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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

About Editor

Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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Industry Profile: Jockey Chel-c Baily and What You Didn’t Know

Jockey Chel-c BailyMMA fighter turned jockey, Chel-c Bailey won her first riding triple at the 2021-22 Oaklawn meeting.

Before her success as a jockey, Bailey made strides as a strawweight in MMA. Though short-lived, she was undefeated in her professional MMA career…

Her first winner was in 2020. She has seen 21 victories in her jockey career, and 13 of them have come from Oaklawn.

This year’s riding triple alone granted her 10 victories at the Oaklawn meet, which started in December and continues into May [2022]. According to Bailey, the success comes as a shock because of her unsuccessful races at previous track meets.

“You know what blows my mind was that I could not win a race at Delaware or in Maryland, and then I come here to Oaklawn Park and it should be the other way around… more on Jockey Chel-c Baily, the former MMA fighter turned horse rider!

Preakness Day Do’s and Don’ts

…the middle jewel of the Triple Crown is back at Pimlico Race Course in full swing this year, celebrating its 147th anniversary with a jam-packed Black Eyed Susan Day and InfieldFest lineups, plenty of colorful hats in the grandstand, and, of course, all of the trusty thoroughbreds that will participate in the race itself.

“Preakness is synonymous with Maryland,” says Jimmy Vargas, CEO of 1/ST Experience, the owner and operator of the event. “Baltimore is the home of Preakness, and we are honored to continue the tradition each year, putting Baltimore—its people, history, traditions, and thoroughbred industry—front and center on a national stage.”


Buy tickets early: Prices rise as we approach race day, so take advantage of package deals like the famed all-you-can-drink MUG Club. Ticket prices for MUG club, which include access to party areas and a souvenir mug to use at all filling stations, will increase on May 15. For an even more VIP experience, check out the MUG and Vine Club that goes one step beyond with private viewing areas, lounge areas, and restrooms. Try to arrive early to avoid long lines.

Prepare for the weather: Nothing rains on your parade more than, well, rain. If it has rained recently or throughout the day, the infield can turn into a huge mud pit that tracks up to mid-calf. Be prepared to swap out your cutest kicks for a pair of rain boots, cover your race regalia with a poncho or rain jacket, and protect your makeup by using a waterproof mascara.

More on the Preakness Day from Baltimore Magazine

Recap of Rich Nilsen’s 2022 Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day Analysis

This is a recap of the results from Rich Nilsen’s 2022 Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day Analysis.  With tipsters charging $50, 75 or more for Kentucky Derby picks, Rich produces only a handful of sheets per year and offers it up at an affordable price for race fans (under $15.)  It was a great day for players who downloaded Rich’s analysis.

Friday, May 6, 2022 (bonus Oaks pick)

Top selection SECRET OATH wins the Kentucky Oaks at odds of 4-1, paying $10.80 to win.  Keys $39.40 exacta over 2nd choice Nest, and hits $616.80 Trifecta for a $1 payout.  All given out on the sheet, the only play for Friday, Oaks Day.

Saturday, May 7th – Kentucky Derby 148 Card

1st race: $11.00 Winner (2nd choice) with $94.10 Trifecta recommended.

No play/selection race 2

3rd race: $8.00 Winner (Top choice)

No play/selection race 4

5th race: $4.20 Winner (Top choice)

6th race: Missed $75 winner

7th race: $3.40 Winner (Top choice)

8th race: $9.60 Winner (5th choice)

9th race: Missed $13 winner

10th race: $4.00 Winner (Top choice)

11th race: $170.80 Exacta recommended with $16.20 winner (4th choice) over top choice 9-1 shot Mira Mission who lost by a long neck.

12th race: Missed 80-1 KY Derby winner Rich Strike (why don’t I bet names!?!).  Top choice Mo Donegal ran 5th.

No plays/selections races 13 and 14.   Skeptical? Check out AGOS founder Rich Nilsen’s Analysis_KYDerby_2022

Actual winning tickets from players who used Nilsen’s sheet:

$10.80 winner Secret Oath


$170 exacta 5 times!

