Las Virgenes Stakes Betting – Taste Like Candy Avenges Earlier Loss On Saturday January 30th, 2014 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

While many sports betting sharps are doing their research for the Kentucky Derby prep trail, you shouldn’t forget about the fillies. They are on the hunt to reach the Derby’s sister race, the Kentucky Oaks, and Saturday’s Grade-1 Las Virgenes will be a very important race on the way to Churchill Downs. This race is a mile long run on dirt, and you should see a handful of potential Oaks participants this weekend. The winner will be a filly that lost to another in the field and she’ll get her revenge as Taste Like Candy takes the victory.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, February 1st, post time TBA
Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
Pick: Taste Like Candy

(All horses listed as probable as of Wednesday, January 29th)

Arethusa improved in three separate attempts to break her maiden, although she has yet to win, then she won the non-graded Sharp Cat in November and wrapped up 2013 with a fifth-place run in the Grade-1 Hollywood Starlet. It is tough to get a read on this filly as the talent and speed seems to be there, but you don’t know how she is going to react and her graded-stakes debut didn’t do anything to encourage horse betting players.

Artemis broke her maiden in her third try, which came on dirt at Santa Anita; the first two came at Hollywood Park on a synthetic surface. It was also over a mile, her first attempt at that distance and this is definitely a horse you’ll have to keep an eye on this weekend. Her trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, won this race in 2010 with Blind Luck.

Fashion Plate also broke her maiden on her third attempt, and like Artemis, it came in her first race on dirt at Santa Anita after trying at other venues. She has yet to run a mile and that may be the biggest obstacle for this three-year-old, but she has shown a marked improvement each time she has stepped on the racetrack and this race could be huge for her development. Check her horse betting odds and she could end up being a very valuable darkhorse.

Streaming has a lot going for her and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if she was the horse betting favorite for this race on Saturday after following her maiden win with a massive victory in the Hollywood Starlet. However, she has yet to run on dirt and that appears to be her last major hurdle before she really gets on the path to the Kentucky Oaks. She has a brilliant trainer in Bob Baffert, a three-time winner at this race, most recently with Eden’s Moon in 2012, so she should be ready to go by Saturday.

Sushi Empire has yet to win in four starts, although a respectable third in the Grade-3 Miesque Stakes in late November is a solid result for his graded-stakes debut. He has finished second and third in two one-mile races, but he has only run on turf and synthetic surfaces. This will be a big test on dirt for Sushi Empire, which joins Arethusa in the prospective field of horses that have been trained by Eoin Harty.

Taste Like Candy is the second horse in this potential field that is trained by Hollendorfer, and she could very well be the horse betting favorite on Saturday. She broke her maiden in her first try on dirt in October, then she posted runner-up finishes in the Hollywood Starlet and the Grade-2 Santa Ynez earlier this month. She has stood up well against some solid competition, she has run the distance before and she has run on dirt. All signs are pointing towards Taste Like Candy getting a lot of attention this weekend at Santa Anita and you will definitely hear more about her if she manages to beat the field to the finish line.

How It Will Play Out

Streaming and Taste Like Candy went toe-to-toe in the Hollywood Starlet and they will do so again on Saturday, albeit on a different surface. Taste Like Candy has done well on both synthetic and dirt surfaces, while Streaming will be taking her first trip on dirt.
While all of the horses in this field are talented, the cream will rise to the top and Taste Like Candy will end up being the victory in your sportsbook reviews picks on Saturday at Santa Anita Park.

Las Virgenes Stakes Betting: Taste Like Candy

Holy Bull Stakes Betting – Cairo Prince Snatches An Important Win On The Prep Trail January 23rd, 2014 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Sports betting sharps may have a tough time on Saturday. The Grade-2 Holy Bull Stakes is set to be a very competitive 1 1/16 mile race run on dirt at Gulfstream Park, and the winner will likely become a name to watch on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Cairo Prince is the name you have to look out for this weekend.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, January 25th, post time TBA
Where: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
Pick: Cairo Prince

Almost Famous had two wins in three 2013 starts, most recently coming in first in an allowance race at Churchill Downs in November. That race was at 1 1/16 miles, which means he can handle the distance, but now this colt has to handle the step up in competition.

