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Prat for Ortiz Times Two

Flavien Prat will ride two horses in two stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday that were both ridden by Irad Ortiz last out. He will probably win them both. Irad is serving a suspension stemming from an incident at Royal Ascot and Prat looks like the beneficiary of that. Life Is Good is back from the trip to the desert where he was beat on the square in the mile and a quarter Dubai World

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Key Races & Bets for Saturday July 2, 2022

Alapocas Run Stakes – Race 4 at Delaware Park – Post Time 2 PM Eastern Whereshetoldmetogo likely won’t go to post at his 4 to 1 morning line odds, but considering Drafted opens at 2 to 1 and has won two straight stakes, that one should go favored and we should still get low odds overlay value on Whereshetoldmetogo on win bets. This gelding LOVES to win, with six wins in his last 10 races

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Pace Makes the Race

Pace is so important in trying to handicap a horse race. It impacts how the race is run and more importantly how the race will finish. You’d be surprised how many people don’t put enough stock into figuring out the pace of a race. Many who do rely on tools or figures to predict or calculate pace. This is one area I personally feel the human brain has the edge on technology.   You can

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Key Races & Bets for Saturday June 25th, 2022

Goldwood Stakes – Race 11 at Monmouth – Post Time 4:47 PM Eastern If the race goes as drawn in that need-the-lead types Athwaaq, Robin Sparkles and Hey Mamaluke run, and/or if also-eligible Stop War runs, or any two or three of the four, the early pace is going to be hotly contested and HOT, perhaps with a sub :22 opening quarter and a sub :45 half mile. That sets the race up nicely for

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Pilot or Passenger

If you are familiar with my handicapping style and philosophy, or read my columns here on AmWager, or on Past the Wire, or watch Past the Wire TV, or listen to our podcast Gate to Wire, you know I am from the jockeys are very important opinion. There are many who think the jockey does not matter all that much, and it comes down to you must have the horse. While in theory that is true,

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