How to Bet the 2019 Louisville Handicap

Vettori Kin winning the Louisville Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography A year ago a Brazilian-bred Group 1 winner by the name of Vettori Kin scored his first and so far only victory in North America, rallying to a decisive 2 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/2-mile Louisville Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs. On May 18 #6 Vettori Kin will seek to defend his title in the Louisville Handicap, and although he’s riding a five-race losing streak, there [...]

Why I’m Betting Longshot Kulin Rock in the Mac Diarmida

Zulu Alpha winning the Sycamore Stakes (gr. III) - Keeneland Photo Sometimes, it seems like trainer Mike Maker is able to work miracles with little-known grass runners, turning them into graded stakes winners seemingly overnight. His strategy tends to be simple, at least to the casual observer. It goes something like this—find a nice, solid competitor, stretch him or her out in distance, and see what happens. That exactly what Maker will do with #9 Kulin Rock in [...]

Vettori Kin Ships In for Woodbine’s Nijinsky Stakes

Vettori Kin winning the Louisville Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Although the attention of most racing fans this weekend will be focused on Del Mar and Saratoga, it could also pay to keep an eye on what transpires in Sunday’s $175,000 Nijinsky Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine. The 1 ½-mile turf race could produce starters for the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. I) and Canadian International (gr. I) later this year at Woodbine, so it’s [...]

Betting Longshot Bronson in the Louisville Handicap

Some in Tieme winning the 2017 Louisville Handicap (gr. III) - Coady Photography Saturday’s $100,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs might not be the most prestigious race of the day from a class perspective—it’s only a Grade 3—but it is certainly shaping up to be a highly competitive event with plenty of options for bettors to consider. The majority of horses entered in the 12-furlong turf event haven’t won a race in more than year and [...]