Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Elusive Diva Back to Hillside for Las Cienegas

    After a sub-par effort on a sloppy track, Elusive Diva returns to the downhill turf course that she's had success on as the likely favorite in the $100,000-added Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) for older fillies at mares at Santa Anita Park Sunday.

  • Ender's Sister Records Bullet Work

    Trainer Rusty Arnold sent Green Lantern Stable's Florida Oaks winner Ender's Sister out for a four-furlong work Friday morning at Keeneland. The daughter of A.P. Indy recorded a bullet work at that distance in :47.80.

  • Speedy Sophomores Headed for Lafayette

    Padua Stables' stakes winner Razor heads a field of five speedy sophomores headed to the gate for Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes (gr. III), going six furlongs at Keeneland.

  • Lost in the Fog Heavy Chalk for Bay Shore

    Possibly the best 3-year-old in the country is not on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Undefeated Lost in the Fog has wowed observers in all four of his starts and looks to improve his record in Saturday's Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III).

  • Ashado Makes Season Debut in Apple Blossom

    Champion 3-year-old filly Ashado, who won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I) in her last outing, will make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday's Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Field of Six in Carter Handicap Saturday

    A field of six, minus Badge of Silver, who has now had to miss the race the past two years, will run in Saturday's Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

  • Mambo Slew Works on Keeneland Turf

    Trainer Patrick Biancone sent Mambo Slew to the Keeneland turf course Thursday morning in advance of her projected start in the April 17 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIT).

  • Talented Sis City Seeking Ashland Glory

    After a successful winter in Florida, Sis City is in Kentucky looking for greater glory. Winner of the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) by 16 lengths, the daughter of Slew City Slew is among seven 3-year-old fillies scheduled to compete in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Singletary to Apply Pressure in Arcadia 'Cap

    Singletary, last year's upset winner of the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) who tired to finish seventh in his March 5 comeback race, is the 120-pound high weight in Saturday's $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Dubleo One To Catch in Keeneland Opener

    A group of nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for the 17th running of Friday's $150,000 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT). Set to kick off the stakes calendar of Keeneland's 2005 spring meeting is the speedy, multiple stakes-winning Dubleo, and the lightly raced, but impressive Chattahoochee War. The pair lead a well-matched group postward to battle a mile on the grass.

  • Plenty of Pre-Race Action at Keeneland

    There was plenty of pre-race action at Keeneland Race Course Tuesday morning as a handful of potential Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runners, including a possible Marker's Mark Mile (gr. IT) and Ashland Stakes (gr. I) starter hit the oval. Opening day at Keeneland is April 8.

  • Sweet Catomine Favored in Final Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pool

    Champion 2-year-old filly Sweet Catomine looms as the likely favorite in this week's third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, but fans will have to decide during the April 7-10 pool whether the daughter of Storm Cat will ultimately challenge her fellow fillies in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or take on males in the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr.I ).

  • NTRA to Offer Spring Pick Three Wager April 9

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will offer a national pick three wager "the NTRA Spring Pick 3" on three of the nationally televised races airing live April 9 on NBC from 4-6 p.m.

  • Keeneland to Offer Ten-Cent Superfecta Wager

    Bettors will be able to wager as little as 10 cents on superfectas during the upcoming Keeneland spring race meeting that opens April 8. The dime option will be available on all races in which a superfecta wager is offered. Previously, Keeneland's superfecta minimum was $1.

  • Lukas Pair Records Sharp Churchill Drills

    Consolidator, Going Wild and Bellamy Road – all considered to be major contenders for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) – turned in sharp workouts on Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for their final preps for the 131st renewal of the "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • Pair in Tokyo City for Record Setter O'Neill

    Less than a week after breaking the Santa Anita record for wins at a meeting with his 48th victory, trainer Doug O'Neill is not resting. He'll saddle two of the six runners in Saturday's Tokyo City Handicap (gr. III) as he looks to extend his record.

  • Veteran Country Be Gold Fights On in Excelsior

    Veteran Country Be Gold, winner of the Jan. 30 Aqueduct Handicap (gr. III), has new owners but the same trainer, Steve Kappes, as he prepares for Saturday's $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at the New York track.

  • Quest Star Goes for Third Straight Pan American

    Mansell Stables' Quest Star will attempt his third straight win in the Pan American Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/2 mile-event, which drew a field of eight, is one of five stakes races on the Florida Derby (gr. I) card.

  • Honey Ryder Meets Briviesca, Snowdrops Again in Orchid

    Glencrest Farm's Honey Ryder will face two of her toughest rivals when she tangles with Briviesca and Snowdrops in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at South Florida's Gulfstream Park.

  • Zakocity the 117-pound High Weight in Skip Away

    Paul Pompa Jr.'s Zakocity, who finished third in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) behind Eddington and Pies Prospect March 5, will tote high weight of 117 pounds Saturday in the Skip Away Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • High Limit Working Toward Blue Grass; Rush Bay Works

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said that Mary and Gary West's High Limit, winner of the Louisiana Derby (grade II), was doing well on the day after his first work at Churchill Downs and would make his next start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on April 16.

