Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Kentucky Derby by the Speed Numbers

    In 54 of the last 58 runnings of the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader.

  • THS: Derby Trial Stakes

    Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs. On last week's show, Frank hit a $92 exacta with the Illinois Derby! Next week, That Handicapping Show will be on location at Churchill Downs.

  • 'Wild Card' Derby Trial Not A Misnomer

    The makeup of the grade III Derby Trial presents several interesting scenarios that could impact the makeup of the Kentucky Derby field.

  • Coolmore Lexington, Illinois Derby Selections

    The major Kentucky Derby by Yum! Brands preps are finished, but there's still some good 3-year-old racing out there. Let's take a look at the Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes and the Grade III Illinois Derby.

  • Derby Points: Moderate Bump in Prep Runners

    We take a look back at the 2013 Kentucky Derby Trail to determine whether the new points system attracted more horses to the prep races for the first Saturday in May.

  • Watsdachances heads 10-filly field in Appalachian

    The only graded winner entered in Thursday's Grade 3, $100,000 Appalachian is Watsdachances and she looks to make a splash in her three-year-old debut in the one-mile contest over Keeneland's turf course.

  • Derby Field Could Dip Well Past Current 20

    The Kentucky Derby field is close to being set, but more things can and will happen before entries close on May 1. We could see horses now ranked well into the 20's pop up in the field.

  • Wynn Odds to Win Triple Crown Released

    If you're leaning in favor of any particular horse for the Kentucky Derby, maybe you'd like to know what Johnny Avello thinks about its odds to win the Triple Crown.

  • Wood Memorial: V Is for Victory

    Verrazano could lose the grade I Wood Memorial, and so could Vyjack, but it would be a first for either one of them.

  • Orb Looks Best in Florida Derby

    Orb doesn't have to win the Florida Derby to go on to the Kentucky Derby -- he just needs to run the right kind of race. Still, there's a good argument that he will win the race.

  • 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?