Archive for the ‘Educational Articles’ Category

Keeneland Countdown

As a horseplayer, it is our responsibility to keep up on trends, biases, and anything that can effect the bottom line. There is some rain in the forecast for Keeneland this week, and here are a few bullet point reminders to keep in your arsenal. Rainy day winners The track will always be fast. Next […]

Travers Stakes Loses the Likely Favorite

Injury and sickness continue to plague top 3-year-olds this year as Haskell Invitational winner Paynter, who would have been favored in the Travers Stakes, won’t make the $1 million Grade 1. The son of Awesome Again, who spent more than a week in a New Jersey veterinary clinic after spiking a fever several days after […]

Summer Stakes Lie Ahead for Three-Year-Olds

Two summer stakes races rich in history and purse money lie ahead for 3-year-olds. Each contest is worth $1 million. The 45th Haskell Invitational, scheduled on July 29, is named for the first president and chairman of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club who served for two decades until his death in 1966. The track on […]

12 Down

I was reading the New York Times, and I am really thinking of giving up my Sunday crossword puzzle. Not that it would be a world-ender, but they are giving a down home ass-whupin’ to racing. I know sensational headlines sell, but there may be a little more than just what we are reading. Wasn’t it the […]

The History of the Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes Honored Track Founder’s Old Friend Flamboyant financier Leonard W. Jerome and well-heeled friends, including banker August Belmont Sr., built a racetrack in the Bronx that opened on Sept. 25, 1866. The crowd at Jerome Park, named for its founder, included Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and members of New York’s fashionable society. It was […]

A Look at Kentucky Derby Jinxes Past and Present

by Greg Melikov

posted on April 27, 2012 in Educational Articles, General Discussion, Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby | No Comments >>

There have been many jinxes connected with the Kentucky Derby over the decades. And some memorable curses have been snapped during the 21st Century. One of the most discussed whammies ended in 2007 when Street Sense became the first 2-year-old champion to capture the Derby since Spectacular Bid in ’79. The son of Street Cry […]

Holy Bull and Forward Gal Stakes

The path to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks passes through South Florida on Sunday, January 29th with the back to back running of the Forward Gal (G2) and Holy Bull (G3) for 3-year-old fillies and colts respectively. Both races have compact fields of six entrants with stand out favorites.  On the girls side Broadway’s […]

Post Positions Play a Role in Handicapping

Post position statistics become a more important component of handicapping when races are staged at certain distances. Naturally, the most significant aspect of the data is the ratio of victories. The general bias against outside posts is particularly strong at foremost North American ovals, especially in routes such as a mile on Aqueduct’s inner track […]

How The Dirt Surface Plays at Churchill Downs

by Greg Melikov

posted on October 27, 2011 in Breeders Cup, Educational Articles, Handicapping, Horse Racing | 1 Comment >>

The main track at Churchill Downs, which hosts a record eighth Breeders’ Cup Nov. 4-5, is different from any dirt surface in the nation. Most tracks are comprised of limestone with dirt on top. The Louisville venue has no such base while the track is mixed with a deep layer of soil, clay and organic […]

Bridge Jumping Not for the Faint of Heart

If you ask professional or serious horseplayers their opinions on show betting, most will tell you to not waste too much time with this type of bet.  As the easiest bet to hit on the wagering menu, payouts are low.  Even if you are an excellent handicapper, it is hard to make money betting on […]