Betting Regional Class Advantages, Part 2

Coady Photography In a recent article here on BetAmerica, we discussed how regional class advantages can exist throughout the sport of horse racing and produce to profitable wagering opportunities. Our first example noted how turf horses from the East Coast tend to be superior to their counterparts from the West Coast, but when we turn our attention to dirt racing, the picture looks very different. Specifically, when it comes to three-year-old dirt horses—Kentucky Derby candidates—the west has been [...]

When Do Kentucky Derby Winners Typically Debut?

Justify winning the Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography There can be no denying that the 2018 Kentucky Derby victory by Justify has signaled a significant shift in the way that horses are being prepared for that tough test on the first Saturday in May. With horses racing less and less prior to the Kentucky Derby, we knew it was just a matter of time before a talented horse would come along and replicate the fabled 1882 Kentucky Derby [...]

Finding Value in an Unexpected Place

Justify winning the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) - Jim McCue Photography Being a profitable horseplayer not only takes proper preparation in the days leading up to a card, but also requires paying attention to detail in the minutes leading up to a race. One thing that can get overlooked amid time spent on handicapping and ticket structure is checking pools before placing bets. You may like to plan your bets out beforehand, which overall is not a bad [...]

Using Speed Figures to Identify Standout Contenders

California Chrome © BENOIT PHOTO A couple weeks ago, I described how using the “all” button in exactas can lead to impressive payoffs if you have a strong opinion of one horse in a given race. One of the examples I used was California Chrome in the 2014 Kentucky Derby—on paper, he looked like a clear standout, turning the usually competitive Derby into a battle for second place. But why was California Chrome such a clear choice to [...]

Betting Exactas With the “All” Button

Bar of Gold defeating Ami's Mesa in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Photo by Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The “all” button. Sometimes, you’ll hear handicappers refer to the “all” button when they’re betting on a particularly tough race. For example, they might be playing a Pick 4 in which the last leg looks wide-open with a chance for a longshot winner, so rather than try to split hairs and bet on just a few horses, [...]

2017: A Year in Reflection

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With only a few days remaining in 2017, now seems like a great time to look back at a memorable year of racing from coast to coast and throughout the world. From best bets to favorite races, here are some of my most memorable moments from 2017…. Best Bet of the Year When I look back at 2017, I think my best bet [...]

Why California Chrome vs. Arrogate is Kinda Like Rocky III

Arrogate vs. Chrome is basically Rocky III. I had a realization the other day as I was watching California Chrome beat up on the Winter Challenge field at Los Alamitos. That there are a lot of parallels between Chrome and Arrogate and the great movie Rocky III. If you get your Rocky movies confused, it’s the one with Mr. T. Chrome of course being Rocky 'cause he's the hero, Arrogate being Clubber Lang 'cause he's the villain! So allow me [...]

Secrets to California Chrome’s Success

California Chrome, in my mind the greatest Cal bred to ever race, had his penultimate event this past weekend at Los Alamitos. It all started for Chrome at Los Al, where he regularly trained before running in races at Santa Anita Park and Del Mar. There's no doubt that if Arrogate doesn't show up for the 1 1/8 mile Pegasus World Cup, Chrome will be the favorite. Even if Arrogate does show up, Chrome might be the favorite. In the [...]

BetAmerica Player Hits Santa Anita Pick 6 for $172,274

Santa Anita $2.00 P6 6,1/1/2,4,11,14,12/2,5/1,2,4,8/1,3,10,11,12 The sequence kicked off with the Grade 1 Front Runner in Race 6. While our player had the 1/9 favorite, he also chose the right longshot as Klimt failed to fire and maiden winner Gormley strode to an impressive win at double digit odds. Leg 2 was a lock with California Chrome as the lone single on the ticket. Race 8 was on the turf for top tier fillies and mares and our player spread deep [...]

Breeders’ Cup Preps on Both Coasts Revealing

Saturday afternoon and into the early evening offered thoroughbred racing fans a chance to see many of the sport's best horses compete in 10 graded stakes on both coasts with many of the participants heading to the Breeders Cup next. Conditions at Belmont Park were hardly ideal for graded stakes, but the events proved somewhat revealing. In the first Grade I event of the day, Ectot led throughout to capture the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic while 1-5 favorite Flintshire [...]

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