Big Summer Racing Meet on Tap at Del Mar

Following a milestone year in 2021 featuring the return of fans, record-breaking wagering and the hosting of the Breeders’ Cup, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is poised for perhaps its greatest racing season. The 2022 summer meet will see a return to full capacity in the grandstand for the first time since 2019 and the richest purses in California history with total payouts to participating horsemen and horsewomen averaging more than $800,000 per day. Del Mar and all its excitement bursts from the gate on Opening Day, Friday, July 22 and will run through Sunday, September 11.

Known as one of Southern California’s most beloved summer events, Opening Day at Del Mar attracts thousands of locals and travelers alike. The West Coast tradition features the best in racing, fashion, food and local culture. Fans will have the opportunity to wager on ten exciting races including the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes and enter the Opening Day Hats Contest, one of the long-standing Opening Day highlights. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first post is at 2 p.m. Opening weekend will feature more high-end stakes racing on Saturday and Sunday with gates opening at noon. Del Mar will be limiting General Admission on Opening Day to enhance attendee experience – tickets are expected to sell out quickly, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early to guarantee attendance.

Del Mar is also bringing back fan favorite events to the track this year with highlights including:

August 6 – Equine Art Show: Witness many of Del Mar’s talented artists, painting demonstrations and art for purchase
Aug. 13 – Uncorked: Del Mar Wine Fest: Enjoy tastings of more than 150 wines from across the globe along with gourmet food from local San Diego food vendors
Aug. 20 – Del Mar Taco & Beer Festival: From 12-4 pm, the festival features local breweries as well as tacos prepared by local food vendors. (Admission price TBD)
Sept. 4 – Family Fun Day: Bring your family to the cabana to enjoy free attractions including face painting, kid-friendly games and more
Sept. 10 – College Day: Show your student ID for free racetrack admission and exclusive access to grandstand seating
In addition to special weekend events, Del Mar offers weekly attractions including:

Del mar chantal billboardDiamond Club Free & Easy Thursdays: Free admission + seats and food + beverage specials
Taste of the Turf Club (Sundays): An exciting opportunity for non-Turf Club members to reserve a table and enjoy a locally inspired menu with the best views of the track ($125 per person)
Happy Hour (Fridays): New in 2022, get half off signature drinks until 6 pm or upgrade your experience and enjoy happy hour drinks and appetizers in the Turf Club. (Turf Club admission price TBD)
On Saturday, September 3, Del Mar will present the highlight of its summer season, the $1,000,000 TVG Pacific Classic. The highly anticipated event showcases the nation’s leading Thoroughbreds, trainers and jockeys at the famed seaside oval.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club continues to lead the nation in horse racing safety and its highly successful protocols for equine and human athletes are considered the gold standard throughout the Thoroughbred racing industry.

Tickets for the summer season go on sale on Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at http://www.dmtc.com.

About the 2022 Summer Racing Season
Del Mar will present its 83rd year of racing with its Summer 2022 racing season running from Friday, July 22 – Sunday, September 11. First post daily is 2 p.m. until September 1 when first post moves to 1 p.m. First post on Fridays is at 4 p.m. (exceptions being August 26, September 2 and 9 when first post shifts to 3 p.m.). For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit http://www.dmtc.com. You can follow Del Mar on Instagram and Twitter at @delmarracing or on Facebook @DelMarRaces.

About Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Opened in 1937, San Diego’s iconic and the nation’s only seaside racetrack features the world’s top racehorses, the best in fashion and classic California culture where the “turf meets the surf.” What began as a Hollywood hotspot in the era of the racetrack’s founder Bing Crosby is now one of today’s premier Southern California summer destinations and a leader in racetrack safety.

The Incredible Story Behind KY Derby Winner Rich Strike’s Connections

Nearly six years ago, Eric Reed almost called it quits from the horse training business.

A fire engulfed one of the barns at his Lexington, Kentucky, equine center, in the middle of a December night, killing 23 thoroughbred horses and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

“When we drove up on that that night, I told my wife, I said, ‘we’ve probably lost everything,’ ” Reed recounted this week. “The next morning, when we saw the devastation … I just thought of all the years and all the stuff we had done to get this beautiful farm and to have this happen, that something might be telling me it’s the end of the line.”

Reed didn’t give up, and with friends — and sometimes strangers — who showed up to help, he continued training. “I just decided, I wasn’t going to let it take me out.”

