Free Belmont Selections – 10/25/2020

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 24, 2020 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Belmont Selections – 10/25/2020

 

The time of year where the leaves give us a glimpse of nature’s glory as the year is winding down. – The Breeders’ Cup is just a short wait, and we’ll get an autumn treat of the year’s best racing. Ah, the best time to be a horse racing fan.

 

Belmont

 

Race #1 – Alw $82,000 NW1 – 1mile – 12:40 pm

#2 – Mrs. Danvers = This could be a “free spot” with your multi-race wagers.- A daughter of Tapit who is making a 2nd effort off the layoff. She is 3/3 ITM at Belmont and just missed last out. She adds blinkers and Shug McGaughey wins 19% on this equipment change. Joel Rosario has the call and he wins 43% with Shug as a team.

 

Race #2 – Mdn $80,000 – 6f inner turf – 1:15 pm

#2 – So Enchanting = hails from the Chad Brown barn with Javier Castellano in the irons. She was beaten chalk last out and returns with a bullet work to tighten down the screws. Castellano wins 28% with Brown and this could very well be a single in your P-4 and P-5 wagers.

 

Race #4 – Alw $82,000 – 1 1/16 on the turf – 2:16pm

#6 – Crystalle = 2nd start of the year and her last start of 2019 was off slow in the BC Juvenile Turf. Irad Ortiz for John Kimmel and she has a nice late punch. Ortiz is winning 26% at the meet and this daughter of Palace Malice is a solid closer.

 

Race #8 – AOC $84,000 – 6 1/2 f – 4:25pm

#7 – Pete’s Play Call = He is 3/4 ITM at the track, and Luis Saez has the call. Rosario had the call last out and he came up a bit flat. Two back, Saez had the mount and it was a gutsy win. Add in a bullet work and we could be looking at good things in the betting arena for this race.

 

Free Keeneland Selections – Thursday, 10/22/20

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 21, 2020 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Keeneland Selections – Thursday, 10/22/20

I sure miss making the drive down to beautiful Lexington! – This is the best time of year to make the drive down I-75 with the leaves turning colors and the crisp cool air keeping you bundled. But, the next best thing to being at the track is sitting near your computer or device and watching and wagering on the races! – With that in mind, here are some free selections to get your inner-handicapper feeling good. “Bets” of luck my friends!

 

Keeneland

 

Race#1 – #2 – War Eagle’s Love = This daughter of Birdstone is 2 for 2 ITM at KEE and drops back in class. Corey Lanerie in the irons for Anthony Stephen who won a race at Mountaineer last night. I like to play run-backs at the short KEE meet as the horse generally takes to the oval. She gets a big jock change and looks to move forward.

Race#2 – #3 – Capital Call = 2nd time off a short layoff for Neil Drysdale and Florent Geroux in the saddle. He exits KyD and has a late-running style. Going 1 3/16 should be what the Dr. ordered and he’ll come calling late in the stretch.

Race #6 – #7 – Current = 2nd time off a short layoff and the 2nd start at the short KEE meet. This son of Curlin had a troubled trip last out and I’m looking for a cleaner trip and good things under Tyler Gaffalione who is winning 21% at the meet and 21% with his turf runners. Add in he comes from Todd Pletcher’s barn and things are looking up for today.

Race #7 – #3 – Sugar Love = She is a daughter of Candy Ride for Rusty Arnold and Julien Leparoux. She exits KyD and all runners have been doing well coming from the European oval. Dropping in class and getting added ground may be the answer for today.

Race #8 – #2 – Silver Slate = This son of Hard Spun has been off for 7 months for Steve Asmussen and Ricardo Santana. He has plenty of solid works over the CD surface. He may be preparing for racing at CD, but the drop-in class may have him ready to fire fresh.

Race #9 – #7 – Wentru =  Hails from the Brad Cox barn with Florent Geroux in the saddle. He comes in from KyD, and the barn wins 33% with 2nd time out grass races. He just missed over the undulating turf at KyD and they score at a 38% win clip going a turf route of ground.

I’m In – Are You Ready?

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 19, 2020 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on I’m In – Are You Ready?

