Trip Notes

Observations, notable news and other timely updates.

Looking for 2017 Breeders’ Cup contender replays or workout videos? We’ve compiled links to help you quickly access useful information!

Are you looking for the 2017 Preakness payouts? We can help!

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Are you looking for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic payouts? We can help!

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Looking for 2016 Breeders’ Cup contender replays or workout videos? We’ve compiled links to help you quickly access useful information!

Del Mar and Saratoga offer great racing & opportunities, gear up with these thoughtful posts on playing the meets.

Are you looking for the 2016 Belmont Stakes payouts? We can help!

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Are you looking for the 2016 Kentucky Derby payouts? We can help!

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Like watching workouts? We’ve compiled 2016 Kentucky Derby contender workouts from April 26 to today in one place for your viewing ease and enjoyment.

Like watching workouts? We’ve compiled recent 2016 Kentucky Oaks contender workouts in one place for your viewing ease and enjoyment.

Like watching workouts? We’ve compiled 2016 Kentucky Derby contender workouts from April 15 – April 26 in one place for your viewing ease and enjoyment.

Looking for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic payouts? We can help!

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Looking for 2015 Breeders’ Cup contender replays or workout videos? We’ve compiled links to help you quickly access useful information!

Looking for the 2015 Belmont Stakes payouts? We can help!

We’ve compiled the 2015 Belmont Stakes all in one place and added links to commentary.

Are you looking for those 2015 Preakness payouts? We can help!

What are the average payouts for the Preakness? Find out!

Are you looking for the 2015 Kentucky Derby payouts? We can help!

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Like watching workouts? We’ve compiled recent Kentucky Derby contender workouts in one place for your viewing ease and enjoyment.

If you’re looking for ways to stay up to date as the Kentucky Derby trail heats up, we have a few suggestions.

What’s the average payout on Kentucky Derby wagers? You asked, we answered!

The new year gets into full swing a little early with televised returning champions, Kentucky Derby preps and future wagers. All aboard!

Now that the BC dust is starting to settle we’re getting a better idea of who will be back for 2015.

Looking for payout information for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic? We can help!

Looking for payout information for the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Distaff? We can help!

You searched, we answered: How have 3-year-olds fared in the BC Classic? Find out!

Not sure what a race is named for? Sometimes a little digging can help you learn more about racing’s vast history.

Are you missing Saratoga and Del Mar? It’s time to get in the mood for fall racing and beyond!

Many of you seem to be trying to find out about the 2014 Belmont Stakes payouts. We’re happy to help!

Are you looking for the 2014 Preakness payouts? We can help!

Are you looking for the 2014 Kentucky Derby payouts? We can help!

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By now you may have noticed a few changes, we’re ringing in our fifth year of publishing by refocusing our efforts!

Horse racing is about to hit the television, make sure you’re prepared to make the most of the opportunity!

Wire to wire? Closers? Getting the right set-up? We can help you think like a Horseplayer!

Sometimes our search traffic produces opportunities to elaborate, here’s one such opportunity. What’s the average Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 payout? Find out!

Want to understand more about the wagers the Horseplayers were making at the Kentucky Derby? We can help!

Are you tired of the days with no horseplayers to watch on television? Well lucky you as that’s about to change!

2013 Breeders’ Cup winner Mucho Macho Man returns to the track as the 2014 racing year starts to pick up steam.

A look at the top Brisnet Speed Ratings for 2013 by horse, distance, owners, sires, tracks and more.

Devil’s Cave topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings by earning a 108 in the Ocala Stakes.

Strapping Groom topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 110 in the Gravesend Handicap.

Sunbean topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 107 in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes.

Point Finish topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 106 in the Claiming Crown Iron Horse.

Palace topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings.

Grand Contender and Potomac River topped last week’s ratings.

Eighttofasttocatch topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 105 in the Jennings Handicap.

Bad Debt and Morandi’s Miracle topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings, each earning a 105.

Now that the BC dust is starting to settle we’re getting a better idea of who will be back for 2014.

Beholder topped the Brisnet Speed Ratings for Breeders’ Cup week earning a 112 in the Distaff.

