Bolo springs 32-1 upset in Shoemaker Mile

Bolo winning the Shoemaker Mile (G1) - © Benoit Photo Bolo has always shown talent, but now we can add durability and resilience to his list of desirable traits. How many horses can take two years away from competition, return at the age of 7 and parlay a single prep run into a grade 1 victory? Bolo used his frontrunning speed to dominate the $500,000 Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, a victory that [...]

Why I’m Betting Delta Prince in the Shoemaker Mile

Delta Prince winning the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) - Keeneland Photo Six months ago, I penned an article here on BetAmerica titled “Betting Regional Classic Advantages,” in which I noted how turf horses from the East Coast tend to be superior to their West Coast counterparts, a fact handicappers can use to their advantage. Certainly I have enjoyed success betting East Coast shippers in major California turf races, and I’ll follow this lucrative approach once again in the [...]

May 2019 Breeders’ Cup Overview: Who Leads Each Division?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Don’t look now, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park is just more than five months away, and the first North American leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series kicks off this weekend. Handicappers will be happy to know several key Breeders’ Cup divisions look wide open this year, which should make the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races exciting and competitive. Let’s quickly [...]

Bricks and Mortar Crushes Rivals in Pegasus World Cup Turf

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography A yielding turf course, a huge jump in class, and a significant stretch-out in distance were among the obstacles facing Bricks and Mortar in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $7,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. But in the manner of a budding star, Bricks and Mortar shrugged off the challenges to decisively defeat a strong field. [...]

How to Bet the Pegasus World Cup Turf

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) The inaugural running of North America’s richest turf race—the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf (gr. I)—didn’t attract as deep a field as one might have hoped given the size of the purse, but you certainly can’t knock the race from a betting perspective. Ten starters have turned out to contest the 1 3/16-mile race at Gulfstream Park, and a case can be made for just about all of them to win or hit [...]

Why I’m Betting Against the Favorites in the Bold Ruler Handicap

Belmont Park - Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography A turf horse switching to dirt and a lightly-raced runner making his first start off a 13-month layoff ensure that Saturday’s $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park will offer handicappers a tricky challenge despite attracting just six starters. The turf horse in question is #6 Delta Prince, who has spent the vast majority of his career as a capable turf miler. The Shug McGaughey-trained five-year-old does have a reasonably [...]

Oscar Performances Out-Sprints Rivals in Woodbine Mile

Oscar Performance winning the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) (Michael Burns Photo) Things certainly can change fast in the sport of horse racing. One month ago, Oscar Performance was pulled up as the favorite prior to finishing the Arlington Million (gr. I), but on Saturday, he shrugged off that disappointing run to score a terrific victory in the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine in Canada. Yes, you can argue that Oscar Performance received a dream setup [...]

How to Bet the Woodbine Mile

Oscar Performance winning the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) - Photo by Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup With a “Win and You’re In” berth to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) on the line, Saturday’s $800,000 Woodbine Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine is shaping up to be a truly international event with plenty of talent from top to bottom. With a couple of local Canadian runners squaring off against two European shippers plus a talented group [...]

Huge Weekend of Racing Set for September 15-16 at Woodbine

Divisidero winning the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography On the weekend of September 15-16, the attention of the racing world will turn to Woodbine in Canada, where a top-class series of eight stakes races worth nearly $2.2 million will take center stage. Among the highlights of this action-packed weekend are three official prep races for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs. Kicking off the slate is the $800,000 Woodbine Mile [...]

Fast Pace Seems Likely in Fourstardave Handicap

Divisidero winning the 2016 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) - Coady Photography Turf races in New York have a reputation for being very slow-paced events that are difficult to decipher beforehand. How can you handicap effectively when you have no idea who might wind up shaking loose on an easy lead? That said, Saturday’s $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. I) over the inner turf course at Saratoga could be an exception. The one-mile race—a major prep on the [...]