Spot plays for the 2019 “Super Saturday” Breeders’ Cup preps

Vino Rosso winning the Wood Memorial (gr. II) - Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photography Five weeks out from the 2019 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, eight “Win and You’re In” prep races will be conducted September 27-29, including a quartet of prestigious events Saturday. A pair of grade 1 races at Belmont Park will be followed by two more top-level prizes at Santa Anita. Some of the most heralded Breeders’ Cup contenders will take the spotlight in these [...]

Why I’m betting Tom’s d’Etat in the Woodward Stakes

Tom's d'Etat winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although #9 Tom’s d’Etat has never won a graded stakes race of any kind, he may have found the perfect spot to nab a signature Grade 1 victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (G1), the feature race on the final Saturday of the 2019 Saratoga meet. Tom’s d’Etat has long shown flashes of significant talent, and he’s knocked heads with some serious racehorses this year, most [...]

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 12: Your guess is as good as mine

If you have any clue which horse will emerge victorious in the November 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita, I applaud you. You’re one step ahead of me and perhaps 95% of the remaining handicapping world.

Why I’m betting Preservationist in the Whitney Stakes

Preservationist winning the Suburban Stakes (G2) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography/Susie Raisher If you reviewed my recent Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10 here on BetAmerica, you probably already know I’m excited to back #8 Preservationist in Saturday’s $1 million Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. Never mind that he’s facing a deep and competitive field, led by grade 1 winner #6 McKinzie and two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) victor #4 Thunder Snow. Preservationist isn’t as accomplished (yet) as his heralded [...]

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Whitney Day at Saratoga With Optix EQ’s John Doyle

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in 2011 NHC Champion and co-founder of OptixEQ, John Doyle, to chat about Saturday's late Pick 5 sequence at Saratoga. Scott and John discuss what OptixEQ offers horseplayers and then dive into a five-race sequence that includes the million-dollar Whitney (G1), as well as the seven furlong Test (G1.) The two handicappers also add some strategy for attacking Pick 5's and [...]

Breeders’ Cup Classic Top 10: Maximum Security moves up

Maximum Security winning the Haskell Invitational (G1) - © Bill Denver/Equi-Photo Slowly but surely the top contenders for the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita are sorting themselves out. The Haskell Invitational (G1) and the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) served to clarify aspects of the 3-year-old division, while a quartet of top-ranked older runners will square off in the Aug. 3 Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, a race that will surely shake up the division [...]

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 [...]

Why I’m betting Pavel in the 2019 Suburban Stakes

Pavel winning the 2017 Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) at Parx Racing - Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO Once in a while, the world-traveling #11 Pavel steps up and runs a big race against top-class competition. I believe he could be ready to deliver one of his peak efforts in Saturday’s $700,000 Suburban Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. Pavel might be 0-for-3 this season, but his last couple of runs have been deceptively good. In the Dubai World Cup (G1)—held [...]