Trainers to watch and wager on at Churchill Downs’ September meet

To help you identify the trainers most likely to produce profitable plays, we’ve used Statsmaster to compile a list of trainers to watch based on the results of the last five September meets at Churchill Downs.

How to bet the exotics in the 2019 Prioress Stakes

Break Even winning the Eight Belles Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography On paper, Saturday’s $250,000 Prioress Stakes (G2) at Saratoga is shaping up to be a race between two just competitors—#3 Break Even and the clock. That’s how dominant Break Even appears to be in this six-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies. Trained by Brad Cox, the daughter of Country Day has gone undefeated in six starts, repeatedly using her blazing speed to sprint her rivals off their feet. With [...]

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Top 10: Sistercharlie still on top

Although we’re still 2 1/2 months away from the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, a clear favorite has already emerged for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1).

Halfway through Saratoga, which trainers are excelling?

As we enter the fifth week of racing, now seems like the perfect time to review Statsmaster’s trainer statistics for the Saratoga meet and determine which trainers are excelling in certain conditions.

How to bet the 2019 Iowa Derby

Night Ops breaking his maiden at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Although the $250,000 Iowa Derby lost its graded stakes status a couple years ago, that hasn’t prevented the 2019 edition from attracting a large and competitive field. A dozen 3-year-olds will battle over 1 1/16 miles in the Friday test at Prairie Meadows, including four proven stakes winners and just as many who have placed at the stakes level. After reviewing the field, I believe #7 Visitant [...]

Saturday Spot Plays for Churchill Downs and Arlington Park

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography With 25 stakes races scheduled to be run from coast to coast, Saturday will be a busy day for racing in North America. Churchill Downs and Arlington Park have both put together appealing cards, with Churchill offering two stakes races and Arlington providing a couple of quality allowance events. Why don’t we dig through the action and come up with a few spot plays? Churchill Downs [...]

Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Anothertwistafate & Owendale

The Preakness Stakes takes place this Saturday on May 18. Although neither Country House nor Maximum Security will run in the race, the field should be deep. That means a horse offering overlay odds could take it. Two possible overlay odds horses could be Anothertwistafate and Owendale. Keep reading for the case for and the case against both. Preakness Stakes Case For & Against Anothertwistafate & Owendale Preakness Case for and against Anothertwistafate After his impressive win in [...]

Potential Derby Contenders Line Up March 2 at Fair Grounds

Racing at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography Most handicappers this weekend will understandably be turning their attention to the stakes-packed Saturday card at Gulfstream Park, but players on the lookout for up-and-coming Kentucky Derby contenders are advised to check out the action at Fair Grounds as well. The nine-race Saturday card includes a trio of intriguing races for three-year-olds. The action kicks off with the $75,000 Black Gold Stakes, a one-mile turf event scheduled as the [...]

Is War of Will Vulnerable in the Risen Star?

War of Will winning the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir If horses always ran to form and everyone always received a perfect trip, handicapping races would be easy. Certainly handicapping Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds would offer no meaningful challenge. After all, doesn’t #14 War of Will loom as a standout on paper? The son of War Front is 2-for-2 on dirt and was [...]

Eight Fillies Seek Graded Victory in Comely Stakes

Blamed galloping at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Calling all three-year-old fillies! Friday’s $200,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) might not be the most anticipated race on Thanksgiving week, but the nine-furlong event at Aqueduct does represent the penultimate opportunity for sophomore fillies to seek a graded stakes victory on dirt this year. Suffice to say, someone is definitely going to benefit from this opportunity, because none of the eight entrants in the Comely have previously won at the [...]