Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Royal Delta claims Beldame crown in emphatic style

    Royal Delta was back in top form in Saturday's Grade 1, $392,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/beldame12.pdf">Beldame</a> at Belmont Park, demolishing four opponents including arch-rival It's Tricky. Under Mike Smith, the Bill Mott-trained champion opened up a wide lead turning for home and crossed the wire 9 1/2 lengths in front as the 4-5 favorite. Royal Delta returned $3.70, $2.20 and $2.10.

  • The Lumber Guy strikes in Vosburgh

    Barry Schwartz's homebred The Lumber Guy showed no signs of rust while returning from a 4 1/2-month layoff in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vosburgh12.pdf">Vosburgh Stakes</a>, holding the fast-closing Caixa Eletronica safe in the latter stages for a 1 1/4-length score. He completed six furlongs in 1:09 1/5 on the &quot;good&quot; track at Belmont Park.

  • Jersey Town rolls past Shackleford in Kelso

    Charles Fipke's Jersey Town out-staged notable rivals Shackleford and To Honor and Serve in the Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kelso12.pdf">Kelso Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, driving to a convincing 3 1/2-length decision beneath Javier Castellano. The Barclay Tagg-trained horse snapped a 23-month losing streak in the process, notching his first victory since the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in 2010, and earned a berth to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile where he will be a viable contender if he runs back to Saturday's performance.

  • Jockey Ouzts joins 6,000-win club

    Jockey Perry Ouzts joined an elite group of riders Saturday when he rode Tanner Me Boy to a two-length victory in Turfway Park's 2ND race to notch his 6,000th career win.

  • Frankel blows away workmates

    Sir Henry Cecil made a rare racecourse appearance to witness Frankel, the world's highest-rated racehorse, work over nine furlongs on the Rowley Mile ahead of his next, and most likely final, start in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

  • Siyouma downs unlucky Kate in Sun Chariot; Rosdhu Queen takes Cheveley Park

    French handler Francois Doumen gained his first top level success on the Flat in Britain when Siyouma won Saturday's Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. It was a fourth consecutive win for French-trained horses, following on from Rodolphe Collet's three wins with Sahpresa.

  • Steeler tackles Artigiano in Royal Lodge

    Trained by Mark Johnston, the son of 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass earned 10 points for the victory.&nbsp;Artigiano, by Distorted Humor, collected four points for second.&nbsp;

  • Unbridled's Note captures Eddie D. in turf debut

    Mike McCarty's Unbridled's Note had never raced on turf or faced older horses prior to Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/eddied12.pdf">Eddie D. Stakes</a> at Santa Anita, but the Steve Asmussen sophomore professionally handled a field of seasoned turf sprinters in the opening-day feature. The Unbridled's Song colt rallied late to overhaul the front-running Chosen Miracle, in a well-timed move worthy of the race's new honoree, retired Hall of Fame rider Eddie Delahoussaye. The Eddie D., formerly known as the Morvich, serves as a course-and-distance prep for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

  • Half-brother to Big Brown entered in Royal Lodge

    Saturday's Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket, the first race on the new &quot;Road to the Kentucky Derby&quot; scoring system, includes a half-brother to 2008 Kentucky Derby-winning champion Big Brown -- Afonso de Sousa. The son of Henrythenavigator is the lone entrant from the yard of Aidan O'Brien, who won last year's Royal Lodge with Daddy Long Legs and also finished third with Wrote.

  • Dodgers to host 'Breeders' Cup Night'

    The Breeders' Cup and the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that Monday is &quot;Breeders' Cup Night&quot; at Dodgers Stadium, in celebration of the upcoming World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The 7:10 p.m. (PDT) game will pit the Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants.

  • Certify dominates Fillies' Mile; Waterway Run punches BC ticket

    Unbeaten Certify provided Godolphin with the team's third consecutive success in the Group 1 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on Friday. White Moonstone and Lyric of Light have taken the mile event for the previous two years, but neither matched the style and panache of Certify's success.

  • Clement looking for better from Summer Front in Jamaica

    Trainer Christophe Clement said he hopes a change in race dynamics will help Summer Front earn his first Grade 1 victory when he competes in the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap on October 6 at Belmont Park.

  • Frankel to work at Newmarket Saturday

    Sir Henry Cecil is eagerly anticipating bringing Frankel for a racecourse gallop at Newmarket before racing Saturday. The world's best Thoroughbred will be joined in the exercise by Bullet Train and Midsummer Sun as part of the unbeaten Galileo colt's preparations for the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

  • Tampa Bay Downs releases stakes schedule

    For the second meeting in a row, Tampa Bay Downs will run 25 stakes worth $2,595,000. The lucrative added-money slate is highlighted by the 33rd edition of the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby, a 1 1/16-mile showcase for three-year-old Triple Crown candidates, on March 9.

