Dick Jerardi

Dick Jerardi

Dick Jerardi specializes in college basketball and horse racing.

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Math Wizard pays off in Pennsylvania Derby at Parx

None of the Parx-based horses hit the board in either of the $1 million races Saturday, but the winners each had a local connection.

Parx’s Spun to Run is among the Pennsylvania Derby favorites, and three Philly horses are in the Cotillion.

In the 82 runnings of Parx's marquee races, only five horses based at Parx have won. Maximum Security, who would have been the favorite, is scratched due to an illness.

A perfect return at Parx for Smarty Jones

Smary Jones returned to the track he made famous Monday, recapturing all the great memories from 2004's Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning run.

Maximum Security wins sweltering Haskell Invitational

There was a brief inquiry into an incident on the far turn of the Haskell involving Maximum Security, but, before the riot police needed to be called, it was quickly disallowed.

Elate captures second straight Delaware Handicap

Elate ran as well as she ever has in winning the race by 4½ lengths over Escape Clause, who finished just in front of Blue Prize.

Horse racing: Elate looks for back-to-back wins in $750,000 Delaware Handicap

After winning last year by 3 1/4 lengths, Elate returns Saturday to try to win the DelCap again. She will be favored again. But this is a much stronger field than she faced last year.

Jockey Joel Rosario guides Sir Winston to Belmont victory, but thoroughbred scene remains muddy | Dick Jerardi

With four "winners" in the Triple Crown, including disqualified Derby winner Maximum Security, we'll need the second half of this season to sort out the top thoroughbreds.

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Preakness 2019: War of Will is favorite with top contenders out | Dick Jerardi

With a better, more comfortable position in the Preakness and five early speed horses potentially spreading the field out, I expect War of Will to be much more effective than he was in the Kentucky Derby.

And the Kentucky Derby winner is ... | Dick Jerardi

Betting the Derby is mandatory, but I liked last year much better when I had 40-1 on Justify in the future book.

15 years after winning Kentucky Derby, Philadelphia’s Smarty Jones still wins hearts

Pennsylvania's greatest horse is back in the region in Lebanon County. People come from thousands of miles away to see him. He gets Christmas cards.