,000 in NYSS races (see below). Mohawk Harness features the $285,000 Milton Final and eight OSS.

Sunday keeps the ball rolling with Belmont’s grade 3 $200,000 Miss Grillo and two $150,000 NY Bred races.  Remington has a big day with six stakes and over $950,000 in purses including the grade 3 $400,000 Oklahoma Derby. It’s also the last day of The Downs at Albuquerque meet and the biggest weekend in their history. Saturday’s card features 10 races highlighted by the $214,000 Dows at Albuquerque Futurity. Sunday’s quarter horse and thoroughbred card features another ten races and a history-making $600,000 in purses including the $205,000 Camino Real Futurity, $200,000 Downs Fall Championship, and two more six figure stakes.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~What to watch on TV …
October 3 – NBC 5-6pm:
Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont
Shadwell Mile & Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland
October 4 – NBC 5-6pm:
Juddmonte Spinster Stakes & Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland

~A N.Y. minute…
NYS Harness 2015 and Sire Stakes this upcoming week:
September 26    Yonkers                2 yos colt trot
September 26    Yonkers                2 yos filly trot
September 26    Yonkers                2 yos colt pace
September 26    Yonkers                2 yos filly pace

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes September 2015
September 27    Belmont               $150,000 Bertram F Bongard      2yo, 7f
September 27    Belmont               $150,000 Joseph A Gimma          2yo, fillies, 7f
October 2             Finger Lakes      $50,000 Leon Reed Memorial    3&up, 6f
October 17           Finger Lakes      $200,000 NY Breeders’ Futurity 2yos, 6f
October 24          Belmont               NY Showcase Day! 8 races!

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, September 26  - AWESOME AGAIN – Santa Anita
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
September 26    Belmont               Flower Bowl Invitational
September 26    Belmont               Vosburgh  Invitational
September 26    Belmont               Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational
October 2             Keeneland          Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix
October 2             Keeneland          Darley Alcibiades
October 3             Keeneland          Shadwell Turf Mile
October 3             Keeneland          Thoroughbred Club of America
October 3             Keeneland          Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity
October 3             Belmont               Frizette
October 3             Belmont               Champagne
October 3             Belmont               Jockey Club Gold Cup
October 4             Keeneland          Dixiana Bourbon
October 4             Keeneland          Juddmonte Spinster
October 8            Keeneland          Jessamine

~OTB Handicapping Contests…
It’s here! Nine FREE Fall Festival Handicapping Contests this Sunday, September 27, 2015. Earn points in the FREE contests for a spot in the Interbets VIP Big Money Contest this Fall!  Details here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

Upcoming event schedule and details:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~Horse News…
As reported on http://www.paulickreport.com/ posted on 9/21/15 and paraphrased below:
American Pharoah had his first work since the Travers, an easy half-mile breeze at Santa Anita in 50 seconds and looked awesome according to Bob.
Lady Eli is making progress as she battles laminitis and if all goes well will be in training for a possible 2016 campaign.
Shared Belief has resumed training after a non-displaced fracture of his right hip and is targeting a possible 2016 return.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • September 24 The Little Brown Jug, De. County Fair, Ohio
  • September 24 Saratoga Harness changed to an early 4pm post.
  • September 26 Santa Anita opens with a 4pm post.
  • September 26 Yonkers – NY Night of Champions II
  • September 26 Lone Star post today is now 7:05pm
  • September 27 Philadelphia Harness canceled racing today.
  • September 28 Philadelphia Harness added racing today, post 12:40pm
  • September 30 Red Mile H is racing 7pm post, please update calendars.

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
Belmont always get top billing at Interbets and Catskill OTB. Belmont features the grade 3 $200,000 Nobel Damsel Saturday and two $125,000 races for NY Breds on Sunday. All three are Turf races so let’s enjoy these last few days of summer while we still can.

It may still be summer, but the Parx Racing first ever Fall Festival is in full swing and it’s the big one at Parx this Saturday with three graded stakes worth $2.3 million. Their revised early post is 12:25pm for Saturday. The g2 $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby is set to go off approximately 5:45pm and features a field of ten 3-year-olds including a fan favorite, Frosted.  Next up is another million dollar Parx race and another fan favorite, I’m A Chatterbox. I’m A Chatterbox headlines the field of eleven 3-year-old fillies in the grade 1 Cotillion Stakes. Kentucky Downs’ last hurrah on Saturday includes two $300,000 races. Laurel stays competitive with the grade 2 $400,000 Commonwealth Derby and grade 2 $250,000 Commonwealth Cup.

Later in the afternoon Charles Town has a special early 5:00pm post time for their big day. Charles Town will host the seventh annual “Race for the Ribbon” twelve race card featuring six stakes races including the grade 3 $350,000 Charles Town Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, race 11, post 10:25pm.

Mohawk Harness track offers over $2.6 million in purses Saturday evening including the $685,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Final (Race 10) and the $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot (Race 7) in addition to three more huge finals and the Milton eliminations. Mohawk will also offer a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4.  Mohawk fans keep in mind that on Tuesday, September 29th Mohawk will offer a mandatory Jackpot Pick 6 payout.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~Harness spotlight on The Little Brown Jug…
“It’s coming! Harness Racing’s most prestigious race, the 70th renewal of the pacing classic, “the Little Brown Jug” will take place on Thursday, September 24”, boasts the Delaware County Fair.  The Jug meet will be offered Tuesday, September 22nd through 24th. Tuesday’s post is 1:00pm. The next two days will start at 11:00am. The Jugette will be held Wednesday, September 23 and the Jug is on the 24th.  As avid harness fans can tell you this meet is steeped in history, tradition and offers a very full three day meet. Remember in the very likely event there are more than 20 races on one day there will be two cards. Interbets and OTB will offer the second card which would have twenty races. In this case post time is of course “to be determined”.

~What to watch on TV …

NBC 5-6pm October 3:
Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont
Shadwell Mile & Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland
NBC 5-6pm October 4:
Juddmonte Spinster Stakes & Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland

~A N.Y. minute…
NYS Harness 2015 and Sire Stakes this upcoming week:
September 18    Vernon                 2 yos colt trot
September 19     Vernon                 four 3 yos divisions – consolation races

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes September 2015
September 18    Finger Lakes      $100,000 Lady Finger                    2yo, fillies, 6f
September 18    Finger Lakes      $100,000 Aspirant                          2yo, c&g, 6f
September 20    Belmont               $125,000 Ashley T. Cole                3&up, 1 1/8m Turf
September 20    Belmont               $125,000 John Henttinger           3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m Turf
September 25    Finger Lakes      $50,000 Jack Betta Be Right       3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m
September 27    Belmont               $150,000 Bertram F Bongard      2yo, 7f
September 27    Belmont               $150,000 Joseph A Gimma          2yo, fillies, 7f

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, September 19  - PENNSYLVANIA DERBY – Parx Racing
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
September 26    Belmont               Flower Bowl Invitational
September 26    Belmont               Vosburgh  Invitational
September 26    Belmont               Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational
October 2             Keeneland          Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix
October 2             Keeneland          Darley Alcibiades
October 3             Keeneland          Shadwell Turf Mile
October 3             Keeneland          Thoroughbred Club of America
October 3             Keeneland          Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity
October 3             Belmont               Frizette
October 3             Belmont               Champagne
October 3             Belmont               Jockey Club Gold Cup
October 4             Keeneland          Dixiana Bourbon
October 4             Keeneland          Juddmonte Spinster
October 8            Keeneland          Jessamine

~NYS Lottery…
OTB offer NYS Lottery games at all full service locations. We are happy to share some good news from our friends at the Lottery, as of sales beginning Sunday, October 4, 2015 “New York Powerball is changing for the better!!! This change will create BIG JACKPOTS, ENHANCED PLAY FEATURES and BETTER OVERALL ODDS.” The first new Powerball game draw is Wednesday, October 7.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • September 16 Thistledown wagering is suspended pending approval
  • September 19 Parx Racing revised early post 12:25pm
  • September 23 Jugette, Delaware County Fair, Ohio
  • September 24 The Little Brown Jug, De. County Fair, Ohio

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~ NY Weekend highlights…

The best way to get over the Saratoga blues is a dose of Belmont! The 2015 Belmont Fall Championship Meet runs September 11 through November 1st. Post time is 12:55pm. There will be two Super Saturday cards, September 26 and October 3 offering plenty of Breeders’ Cup Challenge graded stakes. A guaranteed $300,000 Late Pick 4 will be in effect each Saturday. The guarantee soars to $500,000 on the two Super Saturdays. Watch for special early posts these two days and on the Breeders’ Cup Days, October 30th and 31st. More details soon. Each Super Saturday card is followed on the Sundays with a Free Catskill OTB Fall Festival Handicapping Contest at OTB branches on Belmont races 3-9. Follow the contest link for details:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

Belmont is back this Friday with a 12:55pm post time and the $100,000 Christiecat for 3 year-old fillies at 6 furlongs on the Turf. Two stakes kick off the first Saturday card highlighted by the grade 2 $500,000 Sands Point.  Belmont keeps the stakes coming on Sunday with the $100,000 Allied Forces.

There are stakes galore this weekend beyond Belmont. On Saturday Kentucky Downs offers $1.5 million for four turf stakes highlighted by the grade 3 $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup for 3&up at 1 ½ miles. Louisiana Downs has an early 1:00pm post for the grade 2 $400,000 Super Derby and six additional stakes on the card and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4 beginning in Race 8. Delaware offers seven $75,000 stakes.  In addition, Laurel’s Fall Thoroughbred Meet, Zia Park’s Meet (Th&QH), and Will Rogers Quarter Horse Meet all begin Saturday.

On the harness side of Saturday it’s Yonkers Night of Champions Part 1. This event will be a two night event for the first time since its inception in 1990. There are four $225,000 events for the best 3-year-olds in N.Y., races 5-8.  Part II of the competition takes place Saturday, Sept. 26th, with New York’s premier 2-year-old trotters and pacers. All eight finals are sponsored by prominent Empire breeding farms.

Sunday is all about the $1,000,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile card with a full eleven horse field set earlier today.  The Mile is Race 10 approximate post time 5:45pm.  There will be two guaranteed Pick 4 pools: The Early Pick 4 (Races 4 to 7) will have a $300,000 Guaranteed pool and the Late Pick 4 (Races 9 to 12) will have a $500,000 Guarantee.

The field is a bit more open with the surprise retirement announced on September 7 by fan favorite, 8-year-old gelding, Wise Dan. Wise Dan was targeting the Mile for his return from an ankle injury. An unrelated tear on the outside edge of a tendon made his connection finally decide to turn him out according to a press release report by The Paulick Report. Wise Dan’s trainer Charles LoPresti expects the eight year old, two-time Horse of the Year, will retire to their farm in Kentucky and join his brother Successful Dan.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~What to watch…
Woodbine Mile                 FOX Sports 1      5:00pm

~A N.Y. minute…
NYS Harness 2015 and Sire Stakes this upcoming week:
September 11     Tioga                     2 year old filly trot
September 12     Yonkers                3yo colt pace
September 12     Yonkers                3yo filly pace
September 12     Yonkers                3yo colt trot
September 12     Yonkers                3yo filly trot
September 16     Batavia                 2yo filly pace
September 17     Saratoga               2yo colt pace
September 18    Vernon                 2yo colt trot

NY Breds Thoroughbred Stakes September 2015
September 11     Finger Lakes      $50,000 Genesee Valley                               3&up, 1 1/16m
September 18    Finger Lakes      $100,000 Lady Finger                    2yo, fillies, 6f
September 18    Finger Lakes      $100,000 Aspirant                          2yo, c&g, 6f
September 20    Belmont               $125,000 Ashley T. Cole                3&up, 1 1/8m Turf
September 20    Belmont               $125,000 John Henttinger           3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m Turf
September 25    Finger Lakes      $50,000 Jack Betta Be Right       3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m
September 27    Belmont               $150,000 Bertram F Bongard      2yo, 7f
September 27    Belmont               $150,000 Joseph A Gimma          2yo, fillies, 7f

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, September 12  - SUPER DERBY – Louisiana Downs
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Horse News…
It was reported last week by The Paulick Report and the Daily Racing Form that Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, will remain in training with the goal of racing in the grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on October 31st at Keeneland.

