Horse Racing

Previewing the 'crapshoot' Belmont Stakes

Previewing the 'crapshoot' Belmont Stakes

It has been 44 years, to the day, since Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown.

CSN's own David Kaplan's favorite athlete and widely regarded as the greatest thoroughbread in horse racing history, Secretariat was quite the spectacle at the Belmont Stakes. 

In this year's version, the 149th running of the race, there will be no Secretariat nor will there be a Triple Crown winner as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners will not be present.

Front runners include:

Lookin at Lee

Irish War Cry


Yet according to horse racing analyst Randy Moss, "Nobody knows what the heck is going to happen!" and "On paper this looks like a complete crapshoot."

Watch the video above and make your Belmont Stakes predictions. 

Previewing the field in the 143rd Kentucky Derby

Previewing the field in the 143rd Kentucky Derby

Want to place a bet on the Kentucky Derby this weekend, but don't know anything about the field?

David Kaplan was on In The Loop to preview the race which he says has no clear favorite. Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are among the favorites based on current odds, but are not clear cut favorites.

Kaplan says a longshot has a chance in this race because of how wide open it is. Watch the video above to see more from Kaplan on the Kentucky Derby including his pick.


Mondialiste wins 34th annual Arlington Million

Mondialiste wins 34th annual Arlington Million

The Pizza Man's quest to become the first horse to win back-to-back Arlington Millions was spoiled by an Irish horse with a French name. 

Mondialiste, which means "globalist" in French, held off The Pizza Man and a charging field to claim the top prize in the 34th running of the race. 

An Irish horse wins a U.S. race with a French name. A true Globalist, indeed! 🐴🏆 #Million34 #Arlington

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Jockey Daniel A. Tudhope decided to come across the pond to ride Mondialiste in the Grade 1 race, and after a big win, the decision paid off. 

"I have a lot to do with this horse," Tudhope told Alyssa Ali after the race. "I love riding him all the time at home."

The results weren't exactly shocking for anyone who has followed Mondialiste's racing record on U.S. soil. The horse finished second in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile and won last year's Ricoh Woodbine Mile.  

Even with those impressive finishes in America, trainer David O'Meara wasn't walking to the winners circle early.  

"We come hopeful, not expecting," O'Meara said. 

Mondialiste's win at Arlington guarantees another trip to the Breeders' Cup.

The Irish horse returned $10.80 to win, $6.40 to place and $4.80 to show.