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 [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Jockey Assignments, Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography It is often said that jockeys are unable to make horses run beyond their abilities, but the difference between victory and defeat can come down to the skills of a rider in saving ground, timing moves correctly and riding hard to the finish line. That’s why the 20 jockeys who will compete in the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) include the most talented riders in North America. Leading [...]

Potential Derby Contenders Line Up March 2 at Fair Grounds

Racing at Fair Grounds - Photo by Hodges Photography Most handicappers this weekend will understandably be turning their attention to the stakes-packed Saturday card at Gulfstream Park, but players on the lookout for up-and-coming Kentucky Derby contenders are advised to check out the action at Fair Grounds as well. The nine-race Saturday card includes a trio of intriguing races for three-year-olds. The action kicks off with the $75,000 Black Gold Stakes, a one-mile turf event scheduled as the [...]

Monomoy Girl Keeps On Winning in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Monomoy Girl winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) - Coady Photography Just how good is the three-year-old filly Monomoy Girl? Well, between February and November, she crossed the wire first in seven straight graded stakes races, including six Grade 1 events, and she proved her mettle against older mare by winning the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) on November 3rd at Churchill Downs in professional fashion. That’s pretty remarkable, no? On several occasions, Monomoy Girl has [...]

Nine 2yos Set for Sunday’s Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes

B. B. Dude winning his debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Sunday’s $300,000 Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs might have a hefty purse, but it also has an unusual condition for eligibility. According to the official race conditions, the seven-furlong event is “for two-year-olds, sired by any Spendthrift owned stallion that stood at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, or any other location, including Louisiana, Maryland, New York, or Canada in the 2015 breeding season.” That might [...]

Long On Value Make Triumphant Rally in Highlander Stakes

Long On Value winning the Mighty Beau Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Since his debut back in 2013, Long On Value has seemingly done it all. There was a time when he appeared to have a bright future as a sprinter on dirt; then, he underwent a transformation and turned into an effective miler on turf. Now, at the age of seven, Long On Value has combined his two fortes and reemerged as a sprinter on [...]

Thursday Afternoon Spot Plays at Belmont Park

Thursday afternoon starts the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in Elmont, New York. The New York Racing Association has a massive three days of thoroughbred racing in store headlined by Justify’s attempt at history in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. With a plethora of opportunities to score out over the weekend let’s try to get things started on Thursday with a few bankroll building spot plays during the solid 9-race card. Race 3 #3 Mybigitalianfriend is one of seven first-time starters [...]

2018 Preakness Stakes Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Every year, bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees, and jockey assignments. In contrast, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but that doesn’t mean that the second leg [...]

Shapiro’s Thoughts and Suggested Wager for Friday’s Pick 5 Carryover at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography I failed to take advantage of the six-figure Pick 6 carryover with a mandatory payout yesterday at Churchill Downs, but hopefully I can make up for my subpar handicapping on Thursday evening with a strong effort in the late Pick 5 on Friday. No one hit the early Pick 5 yesterday in Louisville, so that means there is a $35,689 carryover in the sequence that commences in Race 5 and ends in Race [...]

A Few Horses to Consider for the Thursday Pick 6 Carryover at Churchill Downs

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Thanks in large part to the upset victory by Funny Duck in Saturday’s Pat Day Mile there is a Pick 6 carryover of $385,132 with a mandatory payout on Thursday at legendary Churchill Downs. The six-race sequence commences in Race 3 and concludes with the Thursday evening finale in Race 8. It is a challenging slate of races that includes a five-furlong dash over the sod, a pair of [...]