Big Bazinga didn’t have a great conclusion to 2013 as he was seventh in the Grade-3 Delta Downs Jackpot. That was his first start on dirt after a victory in a maiden race and a second in the Grade-3 Grey Stakes, both at Woodbine on a synthetic surface. This will be a very important race for Big Bazinga’s horse betting odds going forward on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Best Plan Yet started off 2014 with a ninth-place run in the non-graded Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year’s Day and now has three wins in seven starts. There were three months between his final 2013 start and his 2014 debut, so rust could have been an issue and Saturday should be a better gauge of where this colt is.

Cairo Prince will probably be the horse betting favorite in this event after finishing second in the Grade-2 Remsen in November, and he has two wins and a second in three career starts. This will be his third graded-stakes race, so Cairo Prince has seen this type of competition before and a win here would put his name on the map as far as the Kentucky Derby prep trail goes.

Conquest Titan won an allowance race at Churchill Downs in late November, and he probably needed it for confidence after finishing 13th at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Prior to that, Conquest Titan finished fifth in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Futurity, but that was on a synthetic surface; the allowance win was on dirt, but he’ll need to prove more on Saturday.

Coup de Grace will make his graded-stakes debut after wins in allowance and maiden races last year, but this will be his first race running over a mile. This race was run at a mile before going to 1 1/16 miles this year, so Coup de Grace’s closing kick will be something to watch.

Financial Mogul finished behind Cairo Prince in the Grade-2 Nashua in early November, and he has now has two top-four results in graded-stakes races. There are horses that are getting more attention than this colt, but Financial Mogul definitely has the speed to keep up. Like a few other horses, though, he has to run this distance for the first time.

Intense Holiday came in fourth in the Remsen and the Nashua, as well as fifth in the Grade-1 Champagne in October. The results aren’t great, but it shows that he has been in big-time races before, so Intense Holiday could be a horse betting underdog to watch on Saturday. After running 1 1/8 miles in the Remsen, 1 1/16 miles shouldn’t be an issue.

Mr. Speaker needed three attempts to break his maiden, then he won the Grade-3 Dania Beach at Gulfstream Park just before Christmas. However, he has only run on turf and the big Kentucky Derby prep races are run on dirt. Mr. Speaker has a lot of potential, but keep an eye on how he does on dirt this weekend.

Our Caravan won his debut, a maiden race in the middle of December, and it was run on dirt over 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park. That shows he can do it, but now he has to repeat that feat against improved competition. If he does, that is another horse that will get into the Derby conversation.

Wicked Strong came in third in the Remsen, and he has finished third or better in three starts with a victory in a maiden race over a mile. This is his first trip to Gulfstream Park, but all three races have come on dirt, so at least he is used to the surface.

How It Will Play Out

There are some extremely talented horses in this field and there are a slew of contenders to pick from. However, Cairo Prince should earn the nod.

Holy Bull Stakes Betting Pick: Cairo Prince

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Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes Betting – Mucho Macho Man Kicks Off 2014 With Big Win January 17th, 2014 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Sports betting players that watch horse racing are definitely familiar with Mucho Macho Man, a horse that finished off 2013 in a massive way. This horse is in the field for the non-graded Sunshine Millions Classic, a race for thoroughbreds four years old and up on dirt over 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park, and he is a former winner here as well. Mucho Macho Man should be able to continue his form and start the year off with a victory on Saturday against an overmatched field.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, January 18th, post time TBA
Where: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
Pick: Mucho Macho Man

Bernie The Maestro last ran in a graded-stakes race way back in his debut, finishing seventh in the Grade-3 Tropical Park Derby. However, that was on New Year’s Day in 2010, 42 races ago. Since then it has been maiden/claiming/non-graded events for this seven-year-old gelding and he is probably going to be a horse betting underdog in this race. He ended 2013 at Gulfstream Park, finishing sixth in the non-graded Claiming Crown Jewel.

Decaf Again is looking to improve on a fifth-place finish in this race last year, and outside of that, he also finished fifth in the Grade-2 Gulfstream Park Handicap in 2013. However, other than that this eight-year-old ran mostly allowance and claiming races last year, so he may have some trouble keeping up with the pack in this race. You just never know in the world of high-stakes horse racing, but at eight years old, the best is probably in the rearview mirror for Decaf Again.

