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GULFSTREAM 2018-19 HANDICAPPING PREVIEW

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Yes, the winter racing season is here, and the best winter race meet is ready to roll at Gulfstream Park, with the 2018-19 Gulfstream Champions meet opening on Saturday, December 1 and continuing until March 31.  As always, Gulfstream will feature the best trainers, jockeys, grass horses and stakes races in action at this time of year, making it a must-bet track for all serious horseplayers and handicappers for the next several months.The Gulfstream Park winter meet began with the Claiming Crown on opening day, continues with the Sunshine Millions on January 19, and contains several key 3-year-old prep races…

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - NATIONAL RACE MASTERS HANDICAPPERS LIGHT UP THE TOTES

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 2:36 PM

From John DaSilva’s DOUBLE LONGSHOT DAY Saturday (11/24) to JOHN CONTE hitting a $1,152.00 WIN-EXACTA-TRIFECTA STRAIGHT and HANK GOLDBERG hitting the same Exotic in the BOXES (Talk about a Consensus) your NATIONAL RACE MASTERS ONE SHOP STOP just crushed it this past weekend.Add in Jim Hurley’s BACK-TO-BACK BEST BET DOUBLE DIGIT PAYERS plus Exotics and a Quartet of Noel Michaels Winners and the Profit definitely found its way to client pockets.BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT THE RECENT RESULTS BELOW…MARK DOWN THIS TOLL FREE NUMBER1-888-777-4155CALL ANY RACING DAY AFTER 10:00 A.M. EASTERNGET SIGNED UP FOR 3 FREE DAYS FROM THE“HANDICAPPER OF THE…

DASILVA NAILS $56.80 GOLDEN ROD STAKES WINNER

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 5:41 PM

The National Race Masters Handicappers notched a number of winners on Saturday but none lit up the Tote the way John DaSilva did by tabbing LIORA to win the Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill TO THE TUNE OF $56.80.Also adding profit was Jim Hurley with $17.00 Winner Acker at Del Mar and the 8th Race Exacta at Churchill with Super Steed $8.20 and Boldor ($44.40.)Check out Sunday’s winning action on the Menu Page…

Fall Racing’s Last Hurrah Coming Up at Aqueduct, Churchill, and Del Mar

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The second half of November is truly one of the great times of year for horseplayers and lovers of Thoroughbred handicapping. The table is set for a big end to November starting with a high-quality holiday weekend of horseracing this Thanksgiving. The season’s top tracks will all be serving-up extra helpings of great racing with all the trimmings for the four-day weekend and beyond. Thanksgiving weekend has something for all racing fans, and the premier tracks all are set to offer up one last hurrah to cap-off the fall racing season.Important and high-quality racing revolves mainly around three tracks –…

ANOTHER WEEK BEGINS WITH THE HOTTEST HANDICAPPERS IN RACING SET TO MAX OUT YOUR PROFIT

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 12:51 PM

Jim Hurley Nails Back-To-Back Pick 3’s At Churchill…Hank Goldberg Wraps Up The Week With 4-For-4 Sunday And More.There are two ways you can play the ponies. You can play on your own and settle for the fate of the racing Gods, or you can put your fortunes in the hands of one or more of the Consistently Winning Handicappers at NATIONAL RACE MASTERS.This past weekend, Jim Hurley nailed Back-To-Back Pick 3’s at Churchill.On Sunday, the goal was to maximize what figured to be a “favorite player’s card.” He did just that by tabbing the races 7-9 Winners. One Thirty Nine…

AQUEDUCT FALL MEET HANDICAPPING PREVIEW

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM

For many horseplayers and handicappers, the winter racing season that approaches means a lot of focus on Flordia and Southern California racing is soon to come as the best racing of the season migrates away from cold weather places. However, there’s at least one cold weather place where racing continues going strong all through the fall and winter, and it’s a place that handicappers should not overlook – Aqueduct.Even if you are the type of winter horseplayer who prefers to play the “big winter meets” at this upcoming time of year, Aqueduct offers excellent betting opportunities for winter racing horseplayers,…

“HAMMERIN’ HANK” GOLDBERG CASHES “BOTH’ BREEDERS’ CUP PICK 5’S PLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE…

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:46 PM

NO REASON TO STOP WINNING NOW!How did you do with Friday’s 5 Breeders’ Cup Races? How about Saturday’s 9 Breeders’ Cup Races?If you were with “Hammerin’ Hank” Goldberg you would have done just fine.CASHED THE PICK 5 EACH DAY PLUS THE PICK 6 ON SATURDAY!Starting with the Juvenile Turf Sprint and ending with the Juvenile HANK RAN THE TABLE ON FRIDAYRace 5 – Bulletin (Second Choice) – WIN $10.60Race 6 – Newspaperofrecord (On Top) WIN $3.20…Daily Double $18.60Race 7 – Jaywalk (Second Choice) WIN $13.00…Daily Double $19.60…Pick 3 $186.00Race 8 – Line Of Duty (On Top) WIN $9.00…Daily Double $72.00…Pick…

BREEDERS’ CUP 2018 RACE-BY-RACE HANDICAPPING PREVIEWS

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

For horseplayers, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships means world-class horses, big wide-open fields, great betting races, and loads of potential big wins and wagering value throughout the two most anticipated race cards of the year.The 2018 Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs for the first time since 2010-11 and will again be run over two days on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3. There will be a small format change this year with the event's five 2-year-old races all being run on Friday and the remaining nine races to be run on Saturday, culminating with the $6 million Breeders' Cup…

FILLING UP THE CUP

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 1:21 PM

National Race Masters Breeders Cup ReportPart OneFriday, October 26WEST COAST INVADER, BOB BAFFERT, AMERICAN PHAROAH LEGACY JUST ONE OF MANY BREEDERS CUP JUVENILE STORIESWhen the 2018 Breeders Cup opens up on Friday, November 2 it will be run at Churchill Downs for the first time since 2011.This is no small note for Breeders Cup bettors because over the course of the last 6 years the Cup races have been run in Southern California for 5 of the last 6 years. From 2012 to 2014 they were contested at Santa Anita, ventured to Keeneland in 2015, returned to Santa Anita in…

BREEDERS CUP APPROACHING AND HURLEY CASHING BIG PAYERS

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 9:02 AM

This past Sunday Jim Hurley wrapped up the week by cashing his BEST BET and EXOTIC BOXCAR at Keeneland with VEXATIOUS ($10.60) as a Win Bet on top of longshots ENGLISH AFFAIR and BEACH FLOWER for the $79.60 and $835.80 Trifecta.On Thursday at Keeneland the DESIGNATED LONGSHOT OF THE DAY lit up the tote as ANATHELA drew clear to PAY $39.20 in Race 8.That longshot also followed Jim’s COLD 1-2-3-4 finishers in Race 7 with CAPE ANGEL ($11.00) followed by Zumurudee, Captain Hardship and Sir Sahib for the $38.00 Exacta, $149.00 Trifecta and $327.90 Superfecta as well as beginning the…

KEENELAND THREE DAY OPENING WEEKEND ALWAYS A PLAYER’S BONANZA

Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 3:27 PM

Hank GoldbergThursday, 10/4Shippers, Surface Switches, Breeders’ Cup Qualifiers Can Lay Down A Landmine For Bettors. Let Hammerin’ Hank Help You Safely Beat The Public.On Friday, (October 5th) Keeneland’s Fall Race Meet opens for what must be recognized as the MOST ACTION PACKED 17 DAYS OF RACING ALL YEAR.In just a short period of time this high profile meet matches the best horses, trainers and jockeys anywhere in the nation. Yes, Belmont Park and Santa Anita remain prominent with big time racing of their own. But day-to-day from Friday October 5 until Sunday, October 28, I can tell you from experience,…

