Letmeno steps up in TwinSpires Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes

Trainer Ian Wilkes isn’t known for sending out ready-to-win first-time starters, which is why his 2-year-old #2 Letmeno looms as an intriguing contender in Saturday’s $100,000 TwinSpires Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes at Ellis Park.

Avie’s Flatter can take the spotlight in Breeders’ Stakes

Avie's Flatter winning the Transylvania Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo The third time might be the charm for #7 Avie’s Flatter in the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Avie’s Flatter performed admirably without a victory in the first two legs of the challenging series. In the 1 1/4-mile Queen’s Plate Stakes over the Woodbine Tapeta track, Avie’s Flatter tracked the pace but couldn’t quite wear down the leader on his [...]

Why I’m betting Varenka in the Lake Placid Stakes

Handicappers have grown accustomed to watching trainer Chad Brown dominate North America’s major turf races for fillies and mares. But victory might not be a certainty for Brown’s fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes (G2) at Saratoga.

Valid Point offers value in 2019 Secretariat Stakes

Valid Point is stepping up sharply in class, but he can spring a mild surprise at a better price than his Chad Brown-trained stablemate.

Sistercharlie looks unstoppable in 2019 Beverly D. Stakes

The prestigious $600,000 Beverly D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park has been contested 29 times, and while it might be hard to believe, no filly or mare has ever won the race more than once.

How to bet the 2019 Saratoga Derby

Henley's Joy winning the Belmont Derby (G1) - Photo by NYRA/Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta It’s safe to say many handicappers, particularly trip handicappers, will land on #4 Rockemperor as the most likely winner of Sunday’s $750,000 Saratoga Derby at Saratoga. The inaugural running of this rich, 1 3/16-mile race attracted the top five finishers from last month’s 1 1/4-mile Belmont Derby (G1) at Belmont Park, which isn't surprising since the two races comprise the first two legs of the [...]

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 [...]

How to bet the 2019 Saratoga Oaks

Concrete Rose winning the Edgewood Stakes (G3) - Coady Photography A brief glance at the past performances for the inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Oaks at Saratoga on Friday suggests #5 Concrete Rose will be virtually impossible to defeat. The daughter of Twirling Candy towers over her five rivals on paper. Victorious in five of her six starts, Concrete Rose is undefeated in three starts this season. She has won the Florida Oaks (G3), Edgewood Stakes (G3) and Belmont Oaks [...]

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 [...]

Why I’m betting Endorsed in the Curlin Stakes

Saratoga - Photo by Adam Mooshian/Coglianese Photos The $100,000 Curlin Stakes on July 26 at Saratoga offers an unusual entry condition that makes the race an appealing target for up-and-coming 3-year-olds. The 1 1/8-mile race is restricted to runners “which have not won a graded sweepstakes over a mile in 2019.” In other words, you won’t find division leaders in the Curlin. Instead you’ll find a blend of horses looking for an easy spot to boost their confidence [...]