All posts by Greg Melikov

  • MARCH 19TH, 2010

    Florida Derby: Short-priced Horses Dominate Lately

    Favorites in the Florida Derby have dominated in the 21st Century. Eight winners have returned less than $7 on the front end, including five top choices.During the previous decade only one favorite made the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle: High Fly, which paid $2.80.In the past 10 renewals, there have been only two double-digit payoffs, both in fields .....

  • AUGUST 11TH, 2009

    Travers Is Steeped in History Just Like Saratoga

    Saratoga Springs attracted visitors before the American Revolution when wealthy pilgrims journeyed to the carbonated mineral springs running through the area. The two Battles of Saratoga, considered the first Colonial victory and a turning point in the Revolutionary War, ended with British Gen. John Burgoyne’s surrender on Oct. 16, 1777. During the Civil .....

  • JULY 28TH, 2009

    Haskell Headlines Three Big Races on Weekend

    All three winners of this year’s Triple Crown races will be in action on the weekend at two different tracks. Three big graded stakes totaling $2.5 million have attracted some top 3-year-olds to Mountaineer, Saratoga and Monmouth.On Saturday, Kentucky Derby champ Mine That Bird goes in the West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer. The 40th renewal at 1 1/8 mil.....