Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Attendance, handle increase on Travers Day 2012

    On a beautiful Saturday afternoon that featured a historic dead-heat in the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, attendance and handle, both on-track and all-sources, were up substantially from 2011 figures.

  • Contested overcomes 'Test' at Saratoga

    Natalie J. Baffert's Contested propped at the break of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/test12.pdf"> Test</a> at Saratoga and found herself in the unusual spot of running off the pace, but that didn't stop the bay miss from a rallying two-length win on the wire. With jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard, the Bob Baffert-trained sophomore finished seven furlongs in 1:22 2/5 to return $4, $3.60 and $2.60 as the even-money favorite.

  • D'nied Permission upsets Affirmed; Putyourdreamsaway takes Susan's Girl

    D'nied Permission was sent off the 21-1 third longest shot on the board in Saturday's $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fssaffirmed12.pdf"> Affirmed division</a> of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder, but that didn't stop the D'wildcat gelding from gutting out a neck victory over fellow 25-1 longshot Joshua's Comprise on the wire of the seven-furlong contest.

  • Willy Beamin upsets King's Bishop on three days' rest

    Firing for a second time this season on very short rest, Willy Beamin rallied from off the pace to upset Saturday's Grade 1 $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kingsbishop12.pdf"> King's Bishop</a> at Saratoga at odds of 11-1 for owner James Riccio and trainer Rick Dutrow. The New York-bred son of Suave returned $24.80, $11.80 and $6.90 as race favorites Currency Swap and Trinniberg both finished out of the money.

  • Harlington's first winner rushes clear at Woodbine

    C. DeMizio and Mary Biamonte's Its the Rush rallied to a 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/harlington1st.pdf">4TH</a> race at Woodbine, becoming the first winner sired by the royally-bred Grade 2 hero Harlington.

  • Purple Egg hatches first win at Monmouth

    It wasn't easy getting Purple Egg into the starting gate, but the two-year-old proved on Thursday at Monmouth Park that he was worth the wait and the trouble.

  • Turbulent Descent captures Ballerina in debut for Pletcher barn

    Turbulent Descent was making her debut for the Todd Pletcher shedrow on Friday and gave her new barn, and connections, a win in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ballerina12.pdf"> Ballerina Stakes</a> at Saratoga. With John Velazquez taking over riding duties from regular jockey David Flores, the bay miss finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of a game Derwin's Star to stop the clock in 1:22 for seven furlongs over the fast main track.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Game on Dude installed as 5-2 Pacific Classic favorite

    Multiple Grade 1 winner and 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Game on Dude drew post position 9 Wednesday night and was installed the 5-2 morning line favorite to win the 22nd edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic this Sunday at Del Mar.&nbsp;

  • Coil, Jeranimo in action on Pacific Classic undercard

    Although the two supporting stakes on Sunday's Pacific Classic Day program at Del Mar drew short fields of six apiece, both Grade 2 events feature top-level performers. Coil and Camp Victory are the most accomplished entrants in the $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/patobrien12.htm">Pat O'Brien Stakes</a> on Polytrack, while Jeranimo, Mr. Commons and Norvsky are the big names in the $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dmrmile12.htm">Del Mar Mile Handicap</a> on turf.

  • Two T's At Two B seeking to keep record perfect in Affirmed

    Two T's At Two B and Candy Coded Kisses, respective winners of the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, will bid for second-leg Stallion Stakes victories at Calder on Saturday when starting in the $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fssaffirmed12.html"> Affirmed</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fsssusansgirl12.html"> Susan's Girl</a> divisions, part of the 10th annual Juvenile Showcase program, a rich day of racing dedicated entirely to two-year-olds with an estimated $550,000 in stakes purses to be awarded.

  • Demonstrative scores in New York Turf Writers Cup

    Finding a clear path on the outside at just the right time, jockey Robert Walsh deftly avoided trouble on Demonstrative when leader Divine Fortune fell over the final jump in Thursday's 71st running of the Grade 1, $145,500 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nyturfwriterscup12.pdf"> New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap</a> at Saratoga, going on to win by a length.

