Saratoga Saturday 7/23 Analysis Now Online

Saratoga starting gateRich Nilsen’s expert analysis is now online for the first Saturday of the Saratoga meet.  This is Nilsen’s home track and he’s got you covered.  Nilsen, a 12-time NHC qualifier, gave out Creator and the monster exacta in this year’s Belmont Stakes, and every day he offers up solid picks and potential price horses at The Spa.

Friday’s Results (7/22):  4 TOP winners including the cold $100.00 late pick3 and $10.80 winner Sweet Loretta.

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2016 Belmont Stakes Analysis

with Wagering Strategies by Rich Nilsen

Get the complete analysis of the 2016 Belmont Stakes with Nilsen’s longshot top selection.  Nilsen gives out a Win wager on his top, longshot horse and has mapped out Exacta and Superfecta partwheel tickets for the big race, keying around his top two choices in the race.  This is a great betting race with 12 runners entered to face overbet favorite Exaggerator, who is currently 4/5 in the early wagering and is unlikely to drift up.

Nilsen gave out the winner of the Preakness in his last Triple Crown analysis.

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Preakness Stakes Analysis & Spot Plays

with Wagering Strategies for Saturday’s Preakness (May 2016)

Horse-by-horse analysis – expert commentary on every runner in the big race

Recommended Win wager and Trifecta wagering plays

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BONUS: Two Spot Play Selections for Pimlico, Saturday May 21, 2016

Get Rich Nilsen’s analysis of the 2016 Preakness Stakes including two spot plays on the Preakness Day undercard.   Last year, Nilsen scored with two of his three Preakness Day spot plays.  This has always been one of his favorite days of the year to play.   Nilsen used to work at Pimlico under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury.

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Grade III Gotham Stakes Analysis, Aqueduct Racetrack – 3/1/2014

The Grade III Gotham Stakes will be run tomorrow at Aqueduct, with post time set for 4:17 ET. After breaking this race down, I’m not sure that there are any true Kentucky Derby prospects in the field. That said – I feel like this could be “leg two” of what could be a truly great racing rivalry between two solid New York breds.

When looking at incremental splits, you’d have to believe Joe Rocco, Jr. will be sending In Trouble to the front. The Tony Dutrow entrant hasn’t been seen since winning the Grade II Futurity at Belmont in September, but there’s no denying that the colt has talent. After sitting close to the pace in each of his two victories as a two year old sprinting, I’d expect him to be the pacemaker while stretching out to two turns for the first time in his career. Dutrow is solid when it comes to having horses ready off reasonably long layoffs, but I’m still going to take a wait and see approach with this son of Tiz Wonderful.

 “Call me pessimistic, call me what you will – I don’t like to play horses that have a penchant for coming up short time and time again. “

Whenever Todd Pletcher has a three year old entered in a Kentucky Derby prep, you can be sure people will be talking about him. Pletcher will send out a Tapit colt named Harpoon in the Gotham, and he’s sure to attract plenty of attention at the windows. After a less-than-stellar trip in the Sam F. Davis at Tampa which resulted in a nosed out second, many said he was the horse that you should take out of that race. I’m not sold just yet…whether he was unlucky or not in the Grade III Davis, facts are facts – this horse has run second in four of his five career starts. Call me pessimistic, call me what you will – I don’t like to play horses that have a penchant for coming up short time and time again. I’ll pass on Harpoon.

Extrasexyhippzster is an interesting entrant that is shipping into Long Island from his home in Maryland, and he could very well prove to be a formidable foe in the Gotham. The Michael Trombetta trained runner has won back-t0-back  listed stakes by open lengths, and the real positive about this colt is the fact that he’s won said races over both the Aqueduct inner dirt and the main track at Laurel Park. The water is considerably deeper in this spot, but he should sit a very nice, stalking trip and could be the main threat to two horses I think are the class of the field.

