Betting the Exacta in the Buena Vista Stakes

Vasilika winning the John C. Mabee Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo From claim to fame—that’s been the story for #9 Vasilika, who will start as the favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Claimed by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer just over one year ago, the five-year-old daughter of Skipshot has been almost unstoppable since then. All told, she’s won 11 of her last 13 starts, a [...]

Sports Phrases That Originated With Horse Racing

Horse racing has a long, rich history—indeed, it can be considered one of the world’s oldest organized sports. So it’s not really surprising that many phrases commonly used in sports and other competitive events originated in the horse racing world. Here are five examples, and we’ll bet at least one or two of them surprise you: Down the Stretch Most Thoroughbred racetracks (particularly in North America) are oval-shaped, with the straightway leading to the finish line referred to as the [...]

Prominent Thoroughbred Racetracks That No Longer Exist

An illustration of Salvator and Tenny engaged in a great match race at Sheepshead Bay - Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress There are dozens of Thoroughbred racetracks scattered across North America, but even more numerous are the tracks that have been shuttered over the course of time. Many formerly top-class racetracks have been redeveloped, even in such major racing states as California and New York. A sampling of these gone-but-not-forgotten facilities brings to mind names such [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10: Another Twist in the Trail

War of Will winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. There might be a new name atop the 2019 Kentucky Derby qualification leaderboard, but the top six names in my Kentucky Derby Top 10 remain unchanged. That’s not to say that there aren’t some changes further down on my list. War of Will moved to the top of the qualification leaderboard by virtue of his victory in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) [...]

Jockey Profile: Junior Alvarado

On Feb. 18, Junior Alvarado won the Hollie Hughes Stakes aboard Bavaro. Trained by Linda Rice, the Freud sired gray horse went off the favorite in a field of 6. Alvarado immediately took Bavaro to the lead. The horse didn't look back, notching yet another victory for Junior's 2019 belt. If you don't follow racing on the east coast, you might not know much about Junior Alvarado. Those who do pay attention to Aqueduct and Belmont are well aware of [...]

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Spot Plays for Southwest Stakes Day at Oaklawn Park

Jack Van Berg breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography High-class Monday racing action isn’t common, but Oaklawn Park is making an exception by scheduling three graded stakes races for February 18, Presidents’ Day. It’s a fun card with a lot of options, so let’s go through the fields and look for some spot plays…. Race 3: Maiden Special Weight There are some promising first-time starters in this race, including #1 Good as Money (a Calumet [...]

How to Bet the Southwest Stakes

Sueno galloping at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography When I started handicapping the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) on Presidents’ Day at Oaklawn Park, I initially began by trying to separate the six runners coming out of last month’s Smarty Jones Stakes. I took note of the fact that #1 Gray Attempt won the Smarty Jones in gate-to-wire fashion, tenaciously clinging to a narrow advantage down the homestretch while giving the impression that he was in better control [...]

Kentucky Derby, Oaks Candidates Face Off in Japan’s Hyacinth Stakes

Tokyo Racecourse (Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association) If you’re a forward-looking handicapper already anticipating major spring races like the UAE Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Kentucky Oaks, then I encourage you to stay up late on Saturday night and check out the Hyacinth Stakes in Japan. Held over a metric mile at Tokyo Racecourse, the Hyacinth (which technically takes place at 12:25 a.m. Eastern on Sunday Morning) serves as the third leg of the Japan Road to [...]

BetAmerica Radio Network How To Bet Horse Racing Podcast: The Risen Star Stakes

The How To Bet Horse Racing podcast moves to the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week, host Ed DeRosa talks to BetAmerica analyst Scott Shapiro about the Risen Star Stakes, the first Kentucky Derby Championship Series part 1 race of the 2019 season. For FREE Ultimate Past Performances, CLICK HERE. For all handicapping reports for the 12-race card that includes a $200,000 guaranteed all-stakes Pick 4, CLICK HERE. The Risen Star features a rematch of the Lecomte Stakes with 5 also [...]

Spot Plays for Risen Star Day at Fair Grounds

Synchrony winning the 2018 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. Planning to watch and wager on the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) this Saturday at Fair Grounds? Don’t forget to check out the other appealing races on the card! I’ve already shared my thoughts on the Risen Star, but that’s just one of the dozen races on the agenda. After going over the rest of the card, I’ve found four other spot plays throughout [...]