Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Classic, juvenile contests highlight Cal Cup Day

    John Scott, who appears to have found a new lease on life at age five, heads a competitive eight-horse field in Saturday's $175,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ccclassic12.html"> California Cup Classic</a>, a race which headlines Santa Anita's 23rd annual Cal Cup Day for horses bred or foaled in the Golden State.

  • Calder's Festival of the Sun features five stakes

    Calder will present a stakes-filled afternoon of racing as part of the 21st annual Festival of the Sun on Saturday that will feature the conclusion of the lucrative Florida Stallion Stakes series, with both the $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/inreality12">In Reality Division </a>and its juvenile filly counterpart, the $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mydeargirl12">My Dear Girl Division</a>, to be run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

  • Keeneland, Woodbine share Simulcast Award honors

    Keeneland and Woodbine Entertainment Group were declared co-winners of this year's Simulcast Award at the International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The award gives both tracks the distinction of becoming five-time winners of the prestigious contest. The crystal trophies were sponsored by Post Time Technologies.

  • Talent-laden field of eight entered in QEII Challenge Cup

    Grade 1 winners Samitar and Stephanie's Kitten headline a field of eight sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's 29th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/qeIIchallengecup12.html"> Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup</a> at Keeneland.

  • Santa Anita Notebook

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  • Eight likely for Queen Elizabeth II

    Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman expects at least eight names, with the possibility of a couple more, to be in the entry box Wednesday for Saturday's 29th&nbsp;running of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at 1 1/8 miles on the turf for three-year-old fillies.

  • Boisterous, Dealbata top Belmont stakes

    Belmont Park will host a pair of Grade 3 turf stakes Saturday, with Grade 2 winner Boisterous returning for a title defense in the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/knickerbocker12"> Knickerbocker </a>and multiple stakes queen Dealbata highlighting the field in the $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/athenia12"> Athenia</a>. Both events are scheduled for the inner turf.

  • In Lingerie's BC decision pending

    Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie came out of her two-length victory in Sunday's Grade 1 Spinster in good order, according to Michael Dilger, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

  • Belmont Notebook

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  • Gervinho recovers in time in Zuma Beach

    Despite losing his footing briefly, Keith Brackpool's Gervinho rallied in time to deny Den's Legacy by a half-length in Monday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/zumabeach12.pdf">Zuma Beach Stakes</a> at Santa Anita. The unbeaten colt thus emerged as a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf over the same course and one-mile distance.

  • A Flashy-looking score in the Surfer Girl

    Riley Racing Stables' Flashy Ways rolled past the leaders turning into the stretch and kicked away in Monday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/surfergirl12.pdf">Surfer Girl Stakes</a> at Santa Anita, propelling herself into the picture for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

  • Botti doesn't want soft ground for Moohaajim

    Exciting two-year-old Moohaajim remains on course for the Group 1, £150,000 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Future Champions Day, Saturday, after exercising this morning during a media visit to Marco Botti's Green Ridge Stables in Newmarket.

  • Watsdachances completes Brown double in Miss Grillo

    Not long after Noble Tune demolished the field in Monday's Grade 3 Pilgrim at Belmont Park, fellow Chad Brown trainee Watsdachances rallied boldly between foes to capture the companion race for fillies, the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/missgrillo12.pdf">Miss Grillo Stakes</a>, to complete a double for the barn. Like her stablemate, Watsdachances justified 6-5 favoritism, and earned an automatic Breeders' Cup berth -- in her case, to the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

  • Tyson Gay, Plum Pretty to appear at Keeneland Sunday

    Keeneland will welcome Olympian and Lexington, Kentucky, native Tyson Gay to the races on Sunday for a special salute. Gay is a triple world champion, an American record holder and the second-fastest man in history. He earned a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic games as part of the 4x 100-meter relay team.

  • Pool Play surprises in Hawthorne Gold Cup

    Bill Farish's Pool Play proved the most long-winded of the six runners in a pokey renewal of the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Saturday.

  • Paulick Report unveils new twist for Breeders' Cup or Bust

    A&nbsp; cross country trip, a two-man stroll from Lexington to Louisville and a 50-person relay from Keeneland to Churchill Downs...what do these three things have in common? They are all ways the Paulick Report and Breeders' Cup Charities have teamed up over the last three years to raise nearly $250,000 for several great causes in combination with Thoroughbred racing's annual World Championships!

  • Rumor has it in L.A. Woman

    Sunday's $98,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lawoman12.pdf">L.A. Woman Stakes</a> at Santa Anita was supposed to be a launching pad to the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint for the unbeaten Winding Way, but instead it was Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Rumor who might have punched her ticket to the big dance.

