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JIM HURLEY – BELMONT HORSES TO WATCH (Wednesday 9-11 – Sunday 9/15)

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 4:46 PM

Below is a list of horse that ran at Belmont Park between Wednesday, 9/11 and Sunday 9/15. These horses should be played net time out provided they race under the conditions mentioned in the report. Play them twice or if they win their next qualifying race.FORZA DI ORO – It is difficult to imagine a first time juvenile starter having a more adventuresome trip and still gaining place honors. The son of Speightstown dwelt and then ducked in at the start. Steadied while looking for a lane, moved to the outside at the three-eighths pole while five wide, continued to…

NFL Week 2 Update and MNF Preview

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 12:39 PM

THE NFL WEEK 2 UPDATE -BREES & BIG BEN AMONG KEY QB INJURIES, PLUS A MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW AS BROWNS-JETS CLASH IN NEW JERSEY ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S BIGGEST WEEKEND BUSTSLet's be real ... If you're a big fan of the National Football League - and more specifically, a big fan of the New Orleans Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers and / or the Philadelphia Eagles -- then you really didn't want to hear the names of Teddy Bridgewater (Saints), Mason Rudolph (Steelers) and Josh McCown (Eagles) this past weekend ... but you did!No offense to those three fine gentlemen, but they…

VEGAS SPORTS MASTERS CONTINUE BLITZING BOOKS

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 9:09 AM

(HANK GOLDBERG’S “HAMMER PLAY” GETS THE CASH AGAIN AS COWBOYS HANDLE REDSKINS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT BEST OF DAY WINNER AND FOURTH OUT OF FIVE)On Sunday Hank zeroed in on another “Must Play” Winner as he assigned his BEST OF THE DAY “HAMMER PLAY” DESIGNATION to the Cowboys (-5.5) over the Redskins. The Cowboy were in control throughout with a 31-21 win. It was 31-14 with two minutes left when the Redskins scored to make it even that “close.”On Saturday the “HAMMER PLAY” didn’t have quite that much drama as Ohio State erased the 17 point spot they were laying at…

Week Two NFL Previews

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Jim Hurley Goes 4-1 Saturday in College Football!Blue Ribbon 2-0 with Kansas State & Air Force both outright underdog winners!Best Bets 2-1 with Iowa State and Ohio U. winning, lost with Tulsa.THE NFL WEEK 2 PREVIEWS - EXAMINING ALL THE KEY NUMBERSOkay, so a whole heckuva lot has been made of the fact that the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are 18.5-point betting favorites for their Week 2 tilt in Miami here on this third Sunday in September ...But did you realize the Patriots - fresh off last Sunday Night's 33-3 pound-it-out win against the 5.5-point underdog Pittsburgh…

VEGAS SPORTS MASTERS CRUSH LINES IN EARLY SATURDAY GAMES… SET FOR JUST AS BIG SUNDAY

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 5:26 PM

It was all about spotting the mismatches in College Football on Saturday. And boy did Hank Goldberg, Jim Hurley and Jim Feist do just that.(HANK DOESN’T WAIT TO GET THE MONEY)While the pundits and the public were waiting to find out just how Ohio State might do with turn-overs in a number of key positions as well as the coaching dramas, Hank Goldberg said, “This team is loaded.”Hank didn’t wait to get the money on Saturday as he put his NUMBER ONE PLAY-HIS “HAMMER PLAY” right up top for  Noon Kickoff and the Buckeyes (-17) swamped Indiana 51-10.Last Sunday Hank…

PLENTY AT “STAKE” FOR HORSEMEN AND BETTORS ALIKE IN TRIO OF SATURDAY BREEDERS’ CUP QUALIFIERS

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3:26 PM

From The NRM StaffFriday 9/13/19With only seven weeks remaining until Breeders Cup 36 at Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November the opportunities to get a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for one of the 14 races is narrowing.That makes this Saturday’s trio of BC Qualifier races which will guarantee that spot to the winner of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (BC Mile Turf), Iroquois Stake at Churchill (BC Juvenile Stakes) and Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill (BC Juvenile Fillies) of paramount importance.What these races also provide are deep and competitive fields which also guarantee solid paydays for…

