Stay Tuned: Racing Will ResumeNobody is sure exactly when, but at some point, racing will resume in earnest. There will be changes, some things will be different, but the Sport of Kings will go on.There is something to be said for that fact alone. So many have said in the past few years racing was on the brink. There is no shortage of threatening issues. Maybe in a strange way, this sort of hiatus from what one could argue was over saturation will help the sport.Maybe track management will see less is more. Fewer tracks running head to head can lead to increased handle. Without spreading itself thin all over the place maybe tracks can focus on promoting each other’s quality and opportunities and find a way to share the revenue. Well, we can dream anyway.When things go back full swing, what can we expect, and what can bettors capitalize…
Key Horse Races & Free Expert Picks For April 4Race 8 at Gulfstream Park - Post Time 4:18 PM EasternLady Panda gets the ground saving rail and has a great stalking style in a race with at least three “need the lead” types (Callie California, Ms Headley and Yolanda’s Pride) likely to set a fast pace which helps her out a lot. I think we can ignore her first five races even though three were excellent. The reason is the only two races relevant to her chances to succeed today where her last two, both since adding blinkers. She rallied for second in the first of the two on 1/31 then on 3/6 next out she rallied from fifth to draw off late, at the same mile trip at this race and under Gaffalione, who rides here. The 90 Equibase figure earned is better than BOTH favorites, Ghostly Beauty and…
While the world struggles to cope with Coronavirus, Gulfstream Park is intent on running the Florida Derby card sans fans in the stands. The consensus is they won’t run beyond Saturday. Santa Anita, also owned by the Stronach Group, will likely employ a similar plan and try and run through their Santa Anita Derby card. We’ll see.To their credit, Gulfstream has put together a stellar card of racing on Saturday. The Florida Derby has a full field of twelve with an also eligible. I’ll give you my rundown on the race and horses.As Seen On Tv has a nice inside draw and Paco Lopez has been hot. He’s never run a bad one, and he has a nice style for this race in that he can sit just off the speed and save ground. I don’t trust him 100% and may toss him despite fearing him.Shivaree takes blinkers off and…
Key Horse Races & Free Expert Picks For March 28Orchid Stakes – Race 10 at Gulfstream Park - Post Time 4:17 PM EasternKelsey’s Cross opens at 10/1 and I expect those odds to hold up because the filly is just two for 10 in her career and hasn’t won since September. After breaking her maiden last May on the Gulfstream Turf, she was stakes placed (third) in three straight stakes on turf before dropping to the first allowance level to win, again on the Gulfstream Park grass. After a poor race last October and two poor efforts to start her four year old campaign, Kelsey’s Cross may have shown signs of turning a corner three weeks ago in the Hillsborough Stakes. In that race she lagged last of 11 for the first seven furlongs of the nine furlong trip then split horses late to end up third, beaten three-quarters of…
The Louisiana Derby may or may not be the only game in town this weekend for horseplayers. As of now, they are planning on running, but racing as with many other things just seems to be hour to hour.The prep races for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks have points but may lose some of their relevance for the two big three-year-old dances. The Derby and Oaks will be run, albeit tentatively, the first weekend in September. Peaking for a prime points race now may get you in, but won’t help on the racetrack.The Travers is scheduled to be run the Saturday before the Derby. If that happens, the centerpiece of Saratoga probably takes a hit. Most with a good three year old will opt for the Run for the Roses.Our industry faces a lot of uncertainty. We have recent indictments that followed a rash of breakdowns that resulted in…
In the wake of the recent indictments that rocked the world of thoroughbred racing, a logical question is, what now? To complicate matters further, the world is dealing with a virus that is changing the way things are done. Races will be run without spectators at most venues, at least for now, while oddly casinos at these same facilities remain open. The Kentucky Derby going off on the first Saturday in May is far from certain, as is whether or not there will be fans in the stands. Sadly, running races for empty grandstands is not as odd as it would have been maybe in the ’80s or ’70s. What now? With all the uncertainty, that becomes a difficult question to answer. Plans for meets like Keeneland, who has already announced the start of the meet will not include fans, and Saratoga, and even the Breeders’ Cup towards the end of…
There are three Kentucky Derby points races on Saturday. The Gotham, The Tampa Bay Derby, and The San Felipe all offer hope and the ever-important points to get into the gate on the First Saturday in May. Sure, these races are fun to wager on, but for me, that is not the only enjoyment I derive from them. I enjoy trying to spot that horse that will peak in the big dance, and not before it. With the inception of the point process a few years back, the option of training your horse up to the Derby was all but taken away. You have to have your horse ready to fire an A race at least once before the goal. For example, Mack Miller did not have to worry about that when his Sea Hero won. Now, your hand will be tipped, but it is still fun, and potentially rewarding, to…
On Saturday before we get to see some Derby hopefuls at Gulfstream we’ll get to see the inaugural Saudi Cup, as of today the richest horse race in the world.The USA has both a strong presence and a big shot to win. For a $20 million purse, you’ll always have horses show up, so it is not any surprise to me that the race has a strong field.I really didn’t plan on betting the Saudi Cup, but I have changed my mind. Sometimes you just see something you can’t pass up.The race will be run mediation free. That means no Lasix among other things. I think this may factor in on how things unfold.Generally speaking, I think when horses are used to racing on Lasix, and then run without it they are at a disadvantage. I would guess this is especially true when shipping far away to race in the…
Key Horse Races & Free Expert Picks For February 29Davona Dale Stakes – Race 10 at Gulfstream Park - Post Time 3:59 PM EasternReluctant Bride is very intriguing here opening at 15/1. Favorites Spice is Nice and Tonalist’s Shape are the horses to beat. Reluctant Bride tries dirt after two turf tries, the first a win sprinting in her career debut and the second a sixth of seven finish in the Sweetest Chant Stakes. The reason she’s so intriguing is Biancone’s record in the past year with horses he tries on dirt. One of those was Sole Volante, who finished third in the Mucho Macho Man then won the Sam Davis. Another is Ete Indien, who finished second in the Holy Bull and has a strong chance to post the upset in the Fountain of Youth (Race 14) today. Another is Diamond Oops, who won a pair of stakes on…
Last week we saw two pretty good reasons to keep playing this game. I’ll be the first to say the sport has changed, beating it is tougher than ever, and we all know we have many issues to fix, but difference-making scores remain a reality. For me, this makes the Sport of Kings worth playing.We saw a pick 6 get taken down for a cool mil, and we saw a pick 5 go for around 500k. The pick 6 wager was around $50 and the pick 5 around $1000. Both tickets required some luck, but even in skill gambling games luck always helps.As someone who has played professionally for years, I am of the opinion the only way to have a chance to beat the game today is to go for these types of scores. My philosophy is to make every bet you make a potential big score. If you…