How to Bet the Lone Star Park Handicap

Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Granted, the field that has assembled for Sunday’s $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) at Lone Star Park isn’t very large. Just five horses have been entered, and one of them—#2 Full of Luck—may scratch from the race. But even if just four horses face the starter, the race has plenty of quality thanks to the presence of #1 Mubtaahij and #4 Fear the Cowboy, who [...]

Baffert Sends Out Two Contenders in Santa Anita Handicap

Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Get ready—there’s a great race coming up at the “Great Race Place.” The historic $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) is set to be renewed for the 81st time on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Commonly referred to as the “Big ‘Cap,” the ten-furlong race has been won through the years by some of the greatest horses in racing history, including Seabiscuit, Round Table, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, John [...]

2017: A Year in Reflection

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With only a few days remaining in 2017, now seems like a great time to look back at a memorable year of racing from coast to coast and throughout the world. From best bets to favorite races, here are some of my most memorable moments from 2017…. Best Bet of the Year When I look back at 2017, I think my best bet [...]

Strong undercards at Del Mar Thanksgiving weekend

Mubtaahij wins the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes. Pic: Benoit Photo. The Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch Stakes are the big races at Del Mar this Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s also four other graded stakes for punters to have a serious look at. The Native Diver Stakes (G2) sees the return of Mubtaahij to the track. Winner of the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) Sept. 30, he found Gun Runner and company too difficult in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) [...]

Arrogate seeks redemption, second Breeders’ Cup Classic

Arrogate has disappointed at his two Del Mar starts but has the class to win a second Classic at his best. Photo: Coglianese Photos Six months ago, the Breeders’ Cup Classic seemed like it was Arrogate’s to lose. If he repeats his 2017 Del Mar form on Saturday, he will lose. Deemed a superhorse after his victories in the Travers Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup, and Dubai World Cup, there didn’t seem much chance of anything [...]

Handicapping Big Breeders’ Cup Preview Day Saturday at Santa Anita

Cupid wins the Harry F Brubaker Stakes (Benoit Photo) Santa Anita Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 Breeders’ Cup preview days don’t get much bigger than at Santa Anita Sept. 30. Five grade one races are being staged at the Southern California track, and all carry direct entry into the relevant Breeders’ Cup contest for the winners. Perhaps the most even contest is the Awesome Again Stakes, run at 1 1/8 miles, which carries direct entry into [...]

Weekend Pick 3 Recap–3/7/16

1. Songbird does it again    Another race and another paid workout for Songbird who just continues to crush her foes. This race was almost a carbon copy of her last win where she goes to the front, receives not much pressure and then buries her competition on the turn. This time she galloped easily down the stretch as Land Over Sea closed the final margin to 3 and ¾. But Songbird could have easily poured it on if there [...]

Latest Kentucky Derby Preps Impact Future Pool 4

A glimpse at the final odds for the Kentucky Derby Future Pool 4 reveals how much the latest round of prep races had on the wagering public and perhaps gave some indication about what horse players can expect in regards to odds on the first Saturday in May. In the first Derby prep of the weekend, Mubtaahij delivered a powerful performance while capturing the Grade II, $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan Race Course in Dubai by eight lengths in [...]