Archive for March, 2011

Secret Agent Man

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 31, 2011 in General Discussion, Horse Racing | No Comments >>

I know some agents of riders. They set up mounts and get the jockey out there in the morning. They hustle, and talk rings around you, but the good ones offer a little more than the others. An agent can usually have NO more than two riders, this keeps the monopoly of power out of one persons […]

Common Sense Lost as TVG Lets Talent Go

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 30, 2011 in General Discussion | 20 Comments >>

When I heard that TVG was letting some of the most talented on-air players leave through the backdoor, it was hard to believe.  In the beginning, it was silly and sophomoric. But it  evolved into a machine of entertainment and education. That is until now…… When you lose key people, you never know they are […]

Three-Year-Old Guns Aim for Florida Derby

by Greg Melikov

posted on March 29, 2011 in General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby, Other Events | No Comments >>

There are some big guns aiming for Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby. Winners of the Fountain of Youth (FOY) have won Gulfstream Park’s showcase event more times than the other two traditional preps combined during the past 20 years. That’s a good omen for Soldat, who captured the 65th FOY at 1 1/8th miles by […]

Polycapping

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 29, 2011 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby | 1 Comment >>

The synthetic revolution arrived in the middle of the night, and before our eyes, has transformed racing.  Well, maybe not so dramatic, but you get the picture. For all of the good stuff that synthetic ovals have provided for racing, the issue of determining a runner’s ability to compete on the greatest stage, can be […]

Weekend Plans

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 24, 2011 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, WinningPonies.com | 1 Comment >>

I have been looking at some plays that really attract my interest, and more importantly my wallet. Sometimes it is better to select a few races and make a couple of prudent wagers. It sounds like parlay time, and what better time than now. I would suggest picking two –  three tracks, and no more. I […]

$1 Million Louisiana Derby Attracts a Full Field

by Greg Melikov

posted on March 23, 2011 in General Discussion, Handicapping, Kentucky Derby | No Comments >>

There are several talented 3-year-olds going in the 98th Louisiana Derby that must prove themselves worthy of continuing on the Road to the Roses. The uncoupled trainees of Neil Howard figure to give morning line 9-5 favorite Mucho Macho Man the most trouble. Wilkinson has been freshened since his head victory over Pants on Fire […]

What Did We Learn?

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 23, 2011 in General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby | No Comments >>

Last weekend, the Rebel at Oaklawn gave us a peek at a very nice runner. The Factor goes from flag fall to that’s all, and very impressive all the way. But will it be enough?? Martin Garcia in the irons went to the lead and put the field to sleep. Before we go any further, Sway […]

Greg Melikov’s Top Ten 2011 Derby Contenders

by Greg Melikov

posted on March 22, 2011 in Free Picks and Tips, General Discussion, Handicapping, Kentucky Derby | 1 Comment >>

Last year’s initial rankings of my Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders included all three winners of Triple Crown races from Derby winning Super Saver at No. 10 to Preakness champ Lookin’ at Lucky at No. 2. It also rated Belmont victor Drosselmeyer at No. 9. So here we go again from the bottom to the […]

Melikov’s Horses to Watch – Mar 2011

by Greg Melikov

posted on March 22, 2011 in Free Picks and Tips, General Discussion, Handicapping | No Comments >>

Horses worth watching, a list of runners compiled by handicapper/turf writer Greg Melikov, should do well next time out. These thoroughbreds won seven times, finished second four times and ran third eight times since Jan. 9. They’re worth considering when developing your wagering strategy for online betting or at your favorite track. Aqueduct We Need […]

Free Lunch

by Ed Meyer

posted on March 22, 2011 in General Discussion | 1 Comment >>

No, I am not spending my time outside of Applebees begging just yet. Yet….. I met a friend for lunch, and he asked me some questions about how he can better use his website to drive traffic and be more productive. I ordered, and away we went. First – I said how about using your […]