~ A New York minute…
Congratulations to Saratoga 2015 Meet Champions:
Top Trainer = Todd Pletcher (Sixth consecutive win and 12th overall.)
Top Jockey = Irad Ortiz, Jr. (This is Ortiz’s first title.)
Top Owner = Michael Dubb
NYRA press release 9-7-15

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • September 9 Finger Lakes added racing
  • September 10 Stars & Stripes Lottery Days Drawing for 100 lottery tickets. Details posted at all branches.
  • September 10 Saratoga Harness revised post is now 4:00pm
  • September 11 Finger Lakes cancelled racing
  • September 11 Belmont opening day
  • September 11 Louisiana Downs revised post is now 1:00pm
  • September 11 Balmoral Harness revised post is now 7:30pm
  • September 11 New track! The Downs at Albuquerque post 4:30pm
  • September 12 Will Rogers Quarter Horse meet opens post 1:00pm
  • September 23 Jugette, Delaware County Fair, Ohio
  • September 24 The Little Brown Jug, De. County Fair, Ohio

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9/3/15

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
It’s the grand finale weekend at the Spa. We’ve enjoyed an epic Saratoga meet and the final weekend will not disappoint. Start the long weekend right by remembering Saratoga’s early 12:30pm post Saturday through Monday.

SATURDAY – Four graded Saratoga stakes will be featured Saturday worth $1,450,000 highlighted by the grade 1 $600,000 Woodward and grade 1 $350,000 Spinaway.   There’s a $750,000 guaranteed Pick 4 at Saratoga beginning in Race 9 and NBC-TV coverage from 5:00pm-6:00pm of the Woodward and Spinaway.

“In addition to Liam’s Map, Pletcher will saddle multiple graded stakes winner Protonico, Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational winner Coach Inge and Alydar Stakes runner-up Mylute in the 1 1/8-mile Woodward.    Owned by Teresa Viola Racing Stables, Liam’s Map is the least experienced of Pletcher’s runners but the most highly regarded as the 6-5 morning-line favorite.” NYRA release 9.2.15

“The regally bred Rachel’s Valentina will look to steal the spotlight when juvenile fillies get their final showcase at Saratoga Race Course as she makes her stakes debut in the Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway on Saturday. The second foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, Rachel’s Valentina will face five gifted runners in the seven-furlong Spinaway, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies this fall at Keeneland.” NYRA release 9.2.15

Parx Racing continues their new Fall Festival of racing with $500,000 worth of stakes Saturday, that’s five $100,000 races. Suffolk Downs will be making an appearance this Saturday with a one day September schedule and purses in excess of $500,000. They will have two race dates in October too. Gulfstream offers $900,000 worth of Florida Sire Stakes, 4 races. The Kentucky Downs four day boutique turf meet races September 10,12, 16 and 19. Kentucky offers three $300,000 stakes this Saturday. Del Mar features the grade 1 $300,000 Debutante.

Our harness players have an equally epic Saturday ahead. Yonkers Raceway features the 61st edition of the $500,000 Yonkers Trot Final (race 6, 9:00pm) and the 60th $500,000 Messenger Final (race 8, 9:40pm).  Hambletonian winner Pinkman will try for his first Trot win from post 7. Right next to Pinkman in post six is Crazy Wow, winner of their elimination race last week. Pinkman came in second that time.  There are eight total contenders in both Finals. Messenger contenders include the upset winner of the Cane Pace, Dealt a Winner. Let’s see if he can live up to his name in the Messenger.

Mohawk offers equally important Finals with the $665,000 Metro Pace, $635,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, $480,000 She’s A Great Lady and more.  Pocono Downs offers an estimated $1,250,000 worth of eight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, four Championships and four consolation races.

SUNDAY – Big stakes again at Saratoga, Monmouth, Del Mar, and many more. Follow the complete stakes list link below.

Golden Gate announced a mandatory payout of the Pick 5, Gold Rush 6 and the Super Hi 5 on Sunday, September 7 before their two week break.

MONDAY – Labor Day, September 7, is Saratoga’s last day. The grade 1 $350,000 Hopeful and the $250,000 Bernard Baruch will have live cable coverage on Fox Sports 1 from 5:00pm-6:00pm. Parx Racing and Del Mar will offer three huge stakes a piece on Monday.  Follow the complete stakes list link below.

Have a successful and exciting long weekend ahead!  The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NYS Harness 2015 and Sire Stakes this upcoming week:
September 3       Yonkers                2 year old filly pace
September 4       Batavia                 3 year old colt trot
September 5       Tioga                     2 year old colt trot
September 7       Vernon                 2 year old colt pace
September 11     Tioga                     2 year old filly trot

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, September 5  - DEBUTANTE – Del Mar
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • August 24-September 10* Stars & Stripes Lottery Days Buy $10 Get One Free Cashx10 Scratch Off   (*while supplies last)  &  Drawing September 10 for 100 free tickets! Details posted at all branches.
  • September 2&3 Finger Lakes will be dark
  • September 5 Suffolk Downs is racing! Revised 12:30pm post time
  • September 5 Mohawk H special early post 7:05pm
  • September 5 , 6 & 7 Saratoga early 12:30pm post time
  • Semptember 7 Saratoga’s last day / OTB Bettor Day / Labor Day
  • September 9 Finger Lakes added racing
  • September 10 Stars & Stripes Lottery Days Drawing for 100 lottery tickets. Details posted at all branches.
  • September 11 Finger Lakes cancelled racing
  • September 11 Belmont opening day
  • September 23 Jugette, Delaware County Fair, Ohio
  • September 24 The Little Brown Jug, De. County Fair, Ohio

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8/27/15

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~ NY Weekend highlights…
FRIDAY
The summer comes to its climax this weekend beginning this Friday. The “Midsummer Derby”, better known as the Travers Stakes, has combined events and turned this weekend into the Travers Festival. Saratoga kicks off the weekend with a Summer NY Showcase card Friday, August 28 including six stakes races worth $1,150,000 all for NY breds. OTB & Interbets will offer advance wagering all day Friday on the Travers Stakes as well.  Check out the MSG broadcast this Friday too for the   Saratoga Insider: Travers Preview Show & NY Racing Series: Empire. Check your local listing, times still to be determined as of the writing of this newsletter.

SATURDAY – TRAVERS STAKES DAY & MORE!
Admission tickets for Saturday’s races were already sold out on track at Saratoga even before American Pharoah confirmed he’d be there.  Now that it’s turned into #Pharoahtoga you won’t find an empty seat in the house. Now more than ever OTB & Interbets are your best bet to catch the complete live simulcast of the full Saratoga card and wagering on it all.  Watch history in the making with us or will Saratoga, “Graveyard of Champions”, live up to its reputation? Will American Pharoah join Whirlaway in the history books by winning the Triple Crown races and The Travers?!

The Travers Stakes highlights a star-studded Saturday card at the Spa with six graded stakes and three guaranteed pools, Race 1 Pick 5 $400,000, Race 6 Pick 6 $250,000, and Race 8 Pick 4 $1,000,000. There’s also NBC-TV coverage from 4pm – 6pm including live coverage of the Sword Dancer and Travers Stakes. Saratoga’s first post is 11:45am. OTB opens at 11:15am.

Five of the Saratoga stakes are Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races for the Turf (Sword Dancer), Sprint (Forego),Filly & Mare Sprint (Ballerina), Distaff (Personal Ensign), and of course the Classic (Travers).

This Saturday, August 29 is also the launch date of the all new Parx Racing Fall Festival. The Festival continues through October 20, 2015. The track will double purse levels for each day of the entire 32 live dates. The Festival is created around the two signature race events, the grade 2 $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby and the grade 1 Cotillion Stakes. Increased field size, enhanced betting interest, and plenty of Festival fans are anticipated.

Harness players will want to get in on the Grand Circuit action this Saturday evening. Yonkers Raceway features the Hudson Filly Final (6th race) & Lady Maud Final (7th race) as well as the two Yonkers Trot eliminations (races 4th and 5th races). The Messenger has only eight declarations so it will be a one event race set for Sept 5 along with the Yonkers Trot Final. Mohawk Raceway features elimination races this Saturday, August 28 for the Metro Pace, She’s A Great Lady, and the Canadian Pacing Derby.

SUNDAY
Sunday is no slouch with plenty of sizzling stakes including the $100,000 Smart N Fancy at Saratoga, Phillip H. Islen at Monmouth and Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar. Harness players will find NYSS and Excelsior races at Batavia Downs, two Grand Circuit races at Tioga Downs, and after hours use your Interbets account to wager on the $1,400,000 KYSS races at The Red Mile.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
Travers Festival information listed above. Note, a total of four races have increased purses for Saturday’s card with the last minute hike of the Travers Stakes purse to $1,600,000 once American Pharoah announced his participation. Already planned for 2015 the Sword Dancer Invitational has increased to $1,000,000, the $750,000 Personal Ensign, and the $700,000 Forego.

NYS Harness 2015 and Sire Stakes this upcoming week:

August 30            Batavia Downs                  3 year old colt pace
August 31            Yonkers                                3 year old filly pace
September 1       Yonkers                                3 year old filly trot
September 2       Saratoga Harness             2 year old filly trot
September 3       Yonkers                                2 year old filly pace
September 4       Batavia Downs                  3 year old colt trot

NYS bred thoroughbred races at Saratoga 2015 this upcoming week:
August 28            $250,000 Albany
August 28            $200,000 Fleet Indian
August 28            $200,000 Funny Cide
August 28            $200,000 Seeking the Ante
August 28            $150,000 West Point
August 28            $150,000 Yaddo

Complete 2015 Saratoga stakes list here:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/saratoga-stakes/

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, August 29  -TRAVERS STAKES – Saratoga
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~NYRA/MSG Broadcast Announced…
Friday, August 28, (time tbd) Saratoga Insider: Travers Preview Show & NY Racing Series: Empire
Saturday, Oct. 24, (time tbd) Belmont Fall Showcase Day

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • August 28 Advance bet the Travers Stakes all day at OTB & Interbets.com
  • August 29 Travers Stakes, Saratoga post 11:45am, OTB opens at 11:15am today.
  • August 29 Gulfstream revised post 12:45pm
  • August 29 Expect the September calendar to be posted.
  • September 5 , 6 & 7 Saratoga early 12:30pm post time

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8/20/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
Just over two weeks including three big weekends left in the Saratoga season.  Kick off your weekend on Friday with some fresh faces in Saratoga’s $100,000 Schenectady for 2 year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.

Saturday features the 135th running of the grade 1 $600,000 Alabama for 3 year old fillies and the $100,000 Troy for 3 & up on the turf. Expect Kentucky Oaks winner, Lovely Maria, in the Alabama along with stablemate I’m a chatterbox.  Sunday features the $100,000 Lord & Taylor Tale of the Cat for 3 & up.  For some Saratoga is enough. For others there’s also Del Mar and this is their big weekend highlighted by the grade 1 $1,000,000 Pacific Classic. Del Mar offers two more graded stakes Saturday and the Del Mar Mile on Sunday.

Harness players take note of Pocono Downs’ early 5:30pm post Saturday for their big Grand Circuit day. Pocono offers over $2.1 million in purses including the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Final, $500,000 Colonial Final, $350,000 Valley Forge Final and their six consolation races.  New York’s own Yonkers Raceway offers two Grand Circuit races Saturday as well, elimination races for the Lady Maud (3 f p) and Hudson Filly (3 f t).

