Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • 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.

  • Symposium: Innovators Offer Variety of Ideas

    The four finalists to present their ideas during the Innovators' Circle, which offers a $15,000 prize, offered ideas in technology to prevent breakdowns, a multi-race wager, a jackpot game, and micro-ownership in horses.

  • Stronach Tracks Sue Contest Site DerbyWars

    Stronach Group racetracks have filed a federal lawsuit against the operators of the daily racing contest site DerbyWars, claiming that the site is operating unlawfully in using Stronach track races.

  • Churchill Downs wrapped up a successful fall meet Nov. 29

    Business Strong at Churchill Downs Fall Meet

    Total pari-mutuel handle during the 21-day Churchill Downs fall meet was $104,626,990, up 9.9% from $95,225,065 for a 24-day fall meet in 2014. Average daily handle jumped 25.6% to $4,982,238 from $3,967,711 in 2014.

  • Tampa Bay Downs returns to action with 10 races Nov. 28

    Tampa Bay Finds Success Despite Competition

    As Tampa Bay Downs prepared to begin its meet Nov. 28, Peter Berube, general manager at the Florida racetrack, discussed its model for success in the face of competition from tracks with alternative gaming.

  • NY Hearing to Focus on Fantasy Sports Impact

    Three New York legislative panels are seeking answers to the impact the daily fantasy sports industry is having on other sectors of the gambling industry, including horse racing and the state's own lottery system.

  • Turfway Park will begin its four-month season Dec. 3

    KTDF Money Leads to Turfway Purse Adjustment

    Turfway Park, which accounts for a third of Kentucky's year-round racing calendar, will begin its season Dec. 3 with lower purses, primarily because of less Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money.

  • Woodbine Hikes Takeout on Most BC Wagers

    Woodbine said Oct. 29 it will raise the pari-mutuel takeout rates on many Breeders' Cup wagers because of a new standardized revenue model, action that sparked a rebuke from the Horseplayers' Association of North America

  • Ken Kirchner

    For Kirchner, 20 Years of BC Wagering

    Ken Kirchner, a former regulator in Pennsylvania, was hired by Breeders' Cup as a consultant in 1996, and since that time has overseen wagering formats, simulcast expansion, and elevating the product with bettors.

  • Kentucky Downs was approved for five racing days in 2016

    Kentucky Downs, Churchill Agree on Dates

    Kentucky Downs and Churchill Downs will have no overlapping dates next year under a schedule approved Oct. 26 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Kentucky Downs had requested seven days, up from five this year.

  • Will Sentiero Italia Win Again?

    J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. I) and shares race replays for the top Breeders' Cup Juvenile contenders.

  • THS: The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

    Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup featuring Sentiero Italia, Blond Me, Miss Temple City, Her Emmynency, and Feathered. Sponsored by Equibase

  • American Pharoah

    American Pharoah Retains Top World Ranking

    Although both Golden Horn and Treve posted impressive victories over the course of the past month, neither displaced Triple Crown winner American Phaorah from the top of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.

  • Fee for Tote Security Program Eliminated

    A tote security initiative launched by the TRPB remains on track, but in a major change, the organization said Oct. 7 there no longer is a need for outlets that receive simulcast signals to pay a monthly fee to fund it.

  • Innovation in Racing Not Without Obstacles

    Fantasy sports, fixed odds, and broader distribution were offered as potential avenues of growth for the pari-mutuel racing industry - all with caveats - during an Oct.6 session at the International Simulcast Conference.

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    Tepin Faces European Rivals in First Lady

    The $400,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 3 attracted 11 older fillies and mares, including grade I winner Tepin, Canadian champion Solid Appeal, and three European-based runners.

  • American Pharoah

    'Pharoah' Works in Preparation for BC Classic

    Triple Crown winner American Pharoah worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita Park the morning of Sept. 27 as the Zayat Stables homebred continues to progress toward the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).