By Dick Downey -- The final local showdown for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby unfolds Sunday as some of the most well-known names in West Coast racing contest the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 mile.
Our guest picker, Mike Pearson, loves speed, and sometimes the cheaper the better. But there's nothing cheap about his preferences in the Tampa Bay Derby. Pearson's day job is prosecuting felons, and he never takes the easy way out. He's been on a handicapping roll of late, prompting TheDowneyProfile.com to ask him to apply his talents here.
By Dick Downey -- Six facts lead us to choose THE CLIFF'S EDGE in Saturday's Florida Derby.
In our last story, we demonstrated that splits close to 12 seconds per furlong are usually employed to win the Kentucky Derby. In this installment, we examine pre-Derby splits of the last 10 winners.
What do War Emblem and Fusaichi Pegasus have in common? Yes, they each won the Kentucky Derby. And they each did it in a similar way.
By Dick Downey
The last Kentucky Derby won by a Dual Qualifier ("DQ")--a three year old with a dosage index of 4.00 or less that's within 10 pounds of the highweight in the Experimental Free Handicap--was Silver Charm in 1997.
A total of $10,000 in prize money, including a first place prize of $6,000, will be up for grabs in Trackside Louisville OTB's Handicapping Challenge on Sunday.
TVG will broadcast live from the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 23-24 from Bally's in Las Vegas.
Brisnet.com has introduced a series of three online handicapping contests...Members of the Dance Theater of Harlem's Cast from "St. Louis Woman" visit Belmont Thursday.
Bally's Las Vegas will host the $212,000 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship for the second consecutive year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday. The Championship, now in its fifth year overall, is slated for January 23-24, 2004.
Turfway Park isn't being sarcastic. It's just trying to have a little fun, and maybe introduce some people to pari-mutuel wagering.
Dan Liebman and Evan Hammonds, who have been on the scene in Chicago this week, were each given a $1,000 mythical bankroll...
Boy, am I glad this is play money.
California officials are considering a wager that taps into the bettor's natural inclination to "beat the favorite."
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Handicapping 101 teaches things like pace, trips, and class, but does not cover what the late oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder used to refer to as the "intangibles." When it comes to handicapping the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the intangibles sometimes seem just as important as the measurable factors.
Racing and breeding news from the industry
TVG announced the launch of Exactamundo, a handicapping game that rewards TVG account holders for selecting the correct exacta in TVG's weekly Saturday Spotlight Race.
Deepak Chopra's Law of Karma has had a tremendous influence on the Kentucky Derby in the last quarter-century, starting with the great Seattle Slew.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The NTRA said fan education is important, but it apparently has been put on the back burner.
Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas will offer a unique challenge to on-track handicappers for the May 5 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) -- select the correct order of finish of all the runners and win $1 million.
The World Series of Handicapping, a staple at Penn National Race Course since 1974, has been canceled this year due to an insufficient number of entries.
Youbet.com, an online wagering service, hopes to grow its wagering business through a deal with Daily Racing Form.
Arlington Park announced Monday the kickoff of its new Twin Spires Club fan loyalty and rewards program, part of a national program with Churchill Downs and replaces Arlington's former program, the A-Club. All A-Club members who were active in 2000, have been automatically transferred into the Twin Spires Club.
By John Angelo -- My greatest fear as a public handicapper is that I'll become my worst version of myself. I'll give up fashion altogether and spend my days alternately swearing at and giving benediction to racetrack monitors.
By Tim McCarthy, Thoroughbred Sports Network -- There are many graded turf stakes races carded across the country on Columbus Day weekend, and after the sun sets on Monday, some prime picks for the championship day's grassy events are likely to be discovered.
Equibase Co. has acquired AXCIS Information Network Inc., a leading provider of electronic handicapping information through its TrackMaster brand.
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