Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Exaggerator winning the Preakness

    Making the Grade: Exaggerator's Belmont Shot

    Exaggerator has only two off-the-board finish in 11 starts, and should have stamina from Curlin. One concern about his chance at the Belmont distance comes from his female family, with his dam and her dam both being winners only in sprints.

  • Nyquist is the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) favorite.

    Nyquist Draws Post 3 for Preakness

    Reddam Racing's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist drew post 3 and was tabbed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite May 18 for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Making the Grade: Preakness New Shooters

    Cherry Wine didn't have enough points to enter the Derby, Collected took a step back after running in a Derby prep, and Stradivari is lightly raced but is quite fast and appears very talented. All are poised for a run at Nyquist Saturday.

  • Monmouth Park

    Monmouth Park Set for Ground-Breaking Meet

    When Monmouth Park begins a new season of racing Saturday, May 14, fans will notice a few new items around the racetrack, including a banner for Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, this year's inductee into the Oceanport, N.J. track's Hall of Champions.

  • TVG chief executive officer Kip Levin

    TVG: Systems Failure 'Won't Happen Again'

    TVG, a leading advance deposit wagering provider, said human error was responsible for a May 7 systems breakdown that halted online wagering for more than two hours during the running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • THS Kentucky Derby 2016

    That Handicapping Show: Kentucky Derby

    Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Kentucky Derby on location at Churchill Downs. What do they think about the 2016 field and who do they pick? Watch to find out! Sponsored by Equibase

  • Black Hornet winning the 2015 Vigil Stakes.

    Black Hornet Returns to Defend Vigil Title

    Black Hornet is training strongly to defend his title in the Vigil, Stakes where he will face graded stakes winners Dimension and Canadian champion sprinter Stacked Deck. The field will be rounded out by a trio of stakes winners.

  • Johnny Avello

    Yearlong Process to Set Derby Odds

    Avello watches the potential contenders over a year in advance and by April of their three-year-old year, he can narrow his list down substantially.

  • Outwork winning the Wood Memorial

    Making the Grade: Outwork

    Making the Grade, which will run through the 2016 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the next Triple Crown.

  • Belmont to Kick Off Meet April 29

    Highlighted by the 148th renewal of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, June 11, Belmont Park will kick off its 54-day spring/summer meet on Friday, April 29.

  • Creator gallops at Churchill Downs April 20, 2016.

    Making the Grade: Creator

    This week we take a closer look at Creator, winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) on April 16 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Canterbury Park in Minnesota

    Canterbury to Cut Takeout Across the Board

    Canterbury Park and its horsemen's group hope to make a statement this year with an across-the-board reduction in pari-mutuel takeout rates that will range from 15% to 18% for the 2016 meet.

  • That Handicapping Show: The Arkansas Derby

    Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) featuring American Pioneer, Cupid, Whitmore, Creator, and Gettysburg. Includes a special offer for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase.

  • How to Bet With Friends

    Dan Tordjman and friends bet a Pick Four that included the Wood Memorial (gr. I) and Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). Learn how to organize your notes, when you should pick favorites, and how to put together a ticket with a group.

  • Danzing Candy.

    Making the Grade: Danzing Candy

    This week we take a closer look at Danzing Candy, winner of the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 12 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Something Extra won the 2015 Shakertown.

    Something Extra Seeks Shakertown Repeat

    John Menary and trainer Gail Cox's Something Extra will attempt to repeat his 2015 victory in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) for turf sprinters on the April 9 Blue Grass Stakes card at Keeneland.

  • Blofeld wins the 2016 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

    U.S. Wagering Up Nominally in March

    Despite fewer races and race days, commingled wagering on U.S. racing rose nominally during the month of March, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase April 5.

  • Prairie Meadows tote board

    Prairie Meadows Makes Video Upgrades

    Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will have a new look when its Thoroughbred meet begins April 28. The track has added high-definition equipment and will expand its race-day television programming.

  • Nyquist wins the 2016 San Vicente Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Nyquist

    This week we take a closer look at Nyquist, the 2015 Sentient Jet Breeders' Juvenile (gr. I) victor and winner of the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.

  • ARCI Adds Three April Town Hall Meetings

    ARCI has scheduled three additional "Town Hall" meetings in an effort to unify the racing industry and develop a consensus path to improve the policing of the sport and advance uniform regulatory policies.