Better Talk Now Stakes betting preview

$100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes

Better Talk Now won 14 times from 51 career starts, earning $4,356,644 and a Breeders’ Cup Turf trophy along the way. Largely ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Better Talk Now is the definition of a hard knocking old horse able to keep his form for years at a time. Not only did he compete in the […]

Saratoga Spot Play | Aug 20, 2014

#3 TREATY OAK (12-1) dropped in class to break her maiden on July 23, but that field might as well have been special weight company. One of the most important factors for handicapping turf races concerns how fast a horse runs the final part of the race. Treaty Oak got the final quarter of her […]

Owning Racehorses: St Armands strategy

St Armands is eating well.

St Armands is a racehorse Team Actioncat owns in partnership with trainer George S. Bush. George had been talking about the horse for months leading up to his acquisition and he had good reason; he’s already been successful with him. “Armands” was toiling at the bottom of the bottom before George got him the first time, but […]

Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes betting preview

Grade 2, $300K Lake Placid Stakes

THE FAVORITE The locked and loaded Chad Brown barn sends out 7-5 morning line favorite #6 MINORETTE (Smart Strike x Silk and Scarlet by Sadler’s Wells) fresh off a huge victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational. The Kentucky bred filly should be racing on a firm turf course for the first time and based on […]

2014 Arlington Million betting preview

Grade 1 Arlington Million

THE FAVORITE Aidan O’Brien’s 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf champion #3 MAGICIAN (Galileo x Absolutelyfabulous by Mozart) is favored to win the 2014 Arlington Million at odds of 7-5. His lone win since becoming the first three-year-old to land the Breeders’ Cup Turf since Conduit in 2008 came on May 5 at the Curragh in the Group […]

Stopchargingmaria leads Alabama Stakes

By Jerry Bossert A pair of graded stakes highlights Saturday’s 11-race card from Saratoga. The $600,000 Grade 1 Alabama Stakes (race 10, 5:55 p.m. post time) drew a field of nine, while the $300,000 Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes (race three, 2:04 p.m. post time) drew a small field of six, including main-track only entrant […]

$100,000 Troy Stakes

$100,000 Troy Stakes

#1 UNSEEN (Latent Heat x You Dancing Devil by Joyeux Danseur) 20-1: I can’t fault Dane Kobiskie for giving it a shot here, but this colt is going to have to show tremendous improvement over his last effort to be effective here. Joshua Navarro will make the trip to ride and he seeks to improve […]

Full Card Saratoga Selections & Picks for 8/11/2014

Ryan Patterson

As a handicapping exercise, I’ve composed full card selections for Saratoga on Monday, August 11, 2014. It takes lots of practice to stay sharp and it’s important to be sharp to hit key horses like Kaigun ($9.80). This was done as an exercise and as such these selections should be taken with a grain of salt. […]

Adirondack Stakes betting

Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack Stakes

#1 WONDER GAL (Tiz Wonderful x Passe by Dixie Union) 3-1: Roused to the lead for a 14 length win by Taylor Rice without any urging at all after being last early en route to a win in the $125,000 Lynbrook Stakes upon debut for Leah Gyrmati. This filly is very professional for her age and […]

Grade 2, $200K Saratoga Special

Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special

It’s been quite a while since the Saratoga Special produced a truly meaningful winner, but an 11-deep field of promising two-year-olds will vie for a chance to change that. This year’s Special will end up as a key race for the  2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and consequentially the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Leading the field is […]