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 [...]

Keying King Zachary in the Indiana Derby

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography In the months following the conclusion of the Triple Crown, there are plenty of rich stakes races available for talented three-year-olds that might not be at the very top of the division. One of the best is the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. III) at Indiana Grand, which will be held for the 25th time on July 14th. Some very talented horses have won this race through the [...]

Indiana Derby Among Six Stakes Races on Saturday at Indiana Grand

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) - Coady Photography If the thought of a Saturday evening filled with quality, competitive horse racing sounds fun to you, then you’re in luck! The upcoming July 14th card at Indiana Grand includes six stakes races, two of them graded, and the racing action will continue until past 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Let’s take a quick look at the major races on the card…. Race 4: Mari Hulman George Stakes Seven [...]

Baffert, Smith Team Up With Ax Man in Matt Winn Stakes

In the winner's circle after the 2018 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography Just how many graded stakes races will trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith team up to win this year? One week after sweeping the Triple Crown with Justify and winning the Ogden Phipps Stakes (gr. I) with Abel Tasman, Baffert and Smith will seek another big win together with Ax Man in Saturday’s $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. As is the [...]