I’m sitting here on this cold and rainy morning. – My senses are alive and it’s time to start thinking bigger. – Yes, I said bigger. Think of this week as an opportunity rather than betting. I’m talking about finding your best opportunities, and not finding 15 races to plunk down a bet for action. There is a big difference between making a bet and finding solid wagering investments. I’m starting to hone in on the action as we start the bankroll building process. If you need a little glimpse of what I bring to the table, here’s a small look into me as a player/writer/handicapper.

  • I’ve worked at five race tracks. – I’ve had the great opportunity to work in every aspect of management, marketing, public relations, ADW coordinator, player development manager, odds-maker, track announcer, writer, and blogger.
  • The host of four radio shows, an Internet radio show host, and an on-air handicapper. I have provided content and racing selections for TV, and been a special guest on radio shows highlighting marquee races.
  • I’ve constantly strived to improve my game. I have access to multiple sources of real information to give me an edge. There has not been a day that I haven’t learned something new to prepare for the next day of wagering.
  • I have won and qualified in multiple horse racing contests over the years.
  • I listen to your needs. My goal is to share the info and make you a better player. – I lead by example, and if I give out a wager you can bet dollars to donuts (good or bad) I have my own money right on the line right with you.

I’m preparing for a run. Not taking a 5-mile jog, but getting ready to find the answers. This is the best time of the year to focus on horse racing.

You can bet football, baseball, or soccer, but how much do you really know? I’m sure you do your homework and prepare to make your best investments. But, we are battling a pandemic, and just take a step back and look at the physical injuries due to lack of proper practice, restrictions, or no pre-season games. Smaller seasons make it tough to get a read on the game. – Racing has not stopped since the pandemic has curtailed many sports. Horses are still being trained, and now more than ever you’ll have more access to horse racing on sports TV. Horse racing is taking an introspective look at how to improve. We know the public is showing greater interest and what better time than now to give the players the best opportunity.

From this point on, we’re going to start having focused plays to build your bankroll. –  There will not be ten races from one track. It might be two, or it may be a couple of races from focus tracks. – Here are a few plays for Wednesday at Keeneland. The weather is supposed to be good for Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday may bring the rain. So, let’s take a look at a few plays on Wednesday to start the week.

 

Wednesday / Keeneland

Race #3 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 mile on the turf – 2:12 pm

#2 – Tiz Splendid News (2-1) = This filly is shipping in from KyD and just missed as an odds-on favorite. Wesley Ward is the trainer and he wins 15% going a sprint to a route and 21% on a second race effort. Look for big speed from the red-hot Gerardo Corrales who is winning 25% at the meet and 24% with early style runners. KyD runners are going on to score on turf, dirt, and poly. The undulating turf course in Kentucky is the only European course in the nation.

 

Race #4 – Mdn Claiming $30,000 – 6f – 2:45 pm

#4 – Snowblind (3-1) = He comes off a bad trip at KyD and is dropping down in class for Steve Asmussen who wins 20% going to mdn claiming and 21% going from turf to dirt. Gerardo Corrales in the irons and he is winning 36% for Asmussen. The trainer /combo is 2 for 2 with wins the past two weeks.

 

Race#6 – Alw $73,000 N2X – 1 1/16 on the turf – 3:51 pm

#2 – Pass the Plate (2-1) = the conditions of the race fit this filly for Paul McGee. Julien Leparoux in the saddle and she broke her maiden at Keeneland this time last year. She is a stone-cold closer and owns a bullet work after a two-month layoff. Take a look at the four races Leparoux has ridden her and you’ll know he fits like a glove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Keeneland Selections – Thursday 10/15/2020

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 13, 2020 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Keeneland Selections – Thursday 10/15/2020

Even though fans are not allowed to make the sacred trip to beautiful Lexington, Kentucky. We can watch our favorite ADW and catch the beauty and pageantry up close. – With that in mind, there is nothing better than having some free selections to whet your appetite for live racing action. – Be sure and download your E-Z Win Forms for a full and comprehensive look at how the race will take shape. – Best of luck!

 

Keeneland

 

Race #1 – #4 – Tetrahydro = Hails from the Dale Romans barn taking a step up in class. She exits a race where 4 runners have returned and three have won. She’ll be closing under Joe Talamo down the lane.

