Horses to bet (and bet against) in the American Pharoah Stakes

Horses break from the starting gate at Santa Anita (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) On Friday at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT, racing fans and handicappers across the country will turn their attention to Santa Anita for the $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1). This 1 1/16-mile “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the November 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) also serves as a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep race that offers 10 qualification points to the winner. There is [...]

Churchill Downs spot plays: Is Covfefe vulnerable in the Dogwood?

There are 11 races scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at Churchill Downs, but the most interesting events on the card are the final two of the afternoon. The $125,000 Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies attracted a small but intriguing field, while the finale is a deep maiden special weight with an abundance of entries.

Trainers to watch and wager on at Churchill Downs’ September meet

To help you identify the trainers most likely to produce profitable plays, we’ve used Statsmaster to compile a list of trainers to watch based on the results of the last five September meets at Churchill Downs.

Basin charges clear to win 2019 Hopeful Stakes

No one is comparing Basin to Affirmed just yet, but the Steve Asmussen-trained colt has made a positive impression in his first three starts, and his dominant triumph in the 2019 Hopeful Stakes (G1) suggests he might be on the verge of a very productive racing career.

History points away from proven stars in 2019 Hopeful Stakes

By Your Side winning the Sanford Stakes (G3) - Photo by Coglianese Photography/NYRA Technically speaking, the Sanford Stakes (G3) and Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) at Saratoga were designed to be local springboards toward the $350,000 Runhappy Hopeful Stakes (G1), the track's feature race on Labor Day. But when was the last time a Hopeful winner actually prepped in the Sanford or the Saratoga Special? You have to go all the way back to Vineyard Haven, who utilized a [...]

Is Mitole unstoppable in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap?

Mitole winning the Churchill Downs Stakes (G1) - Coady Photography Handicapping Saturday’s $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) at Saratoga boils down to one question. Can anyone stop the sensational #1 Mitole from recording his eighth consecutive victory? Mitole showed promise as a 3-year-old in 2018, but he’s been a beast since he returned from a long layoff this winter. After an easy win in an optional-claiming allowance at Oaklawn Park, Mitole fired off consecutive victories in the [...]

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Jim Dandy and Vanderbilt Day at Saratoga with Brisnet’s Ed DeRosa

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in Brisnet's Ed DeRosa to chat about the three-year-old picture, the Jim Dandy Stakes, the Vanderbilt, and the late Pick 5 on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Scott and Ed discuss who the champion three-year-old should be as we head into August, who they like in the Curlin and Jim Dandy, and how they will approach Saturday's late Pick 5 that [...]

Saratoga: Notes and horses to watch from Week 2

Guarana winning the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) - © NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Janet Garaguso Although hot weather threatened to spoil the weekend racing action at Saratoga, Week 2 of the prestigious summer meet ultimately went off with minimal interruption. The Saturday card was postponed until Sunday because of the heat, but the 24-hour delay didn’t seem to affect the racing performances, as we witnessed strong runs from a handful of promising horses. Let’s look back at some of the [...]

Churchill Downs Single 6 Jackpot: The filly to single Saturday

Magic Dance winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The Single 6 Jackpot went unclaimed Friday at Churchill Downs, leaving a huge carryover pool of $327,613 to be dispersed Saturday. On days like these, when a mandatory dispersal of a jackpot pool is on the agenda, it’s wise for bettors to shift their strategy a bit. It’s no longer necessary to scour the card for potential longshots winners in hopes of holding the lone winning ticket—in [...]

Spot plays for the Debutante, Bashford Manor and more

Magic Dance winning her debut at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The 2019 Churchill Downs spring meet wraps up Saturday, with a 12-race card that features three stakes races. Juveniles will take the spotlight in the $125,000 Debutante Stakes and $125,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (G3), while older sprinters will shine in the $120,000 Kelly’s Landing Stakes. Let’s put together a few spot plays for the stakes races. Race 8: Kelly’s Landing Stakes #8 Warrior’s Club looms as the [...]