In a move designed to build the confidence of new horseplayers while emphasizing that racing offers a different form of gambling from random gaming like the lottery, Oaklawn Park is paying more money for winning on-track show wagers this year.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and Ashland Stakes (G1).
The Rebel Stakes (G2) is the penultimate leg of Oaklawn's Kentucky Derby prep race series, and with such a large purse, the Rebel has drawn a field of eleven horses that look very competitive on paper.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds.
Turfway Park and the Kentucky HBPA are teaming up March 3 for Happy Hour Handicapping, an interactive event where people who love racing and horses can learn the basics of playing the races and take a first look at Kentucky Derby contenders.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the showdown between Arrogate and California Chrome in the Pegasus World Cup.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue this Saturday with a competitive renewal of the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the La Brea Stakes, Malibu Stakes, and Mathis Brothers Mile
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps two stakes races and shares thoughts on some up-and-coming 2yos
J. Keeler Johnson shares thoughts on four up-and-coming contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the thirteen Breeders' Cup races.
J. Keeler Johnson shares some thoughts on the Breeders' Cup pre-entries.
J. Keeler Johnson shares some early thoughts on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies
Interactive past performance tool is being offered as a standalone product.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps six graded stakes races at Belmont and Keeneland.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps six graded stakes races on "Super Saturday."
That connection unfortunately has been lost through technology, which in many ways has made the life of a horseplayer much easier. But has it also become less rewarding?
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing
Analysis of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and Cotillion (gr. I) card.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodbine Mile (gr. I) at Woodbine
The spotlight is on our neighbors to the North this Saturday as Tepin returns in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT). The undisputed "Queen of the Turf" takes on seven older males in the Sept. 17 event, the last of four graded stakes on a 12-race card.
The Meadowlands all-turf Thoroughbred meet, which begins Sept. 28, will offer an across-the-board takeout rate of 15%, the lowest in the nation.
But what a 10 months it was following a full blown battle in which the new publication waged war on the powerful monopoly
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Super Derby (gr. III) at Louisiana Downs.
J. Keeler Jonson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
While Labor Day weekend has something of an anti-climactic feel in the wake of a history-making Travers Stakes (gr. I), there are still 35 races to be run at the "September place to be" over the last three days.
Remington Park in Oklahoma will offer more statistical data to horseplayers and fans when it brings back a program by which horses are weighed before each race and the information disseminated to the public.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Read Blog
The 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I) has quite a different feel than last year, when Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived with all the pomp and ceremony of a visiting dignitary. This year, a divisional crown potentially hangs in the balance.
A new approach to handicapping horse racing from sports data company STATS aims to help handicappers uncover their own overlooked gems.
Whitney Day is the second-biggest day of the meet, and the 11-race card doesn't disappoint.
A $3 million National Handicapping Championship Tour bonus will be awarded to any horseplayer who wins the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge Nov. 4-5 and the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 27-29, 2017.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Diana Stakes (gr. I) and Sanford Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga.
Veteran handicapper Dave Litfin dives into the July 2 Mother Goose (gr. I) at Belmont Park; his selections include Rachel's Valentina and Off the Tracks.
Whether it's early or late, keeping an eye on the toteboard is surely a way to get the odds in your favor during a day at the racetrack.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Vanity Mile (gr. I) featuring Beholder, Stellar Wind, Taris, and Finest City. Sponsored by Equibase
A single winning ticket resulted in a Santa Anita Park Pick 6 payout of $1,478,942 May 30.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Preakness Stakes. Hear wet track suggestions and why Uncle Lino or Abiding Star could prove an upset. Sponsored by Equibase
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes three Kentucky Derby longshots.
On April 9th the last two prep races for the 2016 Kentucky Derby will be held, and the field for the 142nd running of the "Run for the Roses" will be more-or-less established.
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. Watch Video
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. Courtesy of America's Best Racing
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. read blog
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the dates for the next Eclipse Awards ceremony and National Handicapping Championship.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
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