Archives for May 2017

Former QB Jake Delhomme now calls shots in horse racing

LAFAYETTE, LA — Growing up it was always school, sports and horses for Jake Delhomme. Now that the other two are out of the way, thoroughbred horses still consume Delhomme’s interest as he plans to enter several from his Set Hut stables during the racing …

Source: Former quarterback Delhomme now calls shots in horse racing

Registration Opens Today for Louisiana Downs NHC Qualifier

NTRA NHC logoHarrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that they will host a regional qualifying event for the $2.5 million-est.|

 National Horseplayers Championship. The contest will be held at the Bossier City racetrack on Saturday, June 17.

This will be a live format, with win, place and show wagers on ten selected races. The entry fee is $300 ($150 entry fee, $150 live bankroll) and the contest will be limited to 100 entries, maximum two entries per person.  All participants must be NHC Tour Members and may join online at https://www.ntra.com/membership. The fee of $50 offers valuable discounts for handicapping products and entry into the four FREE remaining online tournaments in 2017. Registration opens for the Louisiana Downs qualifier on Tuesday, May 30. Players needing further information may contact Tracey Blevins (tblevins@caesars.com) or Michele Ravencraft (mravencraft@ntra.com).

The top two finishers will win a berth in the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament which will take place in Las Vegas, February 8-11, 2018. In addition, both winners will receive a $400 travel voucher and hotel accommodations for four nights in Las Vegas.

“Going the extra mile for our horseplayers is an extremely important priority at Louisiana Downs,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “We look forward to hosting this regional qualifying tournament for the National Horseplayers Championship and will be rooting for our two winners to be crowned Horseplayer of the Year next January.”

AGOS Horses to Watch – May 27, 2017

Horses to Watch for AGOS Visitors

Belmont

5/13/17

Race #3 – Switzerland – 6f dirt

Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown. The colt shipped in from Keeneland stumbling badly at the start and lost his footing during the race. Castellano tried to recover and made a solid move for 4th as the beaten favorite. He’ll be on my betting radar with both hands.

Race #5 – Major Force – 1 1/16 on the main

Javier Castellano aboard for Arnaud Delacour. They broke from post #13 on a sloppy sealed track. He spun out five wide and was forced to check losing momentum. – A clean trip would have  a winner’s circle visit in the plans.

Belterra Park

5/13/17

Race #3 – Dollar Billy – 1 mile turf

Gabriel Lagunes tracked just off the pace and made a strong move at the 3/8th’s pole. He grabbed the lead and was beaten by a neck on the wire. He’ll be looking for payback next time out.

Race #6 – Mad Heiress – 1 mile

Dean Sarvis in the saddle for Matt Hebert. She shipped in from Fair Grounds and made a strong late kick when the real running began. She drew off to win by 3 1/4 and I’m looking for a repeat next time out for a red-hot trainer.

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5/14/17

Race #4 – War Ready – 5 1/2f dirt

John McKee in the saddle for Eric Foster and was at the back of the pack for most of the race. Once he commenced a rally his action had McKee splitting horses and running on with good effort getting beat one length for the win picture.

Race #5 – Under the Table – 1 1/16 turf

Dean Sarvis for the hot barn of Brett Santangelo. Sarvis stalked just off the pace and tipped off the rail making a solid run down the lane. He looked the like a runner with the best chances and was pushed out down the lane. He was second and put up in a DQ.  The barn and the rider must be respected as team and a repeat effort is not out of the question.

Race #7 – Nikki My Darling – Tomboy Stakes – 1 1/16 turf

Luis Colon was in town to ride for Jeffrey Radosevich. Carrying the colors of Loooch Racing, the grey filly stalked the leaders and made a winners move down the lane. She was beaten a tough length by Someday Soon who exited the (G-1) Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. She’ll be back to lock horns, and they better bring their “A” game.

Is Horse Racing Dead? Preakness Ratings Best of all May 20, 2017 Sporting Events on TV

The television ratings for this year’s Preakness Stakes (G1) broadcast on NBC declined from last year, earning a 4.9 rating and 11 share, compared with the 2016 broadcast that earned a 5.8/14.  However, in very positive news …

Source: Preakness Ratings Down, but Best of May 20 Sports

Is Horse Racing Dead? Preakness Breaks Handle and Attendance Records

The Pimlico crowd of 140,327 on hand to see Cloud Computing win the 2017 Preakness Stakes broke last year’s record of 135,256. Total handle on the 14-race program was $97,168,658, an increase of 3% over the previous record of $94,127,434 and a 14% increase over 2015 wagering.

