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King Kreesa Looks Tough in New York Stallion Series

The Jeremiah Englehart trained King Kreesa goes for his third win in a row as the likely betting favorite in the $100,000 New York Stallion Series, the fifth race on the Wednesday afternoon card at Saratoga.

The three-year-old gelding is coming off a victory in the London Company at Belmont Park on June 29.

With the late scratches of Mr Algebra and The Snickers Kid, the gelding will take on five foes in the race.

The eighth race on the card is the $100,000 Mandy’s Gold, which marks the return of the 2011 juvenile filly champion My Miss Aurelia.

Orioles Chase Yankees in AL East

The Baltimore Orioles have a chance to catch the New York Yankees in the AL East but they need to win head-to-head battles and make hay when the Yanks face tough foes.

Through Monday's play, Baltimore still trailed New York by 5.5 games, but that lead was nine games not too long ago, and the Yanks are still going to be without Alex Rodriguez for a while.

The O's picked up another game on New York Monday night, as they beat Seattle 3-1 behind Chris Tillman while the Yanks fell to Justin Verlander and Detroit 7-2.

Poker Stars Reaches Settlement in Full Tilt Scandal

After a year of uncertainty in the world of online poker, players have received the good news they have been hoping for.

PokerStars came in and settled with US justice officials in an agreement that allows them to purchase the Full Tilt brand. PokerStars agreed to pay $731 million to cover the cost of the purchase, as well as to settle the civil lawsuits that it has received.

Speedy Ladies Line Up in Friday’s Honorable Miss

Friday’s ten-race card at Saratoga gets underway with a first post of 1:00 ET, and the betting card features a pair of stakes, the $100,000 John’s Call and the $200,000 Honorable Miss (G2).

The John’s Call drew a field of six turf runners who will go the marathon distance of 1 5/8 miles over the Spa turf.

Tahoe Lake, who is coming off a third place finish in the Man ‘O War (G1) at Belmont Park is the 9-5 morning line favorite and takes on five foes in the race that is restricted to non-winners of a graded stake in 2012.

Best College Football Home Teams To Bet On

You don't think East Carolina when you think marquee college football programs.

But bettors think East Carolina when they look at betting home teams in the past six NCAA seasons.

The Pirates have 22 ATS home wins since 2006, just three behind national leader Ohio State (25). Other top programs such as UCLA (24) and Oklahoma and Cal (each with 23) top the leader board, according to OddsShark.com's college football odds database.

TCU, Houston, Arkansas and Wisconsin also have covered 22 home point spreads during that timeframe.

Pletcher Duo Looks Tough in Birdstone at Saratoga

Trainer Todd Pletcher won a record 38 races at Saratoga last summer, but got off to a tardy start this year and his seven wins this year so far trail Chad Brown by one.

However, he can make up some ground this afternoon as he sends out rumens in five races including a pair in the $100,000 Birdstone, the featured race on the 10-race card that includes a pair of steeplechase races.

MLB Trade Deadline Produces World Series Odds Climbers

It was a West-Coast trading frenzy this week and teams from Los Angeles and San Francisco were the big movers on the World Series odds menus at most sportsbooks.

The Dodgers were 14/1 this morning after a trio of trades in recent days delivered Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino and Brandon League. They were 22/1 a week ago.

Their city-mates from Anaheim were also active. The Angels traded for the best pitcher available (Zack Greinke) and moved from 10/1 to 15/2 into the third betting choice.

Pick 6 Pool Expected to Top $1M

Wednesday’s Saratoga card features a pair of stakes restricted to New York breds as well as a $239,114 Pick 6 carryover, a pool that may easily exceed $1 million by the time the sequence starts with the fifth race at 3:13 ET.

The ten race card includes the $100,000 Fleet Indian for New York bred fillies and mares who will go seven furlongs on the main track and is our featured race of the day.

The following race on the card is the $100,000 John Morrissey, a state bred sprint at 6 ½ furlongs that drew a field of nine.

Giants Favored Big Over Mets

They may have been swept by the Dodgers over the weekend, but oddsmakers still have faith in the San Francisco Giants, installing them as Monday's biggest baseball favorites.

Madison Bumgarner goes for the San Fran, whose lead atop the NL West evaporated in three days. Jeremy Hefner goes for the Mets, who were sitting as +187 underdogs at press time.

Of note, the Giants are under .500 against right-handed starters (34-36 according to OddsShark.com). The Mets are 1-3 in Hefner's starts in 2012.

Saratoga Featured Race: Saturday July 28

Saratoga’s summer meeting is in full swing and Saturday’s 11-race card features a pair of graded stakes, one for talented fillies and mares on the turf, and the other for three-year-olds looking to make it to the Midsummer Derby, the $1 million Travers Stakes (G1) on Aug. 25.

A field of six fillies and mares will line up in the $600,000 Diana (G1)  going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

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