Betting Exactas in the La Brea Stakes

Dream Tree holds off Midnight Bisou in the Desi Arnaz Stakes -© BENOIT PHOTO While handicapping the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on opening day at Santa Anita, it’s not hard to conclude that the race runs through the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Baffert will be represented by two of the nine entrants in the seven-furlong test for three-year-old fillies, including the undefeated #5 Dream Tree, who figures to start as a clear [...]

Using Trainer Angles in Handicapping, Part 3: Blinkers

Bob Baffert at Saratoga - Photo by Courtney Heeney/Coglianese Photography Question: What do American Pharoah, Justify, Arrogate, Bayern, Dortmund, West Coast, Mastery, and Dream Tree all have in common? Answer: They all won Grade 1 races for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, and furthermore, they all won their second career starts while racing without blinkers for the first time. Handicapping races using trainer angles has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to online tools such as [...]

Dream Tree, Midnight Bisou Meet Again in Santa Ysabel

Dream Tree holds off Midnight Bisou in the Desi Arnaz Stakes -© BENOIT PHOTO The Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on three occasions in the past, which is why all eyes will be on Baffert’s unbeaten filly Dream Tree in Saturday’s $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. Although the 8.5-furlong race is only a Grade 3 event, it offers 50 Kentucky Oaks qualification points to the winner [...]

Keying War Heroine in the Starlet Stakes

War Heroine winning her debut at Del Mar (Benoit Photo) The $300,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) might be a Grade 1 race, but from a handicapping perspective, the December 9th feature at Los Alamitos hasn’t come up very tough. Just five fillies have turned out to contest the 8.5-furlong race, with the likely favorite being the experienced #2 Piedi Bianchi. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the daughter of Overanalyze has already run in three Grade 1 races, running second in [...]

Ms Bad Behavior well placed in Desi Arnaz Stakes

Ms Bad Behavior seeks her first stakes victory in the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar. Pic: Benoit Photo. Beaten by two of the best juvenile fillies in California this season, Ms Bad Behavior should enjoy easier company when she seeks her first stakes victory in the seven-furlong Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 18. The Ontario-bred from the Richard Baltas stable ran into subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) third-place finisher Piedi Bianchi on her debut [...]