Justify: The Latest Success Story for Baffert and Smith

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Question: What do Justify, Arrogate, Abel Tasman, West Coast, Drefong, McKinzie, Mastery, and Mor Spirit all have in common? Answer: They all won Grade 1 races for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith, arguably the most powerful trainer/jockey duo in U.S. racing over the last two years. Baffert and Smith have been in the headlines as of late thanks to their success with the unbeaten Kentucky [...]

Ezmosh Stands Out in Arlington Classic

Ezmosh breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography It’s not a Triple Crown race, and it’s not even being held on dirt, but Saturday’s $100,000 Arlington Classic (gr. III) at Arlington Park has nevertheless attracted a couple of horses that were briefly on the Triple Crown trail. The most prominent is the 9-5 morning line favorite #4 Ezmosh, who looks tough to beat in this 8.5-furlong turf event. Trained by Brad Cox, the son of Tizway [...]

Danon Premium, Epoca d’Oro Face Off in Japanese Derby

Danon Premium - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association If you’re a fan of talented three-year-old Thoroughbreds and top-quality Triple Crown races, then you’re in for a treat on Sunday morning! While the countdown to the June 9th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park continues, you can tune in to the action at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan to watch the prestigious Group 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), one of the most prestigious races in the country. A [...]

How to Bet the Lone Star Park Handicap

Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Granted, the field that has assembled for Sunday’s $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) at Lone Star Park isn’t very large. Just five horses have been entered, and one of them—#2 Full of Luck—may scratch from the race. But even if just four horses face the starter, the race has plenty of quality thanks to the presence of #1 Mubtaahij and #4 Fear the Cowboy, who [...]

Keying Golden Mischief in the Winning Colors Stakes

Golden Mischief winning at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography After handicapping Saturday’s $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, I have to think that it’s going to take a monstrous effort for anyone to defeat #2 Golden Mischief in this six-furlong sprint. On paper, the four-year-old daughter of Into Mischief appears to be a cut above her five rivals. Owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Brad Cox, Golden Mischief is a four-time stakes winner with [...]

Horses to Consider for Thursday’s Pick 6 Carryover at Santa Anita

A challenging set of results to conclude the action at Santa Anita Park on Sunday led to a Pick 6 carryover of $63,301 heading into Thursday afternoon. The eight-race card features four maiden events, including a pair of $40,000 maiden claimers down the hill. The six-race sequence begins in Race 3 at approximately 1:30 PM local time.  Despite a number of small fields there should be at least a couple of opportunities to differentiate from the public. Most likely winner [...]

Rivals Best Suited to Deny Justify the Triple Crown

  Justify winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) - Jim McCue Photography Justify is at -130 to win the Triple Crown. That means Justify is at -130 odds to win the Belmont Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee certainly looks like a monster. If he were to win the Belmont, nobody would be surprised. But, the Belmont isn't called the Test of Champions for nothing, right? That's why I've come up with the five best horses capable of taking [...]

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Finding Value in an Unexpected Place

Justify winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) - Jim McCue Photography Being a profitable horseplayer not only takes proper preparation in the days leading up to a card, but also requires paying attention to detail in the minutes leading up to a race. One thing that can get overlooked amid time spent on handicapping and ticket structure is checking pools before placing bets. You may like to plan your bets out beforehand, which overall is not a bad [...]

Justify Impresses Again With Gutsy Preakness Stakes Victory

Justify winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) - Jim McCue Photography At this point, is there anything left to say about the unbeaten Justify, who brought his record to a perfect 5-for-5 with a gutsy win in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico? We knew he had speed and talent—he showed that while winning his first three starts in easy fashion with blazing speed figures. And he showed that he can carry his speed over classic distances [...]

Betting First-Time Starters in Maiden Claiming Races

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Once in a while, handicappers will come across a maiden race filled with horses that seemingly lack the desire or inclination to win. This can be particularly evident in maiden claiming races, the lowest category of races for horses that have never recorded a victory. When you come across a field with lots of experienced (but winless) runners, it can be a wise strategy to take a stand [...]