2012 Clark Handicap betting & picks

Shackleford Clark Handicap picks & betting

The CLARK HANDICAP from Churchill Downs has been upgraded to Grade  1 status on the strength of its recent winners. Horses like Saint Liam, Einstein, Blame and Wise Dan have strengthened the reputation of the 9 furlongs race. This year’s race will go forward at 5:35 ET on Friday. POOL PLAY enters this race after […]

2012 Grade 3 Pimlico Special Preview


The $300k Grade 3 Pimlico Special is a Grade 1 race in disguise. The 9.5 furlongs race features two Grade 1 winners, three Grade 2 winners and two Grade 3 winners. Of the remaining three horses all are graded placed or overnight stakes winners. Alternation (Distorted Humor x Alternate by Seattle Slew) figures to go […]

Donn Handicap deep and full of talent

Flat Out

The 2012 Grade 1 Donn Handicap (Saturday|Race 10|Gulfstream) has attracted a deeply contentious field of 11 contenders. Notable recent winners include Quality Road in 2010, Invasor in 2007 and Saint Liam in 2005. This year’s winner could become a top contender for the world’s richest race; the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31. […]

Wise Dan set to tackle Clark Handicap

Wise Dan

  Be sure to check out Twinspires.com to bet this race along with all of the other great races on Thanksgiving weekend. The 2010 Clark Handicap from Churchill Downs resulted in a controversial disqualification of Charles Lopresti’s Successful Dan that gave Giant Oak his first Grade I victory. Successful Dan hasn’t competed since then, but his half […]

2011 Whitney Invitational Handicap Preview

2010 Whitney Handicap

The Whitney Handicap is the premier race of the Saratoga meeting for older horses. The 1 ⅛ miles race is a grueling test which includes the likes of Alydar, Personal Ensign, Easy Goer, Awesome Again, Lemon Drop Kid, Invasor and Lawyer Ron among its winners. Last year we nailed Blame ($8.80) as our top selection […]

2011 Stephen Foster Handicap Preview

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The Stephen Foster Handicap is the most prestigious race at Churchill Downs after the Kentucky Derby. Last year’s winner, Blame, went on to win the Breeders Cup Classic. We had him as our top pick that day. Let’s see if we can get the winner again this year. Flat Out (30-1) He ran huge to […]

2011 Easy Goer Stakes betting preview

Friend or Foe

Wow, the $60k ungraded Easy Goer Stakes came up tough! Three of the five entrants are stakes winner while two are graded stakes winners. Let’s take a look at the entrants. Although the field is short, a strong opinion could lead to a good payoff given the competitiveness of the race. Friend or Foe (Friends […]

Handicapping the Fair Grounds Pick 4


Fair Grounds is the place to be this weekend.  They have four very strong races in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Mineshaft Handicap, Fair Grounds Handicap and Risen Star Stakes. Those four races make up the late 50¢ Pick 4 and are the beginning of the $1 Pick 6. Let’s breakdown my Pick 4 ticket. Join […]

Kentucky Derby Approaching May 1

The First Saturday in May is rapidly drawing closer. The Kentucky Derby took a hit this weekend when probable favorite Eskendereya was withdrawn from consideration after trainer Todd Pletcher discovered a swollen leg. His defection after winning the Wood Memorial and as the favorite follows I Want Revenge who was  also going to be the […]

Conveyance seeks to stay perfect in the Southwest Stakes


It seems that every race I’m talking about lately is led by a fast Bob Baffert three-year-old. I don’t know if the Hall of Fame trainer has ever had as many good young colts as he does right now. He is sending out Conveyance in the Southwest Stakes which is raced at 1 mile over […]