  • Jones on first foray to Santa Anita with Joyful Victory

    Larry Jones is back and racing is the better for it. The 56-year-old trainer, who retired at the top of his game on November 7, 2009, returned in early 2011 with the same fervor as the day he left. Anyone talking with the personable Kentuckian could recognize that in a heartbeat.

  • Pletcher double-handed in both Matron and Futurity

    Trainer Todd Pletcher shoots for a Grade 2 double with his team of juveniles at Belmont Park on Sunday. Unbeaten Grade 2 Adirondack heroine Kauai Katie looms large in the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/matron12.htm">Matron Stakes</a> for fillies, and debut maiden winner Unabashed gives the barn a promising second string. But the Pletcher duo in the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/futurity12.htm">Futurity</a> -- Overanalyze and Drum Roll -- must step up their game while meeting hot-shot maiden winner Carried Interest, speedy New York-bred Weekend Hideaway and Grade 2 Sanford runner-up Handsome Jack.

  • Belmont cancels Friday card in expectation of heavy rain

    Due to anticipated heavy rain, Friday's live racing card at Belmont Park has been canceled to ensure the track surfaces are in optimal condition for Saturday's card, which features six graded stakes, all part of the Breeders' Cup &quot;Win and You're In&quot; Challenge Series. The winners of those races qualify for an automatic starting position in the corresponding Breeders' Cup Championship race with pre-entry and entry fees paid.

  • Bourbon Bay, Slim Shadey return to action in John Henry

    Two of the top contenders in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/johnhenry12">John Henry Turf Championship Stakes </a>(formerly the Clement Hirsch) at Santa Anita, Bourbon Bay and Slim Shadey, will return to races following a stint on the sidelines. Bourbon Bay makes his first appearance since capturing the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Handicap in April, and Slim Shadey has been freshened since a fifth in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on Del Mar's opening weekend.

  • Ten Grade 1s on tap Saturday

    You missed the worst million-dollar race I have ever seen (the Pennsylvania Derby), and one of the best races with a four-horse field that I can remember (Questing vs. My Miss Aurelia in the Cotillion).

  • Tony Bennett to perform at Breeders' Cup

    Over 50 years after his initial performance of the song at Carnegie Hall, Grammy-award winner Tony Bennett will perform his classic hit &quot;The Best is Yet to Come&quot; at the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, Breeders' Cup announced Thursday at a media event featuring Tony Bennett at Siro's Restaurant in Manhattan.

  • Jersey Town fighting fit for Kelso; Poseidon fresh for Vosburgh

    Nagging foot issues have limited Jersey Town's schedule in recent years, but trainer Barclay Tagg said the six-year-old is entering Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap in the best shape since he won the 2010 Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap.

  • Pierrot Lunaire springs 48-1 upset in Lonesome Glory

    Mrs. Calvin Houghland's Pierrot Lunaire, the longest shot on the board at 48-1, took the lead over the final jump and held off a furious late charge from Spy in the Sky to win Thursday's Grade 1, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lonesomeglory12.pdf"> Lonesome Glory</a> steeplechase at Belmont Park.

  • Pataky Kid, Gold Edge on target for Keeneland

    Swifty Farms' Pataky Kid, three-length winner of the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity on September 8, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 Monday morning at Chicago's northwest suburban oval in preparation for Keeneland's upcoming Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity on October 6.

  • Game on Dude faces eight in Awesome Again; Include Me Out tops Zenyatta

    Game on Dude, a leading contender for Horse of the Year, heads a field of nine in Saturday's $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/awesomeagain12">Awesome Again Stakes</a> at Santa Anita. The 1 1/8-mile event is one of five Grade 1 stakes on a dynamite program that serves as a precursor to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on November 2-3.

  • Shackleford, To Honor and Serve meet in Kelso

    Ostensibly a prep for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kelso12"> Kelso Handicap</a> at Belmont Park might serve as a launching pad to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic if the Bill Mott-trained To Honor and Serve pulls off a win in the one-turn mile. The Hall of Fame conditioner left some wiggle room earlier this week when asked which Breeders' Cup race his Grade 1 Woodward winner would ultimately target.

  • Zenyatta statue to be unveiled Saturday

    The legendary Zenyatta, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita and Horse of the Year in 2010, will be honored for all-time by Santa Anita Park as a life-sized statue of the great mare will be unveiled in Santa Anita's Paddock Gardens area at noon (PDT) this Saturday.

  • Point of Entry, Little Mike square off in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

    Point of Entry can solidify his present status as the nation's leading long-distance turf performer with a victory in Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/turfclassic12">Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational</a>. The 1 1/2-mile fixture over Belmont Park's Widener course came up light compared to other stakes on Super Saturday with only six names dropped in the entry box.