Ribo Bobo topped last week’s rating with a 108 in the Maryland Sprint Handicap.

Looking for payout information for the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic? We can help!

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Considering a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner has not gone on to win Horse of the Year since Curlin in 2007, it may be hard to remember that the race has served as a de facto championship for the gold statuette in many of its editions.

The name shifting race knows as the Distaff has provided some of contemporary racing’s most thrilling moments.

With a slim margin for error and a flood of European talent, the Breeders’ Cup Mile has provided plenty of down to the wire thrills.

Ribo Bobo topped last week’s ratings by earning a 108 in the Maryland Million Sprint Handicap.

While winners of the Breeders’ Cup Turf have come from Europe at a 70% clip, we acknowledge our bias and showcase a few home-grown winners.

Until 2007, the best sprinting fillies & mares competed on equal footing with their male counterparts in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Needless to say, that has resulted in some memorable finishes that have, unfortunately, faded a bit from our minds.

So many Juvenile performances are memorable, but there are a few that stand out. Here, we reflect on a trio of memorable Juveniles: the legendary late runner, the gutsy gray and the Florida-bred by Fappiano.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies is sometimes a bit overlooked in the shadow of the Juvenile (and the impending Derby fever it kicks off), but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t produced some notable performances, and careers!

Aces Again topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 103 in the Harvest Gold Plate Handicap.

Better Lucky and Points Offthebench share last week’s top honors, each earning a 108.

Mucho Macho Man earned Super Saturday weekend’s highest Brisnet Speed Rating.

Grade 2 Gallant Bloom winner Cluster of Stars topped last week’s ratings.

Managed Account and reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan topped last week’s ratings.

Departing’s easy win in the Grade 2 Super Derby topped last week’s ratings.

Heliskier earned last week’s top Brisnet Speed Rating in the Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship.

Will Take Charge nosed out Game on Dude for last week’s top Brisnet Speed Rating.

Princess of Sylmar topped last week’s ratings by earning a 107 in the Alabama Stakes.

Qushchi (GB) topped last week’s ratings with reining HOY Wise Dan not far behind.

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Qushchi (GB) topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 112 in the Waya Stakes.

Verrazano topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings in the Grade 1 Haskell at Monmouth Park.

Royal Delta topped the week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap.

Marketing Mix topped the week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings in the Grade 3 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park against males.

Some tracks create original content that, intentionally or not, goes beyond the scope of local interest. Here are a few of note!

Game on Dude topped last week’s ratings in the final rendition of the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Prayer for Relief topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings in the Cornhusker Handicap.

Traffic Light scored last week’s highest Brisnet Speed Rating in the Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap.

Fort Larned topped last week joining Delauny and Bright Thought for second best rating of 2013 so far.

Point of Entry topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with Fast Bullet not far behind.

Trying to find out about the 2013 Belmont Stakes payouts? We’re happy to help!

Don’t let the lack of Triple Crown get you down, this year’s field is packed, including both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.

The quiet pre-Belmont Stakes weekend produced 10 triple digit Brisnet Speed Ratings.

The long holiday weekend provided some speedy races with 13 triple digit Brisnet Speed Ratings.

Oxbow’s stunning Preakness upset also earned him the top Brisnet Speed Rating for the week.

Trying to find out about the 2013 Preakness payouts? We’re happy to help!!

A quiet week between Triple Crown races produced a handful of triple digit Brisnet Speed Ratings.

Orb’s Kentucky Derby win topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings.

Flat Out topped the ratings in the Westchester.

Trying to find out about the 2013 Kentucky Derby payouts? We’re happy to help!

What’s the Kentucky Oaks you ask? It’s a million dollar Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies that has a long tradition of creating champions, that’s what!

A quiet weekend garnered some notable Brisnet Speed Ratings, including seven triple digit ratings.

Oaklawn Park produced last week’s top three Brisnet Speed Ratings.

Carter winner Swagger Jack earned last week’s highest Brisnet Speed Rating.

Sometimes what looks like a boring wagering race can provide opportunities.

Cigar Street ousts Bright Thought and Delauny as the new 2013 Brisnet Speed Rating leader.

Another week, another record breaker lands atop the weekly Brisnet Speed Ratings.