Keeneland Fall Meet Preview

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM

TIPS FOR WINNING AT THE KEENELAND FALL MEETTop class racing returns to Kentucky this week as Keeneland's annual fall season gets ready to open for its three-week, 17-race day, boutique meet from Friday, Oct. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 27.  The meet will attract big fields, good horses, and a load of top jockeys and trainers befitting the world epicenter of Thoroughbred horseracing in Lexington, Kentucky.Since Keeneland's fall meet is only three weeks long and the meet's stakes are front-loaded so they can be Breeders' Cup prep races, the time is now for handicappers to start brushing up on some of…

CONTE AND DASILVA CASH MULTIPLE BETS WEDNESDAY. BELMONT THURSDAY WINNERS SET TO SCORE WINNERS

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 9:04 AM

On Wednesday the NATIONAL RACE MASTERS STABLE sent out multiple winners at Belmont as John Conte went 3 for 4 and John DaSilva 2-for-3.Conte opened the day by COLLECTING BIG TIME in Race 2 with Go Big Or Go Home, a $17.80 winner and the $99.50 Exacta and $283.00 Trifecta Boxes with Carmine's Honor and Flatexcel. Then in Race 3 he completed the $54.50 Daily Double with Barahin and the $17.20 Exacta with American Hero. John then ended the day with the Cold 9th Race Exacta with Party In The Sand $8.00 and Zecha - second.JOHN IS RIGHT BACK AT…

Belmont’s Handicapping Quirks Lead to Profitable Fall Betting Angles

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:48 AM

There are many categories of handicapping angles in play at this time of year in New York as summer turns to fall. Horses and horsemen who spent summer far and wide, not only at Saratoga but also at Monmouth and other tracks in the mid-Atlantic region, all return to Belmont for the Fall Championship Meet, which continues the East's highest-quality racing and wagering throughout this season until the end of October.While it is impossible to mention every Belmont fall handicapping angle in one article, we can focus on some of the best, most effective, and perhaps the most overlooked angles…

PARITY AMONG AUTUMN 3-YEAR OLDS LEADS TO INTRIGUING GRADE 1 PENNSYLVANIA DERBY

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 2:26 PM

When key 3-year old Stakes races are discussed it isn’t often that past graduates of the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby are recollected. And once again in 2018 the race is unlikely before, and after, to get the attention it deserves.Part of that is due to the time of the season. The Triple Crown is long past, the Haskell has been run, the Travers has had its showcase and even scant interest in possible emerging runners from the Indiana Derby and Ohio Derby has come and goneThere is also an absence of big names. Justify is already getting some pointers from…

JOHN DASILVA TRIPLED UP AT BELMONT ON SUNDAY

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:13 AM

As the full stables continue to return from Saratoga and others ship in from around the country, the Belmont Fall Championship Meet is about to take off full stride…and if Sunday’s performance is any indication, so is 19 Year Veteran NY Post Picker John DaSilva.Yesterday John TRIPLED UP at Belmont as he opened the day with the race 1-2 Daily Double, hit the Race 2 Exacta/Trifecta Cold and then added the Race 8 Exacta/Trifecta Combo to finish a big day with three winners from four released races.Race 1 – Tale Of Mist – WIN $19.80Race 2 – Malibu Mischief –…

THREE HISTORIC REASONS FOR BETTING OPENING WEEKEND OF BELMONT FALL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET…

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:28 PM

PAYOFFS – PAYOFFS – PAYOFFSFrom The National Race Masters EditorsWednesday, September 5Here we go again. Beginning this Friday, September 7, the Belmont Fall Championship Meet for 2018 gets underway with a 3 day weekend.If history tells us one thing it tells us that this is not only opening weekend but a weekend that “Value Opportunity Horse Players” do not want to miss.The reason is simple. With barns returning from the Saratoga Meet entering horses on these three opening weekend race cards there are a number of angles worth analyzing.*Horses that woke up at the Spa after showing so-so form at…

USE SARATOGA TRENDS TO WIN AT THE BELMONT FALL MEET

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:46 PM

New York racing once again is ready to move downstate for the start of the Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet, which begins on Friday, Sept. 7 and continues through to October 28.  With 44 stakes races worth over $10 million in purses, there are few race meets on the calendar as important as the Belmont Fall Championship Meet which contains all of New York's key prep races for the Breeders' Cup. Belmont Park also offers top-notch racing day-in-and-day-out all throughout the early fall season.For the average horseplayer, Belmont can be a better meet than Saratoga, because it is easier to…

NO GUN RUNNER IN 2018 WOODWARD…

Friday, August 31, 2018 at 4:56 PM

14 HORSE FIELD HIGHLIGHTS WIDEST OPEN FINAL ALL-STAKES PICK 4 OF THE SPA MEETJim Hurley,Friday, September 1What a way to usher in the 3 Day Holiday Weekend and close out the 2018 Saratoga Meet.Last year in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes, the invincible Gun Runner chased all but 4 opponents away from the entry box and ran off to a 10 ½ length win at $2.70.Oh what a difference a year makes. With arguably the two best older division horses sitting this one out (Diversify is training forward after winning the Whitney at Saratoga on August 4 and Accelerate just…

CONTE AND HURLEY OPEN FINAL SARATOGA WEEK WITH BLOWOUTS ON WEDNESDAY

Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 12:03 PM

Why Not Take Advantage Of This Special National Race Masters Offer To Play Every Selection From Now Until Labor Day…ONLY $29The final week of the 2018 Saratoga Meet commenced yesterday and John Conte and Jim Hurley wasted little time doing what they’ve done for much of this meet…WIN and WIN AT A PRICE.CONTE STARTS OFF FINAL WEEK WITH $293.00 EXACTAIn Race 3 yesterday John tabbed longshots A Bit Of Mischief – WIN $18.20 and Appreciate – 2nd for a BOXCAR EXACTAHe also hooked up A Bit Of Mischief with race 4 Winner Prognostication for the $27.00 Daily Double.HURLEY CASHES SECOND…

ONCE AGAIN THE TRAVERS STAKES FIELD IS DEEP AND INVITING…TRADITION SAYS TOTE BOARD LIGHTS UP

Friday, August 24, 2018 at 2:17 PM

John ConteFriday, August 24, 2018Before we even begin previewing the 2018 Travers Stakes why don’t we get one thing out of the way first.For all my experience. For all my years at the New York Post and Daily Racing Form. For all my years as a multiple Major National Handicapping Contest Winner. For all the accolades I have received, such as an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year and as a featured star of the Esquire TV Show “Horseplayer.” I have never lost track of one thing, the game is about CASHING THE BEST VALUE BETS.And when it comes…

WITH A HISTORY OF MAJOR UPSETS THIS SATURDAY’S TRAVERS STAKES IS YOUR “MID-SUMMER” CASH COW

Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:48 PM

Hank GoldbergMonday 8/20Even if you are a recreational bettor you have heard Saratoga referred to as the “Graveyard of Favorites.” The phrase itself, became an obligatory mantra after Onion pulled his monumental upset of Triple Crown Winner and subsequent legendary all-time champion Secretariat in the 1973 Whitney Stakes.While this “Graveyard of Favorites” is a bit hyperbolic, there are plenty of stories which will keep the phrase on the tongues of horse players well into the future.In fact, Onion’s world-class Hall of Fame trainer in H Allen Jerkens, known affectionately as the Chief, was also called by many, the “Giant Killer”…

