Pros and Cons of the Weekend Derby Prep Winners

Mucho Gusto winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) - © Benoit Photo Last weekend was a big one on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with three major prep races being held across the country, but if we’re perfectly honest, the results—while intriguing—came up a little disappointing. A sloppy, sealed track led to the scratch of highly-regarded Nolo Contesto from the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita, which allowed Mucho Gusto to romp [...]

Tax Rallies Inside to Win Rough Running of Withers Stakes

Tax winning the Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography/Joe Labozzetta It was a messy race from start to finish, but when the dust settled it was the 2-1 favorite Tax who emerged victorious in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct, gamely rallying up the rail to prevail in a three-way photo finish. It all began when the gates opened and the seven starters were dispatched to a rather ragged start. [...]

BARN Podcast 2/1/19

We're kicking off February by looking ahead to the weekend of stakes action including the Withers from Aqueduct, Holy Bull card from Gulfstream Park, and the Bob Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. Then the BARN Jury come in to give their picks for the big football game on Sunday.

How to Bet the Withers Stakes

Aqueduct (Coglianese Photo) For a race with only seven starters, there’s a surprising amount of depth and talent in Saturday’s $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. I say “surprising” in part because the Withers is a nine-furlong Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race being held in the cold month of February up at Aqueduct in New York, and the race usually comes up a little light on quality. But this year, the Withers has attracted three [...]

BARN Podcast 1/21/19

It's Monday so we're discussing all the racing action from the weekend including the Lecomte Stakes card from Fair Grounds, Roy H. dominating again out west, and a bad favorite runs bad at Aqueduct! Plus Jason recounts his weekend trip to Calgary and calling the races at Century Downs.

Handicapping Tips for Betting in January

Racing at Aqueduct on New Year's Day - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography January. Winter racing on cold days. You can’t get much farther removed from the glorious summer days at Saratoga and Del Mar, can you? While some tracks in warmer climes provide some semblance of the summer sport even during the doldrums of winter, the differences between racing in summer and racing in January extend well beyond a shift in average outdoor temperature. Actually, handicapping [...]

How to Bet the Rego Park Stakes

Aqueduct (Coglianese Photo) When a lightly-raced horse fires off a huge effort, particularly over a wet track, it can be difficult to know if it’s a fair representation of their talent or a fluke that they’re unlikely to repeat. That’s one of the challenges facing handicappers in Sunday’s $100,000 Rego Park Stakes at Aqueduct, a 6 ½-furlong event for New York-bred three-year-olds. The probable favorite, #2 Blindwillie McTell, ran huge over a sloppy, sealed track in the New [...]