Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Mor Spirit wins the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Mor Spirit

    This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mohaymen in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle Jan. 30, 2016.

    Making the Grade: Mohaymen

    This week we take a closer look at Mohaymen, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Betting was a topic during National HBPA convention Feb. 4

    HBPA Forum: Are Biggest Bettors Demonized?

    The impact big bettors have on pari-mutuel handle and the resulting revenue, as well as the need to recognize that horse owners are bettors, too, was the focus of a Feb. 4 forum during the National HBPA convention in Florida.

  • Discreetness (right) battles Synchrony (left) to win the Smarty Jones.

    Making the Grade: Discreetness

    This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.

  • Sunny Ridge wins the Withers Stakes (gr. III).

    Making the Grade: Sunny Ridge

    This week we take a closer look at Sunny Ridge, winner of the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Mo Tom wins the Street Sense Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Mo Tom

    This week we take a closer look at Mo Tom, winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Paul Matties

    Matties Brothers First, Fourth in NHC Finals

    Paul Matties of upstate New York held off Roger Cettina of New Jersey to capture three-day, $2.77 million NHC at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Duke Matties finished fourth.

  • Jonathon Kinchen

    Kinchen: Discipline Key to Handicapping

    Jonathon Kinchen will have the maximum two of more than 600 entries for the Jan. 28-30 NHC finals in Las Vegas. As a rookie last year, Kinchen finished seventh and 11th in the championship.

  • NTRA Forms NHC Social Media Team

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has formed a new #NHC social media team to highlight the news, personalities and culture of the $2.75 million (estimated) Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

  • Watch My Smoke wins the 2015 Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap.

    Handle Inches Up, Purses Drop Slightly

    Despite more than 2,300 fewer races compared with 2014, commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races inched up 1.18% to $10,676,223,640 in 2015. It is the first year-over-year increase since 2012.

  • Full Salute won the Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx Racing Sept. 26.

    Full Salute, Sheikh of Sheikhs Top Hutcheson

    Stakes winners Full Salute and Sheikh of Sheikhs top the field of seven 3-year-olds entered in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 2, one of five stakes on the first Saturday card of 2016.

  • Page McKenney won the Richard B. Small Stakes at Laurel Park in November

    Page McKenney, Miss Mischief in Laurel Stakes

    Hard-knocking campaigner Page McKenney hopes to keep alive his streak of finishing in the top three in 21 consecutive races, mostly stakes, when he tops the field for the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park Jan. 2.

  • Sunland Snowed Out After Good Start

    The 2015-16 meet at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino got off to a good start, but it was sidetracked Dec. 27 when live racing was canceled because of a winter storm that dumped more than nine inches of snow on the area.

  • Winning connections of the 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings with Just A Way.

    World's Best Racehorse Ceremony in London

    Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities announced that the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held Jan. 19, 2016, in London, England.

  • VRC Suspends TwinSpires ADW License

    TwinSpires.com, one of three advance deposit wagering systems licensed to accept bets from Virginia residents, had its license suspended by the Virginia Racing Commission effective Dec. 18.

  • Remington will be adding to the handicappers' arsenal of information by weighing horses in 2016

    Remington Park Plans to Report Horse Weights

    The pre-race protocol of Thoroughbreds racing at Remington Park in 2016 will include a quick stop on a scale where their weight will be recorded and that information will be provided to the public before the race.

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    Singanothersong, Weekend Hideaway Breeze

    Multiple stakes winners Singanothersong and Weekend Hideaway each put in half-mile breezes Dec. 13 in preparation for expected starts in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (gr. III) Dec. 19 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Jockeys Zayas, Gaffalione Take Off Mounts

    Jockeys Edgard Zayas and Tyler Gaffalione, who were unseated in separate incidents at Gulfstream Park Wednesday, Dec. 9, took off their mounts for the Dec. 10 card, but are expected to return to riding as early as Friday.

  • Flintshire, last year's winner, tops the list of 13 in for the Longines Hong Kong Vase.

    Fields Set for Hong Kong International Races

    Three of last year's winners are back for another try in the Dec. 13 Longines International Races in Hong Kong, an event enlivened this year by two U.S. runners including Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday.

  • Daily Fantasy Gaming Discussed at Symposium

    While a panel of experts on daily fantasy gaming and its current legality differed on some details, they largely agreed this relatively new gaming form is here to stay and racing should work with it.