How to Bet the Hagyard Fayette Stakes

Hofburg training at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography When seven accomplished runners line up to contest the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on Saturday at Keeneland, the feature race on the last day of the meet, most eyes will be focused on the lone three-year-old in the field, #6 Hofburg. That’s certainly understandable, since the Bill Mott-trained son of Tapit has compiled a promising record this year, most notably finishing second in the Florida Derby (gr. I) [...]

Playing the Early Pick 4 Around Instagrand in the Best Pal Stakes

Photo: Benoit Photo. Saturday’s feature “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” is the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes. The six- furlong dash over the main track drew a compact group of 5 two-year-olds led by heavy favorite #1 Instagrand. Oxo Equine spent $1.2 million dollars on Instagrand at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream March 2018 two-year-old in training sale and he lived up to expectations in his debut at Los Alamitos on June 29th. The Kentucky bred got hammered at [...]

Defending Champion Cambodia the One to Beat in Saturday’s Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar

As usual the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap conducted at a mile and a sixteenth over the Del Mar sod drew a solid field of fillies and mares. The $200,000 event is not only a challenging part of the late Pick 4 on Saturday afternoon “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” but it also presents a great opportunity for those that like to get involved in vertical wagers. Defending champion #11 Cambodia has failed to hit the board in two [...]

Daisycutter Handicap Headlines Friday Twilight Card at Del Mar

The Friday feature at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is the $75,000 Daisycutter Handicap run at five furlongs over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. This year’s rendition of the Daisycutter drew a competitive group of 9 led by 2-1-morning line favorite #6 Okinawa. The connections of this daughter of The Factor have had a lot of success bringing horses in from out of town, including a win in the 2016 Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap with Free Rose. This four-year-old [...]

Late Pick 4 Analysis for Saturday Afternoon at Del Mar- July 28th

Roy H winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint - Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup The second Saturday of the 2018 Del Mar summer meeting offers racing fans several great wagering opportunities, including a late Pick 4 that commences in Race 7 with the $150,000 California Dreamin and concludes with a maiden special weight event over the sod for two-year-olds. Here are my thoughts: Race 7: The California Dreamin Stakes This mile and a sixteenth event for California-Bred or [...]

Del Mar Late Pick 4 Analysis- Saturday July 21st

The first Saturday afternoon late Pick 4 of the 2018 Del Mar summer meeting is a good one. The four-race sequence that commences in Race 7 and concludes with the finale in Race 10 gets rolling with the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap followed by an extremely competitive rendition of the Grade 2 San Clemente. Here are my thoughts: Race 7: San Diego Handicap The prep for the one-million-dollar Pacific Classic gets things rolling. The mile and a sixteenth event [...]

How to Bet the Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar

The stakes action continues on Friday afternoon at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club with a competitive and challenging rendition of the $75,000 Osunitas Stakes on tap. The mile and a sixteenth restricted event for fillies and mares is headlined by the turf debut of multiple graded stakes winner #1 Paradise Woods. The daughter of Union Rags has won 3 of 10 over the dirt for Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, including victories in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and [...]

Horses to Consider for Thursday’s Pick 6 Carryover at Santa Anita

A challenging set of results to conclude the action at Santa Anita Park on Sunday led to a Pick 6 carryover of $63,301 heading into Thursday afternoon. The eight-race card features four maiden events, including a pair of $40,000 maiden claimers down the hill. The six-race sequence begins in Race 3 at approximately 1:30 PM local time.  Despite a number of small fields there should be at least a couple of opportunities to differentiate from the public. Most likely winner [...]

2018 Kentucky Derby Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey John Velazquez guides Always Dreaming to victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography It was the most improbable of victories—an unknown longshot named Mine That Bird surging past his more heralded rivals to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby at the stunning odds of 50-1. While Mine That Bird deserves much of the credit for his unforgettable triumph on the first Saturday in May—you don’t win the Derby without talent!—there’s no doubt that jockey Calvin Borel [...]

Spot Plays for Big ‘Cap Day at Santa Anita Park

Beautiful Santa Anita Park has a star-studded 11-race card on tap for Saturday afternoon headlined by the battle between McKinzie and Bolt d’Oro in the Grade 2 San Felipe. There are plenty of opportunities to make money throughout the card that starts at 12 PM local time, but here are a couple of spot plays I will be getting involved in at “The Great Race Place.” Race 3 The third offers horseplayers an extremely challenging optional claimer run at a [...]