Saturday College Football Key Previews

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S KEY WEEKEND SHOWDOWNS - WE'RE CHECKING OUT #1 CLEMSON, #5 OKLAHOMA AND #6 OHIO STATE AS TRUE HEAVY-DUTY ROAD FAVORITES AND THE "CY-HAWK" RIVALRY GAME IS HERE ...THE NFL WEEK 2 UPDATE: BUCS BOUNCE PANTHERS 20-14 PLUS, WILL FIRST-YEAR COACHES BOUNCE BACK FROM A CRUMMY WEEK 1?No doubt there's some good under-the-radar non-Top 25 games on this weekend's College Football docket - how about this evening's North Carolina at Wake Forest bash at 6 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN along with tomorrow's tilts between Kansas State at Miss State, Air Force at Colorado and TCU at Purdue. All…

NFL Thursday Preview and NFL and College Notes

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 4:21 PM

THE NFL UPDATE - BUCS-PANTHERS GET WEEK 2 KICK-STARTED TONIGHT PLUS, WE DELVE INTO SUNDAY'S SHOWDOWNS BETWEEN COWBOYS VS. 'SKINS & CHIEFS VS. RAIDERS ...THERE'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS TOOYou might have noticed: The NFL Week 2 menu is heavy on divisional games - there's seven of 'em in all including this here-and-now Thursday Night Football game between NFC South rivals Tampa Bay at Carolina - and if you hadn't noticed last week divisional dogs snagged four-of-five covers ... so there!The one-and-only divisional home favorite that won /covered its Week 1 game was the Dallas Cowboys who blow-torched the 7-point…

TRAVERS STAKES SHAPES UP AS ANOTHER WIDE-OPEN BIG PAYOUT AFFAIR

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 4:22 PM

Thursday, August 22NRM StaffEarly on it appeared as though we might get the likes of disqualified Kentucky Derby first place finisher and Haskell winner Maximum Security, Preakness winner War of Will and Bob Baffert’s heavy hitter, Game Winner up against what stacked up as a formidable field of opponents in what is still a wide open 3-year old year.Then fate decoded to play its hand and those three were stricken from the roster. Even Sir Winston is absent so that means that not a one of the Triple Crown winners (Country House has been absent from the scene since being…

The 2019 Travers

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:26 PM

The 2019 TraversWithout the presence of Maximum Security, Game Winner or War of Will, some racing fans might feel let down by this renewal of Saratoga's Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes. But Saturday's race remains a fantastic one for bettors with many ways to go about playing itMost eyes will fall on Tacitus, the hard-luck colt with recent runner-up finishes in the Belmont Stakes and Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) on his resume. But the field also contains the Jim Dandy winner Tax and other well-known 3-year-olds such as Mucho Gusto and Code of Honor. The Travers will air during an hourlong…

BIG WEEKEND BIG WINNING BIG SPECIALS

Friday, August 16, 2019 at 2:52 PM

GET SET FOR A BIG WINNING WEEKENDPLENTY OF WINNING OFFERSEVEN BETTER SPECIAL PRICESHERITAGE HOUSE PUBLISHINGSPECIALS OF THE WEEKThere is no bigger and better racing handicapping library in the country than Heritage House. And in order to introduce you to this world of winning methods Heritage House is now introducing its “Specials Of The Week.”This week starts off with a pair of bestselling systems, THE GREAT DISCOVERY and John DaSilva’s SPOT PLAY DYNAMITE. Both books are reduced in price AND contain some great bonuses.THE SUPER POWERFUL QUICK RESULT“GREAT DISCOVERY”Plus Tote-Busting Longshot Method FREE! A Proven EASILY EXPLAINED STEP-BY-STEP HANDICAPPING Selection Method,And…

Specials of the Week

Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10:08 AM

HERITAGE HOUSE PUBLISHING SPECIALS OF THE WEEKThere is no bigger and better racing handicapping library in the country than Heritage House. And in order to introduce you to this world of winning methods Heritage House is now introducing its "Specials Of The Week." This week starts off with a pair of bestselling systems, THE GREAT DISCOVERY and John DaSilva's SPOT PLAY DYNAMITE. Both books are reduced in price AND contain some great bonuses.THE GREAT DISCOVERY There is no bigger and better racing handicapping library in the country than Heritage House. And in order to introduce you to this world of…

NATIONAL RACE MASTERS HANDICAPPERS GET HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME…SET FOR SECOND HALF OF SARATOGA MEET

