Betting a Cold Exacta in the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes

Monte Man winning the Heitai Stakes - Photo by Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr While some handicappers understandably shy away from betting heavy favorites, under the right circumstances, I’m more than happy to back a short-priced contender if I think I can make a nice score in the exotic wagers. Such is the case in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Stakes at Fair Grounds, a six-furlong event that has attracted some of the best Louisiana-bred sprinters [...]

Multiple Breeds Take Center Stage on Louisiana Champions Day

Monte Man winning the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr. The upcoming Saturday race card at Fair Grounds offers something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of dirt or turf races, sprints or route, juveniles or older horses, and Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses. On a day billed as “Louisiana Champions Day,” seven stakes races for Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds and three graded stakes races for Louisiana-bred Quarter Horses are on the [...]

Is Monte Man Unstoppable in the Heitai Stakes?

Monte Man winning the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr. As of last October, #1 Monte Man was a nothing more than a decent claimer on the New York circuit. Fast forward a bit more than a year, and Monte Man is the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $50,000 Heitai Stakes for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds. What changed? Well, nothing really, except that Monte Man was claimed by [...]

Closing out the Keeneland Meet Strong- Late Pick 5 Analysis

It is Closing Day at Keeneland Race Course and that means that all pools are mandatory payouts, including the late Pick 5 that commences in Race 6. Horses that possess stamina will be on display on Friday in Lexington as all five races are conducted at least two turns, with three of them at a mile and three-sixteenths or further. Let’s close out the meet strong and help build the bankroll for the start of the Churchill Downs meeting on [...]

Analyzing the Wild Finish of the Louisiana Derby

Noble Indy winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. Thus far on the Road to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, I don’t think any prep race has produced a wilder finish than the $1 million Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. Befitting of the first prep race to offer 100 Derby qualification points to the winner, the Louisiana Derby drew a wide-open field of ten horse and featured more than its [...]

All-Stakes Pick 4 Analysis for Louisiana Derby Day at Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course takes center stage on Saturday afternoon as the meet’s premier event headlines a superb card of racing that commences at 12:30 PM local time. The Twin Louisiana Derby drew a competitive field of ten colts led by the top two finishers in the Grade 2 Risen Star last month and Southwest Stakes winner My Boy Jack.  The one million dollar event concludes an all-stakes Pick 4 sequence that gets started in Race 8 with the [...]