Gourmet Dinner failed to finish higher than third in seven starts last year, but at least he ran in three graded-stakes races, so he has faced some stiff competition. He does have one graded-stakes win under his saddle as Gourmet Dinner won the Grade-3 Delta Downs Jackpot back in 2010, and at six years old, this horse should still have something left in the tank to at least compete on Saturday. Depending on the horse betting odds he is giving up, Gourmet Dinner could be worth a look for some value.

Joshua’s Comprise should also get some consideration simply because of his age; at four years old, he is the youngest horse in the field, so he should be fresh enough to get off to a good start, but can he maintain it? He hasn’t won anything since an allowance race in August, and in six starts (five were non-graded races, one was the Grade-3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap), Joshua’s Comprise hasn’t finished higher than third. He may need the race of his life to earn a win at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Mucho Macho Man is undoubtedly the horse betting favorite for this race and when you look at the resume, it is easy to see why. He wrapped up 2013 with wins in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Grade-1 Awesome Again, while also coming in third in the Grade-1 Whitney Handicap. In fact, his worst finish in five starts last year came in this race as Mucho Macho Man finished seventh. It was his worst result since finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes in 2011, and you would have to think that result was an anomaly as Mucho Macho Man won this race in 2012. A lot of signs are pointing towards this six-year-old routing the field on Saturday.

Rule Number Six rounds out the six-horse field at Gulfstream Park this weekend, and he came in fourth in the aforementioned Claiming Crown Jewel to close out 2013. His results definitely trailed off in the second half of the year, so a solid finish in this race would be a much-needed start to the season for this five-year-old. But much like the rest of the field, Rule Number Six might need to find an extra gear to get past the horse betting favorite.

How It Will Play Out

Mucho Macho Man is absolutely the most decorated horse in the field and it will take a monumental effort for any other horse to beat him to the wire. The fact that he finished seventh in this race last year is wiped out by his win in the previous year, and he should have no problem taking the win on Saturday. Go with Mucho Macho Man in your online betting picks.

Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes Betting Pick: Mucho Macho Man

San Pasqual Handicap Betting – Blueskiesnrainbows Kicks Off 2014 With A Victory January 10th, 2014 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Sports betting sharps that follow horse racing don’t really have an offseason. Horse racing goes year around and the work never stops, especially with the Triple Crown season only five months away. You don’t have to worry about the Triple Crown in this race as the Grade-2 San Pasqual Handicap is for horses that are four years old and up, and it is a dirt race run over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park. You will recognize a few names in this prospective field, but one name stands out. Blueskiesnrainbows isn’t just a horse with a great name, he is the horse that will lead the field to the wire on Saturday in California. Take him to the bank.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, January 11th, post time TBA
Where: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
Pick: Blueskiesnrainbows

(All horses listed as probable as of Wednesday, January 8th)

Blingo has three wins in nine career starts, but all three have come in maiden events (which he won on his first attempt in November 2011), and non-graded races. He took the non-graded I’m A Banker in October at Belmont Park, but this five-year-old gelding has never finished higher than third in a graded-stakes event and that is something that will probably scare more than a few horse betting players off.

Blueskiesnrainbows finished off 2013 with a bang, winning the non-graded Ralph M. Hinds Handicap in September, then second in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Cup Marathon in November and finally, a victory in the Grade-3 Native Diver Handicap last month. For the most part, this five-year-old horse is in the mix whenever he steps onto a race track and he has plenty of experience on dirt, although he is not a stranger to the other surfaces as well. Keep a close eye on Blueskiesnrainbows on Saturday.

Drill is another five-year-old that took part in the Native Diver Handicap, finishing back in fourth and that continued a disturbing trend for this horse. In nine 2013 starts, Drill finished either fourth or sixth in graded-stakes events and in his two non-graded starts, he finished third. This thoroughbred may not have enough in the tank to keep up with the best of the best, but again, as long as he is around the front, he could luck into a victory. Still, that is a lot to ask of a horse, so Drill is a risky horse betting pick for this race.

