Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • 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.

  • Cupid wins the 2016 Rebel Stakes

    Making the Grade: Cupid

    This week we take a closer look at Cupid, winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 19 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Churchill will host Kentucky Derby May 7

    NY OTBs, CDI Resume Rocky Simulcast Talks

    With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.

  • More Than $10.7M Wagered on Rainbow 6

    North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Gulfstream Predicts Major Rainbow 6 Pool

    A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.

  • CRW Players Negatively Impacting Payouts

    According to a wagering expert, the industry's embrace of computer-robotic wagering through the high rebates required to sustain these players has resulted in a less attractive game for all other horseplayers.

  • That Handicapping Show: The Louisiana Derby

    Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) featuring Greenpointcrusader, Dazzling Gem, Gun Runner, Mo Tom, and Forevamo. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase.

  • Racing Regulators Discuss Daily Fantasy

    The takeaway from a session on daily fantasy gaming at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans? Racing regulators need to be prepared for a changing gaming landscape.

  • Mo Tom

    Amoss Seeks Clear Sailing for Mo Tom

    Louisiana-based owners and a Louisiana-based trainer hope the home cooking works for their Mo Tom, who hopes to turn the tables on Gun Runner in the March 26 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds

  • Chocolate Ride delivers the victory in the Fair Grounds Handicap.

    Chocolate Ride Back to Defend Muniz Title

    Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.

  • Destin wins the 2016 Tampa Bay Derby.

    Making the Grade: Destin

    This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.

  • That Handicapping Show: The Rebel Stakes

    Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) featuring Madtap, Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore, and Discreetness. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase.

  • Tampa Bay Downs

    Tampa Sets Handle Record for One Program

    Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.

  • Polar River

    Churchill Suspends Wagering on Polar River

    Wagering on Polar River has been suspended in the upcoming Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after a representative of trainer Doug Watson confirmed to Churchill Downs officials that the Dubai-based filly would not race in the Oaks.

  • Easter Indy wins the 2016 Downthedustyroad Breeders' Stakes.

    Total Handle, Purses Up in February

    Commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races in February was up 6.43% from the same month in 2015, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase March 4.