The quiet weekend garnered some impressive speed ratings, including a tie for the current top spot.

What do grabbing lunch in Lexington and hanging out in Portland have in common? Talking about the Kentucky Derby, naturally!

Delauney earned the top spot for the second time this year, ousting Ron The Greek as the current 2013 leader.

Do you love the Kentucky Derby and plan to attend this year? Have you always wanted to be T.V.? Now might be your big chance!

Game on Dude’s Santa Anita Handicap domination topped last week’s ratings.

Sahara Sky topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 104 in the Grade 2 San Carlos.

Concealed Identity topped last week’s ratings with a 107 while champion Royal Delta earned a 106 in the Sabin.

Graydar pinged the radar in the Donn Handicap with last week’s highest Brisnet Speed Rating.

Game on Dude topped last week’s ratings with a notable 109 in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes.

Delaunay took last week’s top honors earning a 109 in the F. W. Gaudin Memorial S. at Fair Grounds.

Ron the Greek is the new 2013 leader after his 112 rating in the Sunshine Millions Classic.

111 was the magic number for the second week in a row, this week earned by veteran campaigner Ea.

Itsmyluckyday kicks off the new year with a bang, scoring a 111 in the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Looking at the top ten ratings by horses, distances, owners, sires, tracks and trainers.

Update: Itmyluckyday moved to to the top of the list with addition of Jan 1 races.

Saratoga Snacks topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with a 111 in the Alex M. Robb.

In a week with only 14 stakes races Csaba (Harlan’s Holiday S.) and Heathcote (Grade 3 Valedictory) tied for the top spot with a whopping 109.

Brigand topped last week’s Brisnet Speed Ratings.

Game on Dude topped last week’s BRIS Speed Ratings with a career high 113 in the Native Diver.

Upset Hollywood Prevue winner Really Mr Greely topped last week’s BRIS Speed Ratings in what turned out to be a relatively speedy weekend with 20 triple digit ratings.

Called to Serve and Centre Court shared the top honors last week with a BRIS Speed Rating of 101.

The new Kentucky Derby & Oaks points systems is underway, find out what you need to know!

It was a quiet post-Breeders’ Cup weekend with Sage Valley topping the weekly figs.

Now that the Breeders’ Cup dust has settled, we have a good idea of who might be back in 2013.

Not only did the Breeders’ Cup Classic turn out to be more exciting than originally anticipated, it produced a solid Brisnet Speed Rating!

With our publishing command center offline during Hurricane Sandy we didn’t get a chance to publish last week’s Brisnet ratings.

Trying to find out about the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic payouts? We’re happy to help!

Trying to find out about the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic payouts? We’re happy to help!

Now that you’re in the mood, it’s time to get to work!

Hymn Book topped the list last week with Gypsy Robin, Lunar Victory and Willet not far behind.

This week’s race is the Raven Run at Keeneland for 3-year-old fillies going 7-furongs over the Polytrack and it’s the final Fantasy Capping race prior to the Ladies Classic and Classic.

The last Breeders’ Cup Challenge race provided last week’s top BRIS Speed Rating.

We kick off a new series to help you get in the mood for the Breeders’ Cup by sharing potentially overlooked great performances.

This week’s race is the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

Maryland provided this week’s top speed rating with Not Abroad in the Maryland Millions Classic coming in at 110.

This week’s Fantasy Capping race is the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.

Super Saturday turned out to also be Speedy Saturday with a new fastest BRIS Speed Rating for 2012!

This week’s race is the newly renamed Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. Who does Munick like? Who’s your Suck Up Horse?

Undefeated Awesome Feather took top honors last week and sire Giant’s Causeway had three winners.

This week’s race is the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx and the race features the rematch of the Travers dead-head finishers Alpha and Golden Ticket.

Wigmore Hall joins Calibrachoa for 2012 top honors so far Grade 12-furlong Northern Dancer Turf Stakes… stamina and speed, what’s not to love?

This week’s Fantasy Capping race is the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine for 2-year-olds at a mile over the turf.

Kentucky Downs offered last week’s fastest performance from Good Lord in the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash Stakes.

This week’s Fantasy Capping race is the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 mile over the main track.