Majestic City followed up a victory in the non-graded Big Bear Stakes with a second in the Grade-3 Berkeley at the end of November. This was a horse with a lot of potential as a two-year-old, but finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2011 killed a lot of his momentum. Majestic City has gotten better on dirt after primarily racing on synthetic and turf surfaces, so that will be something to take into account as you are making your pick for Saturday’s race.

Majestic Harbor will likely be a horse betting darkhorse as he has never finished higher than fifth in a graded-stakes race and of his 16 career starts, 12 have been in maiden or allowance races. This is obviously going to be a major jump in competition for this six-year-old which is likely past his prime, but the saving grace for Majestic Harbor is that he has been a horse that has raced on dirt for the past few starts, so he is used to the surface. That may not be enough to earn him a victory, but in a small field, you never know.

Rousing Sermon, on the other hand, has gone between dirt and synthetic surfaces throughout his career, and he finished second in his last race on dirt behind Majestic City at the Big Bear Stakes. He also won the non-graded On Trust Handicap in November and then finished third in the Native Diver Handicap. A win on Saturday could be the spark towards a huge 2014 campaign for this five-year-old.

How It Will Play Out

This should be an exciting race to begin the 2014 campaign, and at least five of the six potential horses in this field have a chance to win. Rousing Sermon will get a lot of looks from players because of his history and the attention he received in his three-year-old season, but Blueskiesnrainbows is the horse that should be your online betting pick on Saturday.

San Pasqual Handicap Betting Pick: Blueskiesnrainbows

Jerome Stakes Betting – Noble Moon Starts Off 2014 With A Big Win January 3rd, 2014 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Sports betting sharps are already getting ready for the Kentucky Derby in May, and the road really starts on Saturday. The Grade-2 Jerome Stakes, one of the oldest races in the United States, will go off this weekend at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, and it is one mile and 70 yards long on a dirt surface. Some of the top three-year-old contenders in the country have been entered in this event, but only one can win and the signs are pointing towards Noble Moon to be the first thoroughbred in 2014 to throw his name into the ring of horses to watch during Triple Crown season.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, January 4th
Where: Aqueduct Racetrack, Queens, NY
Pick: Noble Moon

Classic Giacnroll finished third in his debut at the non-graded Marylander, a seven-furlong race run at Laurel Park in early December. This will be a better gauge of where this colt is going into his three-year-old season, but he has good genes; Classic Giacnroll was sired by Giacomo, which won the 2005 Kentucky Derby.

Lawmaker will be making his debut on Saturday in Queens, and this is a big task to ask of a horse that has never been in a competitive race before, although the rest of the competition doesn’t have a major advantage over him. His trainer, Chad Brown, has a Breeders’ Cup win under his belt (albeit from 2008 in the Juvenile Fillies Turf), he is from New York and would love to win this race.

Master Lightning has run in five races in his career, winning two of them: his maiden on his second attempt in October, and an allowance race at Aqueduct just before Christmas. He has finished fifth and ninth in his two graded-stakes starts, so this is a huge race for both Master Lightning and trainer Todd Pletcher, who added last year’s Belmont Stakes to his incredible resume last year with Palace Malice.

Matuszak finished one spot behind Master Lightning, rolling in sixth in the Grade-2 Remsen at Aqueduct in November. Since winning his maiden on his first attempt at Churchill Downs in September, this three-year-old hasn’t finished better than fifth in three starts, and if he doesn’t show up for this race, his horse betting odds for the future may not be so great.

Mental Iceberg also took part in the Remsen, finishing eighth after winning his maiden on his first attempt back in September. The maiden race was on turf, while this race is on dirt, so this will be an important race for New York-born trainer Gregory DiPrima as he may have to decide what surface is best for Mental Iceberg. 

Noble Moon won his maiden at Belmont Park in September, then finished third in the Grade-2 Nashua at Aqueduct, so he should be near the top of the horse betting odds for the Jerome on Saturday. A win here would definitely thrust his name into the spotlight for Kentucky Derby contenders, and Noble Moon is a horse you should track this weekend in New York.

Pin And Win has made four starts, winning a maiden-clearance race in September, but he has finished eighth in a pair of maiden and allowance races. He also finished fourth in the non-graded Don Rickles at Aqueduct the weekend before Christmas, which was promising and enough to keep this horse in the thoughts of horse betting players. Trainer Joseph Lostritto is another New York native with a horse in this race that would love to bring the victory home.

