How to Bet the Double

Woodbine Racetrack (Michael Burns Photo) If you’re just getting started betting on horse races, you might be confused by the multitudes of wagering options available, with many types boasting unusual names that aren’t necessarily self-explanatory. But never fear—BetAmerica is here to help! We’ll explain the terminology, introduce you to the different types of bets, and provide tips on how to effectively structure your tickets. What is the Double? The double, frequently referred to as the “daily double,” is [...]

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 [...]

Synthetic to Dirt: A Valuable, Overlooked Angle

Wonder Gadot winning the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct - Photo by NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography Although the glory days of synthetic racetracks seem to be over in North America—tracks like Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Keeneland have all gone back to dirt in recent years—many synthetic racing surfaces remain installed at tracks across the continent and can provide tricky challenges for handicappers. Everyone understands that dirt and turf are two very different racing surfaces, but where do [...]

Long On Value Make Triumphant Rally in Highlander Stakes

Long On Value winning the Mighty Beau Stakes at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Since his debut back in 2013, Long On Value has seemingly done it all. There was a time when he appeared to have a bright future as a sprinter on dirt; then, he underwent a transformation and turned into an effective miler on turf. Now, at the age of seven, Long On Value has combined his two fortes and reemerged as a sprinter on [...]

How to Bet the Queen’s Plate Stakes

Telekinesis (yellow silks) finishing second in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland - Keeneland Photo/Coady Photography Big fields mean big payoffs, or at least that’s the way it usually works. And you won’t find a bigger field in North American this weekend than the group of sixteen horses that will face the starter for Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine. Held at 10 furlongs over the Tapeta track, the Queen’s Plate Stakes is essentially the Kentucky Derby for [...]

Keying Longshot Holding Gold in the Highlander Stakes

Holding Gold winning the Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds - Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir Thanks to the creation of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) in 2008, the turf sprint division of North America’s racing scene has been gaining in prestige over the last ten years. There’s no greater evidence of this than Saturdays $250,000 Highland Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine, a six-furlong “Win and You’re In” prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf [...]