Royal Ascot: Three spot plays for opening day

Imprimis winning the Shakertown Stakes (G2) at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo On Tuesday racing fans around the globe will turn their attention to Ascot Racecourse in England, where the five-day Royal Ascot race meet will take place June 18-22. The prestigious and much-anticipated meet will feature high-class horses from around the world in 30 races, including 19 group stakes. The opening-day card is particularly deep, with three group 1 races on the agenda. Want to get in on [...]

How to play the Stephen Foster Day all-stakes Pick 4

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Six weeks after the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs will return to the spotlight with a terrific evening of racing Saturday. The 11-race card features five consecutive graded stakes races, so fans of multi-race wagers will have plenty of all-stakes options to choose from. My personal focus will be on the Pick 4, which kicks off in the sixth race. I’ve previewed each race separately for BetAmerica, but since intra-race and multi-race wagers require [...]

Exacta box of the week: Churchill Downs race 6 for Saturday, June 15

Churchill Downs Racing (Horsephotos) Exacta Box of the day for Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Day at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 15 is the headline event of the latter half Churchill's spring meet. The Saturday race card features five graded stakes.  Of course the feature race is the Stephen Foster H. (G2) and if you want to make a serious play on the Stephen Foster, race 8, perhaps it would help to build bankroll with a nice exacta [...]

Why I’m betting Tom’s d’Etat in the 2019 Stephen Foster Handicap

Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography There will be no shortage of quality horses for handicappers to choose from in Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile event is the highlight of the racing weekend in North America, offering a hefty purse and a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). On five occasions, the Stephen Foster winner has gone on to [...]

How to bet the 2019 Fleur de Lis Handicap

Blue Prize winning the Falls City Handicap (gG1) - Coady Photography Three fillies and mares stand above the others in Saturday’s #250,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs. #2 She’s a Julie, #3 Elate and #5 Blue Prize are all grade 1 winners who figure to put on a show in this 1 1/8-mile “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). In terms of Brisnet speed figures, they’re significantly faster than their [...]

Exacta box of the week: Belmont Park race 7 for Saturday, June 8

Belmont Park (Carson Dennis) Exacta Box of the day for Belmont Park Race seven on Belmont Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park is the one-mile, Grade 1 $700,000 Acorn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The race attracted a field of nine fillies in what looks like one of the best betting opportunities on the 13-race card. What makes the 2019 Acorn such an attractive betting race figures to be a red-hot pace scenario that could set he race up to [...]

How to play the all-stakes Pick 4 on Belmont Stakes Day

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Belmont Stakes Day Pick 4 There will be no shortage of wagering options on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park, but one of the most appealing bets is the Pick 4 that kicks off in Race 8. The all-stakes sequence has a guaranteed pool of $1.5 million, so with the right combination of longshot winners, the potential exists for a huge [...]

Betting a horse for the course in the Jaipur Invitational

Disco Partner winning the 2017 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational - © NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography When handicappers tackle the tricky multi-race wagers on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park, you can bet many of them will focus in on #8 World of Trouble as a possible single in the $400,000 Jaipur Invitational (G1). The 4-year-old son of Kantharos looms as an obvious choice on paper. He’s won six of his last seven starts for trainer Jason Servis, with [...]

Looking for longshots in the 2019 Belmont Stakes

Intrepid Heart winning an allowance race - Keeneland Photo There is a surprising lack of genuine speed horses entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. The 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion” serves as the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, but although the stakes are high, don’t expect to see jockeys getting aggressive for tactical positions. At least half of the 10 starters can be counted as deep closers, who will settle off [...]

Keeler Johnson’s 2019 Belmont Stakes fair odds line

Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Upon release of the 2019 Belmont Stakes (G1) entries Tuesday evening, I immediately started work on my annual fair odds line for identifying wagering value. The concept behind my fair odds line is simple. For each horse in the field, I ask myself, “What are the chances of this horse reaching the winner’s circle?” After assigning a probability of winning to each horse (25%, 12.50%, etc.), I [...]