Just because I don’t think there are any Kentucky Derby prospects doesn’t mean there aren’t any nice horses in this year’s Gotham. Uncle Sigh and Samraat each ran a race for the ages in the Grade III Withers at the beginning of February, and I expect each of them to run similar races here in this spot, as well. I don’t like either of their pedigrees when it comes to the ten furlongs of the Kentucky Derby, mainly because they each have Indian Charlie influences – and Indian Charlie’s best runners excel between six and eight and a half furlongs. Lucky for all of us, the Gotham is run at eight and a half furlongs. Samraat got the better of Uncle Sigh in the Withers, but I expect Uncle Sigh to turn the tables tomorrow for one major reason – the weight break. In the Withers, Uncle Sigh carried 116 pounds and Samraat carried 118 pounds, with Samraat’s final margin of victory being a length. Tomorrow’s scenario is different – Samraat will carry 123 pounds to Uncle Sigh’s 116. I’m not huge on the whole “carrying more weight” angle…at the end of the day I’m not convinced a 1,200 pound animal is going to be able to tell the difference between 126 pounds and 123 pounds. That said, when there is a seven pound weight break between two horses that were so close in their prior race, I can’t help but think the weight difference is beneficial to Uncle Sigh. I like Uncle Sigh to win the Grade III Gotham at Aqueduct.

SELECTION: #4 – Uncle Sigh, Corey Nakatani; ML 3-1

Matt Bernier picMatt Bernier was the youngest qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC) this past year and he is one of the stars of the Esquire series Horseplayers.  This is his first guest post for Agameofskill.com

Saturday’s Big Breeders’ Cup Analysis by Rich Nilsen

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“In this brief but concise report, I provide selections for each and every Breeders’ Cup race, as well as pace and race scenario analysis which is critical for predicting the outcomes of these events.

Spot Plays are my best bets and key wagering horses for the big weekend. Picking your spots is key to profiting on the races, especially when it comes to the Breeders’ Cup. The opportunities are plentiful but you improve your chances by selecting key spot plays and focusing most of your bets on those plays.

Set aside a budget for these two days and be sure to have plenty of ammunition for the bigger of the two days, Saturday. Best of luck!”

BC Logo for 2013   Last Year’ Highlights:

   Last year on BC Saturday, I was fortunate to give out TOP selections Trinniberg ($29.40, along with a  COLD $203.40 Exacta) and Mizdirection ($15.80), Groupie Doll, plus two underneath value plays, Tapizar and Fort  Larned, at $32.60 and $20.80!  

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Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Analysis with Spot Plays by Rich Nilsen

Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Analysis with Spot Plays by handicapper and A Game of Skill founder Rich Nilsen now online. This sheet includes selections for all of the Cup races on November 1, 2013, including two spot play wagering recommendations!  Rich has two longshots that he thinks have a big, big chance on day one of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships

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Last year on BC Saturday, Rich gave out TOP selections Trinniberg ($29.40, along with a COLD $203.40 Exacta) and Mizdirection ($15.80), plus two underneath value plays, Tapizar and Fort Larned, at $32.60 and $20.80!  

Nilsen’s Breeders’ Cup Analysis coming Wednesday

This week I will be offering my analysis for the Breeders’ Cup races, held Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita.   Check back here by Wednesday evening.

Last year I loved Saturday’s card and fortunately things came together beautifully, as both top choices Trinniberg and Mizdirection upset their respective races. As part of the full-card analysis, I recommended 5 spot plays/wagering suggestions, and this is how it turned out.

2012 recap of the Saturday Breeders’ Cup Spot Plays analysis from AGameofSkill.com founder Rich Nilsen.

Race 4                   Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Top pick 4-1 Noble Tune finished 2nd. No spot play given.

Race 5                   Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare

Top choice Groupie Doll won, paying $3.40. Spot play – recommended keying her in multi-race wagers. $12.00 Exacta wager given out.

