How to bet the 2019 Arlington-Washington Futurity

There are no certainties in horse racing, but it seems reasonable to conclude #2 Vincent William will be tough to beat in Saturday’s $75,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington International Racecourse.

Arlington Park spot plays: Larry Rivelli set for big Saturday

Racing down the homestretch at Arlington Park (Coady Photo/Arlington) Saturday could be a good day for trainer Larry Rivelli. With 21 wins from 45 starters—a 47% strike rate—Rivelli is leading the trainer standings at Arlington Park and will have five runners on the Illinois racetrack’s Saturday card. The star of the show is Daddy’s Boo, who could have a live chance to upset the Arlington Matron Stakes (G3), but Rivelli also has a couple of serious players entered [...]

How to bet the 2019 Arlington Matron Stakes

La Force training at Churchill Downs - © Evers/ESW/Breeders Cup /Breeders' Cup In terms of proven class and overall accomplishments, #3 La Force is clearly the mare to beat in Saturday’s $100,000 Arlington Matron Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park. Last year, the German-bred daughter of Power placed second in three straight grade 1 races on the California circuit, and she returned as good as ever in her 2019 debut, when she finished second in the Santa Margarita Stakes [...]

Saturday Spot Plays for Churchill Downs and Arlington Park

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography With 25 stakes races scheduled to be run from coast to coast, Saturday will be a busy day for racing in North America. Churchill Downs and Arlington Park have both put together appealing cards, with Churchill offering two stakes races and Arlington providing a couple of quality allowance events. Why don’t we dig through the action and come up with a few spot plays? Churchill Downs [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park

The field rounds the far turn in the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Every year the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park offers a great challenge for handicappers who like large, competitive fields. Held over Arlington’s synthetic Polytrack course, the one-mile race typically attracts an unusual blend of synthetic specialists, tried-and-true turf horses, and daring dirt runners with an eye on snatching an “easy” Grade 3 prize. But winning the Hanshin Cup isn’t as easy [...]

Keying Restless Rider in the Debutante Stakes

Shanghai Rain (outside) winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography You have to admire any horse that overcomes adversity to win a race. And when the horse in question is an unraced two-year-old filly making her debut, you have to wonder if you’re looking at an above-average runner. In handicapping Saturday’s $100,000 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs, a six-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies, I’m drawn to the chances of #5 Restless Rider. Why? Well, just read [...]