Keyword: handicapping

  • Value a Plus in the Wood

    Our choice to win the Grade I Wood Memorial is VALUE PLUS. This strapping, gray colt is versatile, fast and has the breeding to get the 1 1/8 mile distance. In last year's Wood, Funny Cide and Empire Maker were prominent throughout the race. We believe that early prominence will dominate this year's running as well.

  • Call Me <i>Mister</i> Jones

    The grade II Arkansas Derby runs this Saturday at Oaklawn. SMARTY JONES will win and up his record to six for six. He will win by multiple lengths. His time for the 1 1/8 mile race will be under 1:49, and he will quiet all doubts as to his status as a serious Derby contender.

  • Limehouse Right at Home at Keeneland

    A quick quiz. How many of the starters in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes won the last time out? The answer: two, Limehouse and California shipper Preachinatthebar. In fact, LIMEHOUSE has won his last two. We pick him to run his streak to three in Saturday's Blue Grass.

  • The Song Goes On

    The Grade II Illinois Derby looks like an orchestra with no conductor, as the morning line odds indicate.

  • Seasoning and Experience Have Not Lost Their Hold on the Kentucky Derby

    In the past few years, much discussion has centered around the chances of a "lightly-raced horse" winning the Kentucky Derby. But in fact, the talk has not come to much fruition. Truth holds eternal, and although there are exceptions to every rule, the truth is that it still takes seasoning and experience to win the Kentucky Derby the vast majority of the time.

  • WinStar to Win WinStar Derby

    <i>By Dick Downey</i> -- The $500,000 WinStar Derby sees the sponsor's own VICTORY LIGHT shipping in from Payson Park in Florida, and Pat Day comes along for the ride.

  • A Baker's Dozen for Kentucky Derby 130?

    Although we're fascinated with numbers at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com"><i>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>,</i> we are not into numerology. However, it doesn't take much imagination to conjure up a projected field of 13 in Kentucky Derby 130.

  • Hooked on Smarty

    I got hooked on Smarty Jones just off his name--then really got interested off his run in the Count Fleet when he stumbled out of the gate, swept three wide around the field and cleared by five.

  • Class Will Rule in the Gotham

    While we haven't been covering Saratoga County as a potential Kentucky Derby contender on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thedowneyprofile.com/membership"><br>TheDowneyProfile.com</a>, he is nominated to the Triple Crown, and there are several angles going for him in the Gotham.

  • Showdown at Santa Anita

    <i>By Dick Downey</i> -- 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.

  • Tampa Bay Derby is Pletcher's to take

    <i>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.</i>

  • Twelve-second Splits: Pre-Derby Performance

    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.

  • Here and There

    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 To Host '04 Handicapping Championship

    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.

  • Blood-Horse Head2Head Competition

    Dan Liebman and Evan Hammonds, who have been on the scene in Chicago this week, were each given a $1,000 mythical bankroll...

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    Karma Classic

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- 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.

  • TVG Announces Handicapping Game

    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.

  • Handicapping Tips

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The NTRA said fan education is important, but it apparently has been put on the back burner.

  • Sam Houston Offers Unique Derby Challenge

    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.

  • Arlington Unveils New Fan Loyalty/Rewards Program

    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.<br>

  • Plaids and Stripes

    <i>By John Angelo</i> -- 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.

  • Set Sail for Some Great Turf Action

    <i>By Tim McCarthy, Thoroughbred Sports Network</i> -- 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.