When to Bet Sprinters Stretching Out in Distance

City of Light (outside) battles to victory over Accelerate in the Oaklawn Handicap - Coady Photography Thoroughbred horse races are held over a wide variety of distances—it’s part of what makes the sport so interesting. But as a handicapper, how do you know if a horse that has been competing in sprint races can be competitive while stretching out to route distances going a mile or farther? Suffice to say, it can be a tricky and multi-faceted challenge, [...]

How to Bet the Gold Cup at Santa Anita

City of Light winning the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) -© BENOIT PHOTO Santa Anita Park takes center stage on Saturday afternoon as “The Great Race Place” offers racing fans three graded stakes events headlined by the $500,000 Grade 1 Gold Cup. The fifth race on the nine-race card concludes the early Pick 5, and gets the late sequence started making it an extremely important race for horizontal players. Here are my thoughts: The mile and a quarter distance [...]

Can City of Light Stretch His Speed in the Oaklawn Handicap?

City of Light winning the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) - © BENOIT PHOTO Although most of the attention on Saturday at Oaklawn Park will be focused on the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), there are three other stakes races on the card as well, and one in particular looks like a competitive event. The race in question is the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II), a nine-furlong event for older horses that has attracted eleven starters. First and foremost among [...]