Archive for the ‘Kentucky Derby’ Category

The Happy Horseplayer

The Kentucky Derby is in the books and your favorite summer ovals will start racing soon. There is something about the change of seasons and the opening of new ovals that really get my blood pumping. There is nothing like the spring and the opening of Keeneland to get my inner-horse player revved up. The babies […]

Free Selections – Saturday – 4/21/18

The days are getting warmer and the snow is (HOPEFULLY) gone for the season. – It’s only a matter of days until we’ll be sipping a mint julep watching the best crop in years do battle for the roses. – In the meantime, here are a few appetizers to whet your handicapping whistle.   Keeneland […]

Free Selections – Saturday, 4/14/18 – Winning Ponies

One of the last big weekends before the Derby is coming up on tap and we better start thinking about building that bankroll. – By now you should start whittling down the Derby list and bein the long hard focus on who you should play and why. – Here are some free selections to use […]

What Da’ You Think?

Saturday was the last big hurrah of marquee races until Derby day. – That’s just fine. It will be here in 28 days. – Was it the Wood with Vino Rosso who caught your eye or the lightly raced Justify who has the racing world talking morning line favorite. Maybe it was the Bluegrass and […]

Free Selections – Saturday 4/7/19 – Winning Ponies

This will be the last of the “biggie” weekends before the Derby. Hard to believe we are just weeks away and the roses will be in full bloom. Weather may play a factor in some regions of the nation but don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm for the marquee events.  Who knows, it may come up wet, […]

You Make the Call

This past weekend was chock-full of solid racing action. If you didn’t like the outcomes, that can be up for debate at any track, OTB or gathering of gamblers. As we draw closer to the big dance in Louisville, every passing week will be loaded with marquee events and top-notch action.   This past weekend […]

Sounds From the Past / The Happy Handicapper

I was taking a walk down memory lane. – Well, it started as a dream and evolved into a conversation with John Engelhardt. John used to suggest, help, and point me in the direction of some interesting guests when I was the host of the Winning Ponies Internet Show. It was on June 10, 2010 […]

Looking Back on the Belmont Stakes

If there’s a bad day at the races, or you nailed the big winner. They stay inside your heart forever if you’re a true horse player. You can recount the bad beats with the utmost accuracy, and it seems like it happened just minutes ago. As we are five days away from the third leg of […]

Primetime Derby

I’ve always enjoyed Derby day. – The entire undercard is chock full of value and the day culminates with the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”  Most would say don’t fix something if it ain’t broke, and far be it from me to do anything as such. But there is the inner-horse player that speaks to […]

Days After Derby

      The build up was like a giant coaster climbing the big hill. You feel the momentary slow roll stop as you look at the fall that awaits at the bottom. – Then the coaster starts drifting and WOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO ! – You are in for the ride of your life. That’s the way the Oaks […]