The Saratoga Horse Racing Getaway

By Rich Nilsen

Not only will the finest Thoroughbred racing of the summer take place at Saratoga, but the upstate New York location is one of the best vacation getaways in the country. There’s plenty to do both before and after the races in the Adirondack region, so let’s take a peek at what is available to the lucky fans who get to venture north to one of the beautiful areas of the country.

Saratoga is a town of just over 27,000 inhabitants that lies 30 minutes north of Albany airport on Route 87. For six weeks out of the year, the area comes alive as racing enthusiasts converge from all over into the little city.

Hotels rates more than triple during this peak season, but there are two affordable alternatives. The first is to stay in Albany or Glen Falls, both nearby locations. Or, for adventurous souls, camping is available at several closer sites. Reservations should be made as soon as possible, regardless of where you will stay.

Saratoga canopy walk through As for racing-related activities, the best is the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Located one block from Saratoga racetrack, the museum is devoted to U.S. racing history and the lineage of horses who competed here. There are tons of trophies and photographs among the many exhibits, and a free movie is offered to visitors. Inside the entrance of the museum is one of the finest gift shops ever devoted to racing.  It’s not big but it’s jam-packed with many great items.  The doors open at 9 a.m. during the racing season and admission is $7.

Another recommended activity is breakfast at Saratoga racetrack.  With binoculars in one hand and a fork in the other, you can gaze at the beautiful Thoroughbreds at work while enjoying a fabulous meal. Does it get any better? An announcer usually narrates during the morning activities. There is no dress code, so any attire will do. Also, backstretch tours are available each morning.  The walking tours are every day, expect Travers, cost $3 per person and begin at 9:30am.

For those of you who can’t get enough of the horses or gambling in general, Saratoga Harness, runs the entire month of August with a post time of 7:05 p.m.  The only dark days are Sunday and Monday.  This year marks the 75th annual race meet.

Evenings are the perfect time for non-racing related activities.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 50th Golden Anniversary this year.  With its large, covered amphitheater, the SPAC features various types of entertainers, from pop and rock groups to classical ensembles. The National Museum of Dance and the Yaddo Gardens are two other popular attractions in Saratoga, especially for the ladies who are accompanying you to the region.

A trip here is not complete without an evening stroll through downtown Saratoga, browsing through the many stores.  There are numerous good bars and restaurants, including the Old Bryan Inn, which I highly recommend.

Several fun events are scheduled during Travers Week, August 27. Taste of NY: Craft Beer is on the Friday before the Travers and, not surprisingly, a very popular event. “Street Fest,” which offers live entertainment and performances, runs from Wednesday through Saturday each night in downtown.  The downtown is ‘hoppin’ and it’s a must visit for every racegoer.

The town of Lake George is less than 40 minutes away and is highly recommended for anyone visiting the Adirondack region. Fort William Henry, which played a big role in the French & Indian War, lies in the heart of the town overlooking the beautiful, crystal-clear lake that stretches for about 30 miles.

Besides sun-tanning or swimming on the local beaches, Lake George offers various water activities, including parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, boat tours and steamboat trips. The main strip in Lake George has too many stores to count, as well as many excellent restaurants with great views. There are also outlet stores in the area that are ideal for a spouse who doesn’t share the same enthusiasm for racing.  One of the best is the outlet center just off the N.Y. Thruway, entering into the Lake George area.

There is little doubt why visitors keep coming back year after year to the Adirondack region. Not only is the setting of upstate New York beautiful, but there are numerous activities to complement a fabulous race meet.  If you have never been there, make plans to experience Saratoga and everything the region has to offer.

 

— Rich Nilsen, a native New Yorker, has written a report “Beat Saratoga – 7 Tips to Turning a Profit.”  Download it today

 

Saratoga Analysis Now Available

Rich Nilsen handicapperAGOS Founder and 12-time NHC qualifier Rich Nilsen is offering his selections, analysis and spot plays for Friday’s opening day card at Saratoga.  The report is now online.  Nilsen’s analysis has full card picks plus two spots plays (best bets) on the Friday card.

Included in his report is an expert pace analysis for each race on the card.

In Nilsen’s only two analysis this year, he nailed both the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.  His top selection of Creator in the Belmont keyed a huge exacta payoff given out on the sheet.

Only $7.95.  Download this full card report to any device.

Buy Now

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

Includes Wagers for both a wet track and a dry track.

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.

Preakness Day coverage includes:

Top selection, Contenders, Pace Analysis and recommended wagers

Two Spot Play (Best Bet) selections for the undercard – races 5 and 12.
Buy Now
Download now to any device – only $9.97 for the 10-page report

Preakness 2016

2015 Breeders’ Cup Analysis & Spot Plays

AGameofSkill.com founder and 12-time NHC qualifier Rich Nilsen is back with his in-depth analysis of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.  In this report you get all of his picks for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup along with spot plays and suggested wagering strategies.   There are plenty of charlatans out there charging $50 or more and making ridiculous promises.   Get this affordable and professional report today.