The Travers Mid-Summer Derby Will Be the Season’s Best Race

Monday, August 20, 2018 at 4:26 PM

If you are a horseracing fan and/or a horseplayer and you are not looking forward to the Travers, it might be time to check your pulse because the Mid-Summer Derby is shaping up as the premier handicapping and betting race of the summer season. The $1.25 million 1¼-mile Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds will headline the best day of racing and wagering of the meet at Saratoga on Saturday, August 25 - a day when The Spa will truly be place the center of the universe for all handicappers and horse racing aficionados, not just on track but all over the…

NO MONEY LEFT AT ARLINGTON…HANK GOLDBERG CLIENTS TAKE IT ALL AS HE SWEEPS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 9:15 PM

If you didn’t know before, after Saturday at Arlington Park you know now why Hank Goldberg was the Voice Of Big Time Horse Racing On Network TV.He didn’t just win at Arlington Park on Saturday…as they say…he took home the race track for himself and his clients.We hope you answered his e-mail and got involved.Hank began the day by tabbing $78.20 longshot Carrick as one of his 4 horses in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stake which also included second place finisher Analyze It for the $237.80 Exacta and another longshot, Bandua who finished third to complete the $4,178.60 Trifecta.And the…

ARLINGTON PARK’S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RACING TAKES CENTER STAGE ON SATURDAY

Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:05 PM

Hank GoldbergFriday, August 11In the world of North American racing the month of August belongs almost exclusively to Saratoga and Del Mar. I write, almost, because for one weekend each August Arlington Park takes center stage with their International Festival of Racing, a 4 Turf Race Series which includes a trio of Grade 1 Races, the Arlington Million, the Beverly D. and the Secretariat Stakes plus the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes.The Arlington Million and the Beverly D. are not only Grade 1 Races that have drawn 11 and 9 contenders respectively, but each is a Breeders’ Cup designated Win…

CONTE SEES SARATOGA CLEARLY – 7 MULTIPLE WIN DAYS LAST 8

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Alert From The NRM StaffThursday 8/9This is the time of the Saratoga Meet when professional Handicapper and Contest winner John Conte sees it all.The trainers and horses have settled in. Those one or two jockeys who emerge against the upper echelon have announced their presence. And while the weather seems to change the track and turf surfaces daily, John only uses that to his advantage because no one knows breeding and horses for courses better.That is why he did it again Wednesday with TWO WINNERS AND EXACTAS from his three Best Bet Races, which ran his multiple winning race days…

JIM HURLEY SEZ PICK 3 SERVICE WINS MORE THAN JUST THE PICK 3

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11:53 AM

With 24 days of racing still remaining in the 2018 Saratoga Meet there is more than enough time left to Cash In.One of the most productive programs so far has been the JIM HURLEY RACING NETWORK PICK 3 SERVICE. Jim has stated over and over that the payouts on the Pick 3 out pay a 3 Horse Parlay 91% of the time AND the takeout on the initial bet is less than each individual win bet in the parlay.Given the potential for this positive return Jim developed his PICK 3 SERVICE expressly for the Saratoga Meet and built it around…

Arlington’s International Festival Day Looking Strong as Ever

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Arlington's International Festival of Racing is set to be contested on Saturday, August 11. Headlined by the 36th running of the G1 Arlington Million, along with the G1 Beverly D. and the Secretariat Stakes, the International Festival of Racing will encompass a stakes-filled race card containing all three of Arlington's Grade 1 races - the only three Grade 1 races run annually in the state of Illinois. Even if Arlington isn't on your daily racing and wagering track menu, you will definitely want to be tuning in this Saturday for some of the best turf racing to be found anywhere…

SARATOGA HORSES TO WATCH

Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11:54 AM

Friday 7/27 – Friday 8/3Jim Hurley, Saturday, August 4Just about every one of the horses who ran over the course of the opening 2 weeks of the Saratoga Meet will likely run back at some point before Saratoga comes to the end on Labor Day, September 3rd.Below is a list of horse who ran at Saratoga between Saturday July, 21 and Friday, August 3.These are horses Jim Hurley and his astute trip handicappers and trainer trend mavens are confident showed more than enough to indicate they are sitting on a win.CATCH ME IF U CAN – In his debut in…

THE CLAIM GAME…BIG MONEY LAYOUTS MEANS BIG EXPECTATIONS

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 1:14 PM

Horse Racing Is No Different…When You Want To Know Who is Well MeantFollow The Money!John Conte, Tuesday, July 31One of the many things I have learned about Saratoga, something which happens much more often and with greater expectation of return here than during any other New York Circuit race meet is that those barns which claim horses from other barns do so because they believe they will win right back.This is because winning at Saratoga, as you know, has a higher priority race to race than at any other time.Of course during the year as well, barns want a quick…

MONEY MANAGEMENT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS HANDICAPPING

Monday, July 30, 2018 at 4:39 PM

Three Methods You Might Want To ConsiderJohn DaSilva, Monday, July 30As we move into August there are still 30 days remaining to the Saratoga Meet and 26 days still to go at Del Mar. Obviously these are the two meets that annually draw the most attention up until Labor Day, and rightly so.However, what I am going to discuss today is all about Money Management and applies to wagering at any race track in the country.Since horse wagering found its way into prominence there have been countless methods of money management proposed. Some of them very basic and easy to…

SARATOGA HORSES TO WATCH

Friday, July 27, 2018 at 3:58 PM

Friday 7/20 – Thursday 7/26Jim Hurley's Racing NetworkJust about every one of the horses who ran over the course of the opening 6 days of the Saratoga Meet will likely run back at some point before Saratoga comes to the end on Labor Day, September 3rd.Below is a list of horse who ran at Saratoga between Friday July, 20 and Thursday, July 26.These are horses Jim Hurley and his astute trip handicappers and trainer trend mavens are confident showed more than enough to indicate they are sitting on a winBIG BIRTHDAY – The Chad Brown trainee was making just her…

SARATOGA PREVIEW: THE BEST RACING OF THE YEAR HAS ARRIVED

Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 3:35 PM

Saratoga is the most important meet of the summer season for horseplayers, who will invariably need to handicap well at The Spa if they hope to make big money.  The highly looked-forward-to and anticipated 40-day Saratoga racing season lasts throughout the heart of the summer, running six days a week (every day except Tuesday) from Friday, July 20 until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.If you are a serious horseplayer and you are not already looking forward to the Saratoga meet, it might be time to check your pulse because Saratoga is the summer place to be for all handicappers and…

THERE IS ONLY ONE REASON TO PLAY SARATOGA TO MAKE MONEY WHAT TO FOCUS ON…WHAT TO AVOID

Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Hank GoldbergThursday, 7/12On Friday, July 20 Saratoga opens their 40 day 2018 Race Meet.As the days wind down until the first race on opening day you will read countless previews from countless public handicappers, private analysts.If you watch the races live on mobile units you will be bombarded by pundits who work the TV desks for wagering platforms such as TVG and others. I will admit that some of them do have a working knowledge of racing. But never forget that while they pass themselves off as astute handicappers with your interests at heart, in essence at least one, and…

SHIPPERS HAVE HUGE IMPACT ON SARATOGA MEET…BUT WHICH ONES

Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:11 PM

Saratoga WatchJim Hurley,Monday, July 9Every year I present my annual look at the prospects for Saratoga Shippers. And as I went over the 2017 performances by shippers I once again can tell you that the more things change, new horses, some new barns, the more they stay the same.The largest number of shippers arrive from the same locations (Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park, Gulfstream and PARX) and the payoffs on those shippers which do win are higher than the horses stabled at Belmont and Aqueduct before moving north. Even horses shipping in for multi-circuit trainers with stables in New York are…