 

Race #4 – #4 – Flown = A daughter of Kitten’s Joy who has a pair of efforts of being the bridesmaid. Her last race at KyD was solid for Brendan Walsh with Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle who wins 21% with turf runners.

 

Race #5 – #7 – Fastly = He stalked the pace to come up a bit empty going 7f. They cut back to 6 1/2f and Mitchell Murrill retains the mount for Bret Calhoun.

 

Race #6 – #4 – Dance Rhythms = 2nd off the layoff for Greg Foley and Rafael Bejarano. She is 9 for 14 ITM going the distance and ran a big 2nd last out. Look for a solid closing effort today.

 

Race#8 – #10-Ziyad = 3rd off the layoff coming over from France getting first Lasix. This son of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) has speed and the services of Manny Franco who wins 17% with early type runners Graham Motion send him to post and with early speed, the outside post should be no problem.

Free Keeneland Selections – Wednesday 10/14/20

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 13, 2020 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing | Comments Off on Free Keeneland Selections – Wednesday 10/14/20

 

Even though fans are not allowed to make the sacred trip to beautiful Lexington, Kentucky. We can watch our favorite ADW and catch the beauty and pageantry up close. – With that in mind, there is nothing better than having some free selections to whet your appetite for live racing action. – Be sure and download your E-Z Win Forms for a full and comprehensive look at how the race will take shape. – Best of luck!

 

Keeneland

 

Race #1 – #5 – Icatiro = Hails from the Robertino Diodoro barn which is winning 36%. – He is 2nd off the layoff and Diodoro scores 25% off a 2nd time off the layoff move. – This could be a free spot in your pick five action

 

Race#4 – #3 – Eres Tu = She has been off for more than a year and trainer Arnaud Delacour wins 25% with long layoff runners. Her back class alone could have her right in the mix.

 

Race#5 – #5 – Take Charge Ro = She’s been off for 6 months and made a strong late run last out on the GP sod. Robby Albarado in the saddle and should come calling late in the lane.

 

Race #7 – #4 – Lexi on the Moon = 2nd start off the shelf for the red-hot Diodoro winning 36% at the meet. – A solid closer who should benefit coming in fresh for the hot barn.

 

 

 

Riding into History

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 10, 2020 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Riding into History

1973 was a long time ago. If not, just check your license to see if you were born. – W.J. Danner was a young man from Kansas training horses at Beulah Park. His ability as a trainer showed promise and would allow him to raise a family on his trade. On April 2, 1973, a nineteen-year-old kid from Lepanto, Arkansas was given a leg-up on Rablue. – 7,141 wins later that same kid became the 6th all-time leading rider in the world.

Perry Ouzts is 66-years-young. The old saying of “Father Time is Undefeated” means nothing to Ouzts. “I’m gonna ride this train until they throw me off,” according to the Hennegan brothers video Ironman. A piece that showed the behind the scenes life of a one-of-a-kind rider.

A quiet man who shuns the spotlight would rather do his talking on the track. – Getting Perry to speak more than 2 minutes is a wish. Humble and kind, but a tenacious competitor the same. I’ve never seen anyone better on a speed horse; hence earning him the nickname “Scoot N Boot.”

In the background, Rablue was ponied back to the winner’s circle by Doug “Doo-dad” Haehn. He was the same man 47-years later that ponied him back to the winner’s circle to celebrate his 7,142nd win. – This propelled Perry to be the 6th all-time leading rider in history passing Chris McCarron.

Four months ago Belterra Park was given the green light to race. During uncertain times, racing was the only sport for fans to enjoy. It was a simple pleasure that gave us hope for normalcy. – I have no doubt we’ll all be back in the saddle for fans in the stands and packed crowds on stakes days. But, for now. We’ll gratefully accept the beauty and pageantry the Racing Gods bestow. – As I walked to my car for the final time yesterday, this season is one to remember. The wonderful people I have the opportunity to work for, and the incredible folks I am blessed to be a part of the team.

The stands are quiet and the horses move on to the next oval. This is racing. But, rest assured we’ll be chomping at the bit to be back in the saddle next spring. – The highlight for me was watching a 66-year-old man ride like a teenager. His drive to win is unparalleled and love for the game unmatched. See you next season, Perry. It was an honor and privilege to watch you ply your trade.

 

One Day Pro – Revisited Again….