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:18 PM

As we head into the weekend to wrap up another week at Saratoga, National Race Masters handicappers are producing Big Payoff winners at the Spa,In fact, on Thursday and Friday the NRM roster had multiple hits each day and that only shows that as this meet unfolds and the information as to the have and have nor outfits, the sharp riders and the intent of the trainer to find the right spot for their horses is paying dividends for the HANDICAPPERS WHO KNOW JUST WHAT TO DO WITH THIS INFORMATION.By now calling Saratoga “The Graveyard Of favorites” has become perhaps…

Tips and Trends and Logical Handicapping Methods Lead to Saratoga Profits

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:35 AM

By Noel MichaelsFriday, August 9There are tons of winners to be had at Saratoga if you apply the right handicapping methods that get the job done. And with big fields and wide-open races at Saratoga, you can land on a perfectly logical horse and still get a solid payoff. Here are some examples of such winners during the first half of the 2019 Saratoga meet.Before looking at some winning horses, it’s important to look at some top trainers and jockeys too. In the jock’s room, the first couple weeks at the Saratoga meet were notable because of the slow ice-cold…

SARATOGA IN-DEPTH TRAINER CAPSULES

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 3:45 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 July and 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 give you the advantage over the rest of the betting public.Bet trainers at their strengths and bet against them at their weaknesses, and your win percentage and return on investment will go upward…

Win Big In Saratoga Dirt Routes By Focusing On Two-Turn Specialists

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 12:28 PM

Dirt route races are just one of the many facets of racing in New York at this challenging time of the year. Handicappers who understand the differences between horses that excel in two-turn races at Saratoga as opposed to one-turn races at Belmont will enjoy a strong betting advantage in those races throughout the month July. The other horseplayers out there who fail to sufficiently acknowledge this enormously important difference between Belmont Park and Saratoga, on the other hand, will struggle all month.One of Saratoga's long-standing nicknames is "The Graveyard of Favorites," and the track has that reputation for a…

HORSES TO WATCH AT SARATOGA

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 1:20 PM

(Part 2 of 2)Jim HurleyWednesday, July 3(For Horses Which Ran At Belmont – Wednesday 6/26 – Sunday 6/30)With the assumption that these recent Belmont runners will likely make their next start at Saratoga when the meet opens just two weeks from tomorrow (Thursday, July 11-Monday, September 2) my trip analysts have comprised a list of horses that ran within the last few days and appear to be sitting on a win that could very well come at the Spa. Play these horses the next time they run under the circumstances noted in the commentary.A LITTLE FAITH – Despite top jock…

AT SARATOGA THE PROFIT IS GREENER ON THE GRASS

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Making Money At The Spa  John Conte,Tuesday. July 2Let me open with a statement that should be a galvanizing point for anyone betting their hard earned cash.The Most Obvious Value Begins In Those Races Where The Betting Public has The Most Difficulty.That statement might at first appear counter-intuitive. For how can a bettor f9ind value and make money6 in races where the betting public struggles the most?Take a moment and think about it. If you can find those races where the bettor has shown a history of bad handicapping and bad betting choices you have already found a situation where value…

SARATOGA PREVIEW: THE BEST RACING OF THE YEAR IS NOW

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 9:40 AM

By Noel MichaelsIf 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 horse racing aficionados alike. The highly looked-forward-to and anticipated 40-day Saratoga racing season lasts throughout the heart of the summer, but with some notable scheduling changes this season. The 2019 meet starts earlier than in the past on Thursday, July 11, and will run five days a week (Wednesdays through Sundays) instead of six days a week, which had been the…

KNOWING THE SARATOGA BETTORS’ HABITS IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS KNOWING THE HORSES

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 4:03 PM

Saratoga PreviewFrom, “Hammerin’ Hank” GoldbergThursday, June 27, 2019 My juices are flowing. I can’t wait. The 2019 Saratoga Meet is about to get started. And for those of you who have been with me for any number of years knows, this is my time of the year.The meet begins a week earlier this year, on Thursday July 11 and runs through Labor day, Monday, September 2. There is a new schedule this year, with racing 5 days a week instead of 6. Both Mondays and Tuesdays will be dark with the exception of closing day.One thing this will definitely mean is…

HORSES TO WATCH AT SARATOGA

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 3:40 PM

Jim HurleyWednesday, June 26(For Horses Which Ran At Belmont – Sunday 7/16 – Sunday 7/23)With the assumption that these recent Belmont runners will likely make their next start at Saratoga when the meet opens just two weeks from tomorrow (Thursday, July 11-Monday, September 2) my trip analysts have comprised a list of horses that ran within the last few days and appear to be sitting on a win that could very well come at the Spa. Play these horses the next time they run under the circumstances noted in the commentary.ART THIEF – Three year old filly shipped in from…