It paid off: Reed is now a Kentucky Derby winner…

More on trainer Eric Reed and the owner of Rich Strike

Colonial Downs Racing Season to feature more races, more fun

NEW KENT COUNTY — Colonial Downs Racetrack is offering more racing in 2022 as it seeks to build on a bumper 2021 season that saw it recover from the effects of the pandemic.

The highlight of the racing season is the Grade 3, $300,000 Virginia Derby for 3-year-olds which will be run on Sept. 6 along with the $200,000 Virginia Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Both races will be held on the Secretariat Turf Course — named after the famous Triple Crown champion who was born in Doswell, Virginia. Horsemen will be competing for an average of $600,000 in daily purse monies, including more than $3.5 million in stakes races, according to the venue.

“Our theme this year is more racing, more fun,” said John Marshall, executive vice president of operations at Colonial Downs Group. “With everything we have to offer, including free general admission, Colonial Downs makes for an entertaining afternoon and evening out for everyone.”

Colonial Downs plans five different promotional give-away days, including a Secretariat T-shirt on opening day, a Colonial Downs water bottle on July 19, a cooling towel on Aug. 3, a camouflage hat on Military Day, Aug. 16 and a plush horse giveaway on Family Day, Aug. 23.

A new era began for Colonial Downs in 2019 when Peninsula Pacific Entertainment bought the venue. Colonial Downs originally opened in 1997, but horse racing stopped in 2014 due to a dispute between the then owners and the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment opened several Rosie’s gaming locations across Virginia — including in New Kent, Richmond and Hampton — that feature hundreds of slot-machine-like historical horse racing machines…

Santa Anita Pace Chart for Saturday, May 7th

Pace Makes the Race!

Today is great day of racing at Santa Anita with a 10-race card on Kentucky Derby Saturday. Utilize this complimentary pace chart to help you envision how each of the races will set up at the Great Race Place, Santa Anita on May 7, 2022.   Always remember to wager within your comfort level and pick your spots. Best of luck!


Santa Anita – Saturday, May 7
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers
6.00 Furlongs / Turf Honest *2 7-1-3 10-4-8-5 12
Race 2
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 1 3-5 2-4
Race 3
6.00 Furlongs / Turf Very Fast 7 6-9-3 1-4-5-8 2-10
Race 4
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 8-5 7-6 3-4-1 2
Race 5
8 Furlongs / Turf Honest/Fast 6 3-5 2 1-4
Race 6
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest *2 5-1 6-4-8 3-7
Race 7
8 Furlongs / Turf Modest *11 2-10-9 1-4-5-12 6
Race 8
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 3-1 8-5 9-2-7
Race 9
6.50 Furlongs / Turf Honest 5-3 6-4 1-7-2 8-9
Race 10
9.00 Furlongs / Turf Modest 4 2-1-7 13-5-10-14 11-6-3-9-8-12

Nilsen’s Expert Kentucky Derby Analysis w/wagers – NOW ONLINE

Rich Nilsen qualifies at Monmouth for his 16th NHC berth

Order the complete analysis of the 148th Kentucky Derby with Nilsen’s professional selections for the big race.

There are a lot of pretenders out there.  Get affordable, expert advice for this year’s amazing KY Derby card.  Nilsen’s goal has always been to provide an affordable sheet for any racing fan on one of the biggest racing days of the year.  BONUS!  Analysis and wagers for the Kentucky Oaks on Friday!

18x NHC Qualifier & AGOS founder Rich Nilsen will have his KY Derby Analysis with top picks, spot plays & wagering strategies

  • Spot Plays w/wagers
  • Stakes selections on the card
  • Pace Chart for every race at Belmont Park (bonus!) on Saturday
  • Expert Commentary on the top KY Derby contenders
  • Expert picks with wagering strategies for the KY Oaks (bonus!)

As always, KY Derby Day is a tremendous betting card, one of the best of year.  This is the Expert Kentucky Derby Analysis you need on the big race day!

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Derby 148 Analysis with Wagering Strategies & Best Bet Spot Plays by Rich Nilsen

Nilsen Crushes KY Oaks (bonus play) with 4-1 overlay SECRET OATH, the exacta and the trifecta! Here was his write-up:


Churchill Downs, race 11, post time 5:51 ET

Expected Pace: Fast pace is likely in this grueling 9 furlong classic. Echo Zulu and Yuugiri will both flash good early foot and ensure honest fractions. Several other runners will be in close pursuit, including the morning line favorite Nest.

