Why I’m Betting Delta Prince in the Shoemaker Mile

Delta Prince winning the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) - Keeneland Photo Six months ago, I penned an article here on BetAmerica titled “Betting Regional Classic Advantages,” in which I noted how turf horses from the East Coast tend to be superior to their West Coast counterparts, a fact handicappers can use to their advantage. Certainly I have enjoyed success betting East Coast shippers in major California turf races, and I’ll follow this lucrative approach once again in the [...]

Saturday Spot Plays for Churchill Downs and Arlington Park

Classy Act winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography With 25 stakes races scheduled to be run from coast to coast, Saturday will be a busy day for racing in North America. Churchill Downs and Arlington Park have both put together appealing cards, with Churchill offering two stakes races and Arlington providing a couple of quality allowance events. Why don’t we dig through the action and come up with a few spot plays? Churchill Downs [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Soaring Softly Stakes

Turf racing at Belmont Park - Photo by Coglianese Photography Trainer Chad Brown might be the dominant conditioner of turf horses in North America, but on Saturday, he’ll try something new in the $100,000 Soaring Softly Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. In essence, he’ll try to win a major turf race with a tried-and-true dirt horse. That’s right. Brown’s entry in this seven-furlong sprint is No. 5 Seek and Destroy, whose lone run on turf to date yielded [...]

Top Milers Prep for Royal Ascot in Lockinge Stakes

Horses and jockeys during the 2017 Queen Mary Stakes, Royal Ascot - Photo by Horsephotos.com The 2019 British flat racing season is well underway, and preparations are heating up for the prestigious five-day Royal Ascot meet in mid-June. The annual opening race at Royal Ascot is the Queen Anne Stakes (G1), a one-mile test that pits some of the best older milers in Europe—both male and female—against each other in a straight run down the long chute and [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Pimlico Special

Cordmaker winning the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial - © Jim McCue Photography In my opinion handicappers looking to play Friday’s $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) at Pimlico have two options for determining which horse to bet. The quickest solution—one that probably stands as good a chance as any at picking the winner—is to pull a name from a hat. Or throw a dart. Or ask your dog. Or whatever other means you use for making random decisions. You have [...]

Why I’m Betting Channel Maker in the Man o’ War Stakes

Channel Maker (outside) finishes in a dead-heat with Glorious Empire (inside) in the Bowling Green Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Three straight defeats have befallen #8 Channel Maker since he won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) in gate-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park last fall.  But perhaps a return to Belmont for Saturday’s $700,000 Man o’ War Stakes (G1) will trigger a rebound. An honest pace could enhance Channel Maker’s chances in [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park

The field rounds the far turn in the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) - Keeneland Photo Every year the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) at Arlington Park offers a great challenge for handicappers who like large, competitive fields. Held over Arlington’s synthetic Polytrack course, the one-mile race typically attracts an unusual blend of synthetic specialists, tried-and-true turf horses, and daring dirt runners with an eye on snatching an “easy” Grade 3 prize. But winning the Hanshin Cup isn’t as easy [...]

How to Bet the 2019 Old Forester Turf Classic

Bricks and Mortar winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) - Photo by Ashley Blum/Adam Coglianese Photography Three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown has won dozens of major turf races across the country, but the $1 million Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs has so far proven elusive. That figures to change Saturday, when Brown sends out morning-line favorite #12 Bricks and Mortar to contest the 1 1/8-mile race, which immediately precedes the Kentucky Derby and [...]

How to Bet the Lucrative Derby Day Allowance Races

King Zachary winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs is packed with high-class graded stakes races, but the 14-race card also includes four lucrative optional-claiming allowances races offering six-figure purses. With that kind of money at stake, the races have attracted quality, competitive fields. And since they’re prominently positioned in popular wagers like the early and late Pick 5, they’re important races to handicap if you want to play the [...]

How to Bet the Quality Derby Week Maiden Races at Churchill Downs

The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography The Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and 11 other graded stakes races are the obvious highlights at Churchill Downs this week, but racing’s future will also be on display in a series of quality maiden special weight races. Across Friday and Saturday, five special weight events—three on dirt, two on turf—will be conducted over a variety of distances. The participants might be winless, but these competitive races could serve as springboards [...]