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Live horse racing returns to Kentucky Downs for 2022 season

Live racing returns this week to Kentucky Downs with the first of seven events scheduled for Thursday at the Franklin, Ky., facility. John Wholihan, director of Marketing at the Mint Gaming Hall and Kentucky Downs, said that live racing at the facility offers the biggest purse at any track in the area. ‘

The biggest attraction of the whole thing is the money. We are the highest average daily purse anywhere. We’re going to average more than $2 million a day in purses over each of those seven days,” Wholihan said. “The people who really like us are the horse owners, the people who own and train, they’re getting a chance for a good paycheck. Running in third place in our races can be like winning a race in some other locations. There are people who gear up for this meet. They want to take a shot because they know there’s big money.”

Wholihan said the Mint Gaming Hall’s intake of money helps to make the purse at Kentucky Downs so attractive. “The reason there’s big money is because of the Mint Gaming Hall, what happens in those pari mutuel machines, those historical horse racing games that people play every day,” Wholihan said. “That’s helping to feed the purse structure, and what we do. So we’ve really …

Travers Day Full-card Analysis by Rich Nilsen

with Wagering Strategies & Spot Plays by Rich Nilsen

Results:  Nilsen selected the winner of the Travers, Epicenter, but missed the exacta.  He gave out two spot plays, the second one Wicked Groove won the finale.  He paid a whopping $18.20 win and keyed a winning $98.00 exacta!

Rich Nilsen handicapper

About This Report

Rich Nilsen is the founder of and one of the top tournament players in the country.

Nilsen only does a few sheets a year and this is one of them.  He offers up his full-card analysis for Saratoga on Saturday, August 27th.

The last time he did the Travers’ sheet he had all 13 winners listed among his selections for each race.  In 2016 Nilsen crushed the Travers Day card, selecting Haveyougoneaway who upset the G1 Ballerina at odds of 10-1!   But Nilsen wasn’t done.  He followed up that score up by giving out top selection ARROGATE, track-record winner of the G1 Travers Stakes who paid an amazing $25.40 to win for followers of the sheet.  Another top pick ran 2nd at odds of 17-1 in race 3 on that day, returning a huge place payoff.

The analysis provides selections for every race plus two best bet spot plays along with wagering strategies.  Each race includes Nilsen’s detailed pace scenario which explains how the race will set up.  Nilsen provides his top selection for the Travers’ Stakes,  commentary  and he offers up his recommended  wagers for the big race.

Put an expert on your side as you attack Saratoga on their biggest day of the year. Get all 13-races for under $1 per race.

2022 Travers’s Day – All 13 Races

Affordable at only $9.77 for the full card.

Full card analysis – instant download


Download instantly to any device. 9-page PDF document.

This sheet contains:

  • Top selections for all 13 races
  • Sophisticated Pace Scenario for all 13 races
  • 2 Spot Plays (Best Bets) on the undercard w/ wagering strategies
  • Analysis of the Travers Stakes with Exacta & Trifecta strategies.

The Travers Day card features over $1.6 Million in Guaranteed wagers. The $1 Million Guaranteed Pick 4 begins on Race 8.

Previous Travers’ Testimonials:

“Rich: nice job Travers Day! Thanks to Arrogate, you gave me a good day. How in the world did you land on him? I suspect you’re doing some kind of voodoo pace analysis. If you ever decide to give lessons or a seminar, let me know.” ~ Kelley S.

“Great job, Rich!” ~ Jeff S.


About Rich Nilsen

Founder of, Nilsen is the winner of 8 major handicapping tournament and an 18-time qualifier to the multi million-dollar National Horseplayers Championship (NHC).  There are a lot of pretenders out there.  Get affordable, expert advice for this year’s awesome 13-race Travers card.


Get selections for all 13 races on the Saratoga Saturday card.  Download now for only $9.77 to any device.

Saratoga Pace Chart for Friday, August 26

Tom’s d’Etat Confirmed for PegasusPace Makes the Race!

Friday is Travers Day Eve at Saratoga. Utilize this complimentary pace chart to help you envision how each of the races will set up at the Spa on Friday, August 26, 2022.   Understanding how the race will set up is critical to your handicapping success!

Always remember to wager within your comfort level and pick your spots. Best of luck!

Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
6.50 Furlongs / Dirt Very Fast 3-1-5 4 2
Race 2
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 1 7-4 3-2-1A 5 6
Race 3
9.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 2-3 1 4 5
Race 4
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Unknown 1 10 3-9 2-4-5-6-7-8
Race 5
9.00 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 1-2 4 5 3
Race 6
5.50 Furlongs / Turf Fast 2 5-6 11-8-7-14-4 1-3-16-13-12-15-9-10
Race 7
6.50 Furlongs / Dirt Very Fast 1-3-5 2 6 4
Race 8
8.50 Furlongs / Inner Turf Honest/Fast 6-8 1-10-4 3-12-7-11 2-5-9
Race 9
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 11 2-4-10-8 3-1-7 9-12-6-5
Race 10
8.50 Furlongs / Turf Fast 3-2 9-6-5 7-10 4-8-1
Race 11
8 Furlongs / Inner Turf Modest 2-1 6-11-10 3-5-7 9-4 8

After Decades of Decline, Nebraska Horse Racing Relying on Racinos

The year was 1979. The location: Aksarben racetrack in Omaha. This was a time when horserace betting could draw thousands of spectators, many visiting from out of state. Kotulak said he was blown away.