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NYRA has announced that the 146th running of the “mid-summer Derby” for 3-year-olds, The Travers Stakes, has sold out. You can’t see it there, so come join us at your local OTB for the Live Simulcast straight from the track and all your wagering excitement! Saratoga has an early 11:45am post and features 13 races. NBC-TV offers coverage from 4-6pm as well.   Travers Day Race 1 Pick 5 has a $400,000 guarantee, Race 6 $250,000 guaranteed Pick 6, and Race 8 $1,000,000 guaranteed Pick 4.

NYS Harness 2015 and Sire Stakes this upcoming week:
August 20            Yonkers Raceway: NYSS 2 year old colt pace

August 21            Vernon Downs: 12 races including $200,000 Crawford Farms Trot,
$194,000 Artiscape Mare Pace, and $177,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot,
and 3 divisions of NYSS for 2YO pacing fillies.

August 22            Batavia Downs: $105,000 NYSS & $15,000 Excelsior

August 23            Tioga Downs: 13 races including $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final Colt Division,
$269,000 EBC Final Filly Division, and Grand Circuit races: $150,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace,
and divisions of the Reynolds Stakes.

August 24            Tioga Downs NYSS 2 year old filly trot

August 25            Monticello NYSS 2 year old colt trot

NYS bred thoroughbred races at Saratoga and Finger Lakes 2015 this upcoming week:
August 20            $100,000 Union Avenue               Saratoga
August 21            $50,000 Ontario County               Finger Lakes

Saratoga’s NY Summer Showcase:
August 28            $250,000 Albany
August 28            $200,000 Fleet Indian
August 28            $200,000 Funny Cide
August 28            $200,000 Seeking the Ante
August 28            $150,000 West Point
August 28            $150,000 Yaddo

Complete 2015 Saratoga stakes list here:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/saratoga-stakes/

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races…
August 22            Pacific Classic    Del Mar                Classic
August 22            Del Mar Hcp       Del Mar                Turf
August 22            Pat O’Brien         Del Mar                Dirt Mile
August 29            Sword Dancer    Saratoga               Turf                        Live on NBC-TV 4-6pm
August 29            TRAVERS            Saratoga               Classic                  Live on NBC-TV 4-6pm

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, August 22  -PACIFIC CLASSIC – Del Mar
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~Congrats to Victor Espinoza again…
Del Mar announced that Triple Crown winning jockey, Victor Espinoza, was selected as the 2015 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award recipient to be awarded this Sunday between races at Del Mar. Winners are chosen yearly for being an outstanding person who has served the sport “with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction”.

~NYRA/MSG Broadcast Announced…
Friday, August 28, (time tbd) Saratoga Insider: Travers Preview Show & NY Racing Series: Empire
Saturday, Oct. 24, (time tbd) Belmont Fall Showcase Day

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • August 21 & 22 Pocono Downs early 5:30pm post
  • August 29 Travers Stakes, Saratoga post 11:45am, OTB opens at 11:15am today.

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8/13/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
The weekend gets a running start on Friday evening with the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield harness track. Wiggle It Jiggleit has already committed to the event.

Another Saratoga weekend and all is right in the world. This Saturday Saratoga features the grade 2 $500,000 Fourstardave and  the grade 2 $200,000 Adirondack.  Our newest track on the menu has a big day this Saturday too. Northlands features the $200,000 Canadian Derby, four more stakes races on the card and an early 2:00pm post. Next Del Mar offers the grade 1 event of the day the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks. Harness fans will enjoy the $225,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes  at Pocono Downs and the ONSS Gold at Georgian Downs.

On Sunday Saratoga offers another grade 2 event, the $200,000 Toyota Saratoga Special. Del Mar offers the $150,000 Solana Beach Handicap and the grade 3 $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap. Our Northwestern neighbor Emerald Downs offers the grade 2 $200,000 Long Acres Mile.  Tioga harness track offers four $65,000 Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit races.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NYS Harness 2015 Sire Stakes this upcoming week:
August 13        – 3 yo filly trot           – Yonkers
August 14         - 2 yo filly trot          - Tioga
August 16        - EBC Elims               - Tioga – four races
August 17        – 2 yo colt trot            – Yonkers
August 19        – 3 yo colt trot           – Saratoga Harness

Complete 2015 Saratoga stakes list here:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/saratoga-stakes/

Complete list of 2015 Thoroughbred NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~OTB happenings…
It’s here! Eight FREE Sizzling Summer Handicapping Contests this Sunday, August 16,2015. Earn points in the FREE contests for a spot in the Interbets VIP Big Money Contest this Fall!  Details here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

Upcoming event schedule and details:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~ Horse News…
Congrats to BEHOLDER who dominated the Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar on August 1 and earned a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Her next start may be in the Pacific Classic against the boys August 22. (Paulick Report 8/1/15)

Congrats to RACHEL’S VALENTINA for winning her debut race at Saratoga on August 2. Look for her next in the Spinaway Sept 5. (Paulick Report 8/2/15)

AMERICAN PHAROAH    ’s next race may be the Travers according to owner Ahmed Zayat as reported in the Paulick Report August 4 at 3:41pm, but then just hours later the next report at 6:01pm states that trainer Bob Baffert has more of a wait and see approach.  (Paulick Report 8/4/15- two posts)  Let’s see if the folks at Del Mar can convince them to stay in California.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • August 15 Northlands early 2pm post
  • August 16 Free Sizzling Summer Saratoga Handicapping Contest at 8 branches
  • August 21 & 22 Pocono Downs early 5:30pm post
  • August 29 Travers Stakes, Saratoga post 11:45am

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8/6/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
What a weekend ahead for both thoroughbred and harness fans! OTB opens at 11:45am for Meadowlands 12 noon post this Saturday. It’s Hambletonian Day. This year the eliminations and the final are on the same day. Races 8 & 9 are the elimination races at 2:50pm and 3:15pm respectively.  The top five finishers of each race will be entered in the Race 13 $1,000,000 Hambletonian Final at 5:10pm.  Watch both eliminations to prepare for your wagering on the Final. The Meadowlands card is loaded with big races on Saturday including the US Pacing Championship, Cane Pace, Peter Haughton, and more. Ten races are part of the Grand Circuit schedule. Both the Hambletonian Final and Hambletonian Oaks will be shown live on CBS Sports Network with coverage from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. The Meadowlands offers several guaranteed pools as well.

Meadowlands guaranteed pools and mandatory payout Saturday:
Race 1 Pick 5 $50,000 guaranteed pool, Race 3 Lady Liberty Pick 4 $50,000 gtd., Race 7 Peter Haughton $75,000 gtd., Race 9 Hambletonian Elimination #2 Pick 4 $100,000 gtd., and Race 13 Hambletonian Final Pick 4 gtd. $100,000.  Race 16 offers the .20cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 with a $231,000 carryover and a mandatory payout.

Saratoga will take center stages with thoroughbred fans everywhere this Saturday with the grade 1 $1,250,000 Whitney. The Whitney is scheduled The card also features the grade 1 $500,000 Longines Test and more. Saratoga increased the late Pick 4 guarantee to $750,000 in addition to adding guarantees on the Race 1 Pick 5, $400,000 and the Race 6 Pick 4, $250,000.

The Whitney is also a Breeders’ Cup Classic Challenge Race. Watch the Whitney on NBC-TV 5:00pm-6:00pm.

You could say the Hambletonian and the Whitney are enough to make this a great weekend, but there’s so many more big races including Florida Sire Stakes Day at Gulfstream, six Louisiana Cup races at Louisiana Downs, two grade 2 $200,000 races at Del Mar, six Iowa bred races at Prairie Meadows to name a few.

Sunday is no slouch with the $250,000 Wonder Where at Woodbine, $100,000 Alydar at Saratoga, and grade 3 $150,000 La Jolla at Del Mar.  Saratoga will offer an eleven race card on Sunday with last race post at 6:58pm. Tioga Downs offers four Grand Circuit and NY bred races this Sunday. Batavia offers NYSS and Excelsior races.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
The Interbets NY Hot List Team will be out and about at beautiful Saratoga this weekend!  The team has been hot with five winners on Wednesday, August 5.   Watch for the Hot List daily free picks at Interbets.com. There will be NY-bred stakes races at Saratoga on Monday and Thursday next week and at Finger Lakes next Friday.

Complete 2015 Saratoga stakes list here:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/saratoga-stakes/

Complete list of 2015 NY Sire Stakes here: http://www.nytbreeders.org/racing/stakes-schedule.cfm

~OTB happenings…
Free Sizzling Summer Saratoga Handicapping Contest Sundays, August 9 and 16 at an OTB near you. See the promotions page for locations and more details.

Upcoming event schedule and details:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…

Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, August 8  - WHITNEY – Saratoga
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • August 8 OTB opens at 11:45am
  • August 8 Meadowlands 12 noon early post, Hambletonian Day.
  • August 9 Free Sizzling Summer Saratoga Handicapping Contest at 9 branches
  • August 16 Free Sizzling Summer Saratoga Handicapping Contest at 8 branches

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7/30/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
Today, Thursday, July 30, is Harrington Raceway’s riches program of the year with approximately $600,000 in purses for their Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair, post time 7:00pm.

It’s going to be a “Jim Dandy” of a weekend at OTB & Interbets.com starting Saturday with the grade 2 $600,000 Jim Dandy (of course) at Saratoga, the grade 2 $750,000 West Virginia Derby plus eight more six figure stakes at Mountaineer, and the grade 1 $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar (Breeders’ Cup Distaff  Challenge Race). Mountaineer has an early 2:00pm post for their big day with $1,600,000 in purses. There’s advance wagering all day Saturday on Sunday’s Haskell, race 12, too.   Meadowlands offers four Grand Circuit designated races and eliminations including the Hambletonian Oaks, US Pacing Championship, John Cashman, and Lady Liberty.

Sunday is probably the most anticipated Haskell of any year that most of us can remember. There’s an early 11:30am post. OTB will open by 11:15am. American Pharoah is racing in the Race 12 Haskell at 5:52pm from post 4. The purse has just been increased to a new high of $1,750,000 for all participants this year. Monmouth’s card includes six huge stakes and a total of fourteen races for the day.   NBC will broadcast this year’s Haskell live from 5:00pm-6:00pm.  The Haskell is also a Breeders’ Cup Classic Challenge Race.  A lot is riding on this race. It should be a “Phantasic” day all around. Sunday will also feature the grade 3 $200,000 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga and a Real Good Deal at Del Mar.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
NYRA announces a field of seven 3 year-olds in this Saturday’s 52nd edition of the Jim Dandy at Saratoga. The Jim Dandy is considered the springboard to the Travers Stakes. This year’s race features Wood Memorial winner Frosted. Frosted drew post seven under Joel Rosario. Also entered are Upstart, Texas Red, Competitive Edge, Frammento, Japan, and Tekton.

Complete 2015 Saratoga stakes list here:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/saratoga-stakes/

The results are in for the 2015 Belmont spring meet. NYRA handle was up a healthy 7.5% compared to 2015.

~OTB happenings…

Congratulations to our recent July 2015 contest winners!
Interbets Big Race On-line Handicapping Contest = W. Telafor of Nanuet, N.Y.
OTB Stars & Stripes Drawings Results =
Sign up Days winner: J. Keizer, Nanuet, N.Y. & Lottery Days winner: G. Nixon, Port Jervis, N.Y.
Check the promotions page for all upcoming event details. http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…

Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Sunday, August 2  – HASKELL – Monmouth
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • July 29 The August calendar is posted. Remember August 1st was on July calendar.
  • July 29 Harrington is racing, post time 7pm
  • August 1 Northfield is racing, post time 6pm
  • August 1 Advance Bet Saturday all day on Sunday’s Haskell, race 12 at Monmouth.
  • August 2 early post 11:30am at Monmouth. Haskell, race 12, 5:52pm.
  • August 8 Meadowlands 12 noon early post, Hambletonian Day.