Forego winner Emcee topped the Brisnet Speed Ratings last week. Isn’t He Clever and Middie tied for for the second spot and To Honor and Serve was third.

This week’s Fantasy Capping race is the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga for horses 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 mile over the main track.

Sometimes a disastrous start can still spell victory, we look at a few notable examples.

Love and Pride topped this BRIS speed figs last week with Dullahan in second and a three way tie for third between Itsmyluckyday, Obviously (IRE) and Willy Beamin.

This week’s race is wide open affair, find out current Charity League leader Ernie Munick likes!

The Alabama wasn’t the only thing Questing dominated last week, she also topped last week’s BRIS speed ratings! Her sire, Hard Spun had two stakes winners as did Kitten’s Joy and Freud.

This week’s race is the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga where the 3-year-old filly division is up for grabs!

Wise and Smart were the keywords for last week.

This week’s race is the Grade 2 Fourstardave at Saratoga, a competitive field that should provide a lot wagering opportunities!

Set your DVRs, racing coverage on TV picks up again with Summer at Saratoga on NBC.

Fort Larned’s Whitney coming out party topped last week’s ratings with Harrod’s Creek and Poseidon’s Warrior right on his heels.

Paynter powers up to lead last week’s ratings with Winter Memories and Street Life in the second and third positions.

The newly graded James Marvin and the grassy Virginia Derby produced this week’s highest BRIS rating with Royal Delta not far behind in the Delaware Oaks.

8-year-old Rahystrada topped the BRIS ratings last week with Grace Hall not far behind.

Mucho Macho Man dominates this week’s ratings with Game on Dude not far behind.

A Grade 1 winner took the top spot last week while a sire showed a touch of Greatness.

The top two ratings went to turf efforts this week with a 10-year-old veteran going 12-furlongs earning the top spot.

In case you started to forget about talented fillies and mares, the top BRIS ratings serve as a reminder.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching Presious Passion run his A-game, and even if you have, you’re in for a treat.

Usually reserved for sprinters, this week’s top honors go to a 1 1/2-mile victory.

The ride John Velazquez gave Union Rags in the Belmont Stakes is reminiscent of a ride he gave turf champion English Channel in 2007.

Many of you seem to be trying to find out about the 2012 Belmont Stakes payouts. We’re happy to help!

A great way to learn about racing is to learn about its history & we have a few Belmont Stakes related horse profiles.

No surprises for the second week in a row as Game on Dude’s game Californian take the top spot.

Keep up with the commentary, news and observations on what could be a historic event!

Visually impressive and gutsy performances were also highly rated, including a career best for Shackleford in the Met Mile.

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is multi-race wagers and we have some content to help you prepare.

Impressive performances were not limited to the Preakness with 18 triple digit ratings. The top rating went to an undefeated 3-year-old filly.

Many of you seem to be trying to find out about the 2012 Preakness payouts. We’re happy to help!

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is intra-race wagers and we have some content to help you prepare.

It was a quiet weekend with Royal Currier clocking a 107 and two sires with two winners each.

The second jewel of the Triple Crown is only one week away, so why not spend a little time with the Preakness contenders this weekend?

Did you validate your Kentucky Derby handicapping by looking at public handicappers?

The big weekend did not disappoint with 16 triple digit ratings and all but one of the graded races on the Oaks and Derby cards earning triple digits.

Many of you seem to be trying to find out about the 2012 Kentucky Derby payouts. We’re happy to help!

It was a relatively quiet week with Hierro taking the top honors at 107.

What’s the Kentucky Oaks you ask? It’s a million dollar Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies that has a long tradition of creating champions, that’s what!

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is Visual Handicapping and we have some content to help you prepare.

Wise Dan made a blazing return in the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland in another wise quiet weekend.

Fourteen horses produced triple digit ratings with the top three going to a former claimer and two 4-year-old fillies.

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is Handicapping A-Z and we have some content to help you prepare.

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is trip capping and we have some content to help you prepare.

Jackson Bend towered over the competition this week, a solid six points faster than the next fastest rating.

Older horses occupied the top three spots last week while six of the ten triple digit ratings were earned in graded races.

