Graded stakes spot plays for Woodbine Mile Day

Saturday, September 14 marks one of the biggest days of the year at Woodbine.

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Saturday at Saratoga with 2012 NHC Champion Michael Beychok

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in longtime handicapper and 2012 NHC champion Michael Beychok. The guys chat about Michael's trip to Saratoga, his style of handicapping and then discuss the late Pick 5 on Saturday at the Spa. The two horseplayers dive deep into a strong two-year-old maiden race to start the sequence and then give their opinion on both the Saratoga Special (G2) and the [...]

Halfway through Saratoga, which trainers are excelling?

As we enter the fifth week of racing, now seems like the perfect time to review Statsmaster’s trainer statistics for the Saratoga meet and determine which trainers are excelling in certain conditions.

How to play the all-stakes Pick 4 on Belmont Stakes Day

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Belmont Stakes Day Pick 4 There will be no shortage of wagering options on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park, but one of the most appealing bets is the Pick 4 that kicks off in Race 8. The all-stakes sequence has a guaranteed pool of $1.5 million, so with the right combination of longshot winners, the potential exists for a huge [...]

Belmont Stakes Analysis – Sir Winston & Intrepid Heart

Preakness Stakes champion War of Will’s trainer Mark Casse will also saddle contender Sir Winston in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Sir Winston might be coming into his own after an excellent run in the Peter Pan Stakes. Todd Pletcher, who has 3 Test of Champions trophies to his credit, has two contenders in the race. Although Spinoff has a shot, his main contender might be Intrepid Heart. Keep reading for the case for and against Sir Winston and Intrepid Heart. Belmont [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Top 5: Never Too Early

Hop Kat winning his debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The 2019 Triple Crown season isn’t over yet, but surely it isn’t too early to be thinking about 2-year-olds and the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, right? Forgive me if I’m jumping the gun, but the juvenile racing action will be heating up before we know it, and I already have my eyes on a few promising colts who could make some noise during the summer and fall. [...]

Betting a Cold Exacta in the 2019 Selene Stakes

Bold Script winning the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Woodbine - Michael Burns Photo There are four stakes winners among the five fillies entered in Saturday’s $125,000 Selene Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, but despite the quality of the small field, I expect the race to be dominated by #4 Bold Script. Trained by Stuart Simon, the 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown demonstrated high-class form on turf at Woodbine last year, most notably when she finished third in the Natalma Stakes [...]

Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Improbable & War of Will

On Saturday, Improbable should offer favorite’s odds. War of Will figures to go off second choice. There are reasons to like both horses to win the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. There are also reasons to go against both. Check out the case for and against Improbable and War of Will Preakness Stakes Case For & Against Improbable & War of Will Preakness Case for and against Improbable Bob Baffert trains the City Zip sired three-year-old. That [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby: Trainers, Facts and Trends

Bode Baffert (and Mike Smith) holds up the Derby trophy as his father, trainer Bob Baffert (second from left), enjoys the moment after Justify won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Some of the best-known trainers in North American horse racing will be represented by major contenders in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but as usual, the “Run for the Roses” will make room for a few newcomers as well. Sixteen different [...]

By My Standards Upsets the Louisiana Derby

By My Standards winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) - © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. The trend of upset victories in Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races continued on Saturday when By My Standards produced a big rally up the inside to post a 22-1 upset victory in the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. At the start of the race, all eyes were won the 4-5 favorite War of Will, who was expected [...]