Letmeno steps up in TwinSpires Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes

Trainer Ian Wilkes isn’t known for sending out ready-to-win first-time starters, which is why his 2-year-old #2 Letmeno looms as an intriguing contender in Saturday’s $100,000 TwinSpires Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes at Ellis Park.

Keying Blue Prize in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Blue Prize winning the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) - Keeneland Photo I can certainly understand why many handicappers are viewing the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs as a two-horse race between #2 Abel Tasman and #11 Monomoy Girl. At first glance, the race does look like something of a showdown between those two top contenders. They’ve already proven their worth at Churchill Downs by winning the last two renewals of [...]

Deciphering Track Biases, Part 2

Super Saver and jockey Calvin Borel after winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby (Photo by Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography) Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict when track biases will appear and wager accordingly, yielding impressive profits while simultaneous gaining some bragging rights? Perhaps it sounds far-fetched, but truthfully, it’s not as hard as it sounds. We already discussed last week how to capitalize on a bias in the weeks that follow its appearance; now we’ll delve into [...]

2018 Kentucky Derby Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey John Velazquez guides Always Dreaming to victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography It was the most improbable of victories—an unknown longshot named Mine That Bird surging past his more heralded rivals to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby at the stunning odds of 50-1. While Mine That Bird deserves much of the credit for his unforgettable triumph on the first Saturday in May—you don’t win the Derby without talent!—there’s no doubt that jockey Calvin Borel [...]

Top 5 Retired Cajun Jockeys

Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel return after winning the Mother Goose at Belmont Park 6/27/09. With the great Calvin Borel announcing his retirement last week, I started thinking about all of the other great jockeys that have come from Cajun Country. Even today, Joe Talamo, a top rider out in Southern California, Kent Desormeaux, and Robby Albarado carry the flag for Cajun riders. Some of the greatest jockeys to ever jump onto a horse hail from Cajun Country. [...]