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.

Churchill Downs Single 6 Jackpot: A horse to leverage Thursday

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Be honest. Doesn’t the possibility of winning ~$300,000 on a 20-cent wager sound appealing? The spring meet at Churchill Downs winds down this week with days of racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As it stands,the carryover pool for the Single 6 jackpot wager is $294,725, with a mandatory payout scheduled for Saturday. The Single 6 is similar to a traditional Pick 6, but on days when multiple winning tickets are sold, a [...]

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 [...]

Saturday spot plays for Churchill Downs

Bobby's Wicked One turns for home in command of the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Proving once again that there’s more to racing at Churchill Downs than the first Saturday in May, the Louisville racetrack has put together a solid evening of competitive events for Saturday. The 11-race card kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and includes two stakes races, the $125,000 Aristides Stakes and the $120,000 Mighty Beau Stakes. Let’s go through the action and look [...]

Maiden Special Weight to Maiden Claiming: A Classic Class Drop

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos In the sport of horse racing, you’ll often hear handicappers refer to horses that are “dropping in class.” The definition of dropping in class is simple—it means that a given horse is going to be facing easier competition than in his previous start. The horse will literally be dropping down from one class level to lower level; it could be a proven graded stakes winner dropping from a Grade 1 to [...]

Betting First-Time Starters in Maiden Claiming Races

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Once in a while, handicappers will come across a maiden race filled with horses that seemingly lack the desire or inclination to win. This can be particularly evident in maiden claiming races, the lowest category of races for horses that have never recorded a victory. When you come across a field with lots of experienced (but winless) runners, it can be a wise strategy to take a stand [...]