You don’t want to miss this report as Rich has crushed the Cup in past years (see last year’s recap below).  Thank you for looking.

Only $12.97 for Instant Download

Buy Now

Breeders Cup 2015 analysis2014 Recap:

Four of the five Spot Plays given out on the Breeders’ Cup Analysis by AGameofSkill founder Rich Nilsen won and won big.  The highlight was the top selection Work All Week, who upset the Breeders’ Cup Sprint to the tune of $40.20 and keyed the trifecta play given out on the sheet which paid a whopping $1,064.70 (for every $1 increment).

Nilsen’s first Spot Play of the day was Dayathespa, who cruised to an easy win in the Filly & Mare Turf and paid a generous $13.00 to Win and $6.60 to Place.

The next Spot Play was the recommended Win wager on Bobby’s Kitten in the Turf Sprint.  The cutback runner for trainer Chad Brown returned $16.40.

Next up from Nilsen was the $64.80 exacta with Main Sequence over Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

In the very next race WORK ALL WEEK took the Sprint, paying $40.20 and $18.40, hitting the big trifecta, and completing an $1,814.70 Pick-3 for those who used Nilsen’s top 3 selections.

SAMPLE ANALYSIS FROM THE 2014 REPORT

FILLY & MARE TURF ANALYSIS

PACE SCENARIO: Dayatthespa is the clear lone speed in this 1 1/4 mile race.  The daughter of City Zip stretches out off a 1 mile win at Keeneland and she will take this field as far as she can under crafty rider Javier Castellano.  She won a grade one easily at 9 furlongs, finishing the last 1/8th in a sizzling :11.2.  The euro invader offering the best value is Fiesolana.

Spot Play? Play # 4 Dayatthespa to Win and Place.

Selections:

1st- # 4 Dayatthespa (8/1)

2nd- # 6 Fiesolana (8/1)

3rd- # 3 Dank (5/2)

4th- #10 Stephanie’s Kitten (3/1)

SPRINT ANALYSIS

PACE SCENARIO: A fast pace is ensured in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Fast Anna and Work All Week the speed of the speed.  The older horse, Work All Week, will sit right off the flank off the sophomore colt to his inside before taking over.  Undefeated on fast dirt in 7 attempts, Work All Week doesn’t have to carry his racetrack with him and the win machine could be this good for Midwest Thoroughbreds.

Spot Play? Play #13 Work All Week to Win and Place. Play a trifecta partwheel #5, 13 with #5, 13 with ALL.  Trifecta partwheel #5, 13 with ALL with #5, 13.

Selections:

1st- #13 Work All Week (10/1)

2nd- # 5 Private Zone (6/1)

3rd- # 8 Palace (6/1)

4th- # 6 Rich Tapestry (5/1)

5th – #10 Big Macher (12/1)

Get Nilsen’s Analysis for 2015 here: 
Buy Now

12x NHC Player’s Belmont Stakes Analysis

includes 2 Spot Plays for the Undercard

Longshot Play for the G1 Acorn Stakes!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Download the expert selections from a 5-time handicapping tournament winner and 12-time NHC qualifier for the Belmont Stakes.

Triple Crown trophyRich Nilsen’s analysis includes exacta and trifecta wagering strategies for the big race.  Nilsen believes that, along with the proper wagering strategy, this could be an excellent wagering opportunity.

Rich also has two Spot Plays (aka Best Bets) on the undercard, one of which in particular will offer up a HUGE price in their respective race.  The other is a STRONG Single for the Pick-4 wager.  Nilsen has a bomber on top for the wide-open Acorn Stakes, arguably the best betting race of the entire day.

Nilsen’s Belmont Analysis includes commentary on all 8 runners, detailed pace analysis and wagering strategies.

Buy Now Only $7.97 for the Belmont Stakes Analysis + 2 Spot Plays – CLICK HERE

 

There are pretenders out there who will charge $50 or more for their Belmont Stakes Day analysis, while at the same time promising ridiculous riches.  Throw that trash where it belongs!

Preakness Analysis, 3 Spot Plays & Black-Eyed Susan Bonus

with Wagering Strategies for Saturday’s Preakness

Recommended Win wager, Trifecta plays & Late Daily Double

BONUS: 3 Spot Play Selections for Pimlico, Saturday May 16, 2015…AND bonus coverage of Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, a great betting race!

Get Rich Nilsen’s analysis of the 2015 Preakness Stakes including 3 spot plays on the Preakness Day undercard.  Order now and get his analysis of the Black-Eyed Susan for free.

