Today's Sports News
There are two Grade 1 races on Saturday’s Saratoga card, featuring a strong group of three-year-old fillies and some of the top turf runners currently in training.
A field of nine will line up to go 1 ½ miles on the grass in the $600,000 Sword Dancer (G1), and the following race features a very competitive field of seven three-year-old fillies who will go in the $600,000 Alabama (G1).
Both races will be televised live on NBC Sports Network’s “Summer at Saratoga” which gets underway at 5:00 ET.
A field of eight will line up in Saratoga’s feature on Wednesday, the $100,000 Troy for three-year-olds and upward going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf course.
As of 11:30am ET this morning the weather in Saratoga was looking good, with the main track listed as fast and the turf course firm, although there is a chance of a few mid afternoon thunderstorms.
The Spa’s leading trainer Todd Pletcher will send out the 9-5 morning line favorite Bridgetown, who is coming off a third place finish in the Willard Straight at Saratoga on July 27.
As controversy continues to swirl about Washington's plan to shut down starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the young ace with the reconstructed elbow is scheduled to toe the rubber Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco as the Nationals square off against Tim Lincecum and the Giants in the final game of a three-game series between the NL playoff contenders.
The first full week of NFL preseason action wraps up Monday night (8:00 pm Eastern) with the Dallas Cowboys hitting the field in Oakland as a slight 1-point underdog against the favored Raiders.
This will be the first preseason game for both the Cowboys and Raiders, who finished with identical 8-8 records in 2011 and missed the playoffs. Against the spread, Oakland posted a record of 9-6-1 while Dallas was 5-10-1.
Trainer Chad Brown won the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) at Saratoga last year with Big Blue Kitten, who had started off his career running for a claiming tag, breaking his maiden for $35,000 at Gulfstream Park.
Fast forward to this year and Brown will saddle Yari in today’s Hall of Fame, a 1 1/16 mile turf event that drew a field of eight.
Washington and Buffalo have played six times in the regular season since 1993 and the Redskins never won.
They never even covered a spread.
Does that matter tonight as the NFL preseason schedule gets hopping? The Redskins are small road favorites against the Bills and hope to ride RG3 fever to a victory.
Some other trends for tonight's slate of six games:
- Steelers are 5-1 ATS past 6 preseason games vs the Eagles (who will be inspired by or drained by the emotion of Coach Andy Reid's personal loss this week)
The top seven finisher’s from the New York Stallion Series Cupecoy’s Joy all return in today’s feature at the Spa, the $100,000 New York Stallion Series, a one mile race on the inner turf.
The winner of the Cupecoy’s Joy was I Bet Toni Knows, who returned $17.20 for a $2 wager. Today the Eris Reed trainee is the 2-1 morning favorite in the field of ten.
Jacksonville was a 150/1 Super Bowl longshot a month ago and oddsmakers haven't seen anything in the past four weeks to change their mind.
In fact, the Jaguars are now the longest shot on the board at most Vegas sportsbooks at 200/1.
"The Maurice Jones-Drew holdout doesn't help matters and the fact first-round pick Justin Blackmon is behind schedule in training camp after his holdout," said handicapper Mike Pickett of OddsShark.com.
That slide leaves the two longest shots in the AFC South (the Coolts are 150/1).
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.
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.