James Scully

James Scully is a passionate sports analyst who grew up traveling to various sporting events around the country. James follows the NFL and NCAA, but also plays golf and other sports as time allows. Whether it be pro or college football, basketball, baseball…James can share solid insight with actionable information. When James isn’t watching sports, he can be found handicapping horse racing and playing golf. Twitter: @James_Scully111

Scully: Betting the Fair Grounds All-Stakes Pick 5 on Risen Star Day

Fri Feb 16 2024James Scully

A pair of dynamite prep races for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Oaks (G1), the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) and $300,000 Rachel Alexandra (G2), highlight the guaranteed All-Stakes Pick 5 at Fair Grounds Saturday. Here is how I will play it.
Scully: Southwest anchors Pick 3 play at Oaklawn Park

Fri Feb 02 2024James Scully

Oaklawn Park features four stakes on Saturday, including a pair of qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Oaks (G1), the $800,000 Southwest (G3) and $250,000 Martha Washington.
Scully: Pick 3 plays on Lecomte Day

Fri Jan 19 2024James Scully

The Road to the Kentucky Derby series passes through New Orleans on Saturday, and my focus will be on a pair of Pick 3 plays on the 13-race program.
First-crop sires: Flameaway leads the way by stakes winners

Wed Jan 17 2024James Scully

Flameaway outperformed expectations in his first season at stud, topping all freshman sires by stakes winners in 2023. He registered a total of six stakes victories from a quartet of stakes-winning offspring.
Scully: Pick 3 play on Stars of Tomorrow program at Churchill Downs

Fri Nov 24 2023James Scully

Juveniles take center stage at Churchill Downs Saturday, with 12 races devoted exclusively to two-year-olds. The second Stars of Tomorrow program of the fall meet, Saturday’s action includes a pair of qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) hopefuls.
First-Crop Sires: Flameaway making a mark on turf

Wed Nov 15 2023James Scully

Flameaway’s first crop started strong this spring/summer, placing him among the top five freshman sires based on progeny earnings, and the eight-year-old stallion remains prominent.
Scully: Longshot watch for 2023 Breeders’ Cup

Sat Nov 04 2023James Scully

Longshots play a role in every Breeders’ Cup. In 2022, Caravel recorded the biggest upset, returning an $87.78 win mutuel ($2) after leading all the way in the Turf Sprint (G1), and horses leaving the starting gate at 10-1 odds or higher produced 15 top-three finishes over the two-day, 14-race program.
Scully: Pick 3 plays on Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Fri Nov 03 2023James Scully

The Breeders’ Cup Saturday betting menu offers horseplayers plenty of options, and I will look to leverage my strongest opinions in the nine-race sequence in horizontal and vertical wagers.
Scully: Singling Tamara in Breeders’ Cup Friday Pick 5

Thu Nov 02 2023James Scully

The Future Stars Friday program features five Breeders’ Cup races for two-year-olds at Santa Anita, and the Juvenile Fillies (G1) will spotlight the probable biggest favorite of the two-day event, Tamara.
The 2023 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Tipsheet

Wed Nov 01 2023James Scully

Eleven fillies and mares will square off over 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Three-year-old fillies won back-to-back Distaffs at Santa Anita in 2013 and 2014 (Beholder and Untapable), but older runners have dominated since, winning seven of the last eight runnings.
Scully: Breeders’ Cup Classic Fair Odds

Wed Oct 25 2023James Scully

The 40th running of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) will be offered at Santa Anita on Nov. 4, and a large, competitive field appears to be shaping up for the 1 1/4-mile race.
Breeders’ Cup Classic Preview; Ranking contenders by category

Tue Oct 17 2023James Scully

The $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic serves as the centerpiece of the two-day, 14-race Breeders’ Cup World Championship, and a large field is shaping up for the 1 1/4-mile race at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.
Scully: Belmont at Aqueduct Spot Plays for Oct. 1

Sat Sep 30 2023James Scully

The New York Racing Association moved Saturday’s card to Sunday due to heavy rainfall in the area, and the 11-race program features four graded events, including the 70th running of the $400,000 Woodward (G2).