Preakness Day coverage includes:

Top selection, Contenders, Pace Analysis and recommended wagers

3 Spot Play (Best Bet) selections for the undercard – races 6, 7, and 14.
Buy Now Only $8.97 – Instant Download to any device

Preakness 2015 logo small

 

Nilsen Crushes it with Breeders’ Cup Analysis

Breeders CupFour of the five Spot Plays given out on the Breeders’ Cup Analysis by AGameofSkill founder Rich Nilsen won and won big.  The highlight was the top selection Work All Week, who upset the Breeders’ Cup Sprint to the tune of $40.20 and keyed the trifecta play given out on the sheet which paid a whopping $1,064.70 (for every $1 increment).

Nilsen’s first Spot Play of the day was lone speed play Dayathespa, who cruised to an easy win in the Filly & Mare Turf and paid a generous $13.00 to Win and $6.60 to Place.

The next Spot Play was the recommended Win wager on Bobby’s Kitten in the Turf Sprint.  The cutback runner for trainer Chad Brown returned $16.40.

Third choice Texas Red romped in the Juvenile and paid $29.80, but no Spot Play wager was given out for this race.

The third Spot Play from Nilsen was the $64.80 exacta with Main Sequence over Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

In the very next race WORK ALL WEEK took the Sprint, paying $40.20 and $18.40, hitting the big trifecta, and completing an $1,814.70 Pick-3 for those who used Nilsen’s top 3 selections.

In only two races did Nilsen not list the winner – the nearly-impossible-to-pick Take Charge Brandi and Karakontie.

FILLY & MARE TURF ANALYSIS

PACE SCENARIO: Dayatthespa is the clear lone speed in this 1 1/4 mile race.  The daughter of City Zip stretches out off a 1 mile win at Keeneland and she will take this field as far as she can under crafty rider Javier Castellano.  She won a grade one easily at 9 furlongs, finishing the last 1/8th in a sizzling :11.2.  The euro invader offering the best value is Fiesolana.

Spot Play? Play # 4 Dayatthespa to Win and Place.

Selections:

1st- # 4 Dayatthespa (8/1)

2nd- # 6 Fiesolana (8/1)

3rd- # 3 Dank (5/2)

4th- #10 Stephanie’s Kitten (3/1)

SPRINT ANALYSIS

PACE SCENARIO: A fast pace is ensured in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Fast Anna and Work All Week the speed of the speed.  The older horse, Work All Week, will sit right off the flank off the sophomore colt to his inside before taking over.  Undefeated on fast dirt in 7 attempts, Work All Week doesn’t have to carry his racetrack with him and the win machine could be this good for Midwest Thoroughbreds.

Spot Play? Play #13 Work All Week to Win and Place. Play a trifecta partwheel #5, 13 with #5, 13 with ALL.  Trifecta partwheel #5, 13 with ALL with #5, 13.

Selections:

1st- #13 Work All Week (10/1)

2nd- # 5 Private Zone (6/1)

3rd- # 8 Palace (6/1)

4th- # 6 Rich Tapestry (5/1)

5th – #10 Big Macher (12/1)

Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Analysis from Top NHC Player

NOW ONLINE!

Get professional Breeders’ Cup insight from 12-time NHC qualifier, 5-time major tournament winner, and AGameofSkill.com founder Rich Nilsen. In this concise 13-page report, Nilsen provides selections for each and every Breeders’ Cup race, as well as pace and race scenario analysis which is vital for predicting the outcomes of these events.  Six of Nilsen’s top selections are 8/1 morning line or higher, and five of them are his recommended spot plays.

Buy Now
– Only $9.97 for all 9 races. Instant PDF download to any device with quick-and-easy PayPal payment

Spot Plays are Nilsen’s best bets and key wagering horses for racing’s biggest day. Picking your spots and finding value are key to profiting on the races, especially when it comes to the Breeders’ Cup, which is the best wagering day of the year. The opportunities are plentiful but you improve your chances by selecting key spot plays and focusing most of your bets on those plays.  This sheet will help you do just that.

Be sure to set aside a budget for these two days and be sure to have plenty of ammunition for the bigger of the two days, Saturday, when there are no less than 9 championship races. Best of luck!

 Prior Highlights:

 In 2012 at Santa Anita I gave out TOP selections Mizdirection ($15.80) and Trinniberg ($29.40, along with the COLD $203.40 Exacta), Groupie Doll, plus two underneath value plays, Tapizar and Fort  Larned, at $32.60 and $20.80!  

Saturday’s Big Breeders’ Cup Analysis by Rich Nilsen

NOW ONLINE!

Get professional Breeders’ Cup insight from 10-time NHC qualifier and AGameofSkill.com founder Rich Nilsen in this annual sheet.

Buy Now – Only $9.97 for all 9 races. Instant PDF download to any device with quick-and-easy PayPal payment

“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!  

Click here for Saturday’s sheet

Click here for Friday’s sheet

 

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

Buy Now Only $4.97 for Friday’s full card.  Instant download through PayPal.

Saturday’s sheet coming later today.

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!