  • Monmouth Park officials, horsemen form Second Call

    The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Monmouth Park officials and a group of dedicated animal welfare advocates have joined forces to form a non-profit association responsible for finding new homes and new careers for the noble and deserving horses who have raced at the track.

  • Old Friends magazine available Travers Day at Saratoga

    <i>Daily Racing Form</i> announced the publication of a special commemorative Old Friends magazine, which is designed to help generate public awareness of the issue of Thoroughbred retirement and aftercare in general and financial support specifically for Old Friends. The nonprofit company operates a farm based near Georgetown, Kentucky, which cares for more than 120 retired racehorses and draws nearly 20,000 visitors a year.

  • Vaccarezza savors Little Mike's Million

    Owner, breeder and restaurateur Carlo Vaccarezza, a resident of Parkland, Florida, and the proprietor of Damiano restaurant in Boca Raton and Frank &amp; Dino's in Deerfield Beach, was still savoring the Grade 1 Arlington Million triumph by his homebred Little Mike five days after the son of Spanish Steps, who made his career debut at Calder in 2009, led every step of the way to capture the internationally prestigious 10-furlong turf race.

  • Shantaram could still make St Leger

    The Group 1, £550,000 St Leger is a little more than three weeks away, and Thought Worthy laid down his credentials for the final British classic of the season, run over an extended 1 3/4 miles at Doncaster on September 15, with a gutsy front-running success in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

  • Frankel receives lofty 140 ranking again

    Frankel has confirmed his status as the best horse in the world Wednesday by becoming the first horse in history to run to an official rating of 140 twice in his career thanks to his seven-length victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

  • Rivalries continue in King's Bishop; Contested cuts back for Test

    All but one of the Grade 2 Amsterdam runners, as well as Trinniberg and Fort Loudon, will renew their individual rivalries on Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kingsbishop12.html"> King's Bishop Stakes</a> at Saratoga.

  • The Fugue faces seven in Yorkshire Oaks

    Impressive Goodwood scorer The Fugue heads a select field of seven for Thursday's Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks at York. John Gosden's charge bounced back to winning form in the Group 1 Nassau over 10 furlongs at the Glorious meeting, but will be stepping back up to 1 1/2 miles for Thursday's Ebor meeting fixture.

  • Saratoga Notebook

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  • Dullahan settles in at Del Mar

    Grade 1 Blue Grass winner Dullahan shipped in from Kentucky with no problems on Sunday, and has acclimated well to his new surroundings during his first 72 hours at Del Mar.

  • Alpha favored in 11-horse Travers

    Eleven three-year-olds are set for the 143rd edition of the &quot;Midsummer Derby,&quot; Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/travers12">Travers Stakes </a>at Saratoga, and Grade 2 Jim Dandy hero Alpha has been installed the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained colt will break from post 6 in the 1 1/4-mile event with Ramon Dominguez.

  • Bodemeister retired

    Grade 1 winner Bodemeister was diagnosed with an injury to his left shoulder, and upon deliberation among veterinarians and the owners, the decision was made for him to retire to stud at WinStar Farm. Bodemeister has begun treatment and a full recovery is expected in the coming months, but the three-year-old son of Empire Maker would not have been able to return in time for major races at the end of 2012.

  • Oaklawn to offer record overnight purses in 2013

    Stall applications are now available for Oaklawn Park's 2013 live meet, which will be the richest in the track's 109-year history with purses totaling close to $20 million during the 56-day season. Oaklawn, which runs January 11 through April 13, announced a record $5.7 million stakes schedule several weeks ago.

  • Jockey Club launches interactive games

    The Jockey Club on Wednesday announced the launch of &quot;Major League Horse Racing,&quot; an interactive game that combines the skill of fantasy sports and the fun of social media with the excitement of horse racing, and &quot;Thoroughbred World,&quot; a game focused on the breeding, owning and training aspects of the sport.

  • Ortensia heads large Nunthorpe field

    Aussie star sprinter Ortensia is among a huge field of 20 runners in the Group 1 Nunthorpe at York on Friday. Ortensia blitzed the opposition in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai back in March, and while she failed to find her best form on her first couple of outings in Britain, she came good at Glorious Goodwood last time in the Group 2 King George.