  • Cee's Irish Heads Field For WinStar/Sunland Park Oaks

    Post positions were drawn for Saturday's $250,000 WinStar/Sunland Park Oaks and a group of eight fillies will test at 1-1/16 miles. The undercard of the $500,000 WinStar Derby for the colts includes California invader Cee's Irish as the most accomplished of the field, but she'll have to get past fellow West Coast shipper Pegasus Rose, and some improving local gals to snare the top prize.

  • Field of Eight Set for WinStar Derby

    A field of eight, highlighted by the first three finishers in the Borderland Derby and stakes winner Sort it Out, will take the gate for Saturday's $500,000 WinStar Derby, going 1 1/8 miles at Sunland Park.

  • Ashado leads field in Apple Blossom Handicap.

    Ashado Heads Apple Blossom Nominations

    Champion Ashado, winner of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) last fall, heads the list of 19 nominations to the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handiap (gr. I), going 1 1/16 miles April 9 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Florida Derby Field Remains in Flux

    A March 28 teleconference sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association was designed to profile entrants in the April 2 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, but it looks as though the prospective field will undergo some changes. Instead, the media event focused largely on equine health.

  • John Ward, trains three Kentucky Oaks prospects.

    Ward Fillies Continue Push Toward Kentucky Oaks

    Trainer John Ward won't be caught up in the hoopla of Florida Derby (gr. I) week like he was in 2001 when Monarchos parlayed a victory in Gulfstream's premier event into a win in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but he did send three of his talented fillies for workouts Monday, each with potential for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Injury Sidelines Uncle Denny

    Stan Fulton's grade III winner Uncle Denny has been withdrawn from the Triple Crown trail after suffering a bone chip to his right front ankle, trainer Rafael Becerra revealed Sunday.

  • Wannawinemall Works Toward Santa Anita Derby

    El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) runner-up Wannawinemall, set to make his next start in the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 under trainer Kristin Mulhall at Santa Anita Sunday morning.

  • Kentucky Derby Trail: The Week That Was-Part 2

    With the next Kentucky Derby Trail column not until Wednesday, March 30, when the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) and UAE Derby (UAE-I) will be discussed belatedly, this seems like a good time to offer some lingering thoughts, facts, and observations left over from last weekend.

  • Grand Hombre, withdrawn from the Dubai World Cup.

    Godolphin's Grand Hombre Out of World Cup

    Godolphin Racing will not have a runner in a bid for a fifth Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) win in the 2005 renewal when, as feared, Grande Hombre was ruled out on Friday with the bruised foot he suffered on Tuesday morning.

  • 'Princess Tries Isola Piu Bella Again

    Martin Cherry's Pampered Princess, second in the Sabin Handicap (gr. III) this winter, will challenge South America's Isola Piu Bella a second time in Saturday's $200,000 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park.

  • Sensibly Chic, Cativa Square Off Again in Distaff

    Trainer Tim Tullock Jr. believes that Sensibly Chic has a few points in her favor that will help her extract revenge upon Cativa when they hook up at Aqueduct on Saturday afternoon in the 51st running of the $150,000-added Distaff Breeders' Cup (gr. II).

  • Proud Accolade Figures to Rushaway

    Padua Stables' Proud Accolade, winner of the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year, seeks to get back on track after overcoming an illness in Saturday's $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park. The 1 1/16-mile race is part of Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) day at the northern Kentucky track.

  • Texcess looks to upset favorite in Saturday's Lane's End.

    Favorite Spanish Chestnut Draws Post 8 for Lane's End

    Spanish Chestnut, the only graded stakes winner in the bunch, drew post 8 Thursday afternoon for Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The West Coast shipper was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite by Turfway's announcer and odds maker Mike Battaglia. The nine-furlong prep for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) drew a field of nine.

  • CDI Offers $1M Handicapping Bonus to Club Members

    Churchill Downs Inc. will offer a $1-million bonus to a Twin Spires Club member that wins of one of the company's qualifying tournaments and the 2006 <i>Daily Racing Form</i>/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

  • Frankel Runners Arrive Late in Dubai

    Bobby Frankel-trained Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) contender Lundy's Liability and UAE Derby (UAE-II) hope Marenostrum arrived in Dubai Tuesday morning after a delayed flight.

  • Santa Anita was playing to speed Saturday when Consolidator won the San Felipe.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Rocky and Elvis and Other Headliners

    So, where are the best 3-year-olds based? Florida, Arkansas, California, and New York can all make a case for being the hot spot right now following Saturday's stirring and strange turn of events. With Declan's Moon and now Roman Ruler out of the picture, and Afleet Alex and Wilko facing uphill battles, last year's top 2-year-olds are fading fast.

  • Afleet Alex expected to recover in time for Arkansas Derby rematch.

    Afleet Alex Has Lung Infection, Still in Hunt

    Afleet Alex, who finished last as the 3-5 favorite in Saturday's Rebel (gr. III), was scoped following the race and found to be suffering from a lung infection. Trainer Tim Ritchey said the colt is still being pointed for the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).