Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: A new name at the top

Preservationist winning the Suburban Stakes (G2) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher When was the last time we were four months out from the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and the division lacked anything resembling a clear-cut group of top contenders? This year’s Classic division is among the most wide-open in recent memory, thanks to an inconclusive Triple Crown season and a lack of standout older males. The Classic contenders have not been running particularly fast on the Beyer speed [...]

War of Will holds early edge in race for Eclipse Award

Maximum Security and Country House battle to the wire in the Kentucky Derby (G1) - Coady Photography The rules are simple. Sweep all three legs of the Triple Crown, and you will be named champion 3-year-old male at the Eclipse Awards. Win two of the three races and you’d have to really mess up the second half of the season to lose the title. But when three different horses win the three Triple Crown races, it’s anyone’s guess [...]

May 2019 Breeders’ Cup Overview: Who Leads Each Division?

Bricks and Mortar winning the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) - Coady Photography Don’t look now, but the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park is just more than five months away, and the first North American leg of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series kicks off this weekend. Handicappers will be happy to know several key Breeders’ Cup divisions look wide open this year, which should make the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races exciting and competitive. Let’s quickly [...]

Keeler Johnson’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: Wide Open

Thunder Snow winning the 2018 Dubai World Cup - Coady Photography Who exactly are the early favorites to win the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park? A dearth of proven star power among the older horses and a 3-year-old division lacking clarity makes that question difficult to answer. But as we prepare to enter the second half of the 2019 racing season, here’s how I rank some of the top contenders for the 1 1/4-mile [...]

How to Bet the Lucrative Derby Day Allowance Races

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs is packed with high-class graded stakes races, but the 14-race card also includes four lucrative optional-claiming allowances races offering six-figure purses. With that kind of money at stake, the races have attracted quality, competitive fields. And since they’re prominently positioned in popular wagers like the early and late Pick 5, they’re important races to handicap if you want to play the [...]

BetAmerica Radio Network How To Bet the 2019 Kentucky Derby Podcast

No Omaha Beach? No problem for Ed DeRosa and Scott Shapiro, who discuss how they're betting America's most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby. Ed & Scott are fans of trying to hit the Derby super, but they discuss strategy for various types of bets, and how they will employ that strategy around their key horses. Ed is swinging for the fences while Scott is playing a little smaller ball but has some longshots to like as well. For all [...]

How is Keeler Johnson Playing the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

Omaha Beach (right) holds off Game Winner (left) in the Rebel Stakes (G2) - Coady Photography While I’m still plotting out my wagering strategy for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, I’ve essentially nailed down my overall opinions of each horse and have determined whether I’ll be using them on my tickets. The Tuesday morning post position draw helped clarify my position on a few bubble contenders, including War of Will and Spinoff. I’ve sorted the 20 horses into four [...]

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Kentucky Derby Analysis With Churchill Downs’ Travis Stone

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the Bet America Radio Network, host Scott Shapiro welcomes in the voice of Churchill Downs Travis Stone. Scott and Travis discuss how the draw on Tuesday morning impacted the potential race shape of the 2019 Kentucky Derby and dive deep into the field of twenty set to break from the gates on Saturday evening. Travis also discusses his favorite Kentucky Derby race calls and reveals how he would [...]

What are the 2019 Kentucky Derby Odds?

Omaha Beach winning the Rebel Stakes (G1) at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Thanks to impressive past performances, positive pre-race hype and a perfect post draw, Omaha Beach has been made the 4-1 morning line favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1). That’s a shorter price than many handicappers were expecting, because this year’s Derby is viewed as more competitive than several others in recent memory. I view 4-1 as a fair price on Omaha Beach, who looms [...]

Winners and Losers at the 2019 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw

War of Will winning the Lecomte Stakes (Hodges Photo/Fair Grounds) Who drew well and who drew poorly when post positions for the 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1) were assigned Tuesday morning? Three of the 20 horses received highly favorable post positions, while three others were compromised by their assignments. Who were these “winners” and “losers” at the post draw? Winners #3 By My Standards He showed in the Louisiana Derby (G2) he doesn’t mind racing inside of horses, and with [...]