Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Kentucky Derby Chat With VSIN’s Ron Flatter

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the Bet America Radio Network, host Scott Shapiro welcomes in the Vegas Stats & Information Network's Ron Flatter. Ron dives into the role Quirin Speed Points have played in the Kentucky Derby since the new points system has been in place. Scott and Ron also discuss their thoughts on some of the logical contenders on the first Saturday in May and perhaps a long shot that can spruce [...]

Four Takeaways from the Arkansas Derby

Omaha Beach turns back Improbable in the Arkansas Derby (G1) - Coady Photography The final prep race for the 2019 Kentucky Derby produced a thrilling finish, as Omaha Beach and Improbable battled to the wire in a strong renewal of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. Wet weather may have produced a sloppy, sealed track, but it did little to dampen the quality of the race. There’s a lot to digest, but my primary takeaways [...]

Three Takeaways from the 2019 Santa Anita Derby

Roadster winning the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo In a much-anticipated showdown between two of trainer Bob Baffert’s top Kentucky Derby hopefuls, the lightly-raced Roadster got the better of his favored stablemate Game Winner in a thrilling battle to the finish line of the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. After taking some time to analyze the results and study the replay, here are my three main takeaways from [...]

Why I’m Betting Roadster in the Santa Anita Derby

Roadster winning his debut at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo It might not be logical to expect the champion two-year-old and three-time Grade 1 winner #6 Game Winner to lose back-to-back races, but when he starts as the heavy favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, I’ll be tempted to oppose him. Am I crazy? Maybe. Why would I side against the horse that I have ranked #1 in my [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach (right) holds off Game Winner (left) in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography It’s been a big year for War Front on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The 17-year-old Claiborne Farm stallion has already made headlines as the sire of two-time graded stakes winner War of Will, and on Saturday, War Front was back in the spotlight again when his son Omaha Beach fought to a valiant victory in the second division of [...]

Omaha Beach Defeats Game Winner in Rebel Stakes Division 2

Omaha Beach winning the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography It was a sight to behold—two top-class Kentucky Derby candidates flying to the finish line of the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, leaving their rivals far, far behind while battling courageously to the wire. Both ran so gallantly, it was a shame there had to be a loser. But when they flashedacross the finish line, it was the up-and-coming Omaha Beach [...]

Gunmetal Gray Rallies to Victory in Sham Stakes

Gunmetal Gray winning the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo When the dust settled in the aftermath of Saturday’s $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita, racing fans were surely left scratching their heads over one of the strangest Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races in recent memory. Much of the pre-race hype centered around Bob Baffert’s promising debut winner Coliseum, a quirky son of Tapit who started as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite. [...]

2019 Racing Preview: Who Will Get Hot, Who Will Get Cold?

Jockey Drayden Van Dyke - Keeneland Photo A new year of racing is on the horizon, and in preparation, it can be a useful exercise for handicappers to project which jockeys, trainers, and horses are poised for banner years or quiet years compared to 2018. Having an idea of what to expect during 2019 can help us formulate more effective wagering strategies and maybe even zero in on where the most promising Kentucky Derby contenders will come from. [...]

Year in Review: Who Was the Top Jockey in 2018?

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography It seems like a simple question: Who was the top jockey in North America in 2018? By basic metrics such as overall wins and earnings, the answer is similarly simple: Irad Ortiz, Jr. As of December 17th, the 26-year-old rider leads all jockeys by wins (336) and by purse earnings ($27,291,607), making him the favorite to be awarded the 2018 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. However, looking [...]

Game Winner Rallies to Victory in Del Mar Futurity

Game Winner winning the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo Throughout the 2018 summer meet at Del Mar, the Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer have pretty much dominated the juvenile racing scene, so it was only natural to see Monday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) turn into a showdown between talented youngsters from those two barns. Indeed, bettors perceived the race as a three-horse matchup between the Baffert-trained duo of [...]