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7/24/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
Saratoga season is finally here! Opening day is this Friday, July 24, post time 1:00pm. Saratoga hits the ground running with grade 1 events both Saturday ($500,000 Diana) and Sunday ($300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks).  Saratoga will guarantee their late Pick 4 on Saturdays for a whopping $500,000.  Del Mar also offers a grade 1 event this Sunday, the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes. Del Mar offers the grade 2 $200,000 San Diego Handicap this Saturday. Plan to stay late at OTB this Saturday evening for over a $1,000,000 in purse money and fifteen stakes races at Los Alamitos Q highlighted by the grade 2 $425,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity and grade 3 $225,000 Governor’s Cup Derby.

Harness players will have plenty of action in the northeast. Saratoga Harness offers NYSS, Excelsior, and the $260,000 Joe Gerrity races all this Saturday. The Meadowlands H offers the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey. On Sunday Vernon Downs H offers the Zweig Memorial, $700,000, four races. After hours get your Interbets Account ready for wagering on opening day at The Red Mile H, post time 7:00pm.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
Congratulations to Javier Castellano who “…sewed up his third straight spring/summer meet title at Belmont Park, while Todd Pletcher cruised to the finish with an insurmountable lead to garner top trainer honors.” NYRA press release 7/19/15

“The 40-day (Saratoga) meet, which includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.7 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 24, through Labor Day, Monday, September 7. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.” NYRA press release 6/22/15

“(Saratoga) will offer at least a $500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 on Saturdays … with increased guarantees on Travers Day (August 29, $1 million), Whitney Day (August 8, $750,000) and Woodward Day (September 5, $750,000).” NYRA press release 6/22/15.

Complete 2015 Saratoga stakes list here:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/saratoga-stakes/

~OTB happenings…
Stars & Stripes = Drawings will be held on Friday, July 24 to win up to 200 NYS Instant Lottery Tickets! Winners will be notified immediately and announced at branches, on our promotions page, on Facebook and next week in this newsletter.  Check the promotion sign for details. http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

OTB Notice = As of July 24, 2015 all NY State OTBs have cancelled the 2015 CDI simulcast contract for all CDI managed tracks.  The following 5 tracks are removed from the simulcast schedule effective immediately and until further notice:  Arlington Park, Canterbury Park, Hoosier Park (h), Indiana Grand, and The Meadows (h). We look forward to resolving this matter shortly.

~Horse News…
“California-bred Horse of the Year California Chrome will race as a 5-year-old and be returned to the California barn of Art Sherman, the trainer said Sunday on roger Stein’s radio show.” http://ctba.com/Sherman-will-train-chrome-in-2016/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 25  –  DIANA – Saratoga
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • July 24 Saratoga Thoroughbreds opening day, post 1pm.
  • July 24 Stars & Stripes Drawings at OTB /Interbets.
  • July 24 – Page 3 of the July calendar “July 26-August 1” to be distributed and posted.
  • July 24  25 – Delete Alington, Indiana Grand, Canterbury, Hoosier H, and The Meadows H from the calendar.
  • July 25 – Delete Tioga H from the calendar. They are not racing today.
  • July 29 The August calendar will be available by end of day.

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7/16/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
Start the weekend right on Friday, July 17 with a guarantee $25,000 Pick 5 at The Meadows harness track, races 9-13.

There are big stakes all around from the $750,000 Delaware Handicap, Belmont’s Rockville Center for New York Breds, $400,000 Eddie Read, the $800,000 Meadowlands Pace Final and six more Finals, and much more. Follow the link for the complete weekend stakes list.   The $500,000 Indiana Derby Saturday will feature morning line favorite, Mr. Z, Race 9 post 9:41pm.  There’s an all stakes Pick 4 in Indiana’s Races 6-9. Race 6 post is 8:15pm.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
Belmont offers races for NY Breds on their last Saturday and Sunday of the spring meet.  Saratoga opening day is right around the corner on Friday, July 24.

There are NYSS at Tioga on Friday and Buffalo on Sunday. Saturday is the Lawrence B Sheppard Final at Yonkers Raceway.  The Sheppard is part of the Grand Circuit as well as the eight big races at The Meadowlands this Saturday.

~OTB happenings…
Brewster OTB
= Please join us at our beautiful, new facility located on the same property.
Psst! This Saturday, July 18 only the first 20 Interbets Account Holders to show the Brewster Branch Supervisor their Interbets Account Card will receive a “Cash x10″ NYS Instant Lottery Ticket. This Sunday, July 19 is an OTB Bettor Day at Brewster OTB.

Stars & Stripes = Will you get in the drawings on Friday, July 24 to win up to 200 NYS Instant Lottery Tickets?! It’s Saratoga’s opening day too! Check the promotion sign for details.

http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~Horse News…
“The career of the undefeated Lady Eli is cloudy after her connections announced Monday that she has developed laminitis in her front feet.”

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/lady-eli-develops-laminitis-future-uncertain-for-undefeated-star/

“With the announcement that champion California Chrome has a bruise to his cannon bone and will require an extensive rest to recover, it appears that the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit may not be able to race again this year and that his racing career may be over.”

http://www.paulickreport.com/features/pin-oak-stud-presents-bloodlines/bloodlines-could-california-chrome-be-a-surprise-at-stud/

“A tendon tear was discovered and the decision has been taken to retire him (Main Sequence).”

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/eclipse-award-winner-main-sequence-retired-with-tendon-tear/

Reminder: American Pharoah is set to race in the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational on August 2 at Monmouth Park. Monmouth plans to have a three day celebration for this historic Haskell calling it the “Pharoah Phan Phestival”.  Owner Ahmed Zayat told ESPN.com “if all goes well in the Haskell, he would also consider taking American Pharoah to Saratoga for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on August 29.” That would be “Phantastic”!

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 18  –  DELAWARE HANDICAP
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • July 1-23 Presque Isle revised post 3:05pm extended through July 23.
  • July 18 All new Brewster OTB facility is open. Please join us!
  • July 19 Belmont’s last day.
  • July 19 It’s an OTB Bettor Day at the all new Brewster OTB.
  • July 20 last day to enter the OTB Stars & Stripes drawings.
  • July 23 Saratoga Harness revised post 4:00pm
  • July 24 Saratoga Thoroughbreds opening day, post 1pm.
  • July 24 Stars & Stripes Drawings at OTB /Interbets.

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7/9/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
Well over five million in purses this weekend from forty-three tracks on Saturday and twenty-eight tracks on Sunday. There’s something for everyone from tracks in New York, Delaware, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Canada and more.

Thoroughbred fans will enjoy Kentucky Oaks winner Lovely Maria in the Delaware Oaks Saturday. There are three more stakes at Delaware this day. Belmont offers the Forbidden Apple Saturday. Will you bite?  Woodbine thoroughbreds will offer the high stakes for Sunday with the $250,000 Bison City and $150,000 Shady Well.

Harness fans will be busy this weekend with the Graduate Final at The Meadowlands Saturday. There are also five more stakes including eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace, Haughton Memorial and Mistletow Shalee.   Mohawk offers the $210,000 OSS Gold and two Finals. Sunday’s harness highlights will be NYSS and Excelsior races at Buffalo Raceway and the $210,000 ONSS Gold at our “after hours” track, Georgian Downs. Bet after hours with your Interbets.com Account.

More harness news to note, The Meadowlands has a special 5:30pm post this Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 to accommodate the Taylor Swift concert at their venue.  I guess you’ll just have to shake it off.  That’s not the only adjustment at The Meadowlands this Friday. As of July 10th the Super Hi-5 in Race 5 will NOT be a Jackpot wager. Instead, the last race will include a Jackpot Super Hi-5.  This Saturday, July 11 only The Meadowlands is adding a .50 cent late Pick 4 with a guarantee $25,000. Saturday is a 14 race card.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
The NY S Gaming Commission announced two new horse wagering rules changes on Monday, July 6, 2015:
1. Decoupling entries in stakes races of $50,000 or more. Previously the limit was for races worth $1 million or more.
2. Superfecta wagering will be added to the betting menu of races with coupled entries.

Saratoga opening day is a couple short weeks away on Friday, July 24. According to NYRA’s June 22, 2015 press release “The 40-day meet, which includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.7 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 24, through Labor Day, Monday, September 7. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.” There will be a $500,000 Guaranteed late Pick 4 on Saturdays. Every weekend of the meet offers high stakes highlighted by three special dates: August 8 Whitney Day, August 29 Travers Day, and September 5 Woodward Day. Each of these three days offers even higher guarantees on the Late Pick 4 and other wagers!  More details next week.  Expect extensive TV coverage of the Saratoga thoroughbred meet this year. More details soon.

~Stars & Stripes…
Will you get in the drawing on Friday, July 24?! It’s Saratoga’s opening day too! Check the promotion sign for details.

~”Phantastic” News…
American Pharoah is set to race in the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational on August 2 at Monmouth Park. Monmouth plans to have a three day celebration for this historic Haskell calling it the “Pharoah Phan Phestival”.  Owner Ahmed Zayat told ESPN.com “if all goes well in the Haskell, he would also consider taking American Pharoah to Saratoga for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes on August 29.” That would be “Phantastic”!

Next Wednesday, July 15 is another chance for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to shine, this time at ESPN’s 2015 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards also known as the ESPY Awards. American Pharoah is up for Best Championship Performance.  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/2015/06/24/american-pharoah-anthony-davis-and-louisville-sports-figures-up-for-espns-espy-awards/29206315/

Fans are allowed one vote in each category at this link: http://es.pn/1FAVXva

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 11  –  ARLINGTON HANDICAP
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • July 1-16 Presque Isle revised post 3:05pm extended through July 16.
  • July 10 & 11 Meadowlands revised early 5:30pm post.
  • July 10 Ca. Fair at Sacramento revised post 6:30pm
    July 11 & 12 Ca. Fair at Sacramento revised post 4:30pm
  • July 11 Suffolk Downs will not race. They will try for an August date!
  • July 19 Belmont’s last day.
  • July 20 last day to enter the OTB Stars & Stripes drawings.
  • July 23 Saratoga Harness revised post 4:00pm
  • July 24 Saratoga Thoroughbreds opening day, post 1pm.
  • July 24 Stars & Stripes Drawings at OTB /Interbets.

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7/2/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
No surprise here! Belmont is in the spotlight again!  The second annual Stars & Stripes Festival features $3.3 million in purses and an early 12:30pm post.  According to NYRA’s press release  “… the Stars & Stripes Festival will once again feature the Grade 1, $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational on Saturday at Belmont Park. Slated as the 8th race on the 11-race holiday card, the 1 ¼-mile turf route has drawn a competitive field of nine 3-year-old colts, led by Kentucky Derby contestant Bolo, making his turf stakes return, and Grade 2 American Turf hero Divisidero.”  The grade 1 $1,000,000 Belmont Oaks is a 1 ¼ mile turf event. “The Oaks, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” qualifier to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, will be televised live by NBC, with coverage starting at 5 p.m.” the Suburban will also be featured in the TV coverage.

Belmont offers several guaranteed pools: $500,000 late Pick 4 (race 8), $250,000 Pick 5 (race 1), $250,000 late Daily Double (race 10), and $150,000 Pick 6 (race 6). In a word, wow!

