Handicapping

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  • Derby Trail: Where They're Going Next

    We're in full tilt mode now, with Kentucky Derby prep races going nine furlongs. Let's see where the contenders are going next during this exciting phase of the Kentucky Derby Trail.

  • Dates Set for 2014 Handicapping Contest

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Treasure Island Las Vegas announced that the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will return to the Las Vegas property in 2014.

  • THS: Spiral Stakes

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park this weekend. Is there a Kentucky Derby winner in this field?

  • Spiral Field a Handicapping Challenge

    The 2013 edition of the grade III Spiral Stakes brings together an interesting mixture of dirt, turf and synthetic track runners that includes shippers and local entries.

  • Derby Trail: Where They're Going Next

    We are now officially barreling down the road to the Kentucky Derby, and the Road to the Roses contest is coming up soon. So here's a survey of over 80 horses and where they're going next on the Derby Trail.

  • New Derby Points System: Swelling the Ranks?

    A prevalent idea at this point on the 2013 Kentucky Derby Trail is that the new points system is attracting more horses to the prep races. But is that what's actually happening?

  • Verrazano: A Bridge to the Kentucky Derby

    The road to the Kentucky Derby winner's circle has run through Tampa twice since 2007. On Saturday in his first run in graded company, Verrazano will follow the path of Street Sense and Super Saver and see where it leads.

  • THS: Gotham Stakes

    Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Gotham Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap.

  • Pulling for Overanalyze in the Gotham

    It's hard to believe that we're already so far down the Kentucky Derby Trail that the final prep for the Grade I Wood Memorial is on Saturday.

  • Handicapping Insights

    Gulfstream Park's Rainbow Pick 6 has been getting a lot of attention lately as the jackpot has grown to more than $3.1 million.

  • Kentucky Derby Report

    BrisNet.com's Kentucky Derby Report for Feb. 21, looking at El Camino Real Derby and Southwest Stakes.

  • Commentary

    2012 National Handicapping Championship winner Michael Beychok offers insight into preparing for the Horse Player World Series.

  • After the Wire - 1/27/2013

    Evan Hammonds recaps the Holy Bull Stakes as well as a few other stellar performances from the weekend. What did you think of the Holy Bull Stakes?

  • THS: LeComte Stakes

    Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Lecomte Stakes and Sunshine Millions Classic this weekend.

  • Joha in the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity.

    Connections Plan to Race Joha this Summer

    The connections of Joha are comfortable switching to Plan B with their grade I winner, who was withdrawn from the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale and will be pointed to a summer-fall racing campaign.

  • THS: Jerome Stakes

    Tom and Pete handicap the Jerome Stakes, which includes promising Long River, Vyjack, Vegas No Show and Notacatbutallama.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

    There was a quartet of graded races over the opening week of the Santa Anita winter/spring meeting.

  • Jerome, Busanda begin New York prep season

    It's a long way from the first Saturday in January to the first Saturday in May, but for eight newly minted three-year-olds, Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome

  • Wilkinson shortens up for return in Daytona

    Wilkinson, who pulled off a stunning upset of the Grade 2 American Handicap in his most recent appearance, will make his first start since that race in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Daytona at Santa Anita.

  • Saginaw goes for 11th win in Alex M. Robb

    Saginaw, the winningest horse on the New York Racing Association circuit this year, looks to notch win no. 11 become the winningest horse in North America on December 26.

  • THS: 2-Year-Old Review

    Tom and Pete look at the performance of 2-year-olds in 2012 and discuss who holds promise for a shot at the Triple Crown.

  • Daisy Devine star of stakes-filled Fair Grounds card

    The four-year-old filly Daisy Devine has proven hard to beat at Fair Grounds, compiling a five-for-six mark at the New Orleans course including two scores in a pair of grass stakes at last year's meet.

  • Jones trainees gearing up for the New Year

    Mark Valeski, absent from active competition since winning the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park, accomplished a bullet three-furlong move in :36 1/5 Thursday morning at Fair Grounds in his first official work since that May 12 contest, and was a perfect picture of health Friday morning when trainer Larry Jones proudly showed him off in his stall.

  • NTRA forms Eclipse Awards Host Committee

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Friday the formation of an Eclipse Awards Host Committee that will actively promote participation in Eclipse Awards week events and highlight Gulfstream Park and its surrounding community.

  • Damon Runyon, East View on tap at Aqueduct

    Notacatbutallama, a winner of two turf stakes, will make his first start on dirt in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/damonrunyon12.html">Damon Runyon</a>, one of two $80,000 stakes for New York-bred juveniles on Sunday at Aqueduct.