BIGGEST DAY OF RACING UNTIL TRAVERS IS BELMONT’S “STARS & STRIPES DAY” ON SATURDAY

Friday, July 6, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Belmont Graded Stakes Preview,John DaSilvaI’ve been waiting weeks for the development of the 5 Graded Stakes races that comprise Belmont’s STARS & STRIPES DAY” lineup for this Saturday.On Wednesday these races filled and they are everything both a racing fan and especially a handicapper and bettor could hope for.First off, there will not be close to an unmatched overwhelming favorite in any of the five races. Each race has multiple entrants who will be seen in the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3rd.(THREE YEAR OLD SHOWCASES FEATURED)From the top 3-year old Turf marathon…

A Look Ahead to the Second Season in the 3YO Division

Monday, July 2, 2018 at 11:14 AM

It was only a couple months ago that we were all talking about how deep and talented this year’s 3-year-old crop was until Justify came around and turned the Triple Crown into a one-horse show. While Justify basks in the glory, the rest of the season in the 3-year-old division still marches on, however, and the rest of these promising horses and their exploits should not be overlooked.Justify won 6 races in a span of 16 weeks go from maiden to Triple Crown champ, and has thus earned a well-deserved rest until much later in the season when he is…

JUVENILE MAIDENS AT SARATOGA… DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU HEAR

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:52 PM

Saratoga WatchJim HurleyThursday. June 28When it comes to the 40 day Saratoga Meet, which begins Friday July 20, there are any number of traps a horse bettor can fall prey to. And many of them have two things in common. They are the result of bromides which lost their fizzle many years ago, yet are still spread at a virulent rate by players and are the result of repeated proclamations based upon “empirical” experience on the part of TV and Blog pundits who should know better. .Today I will focus on a number of these “assumptions” as they apply to…

5 ½ FURLONG TURF RACES AMONG THE MOST FORMFUL OF ALL SARATOGA RACES.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 12:38 PM

PREPPING FOR THE SPASaratoga PreviewsJohn ConteWednesday, 6/20The immediate response a player might have to the thought of handicapping a 5 ½ furlong turf race at Saratoga is something along the lines of, how does one analyze a full field of helter-skelter sprinters running at one pace and hoping to get the perfect trip?Based on the actual results of these races, how they are run and the payoffs to those who bet them, this is not close to an accurate assumption. In fact, a close look at these races indicates that they are among the most formful contests run over the…

THOSE TOP SARATOGA JOCKS EVERYONE FOLLOWS… BE CAREFUL!

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Saratoga PreviewsMonday, 6/18John DaSilvaFor many years, what you will read below and what I will further submit leading up to the Saratoga Meet which begins Friday, July 20 are the type of articles I wrote for The NY Post  before they discontinued most of their racing coverage (as most daily newspapers have.) I was in the Press Box for 19 years covering Saratoga for my paper. I was up early for morning workouts at the Oklahoma training track where I got to know everyone from the trainers to the jockeys to the clockers. And to this day I am on a…

MAKE MONMOUTH PART OF YOUR SUMMER WAGERING ROUTINE

Monday, June 11, 2018 at 12:57 PM

MAKE MONMOUTH PART OF YOUR SUMMER WAGERING ROUTINENow that the 2018 Triple Crown is in the books, the next big 3-year-old race on everyone’s radar will be the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Saturday, July 29. While it is highly unlikely that Justify will return to the races in time for the Haskell, the race nevertheless is sure to attract a first-class field of sophomores hoping to emerge during the second-half of the season.While talking about the Haskell, this seems like a good opportunity to put some focus on the Monmouth Park race meet. Monmouth occasionally gets…

JUSTIFY IS GOING FOR THE TRIPLE CROWN, HERE’S WHY HE’LL LOSE

Monday, June 4, 2018 at 6:51 AM

After the Kentucky Derby and Preakness are in the books, New York’s Belmont Park again is ready to become the center of the racing universe thanks to the running of the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. This is especially true in years when there is a Triple Crown on the line, and that’s a big deal because this year’s Crown aspirant, Justify, appears to have a better than average chance to accomplish the feat than most of the recent losers that have come before him.All eyes in the horseracing world – and sports world – will…

PAST PERFORMANCES AND RUNNING STYLE PROFILE MAKE BELMONT THE MOST DIFFICULT TRIPLE CROWN RACE

Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:21 PM

John ContePreviewing The Belmont StakesWednesday, May 30Once again bettors and race fans are faced with two dimensions of their love for the game.With the prospects of a Triple Crown once again on the line, the acute majority of racing fans will be more than happy to witness Justify accomplish the feat.By the same token, bettors looking to make a score would be happy to see a horse they bet to beat Justify accomplish that feat because the Value Return would be expanded.For many of those fans/bettors this could be a dilemma. I find no such problem. I believe we can…

JUSTIFY FRIGHTENS ALL BUT 7 OPPONENTS …SO THEY’LL STILL RUN THE 143RD PREAKNESS

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12:07 PM

John ContePreakness Preview, 5/17Let me get this out of the way first.There has been little interest in speculating on the outcome of the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes. If you listened to 10 minutes of punditry or 10 hours of punditry this week you heard the same thing. It is impossible to believe any of the colts going up against him on Saturday will deny Justify the second leg of the Triple Crown. He has proven to be heads and tails above any of the three other Kentucky Derby runners who return, Bravazo, Good Magic and Lone Sailor and…

BELMONT AWAKES FROM SLUMBER WITH 5 BIG STAKES RACES SATURDAY

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:58 PM

John DaSilva All Stakes PreviewFriday, May 11This year it has taken Belmont’s Spring Meet a bit longer than usual to get into its usual top level, top class racing.Whether it was the lingering bad weather that postponed barns shipping back from Florida or those that gave their top horses a break began getting them back into training a little longer is hard to say. But whatever the reason, that slumber ends Saturday with a huge 5 Stakes day….4 of them Graded races.Grade 3 Vagrancy H. – 4 Year Old & Up Fillies & Mares – 6 ½ FurlongsRun Happy S.…

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL AS NEWCOMERS GET SET FOR THE PREAKNESS

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Hammerin’ Hank Preakness PreviewWednesday, 5/9Regardless of how impressive he might have been this past Saturday in Louisville, it is on to Baltimore where the Kentucky Derby winner will have to “Justify” his Run for the Roses triumph.A number of those who challenged Justify in the Kentucky Derby have already been declared out of the Preakness. The connections of third place finisher Audible have already announced that they will await the Belmont Stakes and as of Tuesday, runner up Good Magic is at best 50/50 to compete.I’m sure a few more Kentucky Derby emigres will sign on and as of now…

WATCH AND WAGER THE SEASON’S BEST RACING AT BELMONT PARK

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM

With all the hub-bub in Thoroughbred racing focused on the Triple Crown, it can be easy to overlook that at the same time horseplayers are concentrating on the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, the new season at beautiful Belmont Park is already up and running. The 2018 Belmont Park Spring/Summer meet opened on Friday, April 27 through closing day, Sunday, July 15. After months and months of Aqueduct, the New York circuit finally returns to Belmont Park and handicappers are more than ready for the move, to say the least.The biggest day of the 54-day Belmont meet, of course, will…

KENTUCKY DERBY EVE IS PERFECT BANKROLL DAY 13 RACES…6 STAKES RACES…INCLUDING KENTUCKY OAKS

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1:47 PM

John ConteDerby Eve PreviewThursday, May 3If you are like any horse racing fan then you know that everyone from your uncle to co-worker has asked you about the Kentucky derby.Like your uncle and co-worker, even those people that don’t regularly get involved in horse racing are likely to bet the Kentucky derby.On the other hand, if you are a serious horse player like I am, you won’t be sitting on your hands until Saturday. All you need do is look to Friday’s 13 race Churchill Downs program, headed by the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks (the filly equivalent of the Kentucky…