Scotland came in second in a maiden race at Aqueduct at the end of November, and he’ll be an intriguing horse betting option for players. He has the potential to pull off the victory, but how will he fare against better competition? Trainer Tony Dutrow could have a beast on his hands, but Saturday will be a crucial race for Scotland’s development.

How It Will Play Out

It can be difficult to call out a winner for races in the early part of the road to the Kentucky Derby as many horses don’t have a lot of experience, but so far in his career, Noble Moon has been consistent and handled the jump from maiden races to graded-stakes events quite well. He will have to hold off the likes of Scotland and Master Lightning to do so, but Noble Moon should be your pick in your sportsbook reviews book on Saturday.

Jerome Stakes Betting Pick: Noble Moon

CashCall Futurity Betting – Tamarando Leads Two-Year-Olds Into 2014 December 13th, 2013 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Sports betting players following horses should be getting ready for next year. That means Saturday’s Grade-1 CashCall Futurity should be watched as some of the best two-year-olds in the country will be looking to strut their stuff for next year. Tamarando will beat the field to the wire in the final CashCall Futurity to be held at the closing Hollywood Park Racetrack.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, December 14th, post time TBA
Where: Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, CA
Pick: Tamarando

All horses listed as probable as of Wednesday, December 11th

Bond Holder came in fourth at the Breeders Cup’ Juvenile after winning the Grade-1 FrontRunner in September, so this is a horse with a lot of potential going into the crucial third year of his life. Both of those results came on dirt, but Bond Holder has improved on synthetic surfaces.

Brother Soldier has run in two career races, finishing fourth in the non-graded Speakeasy and then third in the Grade-3 Hollywood Prevue last month. This field may be a bit too much for this two-year-old, but a good result will point him towards some high-stakes races for 2014.

Candy Boy broke his maiden on his third attempt on a synthethic surface at Hollywood Park at the same distance this race will be run at, but that is promising. But still, he has never raced against a field as good as this one, so Candy Boy will have to find another gear on Saturday.

Electric Eddie doesn’t have a win in five starts, all of which have been either maiden or non-graded events, but he seems to be getting better and coming closer to a win. Still, he’ll be a horse betting darkhorse in this race as this is a very good field and his handlers are probably just kicking the tires to see what they have for next year.

Karma King broke his maiden in September and then finished third in the non-graded Real Quiet Stakes a couple weeks ago. This will be the toughest test he has faced so far, but there are a few people that are high on this horse and he will be one to watch on Saturday.

Kobe’s Back finished second in the Hollywood Prevue after winning the non-graded William Proctor Memorial in his debut back in June. He could end up being a horse betting favorite this weekend and it is fitting that he would be as he is named after the Los Angeles Laker great and racing just miles away from the Staples Center. 

Poker Player came in a disappointing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, which was a far cry from winning the Grade-3 Bourbon Stakes in October. He showed a lot of potential in that race, but wasn’t himself at the Cup. This will be a big opportunity for a promising colt.

Rankhasprivileges finished third in the Grade-3 Delta Downs Jackpot after breaking his maiden on his first try in October, and this is a horse players have been hearing about for quite some time. There are many that think he can make some noise in the Triple Crown races next year, but first Rankhasprivileges has to show up on Saturday.

Shared Belief is probably a horse betting favorite after winning the Hollywood Prevue, and he has two wins in two starts after breaking his maiden in October. But how will he handle running 1 1/16 miles, which is further than he has ever run before?

Sheikinator finished second in his maiden debut before breaking it last month, and that earned this colt a look in the CashCall Futurity. There is definitely some speed in Sheikinator, and Saturday is the perfect day to show it off, but the bright lights of this massive race are a threat for him.

Tamarando has been busy as a two-year-old, racing seven times so far and winning three of them, including the Real Quiet Stakes and the Grade-1 Del Mar Futurity in September. He has never finished lower than fourth in a race, and that was in his debut back in June.

Tap It Rich rounds out the field after finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, his debut, and there are players that think he is still a top horse despite that result. It is a tall order to ask a horse to win a race like that his first time out, and Tap It Rich should be near the front on Saturday.

