Handicapping the Gulfstream Park All-Stakes Pick 4

Hi Happy winning the Pan American Stakes (gr. II) - Photo by Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography With 43 horses spread across four races, the all-stakes Pick 4 on Saturday at Gulfstream Park is shaping up to be a great sequence with lots of options for handicappers to consider. One of the challenges of playing sequences like this is keeping ticket costs reasonable—with so many horses to consider playing, it’s easy to wind up spending more than is logical [...]

Eight Europeans Face Six Americans in 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile

Oscar Performance winning the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) (Michael Burns Photo) It’s looking like a classic North America vs. Europe showdown in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs, and while the raiders hold a slight advantage in numbers, the Americans appear far from being overmatched. Fourteen horses plus two also-eligibles have been entered in this competitive one-mile turf race, which is arguably the most wide-open of any Breeders’ Cup race this [...]

Why I’m Betting Analyze It in the Shadwell Turf Mile

Analyze It winning the Transylvania Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo Generally speaking, large fields with a half-dozen or more viable win contenders are the best betting events in the sport of horse racing, and if you cash an exotic wager like the trifecta or superfecta in such a competitive race, your reward will be a very large payoff. But of course, before you can cash, you have to identify the right horses. And some races—such as Saturday’s [...]

Robert Bruce Showcases Terrific Acceleration in Arlington Million

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography With just one furlong left to run, victory appeared to be out of the question. There was Robert Bruce, the Chilean-bred sensation, with just one horse beaten and seven horses left to pass in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park. Five lengths separated him from the leader, and to make matters even more challenging, his Grade 1-winning stablemate Almanaar was much closer [...]

Why I’m Betting Robert Bruce in the Arlington Million

Oscar Performance winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup If you’re handicapping Saturday’s $1,000,000 Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park, then you’ve probably already concluded—as have I—that there are plenty of talented horses to choose from. The 1 ¼-mile race is a “Win and You’re In” for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, and the quality of the field reflects that status. Some of the [...]