Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos If you enjoy playing multi-race wagers, you won’t want to miss out on the all-stakes Pick 4 on Saturday, August 22 at Saratoga. The challenging sequence culminates with the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (G1) and figures to produce a hefty payoff for bettors who can correctly decipher the winning combination. Let’s dig in and put together a play on a ~$50 budget. Race 8: Ballston Spa Stakes (G3) Saratoga’s leading trainer [...]
On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in the voice of Churchill Downs, Travis Stone. Travis and Scott chat about the 2019 summer meeting at Saratoga and then dive head first into the loaded card in Upstate New York on Saturday afternoon. The guys begin with a deep look at the Midsummer Derby, including a discussion of whether 5-2-morning line favorite Tacitus is worth using as a key [...]
We finish our look back at the weekend and welcome in trainer Dallas Stewart to talk about his big victory with Seeking the Soul in the Stephen Foster. We also bring back the "Meet the Tweeter" segment and welcome in Mike McEntire ( @gorgonzola44 ) to chat.
By My Standards winning the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) - © Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. This year’s Road to the Kentucky Derby prep season has been filled with memorable upsets, so it’s only fitting that the two big races last week saw two more odds-on favorites fall to defeat. War of Will, previously ranked fifth in my Kentucky Derby Top 10, finished ninth in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) but came out of the race with a muscle [...]
Cutting Humor after winning the Sunland Derby (gr. III) - © Coady Photography/Sunland Park In a clear-cut demonstration of how trips can affect the performance of a racehorse, Cutting Humor had the last laugh in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (gr. III) at Sunland Park, parlaying a clean run into a gallant victory in the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the son of First Samurai entered the Sunland Derby off a troubled seventh-place [...]
Mucho Gusto winning the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) - © Benoit Photo There’s certainly no shortage of early speed entered in the March 24 Sunland Derby (gr. III) at Sunland Park, which could potentially make things tricky for the two morning line favorites in this Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. Those two would be #1 Mucho Gusto and #2 Anothertwistafate, who are shipping in from California with an eye on taking down the winner’s [...]
Omaha Beach (right) holds off Game Winner (left) in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography Although he suffered the first defeat of his career last Saturday, the performance of Game Winner in the Rebel Stakes was sufficient for the champion colt to retain the top spot in my Kentucky Derby Top 10. Not surprisingly, Omaha Beach—the colt who gallantly conquered Game Winner—has secured a high ranking as well in his first week on my list. Game [...]
Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) - Photo by SV Photography The indefinite suspension of racing and training at Santa Anita has thrown a monkey wrench into the plans for Game Winner and Improbable, delaying their scheduled returns to action by one week. Nevertheless, they remain at the top of my Kentucky Derby Top 10 despite a busy weekend that saw Tacitus upset the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), Haikal rally to victory in the Gotham [...]