How It Will Play Out

Tamarando has had a great year, and he’ll close it out with a win on Saturday to lead the way in your online betting picks.

CashCall Futurity Betting Pick: Tamarando

Hollywood Starlet Stakes Betting – Rosalind Closes Out Hollywood Park With A Win December 7th, 2013 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Sports betting
players following the Grade-1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes will have to check it out at another track next year as Hollywood Park closes at the end of 2013.
However, you still get a chance to watch some of the best two-year-old fillies battle it out over 1 1/16 miles on a synthetic surface, and the winner
usually gets some hype going into the next year. Look for Rosalind to assume that mantle.

: Horse Betting

: Saturday, December 7th, post time of 8:00 PM ET

: Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA

: Rosalind

All horses entered as of Wednesday, December 4th

Arethusa is making her graded-stakes debut after winning the non-graded Sharp Cat at Hollywood Park last month, and it was at the same distance as the
Hollywood Starlet is. It is simply a matter of whether or not Arethusa can handle the step up in competition that comes with a Grade-1 race, and this is
what we will really find out on Saturday.

Bajan has already run in a Grade-1 race, finishing sixth in the Del Mar Debutante in August, but since then she has won a pair of non-graded stakes races,
including last month’s Moccasin at Hollywood Park. The question is, can she raise her game a level, and can she handle the distance? The longest race that
Bajan has ever run is seven furlongs, a full one-and-a-half fewer furlongs than the 8.5 she’ll run on Saturday.

Be Proud needed four tries to break her maiden, which she eventually did in October at Santa Anita, and then she finished second to Arethusa in the Sharp
Cat. That was enough to persuade Bob Baffert to enter her in this race as he aims for his third win in this event; the most recent victory came with
Habibti in 2001.

Concave bounced back from a disappointing ninth in the Grade-1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with a third in the Grade-3 Delta Princess three weeks later
and she now has three results of third or better in four graded-stakes starts. This includes a win in the Grade-2 Sorrento in August. Now, trainer Doug
O’Neill has to worry about the distance; the only time Concave has run 1 1/16 miles was at the Breeders’ Cup.

On the other hand, Rosalind is probably a horse betting favorite for the Hollywood Starlet after finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in
early November. She has been thrown into the fire and has responded extremely well, finishing third in her debut in the Grade-2 Pocahontas in September,
then she came in second to My Conquestadory in the Grade-1 Alcibiades a month later. Rosalind has more than held her own in some big races over the second
half of the year and she is trying to give trainer Kenneth McPeek his second straight win in the Hollywood Starlet, which he took with Pure Fun in 2012.

Streaming is the second horse in this race trained by Baffert, and she broke her maiden at Hollywood Park in the middle of last month. It may be a lot to
ask her to run with these fillies in a Grade-1 race, so don’t expect much of her when it comes to horse betting odds, but she showed a lot of promise in
that maiden win.

Taste Like Candy won her maiden in her debut at Santa Anita in October, and she has a trainer in Jerry Hollendorfer, who has won this race in two of the
last four years (Blind Luck in 2009 and Killer Graces in 2011). However, there are a few questions looming over this filly. One, she has never run in a
graded-stakes race. Two, she has never run over five-and-a-half furlongs, three fewer than this race goes. Three, she has never run a competitive race on a
synthetic surface. Keep all that in mind on Saturday.

Untapable is a horse that horse betting players should watch out for despite an eighth at the Breeders’ Cup, which followed two straight wins, including at
the Pocahontas. Most are chalking that up to inexperience and they’re betting on her being better on Saturday, but Untapable could be a bit of a risky

How It Will Play Out

In a race like this, you have to go with the horse that has shown the most leading up to the race. That seems to be Rosalind and she should be your sportsbook review pick on Saturday.

Hollywood Starlet Stakes Betting Pick: Rosalind

Delta Downs Jackpot Betting – Casiguapo Wins The Battle Of The Two-Year-Olds December 2nd, 2013 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Sports betting players should be getting ready for 2014 in regards to horse racing, and they’ll get a peek at next year’s challengers on Saturday. The Grade-3 Delta Downs Jackpot in Louisiana is one of the top races for two-year-olds and is run over 1 1/16 miles on dirt, and the winner of this race should get some consideration for their three-year-old campaign. Casiguapo will beat the field to the wire on Saturday.

