2019 Kentucky Derby Day: Scratches and an Early Pick 5 Play

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - Coady Photography Happy Kentucky Derby Day! Conditions at Churchill Downs are officially fast and firm for the start of the 14-race Derby Day card, which kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET. But there’s a strong chance of rain in the afternoon, so keep an eye on the weather since conditions could deteriorate as the day progresses. As of 9:13 p.m. ET, scratches and rider changes are as follows: Race [...]

How to Bet the Lucrative Derby Day Allowance Races

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs is packed with high-class graded stakes races, but the 14-race card also includes four lucrative optional-claiming allowances races offering six-figure purses. With that kind of money at stake, the races have attracted quality, competitive fields. And since they’re prominently positioned in popular wagers like the early and late Pick 5, they’re important races to handicap if you want to play the [...]

Maximum Security Finishes Fast in Florida Derby

Maximum Security winning the Florida Derby (gr. I) - © Adam Coglianese Photography The name of the game in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park was “catch me if you can,” and when the dust settled, you could practically hear the front-running Maximum Security taunting his rivals as he pulled away down the homestretch to score a convincing victory in the 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Granted, the pace setup for Maximum [...]

How To Bet the Florida Derby Podcast

The Kentucky Derby favorite could come from the Florida Derby, as Hidden Scroll looks to rebound from his fourth-place behind Code of Honor and Bourbon War in the Fountain of Youth, Maximum Security looks to breakout in his stakes debut, and Harvey Wallbanger is out to prove his Holy Bull was no fluke. All that plus Current's return to dirt, and the intriguing maiden Bodexpress! Danny Zucker of Predicteform.com discusses with Ed DeRosa of Brisnet.com how to bet the Florida [...]

How to Bet the Florida Derby

Code of Honor winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes - © Adam Coglianese Photography In analyzing the contenders for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, I think the top finishers from last month’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) might be a cut above their challengers in this 1 1/8-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Specifically, those would be #9 Code of Honor, #4 Bourbon War, and #1 Hidden Scroll, who ran [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10: Anothertwistafate Impresses the Most

By My Standards winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) - © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. This year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby prep season has been filled with memorable upsets, so it’s only fitting that the two big races last week saw two more odds-on favorites fall to defeat. War of Will, previously ranked fifth in my Kentucky Derby Top 10, finished ninth in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) but came out of the race with a muscle [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10: Game Winner Remains On Top

Omaha Beach (right) holds off Game Winner (left) in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography Although he suffered the first defeat of his career last Saturday, the performance of Game Winner in the Rebel Stakes was sufficient for the champion colt to retain the top spot in my Kentucky Derby Top 10. Not surprisingly, Omaha Beach—the colt who gallantly conquered Game Winner—has secured a high ranking as well in his first week on my list. Game [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10: Tacitus Joins, Hidden Scroll Returns

Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) - Photo by SV Photography The indefinite suspension of racing and training at Santa Anita has thrown a monkey wrench into the plans for Game Winner and Improbable, delaying their scheduled returns to action by one week. Nevertheless, they remain at the top of my Kentucky Derby Top 10 despite a busy weekend that saw Tacitus upset the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), Haikal rally to victory in the Gotham [...]

5 Takeaways from the Fountain of Youth Stakes

Code of Honor winning the Fountain of Youth Stakes - © Adam Coglianese Photography A deep field, a fast pace, and a wild finish combined to make Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park one of the most interesting races so far on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Code of Honor, runner-up in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) last fall, was the star of the show, rebounding to his best form to score [...]

Bet America Radio Network: How To Bet Horse Racing Podcast–the Fountain of Youth Stakes

The Kentucky Derby Championship Series continues with the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and it's a doozy of a race with 11 Triple Crown hopefuls entered, including hot maiden Hidden Scroll making just the second start of his career and last year's Nashua Stakes winner Vekoma making his three-year-old debut. For FREE Brisnet.com Ultimate Past Performances for the race, CLICK HERE, and for all handicapping reports, CLICK HERE. Danny Zucker of Predicteform.com joins host Ed DeRosa [...]