  • Balance the Books picks off 11 in Bourbon

    Balance the Books broke last and picked off all 11 horses on his way to glory in the eventful Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bourbon12.pdf">Bourbon</a> at Keeneland on Sunday. The son of Lemon Drop Kid went off as the heavy 4-5 favorite and managed to overcome being bumped in the stretch to pay $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40 to his backers.

  • In Lingerie struts her stuff in Spinster

    Gary Barber and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' In Lingerie proved best on Sunday when taking on nine rivals in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/spinster12.pdf">Spinster</a> at Keeneland. The Todd Pletcher pupil saved ground along the rail while biding her time just behind the front-running Juanita on the backstretch before putting in her winning move in the stretch to be two lengths clear of Mystical Star on the wire.

  • River Seven survives objection, breaks maiden in Grey

    The Nick Gonzalez trainee tracked the front-running Five Iron through fractions of :24 2/5, :48 4/5 and 1:12 3/5, then drove to the front beneath Eurico Da Silva in the stretch. Tesseron made a big move on the turn and loomed boldly, but could not get past River Seven, who was three-quarters of a length on top while finishing 1 1/16 Polytrack miles in 1:43 4/5.

  • Dullahan still pointing to BC; Shanghai Bobby's plans pending

    Favored Dullahan's distaste for the less-than-firm going in Saturday's Jamaica Handicap proved to be his undoing as he came home fifth in his attempt to add a Grade 1 on the turf to his trio of Grade 1 victories over synthetic surfaces, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning.

  • Grace Hall romps in Indiana Oaks

    Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Grace Hall took the lead from Eden's Moon in Saturday's Grade 2, $205,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/indianaoaks12.pdf"> Indiana Oaks</a> at Hoosier Park and never looked back en route to a 5 3/4-length score under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. The Tony Dutrow-trained daughter of Empire Maker was sent off the 4-5 favorite and returned $3.80 and $2.20 for completing 1 1/16 miles on the good dirt in 1:41 4/5.

  • Coil edges Capital Account in Santa Anita Sprint Championship

    Pegram, Watson and Weitman's Coil rallied to the lead in midstretch and gamely withstood the late bid of stablemate Capital Account in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sasprint12.pdf">Santa Anita Sprint Championship</a>, providing trainer Bob Baffert with a one-two finish in the six-furlong event formerly known as the Ancient Title. Winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at nine furlongs last year, the versatile colt has redefined his image at age four, establishing himself as a top contender for the November 3 Breeders' Cup Sprint over the same Santa Anita track.

  • Not Abroad wins Maryland Million Classic; Ben's Cat makes history in Turf Sprint

    Jockey Nick Petro and his mount Not Abroad saw an inviting opening along the rail as they circled the far turn in Saturday's $142,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mmclassic12.pdf"> Maryland Million Classic</a> on Laurel Park's Jim McKay Maryland Million program. They galloped through the gaping hole, came out with a clear lead and drew off to win over the fast main track.

  • King David shocks Jamaica first off the claim

    Making his first start off the $35,000 claim for Mike Maker, Scarlet Stable's King David sprang a 28-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jamaica12.pdf">Jamaica Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, shocking such accomplished rivals as Summer Front, Cogito and Dullahan.

  • Obviously still unbeaten at a mile in Arroyo Seco

    Fanticola and Scardino's Obviously turned in another terrific front-running effort in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/arroyoseco12.pdf">Arroyo Seco Mile</a> at Santa Anita. Aside from remaining perfect from three starts at the distance, the Mike Mitchell charge burnished his credentials for the Breeders' Cup Mile over this same course.

  • Wise Dan flaunts his superiority in Shadwell Turf Mile

    Eclipse Award contender Wise Dan came out of his Grade 1 Woodbine Mile heroics in such fine fettle that trainer Charles Lopresti didn't want to keep him in the barn until the Breeders' Cup. Thus Morton Fink's homebred was entered in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/shadwellturfmile12.pdf"> Shadwell Turf Mile</a> at Keeneland, and judging by how he crushed the opposition once again, it's clear why Lopresti couldn't hold him down.

  • Neck 'n Neck proves best in Indiana Derby

    A. Stevens Miles Jr.'s homebred Neck 'n Neck closed strongly in Saturday's Grade 2, $513,600 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/indyderby12.pdf">Indiana Derby</a>, rallying down the center of the track to post a one-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile test at Hoosier Park. With new jockey Brian Hernandez up, the Ian Wilkes-trained colt was off as the 9-2 third choice among 11 rivals and returned payoffs of $11.20, $4.80 and $2.80 to his supporters.

  • Tapitsfly denies Daisy Devine in First Lady

    Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly got up to take the Grade 1, $350,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/firstlady12.pdf">First Lady Stakes</a> at Keeneland on Saturday and in the process gained a measure of revenge over rival Daisy Devine, who held her to third when capturing the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley during Keeneland's spring meet. Daisy Devine had a clear lead in the stretch of the First Lady, but Tapitsfly lived up to her name when swooping in late to finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:35 2/5.