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, November 23rd, post time TBA
Where: Delta Downs, Vinton, LA
Pick: Casiguapo

Big Bazinga won his maiden in September at Woodbine, and then finished second to Ami’s Holiday in the Grade-3 Grey Stakes at the same track. Both were on synthetic surfaces, so this will be his first race on dirt. A good finish here would help this gelding take a lot of momentum into 2014.

Casiguapo hasn’t finished lower than fourth in four career starts, winning his maiden at Calder Race Course in July, and he is coming off a fourth in the Grade-1 Champagne in October. This colt has never run over a mile, and he’ll need a better closing kick than he had at the Champagne to get into the top three on Saturday. Still, he is an intriguing option for horse betting players.

Coastline has two wins and a runner-up finish in his first three starts, winning his maiden on the second try and then coming in first in the non-graded Street Sense at Churchill Downs in late October. Like Casuguapo, this colt hasn’t run more than a mile, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares down the stretch.

Flat Gone has run at this distance, and it resulted in a fifth in the Grade-1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita last month. But in his last start, this colt posted a career-best third in the non-graded Jean Lafitte. He could be a bit of a darkhorse in this race, but at least he has the experience of running 1 1/16 miles and he should offer decent odds.

Mighty Brown finished second in the Jean Lafitte and all five of his starts have come at a mile. The Jean Lafitte was his first start on dirt and he did quite well. He has yet to win his maiden in three tries, but he is a colt that always seems to be around at the end.

Rankhasprivileges won his maiden in his first attempt last month at Keeneland on a synthetic surface, but it was at 1 1/16 miles, so the distance shouldn’t be a problem. Now it is just a matter of whether this colt can step up his game in the face of tougher competition. He was looking good on dirt at Churchill Downs earlier this week, so keep that in mind as you’re making your horse betting picks.

Rise Up has three wins and a second in five starts, but his worst result came in the Grade-3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs in September. He did beat out Mighty Brown and Flat Gone in the Jean Lafitte, so he does have an edge over a couple of these horses, but can he replicate that on Saturday at Delta Downs? The speed is there, but that finish at the Iroquois is a little worrying.

Roman Unbridled finished fourth in the Jean Lafitte, and he has yet to finish higher than third in three starts, two of which were maiden attempts. That means this colt probably won’t be too high in the horse betting odds for this race, and he hasn’t run over a mile, which is another strike against him.

Rum Point has run in three straight Grade-1 races, failing to finish higher than fourth in any of them, and he is coming off a disappointing 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile earlier this month. Based on those results, it is tough to consider him a favorite, but his handlers must see something in this colt to continue entering him in graded-stakes events.

Whyruawesome rounds out the field after finishing fifth in an allowance race, and his results have been going downhill since winning his maiden on his first attempt back in August. If we see that version of this gelding, he could make some noise on Saturday. But if his current form continues, Whyruawesome won’t break the top three.

How It Will Play Out

Casiguapo has done well in his graded-stakes races so far, and he’ll pick up a win in your online betting book on Saturday at Delta Downs.

Delta Downs Jackpot Betting Pick: Casiguapo

Clark Handicap Stakes Betting – Game On Dude Comes Back At Churchill Downs December 2nd, 2013 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

Most sports betting players wait for the big thoroughbred horse race of the weekend to be held on Saturday. This week, they’ll get it on Friday as the Grade-1 Clark Handicap will be held on Friday at Churchill Downs, and this $500,000 race is run over 1 1/8 miles on dirt. This race has been won by some of the biggest names in horse racing, as many top-tier horses look to bolster their Horse Of The Year award odds here.

The two horses you should be keeping an eye out for ran in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the winner will make up for a disappointing effort at Santa Anita as Game On Dude beats the field to the wire and comes out with the win at the Clark Handicap in Kentucky.

What: Horse Betting
When: Friday, November 29th, post time 5:35 PM ET
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
Pick: Game On Dude

(All horses entered as of Wednesday, November 27th)

Bourbon’s Courage has a very strong track record with ten finishes of third or better in 12 starts, including a victory in the Grade-2 Super Derby in September 2012. He finished third in last year’s Clark Handicap behind Shackleford and Take Charge Indy, and this four-year-old is an intriguing horse betting option because he always seems to be around at the end.