MAXIMUM SECURITY IS THE UNCROWNED LEADER OF THE 3-YEAR-OLD DIVISION

Monday, June 10, 2019 at 4:36 PM

The Triple Crown season is over and a clear and dominant leader has been established in the 3-year-old division. That part is not strange, the strange thing about this year is that the divisional leader is neither the Derby winner or the Preakness winner, nor is it the Belmont winner.  The best 3-year-old is horseracing’s uncrowned champion, Maximum Security.With no clear dominant horse emerging throughout the 2019 Kentucky Derby prep season, and the three Triple Crown events each being won by three different horses, the spring’s biggest winner was a horse that “officially” won none of the Triple Crown races…

JOHN DASILVA PREVIEWS THE BELMONT STAKES

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 3:50 PM

JOHN DASILVA PREVIEWS THE BELMONT STAKESFor National Race MastersWednesday, June 5 After just missing in the Preakness with longshot Owendale I am ready to get it all back and more in the Belmont Stakes.Let’s take a look at the ten 2019 candidates that drew posts Tuesday night for the 151st Belmont Stakes on Saturday.From the rail out:JOEVIA (30-1) – Trainer Gregory Sacco is not a household name among the conditioner’s roster for this year’s Belmont. But it is worth noting that he has won 2 of the 7 runners he has gotten into graded stakes competition. The son of Shanghai…

Beating the Belmont Stakes

Monday, June 3, 2019 at 11:02 AM

TWO TRENDS TO HELP YOU BEAT THE BELMONT STAKES FAVORITENotwithstanding the victory in 2018 of Triple Crown winner Justify, the Belmont Stakes has truly is one of the great unheralded graveyards for favorites in all of horseracing. For this reason, it is worth taking a few shots this year to try to beat the likely favorite heading into the Belmont Stakes, War of Will.  This article will focus on a couple of Belmont Stakes trends involving running style and time between races to try to narrow down the contenders and help you come up with the winner.The main knock against…

BELMONT STAKES IS THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE…AND REWARD FOR BETTORS

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:39 PM

Belmont Stakes PreviewNRM StaffWednesday, May 29BELMONT STAKES IS THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE…AND REWARD FOR BETTORSA week from Saturday at Belmont Park nine aspirational 3-year olds who will be looking for a triumph in their first Triple Crown race while Preakness champ War Of Will, the only one to have participated in the first two legs of the Crown, will be looking for his second triumph.While traditionalists have long, and deservedly so, called the Belmont Stakes The Test of the Champion, we add that it is the Ultimate Adventure and Reward for Bettors.The Adventure is in the myriad of handicapping angles that…

Lower-Profile Trainers Time to Shine in this Year’s Preakness

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM

This year's running of the Preakness Stakes is wide-open and lacks a clear-cut favorite. It might not be flashy, but it will be a great betting race on a great betting card at Pimlico. The 2019 Preakness should feature an evenly-matched 12-horse field that will not include either the actual Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security, or the DQ beneficiary who inherited the victory, Country House. The race seems primed for a better-priced winner this year, and should offer good value in the exotics if you can come up with the right horse.Many of the horses in contention to win this…

NO ONE ASKED MY OPINION…BUT, I’LL GIVE IT TO YOU ANYWAY

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:10 PM

 To Those Who Say The Maximum Security DQ Was Correct – You Are RIGHT!To Those Who Say The Maximum Security DQ Was Incorrect – You Are RIGHT!Jim HurleyMonday, May 6Both opposing positions are correct. How about that for taking a stand?As you read my tongue wagging below, let me state for the record that regardless of the outcome, I had already discarded my losing Derby tickets. I had no, as they say, dog in the fight. Little could be done to salvage my Kentucky Derby wagering venture.First let me state that there are two things which stood out during the…

LOVE THE ATTENTION TO RACING - REASONS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER

Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM

LOVE THE ATTENTION TO RACING - REASONS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTERJohn DaSilva<Monday, May 6The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby no doubt will go down in history as the most memorable running of the Derby. While Maximum Security was very impressive when he finished first by 1 ¾ lengths over Country House, the actions after the race will go down in history as controversial and memorable.First of all, Maximum Security was the best horse in the race. While handicapping the race and looking at the conditions heading into the day. Maximum Security just stood out as the horse to beat.…

