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Contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf - Posted on: October 22, 2018

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf looks to be captured by a different owner than in the past two years, as the most recent editions of the race have been won by eFive Racing — with New Money Honey winning in 2016 and Rushing Fall last year. But trainer Chad Brown can win three in a row should top contender Newspaperofrecord or the less-heralded Dogtag hit the wire first on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs. As part of the Breeders’ Cup newly formatted “Future Stars Friday”, the Juvenile Fillies Turf will be contested at one mile, with entries running for

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Making Sense of the Breeders’ Cup Mile - Posted on: October 19, 2018

As one of the original seven Breeders’ Cup events, and with a $2 million purse, the Mile is guaranteed to draw an international field of the world’s top turf milers. Through its 34-year history, the Mile has been somewhat of an enigma for horseplayers who seem overanxious to designate it as being overwhelmingly dominated by European invaders — this despite evidence to the contrary, which suggests Americans do equally well. In 34 editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile to date, not counting horses that began their careers in Europe and then came to the U.S., foreign invaders have won 13

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Day in the Life - Posted on: October 19, 2018

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Contenders for the Inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint - Posted on: October 17, 2018

This year the Breeders’ Cup makes a format change which will showcase two-year-old races on Friday with the Sentient Jet Juvenile replacing the Distaff as the featured race on the first day of the two-day World Championships. Billed as “Future Stars Friday”, there will be five juvenile Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs — the first time the home of the Kentucky Derby will have hosted the event since 2011. Where there were previously four juvenile races — the Juvenile, the Juvenile Turf, the Juvenile Fillies, and the Juvenile Fillies Turf — this year, there is a

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Meadowlands Woes Not Going Away Anytime Soon - Posted on: October 17, 2018

For years, Jeffrey Gural has complained of an uneven playing field. The owner of Meadowlands Racetrack has, at times, complained perhaps more than he should. To his credit, he has been consistent. While tracks in New York and Pennsylvania benefit from casino monies, the Big M does not. In addition to that, both New York and Pennsylvania have been fairly generous appropriating funding for harness racing. In sum, both the Empire and Keystone state tracks are getting money from two places that Gural and the Meadowlands isn’t — casinos and state legislatures. Gural has always made threats. He has said

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Breeders’ Cup Jockey Study Produces Surprising Results! - Posted on: October 16, 2018

  Recently, my colleague Noel Michaels wrote a piece for US Racing detailing how jockeys matter when handicapping the Breeders’ Cup races entitled “Jockeying for Position As the Breeders’ Cup Approaches”. And while I found the piece very insightful, it reminded me of that old Lay’s potato chips commercial claiming that “no one can eat just one.” I wanted more! So, I dug into my database of Breeders’ Cup races run from 1997 to 2017 to get the real story on jockeys in the Breeders’ Cup. Here’s what I found. Breeders’ Cup entrants with: Same Jockey As Last Race Races

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Avoid These Six Deadly Traits of Losing Horseplayers - Posted on: October 15, 2018

Anyone who plays the races for a living has discipline. Even those who make a part-time living from the races know that they need to avoid negative traits that can hurt their bankroll. #1 Overestimation of Accuracy of Beliefs I was sitting in the race book at Bally’s Wild West Casino in Atlantic City one day many years ago and overheard an older gentlemen preaching to three guys that were close enough to him to be in his underwear. “You gotta play the numbers… the numbers work… more than 90 percent of the time. You gotta trust the numbers or

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Jockeying for Position As the Breeders’ Cup Approaches - Posted on: October 12, 2018

Good handicappers know that you just can’t base your handicapping solely on betting the leading jockeys. This is especially true at the Breeders’ Cup, where, let’s face it, they’re all top jockeys. When it comes to jockey handicapping in the Breeders’ Cup, horseplayers will need to delve beyond simply looking at the current win percentages of the jockeys. At this level, you are dealing with the best of the best, and just picking a jockey with a good current record is worthless and not worth basing your bets on. Nevertheless, a horse’s jockey does matter in the Breeders’ Cup, where

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FREE Handicapping Reports for Saturday - Posted on: October 12, 2018

Below are FREE handicapping reports for the races from Belmont Park, Keeneland, Thistledown and Woodbine for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. WIN FACTOR REPORT Uses criteria such as speed, form, class and fitness to assess the fair odds of the top four win contenders in each race. Saturday Belmont Park Keeneland Thistledown Woodbine PACE PROFILE REPORT My personal favorite, this report features par speed figures along with my unique speed rations and a bunch of other interesting stuff. Saturday Belmont Park Keeneland Thistledown Woodbine RACE REPORT CARD Grades (A-F) each entrant in four key categories: speed, class, jockey and trainer. Saturday Belmont Park Keeneland Thistledown Woodbine WORKOUT REPORT Features a numerical assessment (0-100 percent)

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Day in the Life - Posted on: October 12, 2018

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