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 10, 2020 in General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on One Day Pro – Revisited Again….

Long ago, I wrote a blog called “One Day Pro.” – It was about wagering on a track you never play, and may not like. Well, as long as it’s been since my first edition years ago. I’m calling out some goofballs who fall victim to this stupidity. And yours truly leads the pack.

Pimlico was having the Preakness. I’m sure every fan on the planet knew the event took place and we embrace the filly who showed up the boys. – My friend Thomas Drury brought Art Collecter to post and that was the extent of my plans for making a bet. Well, plans are subject to change.

I tried to really dig in deep and do may handicapping days in advance. I knew the weather, the players, and my bankroll. – It fell apart like a cheap dollar-store paper towel. I broke my cardinal rule and went against the grain. After running 3rd so many times I lost count. The “One Day Pro” story came back to memory. It had been a long time, and I had forgotten about betting tracks without having a solid base. If my foot would have reached I would have kicked myself through the goalposts. – But, to make matters worse. I had the answer all along and didn’t follow suit. It was using the Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms and box the top three selections in an exacta box. Good info, and it always comes through on marquee days. That is for everyone except me. – So, here’s a glimpse of what Winning Ponies did on the day.

Race #1 – $39.60 exacta

Race #2 – $15.60 exacta

Race#6 – $11.20 exacta

Race# 8 – $131.60 exacta

Race #11 – $75.60 exacta

I always tell you to download your E-Z Win Forms, but guess who didn’t follow his own advice! – Oh, well. Maybe I’ll be smarter the next time around when it comes to reaching out for solid wagering info. – As always, be sure and download your E-Z Win Forms for the most definitive view on how the races will take shape. – Until next time, best of luck!

Free Selections – Kentucky Downs – 9/15/20

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 15, 2020 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Free Selections – Kentucky Downs – 9/15/20

 

The undulating European course is down to just a few days of racing action before it disappears again for a year. – So, it’s time to play some of the best racing action in the country with a few free selections to whet your handicapping whistle. – For the complete view on how the races will take shape, be sure and download your E-Z Win Forms for a comprehensive look at making your day a winner!

 

Kentucky Downs

 

Race#1 – #7 – Telephone Talker = Mike Maker trainee with Irad Ortiz is a solid play in the opener. Maker is winning at 17% for the meet and when he teams up with Ortiz they score at 23%. – This colt is bred to relish the turf as his dam Kathern’s Kitten has 4 starters, 3 winners, and 2 turf winners. He’s a closer and will have a very long stretch to do his bidding.

Race#3 – #3 – Epicurean = First-time starter for Wesley Ward who is winning at a 27% win clip at the meet. Irad Ortiz wins 18% with first-timers and 25% when he teams up with Ward. She is bred to love the green and Ward is sitting on full-wide-open the next two days.

Race #4 – #8 – Jades Gelly = Wesley Ward trainee with the red-hot hand of Gerardo Corrales in the irons who is scorching the meet winning 22%. – She ships in from Saratoga and New York runners have done well at the 5-day meet.

Race#7 – #4 – Hay Dakota = Hails from the Maker barn with Jose Ortiz in the saddle. He was a beaten favorite last out at CD and was fanned five wide. I’m looking for a much better trip with Ortiz who scores at a 30% win clip with Maker.

Race #9 – #3 – Mrs. Sippy = Goes to post for Graham Motion and Joel Rosario. This is her 2nd start of the year as this closer should enjoy the added distance and the long stretch. Rosario wins 18% with closers.

Race#10 – #3 – Red Ghost = Enters for Wesley Ward shipping in from Saratoga. They took her only race off the turf and she drew off to win by eight widening lengths. She is regally bred for the sod and will relish the deep course and long stretch. Jose Ortiz in the irons and he will jump to the front and not look back. Ortiz wins 18% with speedsters on the weeds.

The Happy Horseplayer – September

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 15, 2020 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on The Happy Horseplayer – September

 

I was sitting on the porch looking off into the night time distance. – It took me back to something my mother once said to me. ” If you work at something you love you get to enjoy it while it’s happening, and when you get a bit older, you get to look back and enjoy it all over again remembering the fond memories.”

