For horse racing enthusiasts or those new to the sport, I offer my top ten horse racing websites. The list does not include betting platforms, pure handicap sites or blogs. These horse racing sites revolve around sports-related news, offer an interactive experience, and / or provide participation in competitions. Drum roll please.
1) Road to the Roses (roadtotheroses.com). This site usually starts mid to late February each year and runs until the first Saturday in May. You know what day it is; The Kentucky derby. It’s a great interactive site to assemble your own stable of horses on their way to the most exciting two minutes in sport. Thousands of people participate every year in the hope of winning valuable prizes.
2) Horse Racing Nation (horseracingnation.com). This is a relatively new site. It’s a great site that gives you the opportunity to design your own silks. As a participant on this site, you can demonstrate your handicap ability and comment on the handicap selections of other participants. The site contains news, links to some of the best thoroughbred blogs, key racing videos, and other valuable information. These guys are doing well!
3) Daily Run Form (drf.com). The online version of North America’s oldest horse racing publication. Contains the best news and information on handicap. Drf publishes entries and results for all thoroughbred and quarter horse racing in North America. A wonderful feature is the “Race of the Day” where you can download past performances for free. Offering all kinds of handicap information, from books to race cards for sale. Beautiful site with a wealth of information.
4) Case the Race (casetherace.com). Great site. It has a wonderful free contest that gives you the opportunity to make selections in various predetermined races. It gives you your metrics with respect to contest points and virtual money won. Then he ranks among the other contestants. For each race it gives you its power rankings based on a proprietary scientific formula. Other handicappers from all over the country offer their selections for the Saturday races. This is a fun site. I include it in the list because of the interactive contest.
5) Blood Horse (bloodhorse.com). Fabulous information-packed site. Contains all kinds of video programs about trainers, jockeys and horses. It also provides videos for “That Handicapping Show” which is always very informative. Great tidbits of information on all kinds of horse racing activities.
6) National Thoroughbred Racing Association (ntra.com). They have a very well done website. It covers a lot of sports news and information. It has links to other sites with contests and other promotional items. Its key component is the betting program which allows users to access past performances for at least one betting race over the weekend.
7) Brisnet.com. A simple site that provides information on handicap on a subscription basis. I include it here as it has a “Race of the Day” contest in which it provides free past performances that you can handicap and then make your selection for the contest. There is currently a contest in which you get an entry for each “race of the day” selection you make. The winner gets tickets for the Kentucky Derby in May 2010.
8) Horsehats.com. This is an e-commerce site that offers a fantastic offer of all kinds of great gifts for the horse lover you know. It also has links to all kinds of horse products. I include it here because it has an important element for all handicappers; an exotic calculator. Just enter your choices and show how much the ticket will cost. This is especially important when putting together complex dime superfecta bills.
9) Espn.com. You will need to hover over “All Sports” for the drop down menu, then click “Horse Racing”. The news is more or less a rehash from other sites, but they have some great columnists who can offer valuable information. There are also links to other betting sites and platforms. They have little updating trends.
10) CBSsportsline.com. You need to hover over the “more” button for the drop down menu, then click “horse racing”. It has a bulletin board where you can talk about horse racing with other fans. It has some links to other sites. It seems that sport is a secondary thought for them.
When you have time, please go around one or all of these sites. I’m sure you will find them both informative and entertaining.