Kentucky Derby Preview

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 9:30 AM

No Clear Favorite and Tons of Betting Options in Wide-Open 2019 Kentucky DerbyThe favorite has won the Kentucky Derby six years in a row, and that streak will be on the line when a full field of 20 3-year-olds takes to the track at Churchill Downs for the 145th Run for the Roses on Saturday, May 4.  This season, however, the real question will not be can the favorite win again? But rather, who will be the favorite at post time? Who deserves to be? The picture definitely did not get any clearer this week when morning line favorite Omaha…

IF YOU ARE STILL A SLAVE TO STANDARDS, BEWARE…TWO 3-YEAR OLD STARTS IS NOW PLENTY (MAYBE)

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6:21 PM

Hank Goldberg – National Race MastersFriday, April 25If you have only recently become a horse player, what I am going to talk about today might not be part of your method file. However, that does not mean that you should skip reading about this now abandoned but once locked-in-granite handicapping foundational blueprint players of a certain era once stood upon.If you are a player who goes back more than a dozen or so years you will remember when less than a trio of 3-year old Derby preps was gospel and have clearly watched it crumble block by block since.Now, since…

THE KENTUCKY DERBY HAS BEEN MY TIME TO SHINE FOR TWO DECADES

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 10:13 AM

Triple Crown season is here again in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, and everyone who calls themselves a racing fan can't wait for the First Saturday in May.  While it's true that all horseplayers look forward to Kentucky Derby day, I think it's fair to say that few people wait for this day with quite as much anticipation as I do, probably because few handicappers have had the kind of success I have enjoyed in the Run for the Roses over the course of the past two decades as a public handicapper.  It's no secret there are always tons of…

BELMONT PARK SPRING HANDICAPPING PREVIEW

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 5:00 PM

With all the hub-bub in Thoroughbred racing focused on the upcoming Triple Crown, it can be easy to overlook that at the same time horseplayers are concentrating on the Kentucky Derby, the new season at Belmont Park is nearly here. The 2019 Belmont Park Spring/Summer meet opens on Friday, April 26 through closing day, Sunday, July 7. After months and months of Aqueduct, the New York circuit finally returns to Belmont Park and handicappers are more than ready for the move.The biggest day of the Belmont meet, of course, will be the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday,…

JOHN CONTE DISCUSSES A FEW KENTUCKY DERBY QUESTIONS THE AMATEUR BETTOR MIGHT HAVE

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 4:37 PM

John Conte, National Race MastersThursday, 4/18Every year more money is bet (by far) on the Kentucky Derby than any other North American horse race. It is no secret why. Literally millions of people who might bet horses three or four times a year seem to feel an obligation to bet this race. As though it is un-American if they don’t.I can’t tell you how many people come up to me at an OTB, at the track, even on the street and want to discuss the Kentucky derby. I have to admit that every once in a while their questions might…

CLOSERS IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY – LOVE ‘EM OR LEAVE ‘EM?

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:14 PM

Jim HurleyThursday, April 18Over the course of the next two plus weeks leading up to the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4, I guarantee you that there will be occasions when you will hear pundits, bloggers and regular thoroughbred bettors in your orbit profess a similar line of thought.It will go something like this.“Did you see how well (fill in a name) has been closing in his prep races?He should love the extra distance of the Derby.”Well, yes and no.(Deep Closers Are A Liability As Kentucky Derby Winners)There are dozens of attributes which a potential Kentucky Derby winner must…

Final Four Major Derby Preps Will Clarify Blurry Derby Picture

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 1:44 PM

Two of the Big 6 Kentucky Derby preps are down and there are still four more to go now as we truly head into crunch time in the quest to fill-up the starting gate for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, to be run four weeks from this weekend on Saturday, May 4.  This season even more than ever, these prep race results should prove super important because a standout or standouts have yet to emerge as the definitive horses to beat in this year's Run for the Roses.The first pair of Big 6 preps to - the Louisiana…