Saturday offers up six Grand Circuit races at Pocono Downs and Balmoral. The evening’s harness menu is highlighted by $1.8 million in Finals at Pocono Downs including the Ben Franklin, Max Hempt, Earl Beal Jr., and James Lynch. An additional eight Grand Circuit races may be found at the non-wagering Goshen Historic Track.

You know it’s summer time because this Sunday offers up $1.7 million at Woodbine thoroughbred track highlighted by the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate. Woodbine has an early twelve noon post too. Monmouth will feature the grade 1 $500,000 United Nations, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race. Gulfstream offers the Summit of Speed card with just over a million distributed over seven stakes on Sunday and an early 12:30pm post. The Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint are two more Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races. Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza is expected to ride at Gulfstream this Sunday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
Friday, July 3 Belmont offers a late 3:00pm post time.

Belmont “Stars & Stripes Festival takes center stage, spotlighting some of America’s top turf runners” with “six graded stakes races worth over $3.25 million in purses.”  There’s an early 12:30pm Belmont post on Saturday, July 4 and four guaranteed wagering pools. More details in the next newsletter.

Good News! Expect extensive TV coverage of the Saratoga thoroughbred meet this year. More details soon.

Yonkers announced purse increases in a June 30, 2015 press release, “Nearly every class is hiked substantially.” The increases take effect Monday, July 6, 2015.

~Horse News…

“American Pharoah won’t earn the highest honor possible July 15 at ESPN’s Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards — he’s not up for Best Male Athlete — but the Triple Crown winner is among four for Best Championship Performance.”  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/2015/06/24/american-pharoah-anthony-davis-and-louisville-sports-figures-up-for-espns-espy-awards/29206315/

Fans are allowed one vote in each category at this link: http://es.pn/1FAVXva

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, July 4  – BELMONT DERBY   – Belmont
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • July 1 & 2 Plainridge H revised 11am post.
  • July 1-9 Presque Isle revised post 3:05pm and may be extended, tbd.
  • July 2 Northfield Park H added racing, 6:00pm post.
  • July 2,4,5 Ca. Racing Fair at Pleasanton revised 4:30pm post.
  • July 3 Ca. Racing Fair at Pleasanton revised 6:30pm post
  • July 3 Vernon Downs is not racing this day. Update your calendar.
  • July 4 Belmont 12:30pm post – Stars & Stripes Day – OTB Bettor Day Promotion.
  • July 6 Vernon Downs added racing this day, 6:45pm post.
  • July 10 & 11 Meadowlands revised early 5:30pm post.
  • July 11 Suffolk Downs will not race. They will try for an August date!
  • July 19 Belmont’s last day.
  • July 23 Saratoga Harness revised post 4:00pm
  • July 24 Saratoga Thoroughbreds opening day, post 1pm.

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6/25/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
Hello Summer! We’ve been waiting for you!  The first full weekend of summer is here and starts with an arsenal of graded stakes from Belmont, Monmouth, Churchill, Prairie Meadows, and Santa Anita all Saturday.  There’s plenty to wager on all day and night with forty-three tracks scheduled.

The graded stakes action will start heating things up in the late afternoon with Belmont’s grade 1 $300,000 Mother Goose. The Mother Goose is also Equibase’s “Feature Race of the Week”.  See link to further information below.  Santa Anita will have a revised 4:00pm post and offers the biggest card of the weekend with $1,100,000 in graded stakes highlighted by the grade 1 $500,000 Gold Cup.  The Gold Cup is also a Breeders’ Cup Classic Challenge Race with TV coverage on NBCSN from 8:00pm-9:00pm.   As the sun goes down Churchill’s evening card keeps the racing hot offering the grade 2 $200,000 Firecracker and three more stakes. It’s also Prairie Meadows’ Cornhusker Night and three more graded stakes.

Saturday  is also a good night for harness fans with important elimination races at Pocono Downs H for the Ben Franklin and the Max Hempt, Earl Beal Jr., and James Lynch Memorials.

Sunday is fun-day as they say with six figure stakes from Woodbine, Tioga H, Belmont and Santa Anita. Belmont features the $100,000 Dancin Renee for NY Bred, 3 year olds and up, Fillies and Mares. Santa Anita offers the grade 3 $150,000 San Juan Capistrano and a revised late 4:00pm post.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
Fridays, June 26 and July 3 Belmont offers a late 3:00pm post time.

Looking ahead to next weekend Belmont boasts the “Stars & Stripes Festival takes center stage, spotlighting some of America’s top turf runners” with “six graded stakes races worth over $3.25 million in purses.”  There’s an early 12:30pm Belmont post on Saturday, July 4 and four guaranteed wagering pools. More details in the next newsletter.

Good News! Expect extensive TV coverage of the Saratoga thoroughbred meet this year. More details soon.

~Horse News…

“American Pharoah won’t earn the highest honor possible July 15 at ESPN’s Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards — he’s not up for Best Male Athlete — but the Triple Crown winner is among four for Best Championship Performance.”  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/2015/06/24/american-pharoah-anthony-davis-and-louisville-sports-figures-up-for-espns-espy-awards/29206315/

Fans are allowed one vote in each category at this link: http://es.pn/1FAVXva

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, June 27 – MOTHER GOOSE  – Belmont
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • June 26: Belmont 3:00pm post.
  • June 27 & 28 Santa Anita revised later 4:00pm post.
  • June 29 Plainridge H revised 11am post .
  • July 1 & 2 Plainridge H revised 11am post.
  • July 2 Northfield Park H added racing, 6:00pm post.
  • July 4 Belmont Stars & Stripes Day!  12:30pm post.
  • July 10 & 11 Meadowlands revised early 5:30pm post.

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6/18/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
It’s just two weeks since the historic Belmont that produced a Triple Crown winner and we’re back to talking about Belmont. This Saturday, June 20 will be highlighted by the grade 3 $150,000 Bed O’ Roses Handicap at Belmont and the guaranteed $300,000 Late Pick 4 is still available.  (See more NY racing information below.)  Santa Anita follows with the grade 2 $200,000 Summertime Oaks and a $500,000 Late Pick 4.

Saturday evening is capped off with the $2,250,000 Mohawk harness track card highlighted by the $1,000,000 North America Cup Final.  Four more stakes include the Fan Hanover Final, Roses Are Red Final, the Armbro Flight, and the Mohawk Gold Cup. Mohawk has a special early 6:30pm post this evening. The NA Cup is race 12 at approximately 10:40pm.  Wiggle It Jiggleit is the morning line favorite at 8-5 in post 3.  There’s a $100,000 all stakes Late Pick 4 at Mohawk beginning in race 9 (Roses Are Red). The stakes in the additional legs are race 10 (Gold Cup), leg three is race 11 (Fan Hanover), and finishing with the NA Cup in Race 12. There’s also a $50,000 early Pick 4 beginning in Race 4.

Sunday is Father’s Day and what better way to enjoy the day then to go to OTB with Dad! Belmont will offer two NYSS. Woodbine offers the grade 2 $200,000 King Edward, Santa Anita offers two $125,000, and NY’s own Vernon Downs harness track offers  two Empire Breeders Classics, a $105,000 NYSS and Excelsior races. Need a gift for Dad? OTB gift vouchers and NY Lottery games make a great gift and fit in a card!

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
Heads up! June 19 is Belmont’s twilight 3pm special post time. There will be another twilight card on June 26.  The Stars & Stripes Festival is scheduled for July 4th featuring approximately $3.5 million in purses. Early post July 4th will be 12:30pm; plenty of guaranteed pools this day too. More details soon.

Finger Lakes changed Friday’s post time to 12:35pm and all Fridays after this too. Other race days remain 1:10pm.

Saratoga released their summer meet schedule. Yes, it’s just about five weeks away!  Post time is 1:00pm. Special post August 29, Travers Stakes Day, at 11:45am, and the last three days of the meet September 5, Woodward Day, September 6 and September 7 at 12:30pm.

2015 Belmont Stakes & Triple Crown history! Relive it all here!  Who else keeps replaying the race?! https://youtu.be/WyDcXtVb8_U

~Horse News…
The latest rumor: #Triple Crown “Monmouth Park may be the likely next stop for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, with the $1-million William Hill Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 serving as the first of two races before the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31.” http://www.app.com/story/sports/2015/06/17/american-pharoah-monmouth-park-del-mar-bonus/28851273/

Interesting news: “Hope’s Love, a full sister to Horse of the Year California Chrome, was a closing second in her racing debut in the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday (June 13).” Paulick Report 06/13/15

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, June 20 – SUMMERTIME OAKS – Santa Anita
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • June 19 & 26: Belmont 3:00pm post
  • June 20 Mohawk H early 6:30pm post – North America Cup
  • June 20 Delta Downs Q early  6:30pm post.
  • June 21 Happy Father’s Day! OTB gift vouchers make great gifts! Spend the day with Dad at OTB!
  • July 4 Belmont Stars & Stripes Day!

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6/11/15

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~Triple Crown wrap up…
It was the day we’d all been waiting for. Congratulations to American Pharoah, owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat, trainer Bob Baffert,  jockey Victor Espinoza and all their connections on this long awaited Triple Crown triumph. There can be no doubt that American Pharoah earned his place in history with a 5 ½ lengths lead over Frosted when he hit the finish line. Wow!

Relive it all here!  Who else keeps replaying the race?! https://youtu.be/WyDcXtVb8_U

This Saturday American Pharoah’s connections will be presented with their engraved Kentucky Derby trophies just after race 6 at 8:28pm in the Churchill Downs Trackside Winner’s Circle. Check with NBCSN 8pm-10pm for possible coverage of the award presentation.

~ Weekend highlights…
This Saturday is a graded stakes bonanza! Belmont, still riding high from last week, will offer the grade 3 $300,000 Poker Handicap. Santa Anita features the grade 1 $400,000 Shoemaker Mile and the grade 3 $100,000 Adoration. Churchill will have a late 6:00pm post for their special card on Saturday. Churchill will offer four graded stakes highlighted by the grade 1 $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap.

The Stephen Foster is race 6 at Churchill, post time approximately 9:42pm. There will be a field of seven for this race which is also a designated Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In Classic Division” race. The winner earns a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic later this year on October 31, 2015.

This year’s Stephen Foster will have additional broadcast coverage on NBC Sports Network from 8pm-10pm. The show will include coverage of American Pharoah at Churchill, the Regret, Fleur de Lis Handicap and the Stephen Foster. The seven contenders are Hopportunity, Commissioner, Lea, Cat Burglar, Majestic Harbor, Noble Bird, and Paganol in no particular order.

On the harness side of life Pocono Downs Harness Track offers the $225,000 Pennsylvania Sire Series this Saturday. Mohawk offers eliminations on the North America Cup, Fan Hanover, and Roses are Red.

Sunday, June 14 is flag day. We have our flag flying already. How about you? Appropriately scheduled, or one week too late, is the Wild Applause at Belmont this Sunday.  The biggest Sunday race event is the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
I think we can still hear them cheering at Belmont. I heard the cheers continued for about 10 full minutes from the time American Pharoah came down the stretch till well after the race was won.

Yonkers is still on their break until their scheduled return this Saturday evening. Yonkers announced that they will increase the guarantee on their already growing Pick 5 for this Saturday up to $60,000 guaranteed. The Pick 5 begins in race 7.  OTB will offer a Yonkers Contest too! See below.

