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 [...]

Who Are the Top Contenders for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic?

Accelerate winning the Pacific Classic (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo In recent years, the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) has not been the most competitive race from a handicapping perspective, turning instead into a showcase showdown between two star runners (Arrogate and California Chrome in 2016, Gun Runner and Arrogate in 2017) or just a simple coronation of an undisputed champion (American Pharoah in 2015). However, the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic promises to be different. With the [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10 – 7/16/18

West Coast winning the Travers Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Chris Rahayel Suffice to say, a lot has happened since I published my first ranking of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) contenders back in June. With the uncertainty surrounding the racing future of Triple Crown winner Justify, I have decided to at least temporarily remove him from my Top 10. He’ll rejoin my list when or if he resumes serious training. In the meantime, here’s [...]

Will West Coast Upset Gun Runner in the Pegasus World Cup?

Gun Runner winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) Handicappers will be presented with an interesting quandary when the $16 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) is held on January 27th at Gulfstream Park. The nine-furlong race will mark the final start for #10 Gun Runner, who rose to great heights during a 5-for-6 campaign in 2017 that saw him win four straight Grade 1 races in eye-catching fashion, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. [...]

Pegasus World Cup Contenders Complete Pre-Race Workouts

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park just three days away, the twelve contenders have pretty much wrapped up their major training for the world’s richest horse race. From Santa Anita to Gulfstream Park and at tracks and training centers seemingly everywhere in between, the mornings have been busy with news of workouts and pre-race preparations. Let’s catch up on the [...]

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 [...]

Arrogate seeks redemption, second Breeders’ Cup Classic

Arrogate has disappointed at his two Del Mar starts but has the class to win a second Classic at his best. Photo: Coglianese Photos Six months ago, the Breeders’ Cup Classic seemed like it was Arrogate’s to lose. If he repeats his 2017 Del Mar form on Saturday, he will lose. Deemed a superhorse after his victories in the Travers Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup, and Dubai World Cup, there didn’t seem much chance of anything [...]