5 runners hindered by the slow rail on Travers Day

While the the Travers Day equine exploits have received plenty of press, significant focus has been placed on the way Saratoga’s main track played during the busy afternoon.

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 [...]

How to bet the 2019 Travers Stakes

With division leader Maximum Security, champion 2-year-old Game Winner and classic winners Country House, War of Will and Sir Winston all absent from Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, the Midsummer Derby is shaping up to be a strange race.

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Travers Day at Saratoga with Travis Stone

On this week's episode of the Who Do Ya Like Podcast over the BetAmerica Radio Network, Scott Shapiro welcomes in the voice of Churchill Downs, Travis Stone. Travis and Scott chat about the 2019 summer meeting at Saratoga and then dive head first into the loaded card in Upstate New York on Saturday afternoon. The guys begin with a deep look at the Midsummer Derby, including a discussion of whether 5-2-morning line favorite Tacitus is worth using as a key [...]

BARN Podcast 8/22/19

It's Horseplayer Thursday and we're discussing all the big stakes races coming up at Saratoga on Saturday for Travers Day. Elate vs. Midnight Bisou, Mitole looking to get back on track, and does Tacitus finally break through? We talk about it all.

Six runners who can challenge Maximum Security for division supremacy

Which 3-year-olds could make a run at Maximum Security for the championship title? Here are six challengers who shouldn’t be counted out of the mix.

How to bet the 2019 Jim Dandy Stakes

Tacitus (left) defeating Tax (right) in the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct - © NYRA/Coglianese Photography Talent, durability, consistency, the ability to win big races—these are the traits that define great racehorses. You’ll find all of these traits spread among the six runners entered in Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. The only problem is identifying the runner who possesses the best blend. You want talent? #4 Global Campaign has shown flashes of brilliance, most recently [...]

How to play the all-stakes Pick 4 on Belmont Stakes Day

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Belmont Stakes Day Pick 4 There will be no shortage of wagering options on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park, but one of the most appealing bets is the Pick 4 that kicks off in Race 8. The all-stakes sequence has a guaranteed pool of $1.5 million, so with the right combination of longshot winners, the potential exists for a huge [...]

Looking for longshots in the 2019 Belmont Stakes

Intrepid Heart winning an allowance race - Keeneland Photo There is a surprising lack of genuine speed horses entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. The 1 1/2-mile “Test of the Champion” serves as the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, but although the stakes are high, don’t expect to see jockeys getting aggressive for tactical positions. At least half of the 10 starters can be counted as deep closers, who will settle off [...]

Keeler Johnson’s 2019 Belmont Stakes fair odds line

Intrepid Heart winning his debut at Oaklawn Park - Coady Photography Upon release of the 2019 Belmont Stakes (G1) entries Tuesday evening, I immediately started work on my annual fair odds line for identifying wagering value. The concept behind my fair odds line is simple. For each horse in the field, I ask myself, “What are the chances of this horse reaching the winner’s circle?” After assigning a probability of winning to each horse (25%, 12.50%, etc.), I [...]