J. Keeler Johnson

J. Keeler Johnson (also known as “Keelerman”) is a writer, blogger, videographer, handicapper, and all-around horse racing enthusiast who was drawn to the sport by Curlin's quest to become North America's richest racehorse.

Thursday’s Best Bets and Quick Picks: Not Normal can ship and win

Thu Feb 22 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares best bets and quick picks for Thursday, Feb. 22 at Fair Grounds, Turfway Park, and Charles Town, including horses to play in the $2,438 Pick 6 carryover at Fair Grounds.
Why forgiving a disappointing second start can reap rewards

Wed Feb 21 2024J. Keeler Johnson

When a horse wins impressively on debut, but follows up with a disappointing defeat second-time out, it can be tempting to dismiss them as a flash in the pan.
Wednesday’s Best Bets and Quick Picks: $2,329 Super High 5

Wed Feb 21 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares best bets and quick picks for Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Gulfstream Park, Charles Town, and Turfway Park, including a ticket for Turfway’s $2,329 Super High 5 carryover.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Stronghold

Tue Feb 20 2024J. Keeler Johnson

The Kentucky Derby (G1) looms on the horizon for Stronghold, but does he have the pedigree to shine racing 1 1/4 miles on the first Saturday in May? That’s a tricky question that requires a nuanced answer.
Tuesday’s Best Bets and Quick Picks: Cold Turf Paradise Pick 3

Tue Feb 20 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares best bets and quick picks for Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Turf Paradise, including a cold Pick 3 wager.
Kentucky Derby Maiden Watch: Antiquarian scores for Pletcher

Mon Feb 19 2024J. Keeler Johnson

On Feb. 18, 2018, Justify won his debut in eye-catching fashion. Less than four months later he was a Triple Crown winner, proving late February isn’t too late for a Kentucky Derby (G1) winner to break his maiden.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Sierra Leone

Mon Feb 19 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Racing 1 1/8 miles is no obstacle for Sierra Leone, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and runner-up in the Remsen (G2) on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Neither should the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby (G1) prove problematic for the beautifully bred colt.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: Ramjet

Mon Feb 19 2024J. Keeler Johnson

When Ramjet stormed home victorious by three lengths in the Hyacinth S. on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, he delivered on a pedigree geared top and bottom toward high-level success running long on dirt.
Monday’s Best Bets and Quick Picks: Double at Turf Paradise

Mon Feb 19 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares best bets and quick picks for Monday, Feb. 19 at Aqueduct and Turf Paradise, including an 8-1 longshot.
Tampa Bay Downs: Betting the $2,706 Super High 5 carryover

Sun Feb 18 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Do you have what it takes to select the top five finishers in Sunday’s first race at Tampa Bay Downs? If you can, you’ll win a share of a $2,706 Super High 5 carryover.
Fair Grounds: A single for the Risen Star day $3,196 Pick 6 carryover

Sat Feb 17 2024J. Keeler Johnson

A non-jackpot $3,196 carryover in the $1 Pick 6 adds betting value to an already fantastic Saturday of racing at Fair Grounds.
Friday’s Best Bets and Quick Picks: $30,249 Pick 6 carryover

Fri Feb 16 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares best bets and quick picks for Friday, Feb. 16 at Turfway Park and Santa Anita, along with horses to single in Pick 6 carryovers at Aqueduct and Fair Grounds.
Thursday’s Best Bets and Quick Picks: 6-1 to win on debut

Thu Feb 15 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Handicapper J. Keeler Johnson shares best bets and quick picks for Thursday, Feb. 15 at Fair Grounds, Delta Downs, and Turfway Park, including a 6-1 first-time starter.