DEEPEST FIELD IN YEARS A PLUS AND MINUS FOR EACH KENTUCKY DERBY RUNNER

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:04 PM

John DaSilva Previews The DerbyTuesday, May 1As of this morning the entries are in for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The post positions have been drawn and the Morning Lines assigned. If your “countdown” to the race hadn’t already begun then it has now.Heading into the Wood memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby on April 7 I had already seen enough to convince me that this year’s crop of 3-year olds was deeper in talent than any in recent editions. But then when Vino Rosso, Good Magic and Justify did their winning thing in each of…

Kentucky Derby 2018 Preview: Exceptionally Strong Field is Ready to Rumble

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Kentucky Derby 144 is finally here and after months of prep race ups and downs all over the world on the road to the Triple Crown, a field of 20 horses are now ready to take to the track at Churchill Downs for “the most exciting two minutes in sports” on Saturday, May 5.The 2018 Kentucky Derby is shaping to feature one of the strongest fields in years, and handicapping the race is going to be challenging and fun, for sure. In most other years, any of this season’s five or six top contenders could be Derby favorite, but in…

HURLEY ANNUAL DERBY TOP 10 PART II - MY “OUTSIDE” TOP 5

Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 12:32 PM

Jim Hurley’s Derby DoingsSaturday, April 28Today I’ll take a few more minutes to produce the “second” half of my ANNUAL DERBY TOP 10.If you’ve been with me over the years you know that this “Top 10” is a bit different in that it consists actually of two separate TOP 5 LISTS.First is the list of the 5 Derby Horses that are likely to draw the large percentage of the betting pool. I previewed these horses Friday and they are available on these pages.The second “Top 5” are the “outsiders” that I find plenty of reason to give more than just…

HURLEY ANNUAL DERBY TOP 10 LIKELY TOP 5…FOLLOWED BY OUTSIDE TOP 5

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Jim Hurley’s Derby DoingsFriday, April 27Today I’m going to take a few minutes to produce the initial half of my ANNUAL DERBY TOP 10.If you’ve been with me over the years you know that this “Top 10” is a bit different in that it consists actually of two separate TOP 5 LISTS.First is the list of the 5 Derby Horses that are likely to draw the large percentage of the betting pool.The second “Top 5” are the “outsiders” that I find reason to give a little love to.Keep in mind, much will transpire over the course of the next 8…

RATING THE FINAL DERBY PREPS AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE KENTUCKY DERBY.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:05 PM

DaSilva Previews The Kentucky DerbyWednesday, April 25First let’s state the obvious. With 20 horses running in the Kentucky Derby I take the stand that you can’t begin by fine-tuning every horse in order to create a short list. In the beginning, whether it eventually catches you by the short hairs or rewards you, there need be a few “recent trend” realities which should be respected.With that in mind, one of the first things I do is check and recheck every year to see which final Kentucky Derby Preps have a reasonable expectation of positive influence and which have been sub-par…

BELMONT OPENS FRIDAY… AND NOT A DAY TOO SOON.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 3:46 PM

John Conte Belmont Spring Meet PreviewTuesday, April 24On Friday (April 27) a strong heart beat returns to the New York Racing Circuit as the Belmont Park Spring Race Meet gets under way with nine races.With no total disrespect to Aqueduct’s just completed winter meet, it was a pleasure to look at the first Belmont race card of 2018 and see full fields in just about every race.After a steady diet of 5 and 6 horse fields (before scratches) the switch in locations is highly anticipated. On Sunday there were two races in which 5 horses ran and a race in…

CHURCHILL MEET OPENING TIPS THROUGH DERBY DAY AND BEYOND

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10:26 AM

The 2018 Churchill Downs Spring/Summer Meet begins on Saturday, April 28.  What follows after opening Night is one of the best weeks of racing of the year – Tuesday through Saturday of Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs. After that, the meet continues through the last day of June as one of the best early summer race meets in the country.  Read onward for some tips on how to make money opening week at Churchill and build bankroll for horseracing’s biggest day, and beyond.The centerpiece of the Churchill Spring/Summer Meet, of course, will be the 144th running of the Kentucky…

WANT TO RAISE A DERBY WINNER… LOOK TO RAISE A NATIVE

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:01 PM

Jim Hurley’s Derby Doings – Friday, April 20 The first question that any handicapper or bettor has to ask about the Kentucky Derby is simple. Which 3-year old that has never run a mile and a quarter will run a mile and a quarter.There are many ways to approach this. One can search through the running lines in the past performances of the Derby Preps and determine if the colt has shown in his final quarter mile that he mirrors what previous Kentucky Derby winners have done in their final quarter mile efforts.I’ll go more into this in subsequent preview…

Kentucky Derby Prep Season Ends with Justify, Audible and Magnum Moon Looking Strong

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 1:38 PM

With the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn and the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland now in the books, the final prep races have been run and the field has more or less been set for the Kentucky Derby. Six of the 20 horses in the starting gate will be trained by Todd Pletcher (4) or Bob Baffert (2).  Pletcher will enter the race as the defending champion trainer, having won last year with Always Dreaming, while Baffert is likely to go postward with this year’s favorite, Santa Anita Derby winner Justify.The Arkansas Derby was another tour-de-force performance by Todd Pletcher’s undefeated Magnum…

HANK GOLDBERG SAYS “ARKANSAS DERBY MIGHT BE THE LAST BIG PREP, BUT IT IS FAR FROM THE LEAST”

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Thursday, April 12It shouldn’t be any surprise why I love the Arkansas Derby.As a serious handicapper and analyst for ABC, NBC and ESPN coverage of horse racing I gave gave out my selections to an attentive public. And there is only one reason the public was attentive. I was never afraid of a price…which is why I have that love for the Arkansas Derby.Let me whet your appetite by showing you just what kind of boxcar payoffs this race provides year in and year out.In 2015, eventual Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah chased all but seven challengers and romped at…

Arkansas Derby Preview

Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM

On The Derby Trail With John ConteSATURDAY'S ARKANSAS DERBY IS THE LAST 100 POINT DERBY PREP QUALIFIER...BUT IT IS FAR FROM THE LEASTAfter last week's triple dose of 100 point Derby Prep qualifiers, the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby which brought headlines to the likes of Vino Rosso, Good magic and Justify the attention will turn this Saturday to Hot Springs, ArkansasIt is here where Oaklawn Park will conclude another spectacular meet with the running of the Grade 1 ARKANSAS DERBY.Undoubtedly the national attention lavished on last week's trio of Preps will, as it does year…

KEENELAND OPENS FRIDAY AND IT IS ONCE AGAIN “BIG SCORE” TIME

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:47 AM

John DaSilva Keeneland ReportWednesday, April 4Just when Gulfstream is winding down to 4 day weeks for a bit, Aqueduct is running 3 days and the weather throughout the mid-Atlantic states and the northeast hangs on the way we wish some of our speed horses would, ALONG COMES THE SPRING MEET AT KEENELAND. And not a day too soon.When I was the analyst there I wrote many a feature exclusively for the NY Post during my 19 record breaking years as their handicapper. I still hold the record for most wins and highest Return On Investment of any competitors and I am…

TWO DOMINANT PERFORMANCES LAST SATURDAY ADD TO KENTUCKY DERBY DEPTH

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 4:37 PM

TWO DOMINANT PERFORMANCES LAST SATURDAY ADD TO KENTUCKY DERBY DEPTHEven if we only had the “eye-test” to go by in order to determine which horses are on a direct bullet train to the first Saturday in May, the UAE Derby and Florida Derby provided us with as close to twenty-twenty vision as we could ask for regarding Mendelssohn and Audible.However, there are many angle reasons as well which point players in the direction of these two important Derby Prep winners from this past Saturday.(THE ANGLE THAT WILL NEVER WIN…UNTIL IT DOES)As we approach the Kentucky Derby another weekend of Prep…