  • Dreaming of Julia ekes out Frizette win over My Happy Face

    Stonestreet Stables' homebred Dreaming of Julia just got the head victory on Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $380,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/frizette12.pdf">Frizette Stakes</a> after a stretch-long duel with near 3-1 second choice My Happy Face. The pair raced in tandem down the lane, in very close quarters at times, but Dreaming of Julia managed to take the win under jockey John Velazquez to move her record to a perfect three-for-three.

  • Shanghai Bobby continues to impress in Champagne

    Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby remained unbeaten with a dazzling performance in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/champagne12.pdf"> Champagne Stakes</a>, winning easily by five lengths at Belmont Park, and confirmed his status as a top contender in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.

  • Spring Venture springs into action in Mazarine

    One day after Spring in the Air captured the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland, stablemate Spring Venture moved her record to a perfect three-for-three with a nice 1 1/2-length win in the Grade 3, $205,361 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mazarine12.pdf">Mazarine Stakes</a> at Woodbine on Saturday.

  • Groupie Doll on cruise control in TCA

    After saving ground for a half-mile, Groupie Doll had to wait patiently for a seam to open up at the top of the stretch in Saturday's Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/tca12.pdf">Thoroughbred Club of America</a> at Keeneland. When it finally did, the four-year-old burst through with ease and drew off to win the six-furlong Polytrack dash by 6 1/2 lengths. The 2-5 choice, now the probable early favorite in next month's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll returned $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.

  • Bridgetown a popular Woodford winner

    Eugene Melnyk's homebred Bridgetown made a rare off-the-pace rally to land Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodford12.pdf">Woodford</a> going 5 1/2 furlongs on Keeneland's firm turf. Favored at 3-5 in the field of six, the five-year-old son of Speightsown wore down long-time leader Great Mills inside the final furlong to post a one-length win in a time of 1:02 2/5.

  • Spring in the Air BC-bound; Phoenix top two still pondering

    John Oxley's Spring in the Air returned to Churchill Downs on Friday night after her one-length victory in the Grade 1 Alcibiades and &quot;is great this morning,&quot; trainer Mark Casse said Saturday. The victory earned Spring in the Air a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies to be run November 2 at Santa Anita. Casse said her travel itinerary to California has not been set.

  • Retired Thoroughbreds to be honored during Festival of the Sun

    In addition to hosting a stakes-filled afternoon of live racing as part of the 21st annual Festival of the Sun on October 13, Calder Race Course will also hold ceremonies throughout the day in conjunction with Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (TRAC), Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, the Broward Sheriff's Mounted Unit, and Hobbs Equestrian to honor retired Thoroughbred race horses now serving the community in their second careers.

  • Spring in the Air rallies to take Alcibiades

    Not only did John Oxley's Spring in the Air pass the test in Friday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/alcibiades12.pdf"> Alcibiades</a> at Keeneland, but so did bettors who made her the mild 4-1 favorite in a wide-open field of 14 juvenile fillies. Under Patrick Husbands, the daughter of Spring At Last weaved her way through the field from the second tier, angled out approaching the stretch, and closed with a rush to overtake Magical Moon and go on to win by a length. Spring in the Air returned $10.60, $6 and $3.60.

  • Sum of the Parts takes flight in Phoenix

    Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Sum of the Parts grabbed command early in Friday's Grade 3, $175,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/phoenix12.pdf">Phoenix Stakes</a> on Keeneland's opening day and never looked back en route to a 1 1/4-length victory under jockey Julien Leparoux. The Tom Amoss trainee beat older horses in the six-furlong sprint when stopping the clock in 1:09 4/5 over the Polytrack.

  • Brown stable well represented in Pilgrim, Miss Grillo

    Postponed 24 hours in order for Belmont Park's inner turf to dry out following recent wet weather, the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pilgrim12">Pilgrim</a> and Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/missgrillo12">Miss Grillo</a> now highlight Belmont Park's special Columbus Day program on Monday.

  • Kaplan still 50-50 on starting Musical Romance in Mike Sherman Memorial

    With the possibility of a somewhat surprising appearance by Pinnacle Racing Stable and trainer Bill Kaplan's Eclipse Award winner Musical Romance in the $55,000 Mike Sherman Memorial Stakes, the complexion of Saturday's 6 1/2-furlong filly and mare sprint at Calder Race Course could change drastically once scratches are in.

  • Uncaptured brings perfect mark into Grey

    Uncaptured will put his unbeaten record on the line against six rivals in Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/grey12">Grey Stakes</a> at Woodbine. An impressive 3 1/4-length winner of the September 9 Swynford Stakes in his last outing, the Mark Casse trainee will make his first start at two turns as he preps for a possible start in the November 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Regular rider Patrick Husbands will be up on the dark bay son of Lion Heart.