Saratoga: Notes and horses to watch from Week 2

Guarana winning the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Janet Garaguso Although hot weather threatened to spoil the weekend racing action at Saratoga, Week 2 of the prestigious summer meet ultimately went off with minimal interruption. The Saturday card was postponed until Sunday because of the heat, but the 24-hour delay didn’t seem to affect the racing performances, as we witnessed strong runs from a handful of promising horses. Let’s look back at some of the [...]

Why I’m betting Homerique in the 2019 Diana Stakes

Homerique winning the New York Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography Just from a mathematical perspective, we can expect trainer Chad Brown to prevail in Saturday’s $500,000 Diana Stakes (G1), the feature race on opening weekend at Saratoga. Brown has won the 1 1/8-mile turf test for fillies and mares on four occasions, including the last three renewals, with Dacita, Lady Eli and Sistercharlie. He’ll saddle four of the six starters in the 2019 Diana, [...]

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Opening Day at Saratoga with NYRA’s Andy Serling

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in the New York Racing Association's TV analyst and handicapper Andy Serling. Scott and Andy discuss some of the most impressive performances from last Saturday's Stars and Stripes card at Belmont Park and then dive into the challenging ten-race card to open up the meet in Saratoga Springs. The two racing analysts focus on the late Pick 5 sequence now offered [...]

Trainers to watch (and wager on) at Saratoga

Bob Baffert at Saratoga - Photo by Courtney Heeney/Coglianese Photography With the 2019 Saratoga summer meet opening July 11, it’s time to formulate our plan of attack for handicapping the multitude of high-quality races. Determining which trainers to bet under which circumstances is a good place to start. After analyzing five years of Saratoga trainer statistics available through StatsMaster, I’ve compiled a list of trainers to watch (and wager on) during the Saratoga meet. With a bit of [...]

How to bet the 2019 Belmont Derby

Digital Age winning the American Turf Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography How should we go about narrowing down the main contenders in Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park? Fifteen horses (one an also-eligible) have been entered in the 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, and you can make a case for pretty much any of them. Determining which horses warrant inclusion in deep exotic wagers like the trifecta or superfecta [...]

Why I’m betting Newspaperofrecord in the Belmont Oaks

Newspaperofrecord winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) - Coady Photography It’s safe to say trainer Chad Brown has been dominant in the $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. Brown has won three of the first five editions of the Belmont Oaks (as well as the final two editions of its predecessor, the Garden City Stakes), and he swept the Oaks trifecta in 2017. When the 2019 Belmont Oaks is contested Saturday, there’s a [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf top 10

Sistercharlie (left) winning the 2018 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) - © Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM /Breeders Cup Just how many high-class turf mares does trainer Chad Brown have in his stable? In my opinion Brown trains six of the top 10 contenders for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Santa Anita Park. When was the last time a single trainer conditioned half a dozen serious contenders for one Breeders’ Cup race? [...]

Breeders’ Cup Turf top 5: An American at the top

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography European shippers have dominated the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), so much so that 17 of the last 20 winners were trained overseas. But once in a while a high-class U.S. runner comes along and successfully defends their home turf. Could we see an American winner in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf? The field remains very much in flux with [...]

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Belmont Stakes and Met Mile Preview with OptixEQ and Brisnet’s Emily Gullikson

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in handicapper Emily Gullikson to chat about Saturday's stakes laden card at Belmont Park. Scott and Emily take a deep dive into the Belmont Stakes and an incredibly strong rendition of the Met Mile, as well as touch on the Woody Stephens and the Acorn Stakes. Lots of great information for those getting involved in New York on Saturday afternoon.

How to bet the 2019 Manhattan Stakes

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Trainer Chad Brown seems to be throwing the kitchen sink at Saturday’s $1 million Manhattan Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, where he's entered four graded stakes winners in a quest to extend his domination of the 1 1/4-mile race. The Manhattan is one of eight grade 1 races scheduled to be run at Belmont on Belmont Stakes Day, and Brown will be tough to beat. [...]