Should You Bet Deep Closers in the Pegasus World Cup?

Question: Will deep closers who rally from the back of the pack have any chance to contend for a significant piece of the purse in the 2019 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park? It seems like nine-furlong races at Gulfstream Park often receive special scrutiny since they start so close to the first turn and there’s always concern about horses drawn outside getting hung wide and losing all chance. But might the running style of each individual horse [...]

Taking a Contrary Approach in Multi-Race Wagers

Keen Ice upsetting American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes - Photo by Courtney Henney/Coglianese Photography In the sport of horse racing, there are two main types of “exotic” wagers separate from the tried-and-true win, place, and show bets that have existed for years. The first group of exotic wagers, commonly referred to as “vertical exotics” or “single-race exotics,” involve predicting the order of finish in a single race. The second group of exotic wagers, often called “horizontal exotics” [...]

Betting Longshots to Turn the Tables on Favorites

Keen Ice upsetting American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes - Photo by Courtney Henney/Coglianese Photography When Horse A beats Horse B in decisive fashion, it’s natural for bettors to assume that the result will be the same should Horse A and Horse B meet again a few weeks later. While this is frequently the case, there are occasions when Horse B is able to turn the tables, often at very inflated odds since bettors will tend to write off [...]

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 [...]

Weekend Pick 3 Recap–3/7/16

1. Songbird does it again    Another race and another paid workout for Songbird who just continues to crush her foes. This race was almost a carbon copy of her last win where she goes to the front, receives not much pressure and then buries her competition on the turn. This time she galloped easily down the stretch as Land Over Sea closed the final margin to 3 and ¾. But Songbird could have easily poured it on if there [...]