J. Keeler Johnson shares thoughts on four up-and-coming contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.
The old saying, "If it ain't broke don't fix it," would seem to fit Tampa Bay Downs' position perfectly as the picturesque track located just outside Tampa in Oldsmar, Fla. begins its 91-date meeting Saturday, Nov. 26.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
The holiday weekend marks the final stretch of important racing in Kentucky and New York, as Churchill Downs and Aqueduct conclude their respective grade I schedules with the Clark and Cigar Mile Handicaps.
Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge winner eligible for lucrative bonus.
In a special meeting Nov. 22 in Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approved a rule that will require advance-deposit wagering (ADW) companies that operate in the state acquire a bond of up to $500,000 as a condition of licensing.
While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.
Offspring sired by Tapit, North America's clear-cut leading stallion with 2016 earnings of more than $18.25 million, are 10-1 odds on the morning line for the second annual Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs.
The new rate comes following approval and consent from the Charles Town HBPA and West Virginia Racing Commission given Nov. 15.
Joe Appelbaum of New York City zoomed from 47th place to first with a big exacta score in the Breeders' Cup Classic to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at last week's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
While Breeders' Cup scheduling accounts for most of the wagering declines in October 2016 compared with last year, handle still declined even when last year's Breeders' Cup is not considered.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the thirteen Breeders' Cup races.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
Handicapper Dave LItfin's analysis of the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita
Friday’s card provides a little bit of everything, with a pair of tough, 2-year-old turf events, Dortmund getting away from California Chrome, Songbird’s attempt to remain unbeaten, and the continuing rivalry between Beholder and Stellar Wind.
J. Keeler Johnson shares some thoughts on the Breeders' Cup pre-entries.
At this relatively early stage, before the final make-up of the fields and post positions are known, it's best to merely formulate a rough draft of potential wagering strategies, and avoid getting "married" to any particular horse(s).
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 26 the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools for the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Two weeks out from the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, state-bred runners have their day in the sun, as Saturday is Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park and also Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
J. Keeler Johnson shares some early thoughts on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies
Important turf stakes are a hallmark of fall racing, and along with peak foliage this weekend, handicappers are treated to three top-tier grass races.
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
What’s it like to be an on-air handicapper and analyst for NBC Sports? Follow along with America’s Best Racing for a behind-the-scenes look as Matt Bernier experiences a day at Keeneland in his capacity as a handicapper and analyst for NBC Sports.
Pick 4 wagers will feature a takeout of 12%, but only on Wednesdays.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps six graded stakes races at Belmont and Keeneland.
The Oct. 8 stakes come fast and furious, so here is a handy-dandy schedule to get you tied on.
What's it like to be a young gambler on a big race day at Santa Anita Park? Follow along for a compelling behind-the-scenes look as Jason Avila experiences Super Saturday gambling at Santa Anita, home of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup. Courtesy of ABRFilms
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps six graded stakes races on "Super Saturday."
Managing the sloppy conditions expected for five graded stakes Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.
That connection unfortunately has been lost through technology, which in many ways has made the life of a horseplayer much easier. But has it also become less rewarding?
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing
Analysis of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and Cotillion (gr. I) card.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine
The spotlight is on our neighbors to the North this Saturday as Tepin returns in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT). The undisputed "Queen of the Turf" takes on seven older males in the Sept. 17 event, the last of four graded stakes on a 12-race card.
The Meadowlands all-turf Thoroughbred meet, which begins Sept. 28, will offer an across-the-board takeout rate of 15%, the lowest in the nation.
Kentucky Downs has already smashed its single-season mark for wagering and still has the Sept. 15 card remaining in the all-grass track's five-date meet.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Super Derby (gr. III) at Louisiana Downs.
Everyone is going through Saratoga Race Course withdrawal, but thankfully there is the wonderful spectacle of Kentucky Downs to ease the transition from summer to fall.
What is being called the first international horseracing convention and trade show has been scheduled for August 2017 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., event organizers announced Sept. 2.
J. Keeler Jonson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
While Labor Day weekend has something of an anti-climactic feel in the wake of a history-making Travers Stakes (gr. I), there are still 35 races to be run at the "September place to be" over the last three days.
Oaklawn Park has reached a multi-year agreement with United Tote as its new provider for race wagering, ending a long-time relationship with AmTote.
Remington Park in Oklahoma will offer more statistical data to horseplayers and fans when it brings back a program by which horses are weighed before each race and the information disseminated to the public.
The New York Racing Association announced today that beginning Friday, September 2, a second Pick 5 will be added to the wagering menu at Saratoga Race Course through the closing day of the meet, Monday, September 5.
The Breeders' Cup, in conjunction with TwinSpires.com, today announced that for the first time fans can now register and play online in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC), exclusively with Twinspires.com.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Read Blog
The 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I) has quite a different feel than last year, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting dignitary. This year, a divisional crown potentially hangs in the balance.
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