Patience Pays Off, She’s a Julie Wins La Troienne

She's a Julie winning the La Troienne Stakes (G1) - Coady Photography She wasn’t the favorite—three rivals started at shorter prices—but when push came to shove, She’s a Julie was indisputably the best filly in the $500,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1) on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs. She’s a Julie is a perfect example of a horse who needed time to mature before reaching peak form. After winning her debut as a 2-year-old at Churchill Downs, the [...]

How to Bet the Trifecta

Elate winning the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Chelsea Durand If you’re just getting started betting on horse races, you might be confused by the multitudes of wagering options available, with many types boasting unusual names that aren’t necessarily self-explanatory. But never fear—BetAmerica is here to help! We’ll explain the terminology, introduce you to the different types of bets, and provide tips on how to effectively structure your tickets. What is the Trifecta? The trifecta [...]

How to Bet the Fleur de Lis Handicap

Blue Prize winning the Falls City Handicap (gr. II) - Coady Photography It could be difficult for handicappers to have any strong opinions regarding Saturday’s $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, but that could also mean that the odds on some of the main contenders will be enticing enough to make the risk of a less-confident play worthwhile. Nine fillies and mares have been entered in the nine-furlong  race, and while I’ll count myself [...]

How to Bet the Beholder Mile

Unique Bella winning the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) - Benoit Photo Saturday’s feature at Santa Anita Park is the $400,000 Grade 1 Beholder Mile.The race named for the star Richard Mandella trainee only drew a field of six, but it does not lack star power given the presence of Unique Bella, Vale Dori and Paradise Woods. Don Alberto Stable’s #6 Unique Bella makes her first start since a poor break led to a disappointing second place effort [...]

How to Bet the Grade 1 Santa Margarita

Mopotism (left) scores a narrow victory in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo The Santa Margarita Stakes lost its star attraction when champion Unique Bella defected from the first Grade 1 race of the year for older females in favor of the second--the Apple Blossom on April 14th at Oaklawn-- because of missed training. The absence of Unique Bella might have taken star power away from the $400,000 race on Saturday [...]

Looking for a Longshot in the Santa Margarita

Mopotism (left) scores a narrow victory in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita - © Benoit Photo Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park was supposed to feature the champion Unique Bella, who would have made the nine-furlong event exciting for racing fans but unappealing for bettors. However, with Unique Bella skipping the race due to a minor illness, the Santa Margarita has suddenly become a wide-open event with a large [...]

Keying Longshot Mopotism in the La Brea Stakes

Unique Bella winning the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) - Benoit Photo One of the last Grade 1 races of 2017 is the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on December 26th, one of the features on a stakes-filled opening-day card at Santa Anita Park. The seven-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies typically draws an interesting blend of sprinters and horses cutting back in distance from route races, and perhaps as a result, the race isn’t an easy one [...]

Stellar Wind freshened for third Distaff attempt

Abel Tasman (left) beats Elate in the Coaching Club American Oaks. The pair square off again in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand.   The Breeders’ Cup Distaff is the highlight of the year for dirt females, and it might possibly be third time lucky for Stellar Wind. The 5-year-old Virginia-bred mare has won 10 of her 15 starts, but two of her defeats have come in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She finished a close second [...]