Looking for a longshot in the River City Handicap

It’s been a tough year so far for #4 Mr. Misunderstood, the probable favorite in Saturday’s $175,000 River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs.

Betting a double on Commonwealth Turf day

Spectacular Gem winning the Jefferson Cup Stakes - Coady Photography Churchill Downs has arranged a competitive afternoon of racing for Saturday, November 9, with the last half of the 11-race card especially appealing. The late Pick 4 sequence starting in the eighth race could feature as many as 42 starters. That kind of sequence can trigger a big payoff, if you’re fortunate enough to uncover the winning combination. Players on a budget will have options, too. The enticing [...]

Rating the Derby potential of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runners

Let’s look back at the eight horses who contested the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and use a 1-to-5 scale to rate their potential to make an impact on the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

The top 5 moments from the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita

Which were your favorite moments and performances from the two-day extravaganza? Looking back after a couple of days, here are the moments that stand out.

Playing the multi-race bets on Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Horses break from the starting gate at Santa Anita (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Looking to play the appealing multi-race wagers on Breeders’ Cup Saturday? Then you’ve come to the right place. The November 2 card at Santa Anita is stacked with challenging exotic wagers like the Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, and Pick 6. If you can identify the right horses to play and pick enough winners in a row, you could be rewarded with [...]

Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup There’s an unwritten rule about watching and wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships—you have to play every race. Oh sure, there are folks who confidently -- and perhaps wisely -- play only the races in which they have strong opinions. But half the fun of the Breeders’ Cup is having a rooting interest in every championship race, so [...]

Spot plays for Breeders’ Cup Friday

Kimari winning the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies might be the highlights on “Future Stars Friday” at Santa Anita, but they’re not the only Breeders’ Cup races scheduled for November 1. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf will play supporting roles on the action-packed card. I’ve already shared my plays for the two feature [...]

How to bet the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Distaff

Higher Power winning the Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Saturday, November 2 is going to be a fantastic day for horse racing fans and bettors alike. On a huge afternoon at Santa Anita Park, the best fillies and mares in North America will take the spotlight in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), while colts and geldings (plus one brave mare) will square off in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). [...]

How to bet the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies

Wicked Whisper winning the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography Horse racing’s future will be on display at Santa Anita Park on November 1. On a day billed as “Future Stars Friday,” the best two-year-old Thoroughbreds of both genders will take the spotlight in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). There’s a strong chance the young runners vying for victory in these championship events will wind up [...]

How to bet the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Through the years, Europe has dominated the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), providing 17 of the last 21 winners. But when the 1 ½-mile grass race heads to Santa Anita on November 2, the home team might just steal the show thanks to the sensational #9 Bricks and Mortar. This son of Giant’s Causeway has shown serious talent and [...]