Easter Gift is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Grade-2 Kelso Handicap in September, ending a streak of six starts with results of third or better. However, all of those were either non-graded or allowance events and the four-year-old finished eighth in his last graded-stakes start in the Grade-2 Indiana Derby last October.

Finnegans Wake has finished fourth in four of his last five starts, including in the Grade-2 Fayette Stakes last month, and this four-year-old always seems to be right behind the lead pack. With a couple breaks, he could end up stealing the show, but he’ll need a little help.

Game On Dude will be the horse betting favorite for this race on Friday, even though he came in ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic earlier this month. This six-year-old had won his previous six starts and his worst two results in the last year have come in the Classic, but he is, by far, the best horse in this field.

Golden Ticket finished behind Goldencents in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in his last start, and prior to that, he won the Grade-3 Prairie Meadows Handicap in July, followed by a fourth in the Grade-1 Awesome Again two months later. This could be right up this four-year-old’s alley, although he’ll have a major obstacle to overcome in Game On Dude.

Jaguar Paw has made 21 starts, but his last start was his first in a graded-stakes race and he came in third in the Grade-3 Philip H. Iselin in August. This six-year-old could struggle with the step up in competition, but he could be a darkhorse coming into this late-year race.

Our Double Play won an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Halloween, but he has just one graded-stakes race under his saddle and that resulted in a fourth in the Grade-3 Iowa Derby in June. This three-year-old is a relative rookie in this field, and a good finish in this race would bode well for his prospects next year.

Prayer For Relief finished ninth in this race in 2011, and he needs to bounce back after a fifth in the non-graded Homecoming Classic in September. That was his first finish lower than second in five races, three of those of which were graded-stakes races, and he did win the Grade-3 Cornhusker Handicap in June, so he has had success at this level before.

Will Take Charge rounds out the horse betting options for this race, and he’ll be a favorite after finishing second to Mucho Macho Man in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. This three-year-old has made nine consecutive graded-stakes races, winnings three of those races, so he knows how to get around. A win this weekend would provide a major boost to his Horse Of The Year chances.

How It Will Play Out

This race should come down to a duel between Game On Dude and Will Take Charge, and Game On Dude will make up for his poor performance in the Classic. He should be your online betting pick on Friday.

Clark Handicap Stakes Betting Pick: Game On Dude

The morning line: Is it confusing July 10th, 2013 | Horse Racing betting | No Comments »

If 60 % of the bettors bring down a 20-1 shot too 8-5 and the horse wins, How could the professional morning line maker leave it at 20-1 ?

bets are made after the line is set.

Set forth below is a link that discusses what the morning line is and isn’t. The Morning Line is basically an estimate as to how the public will bet on each horse in a race. Each track has someone who is responsible for setting the Morning Line. It is a difficult job because the Morning Line odds maker generally has to predict what the public will bet on each horse in each race up to 48 hours prior to post time, meaning that scratches, late workouts and factors such as the weather cannot be taken into account. Once the Morning Line is set it doesn’t change. So the fact that bettors bet a horse whose Morning Line odds are 20-1 down to 8-5 doesn’t change the Morning Line odds. It just means that whoever set the Morning Line odds on that horse didn’t do a very good job of accurately predicting how that horse would be bet in that race. What does get a little confusing is that people who don’t understand what the Morning Line is sometimes view it as being an accurate statement of the Morning Line odds maker’s accurate prediction of the horses chances of winning. While this is generally true because the ML oddsmaker is assuming that the betting public is sophisticated and will base it’s bets on relevant handicapping factors (e.g., past speed figures, class, where the horse is on its form cycle) there are times when a horse’s ML odds may be low not because the ML odds maker thinks the horse is likely to win ( remember, the ML odds don’t directly reflect a horses chances of winning but rather an estimate of how the public will bet on that horse) but because the ML odds maker thinks the public will bet the horse down based on some sentimental reason. For example, after the great Barbaro died, the ML odds on Nicanor, his brother, probably were lower then reflected his actual chance if winning because the ML odds maker estimated he would get bet down since he was Barbaro’s brother. Sorry for the rambling answer but I hope it helped a little.