How to bet the Travers Day all-stakes Pick 4

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 [...]

Fast Finish Secures Sword Dancer Victory for Glorious Empire

Glorious Empire winning the Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photography The old saying that “pace makes the race” was proven true once again in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. The 1 ½-mile “Win and You’re In” prep race for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) attracted ten starters, but thanks to a pedestrian early pace over a very firm turf course, it may as well have been [...]

Price Horses to Consider on the Travers Day Card at Saratoga

Logical horses are likely to win the majority of Grade 1 events at Saratoga on Saturday afternoon, but it is also possible that the “graveyard of favorites” will produce a longshot or two on the Travers Stakes Day card. Here are a few runners that are listed at double digit odds on the morning line and are worth consideration in your exotic wagers if not on the Win end: Ballerina Stakes (Race 8) #5 Finley’sluckycharm, #6 Lewis Bay and #7 [...]

Why I’m Betting Sadler’s Joy in the Sword Dancer Stakes

I’ll be the first to admit that #10 Sadler’s Joy isn’t really a horse you can rely on as, say, a single in an expensive multi-race wager. But regardless, I think he’s the most likely winner of Saturday’s $1,000,000 Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Sadler’s Joy can be frustrating because more often than not, he either moves too soon or moves too late. As a deep closer without any tactical speed, timing his late run can be very [...]

Taking a Contrary Approach in Multi-Race Wagers

Keen Ice upsetting American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes - Photo by Courtney Henney/Coglianese Photography In the sport of horse racing, there are two main types of “exotic” wagers separate from the tried-and-true win, place, and show bets that have existed for years. The first group of exotic wagers, commonly referred to as “vertical exotics” or “single-race exotics,” involve predicting the order of finish in a single race. The second group of exotic wagers, often called “horizontal exotics” [...]

Money seeks to multiply earnings in Red Smith Handicap

Bowling Green Stakes winner Hunter O'Riley has a good chance to add to his tally in the Red Smith Handicap. Pic: Coglianese Photos/Adam Mooshian. Consistent Chad Brown-trained turf galloper Money Multiplier should appreciate easier company when he contests the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct Oct. 11. Money Multiplier (Lookin At Lucky) finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) last year, but missed this year’s edition after finishing eighth in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic [...]

Breeders’ Cup Bearings at Belmont: Handicapping the BC Challenge Races

El Deal wins the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Coglianese Photos) Belmont Graded Stakes Preview for September 30, 2017 by Alastair Bull Belmont Park’s fall meeting gets serious this weekend with four graded stakes races, all of which could have a bearing on the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in early November. Two of the races are official Breeders’ Cup Challenge contests, meaning the winner automatically earns a berth in the relevant Breeders’ Cup race. The first is the [...]

Chad Brown Gets His Triple Crown Race Win

What looked to be a match race between Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and the 2016 two-year-old champion Classic Empire, got thrown out of wack by one of the most unlikeliest winners, 14 to 1 shot Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing was 14 to 1 for a reason. The Preakness Stakes was only his fourth lifetime race. But, as is often the case in horse racing, there are obvious reasons why Cloud Computing won. There's also a devastatingly simple reason why [...]

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Saratoga Hosts Stellar Card on Saturday

The thoroughbred racing world will focus its attention on Saratoga Race Course as the historic upstate New York oval hosts an exceptional card featuring six Grade I events, capped by the Travers Stakes, the famed "Mid-summer Derby" for three-year-old colts. Ideal conditions are expected for the entire Saturday card at Saratoga and owners and trainers will have little excuses to offer when their respective runners get beat other than the long-accepted adage that the track is known as the "graveyard [...]