The Maryland Jockey Club also announced that in-state handle was up 7.1% from last year and 10.4% from 2015.

“From morning into evening, we witnessed an incredible day of world-class racing and eclectic entertainment,” said Sal Sinatra, President of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The sport of Thoroughbred racing is being rejuvenated and reimagined by the Stronach family. Their commitment to this sport is remarkable and unparalleled. Their vision is being embraced by horsemen and fans around the country.”

Is Horse Racing Dead? Kentucky Derby Day Handle Hit Record Amounts

churchill downs ky derby dayWith wagering above $200 million for the first time and a top-10 crowd on Kentucky Derby Day, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. expects to add between $4-6 million in increased profitability, the company announced earlier this month.

Source: Kentucky Derby and Derby Day Handle Hit Record Highs

Handicapping Tip #39 – Pace Makes the Race

Handicapping Tip of the Day

by Rich Nilsen

On select major days throughout the year, I offer my professional analysis of the big race, e.g. Preakness, and the undercard races at that track.   This past Saturday I did the 14 races on the Pimlico Preakness card, which is always a great day of wagering.  One of the key aspects of my report is the pace scenario analysis for each race.  If you don’t understand the expected pace of the race, it can be very difficult to select the winner or the top finishers.  How the race sets up is critical to predicting the outcome.

In turf sprints I almost always emphasize early speed, especially if it is a 5 furlong grass race.  In analyzing the pace of race #2 on Saturday (May 20, 2017) one horse jumped out to be as the lone speed.  #1A FLIGHT CREW was 20/1 on the morning line, enough to scare off many horseplayers.  After determining that he was probably the early pace setter, I needed to look at the overall early pace to determine if he could “hold on.”  Was there enough other early speed to put pressure on him at some critical early juncture of the race?  I came to the conclusion that the answer was “no.”  It looked like a moderate pace, so now I was very intrigued with this longshot and dug deeper.

Pace makes the race

He was the son of Elusive Quality, who has sired many good horses sprinting on the law, and out of a mare by Danzig (enough said).  The pedigree was certainly there.  This was only the 2nd career grass start for Flight Crew.  In his only other attempt, he pressed a fast pace (+17 +19 on the BRIS Race Shape figures) while going 1 1/16 miles on a good turf course.  Despite that, and breaking from a poor outside post, he still ended up defeating half the field, finishing 5th.   He was trained by 15% local horseman Hugh McMahon.  What else did one need to pull the trigger on a big longshot?

Pace makes the race.  Flight Crew did not get the initial lead but by the time the field hit the far turn of this turf dash, he was in complete control.  At odds of 9-1, he opened up under Katie Davis and kept the field at bay down the lane. Scores like this are very sweet indeed.

Make sure you analyze the pace of every race you wager.  It’s the first step to selecting many winners.

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Top 10 US states likely to pass iGaming legislation in 2017

Top 10 US states likely to pass iGaming legislation in 2017 Casino City Times (press release)

Though the New York Senate’s budget proposal included online poker, the Assembly’s did not, and there continue to be concerns over the status of poker as a game of skill .

Source: Top 10 US states likely to pass iGaming legislation in 2017

Cloud Computing, surprise Preakness champion, is uncertain for Belmont Stakes

With Preakness champion Cloud Computing uncertain to start in the Belmont Stakes, the thoroughbred racing world faces the strong possibility of a second straight year with three different winners of the three Triple Crown races. Trainer Chad Brown said Cloud Computing came out of his upset victory in good order.

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Trump administration asked to support N.J. sports betting appeal

Washington DCWASHINGTON — In his quest to legalize sports betting in New Jersey, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. is seeking help from President Donald Trump’s administration. Pallone (D-6th Dist.) is asking Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall in a letter to be sent Tuesday to request that the U.S. Supreme Court to hear New Jersey’s appeal of the latest… [Read more…]