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is speed and performance figures and we have some content to help you prepare.

Move over sprinters, the top honors go to a marathoner with Newsdad’s 12-furlong Pan American win coming in on top.

Horses and their goats, understanding where a horse fits, playing gimmicks and most importantly, coming out to see it.

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is handicapping for pace and bias and we have some content to help you prepare.

Geldings and females topped the ratings last week by scoring all of the triple digit ratings.

The once in a lifetime horse, more on post positions, workouts and jockey weights plus a tried and true racing strategy.

Are you planning on attending Night School tonight? Tonight’s topic is handicapping for class and we have some content to help you prepare.

Another solid weekend with nine triple digit ratings and a mare taking the top spot.

A closer look at the mechanics of claiming horses, racetrackers and their superstitions, jockeys and aftercare.

Calibrachoa is the new BRIS Speed Rating leader for 2012, improving on Hymn Book’s previous high rating by three points.

Wagering strategy, the winner’s circle, surviving an inquiry and being patient with talent are the racing themes in this week’s episode.

Another speedy weekend! There were ten three-digit ratings plus we list a few bonus allowance figs.

Filling races, pre-race exams, stoopers and an exciting time of the year.

It’s that time of year, time for our Road to the Roses fantasy league! Join us for fun, prizes and a whole lotta Derby preps.

A tie for the top rating by graded sprinters with a whopping twelve three-digit figs.

Jockey instruction, a nod to a Hall of Famer, overcoming a rough start, lasix and aftercare are all topics covered in this week’s episode.

Move over Frumious, Hymn Book now owns the biggest rating of 2012 so far.

Pedigree, post positions, the cost of horse ownership along with several other aspects of racing are included in episode 3.

The handicap division owned the top three ratings this week.

Gate works, working in company and the strange, secretive world of claiming races.

There were eleven triple digit figs last weekend and all but three were at Gulfstream Park.

From workouts to Pick 6 tickets, get up to speed on the racing concepts from Luck’s first episode.

If you’ve always wanted to try the Pick 6, this a great time to give it a shot!

Last week saw the biggest BRIS fig of the year to date.

Last week featured a tie for top honors with two 3-year-fillies earning three digit figs.

Will On Fire Baby be the next big 3-year-old filly out of Oaklawn Park? Find out today as she takes on the colts in the Smarty Jones Stakes.

A list of BRIS speed figs earned in stakes races so far this year. Who has the biggest fig so far? Hint: It wasn’t earned in a graded race.

We’re back! And we’re looking forward to a great year, both for racing and for Hello Race Fans.

Luck is in the air these days so why not try yours.

At 9:55 pm ET Rapid Redux will attempt to break the current record for consecutive wins. Can he do it? Fortunately there’s no shortage of ways to watch for yourself!

It’s starting to become apparent that next year’s handicap division might be in better shape than previous years. In fact, the winners of each of the 2011 Triple Crown races might be back as a 4-year-old. The last time that happened was 1999!

Mucho Macho Man makes the scene as others retire, or not!

It’s almost time for the Breeders’ Cup, with 15 races spread over two days it might not be a bad idea to start preparing this weekend.

A quick look at Breeders’ Cup updates from this week.

It looks like our dream of seeing Champion Blind Luck run next has come an end with her entry in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

The next few days are littered with horses who sustained injuries earlier in the year making their returns. The next few days with also be littered with horse racing on TV!

Juvenile Filly champion Awesome Feather returns to racing and other assorted moments of awesomeness.

Super Saturday short fields with overwhelming favorites got you down? All is not lost, we have some ideas!

Could the best race of the weekend be a non-Breeders’ Cup Grade 2 at Parx? And before you get too excited for Super Saturday, there’s plenty to do on Friday night.

Blind Luck and Wigmore Hall stay home, Banned is injured and the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions makes a comeback.

Theyskens’ Theory gets a U.S. trainer, discussion of the gallop out and video of Havre de Grace’s most recent work.

What do you do with big figure juveniles? Forget about getting a price! Some resources for figuring out figs and following juveniles.

Billed as observations, notable news and other timely updates, we hope to pick up where the Weekly Roundup lets off, bringing you occasional updates throughout the week.