How to bet the stakes-laden Pick 4 on Jockey Club Derby Day

From out of nowhere, Belmont Park has turned a quiet, post-Labor Day weekend into a stakes-laden showpiece afternoon of racing.

Why I’m Betting Sadler’s Joy in the Sword Dancer Stakes

I’ll be the first to admit that #10 Sadler’s Joy isn’t really a horse you can rely on as, say, a single in an expensive multi-race wager. But regardless, I think he’s the most likely winner of Saturday’s $1,000,000 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Sadler’s Joy can be frustrating because more often than not, he either moves too soon or moves too late. As a deep closer without any tactical speed, timing his late run can be very [...]

Graded Stakes Races Abound on Saturday Card at Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) Gulfstream Park is going to put on quite a show this Saturday. Among the fourteen races scheduled for March 3rd are eight graded stakes races, with all of them attracting competitive fields. Among the highlights are the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), and Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. II), but the other five events also warrant attention. Let’s take a quick look at each one…. Race 4, The Very One [...]

Keen Ice Faces 3-Year-Olds in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Punters looking to play the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park Oct. 7 have one major question to ask: do they trust the form of two older horses well beaten by Gun Runner at their last starts, or do they trust two of the better 3-year-olds. Keen Ice may start favorite in the 1 ¼ mile test, which carries direct entry to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). A distant third-place finisher in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, Keen [...]