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Category Archives: Horse Racing

145th Kentucky Derby: Combination Bets That Might Actually Work

Horse races are unpredictable. That’s why we have sayings like, “that’s what makes horse races.” Nobody ever says that after 2 people agree on anything. At least we know approximately what kind of track the 2019 Kentucky Derby will be contested on. Most likely a very muddy one. Is your horse a mudder? Was his […]

Updated Kentucky Derby Odds, Weather Forecast, Thoroughbred Profiles and Predictions

You know, we all spend a lot of happy hours predicting races and playing the ponies. But with the month of May soon approaching, there also comes a time to think about our mudders. I mean sure…Mother’s Day is coming up. We should think about our actual mothers. That doesn’t change the fact that rain […]

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2019 Kentucky Derby: A Look at Bob Baffert’s Trio of Favorites

In a recent blog post, I examined how a certain illusion can overwhelm handicappers and gamblers as the Kentucky Derby approaches in spring. Take a hypothetical story about a Thoroughbred on a March or April hot streak: “The trainers and stable-hands who deal with As If I’m A Person are supremely confident after the horse’s […]

2019 Grand National Preview: Updated Odds on the Biggest Race of All

It must be hard for American gamblers to get a handle on Grand National betting right now. Not to say that the Biggest Race of All isn’t taking any state-side action. The race enjoys the benefit of happening a month in advance of the Kentucky Derby, giving bettors the chance to “warm up” with wager […]

2019 Grand National: Updated Favorites’ Odds and Line Movement

In an update on North American soccer posted earlier today, I lamented the lack of timely and updated odds – not necessarily from online betting sites themselves but from the handicappers employed by same. It was a much-needed “vent” at the end of a long week. But looking at the broader picture of late-March odds […]

The Magnificent Seven: Long-Shot Sleepers Who Shocked Louisville on Derby Day

The 2 most-successful horse racing movies of all time are arguably A Day at the Races and Secretariat. The former old-time Marx Brothers comedy should not be included in a discussion of handicapping Thoroughbreds, because it was a spoof, a parody. Right? Not exactly. The Marx Brothers had begun their career making funny-yet-forgettable films like […]

Analyzing 10 Potential Sleeper Picks for the 2019 Grand National at Aintree

Fans of vintage TV are fond of You Can’t Do That On Television’s “opposite” sketches, in which parents yelled at kids for doing homework, encouraged them to eat unhealthy food, and argued for longer school breaks and recesses. The edgy Canadian kids’ show helped pave the way for the success of films like A Christmas […]

A Look Ahead to the 2019 Grand National in England

In the Kurt Vonnegut short story “Harrison Bergeron,” weights are attached to people who have above-average strength and speed to weigh them down and make them equal to everyone else. The tale is considered a science fiction classic, but for Thoroughbreds at the Grand National in England, it’s a reality. No animal and jockey pairing […]

Thin Futures Board for 2019 Kentucky Derby Leaves Few Worthwhile Sleepers Remaining

In the short memoir “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved,” Hunter S. Thompson uses misdirection and deception to make readers think he’s confused by the proceedings at the Derby. He only reveals later that he has successfully covered the Louisville gala in the past and was just playing dumb to most of the natives. […]

Melbourne Cup: Gambling on Australia’s Crown Jewel of Horse Races

We haven’t gotten to cover a lot of horse racing on the blog since the spring and summer season. Triple Crown races draw a whole lot of betting action in America, but once the Kentucky Derby, Preakness States and Belmont Stakes have concluded, it’s up to the track junkies to carry the torch handicapping less-important […]

2018 Belmont Stakes Odds: Justify’s Bid To Win The Triple Crown

If 2018 Kentucky Derby champion and Triple Crown hopeful Justify could talk, he might ask jockey Mike Smith to remind the colt what it’s like to run on a dry track. Smith would likely say that he doesn’t remember either. Derby Day at Churchill Downs was contested in an epic amount of mud and water […]

Saxon Warrior Favored Over The Epsom Derby’s Twelve-Horse Field

While many American racing fans are focused on the upcoming Belmont Stakes, and Justify’s bid to become a US Triple Crown winner, another massive race is being held this weekend. In Surrey, England at the Epsom Downs Racecourse the 239th renewal of The Derby (now The Investec Derby) is being run on Saturday, June 2nd. […]