Monthly Archives: May 2017

NY-Bred Showcase Day Pick-4

NYRA runs a few NY-bred showcase cards throughout the year, with this one coming together a few years ago when they moved the Met Mile off Memorial Day. Personally, these cards are great, and the late pick-4 sequence today is … Continue reading

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A Monmouth Park Sunday Pick-3

We missed our double yesterday with the key horse in the Red Bank Stakes, Synchrony, compromised by a very slow pace when several riders grabbed back, handing an easy lead to winner Irish Strait. Irish Strait is a Jersey-bred, 3/4 brother … Continue reading

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Today’s Monmouth Late Double

Let’s take a shot at the late double today at Monmouth Park, which starts with the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes and finishes with a state-bred Maiden Special Weight sprint. Race 9 (Red Bank Stakes) – Grade 3, 8 furlongs, turf … Continue reading

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The Preakness Pick-5

Pick-5 takeout at Pimlico is just 12% so we’ll try to hit the Pick-5 that ends in the Preakness. You can read our analysis of the Preakness here. Race 9 – Maryland Sprint (G3), 3/up, 6 furlongs, dirt – #5 Whitmore (9-5) might … Continue reading

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The Preakness (G1)

It’s time for the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown, as Always Dreaming bids for a shot at immortality in three weeks at Belmont. First, a quick history lesson: Preakness (L) won the 1st @PimlicoRC stake ever run … Continue reading

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The Kentucky Derby Pick-5

Let’s try to hit the Pick-5 that ends in the Kentucky Derby. We have longer write-ups of the Derby undercard stakes races here and the Derby itself here. Unfortunately, we have to start with this: Annnnnnnnd…it's raining again — Jay … Continue reading

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Saturday Spot Plays

Happy Derby Day! Let’s look at a few spot plays around the Churchill card for Derby Day, with one bonus pick at Belmont. Our Derby preview post can be found here. Distaff Turf Mile (G2) – Churchill Race 7 (F&M, 8 furlongs, … Continue reading

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Handicapping the Kentucky Derby

The biggest race of the year is also the biggest handicapping puzzle of the year. This year’s Kentucky Derby is as wide open as a Derby gets, certainly not a surprise after a roller coaster of a prep season. Thus, … Continue reading

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Handicapping the Kentucky Oaks

Churchill Downs has drawn both the Friday Kentucky Oaks and Saturday Kentucky Derby cards, and it’s a horseplayer’s delight. Over the next few days, we’ll have horse by horse analysis of the Oaks and Derby plus a few stakes spot … Continue reading

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