Breeders’ Cup, All In One Place

Here's where you can find links to all my Breeders' Cup work! My race previews, in detail, are over at Picks and Ponderings.  There are separate pieces for Friday and Saturday; between them, I discuss every race. I also discuss my thoughts on several of the races, and several of the more general themes of... Continue Reading →

Justify the Hype

One ukulele, one pile of past performances, no shame. I may be standing tall against Justify in the Derby tomorrow, but that doesn't mean I couldn't write a song about him.

America’s Best Racing: Big-Race Showdown – A Kentucky Oaks-Derby Double

This is week twelve of Big Race Showdown at America’s Best Racing: where I clash heads with six awesome handicappers (Emily Gullikson, Candice Hare, Dan Tordjman, Brian Zipse, Eric Bialek, and Mark DiLorenzo) to see who can stay the hottest through Derby prep season. Heading into the Kentucky Derby, I've got a slim lead in bankroll, though Emily is right on my tail.  We... Continue Reading →

ceci n’est pas une Handicap de Chicago

This afternoon, Finley'sluckycharm extended her four-year-old record to a perfect three-for-three with a win in the Chicago Handicap (G3).  The 3/10 betting favourite, she got to the lead quickly after the break and rated well despite Kathballu and Covey Trace pressing at her throatlatch early.  Kathballu dropped away; Covey Trace pressed the issue into the... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Kentucky Oaks Preview

Kentucky Derby week is officially underway! Friday's card at Churchill Downs features the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, as well as five other undercard stakes races.  I preview the Oaks in depth over at Picks and Ponderings, and will post my selections and longshots for the other stakes races as I finish handicapping them.  As always,... Continue Reading →

Kentucky Derby Day!

The Derby is upon is, and I've got picks and analysis! Over at Picks and Ponderings, I join Paul Mazur and Chris Hernandez to discuss every horse in the field: our picks, our tosses, and everyone in between. For more detailed analysis with an eye to pace, read my piece at ShapperDaCapper. My picks have... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: 2016 Kentucky Oaks Preview

Coming up this Saturday, the three-year-old fillies get the spotlight in the Kentucky Oaks. What people thought for months would be a straightforward affair became far more complex with the defection of the champion, Songbird.  Though not seeing her will be a disappointment...those who like to wager will get a minefield of a race, the... Continue Reading →

Pace and the 2016 Kentucky Derby

Though the Kentucky Derby won't be drawn until Wednesday, it's not too early to start looking at the likely pace scenario. With twenty horses in the field, all three-year-olds young enough to still develop, it will not be cut-and-dried.  But, we have enough information to identify which horses will likely play certain roles, and which... Continue Reading →

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