“When the horses came to town and left, my mother had talked enough sense into me to say: ‘You are going to stay right here and you’re going to finish your schooling,’” Kotulak said with a laugh.

Since the 1980s, the sport has lost popularity in the state and country. Nationally, over the past five years, the industry shrunk by an average of 8.4% – with profits declining by 24%.

In Nebraska, the state has gone from around 100 thoroughbred race days in 2001 to half that by 2021. Aksarben, the one-time crown jewel of Nebraska racing, was demolished in 2005. Now, the area it’s a mixture of businesses and apartments.

Of the six remaining licensed horse racetracks in Nebraska, Fonner Park is by far the largest. Built in 1954, it…

This Week on Saratoga Horse Racing

Art Collector headlines a field of three other graded stakes winners in Thursday’s $135,000 Alydar, a nine-furlong test for older horses. The Alydar honors Calumet Farm’s Hall of Fame thoroughbred who finished second to Affirmed in all three legs of the 1978 Triple Crown.  If you are at the track, there is more than just Saratoga horse racing this week, including:

Jockeys vs. Horsemen Hoops Game

The 13th annual jockeys vs. horsemen charity basketball game, which benefits the programs of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy, will be played at 6:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center. Fans will be able to participate in raffles and one lucky fan will leave with a custom, autographed bobblehead of champion jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. Admission is free.

Saratoga backsideTaste NY Pavilion

The Taste NY Pavilion, located inside Gate A at the Top of the Stretch, features New York craft beer, cider, wine and spirits products, including offerings from: Bolton Landing Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Common Roots Brewing Company, Druthers Brewing Co., Frog Alley Brewing Co., Northway Brewing Company, Paradox Brewery, Nine Pin Cider Works, Brotherhood Winery and Old Tavern Farm Winery, and spirits from Cooperstown Distillery, Great Jones and Pick Six Vodka. It is open from noon until 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Community Outreach Booth

NYRA will host the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York, which serves the unique community of backstretch workers and their families based at Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack through extensive programs and services that minister to their needs.

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live music from The Lustre Kings.


National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and Troy Stakes

Multiple graded-stakes winner Wit will make his turf debut in Friday’s Grade 2, $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, a one-mile inner turf test for sophomores. Wit captured the Sanford Stakes last year at Saratoga. Top turf sprinter Golden Pal will attempt a stakes victory at Saratoga Race Course for the third straight year in the Grade 3, $300,000 Troy for 4-year-olds and upward sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs over the Mellon turf.

Prior to the start of racing on Friday, eight new members will be enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The ceremony will get underway at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion and is free to attend.

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Is Jacks or Better a Game of Skill?


You can play poker with your computer, smartphone, or tablet

If you’re a fan of video poker, you would have definitely heard about Jack or better because that’s the first form of video poker and the most popular type of all. When you have the best hand, you win the game. That’s when you have a pair of jacks with you.

The game rules are pretty much the same across casinos, so when you’re playing at Poker and Casino at you don’t have to worry about new rules.

Here, the dealer deals with five cards, and you need to choose which card you will hold on to and which you’ll discard. When you have the best hand, you win. If you’re totally new to this game, you need to be aware of these below terms:

Royal Flush: This hand is when you have the highest card/s. You win big with this. You’re in for a big payout if you have Q, K, J, A, and 10.

Straight Flush: When you have cards of the same suit in a sequence, it is a straight flush. It’s a combination of flush and straight.

Inside straight: Imagine you have four cards, and if adding one card in between makes it a sequence, it is an inside straight. While outside straight is when you can make it a series by adding on either end, with inside straight, you just have one chance.

Two of a Kind: It’s when you have two cards of the same kind—example: Two 5’s.

Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same kind, such as when you have three 4’s.

Two Pair: It’s when you have cards of two pairs—Ex: Two 3’s and Two 5’s.

Flush: It’s a flush when you get cards of the same suit. 5,8, K, Q of Hearts is a flush.

Straight: When you have five cards in succession, it’s straight. Example: 4,5,6,7,and 8 make a series.

Outside straight: A card added on either end of four cards, which makes a straight is an outside straight.

Playing Jacks or Better Online

Jacks or Better is also known as Draw poker and is similar to five-card draw poker. If you already know this variant of poker, Jacks or Better is easier to play and is a lot more fun. Though it is the oldest form of poker, it is popular and available in many online casinos. You don’t have to go hunting for a casino anymore—play Jacks or better with a tap of your fingers online.

You need to place a wager at the start, and you lead when you have a pair of Jacks in your hand.

It’s very much similar to five-card draw poker, where you decide to keep five cards and replace the rest. In the end, depending on what you’re left with, you get a fat payout or go home with nothing.

So, these were our quick video poker tips. Apart from this, video poker is mostly played in online casinos, and the fact that you can remain anonymous in a game is a big relief.