How Knowing a Horse’s Family History Can Lead to Winning Bets

Greenpointcrusader winning the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography When handicapping horse races, it can be a subtle but significant advantage to know the history of a given horse’s close relatives and the circumstances under which they excelled on the track. One of my favorite examples involves a broodmare named Ava Knowsthecode. Born in 1994, Ava Knowsthecode didn’t exactly light up the sport with her own racing exploits, but she was reasonably talented, winning three [...]