Kevin Kilroy

Tournament Strategy: Interview with Mike VanRyckeghem, winner of Twinspires $2,500 NHC Qualifier Feeder #5

Sat Nov 25 2023Kevin Kilroy

After seven feeder tournaments offering $2,500 each this past fall, the day has finally come for NHC seats to be on the line in the Twinspires $5,000 NHC Qualifier.
Catching My Eye: Opening Weekend at Fair Grounds

Sat Nov 25 2023Kevin Kilroy

As racing wraps up at Churchill Downs, many non-Kentucky connections will try to snag the purses and several of Fair Grounds’ stakes days are L.A.-bred delights.
Catching My Eye: McPeek and Foley Send Out Impressive Juveniles at Churchill

Wed Nov 15 2023Kevin Kilroy

You know that Ken McPeek and Greg Foley were up early and whistling while they worked Monday morning. Not much else could make a trainer love their job more than a two-year-old showing promise in November. Between the two barns, they sent out six juveniles at Churchill Downs this weekend who caught my eye. Let’s take a look.
Catching My Eye: Three maidens and an old salt at Churchill Downs

Mon Nov 06 2023Kevin Kilroy

Racing analyst Kevin Kilroy discusses a trio of maidens who caught his eye at Churchill Downs along with a five-year-old allowance winner.
Catching My Eye: Closing Day at Keeneland

Mon Oct 30 2023Kevin Kilroy

That’s a wrap on Keeneland’s fall meet, as Kentucky racing moves back to its homebase of Churchill Downs, where they’ll be through Nov. 26.
Catching My Eye: Mighty Hearts and Raw Talent at Keeneland

Tue Oct 17 2023Kevin Kilroy

A fantastic card at Keeneland on Saturday was punctuated time and again by a triumphant favorite, winning each of the final six races, including the sensational $600,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1). The raw talent of freshman Dornoch and the gallant heart of both Lindy and First Mission were on full display.
Tournament Strategy: Contenders List for Saturday at Keeneland

Sat Oct 14 2023Kevin Kilroy

TwinSpires’ has a National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) handicapping tournament this weekend and it covers the entire Keeneland card on Saturday, October 14.
Catching My Eye: Keeneland Breeders' Cup preps from Saturday, Oct. 7

Tue Oct 10 2023Kevin Kilroy

On Saturday, Keeneland had two "Win and You’re In” events, but connections used each of the five graded stakes as prep races for the first weekend in November.
Tournament Strategy: TwinSpires $2,500 NHC Qualifier Feeders Oct. 7 and 8

Fri Oct 06 2023Kevin Kilroy

TwinSpires has a new handicapping tournament, the TwinSpires $5,000 NHC Qualifier, offering two seats to the National Horseplayers Championship, which will take place Nov. 25. In order to participate, you have to finish in the top 10% of one of the seven feeder tournaments, and there are two taking place this weekend. If you have a TwinSpires account, opt in to play on Oct. 7 or Oct. 8, 2023.
TwinSpires $2,500 NHC Qualifier Feeder: TwinSpires rolls out new $10 win bet tournaments

Wed Oct 04 2023Kevin Kilroy

Outside of working at a racetrack, to me, there’s no better experience as a handicapper than going to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC). TwinSpires announced a new tournament, the TwinSpires $5,000 NHC Qualifier, offering two seats.
Catching my eye: Closing week of Churchill Downs’ September meet

Tue Oct 03 2023Kevin Kilroy

Kevin Kilroy discusses a few standout horses that caught his eye on the closing weekend of Churchill Downs' September meet.
Betting Strategies: Building tickets with the market in mind

Fri Sep 29 2023Kevin Kilroy

In terms of building multi-race tickets, we are betting into the races blindly, meaning we do not have any tote information about where the money is going and who might be underlays or overlays. Therefore, a lot of horseplayers end up writing tickets that simply reflect their opinions of who could win, forgetting about the notion of value.
Churchill Downs: Early Pick 5 for Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023

Tue Sep 26 2023Kevin Kilroy

On Wednesday, Churchill Downs fires up the final week of the September meet. Here is an early Pick 5 play that kicks off with a single in the opening leg.