~Harness Contests…
With the return of Yonkers eleven of our OTB branch locations will turn up the heat this Saturday evening by offering a Happy Hour Free Harness Handicapping Contest. It’s free to enter. Entries are available beginning at 6pm and may be entered up to post time of Yonkers’ second  race, approximately 7:30pm. Someone at each branch will win $25 in free bets! More details and find a location here:   http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

In addition to the eleven OTB branches holding Handicapping Contests there’s another event! Two additional OTB branches will instead be playing The OTB Game. Saturday’s game is free to play. The game will be for Yonkers Race 5. There is a limited number of entries in this game to be held at the Nyack OTB and the Park Avenue Teletheater in Nanuet. One lucky player at each branch will win $10 in free bets! More details and find a location here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, June 13 – STEPHEN FOSTER – Churchill Downs
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • June 3-12 Yonkers is not racing during this time.
  • June 11 – Ocean Downs  Harness Track opens, post 7:20pm
  • June 12 Northfield Park is racing Fridays beginning today, 6:00pm post.
  • June 13 FREE Harness Handicapping Contest at 11 OTBs  enter 6pm-7:30pm before Yonkers Races 2!
  • June 13 FREE OTB Game at two OTBs. Game pieces distributed by post time of  Yonkers 7:10pm, first come, first served while supply lasts.
  • June 19 Belmont 3:00pm post
  • June 20 Mohawk H early 6:30pm post.
  • June 21 Happy Father’s Day! OTB gift vouchers make great gifts! Spend the day with Dad at OTB!

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6/3/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
BELMONT STAKES DAY IS SATURDAY and a possible history making Triple Crown!  This will be the 14th attempt at a Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. American Pharaoh, winner of the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is just 1 1/2 miles away from the history books. It was reported that Carpe Diem will not run. The post position draw will be today, Wednesday, June 3.  Watch the draw on MSG from 7-7:30pm.

Besides the Belmont Stakes there are 46 tracks total to wager on this Saturday. See details below on the Belmont Festival of Racing Thursday, June 4 – Saturday, June 6. Belmont offers ten stakes Saturday with purses totaling over $7,550,000. Six of the stakes are grade 1, two are grade 2, and one is grade 3.

Harness players will have much to focus on this Saturday as well. During the afternoon The Meadows offers the $200,000 PASS and $120 Currier & Ives. Later in the evening Vernon Downs has NYSS and Excelsior races, Meadowlands offers two more Graduate races, and Mohawk offers the ONSS Gold and Somebeachsomewhere.

There are 24 tracks offered this Sunday including stakes from Monmouth, Woodbine, and Santa Anita.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…

BELMONT STAKES FESTIVAL JUNE 4-6 & TRIPLE CROWN FEVER:
Complete Belmont Stakes Information and links here:
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/belmont-stakes-information/

THURSDAY, JUNE 4: 12:50pm Belmont early first race post.
$75,000 guaranteed Pick 6 in Race 3 post time 1:52pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 5: 12:50pm Belmont early first race post.
Advance wager on the Belmont Stakes today!
Guaranteed Wagers:
Two-Day Double:  $150,000 gtd. True North – Metropolitan Handicap
Two-Day Double: $300,000 gtd. Belmont Gold Cup – Belmont Stakes
Race 5 $150,000 Pick 6,  2:56pm
Race 7 $300,000 Late Pick 4,  4:00pm
Additional National TV coverage on NBC Sports Network 3:30pm-6:00pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 6: 11:35am early first race post. OTB branches open at 10:00am
Guaranteed Wagers:
Race 1 $500,000 Pick 5, 11:35am
Race 3 $250,000 Pick 3, 12:39pm
Race 6 $1,000,000 Pick 6, 2:34pm
Race 8 $1,500,000 Pick 4, 4:00pm
Additional National TV coverage:
NBC Sports Network 2:30pm-4:30pm
NBC – TV 4:30pm-7:00pm – Note, Belmont Stakes, race 11, 6:50pm
NBC Sports Network 7:00-7:30pm

~NYRA/MSG Broadcast Announced…
Wednesday, June 3, 7-7:30pm  – Belmont Insider: Belmont Draw
Friday, June 5, 7-7:30pm – Belmont Show
Friday, August 28, (time tbd) Saratoga Insider: Travers Preview Show & NY Racing Series: Empire
Saturday, Oct. 24, (time tbd) Belmont Fall Showcase Day

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Monday, June 6 – BELMONT STAKES – Belmont Park
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • June 3-12 Yonkers is not racing during this time.
  • June 4 & June 5 Belmont post 12:50pm
  • June 5 Advance Bet the Belmont Stakes today.
  • June 6 Belmont post 11:35am, Belmont Stakes Day, OTB & Interbets betting opens at 10am!
  • June 6 Pocono Downs early post 3:30pm, 4 races, card breaks for the Belmont then card finishes after.
  • June 6 Charles Town last post 7:30pm
  • June 12 Northfield Park is racing Fridays beginning today, 6:00pm post.

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5/28/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
There are a whopping 43 Saturday tracks and 24 tracks offered this Sunday at OTB and Interbets. Thoroughbred fans have plenty to wager on this weekend featuring Santa Anita’s grade 1 $400,000 American Oaks and Penn National’s five big stakes worth over $1 million highlighted by the grade 3 $500,000 Penn Mile from Penn National. Quarter Horse fans celebrate with eight stakes at Remington worth a million bucks highlighted by two grade 1’s, the $300,000 Heritage Place Futurity and the $250,000 Invitational Championship. Harness  fans have the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace and $115,000 Lismore Pace Finals at Yonkers. There’s something for everyone!

We’re just 9 days away from a potential Triple Crown history making moment! It’s almost hard to think of anything else, but this weekend is chock full of high stakes, graded events and finals. If you’ve never followed the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” link below then this is the time.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…

BELMONT STAKES FESTIVAL JUNE 4-6:

Special early 12:50pm post on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5.

Early post 11:35am Saturday, June 6
for the 147th Belmont Stakes.

The Belmont Stakes is scheduled Saturday as race 11, 6:50pm.

$500,000 guaranteed Pick 5
$250,000 guaranteed Pick 3 beginning in race 3
$1,000,000 gtd. Pick 6
$1,500,000 gtd. Pick 4 beginning in race 8

OTB always shows the live simulcast. Additional national TV coverage:
NBC Sports Network 2:30-4:30pm
NBC-TV 4:30-7pm
NBCSN 7-7:30pm.

Madefromlucky won the 2015 Peter Pan and will be pointed to the Belmont Stakes on June 6. His winning time on the 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.36.  Mubtaahij ran 8th in the Derby, skipped the Preakness, but is hanging around to take on American Pharaoh and the other contenders in the Belmont Stakes. Paulick Report reports that Frosted is confirmed for the Belmont Stakes as well.  Other possible contenders include Carpe Diem,  Frammento, Materiality, War Story Keen Ice, Conquest Curlinate and Tale of Verve.

~NYRA/MSG Broadcast Announced…
Wednesday, June 3, 7-7:30pm  - Belmont Insider: Belmont Draw
Friday, June 5, 7-7:30pm – Belmont Show
Friday, August 28, (time tbd) Saratoga Insider: Travers Preview Show & NY Racing Series: Empire
Saturday, Oct. 24, (time tbd) Belmont Fall Showcase Day

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Monday, May 30 – PENN MILE STAKES – Penn National
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • May 29 Finger Lakes cancelled racing today.
  • May 31 Remington Park added racing today, 2:30pm post time.
  • May 31 New Zealand Racing announced they will offer wagering from Ellerslie this day.
  • June 3-12 Yonkers is not racing during this time.
  • June 4 & June 5 Belmont post 12:50pm
  • June 5 Advance Bet the Belmont Stakes today.
  • June 6 Belmont post 11:35am, Belmont Stakes Day, OTB & Interbets betting opens at 10am!
  • June 12 Northfield Park is racing Fridays beginning today, 6:00pm post.

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5/21/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
We are so much more than the Preakness! This long weekend is full of sizzling stakes from the $100,000 Paradise Creek at Belmont to five stakes worth $825,000 at Santa Anita to Vernon Downs’ Harness Track’s NYSS and Excelsior all Saturday.

The all new Arlington OTB branch located at 11 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 will have a Hot List Belmont Seminar this Saturday, May 23rd. Plenty of opportunity to meet Bob Ehalt & Shawn Rychling in a casual setting. Learn the Hot List methodology. Play the “Beat The Pro” contest to win free bets. Enter the free drawing to win a $25 Belmont Big Apple Showcase Day Bet. It’s also an OTB Bettor Day only at Arlington this Saturday to win even more free bets! All the seminar fun begins at 1:00pm.
Details:  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/coming-up-promotions/
Directions:  http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/locations/arlington/

Sunday keeps the unofficial beginning of summer celebration going with three $150,000 races at Philadelphia harness track and the $200,000 Charles Whittingham at Santa Anita.

Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day. OTB will salute our service men and women by making it an OTB Bettor Day. Free bets may randomly print out with any wager.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
BELMONT   post time is 1:20pm. Special post at 11:35am Saturday, June 6 for the 147th Belmont Stakes. Belmont will make this a three day festival of great racing and big guaranteed pools from June 4-6. The Belmont Stakes is scheduled as race 11, 6:50pm.  There will be a $500,000 guaranteed Pick 5, $250,000 guaranteed Pick 3 beginning in race 3, $1,000,000 gtd. Pick 6 and a $1,500,000 gtd. Pick 4 beginning in race 8.  OTB always shows the live simulcast. Additional national TV coverage: NBC Sports Network 2:30-4:30pm, NBC-TV 4:30-7pm, and back to NBCSN 7-7:30pm. More details soon.  Even more exciting is the potential for a Triple Crown.

July 4th will be a day to celebrate with Belmont for the 2nd annual Stars & Stripes Festival highlighted by two grade 1 turf races.

Madefromlucky won the 2015 Peter Pan and will be pointed to the Belmont Stakes on June 6. His winning time on the 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.36.  Mubtaahij ran 8th in the Derby, skipped the Preakness, but is hanging around to take on American Pharaoh and the other contenders in the Belmont Stakes.

~NY Hot List Seminar…
This Saturday, May 23 Belmont Seminar at Arlington OTB. Details above!

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Monday, May 25 – LONE STAR PARK HANDICAP – Lone Star Park
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • May 17 Golden Gate changed weekend posts to 3:45pm beginning today.
  • May 22 & 23 Freehold H added two race days, 12:30pm post time.
  • May 22 Santa Anita 7:00pm late post time today.
  • May 23 NY Hot List Seminar at the new Arlington OTB begins at 1:00pm.
  • May 25 Memorial Day, Belmont is racing 1:20 regular post. Golden Gate revised holiday post is 3:45pm.
  • May 25 Big Apply NY Showcase Day at Belmont.
  • May 27 Woodbine thoroughbreds begin, 6:45pm post.
  • May 31 New Zealand announced they will offer the Ellerslie simulcast this day.

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~Jewel 2: Preakness Stakes…
On Sunday, May 10th the Friday card was revised as follows: *A third Pick 4 was added to the card in Race 11 and the Pimlico Special was moved to the final leg of this added Pick 4, Race 14. Race 14 is the last race of the card. The Race 11-14 Pick 4 has a guarantee of $250,000.

Wednesday, May 13 is the post position draw of the 140th Preakness at 5:00pm.

*UPDATED:  FRIDAY, MAY 15: Pimlico offers a fourteen race card, post time 12 noon. OTB opens at 11:45am.
Races 6-11: $100,000 guaranteed Rainbow 6 jackpot wager, post 2:25pm
Races 7-11: $250,000 guaranteed Pick 5, post 2:54pm
Races 8-11: $250,000 guaranteed Pick 4, post 3:23pm
Race 11: Black-Eyed Susan grade 2, post 4:50pm
*Race 11-14: $250,000 guaranteed Pick 4, post 4:50pm
*Race 14: Pimlico Special, post 6:21pm
*The Race 11-14 Pick 4 was added to the card as of May 1oth and the Pimlico Special was moved to the final leg of this added Pick 4, Race 14. Race 14 is the last race of the card.

Black-Eyed Susan(Fri)/Preakness(Sat) Two day Double, separate card wagering, post 4:50pm
Advance Bet The Preakness Stakes all day Friday.