Florida Derby Preview

Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5:33 PM

JOHN CONTE'S FLORIDA DERBY REPORTFriday, March 30DOES THE FLORIDA DERBY (AGAIN) BECOME THE TODD AND JOHNNY SHOW?The question that will be asked the most leading into Saturday's $1 Million, Grade 1 Florida Derby is, "do the rich get richer or will Todd Pletcher and John Velazquez share the Derby Prep Wealth?"Once again trainer Todd Pletcher will send out another one of his deep Kentucky Derby prospects in the aptly named Audible.Over the course of the last three Saturday's Pletcher has successfully called audible as he makes certain that he doesn't defeat the overall purpose by having his top Kentucky Derby…

John Conte Florida Derby Report

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8:50 AM

JOHN CONTE'S FLORIDA DERBY REPORTThursday, March 29Over the course of the next few days I'll be posting a few of my thoughts regarding the Florida Derby.As we progress through the next 5 plus weeks I'll be living, breathing, investigating, checking-and-rechecking works, connecting with the major players PLUS wagering and winning the Derby Preps and then the Kentucky Derby.When it comes to the Florida Derby on Saturday (3/31) I plan on doing the same thing I did last week in the Louisiana Derby when my clients and I COLLECTED ALL THE WAGERS as those who responded to my e-mail offering the…

SPRING CAN’T COME FAST ENOUGH TO AQUEDUCT

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 2:31 PM

With the fourth major winter storm of March bearing down on the New York area this week, it is hard to believe that the calendar has actually turned over to spring, and let’s face it, spring can’t get here fast enough for people in the northeast this year.  Even though it might be hard to believe now, soon pastimes like scraping ice off the car and shoveling the driveway will be replaced with some that we actually look forward to, such as opening day of the baseball season (less than two weeks away – hard to believe) and the return…

REBEL STAKES OPENS UP KENTUCKY DERBY FIELD

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:56 PM

Saturday was supposed to be another sign that the West Coast 3-year olds were about to once again dominate the Kentucky Derby in 2018.After Bolt d’Oro and/or McKinzie dominated the San Felipe a week prior, Solomini was supposed to head to Oaklawn Park and not only validate his own status in the Grade II Rebel Stakes, but to flatter both Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie who he had run on a par with when they all interacted in previous stakes encounters.And although Solomini did finish second in the Rebel and his supporters could argue he was held up in traffic for…

BIG DERBY PREP FIELDS ARE BETTOR’S DELIGHT SATURDAY

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Solomini Favored Over 10 In Rebel…Hazit And Ride A Comet Installed As Co-Morning Line 5-1 Favorites In Jeff Ruby At TurfwayMid-West Circuit bettors in particular and national simulcast bettors will bettors in general should be licking their chops as they peruse the 23 total 3-year olds entered for the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the Jeff Ruby Stakes (nee the Spiral Stakes) at Turfway Park this Saturday. It is likely that morning line favorite Solomini will command the most attention from bettors as he faces 10 rivals in the Grade II Rebel Stakes ($900,000), to be run at a mile…

Derby Picture Coming Into Focus

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Kentucky Derby winter book favorites Bolt d'Oro and Good Magic finally have both made their seasonal debuts as another major round of Derby prep races has been completed, giving handicappers a slightly clearer view of the Derby picture and the clock continues to countdown toward the First Saturday in May.Headline Derby prep races are happening on a weekly basis now and will continue regularly throughout March and April. To date, however, none were more under the microscope than the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park, which featured the seasonal debut of Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic, and the San…

GRADE II SAN FELIPE STAKES WON BY MCKINZIE...NO, MAKE THAT BOLT D’ORO

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:25 AM

Perhaps in an attempt to have a metaphorical as opposed to too often real smokescreen emanate from the region, pundits who should know better have repeatedly made the claim that in recent years the best 3-year olds prepping for the Kentucky Derby have been stationed in Southern California.This mantra has been built on the success in 2012 of the ill-fated I'll Have Another, who was the Derby and Preakness winner before being injured and withdrawn a day before the Belmont Stakes, California Chrome, who also was the Derby and Preakness winner in 2014 and of course American Pharoah who swept…

Top Derby Contenders Play the Waiting Game as a Surprise Key Race Emerges

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:08 PM

Handicappers and horse racing fans are stuck in a holding pattern with just a little more than two months to go until the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Derby watchers are playing a waiting game on two fronts – we are still waiting for last year’s top juveniles to make their 3-year-old debuts, and/or waiting for new major contenders to emerge from the pack with big efforts in key races that might propel them to spots in the starting gate at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.The 2018 Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, May 5…

A Glimpse at Aqueduct’s New-Look Winter Jockey Colony

Monday, February 5, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The next time you’re betting Aqueduct and look up on the tote board to see the 3-5 favorite with Dylan Davis, Trevor McCarthy, Kendrick Carmouche, or Angel Arroyo named aboard for the mount, you don’t need to check your eyeglass prescription or question the accuracy of your Daily Racing Form or the track program.  It’s probably not a misprint.  The Aqueduct jockey colony has been turned upside-down and inside-out this winter, and it is expected to stay that way, or perhaps get even worse until the big-name riders begin to filter back into town after April 1.Aqueduct bettors need to…

THE ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS OPEN

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 3:54 PM

Right around this time a year ago the Derby Preps and conversation regarding the prospects for the 2017 Kentucky derby and Triple Crown was under way.For most serious barns the nominations had been filed early, the serious contenders had raced as juveniles and the scuttlebutt was sounded regarding those promising newly turned three-year olds who were about to begin their foundations.Now it is mid-January in 2018 and with the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct and the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds having been run this past Saturday, along with the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn set for Martin Luther King Monday, the…

NEVER TOO EARLY TO START THINKING KENTUCKY DERBY

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 3:44 PM

We're still more than three months out from the First Saturday in May, but for horseracing fans it's never too early to start thinking about the Kentucky Derby. Yes, the Derby itself will last only about two minutes - the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports - that doesn't mean we can't have months of fun talking about it in advance.  After all, the waiting is almost as much fun as the actual race.  So for those of you who just can't get enough Derby talk, here is some advance analysis of the soon-to-be 3-year-old class of 2018 Kentucky Derby hopefuls.The…

Santa Anita Preview

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3:36 PM

HAVE A GREAT SEASON AT "THE GREAT RACE PLACE"Santa Anita is one of the country's premier annual winter race meets, offering big purses and high-quality racing on both its turf course and on its dirt main track.  In fact, the Santa Anita winter meet's status is not only one of the best winter season race meets, but one of the year's best race meets of any season.The California winter racing season celebrated its annual official opening day on December 26, Santa Anita will remain open throughout winter, spring, and early summer until June 24, with the main winter-spring meet ending…

JIM HURLEY’S GULFSTREAM REPORT Wednesday, 12/27/17

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:31 PM

On this sight I will be posting my GULFSTREAM REPORT on Wednesday each week throughout the Championship Meet. I will take a look at various aspects that a bettor should consider (today we take a look at 5 furlong sprints and betting jockeys) plus each week will have a Horses To Watch List.Make sure to check in weekly.(FIVE FURLONG TURF SPRINTS ARE PRETTY MUCH WHAT THE BETTOR EXPECTS)There is no doubt that for most bettors the first glance at the past performances of a 5 furlong turf sprint is one which searches for the front end or pressing and-or stalking…

