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Wednesday, 04 January 2017 06:02

Handicappers, Fans and the Jockey Relationship

handicappers1Jockeys, by definition, are the people who ride horses professionally in races. While that definition is simplistic and fits the job description, it does a lousy job of encompassing everything these athletes do.

Yes, I said athletes because these are the pilots of animals weighing an average of 1200 lbs. and that are running in excess of 35 mph around the racetrack. It would be hard enough to control and maneuver a thoroughbred by itself around one or two turns, but add eight to 12 others, all running at the same time for the identical finish line, and you can get a bit of chaos.

Oh, did I fail to mention that most of these men and women weigh less than 118lbs? The job that jockeys do is a tough one and one that requires hundreds of hours in the saddle to prepare for a career in racing. To add another pound to the discussion, many jockeys struggle to make weight and go to extreme circumstances to be ready for post time. Constant exercising and dieting are tools of the trade for these riders. Some are able to manage these behaviors, but others struggle and, in extreme cases, fall by the wayside and not only fail in their career, but also life.

Sunday, 01 January 2017 05:58

The Power of Dutching

You have $20 to spend at the grocery store to buy three things to make a sandwich: bread, cheese, and meat. Would you take that $20 and divide it by three and spend $6.66 on each item, when the bread cost $1.99, cheese $3.49, and meat $6.99? The simple answer is no. Unfortunately, that is what you are doing when you are boxing your wagers.

When you box your selections, regardless of what the current odds are, you are essentially spending the same of amount on each selection even though they are at different odds. In other words, you are lowering your return on investment (ROI).

AmWager has a great tool that enables you to maximize your ROI and take the inefficiencies out of the boxed wager – it’s called Dutching.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:55

Papo's Post Parade Video Series

Papo's Post Parade provides an inside track with betting tips from AmWager professional handicapper, Papo Morales. This FREE multi-part video series, presented by AmWager CEO Nelson Clemmens, can help you produce more winning results with a smarter approach to betting.

In Part 6, Papo detaills the strategy on Multi-Race Bets, such as a Trifecta; how to utilize the A-B-C method; 'Caveman' Multi-Race Betting; and more!

From Gulfstream Park:

New Grade 3 One of 3 Graded Races on Card with 5 Stakes
Talk Logistics, Storming My Way Take Different Route to Stakes
Sweetontheladies Takes New Dimension into $75,000 Smooth Air

Set to be renewed as a graded stakes for the first time Dec. 17 at Gulfstream Park, the $100,000 Harlan's Holiday (G3) attracted 18 nominations, including five from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, the 13-time defending Championship Meet titlist.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 05:46

This week's thoroughbred and harness stakes


Aqueduct: Carryover - $837,571 Pick 6

Ascot (AUS): G3 A.J. Scahill Stakes. Early Sat. AM ET

Fairgrounds: Carryover - $47,419 Pick 5 Jackpot

Los Alamitos: Carryover - $11,539 Pick 6

Turfway: Carryover - $23,823 Super High Five

Meadowlands - Harness: Carryover - $53,711 Super High Five Last Race

Woodbine - Harness: Niagra. Carryover - $438,804 Super High Five Jackpot

For more carryovers, click here.

Monday, 21 November 2016 05:44

Thanksgiving Weekend Stakes


Aqueduct: $125,000 Winter Memories; $100,000 King's Swan

Del Mar: G2 $200,000 Hollywood Turf Club

Golden Gate: $50,000 Debutante


ARCADIA, Calif. (October 26 2016) – Led by North America’s all-time leading money earner CALIFORNIA CHROME, two-time Breeders’ Cup champion mare BEHOLDER, Travers Stakes winner ARROGATE, defending champions TEPIN and FOUND (IRE) and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner NYQUIST, an all-star international cast of 185 of the world’s best Thoroughbreds, including 38 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious two-day global event, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held for a record ninth time at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. There will be four Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders’ Cup races on Championship Saturday.

The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by NBCSN and NBC. The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live on Saturday, November 5 at 5:35 p.m. PT/8:35 p.m. ET on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET).

Among the statistical highlights in this year’s pre-entries are that a total of seven races are oversubscribed with more than 14 horses. There are 45 horses who have qualified for automatic starting positions through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series that are pre-entered. Aidan O’Brien has pre-entered 13 horses, the most among trainers, and the Coolmore partnerships lead all owners with 14 horses pre-entered.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:28

Dubai World Cup Carnival Week 3 Analysis

Below is Steven Molyneux’s Meydan Overview and selections for the third meeting of the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Meydan Overview:

It was not quite an “I was there” occasion, but it will be a surprise if the victory of Reynaldothewizard in the Dubawi Stakes last week is surpassed when it comes to moments of the 2017 Carnival. One of three on the day for Satish Seemar and Richie Mullen, it provided further proof that the locals are nigh-on impenetrable when it comes to racing on the dirt. If there is a racing nation to do it, then it could well be Korea who send out three runners this week and will have taken heart from the performance of Power Blade 7 days ago who finished third to North America. There is a general feeling that having tested the water here last year, the group that have made the trip this time around are more realistically weighted and hopes will be high that one of Triple Nine (considered to be the best of them), Seoul Bullet or Main Stay can give the burgeoning racing nature their first winner on international soil when they line up on Thursday.

Friday, 13 January 2017 04:17

3 Graded Stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday

gulfstreamparkFrom Gulfstream Park:

Divisidero Back on Familiar Turf in Saturday’s G2 Fort Lauderdale

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gunpowder Farms’ Divisidero has used the Gulfstream Park Turf Course as a springboard to success the past two years. Buff Bradley is hopeful that his Grade 1-winning trainee will kick off yet another lucrative campaign in Saturday’s $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2).

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Le Chevalier (grey horse on left) competes in the NJ Hunt Cup.
Photo by Tod Marks.

By Bailey Bianco, AmWest Entertainment

Passion. It’s what this sport is all about. It’s what we love most about horse racing. We all have that moment in our lives where we have to ask ourselves, “What is my passion?” And, often times, we ask ourselves this question in the New Year. The same goes for our equine athletes. Horses, unfortunately, can’t simply tell us the answer to this question. However, they can show us. When horses are passionate for what they do, you can tell. You see that fire in their eyes and heart in their stride. This display of passion is apparent in Le Chevalier.

Le Chevalier, by Broken Vow out of Orellana, started his career as a flat racehorse for AmWest Entertainment’s founder and CEO, Nelson Clemmens. Clemmens purchased this horse at the Keeneland September sales, named and raced him in his Stone Spire silks. It was clear to see that Le Chevalier was not the next Secretariat. And although he ran as a less-than-spectacular racehorse, you could see that Le Chevalier had the passion of any successful athlete. So, he took the “New Year, New Me” career approach.

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