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.
Racing Roundtable: Penn Derby Day and Churchill Downs After Dark

Tue Sep 26 2023TwinSpires Staff

The Roundtable gang of James Scully, Kellie Reilly, and Vance Hanson are back to comment on the weekend action highlighted by Pennsylvania Derby Day at Parx and Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs.
Identifying versatile sires can lead to lucrative payoffs

Tue Sep 26 2023J. Keeler Johnson

When a male racehorse enjoys success racing over a particular surface (dirt, turf, or synthetic), it’s easy to assume his progeny will follow suit. But sometimes they prove more versatile than expected.
How to bet With, and Against, Yesternight in the Dogwood Stakes

Wed Sep 20 2023John Mucciolo

A well-matched field of nine sophomore fillies will vie in the $300,000 Dogwood S. (G3) at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
When betting lightly raced juveniles, analyze the horses they’ve run against

Tue Sep 19 2023J. Keeler Johnson

When handicapping lightly raced juveniles who have only run one or two times, it’s helpful to examine the quality of horses they’ve competed against to get a feel for which runners are coming out of high-quality races.
Kentucky Derby pedigree profile: West Saratoga

Tue Sep 19 2023J. Keeler Johnson

It’s only fitting that West Saratoga won the one-mile Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs, the first leg of the 2023-24 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The gray colt is bred top and bottom for success in the spring classics.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Maiden Watch: Private Desire posts fast win

Mon Sep 18 2023J. Keeler Johnson

Seven weeks out from the 2023 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, possible Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) contenders continue to emerge from maiden special weights around the country.
Betting Intelligence: Dea Matrona vs. Dazzling Star in Natalma Stakes

Sat Sep 16 2023Kellie Reilly

In an alternate universe, Dea Matrona might have been the Godolphin shipper in Saturday’s Natalma (G1) at Woodbine, rather than the one making her North American debut for Chad Brown.
When juveniles return from Royal Ascot, they’re often ready to win

Wed Sep 13 2023J. Keeler Johnson

It’s common to see American juveniles show promise when debuting stateside, fall to defeat at Royal Ascot, and then bounce back like nothing happened when they return to the United States.
Catching My Eye: Closing Day at Colonial Downs

Tue Sep 12 2023Kevin Kilroy

Kevin Kilroy goes over horses of interest as he analyzes closing day at Colonial Downs.
Presque Isle Downs Selections and Analysis for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2023

Tue Sep 12 2023Dick Powell

Dick Powell offers his selections and analysis for Wednesday's card at Presque Isle Downs.
Racing Round Table: Thoughts on Tamara and turf racing

Tue Sep 12 2023TwinSpires Staff

Following a busy weekend in Kentucky, Virginia, California, and Europe, James Scully, Kellie Reilly, and Vance Hanson reflect on it all in this week's Racing Roundtable.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Maiden Watch: Slider breaks through at Del Mar

Mon Sep 11 2023J. Keeler Johnson

At this time of year, you can usually count on at least one juvenile per week to deliver an exciting maiden victory. Last week, the excitement came courtesy of a bay colt named Slider.