Aqueduct spot plays for Cigar Mile Day

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) The last major racing day of the year in New York will take place Saturday, December 7 at Aqueduct. Half a dozen stakes races are on the agenda, including the $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2), a steppingstone on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. We’ve already previewed the Remsen, but the $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and the $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) are just as appealing from handicapping and sporting perspectives. Want to play [...]

Churchill Downs spot plays for Kentucky Jockey Club, Golden Rod

Saturday, November 30 is “Stars of Tomorrow” day at Churchill Downs, which means the Louisville track will host a dozen exciting races for juveniles.

Aqueduct: Thanksgiving week spot plays for Comely, Discovery Stakes

An action-packed week of racing at Aqueduct has been diminished slightly with the cancellation of the Thanksgiving Day card because of high wind forecasts, but the schedule for Friday and Saturday remains enticing, with six stakes races on the agenda.

Pennsylvania pick of the week: Jingle all the way

The feature event at Parx Racing on Friday, November 29 is not only the finale of the eight-race card. It’s also one of the most intriguing races from a handicapping perspective.

Churchill Downs stakes spot plays for Thanksgiving Day

Looking to pass some time while you wait for Thanksgiving dinner to finish cooking? Here are a couple of spot plays to spice up the afternoon.

Spot plays for the Kennedy Road Stakes and Bessarabian Stakes

Sprinters will take the stage at Woodbine this weekend. Colts and geldings will contest the $175,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (G2) on Saturday, while fillies and mares will shine in the $175,000 Bessarabian Stakes (G2) on Sunday.

Tiz a Slam brings upset chance to Red Smith Stakes

Tiz a Slam winning the Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography By most metrics #7 Sadler’s Joy is the horse to beat in Saturday’s $200,000 Red Smith Stakes (G3) going 1 3/8 miles over the grass course at Aqueduct. Sadler’s Joy is certainly the most accomplished competitor. The 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy won the 2017 Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) and placed third in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), which clearly demonstrated his ability [...]

Handicapping 101: How smart ticket building can increase profits

Cairo Cat (left) rallies to defeat Tight Ten in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography It happens all the time—a handicapper determines Horse #3 is a near-certain winner. They determine Horses #5 and #7 are the most likely to finish second, while rating a slim chance to beat Horse #3 across the finish line. So what does this handicapper do? All too often they elect to box #3, #5 and #7 in the [...]

Looking for a longshot in the River City Handicap

It’s been a tough year so far for #4 Mr. Misunderstood, the probable favorite in Saturday’s $175,000 River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs.

How to bet the quinella

Horses and jockeys during the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes, Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com All of the different wager types in horse racing, one of the most underappreciated is surely the quinella. The quinella requires bettors to select the top two finishers in a race, but without identifying the exact order of finish. For example, if you bet #1 and #3 in a quinella and they run first and second in either order, you’ll cash a winning [...]