DON’T WAIT TO TAKE ACTION AT SANTA ANITA…LOTS OF REASONS TO PLAY EARLY

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Are you ready for the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS?There is one place where you should be, and that is at Santa Anita Park where the Winter Race Meet has its traditional Opening Day on December 26.Below we’ll take a look at some of the angles that can be gleaned from last and past years’ last days of December and January Racing at the venue. But first let’s take a look at the most important reason for getting involved from day one of the meet…THE PAYOFFS.Just as always last year was a VALUE PLAYER’S BONANZA.Over the course of the opening week…*Average Win…

AQUEUDUCT WINTER HANDICAPPING PROGRESS REPORT

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:05 AM

For many horseplayers and handicappers, winter racing means Gulfstream, Santa Anita, and other warm weather locales as the best racing of the season migrates away from cold places like Kentucky and closed circuits in Chicago and Canada.  But there's at least one cold weather place where racing continues going strong all through the winter, and it's a place that handicappers need to not overlook - Aqueduct.Even if you are the type of winter horseplayer who prefers to play the "big winter meets" at this time of year, Aqueduct offers excellent betting opportunities for winter racing horseplayers, particularly on weekends, with…

GULFSTREAM 2017-18 PREVIEW AND HANDICAPPING GUIDE

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Yes, the winter racing season is here, and the best winter race meet is ready to roll at Gulfstream Park, with the 2017-18 Gulfstream Champions meet running from Dec. 2 to April 1.  As always, Gulfstream will feature the best trainers, jockeys, grass horses and stakes races in action at this time of year, making it a must-bet track for all serious horseplayers and handicappers for the next several months.The Gulfstream Park winter meet begins with the Claiming Crown, continues with the Sunshine Millions, contains several key 3-year-old prep races leading up to the Florida Derby, and also features the…

FIRST FULL WEEK AT AQUEDUCT INNER DIRT TRACK AND GULFSTREAM ARE MUST PLAY OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:27 PM

A Message From National Handicapping Champ, John Conte:On Wednesday, December 6th racing makes what appears to be “across the street moves.”At Aqueduct, racing simply makes a move from the main dirt course oval to the winterized Inner Dirt Track oval that circles just inside that main track.In Florida, racing switches from Gulfstream Park West (formerly known as Calder Race Course) to Gulfstream Park. Though many of the barns that raced during the just completed Calder meet will be in action, there will be the usual invasion of top notch barns from all over the country for what is hands down…

PREMIER GULFSTREAM CHAMPIONSHIP MEET STARTS DECEMBER 2 Taking A Look At Some Previews

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 2:18 PM

From The Desk Of John DaSilva19 Year Lead Handicapper For The NY PostGULFSTREAM PREVIEWS – PART 1Thursday 11/16On Saturday, December 2nd the premier national winter meet commences when Gulfstream Park opens their 4 month Championship Meet, which runs through Florida Derby Weekend on April 1st.This meet wastes little time getting going. Right from the start there are key races for big purses just like last year when the meet opened with a pair of 42K Maiden Special Weights followed by the STARTER STAKES DAY comprised of 9 races that provided $110K for six of them, $125K for another two and…

JUVENILE FIRST OUT WINNERS ARE IN THE WORKS

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Just about every serious bettor will tell you that, yes, they are aware that the workouts for any debuting juvenile maiden are important. But question those same bettors and they will often tell you that when it comes to betting these first time starters they look to many other factors before spending time with due diligence on workouts in general and more specifically what the patterns might indicate.These bettors will pay attention to the trainers such as Todd Pletcher and Chard Brown, who have sterling records with juveniles. In large part this is because they get the best stock to…

THE DEATH OF AQUEDUCT’S INNER TRACK

Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:23 PM

New York Winter Racing Moves to Aqueduct's New Main Track and New TurfNew York racing has been turned "inside out." What was the Aqueduct Inner track is now the Aqueduct outer turf course.The Aqueduct Inner track, the host of New York winter racing for several decades since 1975, is no more.  The era of the Inner track is officially over.Some people loved to bet the Aqueduct Inner track while others couldn't stand it, but no matter which side you were on you had to deal with it, because it was a way of life for more than 40 winters. If…

MAKING SENSE OF THE BREEDERS’ CUP MILE AND DIRT MILE

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:38 PM

The middle-distance Breeders' Cup races rarely are the headliners and often are the most likely races to be overlooked on a packed weekend of championship racing. For bettors, however, these races offer some of the best opportunities to catch prices, and you'll need them if you want to cash-in on a couple of the year's most lucrative Pick 4s on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4. Use the following tips in the middle-distance races as guidelines to bet the Mile and Dirt Mile, and hopefully you will have the cornerstones of what you'll need for a winning Breeders' Cup weekend at…

BREEDERS’ CUP CAPSULES Sunday, 10/29 PART 3

Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Continuing today and on these pages until the Breeders’ Cup on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 we will take a look in capsule form of the thirteen 2017 Races.YOUNGER AND OLDER DISTAFFERS PAINT DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT SETUP…Juvenile Filly Turf Oversubscribed…Distaff Down To A Handful…Time For Bullet Points!On day one of the Breeders’ Cup (Friday 11/3 at Del Mar) the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Turf and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be separated by much more than age and experience.In the Juvenile Filly Turf (1 Mile over the Del Mar grass course) a field of 18 youngsters, including the main…

BREEDERS’ CUP CAPSULES Tuesday, 10/24 PART 2

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 7:53 PM

Continuing today and on these pages until the Breeders’ Cup on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 we will take a look in capsule form of the thirteen 2017 Races.STACKED BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE COULD HAVE LARGEST AND DEEPEST FIELD IN YEARSPre-entries will be taken this week for the Breeders’ Cup Races (Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at Del Mar) and if those runners that appear to be legitimate contenders all go in the BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE on Friday, we should not only see the largest field (13 are under consideration after an average field of…

Jockey Tips Can Make You Breeders Cup Cash

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM

JOCKEY TIPS CAN MAKE YOU BREEDERS' CUP CASH... HERE'S HOWGood handicappers know that you just can't base your handicapping solely on just simply betting the leading jockeys. This is especially true at the Breeders' Cup, where, let's face it, they're all top jockeys.When it comes to jockey handicapping in the Breeders' Cup, horseplayers will need to delve beyond simply looking at the current win percentages of the jockeys.  At this level, you are dealing with the best of the best, and just picking a jockey with a good current record is worthless and not worth basing your bets on.  Nevertheless,…

BREEDERS’ CUP CAPSULES Wednesday, 10/18 PART 1

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Beginning today and continuing until the Breeders’ Cup on Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 we will take a look in capsule form of the thirteen 2017 Races.BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF…HISTORY SAYS WINNERS COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.Before I begin the Capsule for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf it is noteworthy that this will be the first time ever that this race (as well as all BC races) will be run at Del Mar. The race is contested at 1 Mile on the grass course. The youngsters will complete one turn around the oval with the starting gate…

Keeneland Fall Racing Preview

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 2:57 PM

WIN BIG WHEN RACING RETURNS TO KEENELAND IN OCTOBERTop class racing returns to Kentucky this week as Keeneland's annual fall season gets ready to open for its three-week, 17-race day, boutique meet from Friday, Oct. 6 to Saturday, Oct. 28.  The meet will attract big fields, good horses, and a load of top jockeys and trainers befitting the world epicenter of Thoroughbred horseracing in Lexington, Kentucky.Since Keeneland's fall meet is only three weeks long and the meet's stakes are front-loaded so they can be Breeders' Cup prep races, the time is now for handicappers to start brushing up on some…

BELMONT FALL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET REVIEW

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Wednesday, September 27, 2017  (JUVENILE RACE TOTE WATCHING STILL A LIABILITY) We’ve discussed before how at any race track, or in too many “Guides” bettors are told of the value of watching the tote board with juvenile races.I have many times written extensively on why this JUST DOESN’T WORK any better than not watching the tote. But rather than repeat these reasons yet again. Let us simply take a look at the bottom line by going over the juvenile races over the first 11 days of the Belmont fall Championship Meet.There have been 20 such races over the time span. Of…

Tips And Trends For Big Wins At The Belmont Fall Meet

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Every meet, no matter where it is, or when it is, or how high-profile it is, can always be made better and more enjoyable for horseplayers if you are winning and cashing tickets. The Belmont Park Fall Championship meet contains all of New York's key prep races for the Breeders' Cup, but besides just stakes races, it also offers top notch racing and wagering on all types of races, day-in-and-day-out throughout the season. For this reason, it pays to know and understand the handicapping trends that will work for you at the Belmont fall meet. This knowledge will help you…

ALL SORTS OF STORY LINES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE 1 PENNSYLVANIA DERBY…WHO WILL TAKE CHARGE?