Live simulcast of all races at your local OTB always!

Additional Friday televised coverage 3pm-5pm on NBCSN – BLACK EYED SUSAN

SATURDAY, MAY 16: Pimlico offers a fourteen race card, post time 10:30am. OTB opens at 10am.
Races 2-5: $300,000 guaranteed Pick 4, post 11am
Races 8-13: $100,000 guaranteed Rainbow 6 jackpot wager, post 2:35pm
Races 9-13: $500,000 guaranteed Pick 5, post 3:19pm
Race 10-13: $1,500,000 guaranteed Pick 4, post 4:04pm
Race 13: PREAKNESS STAKES, post 6:18pm

The first three finishers of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund, respectively, are scheduled to return to action Saturday in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.  Additional reports state that Danzig Moon will race. As of the writing of this newsletter it is still unknown if Mr. Z will be running per contradictory statements made by his owner and trainer. So is Z in or is Z out?

Live simulcast of all races at your local OTB  always!

Additional Saturday televised coverage:

2:30pm-4:30pm on NBCSN  - PREAKNESS PREP

4:30pm-6:30pm on NBC-TV – PREAKNESS RAC

6:30pm-7:00pm on  NBCSN – PREAKNESS POST

~ Weekend highlights…
Preakness weekend is here. The festivities begin this Friday. You may advance wager the Preakness this Friday, May 15. The Friday Pimlico card begins at noon. OTB & Interbets will start taking your wagers at 11:45am.  AND…
We are so much more than the Preakness!

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
BELMONT   post time is 1:20pm. Special post at 12 noon Saturday, May 16. The 147th Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 6. July 4th will be a day to celebrate with the 2nd annual Stars & Stripes Festival highlighted by two grade 1 turf races.

Madefromlucky won the Peter Pan last weekend and will be pointed to the Belmont Stakes on June 6. His winning time on the 1 1/8 miles was 1:48.36.

~NY Hot List Seminar…
Saturday, May 23, Join us for the NY Hot List Seminar at the all new Arlington OTB location beginning at 1:00pm. Meet the NY Hot List Team, Bob Ehalt & Shawn Rychling for a casual, informal day at your local OTB. Learn the Hot List methodology and hear what Bob & Shawn have to say about Belmont’s Saturday card, Monday’s Showcase Day and The Belmont Stakes. Play the Beat The Pros Game too to win FREE BETS! We’ll see you there!

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, May 16 – PREAKNESS – Pimlico
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in the newsletter are listed for the eastern time zone.
  • May 15 Advance Bet Preakness today + Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double.
  • May 15 Pimlico post 12 noon. Branches open 11:45am.
  • May 16 PREAKNESS STAKES DAY Pimlico post 10:30am. Branches open 10am.
  • May 16 Belmont post 12 noon
  • May 16 Pocono Downs offers two race cards today, 11am & 6:30pm.
  • May 16 Gulfstream revised post today is 12:20pm.
  • May 17 Golden Gate changed weekend posts to 3:45pm beginning today.
  • May 22 & 23 Freehold H added two race days, 12:30pm post time.
  • May 23 NY Hot List Seminar at the new Arlington OTB begins at 1:00pm.
  • May 25 Memorial Day, Belmont is racing 1:20 regular post. Golden Gate revised holiday post is 3:45pm.
  • May 25 Big Apply NY Showcase Day at Belmont.

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~ Weekend highlights…
We’re so much more than the Derby!  OTB & Interbets are here year-round for wagering at your local OTB, by phone and online. Watch the races live at OTB and video streamed online from Belmont to Balmoral H, Mountaineer to Monticello H, Pimlico to Pocono H, Santa Anita to Scioto H, and many more. With 45 tracks Saturday and 24 tracks Sunday there’s something for everyone.

Belmont grabs the spotlight this Saturday with the grade 1 $400,000 Man O’War, grade 2 $250,000 Ruffian, grade 2 $200,000 Peter Pan, and grade 3 $150,000 Beaugay.  The grade 1 $300,000 Vanity Stakes highlights the Santa Anita Saturday card, and Monmouth Park opens, post time 12:50pm.

Diablo is at Belmont, the Honeymoon and Lazaro Barrera at Santa Anita, and Remington Park has the grade 2 $100,000 Oklahoma Challenge Championship all this Sunday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
BELMONT   post time is 1:20pm. Special post at 12 noon Saturday, May 16. The 147th Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 6. July 4th will be a day to celebrate with the 2nd annual Stars & Stripes Festival highlighted by two grade 1 turf races.

According to a Paulick Report article on May 4 relaying a report from the Daily Racing Form, eighth place Derby finishers Mubtaahij will stay in the States to race next in the Belmont Stakes.

~Jewel 2: Preakness…
Friday, May 15: Pimlico offers a fourteen race card, post time 12 noon. OTB opens at 11:45am.
Races 6-11: $100,000 guaranteed Rainbow 6 jackpot wager, post 2:25pm
Races 7-11: $250,000 guaranteed Pick 5, post 2:54pm
Races 8-11: $250,000 guaranteed Pick 4, post 3:23pm
Race 11: Black-Eyed Susan grade 2, post 4:50pm
Race 13: Pimlico Special, post 5:50pm
Black-Eyed Susan(Fri)/Preakness(Sat) Two day Double, separate card wagering, post 4:50pm
Advance Bet The Preakness Stakes all day Friday.

Saturday, May 16: Pimlico offers a fourteen race card, post time 10:30am. OTB opens at 10am.
Races 2-5: $300,000 guaranteed Pick 4, post 11am
Races 8-13: $100,000 guaranteed Rainbow 6 jackpot wager, post 2:35pm
Races 9-13: $500,000 guaranteed Pick 5, post 3:19pm
Race 10-13: $1,500,000 guaranteed Pick 4, post 4:04pm
Race 13: PREAKNESS STAKES, post 6:18pm

According to a Paulick Report article dated May 3, American Pharoah, Firing Line, Dortmund, and Danzig Moon are all pointing toward a rematch in the Preakness. International Star, Divining Rod, and Bodhisattva are also planning to race.

~Hot List Winning Results…
Just tweeted by Interbets’ own NY Hot List: The NY Hot List horses won at a 26 percent clip opening week at Belmont!

58% of the Hot List horses hit the board!

April 29: Race 1 Miss Da Point pays $13.20 to win. The Hot List Team gave you the cold exacta $63.50
April 30: Race 1 Moonsilver $10.60 win
May 1: Race 5 Stallwalkin’ Dude $14.20 win, Race 6 Daisy Cutter $7.40 win, and the Race 5 & 6 Double paid $76.50
May 3: Race 4 Bajan Beach $7.10 win and Race 9 Laura’s Patriot $9.30 win.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, May 9 – PETER PAN – Belmont
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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are always listed for the Eastern Time Zone.
  • May 8 & 9 Remington Park cancelled due to reports of severe weather coming their way.
  • May 9 Monmouth Park opens, post 12:50pm
  • May 10 Mother’s Day
  • May 11 & 12 Remington Park added racing with a 6:00pm post.
  • May 15 Advance Bet Preakness today + Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double.
  • May 15 Pimlico post 12 noon. Branches open 11:45am.
  • May 16 PREAKNESS STAKES DAY Pimlico post 10:30am. Branches open 10am.
  • May 16 Belmont post 12 noon, Pocono Downs offers two race cards today.

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~ All Things Oaks & Derby…
It’s finally here! Check out all the Oaks and Derby information and links you need to prepare for this Friday and Saturday on the special Derby page we set up just for you at Interbets.com. There’s information on wagering, handicapping, a wagering calculator, OTB locations, prep race replays, stakes list, etc.   Go to the Interbets Derby & Oaks page here:
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/racing-schedule/kentucky-derby/

Find your local OTB branch here:
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/locations/
Remember Churchill opens at 10:30am both Friday and Saturday. Branches will open at 10am.

Open an Interbets.com Account online right now and just in time to bet the Derby!
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/locations/

This is a great time to fund your existing Interbets Account to be ready for Friday & Saturday betting. Sign in as usual or here’s the funding info. page:
http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/horse-racing-account-wagering/

FREE GIFT to Interbets.com Account Holders! You can expect a special FREE OAKS GIFT emailed to you from Interbets in just a few minutes after this Newsletter is received.  Tomorrow you can expect another special FREE DERBY GIFT coming your way with much appreciation for wagering with us.
Best wishes on all your Oaks and Derby wagers!

~ Weekend highlights…

Hey it’s Derby weekend, but we are so much more than the Derby! Check out the Upcoming Weekend Stakes link below. Belmont has a special early 12 noon post on Saturday. Belmont offers three big graded stakes this Saturday and a $100,000 race for NY Breds on Sunday.  Meadowlands harness track offers three Finals Saturday evening and has an early 5:30pm post time.  Penn National moved to a late 6:50pm post Saturday and Pompano Harness moved to 8:00pm. Pocono Downs harness track will offer two cards Saturday, a very early 11:00am card and a 6:30pm card.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week athttp://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A N.Y. minute…
BELMONT  is back!  post time 1:20pm. Special post at 12 noon this Saturday, May 2, and again on May 16.  The 59 day Belmont meet will feature 60 stakes races worth $18.55 million. The 147th Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 6. July 4th will be a day to celebrate with the 2nd annual Stars & Stripes Festival highlighted by two grade 1 turf races.

~ Not happy with some other ADWs?
Derby time is a great time to give Interbets.com a try. We are New York based and ready to open your account instantly on-line now! Let your “bettor” friends know we’re here for them too. Thanks.  Sign up here: https://wagering.interbets.com/firsttime/firstTimeUsage.do?type=n

~ Interbets Account Holders: Are you ready?

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~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, May 2 – KENTUCKY DERBY – Churchill Downs
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are always listed for the Eastern Time Zone.
  • April 26 – May 2 = Page 3 of the April calendar is available and posted at Interbets.com including this Sunday, April 26 through Saturday, May 2!
  • April 30 Golden Gate changed to a 4:15pm post time today.
  • April 30 The complete May calendar is posted at Interbets.com    http://www.interbets.com/racing/schedule.php
  • May 1 Kentucky Oaks Day, advance bet the Derby, Oaks/Derby Double. Betting opens at 10am.
  • May 2 Kentucky Derby Day. Betting opens at 10am.

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4/23/15

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~ Weekend highlights…
As of the writing of this newsletter the Gulfstream Park Rainbow 6 jackpot is $1,270,551.12 for Thursday, April 23. If no one hits it today or Friday then remember that Gulfstream will have a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 this Saturday, April 25!  Catskill OTB branches and Interbets will of course offer this wager and we really want one of our own to win it all.

Interbets Account Holders can expect the next set of Hot List Reviews Friday afternoon along with free picks which will likely include Toby Callet’s FULL picks and Key Plays for Gulfstream’s Saturday card.

There’s plenty of stakes action from many of the 41 tracks being offered this Saturday and 21 tracks on Sunday. Churchill Downs opens this Saturday evening at 6:00pm. See the NY section below for more details on the Aqueduct & Yonkers weekend highlights.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A NY minute…
AQUEDUCT runs through this Sunday, April 26. Aqueduct features the grade 3 $200,000 Excelsior Saturday and the two $100,000 NY Stallion Stakes divisions, Park Avenue and Time Square.

BELMONT opens next Wednesday, April 29, post time continues at 1:20pm. Special post at 12 noon on May 2 and May 16. The 59 day Belmont meet will feature 60 stakes races worth $18.55 million. The 147th Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 6. July 4th will be a day to celebrate with the 2nd annual Stars & Stripes Festival highlighted by two grade 1 turf races.

YONKERS – The $200,000 George Morton Levy and $125,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Finals (and consolations) are this Saturday, April 25th.