Race 6                   Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

3rd choice Tapizar scored big upset to the tune of $32.60. No spot play given.

Race 7                   Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Spot play and Top choice Mizdirection won to the tune of $15.80, $7.40, $5.00. Recommended using in multi-race wagers and betting her across the board. Ending Pick-4 wager paid $1,757.65 for a buck.

Race 8                   Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

3rd choice Shanghai Bobby won. No spot play given.

Race 9                   Breeders’ Cup Turf

Spot play and top choice Point Of Entry ran 2nd.  Recommend using over Little Mike (among others) in an exacta.

Race 10                  Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Spot play and Top choice Trinniberg scored to the tune of $29.40, $13.20, $11.00.    This included a huge $203.40 exacta given out cold with 2nd choice The Lumber Guy!

Race 11                  Breeders’ Cup Mile

3rd choice Wise Dan wins.  No spot play given.

Race 12                  Breeders’ Cup Classic

3rd choice Fort Larned win, paying $20.80. Trifecta paid $713.80.  Spot play using Flat Out lost.

Recap of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Selections from AGameofSkill.com

TRINNIBERG, Breeders' Cup Sprint winner.

TRINNIBERG, Breeders' Cup Sprint winner. copyright Dennis Donohue.

Horse racing handicapping is a game of skill. Period.  Experienced horseplayers have an edge over less experienced players, but the beautiful thing about this sport is that one is always learning. Even the novice player can “out-handicap” or I should say outperform the more experienced horseplayer on any given day.  There is always something to learn in this game and there are always ways to improve one’s handicapping.

Last weekend (Nov. 2-3) I offered my Breeders’ Cup analysis in a paid format for the first time ever. I didn’t like the Friday card and the results showed that. I warned readers to tread lightly on Friday for that very reason.

However, I loved Saturday’s card and fortunately things came together as hoped. As part of the full-card analysis, I also recommended 5 spot plays/wagering suggestions.

Here is a recap of the Saturday Breeders’ Cup Spot Plays analysis.

Race 4                   Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Top pick 4-1 Noble Tune finished 2nd. No spot play given.

Race 5                   Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare

Top choice Groupie Doll won, paying $3.40. Spot play – recommended keying her in multi-race wagers. $12.00 Exacta wager given out.

Race 6                   Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

3rd choice Tapizar scored big upset to the tune of $32.60. No spot play given.

Race 7                   Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Spot play and Top choice Mizdirection won to the tune of $15.80, $7.40, $5.00. Recommended using in multi-race wagers and betting her across the board. Ending Pick-4 wager paid $1,757.65 for a buck.

Race 8                   Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

3rd choice Shanghai Bobby won. No spot play given.

Race 9                   Breeders’ Cup Turf

Spot play and top choice Point Of Entry ran 2nd.  Recommend using over Little Mike (among others) in an exacta.

Race 10                  Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Spot play and Top choice Trinniberg scored to the tune of $29.40, $13.20, $11.00.     Also, huge $203.40 exacta given out cold with 2nd choice The Lumber Guy! I have a new favorite horse and his name is Trinniberg.

Race 11                  Breeders’ Cup Mile

3rd choice Wise Dan wins.  No spot play given.

Race 12                  Breeders’ Cup Classic

3rd choice Fort Larned win, paying $20.80. Trifecta paid $713.80.  Spot play using Flat Out lost.

Spot Plays, Selections & Key Wagering Strategies for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

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The $2 Million National Handicapping Championship (NHC) is the premier horse racing tournament in the nation. It is basically horse racing’s version of the World Series of Poker, with the main difference being that players cannot buy their way into the NHC. Players can only win their way in via tournaments held throughout the country. Nilsen is one of the top participants in the history of the event, having qualified 10 times. He was the first player, and one of only two, to finish in the top 10 at the NHC twice. Nilsen has worked the past 19 years in the horse racing industry, after having graduated from the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program in 1992.