A friend I met online has been asking me questions about handicapping. – “How do you start your process? Are there some important facts a learning handicapper must learn?” – The answer was simple. Yes…

I told her in a private message a bit about my years of handicapping. – The start; how I learned more; contests won, and years of writing and doing radio shows. I wanted to share my love of the sport and pass the torch of knowledge. A reflection of life enjoyed and cherished. – I told her it was easier to plunk down money in a slot machine and hope you win. Or, you could learn about one of the most beautiful sports to watch and wager, and root-like hell as they thunder to the finish. – She agreed and wanted to know more.

I thought about what was important, and how I wanted this new handicapper to begin. A good start usually adds up to a great finish. So, after pondering and thinking about what to say. I found it easier to just speak from my heart.

 

1. – Enjoy the beauty and pageantry no matter how you do at the windows.
2. – Never gamble with anyone who is not happy to see you win.
3.- Go to the live races when you can – There is nothing like going to the paddock, watching horses work, or seeing them break from the gate.
4. – Don’t make a bet if you don’t think you can win.
She loved reading these simple rules and is going to use them as a base to build her new love. – That was the best start on a lifetime journey.
Handicapping the races is a little more work than picking a number or plunking down a handful of money into a slot machine. But, when you finally watch your first runner storm home and hit the wire first. You’re hooked for life. – It happened to me, and I’m sure many folks who are tired of wearing masks inside a casino operating at 30% capacity for safety. Racing allows you the freedom to watch the beauty and pageantry while staying safe. You must still adhere to social distancing rules, and wear masks in areas where you can’t sit and separate at a safe distance. Racing was the only sport six months ago when others were unsure if the game would continue.
My new friend had a good start. – We’re going to chat from time-to-time, and we’ll talk about how to begin the process of learning more. That is the best part, and I look forward to receiving a note with who she likes and why. – Sharing the game is the reward of every handicapper. I’ve always said people are the best part of the game, and if you give it a try I bet you’ll agree. – Best of luck my new friend. I think you’re going to enjoy the journey.

 

Derby Days Past

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 4, 2020 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, WinningPonies.com | Comments Off on Derby Days Past

I can remember getting up early. My dad was known as the neighbor who liked to play the races; but on this day that was just fine as he gathered up bets from neighbors, family, and friends to get their action down. – There was nothing better than the excitement of things to come and history to be written. Yeah, it’s fair to say I was a racing fan from an early age.

We would pick up wagers from local neighbors who all wanted to bet the big race; as this is the one day everyone’s a racing fan. – There were no OTB’s or simulcast parlors. If you wanted to get your bet on you either traveled to Louisville or had to have a “man” to take your action. Our man was a 70-something fella my grandpa bet with, my dad, and me.

As I grew up I was allowed to go with dad to a local VFW. – They had a couple guys in the basement taking bets and writing tickets. I thought nothing could be better. The first few years we hunkered around a radio and listened to WLAP 840 am bring the racing action to life at the lodge. I was sure life couldn’t get any better for a gambler.

I had my first real taste of the simulcast explosion in Las Vegas. We were conducting full-cards back in Kentucky, but nothing like the race books in Vegas. – Having every signal known to man was like heaven on earth. I started with the first at New York, and ended the day playing Quarter horses in California. Nothing better. – This long way around the barn was about how we are now treated to a full day of racing on ESPN, TVG, and NBCSN. It used to be a race prior to the Derby, and evolved into a wide-open affair that kept the action coming constant. Once I started getting to watch and wager on all of the races, the ADW explosion took my betting from an older gent to having every race at the click of the mouse.  – But, as we’re all watching from home, office, or anywhere you can stream the race. Take the time to enjoy the moment. Even though we’re not having it on the first Saturday in May, it’s still the Derby. With everything we’ve encountered this year take a minute and reflect. Remember the folks who aren’t here to enjoy the races. Remember how we’ve put it on the bucket list? Go ahead and make plans for next year. Take someone new to the big race, and share the love of the sport of kings. – There is something special about the Derby. Maybe it was the day my grandparents drove to the races and made a stop at the Justice of the Peace in 1937. How my family always gathered to watch the historic event. Yeah, I sure miss being there, but I’ll take my seat and count myself lucky. – There will be better days, so make the trip. It’s worth it, and you’ll have a memory for life.