BARN Podcast 7/18/19

It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're thrilled to welcome in Rob Henie from the West Coast/East Coast Handicapping Report to talk about the Del Mar meet, handicapping at the track and at home, two year olds, and more! We also welcome in Gary Fenton from Little Red Feather Racing to talk about their tournament this weekend at Del Mar that is benefiting Thoroughbred Aftercare.

Spot plays for opening day at Del Mar

Summer has officially arrived at Del Mar, “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” Del Mar’s anticipated summer race meet gets underway Wednesday with a 10-race card. It’s a can’t-miss event on the racing calendar, so even if you can’t make it out to California to attend in person, we can still take ~$50 and celebrate opening day with a couple of spot plays: Race 7: maiden special weight Call it a hunch, but I’m siding with the 12-1 first-time starter [...]

Trainers to watch (and wager on) at Del Mar

Del Mar - © Benoit Photo. Trainer statistics are commonly employed by bettors handicapping horse races. Isn’t it helpful to know a trainer excels with turf horses and juveniles but is less successful with dirt runners and older horses? In preparation for the much-anticipated 2019 Del Mar summer meet, which kicks off on Wednesday, July 17, I’ve used Statsmaster to compile a handful of intriguing trainer trends and statistics. With luck these angles will produce profitable plays throughout [...]

Jockeys to watch (and wager on) at Del Mar

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke - Keeneland Photo You’ve heard of horses for courses, but what about jockeys for courses? For a variety of reasons, some jockeys excel when riding at particular racetracks, specific distances or on dirt versus turf and vice versa. When the 2019 summer meet at Del Mar kicks off Wednesday, which jockeys should we expect to see in the spotlight during the 36-day racing season? Based on data from Statsmaster, here are a few jockeys [...]

Tips for betting 2-year-olds at Del Mar

Del Mar - © Benoit Photo Need some tips for handicapping the anticipated juvenile races at Del Mar this summer? BetAmerica has you covered! Betting on competitive races packed with unraced or lightly raced 2-year-old Thoroughbreds can be a challenging task, but it can also be a rewarding one. Who doesn’t want to be the first racing fan to uncover a future champion or Triple Crown winner? Based on data from Statsmaster and Equibase.com, here are a few [...]

Why I’m Keying the Favorites in the Hollywood Derby

River Boyne - © Benoit Photo With relatively few opportunities remaining for horses to compete against Grade 1 company before the end of 2018, fourteen three-year-olds have turned out to contest Saturday’s $300,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. I) at Del Mar. But while the huge field size suggests that the race should be wide-open in nature, I’m strongly drawn toward the two favorites #4 River Boyne and #6 Raging Bull, in part because I believe their most recent efforts [...]