OPENING WEEKEND AT KEENELAND ALWAYS A PROFIT PARADE

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 5:59 PM

Jim HurleyWednesday, April 3The Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park just came to a close. While there will still be racing in South Florida, this is the time of year when racing begins its northern migration.Soon Aqueduct will wind down and Belmont will open on April 4th.  But it is a migration that takes its time and along the way the marquee barns, big name trainers, high profile riders and top class horses make a stop for Keeneland’s 16 day meet which begins this Thursday, April 4 and runs through Friday, April 26 (racing every day but Monday and Tuesday and…

Rebel Upsets Result in Little Change atop the List of Kentucky Derby Rankings

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10:58 AM

Bob Baffert had won six Rebel Stakes in the decade of the 2010s, but he is officially 0-for-2 in 2019 after striking out with two odds-on favorites in the two $750,000 split divisions of this year's key G2 Kentucky Derby prep race at Oaklawn Park. The winners of the two divisions of the Rebel Stakes, meanwhile, the Steve Asmussen-trainer Long Range Toddy and Richard Mandella's Omaha Beach both improved markedly and stamped themselves as legitimate up-and-coming contenders for this year's Run for the Roses.Baffert entered Saturday' Rebel with a pair of undefeated 3-year-olds at the top of many people's Derby…

BAFFERT TAKES IMPROBABLE JOURNEY TO OAKLAWN TO GET DERBY PREP GAME WINNER

Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM

But I See Many More Angles To The Two Divisions Of The Rebel Stakes. Thursday, 3/14Hank GoldbergAfter the unfortunate suspension of racing at Santa Anita and the cancellation of last weekend’s San Felipe Stakes. The Derby Prep plans of a number of trainers and Bob Baffert in particular were turned inside out.However, Hope Still [Hot] Springs Eternal as the Hall of fame conditioner has shipped leading Derby prospects Improbable and Game Winner to Arkansas where they will race in separate divisions of the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.There are other options for three-year olds on the Derby trail…

Top 5 Kentucky Derby Contenders Heading into the Loaded Rebel

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 1:57 PM

As we make our way toward the final round of prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, things continue to sort themselves out at a very slow pace this season in the 3yo division. Some horses have managed to distinguish themselves in the prep races, but many other would-be Derby contenders have disappointed, and many others have not yet even begun their 3yo campaigns.The latest big news on the road to the Kentucky Derby is two-fold. First, the cancellation of the San Felipe (G2) due to track safety concerns plaguing Santa Anita has affected some of the top…

Derby Trail: Who’s Hot and Who’s Heading into the Biggest Prep Weekend Yet

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM

We’re two months out from the Kentucky Derby, Gulfstream’s Fountain of Youth (G2) is in the books, and we’re now heading up to the biggest weekend of the season so far with four major Kentucky Derby prep races scheduled to be run on Saturday, March 9. The results of those four races – The Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct, the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita, the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks (sic) at Turfway, and the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) – will go a long way to clarifying the list of contenders pointing to the Kentucky Derby, to be run…

Five Running Style and Post Trends To Help You Win at Gulfstream

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM

A lot of focus is on racing at Gulfstream Park this time of the year with the track in the midst of the best portion of its winter championship meet. Daily handicapping at Gulfstream can be a grind with big competitive fields and high quality competition to consider in 10, 11, or 12 races per day.  With so much going on, it certainly can’t hurt for handicappers to find ways to help narrow down and sort out the contenders from the pretenders. Here are five ways you can do that at Gulfstream Park based on information and statistics compiled through…

JOHN DASILVA NAILS $126.60 SOUTHWEST STAKES WINNER SUPER SAVER…HERE IS WHY!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 9:37 AM

One of the mistakes handicappers make is to give up on a horse after a race when trying something for the first time, in this case trying two turns. When making the two turn debut in the Smarty Jones, Super Steed ran evenly. It wasn't a great race but it wasn't bad enough to give up on him. Larry Jones is a great trainer that knows how to prepare a horse to get the most out of him. Jockey Terry Thompson has had a long relationship with Jones, so seeing him stay on the horse tells me he has been…

TEN KENTUCKY DERBY NOMINATED 3-YEAR OLDS LOOK TO MOVE FORWARD GRADE III SAM F. DAVIS STAKES

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5:09 PM

Derby Prep PreviewBy Jim HurleySaturday, February 9On Saturday there is only one Kentucky Derby Prep Qualifier scheduled, so all that attention will be focused on Tampa Bay Downs as 10 three-year olds are set to go postward in the Grade III Dam F. Davis Stakes, to be run at a mile and a sixteenth over the main track.Last Year I tabbed the Longshot Winner Flameaway for a healthy $22.40 mutuel and completed the $51.40 Exacta with runner-up Catholic Boy.The Sam F. Davis, which is the prelude to the completion of the Tampa bay circuit Derby Prep finisher, the Tampa Bay…