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:41 PM

With the 3-year-old rankings (if there even is one) as wide open now as it was during the preps leading up to the Kentucky Derby, there are a pair of late season restricted Graded Stakes, the $1 Million Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby at PARX on Saturday, which could, if it is even possible, determine a division leader and the $400K Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sunday. (Check back Saturday Night for the Preview of the Oklahoma Derby.)As we look forward to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) on Saturday at PARX following his commanding 3 1/4-length victory…

BELMONT FALL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET REVIEW

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Part II – 9/15 – 9/17WHAT DID WE LEARN IN WEEK TWO?Week 3 of the Belmont fall Championship Meet begins today (Wednesday 9/20) and as we did last week and will throughout the meet, here is the review of the previous race week..(TURF RACE SCENARIO STAYS CONSISTENT)The first two paragraphs below are a repeat of what we noted last week in our review.Throughout much of the recent Saratoga Meet the place to be on the Turf was either on the lead or close to it. Certainly there were off the pace winners, although many of the smaller portion of grass…

Belmont Fall Meet - What Did We Learn From Week One

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 5:38 PM

BELMONT FALL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET...WEEK TWO BEGINS FRIDAY...WHAT DID WE LEARN IN WEEK ONE?TURF TURNS UPSIDE DOWNThroughout much of the recent Saratoga Meet the place to be on the Turf was either on the lead or close to it.Certainly there were off the pace winners, although many of the smaller portion of grass winners from off the pace came in the 5 ½ furlong (and only) sprint races.Now back at Belmont during the opening three days (9/8 - 9/10) that was just the opposite. Small sample notwithstanding it likely behooves bettors to consider the makeup of the results from the seventeen…

MAKE A SEEMLESS, WINNING MOVE FROM SARATOGA TO BELMONT

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 3:28 PM

New York racing once again moves downstate for the start of the Belmont Park Fall Championship Meet, which begins on Friday, Sept. 8 and continues through to October 29.  Following Saratoga, there are few race meets on the calendar as important as the Belmont Fall Championship Meet, which contains all of New York's key prep races for the Breeders' Cup. Plus, don't forget that besides just stakes races, Belmont Park also offers top-notch racing day-in-and-day-out all throughout the early fall season.Every serious horseplayer plays Belmont during the fall of each year, so it will pay quick and important dividends for…

Travers Stakes Preview

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 5:36 PM

APTLY NAMED MID-SUMMER DERBY ONCE AGAIN LADEN WITH QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS AND QUESTIONS...2017 TRAVERS ANOTHER BIG PAYOFF CHALLENGEThe Grade I Travers Stakes, the $1.25 Million Centerpiece of the Saratoga Meet every year once again, in 2017, lives up to its title as THE MID-SUMMER DERBY.Each and every year the Travers is, unlike any other 3-year old test of a season, a mirror of the Kentucky Derby. For year in and year out, there are, just as is the case entering the Run For The Roses, more questions involving the status of the various 3-year olds developed enough and with resumes enough…

JOCKEY TRENDS AND ANGLES YOU CAN BET ON AT SARATOGA

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 12:54 PM

One of the best jockey colonies anywhere at any time of the year is currently in action at the summer's premier race meet at Saratoga.  With roughly two weeks of action still remaining at The Spa, let's take a closer look into which jockeys make the best bets and are having the best seasons at Saratoga.  You can use this information to bump up your bankroll and make some money during the closing couple of weeks at the meet.A horse's jockey is one of the most important handicapping elements to consider before horseplayers make their bets. When making selections, the…

SCRAMBLED 3-YEAR OLD PICTURE MEANS PLENTY OF UPSETS

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:11 PM

SARATOGA SHOTSVolume 16…Number 7Friday, 8/4SCRAMBLED 3-YEAR OLD PICTURE MEANS PLENTY OF UPSETS MOVING FORWARD…NEXT STOP WEST VIRGINIA DERBYEarly on in the 2017 three-year old stalks racing campaign there were a few analysts who were out in front with contention that there didn’t seem to be any standout 3-year olds on the Triple Crown Trail.In the Kentucky Derby, Always Dreaming was among the few untroubled trip runners and captured a rare Run For the Roses victory for trainer Todd Pletcher as the generous 4.7-1 favorite, odds which reflected the indecisiveness of a public perhaps knowing there were no standouts in the…

SARATOGA IN-DEPTH TRAINER TRENDS FOR SERIOUS PROFITS

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM

Many handicappers believe the "trainer angle" is the most important piece of the handicapping pie, especially when top-rung racing is being run like in New York during the heart of summer in August at Saratoga. All trainers have their own particular strengths and weaknesses. The beauty of following the trainer angles, stats, and trends, is that they help you identify these strengths and weaknesses to decisively give you the advantage over the rest of the betting public.Opportunities always abound for serious horseplayers to get their share of profits over the course of the seven-week Saratoga meet.  The keys to unlocking…

Saratoga Shots - Horses To Watch

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:25 PM

SARATOGA SHOTSVolume 16…Number 7Sunday. 7/30SARATOGA HORSES TO WATCHFriday 7/21-Friday 7-28The horses listed below ran well enough in their first attempt at the Saratoga meet to expect them to run back and well before the meet is over.ANOTHER – Trainer Bill Mott seldom has them ready for their debut so the sharp effort by this juvenile MSW colt for the place in 8 ½ furlong turf test despite being caught between rivals is a next out buy sign.BELLOWS – 25K starter level veteran went two wide into the turn of 6 ½ furlong event had to go 7 wide until mid-stretch…

Saratoga Shots Opening Days

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5:37 PM

SARATOGA SHOTSVolume 16...Number 6OPENING DAYS AT SARATOGA...A FEW OBSERVATIONS(CHURCHILL, MONMOUTH AND GULFSTREAM CONTINUE YEARLY SHIPPING INFLUENCE...GOOD AND BAD) At the beginning of any Saratoga Meet conversation invariably gets around to the "influence" of Shippers.Now that Gulfstream races year round and the focus on the Winter Meet isn't as pronounced, and with Keeneland's short meets falling in early Spring and mid-Autumn, it is not a stretch to declare that during the 40 Day Saratoga Meet more shippers fill the race card than at any other separate meet.This is especially true during the opening 3-4 weeks of the 7 week meet as…

Saratoga Shots - Previewing the 2017 Meet

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:48 PM

SARATOGA SHOTSPreviewing The 2017 MeetVolume 16...Number 4MILE AND AN EIGHT DIRT RACES AT SARATOGA...WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES...OR DOES IT?There is not a "serious" horse bettor alive who would make an argument for betting every race. It is difficult enough for a solid handicapping tool player to keep his or head above water when they are in their comfort zone. Allowing themselves to drift outside that zone simply to "play the next race" is suicidal.How one defines a "comfort zone" might vary slightly, based on what kind of races that individual derives a higher Return On Investment (R.O.I.) from,…

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