Handicapping

Tips and picks for how to bet on Thorougbred horse racing

  • Gun Runner wins the 2016 Risen Star Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Gun Runner

    This week we take a closer look at Gun Runner, winner of the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • That Handicapping Show: The Risen Star

    Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) featuring Its All Relevant, Mo Tom, Gun Runner, Dolphus, Airoforce, Tom's Ready, and Uncle Walter. Sponsored by Equibase.

  • Suddenbreakingnews wins the Southwest Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Suddenbreakingnews

    This week we take a closer look at Suddenbreakingnews, winner of the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park.

  • 'All Others' Favored in Future Wager Pool 2

    Undefeated Mohaymen (15) and Nyquist (17) were the top individual horses, while the mutuel field option, or "all others" (24), was favored when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Feb. 14.

  • Money to 'Bern' in Derby Future Wager

    What makes these two Bernardinis (Zulu and Shagaf) so special and why would anyone gamble on a pair of horses who are unproven in stakes company and basically bucking history, with so few races?

  • Mor Spirit wins the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Mor Spirit

    This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Mohaymen in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle Jan. 30, 2016.

    Making the Grade: Mohaymen

    This week we take a closer look at Mohaymen, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Betting was a topic during National HBPA convention Feb. 4

    HBPA Forum: Are Biggest Bettors Demonized?

    The impact big bettors have on pari-mutuel handle and the resulting revenue, as well as the need to recognize that horse owners are bettors, too, was the focus of a Feb. 4 forum during the National HBPA convention in Florida.

  • Discreetness (right) battles Synchrony (left) to win the Smarty Jones.

    Making the Grade: Discreetness

    This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.

  • Sunny Ridge wins the Withers Stakes (gr. III).

    Making the Grade: Sunny Ridge

    This week we take a closer look at Sunny Ridge, winner of the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Mo Tom wins the Street Sense Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Mo Tom

    This week we take a closer look at Mo Tom, winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Paul Matties

    Matties Brothers First, Fourth in NHC Finals

    Paul Matties of upstate New York held off Roger Cettina of New Jersey to capture three-day, $2.77 million NHC at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Duke Matties finished fourth.

  • Jonathon Kinchen

    Kinchen: Discipline Key to Handicapping

    Jonathon Kinchen will have the maximum two of more than 600 entries for the Jan. 28-30 NHC finals in Las Vegas. As a rookie last year, Kinchen finished seventh and 11th in the championship.

  • NTRA Forms NHC Social Media Team

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has formed a new #NHC social media team to highlight the news, personalities and culture of the $2.75 million (estimated) Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.

  • Watch My Smoke wins the 2015 Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap.

    Handle Inches Up, Purses Drop Slightly

    Despite more than 2,300 fewer races compared with 2014, commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races inched up 1.18% to $10,676,223,640 in 2015. It is the first year-over-year increase since 2012.

  • Full Salute won the Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx Racing Sept. 26.

    Full Salute, Sheikh of Sheikhs Top Hutcheson

    Stakes winners Full Salute and Sheikh of Sheikhs top the field of seven 3-year-olds entered in the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 2, one of five stakes on the first Saturday card of 2016.

  • Page McKenney won the Richard B. Small Stakes at Laurel Park in November

    Page McKenney, Miss Mischief in Laurel Stakes

    Hard-knocking campaigner Page McKenney hopes to keep alive his streak of finishing in the top three in 21 consecutive races, mostly stakes, when he tops the field for the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park Jan. 2.

  • Sunland Snowed Out After Good Start

    The 2015-16 meet at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino got off to a good start, but it was sidetracked Dec. 27 when live racing was canceled because of a winter storm that dumped more than nine inches of snow on the area.

  • Winning connections of the 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings with Just A Way.

    World's Best Racehorse Ceremony in London

    Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities announced that the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held Jan. 19, 2016, in London, England.