  • Frankel romps to extend win streak to 13

    The awesome Frankel made a seamless transition to the about 1 1/4-mile distance in Wednesday's Grade 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, rolling to a facile seven-length triumph over Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey in the opening-day of the Ebor Festival at York.

  • Hansen out of Travers

    Last year's champion juvenile Hansen has been ruled out of consideration for this Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Colonel John colt brings $220,000 at OBS yearling session

    A March 27 colt from the first crop of multiple Grade 1 winner Colonel John brought a final bid of $220,000 from trainer Wesley Ward at Tuesday's selected session of the 2012 Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August Yearling Sale. The Florida-bred was consigned by Beth Bayer, agent, and toured the ring as Hip No. 114.

  • Del Mar Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">DEL MAR NOTEBOOK </font></b> </i>

  • HRRN debuts HRRNLive! on XM 209

    Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Kentucky, announced Tuesday plans to expand their extensive race coverage schedule with the debut of HRRNLive! this Wednesday. The new show will be broadcast nationwide on XM channel 209 and feature live coverage of races from designated tracks across the country. HRRNLive! debuts with a four hour broadcast Wednesday through Monday from 3-7 p.m. (EDT), with analysis, live race calls and exclusive interviews.

  • Pletcher sends out Turbulent Descent in Ballerina

    Leading female sprinter Turbulent Descent will make her first start for new trainer Todd Pletcher in Friday's Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina at Saratoga. The other top draw in the seven-horse field, multiple Grade 1 queen It's Tricky, appears likely to scratch in favor of Sunday's Grade 1 Personal Ensign at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Frankel clashes with St Nicholas Abbey in Juddmonte

    The Ebor Festival, one of the highlights of the British Flat season, starts on Wednesday, when the world's top-rated horse will be the undoubted headline attraction. The Group 1, £725,000 Juddmonte International is the centerpiece of the opening day, in which Frankel faces just eight rivals as he steps up to 10 furlongs for the first time.

  • Spy in the Sky faces familiar foes in Turf Writers Cup

    Having shown he hadn't completely lost the touch when upsetting Saratoga's Grade 1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial three weeks ago, Spy in the Sky will attempt to make it a sweep of the Spa's two major hurdles in Thursday's Grade 1, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/turfwriterscup12">New York Turf Writers Cup</a> over 2 3/8 miles.

  • Lukas invites little girl into winner's circle

    When Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas wins a horse race, he does something with little fanfare that leaves a strong impression, and it was no different Sunday when his two-year-old filly Broken Spell rallied to break her maiden in the 5TH race on the turf at Saratoga.

  • Travers Eve Party, Battle of the Brews on tap

    Racing fans will converge on Saratoga Race Course and downtown Saratoga Springs for a pair of exciting events on the eve of the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers.

  • Forte Dei Marmi rallies to take Sky Classic

    Stella Perdomo's Forte Dei Marmi came up big in the Grade 2, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/skyclassic12.pdf">Sky Classic Stakes</a> at Woodbine Sunday, winning by three parts of a length. Jockey Alex Solis was aboard the Roger Attfield trainee, who rallied from dead last entering the final two furlongs to capture his first stakes win.

  • Taylor Said makes it six straight in Longacres Mile

    Taylor Said dueled with pacesetter Winning Machine throughout the stretch of Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/longacresmile12.pdf"> Longacres Mile Handicap</a> at Emerald Downs before just eking out the head victory under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Campaigned by Glen Todd's North American Thoroughbred Racing Company, the Stephanotis gelding was sent off the 5-2 second choice in the 10-horse field and paid $7.20, $4.60 and $3.20.

  • Winding Way overcomes bad start to capture Rancho Bernardo

    Spendthrift Farm's homebred Winding Way missed the break in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ranchobernardo12.pdf">Rancho Bernardo Handicap</a> at Del Mar and found herself in the unusual position of running last on the backstretch.

  • Kapitale stays as rest of European squad heads home

    Gestut Karlshof's German-bred filly Kapitale, who finished fourth in Saturday's Grade 1 Beverly D. as the Grade 1 Arlington Million's sister race, will be the only European invader to remain in North America following Saturday's International Festival of Racing.