Top Selection: # 1 SECRET OATH (6/1) – will get a favorable, ground-saving trip from the rail post and also figures to get first jump on the closers in this large field for the Kentucky Oaks. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee suffered a brutal trip last time out as one of the main contenders in the Arkansas Derby, but prior to that, she was dominating her own sex.  She’ll appreciate the return to this spot with new rider Luis Saez aboard (a major upgrade). Look for her to get D.Wayne his first Oaks win since 1990 and add to his historic resume.

2nd Selection: # 4 Nest (5/2) enters in razor sharp form and will relish a wet track if the main course is a mess late in the day.

3rd Selection: # 2 Nostalgic (15/1) closed powerfully into a slow pace in the Gazelle S. at Aqueduct last time out and is bred to love the 9 furlong distance.  Also bred to move up on wet going. 15/1 would be an absurd price on the Mott trainee with Jose Ortiz in the irons.

4th Selection: # 13 Shahama (15/1) undefeated Munnings filly has been training exceptionally well for new trainer Todd Pletcher.  Drew a tough post but could still run a big one at square odds.

Wagering Strategies: Bet #1 Secret Oath to Win.  Exacta box 1-2-4-13 ($24 cost for every $2 increment).  Trifecta partwheel 1 with 2, 4, 7, 13 with ALL ($44 cost for $1 increments).  Trifecta partwheel 1 with ALL with 2, 4, 7, 13  ($22 cost for $0.50 increments).



Rich Nilsen is the winner of 8 major handicapping tournaments and an 18-time qualifier to the $3 million National Horseplayers Championship (NHC).


Testimonials About Past Analysis

“Hey Rich.. Thanks for putting me on Tapwrit [Belmont Stakes 2018]!! I liked him and Gormley and Irish War Cry… I had Tapwrit straight & the exacta.  Tapwrit & Gormley both had “dream trips”, But Gormley didnt want to go that far… Hey!! Let’s give some love to Disco Partner for his new North  American record for 6 panels. I had him straight  and also knocked down the exacta of 2-4 for $42.00… Hope you had a good day & made some cash!  Thanks Again, ” ~ Wayne M.

“Rich, thanks for your terrific analysis of the Gulfstream Park [Rainbow Six 3/31/18].  I was able to hit the Pick 6 [paid $9,018 for twenty cents!].   Anyone out there who bets horses would be well advised to download your sheet on every major race day… thanks again for a job well done.” ~ Evan C.

“Great job, Rich!” ~ Jeff S.

“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.

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Industry Profile. Trainer Tim Yakteen brings 2 star horses to Kentucky Derby 148

“It’s like having a lottery ticket sort of fall in your lap,” he said. “Now we’re trying to cash it.”

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Tim Yakteen has been to the Kentucky Derby with good horses before. Now the trainer is at Churchill Downs in charge for the first time with two top contenders that used to be trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

Tim Yakteen brings 2 top horses to 1st Ky Derby in chargeYakteen worked two different stints earlier in his career as an apprentice under Baffert, who won’t be at the Derby on Saturday because he’s serving a 90-day suspension imposed by Kentucky racing officials. The six-time Derby winner also has been banned for two years by Churchill Downs Inc.

It may seem uncomfortable to most everyone except Yakteen.

“I wouldn’t say that I think that there’s any awkwardness there,” he said. “I just feel really lucky and fortunate.”

A surprised Yakteen took calls from the owners of Messier and Taiba asking him to train their budding stars.

“I was honored they had the confidence that I could continue to carry the torch,” he said, perched on a trunk near Messier’s stall in his Santa Anita barn.

Baffert relinquished the colts to serve the punishment handed down after last year’s Derby winner, Medina Spirit, tested positive for an anti-inflammatory medication that isn’t allowed on race day.

Baffert’s suspension bars him from Santa Anita and Yakteen said they’ve had no conversations since he took charge of Messier, the early 8-1 third choice in the Derby, and Taiba, a 12-1 shot… more on Trainer Tim Yakteen at www.thestar.com

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