  • Rivalries continue in Jockey Club Gold Cup, Beldame

    The top three from the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap on August 4 are in the spotlight Saturday when they headline a surprisingly robust field in the Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jcgc12"> Jockey Club Gold Cup</a>. The historic 1 1/4-mile test tops a bumper card of Breeders' Cup preps on Belmont Park's &quot;Super Saturday&quot; program.

  • So Many Ways will bypass Breeders' Cup

    Undefeated two-year-old filly So Many Ways, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes and Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes, will not travel to California to run in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, it was announced Wednesday.

  • Santa Anita fall meet opens with Eddie D.

    The Great Race Place, Santa Anita, opens a 24-day Autumn Meet Friday, which will be highlighted by the Breeders' Cup World Championships on November 2-3.

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  • Cheveley Park, Sun Chariot fields taking shape

    Winning Express, trained by Ed McMahon, is one of the 15 fillies engaged for the Group 1, £163,500 Cheveley Park at Newmarket on Saturday after she was supplemented Monday at a cost of £15,000.

  • Turf Writers Cup trio headline Lonesome Glory field

    The race to become champion steeplechaser of 2012 is about to reach its final fences as Belmont Park hosts the Grade 1, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lonesomeglory12"> Lonesome Glory</a> on Thursday.

  • After the Wire - 9/23/2012

    Evan recaps the Cotillion, Gallant Bloom, Pennsylvania Derby, and more! Evan also gives you his "e-ticket" for a few Breeders' Cup races.

  • Third Chance serves up ice cream for Arlington fans

    On Saturday, she wrapped up her gifted history at the local oval with a victory by almost seven lengths, and that led to the ice cream celebration that had been publicly promised to the racing fans on hand by the acknowledged dean of Chicago newscasters.

  • Mazza honored with Buddy Raines Award

    &quot;I am honored and very proud to receive this award,&quot; said Mazza, who has trained horses for Holly Crest Farm and other stables in New Jersey for 46 years. &quot;It is very meaningful to me.&quot;

  • Book Review stars in Charles Town Oaks

    Gary and Mary West's homebred Book Review rolled to a convincing victory as the 7-5 favorite in Saturday night's $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ctoaks12.pdf">Charles Town Oaks</a>. Making her two-turn debut in this seven-furlong scramble around Charles Town's tight oval, the Chad Brown trainee circled the field on the final turn and kicked 1 3/4 lengths clear.

  • Fort Larned, Hymn Book drill for Jockey Club Gold Cup

    At Belmont Park on Sunday, Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap winner Fort Larned turned in his final serious work for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, covering five furlongs in 1:01 shortly after 6:30 a.m. (EDT).

  • Little Mike, Point of Entry on course for Joe Hirsch

    Trainer Dale Romans, who has already has established a personal record for single-season North American earnings in 2012, has confirmed Little Mike and Finnegans Wake for Saturday's Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and Dullahan primed for the Grade 1, $400,000 Jamaica Handicap on October 6.

  • Mike delivers Handsome upset in Penn Derby

    J. Paul Reddam's Handsome Mike parlayed a front-running trip into a two-length upset in Saturday's Grade 2, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pennderby12.pdf"> Pennsylvania Derby</a>, winning as the 19-1 longest shot at Parx Racing. The Scat Daddy colt proved resilient after setting a moderate pace beneath Irad Ortiz Jr., withstanding challenges from Alpha and Stephanoatsee before re-asserting command in deep stretch, and snapped a seven-race losing skein in the process.

  • Dust and Diamonds slays Goliaths in Gallant Bloom

    In a race that included reigning champion female sprinter Musical Romance and multiple Grade 1 queen Turbulent Descent, it was Padua Stable's homebred Dust and Diamonds who proved superior in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gallantbloom12.pdf"> Gallant Bloom Handicap</a> at Belmont Park.

  • Aurelia outduels Questing to stay unbeaten in Cotillion

    Last year's unbeaten champion two-year-old filly My Miss Aurelia outdueled pro tem divisional leader Questing by a head in Saturday's $971,200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/cotillion12.pdf"> Cotillion Stakes</a>, in a climactic finish to the first Grade 1 event ever staged in Pennsylvania. The 1 1/16-mile test served up a clash worthy of the occasion -- a virtual match race, with Eclipse Award implications -- and it lived up to the advance billing.

  • Optimizer scores first graded win in Kent

    After an unsuccessful Triple Crown campaign, Optimizer looks to have found his home back on the turf. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt captured his first graded stakes win in record fashion on Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kent12.pdf">Kent Stakes</a> at Delaware Park.