CONTE MAXIMIZES AQUEDUCT PROFIT WITH PICK 3 OF THE WEEK THIS SATURDAY

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5:06 PM

From John ConteNTRA/DRF 500K Handicapping Championship WinnerI'm JOHN CONTE, the only public handicapper to win a major national championship...  The $500,000 first-place prize and title of Handicapper of the Year in the 10th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas.  I also received the Eclipse Award for Handicapper of the Year.And right now I am going to show you why the Pick 3 is one of, if not the BEST VALUE BET you can make and how this Saturday I am putting all my expertise on the line with ANOTHER WINNING AQUEDUCT…

DOES KENTUCKY DERBY GO THROUGH BOB BAFFERT AGAIN? NATIONAL RACE MASTERS CONSENSUS EARLY DERBY TOP TE

Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5:01 PM

From The National Race Masters StaffSaturday, February 9There is no truth to the rumor that Churchill Downs is considering changing the name of the Kentucky Derby to the Bob Baffert Stakes, but one thing is for sure, any search for articles pertaining to the 2019 edition of the Run For The Roses does create Baffert as the default position.When JUSTIFY won last year’s Kentucky Derby, on his way to collecting the Triple Crown, Baffert toppled the legendary D. Wayne Lukas from the most Triple Crown wins pedestal with 15 total triumphs from the Kentucky Darby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.With the…

TIME TO START THINKING KENTUCKY DERBY IS NOW

Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:51 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 - but that doesn't mean we can't have months of fun analyzing it in advance.  After all, the anticipation is almost as much fun as the actual race.  So for those of you who just can't get enough Derby talk, here is a closer look at the current class of 2019 Kentucky Derby hopefuls.The 2019…

JOHN CONTE GUARANTEES WINNING DERBY PREP FEBRUARY

Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:57 PM

23 Derby Hopefuls Toss Bridles In The Ring In 3 Preps SaturdayConte Derby WatchPart IFriday. 2/1There have already been a handful of what are listed as Kentucky Derby Preps, largely because these already run races have afforded Qualifying Points to the first 4 finishers of each race.These “recognized” qualifying preps date back to the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 15 of last year. While the 2-year old races and the four that have kicked off 2019 Jerome (1/1 Aqueduct), Sham (1/5 Santa Anita), Lecomte (1/19 Fair Grounds) and the Smarty Jones (1/25 Oaklawn) have begun the glimpse of…

Oaklawn Winter Meet Preview

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:23 AM

OAKLAWN SET TO OPEN EXPANDED SEASON OF MIDWEST WINTER DIRT RACINGTop winter dirt racing is ready to return to the Midwest with the opening of the Oaklawn Park meet on Friday, Jan. 25 in a newly-expanded racing season this year that will extend three-weeks past the track's usual mid-April closing date for the first time, all way up to Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 4. Freezing temperatures in January usually will mean a slow start to the season, but as the weather warms up, so does the quality of racing and wagering at Oaklawn. The best part of the meet…

The Road To The Kentucky Derby

Monday, January 7, 2019 at 12:53 PM

PREP RACE WINS ARE A PRIORITY ON ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBYThe first Kentucky Derby prep races of the season are already in the books, and now with a small gap until the next round of prep races heats up, this seems like the time to review and preview where we stand right now in the very early stages on the road to the First Saturday in May.The Kentucky Derby prep season is underway as 3-year-olds begin the fight for the right to occupy one of the 20 available stalls in the Churchill Downs starting gate for the Run for…

AQUEDUCT ROLLS OUT LEANER AND MEANER 2019 SCHEDULE

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:13 PM

The New York Racing Association has announced its leaner and meaner winter/spring racing and stakes schedule for 2019 at Aqueduct, with racing scheduled three or four days a week throughout the season until the opening of Belmont Park at the end of April.Aqueduct’s winter schedule will be leaner, because it will feature a total of only 17 live racing dates in January, 16 racing dates in February, and 15 racings dates in March. This will lead up to The Big A’s brief Spring Meet, which will include 12 dates of higher-quality racing from April 5-20.  The Aqueduct winter and spring…

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…

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