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Raven Haven – Raven Run Stakes Preview

October may be most noted for playoff baseball and apple crisp but the return of racing at Keenland is not too far behind! While the spring meet may take more of a precedent with Kentucky Derby preps, the fall meet … Continue reading

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3 Year Old Colts & Fillies on the Turf

There’s a few tasty stakes for three year olds on the turf Saturday: the Tropical Park Derby at Calder, the G.3 Hawthorne Derby at Hawthorne, and the G.1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. Chicago-based WirePlayers contributor Paul Mazur has … Continue reading

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A Break From Data, A Rekindled Love For Racing

I’ve been a fan of racing since I was about eight. Many of us who fell in love with the sport have similar stories. Going to the track for the first time, seeing the brightly colored silks and getting caught … Continue reading

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Test of a Champion – Blue Grass Stakes Preview

This preview was originally published on Thorofan Saturday’s Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse is one of the last major prep races prior to the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Despite its Grade I status, few winners of the … Continue reading

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The Transylvania – Keenland Spring Renewal

Just like the Masters Tournament in golf, or MLB Opening Day, the sight of horses in the starting gate at Keenland is a sure sign of spring, quality racing, and big time stakes action soon to follow. The opening day … Continue reading

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Solar System of Handicapping – Week 17

This week’s Solar System of Handicapping community race is the G2 $150K Jerome S. at Aqueduct. It’s a one-turn mile on Aqueduct’s main track and features a competitive field of 8 headlined by potential KY Derby starter ASTROLOGY (5/2). For … Continue reading

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Finding Green in the Blue Grass for Under $50

Regardless of what happens Saturday, the Derby picture will still be just as murky.  I’ll be looking to take down Keeneland’s $.50 pick five, which looks to be a bit chalky in a few legs, so even budget players like … Continue reading

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Hunting Value in the G.3 Sycamore Stakes

In Thursday’s $100K Grade III Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland, the overwhelming favorite is likely to be PRESIOUS PASSION, especially now that CLOUDY’S KNIGHT has scratched (and headed for a well-deserved retirement). PRESIOUS PASSION (3-1) earned plenty of respect in last … Continue reading

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“High on Grass” – Woodbine, QE II, Athenia, and Oak Tree Derby Edition

Derek Brown (aka NJDerek) is back for another look at this weekend’s turf stakes. Our longshots ran very well last weekend, keyed by PRINCE WILL I AM winning the Jamaica at 10-1.  Let’s look at Saturday’s big turf stakes and … Continue reading

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“High on Grass” – NJ Derek Has Good News and Bad News

Please welcome Derek Brown (aka NJ Derek) to WirePlayers as a contributing handicapper.  He’s a kindred spirit as he loves betting the lawn. Here’s his take on this weekend’s turf racing action. The good news is this weekend is a … Continue reading

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Checking out Keeneland’s Carpet

Going to Keeneland three days after Charles Town won’t only lead to culture shock, but you can also bear witness to two of racing’s more disruptive trends: the “racino” (at CT) and the synthetic track (at KEE). Keeneland installed their … Continue reading

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A Journey into the Heart of American Horse Racing

Making our annual pilgrimage to Keeneland racetrack this weekend – the sixth straight year we’ve driven 8+ hours from DC to Lexington. Lexington’s gotta be the only place in America where everyone’s into horse racing.  Horseplayers who are pariahs in … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth II does the Hot Cha Cha

History has a funny way of repeating itself; only not in ways that are easily predictable. Saturday’s G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Invitational stakes (that’s a mouthful) at Keeneland race track was a case in point.  Heavily favored Gozzip Girl … Continue reading

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QE II Challenge Cup Invitational – G1 Stakes

Betting Keeneland’s main track has been tricky to say the least.  The G1 QE II Invitational at 1 and 1/8 miles on the turf presents a chance for horseplayers to recoup some losses after taking a beating on the polytrack. … Continue reading

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