Category Archives: Handicapping

Le Comte Stakes

The Saturday card at The Fairgrounds features 12 races with four stakes and a handicap race. The feature race is the $200k LeComte Stakes for three year olds. This race is the local prep for the Risen Star Stakes that … Continue reading

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Turnback the Alarm Handicap

Friday is the start of arguably the best and biggest weekend in horse racing, the Breeders’ Cup Championships. Horse racing’s equivalent of the World Series, Stanley Cup Finals or Super Bowl. In addition to the Breeders’ Cup, it is closing … Continue reading

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The Grade 1 Belmont Stakes: Let’s Hope I’m Wrong Again

What can I tell you that you don’t already know? We’ve had three weeks to pour over the data, watch the replays, debate the “what if” scenarios and stay up late to watch the Social Inclusion midnight press conference. That … Continue reading

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The Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) – I Need a Gala

The 2014 Kentucky Derby trail has been one of the stranger ones in recent memory so it seems fitting that the final running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack is a head scratcher. #3 BOBBY’S KITTEN is … Continue reading

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Saturday Stakes Action

Saturday offers the best day of stakes racing so far this year. It kicks off early with the Dubai World Cup card from Meydan race course. Although this year’s edition doesn’t have superstar 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, these … Continue reading

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WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume III

Chris “off the grid” Hernandez and McKayla Maroney are not impressed with this year’s Derby contenders. Maybe the Grade 1 Derby preps in the coming weeks will brighten spirits and tell us what we really have. There just might be … Continue reading

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Strong Contenders Face Off in Southwest Stakes

Monday’s Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park features arguably the strongest field of Kentucky Derby prep races held so far this year. How can I tell: the 11 horse field contains 7 horses earning votes in Volume I of … Continue reading

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Fear of a Charming Kitten

Originally published at ThoroFan Handicapper’s Corner Saturday’s $500,000 Grade II Virginia Derby starts at 8:12PM, meaning Colonial Downs improved their track lighting system to a degree they can hold turf races during twilight hours. It also means the early evening thunder … Continue reading

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Lowdown on Colonial Downs Colonial Turf Cup

Originally published at ThoroFan Handicapper’s Corner. The only Thoroughbred racetrack in the Commonwealth of Virginia is Colonial Downs, conveniently located off Interstate 64 (or rather inconvenient, if you happen to live in Northern Virginia) between Richmond and Williamsburg. Colonial Downs … Continue reading

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The Belmont Stakes (G1) – The Revolution Will Be Overanalyzed

Originally posted at ThoroFan. Who knew that the Belmont Stakes would be the most intriguing wagering event of this year’s Triple Crown? Bettors really couldn’t ask for much more out of a race then they will get on Saturday, between … Continue reading

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Scatman Aristides

For ThoroFan’s Handicapper’s Corner Dylan J. previewed Saturday’s Grade 3 Aristides Stakes. It only drew five entries so Churchill Downs made it Race 5 to keep it out of their Pick 6.  That doesn’t mean it won’t be an exciting … Continue reading

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Nobody Knows Anything – WirePlayers Derby Dozen Volume V

Two days out from the Derby and we have our final ranking. Panel consensus indicates ORB as the most likely winner based on points, but REVOLUTIONARY received the most #1 votes. How do you explain that: apparently those who like … Continue reading

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The Spiral Stakes (G3) – Hanging in the Balance

Originally Posted at ThoroFan. With the new Kentucky Derby points system in play, Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park offers one of only a couple chances for turf horses to pick up the points needed to make it into the … Continue reading

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Saturday Handicapping Notes

WirePlayers contributor Dylan J. previewed Saturday’s Derby prep, Oaklawn Park’s G.2 Rebel Stakes, over at Thorofan’s Handicapper’s Corner. Despite the outside posts, Dylan likes OXBOW slightly more than SUPER NINETY NINE and I tend to agree. Under those two Dylan … Continue reading

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Catching Up

Last Saturday I made my first foray into the world of live money handicapping tournaments by playing a qualifier for next year’s Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas at Laurel Park.  The Rules: $300 buy-in with $100 going to the … Continue reading

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