Rowan Ward

Rowan Ward

Rowan has been a regular at the Chicago tracks for over a decade and has also been to some of the biggest racing events including the Breeders' Cup, Kentucky Derby, and Woodbine Mile. Since then their writing has appeared in their own blog and across the horse racing internet. They are still at Hawthorne for every day of live racing, and their focuses within horse racing include national stakes races, local Chicago-area racing, and pedigree.


University of Chicago, BA; Washington University in St. Louis, JD

Latest from Rowan Ward

Mystik Dan can back up Kentucky Derby win

Belmont Stakes: Mystik Dan can back up Kentucky Derby win


The third and final jewel of the Triple Crown, the 2024 Belmont Stakes, happens on Saturday, June 8. Due to construction at Belmont Park it is taking a two-year hiatus away from its traditional home. However, it will still be in New York: the race will cover 1 ¼ miles on the dirt at Saratoga […]
Kentucky Derby Honor Marie can step up at right price.

Kentucky Derby 2024: Honor Marie can step up at the right price


Betting the Kentucky Derby is one of the highlights of the year for anyone who likes to wager on horse racing or sports, and the race is coming up Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs. 20 of the best three-year-olds in the country will go 1 ¼ miles for some of the best prizes in […]
Kentucky Oaks Leslies Rose blooming two turns

Kentucky Oaks 2024: Leslie's Rose is blooming at two turns


The biggest race of the year for three-year-old fillies is coming up Friday, May 3 at Churchill Downs: the Kentucky Oaks! The purse has been raised to $1.5 million, and some of the best sophomore fillies in the country will go 1 ⅛ miles at Churchill Downs for those spoils and the iconic blanket of […]
Santa Anita Derby Tapalo betting value

Santa Anita Derby: Tapalo is the betting value


If you are serious about horse racing betting, you cannot miss the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on Saturday, April 8! The race features a field of eight to vie for $750,000 purse as well as 100-50-25-15-10 Road to the Kentucky Derby points to eligible horses among the top five finishers. If an eligible horse wins […]
Cheltenham Gold Cup Galopin Des Champs Has Class, Stamina

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2024: Galopin Des Champs has the class and stamina


The most eagerly-awaited race of the Cheltenham Festival is almost here: the £625,000 Cheltenham Gold Cup (G1) on Friday, March 15! Spanning 22 fences at a distance of three miles, two and a half furlongs, it drew a field of 12 top chasers all hoping to win the most prestigious prize of the jumps racing […]
2024 Saudi Cup Picks

Saudi Cup: Hot early pace will help Ushba Tesoro finish best


The richest race in the world happens Saturday, February 24 at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh: the $20 million Saudi Cup. The 1,800-meter (about 1 ⅛-mile) race drew an overflow field of older horses from all over the world. The middle distance means the race is always an intriguing mix of milers, classic-distance horses, and […]
Holy Bull Pletcher Should Have Fierceness Ready

Holy Bull: Pletcher should have Fierceness ready to defend crown


The Gulfstream Park spur of the Kentucky Derby trail is one of the most exciting horse racing betting events of the year, and it gets underway Saturday, February 3 with the $250,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3)! In addition to the rich purse, the 1 1/16-mile race offers 20-10-6-4-2 Road to the Kentucky Derby points to […]

Pegasus World Cup 2024: First Mission is ready for takeoff


The first older-horse dirt feature of the year happens this weekend: the Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park, on Saturday, January 27! The 1 ⅛-mile dirt race offers a colossal $3 million purse and it drew an overflow field: 12 horses in the main field, plus one also-eligible entrant. This race is not only […]
Melbourne Cup Soulcombe can handle two miles

Melbourne Cup 2023: Soulcombe can handle stretch to two miles


One of the world’s best horse racing betting opportunities of the year happens Tuesday, November 7 at Flemington: the AUS$8.41 million Melbourne Cup! It is known as the race that stops a nation, and no wonder: it is virtually a state holiday, and all for a horse race. And, not only is it one of […]
Bright Future can get trip in Breeders' Cup Classic

2023 Breeders' Cup Classic: Bright Future can get the trip


The Breeders’ Cup is the most important horse racing betting event of the season, and the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Saturday, November 4 is the richest race at the festival! Covering 1 ¼ miles on the dirt at Santa Anita Park, the race always draws an exciting mix of stars from the […]

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