~ Hot List Red Hot $uccess…

As many of you know our Interbets Hot List team (Bob Ehalt and Shawn Rychling) has experienced much success with their unique Hot List handicapping system since launching this program in 2011. Since then they have successfully applied their techniques beyond NY. Most notably they have created Hot List sheets for Oaklawn Park and Keeneland. These sheets are all made available to our OTB and Interbets customers.

The Hot List team is on quite the winning streak at Keeneland this month. Have you noticed?!

Keeneland Hot List Winning Results:
April 8: Two winners
April 10: Two winners and two boxed superfectas $1,018.20 and $129.20. Two triples paying $535.20 and $43.40.
April 12: Four winners
April 16: Two winners, one paid $11.20. Two boxed triples, $129 and $52. Three boxed exactas, $91.20, $33, $20.60.
April 17: Pick 3 $437.40. From 5 plays, 2 winners, 3 boxed triples including $146 and $139 payoffs. Doubles at $101.40 & $47.80.
April 18: Two winners, 3 boxed exactas, Double $118.40.
April 19: Three winners, Pick 3 $165.40, Cold exacta $32, boxed triple $138. In the last race the Hot List Pick was a 17-1 shot who ran second and gave them a $146.60 boxed exacta.
April 22: Two winners, plus a 20-1 Hot List horse that ran second to their choice for a $51.40 exacta, a boxed exacta $181.80, and a cold exacta in Race 2 $13.20.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, April 25 –SAN FRANCISCO MILE – Golden Gate
http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ +Derby & ^Oaks Preps…
The Derby & Oaks Preps are complete. The Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for Friday, May 1 and The Derby is Saturday, May 2. That’s just over a week away.  Check out all the Derby Prep race replays here: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/road/schedule

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are always listed for the Eastern Time Zone.
  • April 24 Santa Anita added racing, post 4:00pm
  • April 25 Churchill opens, special late post 6:00pm, please update your calendar.
  • April 26 – May 2 = Page 3 of the April calendar is available and posted at Interbets.com including this Sunday, April 26 through Saturday, May 2! Yes, the Derby Day schedule is posted.
  • April 30 Golden Gate changed to a 4:15pm post time today.
  • May 1 Kentucky Oaks Day, advance bet the Derby, Oaks/Derby Double. Betting opens at 10am.
  • May 2 Kentucky Derby Day. Betting opens at 10am.

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4/16/15
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~ Weekend highlights…
Charles Town moved to a special, early 12:45pm post time for Saturday. The Classic is race 12 at 6:05pm.
Don’t miss SHARED BELIEF in the $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic this Saturday.  Challengers include defending champion IMPERATIVE and graded stakes winners MORENO, STREET BABE, and VYJACK.  In addition there are six more stakes there Saturday.

Hawthorne features the grade 3 $400,000 Illinois Derby this Saturday. Aqueduct features the Woodhaven and Distaff. Pimlico offers five $100,000 stakes. Remington Quarter Horse meet offers five stakes including a grade 1 and the grade 2 $270,000 Futurity. Emerald Downs opens with a 5:00pm post and there are 38 tracks offered, so there’s something for everyone. There are another 22 tracks this Sunday.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A NY minute…
AQUEDUCT runs through Sunday, April 26. BELMONT opens Wednesday, April 29, post time continues at 1:20pm.
Special post at 12 noon on May 2 and May 16. The 59 day Belmont meet will feature 60 stakes races worth $18.55 million. The 147th Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 6. July 4th will be a day to celebrate with the 2nd annual Stars & Stripes Festival highlighted by two grade 1 turf races.

YONKERS – The fifth (final) preliminary round of the George Morton Levy is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, with the final (purse TBA) Saturday, April 25th.”

~Spring Fling Handicapping Contest…
It’s here! Eight contests this Sunday. Earn points in the FREE contests for a free spot in the Interbets VIP Big Money Contest this Fall!  Details here: http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/3233/

~ Cozmic One…
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/cozmic-one-entered-for-friday-debut-at-santa-anita/

“Cozmic One, the first foal out of Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will make his first start in Race 2 at Santa Anita Park Friday, a one-mile maiden special weight for 3-year-olds.

Sired by Bernardini, Cozmic One began… “

~ American Pharoah…
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/triple-crown/the-champ-settles-into-churchill-downs/

“Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah, fresh off a dominant eight-length victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) at Oaklawn Park, completed an uneventful Monday journey from the Hot Springs, Ark., track to Churchill Downs in Louisville… “

~ Illinois Derby Saturday…
4/15/15 Press Release – STICKNEY, IL – The field for the Grade 3, $400,000 Illinois Derby was drawn on Wednesday as nine horses have entered for the 1 1/8 mile race.  The Illinois Derby will go as race nine on a ten race Saturday card at Hawthorne…

The Complete Field for the Illinois Derby:

PP       Horse                          Trainer                       Jockey                        M/L

1          Kantune                      M. Casse                     C. Emigh                     6-1

2          Verraco                       J Cassidy                     E. Trujillo                    5-1

3          Cross the Line             J. Hollendorfer            F. Geroux                    3-1

4          A. Rod Again             M. Maker                    M. Mena                      10-1

5          Conquest Curlinate     M. Casse                     S. Bridgmohan            8-1

6          Whiskey Ticket           B. Baffert                    M. Pedroza                  7-2

7          Lewys Vaporizer         L. Rivelli                     S. Sanjur                      15-1

8          Phenomenal Phoenix   D. Von Hemel             L. Quinonez                6-1

9          Private Prospect          M. Campbell               E. Esquivel                  12-1

~FREE! Toby Callet Picks at Interbets…
This just happened today! Way to go Toby!
Gulfstream Park Thursday, April 16, 2015

Toby Callet’s Key Plays for GSP Race 6 were:

1st #5 – FABULOUS APPEAL
2nd #1 – FOROBVIOUSREASONS
3rd #6 – FAKERY
Longshot #8 – KEY TO THE HIGHWAY

Wow! Check out the GSP Official Track Payout Results Race #6 per Equibase

8 Key to the Highway     48.40 17.60 9.40

6 Fakery                                          23.00 15.20

1 Forobviousreasons                                 6.60

Toby’s  Key Plays are FREE at Catskill OTB branches and at Interbets.com
including Tampa Bay, Santa Anita, and more! Interbets Account Holders
also get Toby’s Full Picks with Key Plays FREE for Gulfstream, Keeneland, and many more!

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, April 18 – CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC – Charles Town

http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ +Derby & ^Oaks Preps…
The Derby & Oaks Preps are complete. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 2. That’s just two weeks away.  Check out all the Derby Prep race replays here: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/road/schedule

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~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are always listed for the Eastern Time Zone.
  • April 17 Vernon Downs Harness Track opens, post 6:45pm
  • April 18 Charles Town changed to a special EARLY 12:45pm post time for today.
  • April 18 Emerald Downs – th – opens, post 5:00pm
  • April 20 Harrington Harness Track opens, post 5:30pm
  • April 24 Santa Anita added racing, post 4:00pm
  • April 25 Churchill opens, special late post 6:00pm, please update your calendar.
  • April 30 Golden Gate changed to a 4:15pm post time today.

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4/9/15
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~ Weekend highlights…
The last big Derby Prep is this Saturday. The grade 1 $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (race 11, post 6:18pm) is the highlight of a huge Oaklawn card this day, in addition to the grade 2 $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap and two more $100,000 stakes. Oaklawn has an early 1:30pm post (eastern). Aqueduct offers the grade 3 $200,000 Top Flight Handicap Saturday and $125,000 Plenty of Grace Sunday. Keeneland has an early 12:35pm post and the Lexington. The Lexington is the last chance for a horse to earn a few points toward their Derby entry. On Sunday the Beaumont offers a last chance to gain a few points toward the Oaks. Woodbine thoroughbred meet hits the ground running with a pair of $125,000 stakes each day this weekend. Yonkers continue the George Morton Levy Series.

The complete weekend stakes races are posted by Thursday each week in branches and at Interbets.com. You can go to the “Upcoming Weekend Stakes” page now & each week at http://www.interbets.com/racing/otb/news/stakes-races/

~A NY minute…
AQUEDUCT runs through Sunday, April 26. Belmont opens Wednesday, April 29, post time continues at 1:20pm.

YONKERS press release  4-7-15 – “Series leader (3-for-3) and defending champion P H Supercam is also a non-participant this time around. The fifth (final) preliminary round is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, with the final (purse TBA) Saturday, April 25th.”

~ Oaklawn…
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/triple-crown/field-of-eight-set-for-arkansas-derby-american-pharoah-installed-as-heavy-1-2-favorite/

“Champion American Pharoah, the runaway winner of $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14, arrived back in Hot Springs Wednesday just in time to draw the number 6 post position and be installed as the 1-2 favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). The Zayat Stable colorbearer arrived via a Tex Sutton flight from his Southern California base along with several other Racing Festival of the South contenders… “

~ Churchill…

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/thoroughbred-racing/bayern-targeting-churchill-downs-stakes-for-return/

“Bayern, unraced since capturing the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, will make his 2015 debut at Churchill Downs on Derby weekend, most likely in the seven furlong G2 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

Trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday that the 4-year-old colt would be nominated for both the seven furlong Churchill Downs Stakes and the 1 1/16-mile G2 Alysheba Stakes on Oaks Day. Baffert indicated he was leaning towards running Bayern in the seven-furlong contest… “

~ Keeneland…
Track update as of 4-4-15:
“The April 15 card will include the rescheduled Transylvania Stakes, which was canceled on Friday April 3, due to inclement weather.”

~ Woodbine – th…
Announced updated Woodbine Thoroughbred and Mohawk Harness Schedules.  They moved their December Woodbine Thoroughbred dates to Thursdays in November.  This is to support the installation of our new Tapeta surface.

~ FREE Stuff Heads Up…
Check out Equibase for FREE products in support of the “feature race” each week. This week’s feature race is:
Saturday, April 11 – ARKANSAS DERBY – Oaklawn

http://www.equibase.com/homehorseplayer.cfm

~ +Derby & ^Oaks Preps…

First place finishers earn 100 POINTS this Saturday in the last big prep race! Upcoming Prep Races:

+ April 11, 2015  Arkansas Derby  Oaklawn  100-40-20-10
+ April 11, 2015  Lexington  Keeneland  10-4-2-1
^ April 12, 2015  Beaumont  Keeneland  10-4-2-1

Check out all the Derby Prep race replays here: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/road/schedule

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~ Tax time…
Gambling losses may be tax deductible if you are required to pay taxes on your winnings, but only to the extent of your winnings. You may have to itemize deductions and keep a diary of your winnings and losses on the races, lotteries, casino gaming, etc. It may be worth your while to ask your tax preparer for more information about reporting any gambling losses on your 2014 tax return.

~ Notes to know…

  • Times posted in this newsletter are always listed for the Eastern Time Zone.
  • April 11 Early posts at Keeneland 12:35pm and Oaklawn 1:30pm
  • April 11 Woodbine thoroughbred meet opens, post 1pm.
  • April 14 Miami Valley Harness Track added races, post 6:30pm
  • April 15 Plainridge Harness Track opens, post 4:00pm
  • April 17 Vernon Downs Harness Track opens, post 6:45pm
  • April 18 Emerald Downs – th – opens, post 5:00pm
  • April 20 Harrington Harness Track opens, post 5:30pm
  • April 24 Santa Anita added racing, post 4:00pm
  • April 25 Churchill opens, special late post 6:00pm, please update your calendar.

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4/2/15
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~ Weekend highlights…
This Saturday, April 4 there’s a revised early post at 12:50pm at Aqueduct. The card is highlighted by the $1,000,000 Wood Memorial, NY’s prep race earning the winner 100 points towards entry into the Kentucky Derby. The entries include Gotham winner, El Kabeir in post five, Gotham runner