Crush Keeneland with the Best Trainer Pattern Book

Rich Nilsen 13x NHC Qualifier

One score will more than pay for this book.  Our AGOS contributer Art Parker has a one-of-kind database on all the Keeneland trainers.  No one understands how these horsemen win better that Art. This year's guide is better than ever and now in a more user-friendly format.  It's a wealth of information for players wanting to attack the upcoming Keeneland meets.

Completely revamped. The 2017 Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns by Art Parker is now available.

Over 50 Trainers covered with a detailed summary of how they win!

Longshot horsemen identified for easy reference.

KEENELAND WINNING TRAINERS taps into Art Parker’s personal database and gives you the detailed pattern summaries on the 51 trainers, explaining exactly how they win at this prestigious meet.

Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns bookHow do they win? What handicapping patterns do they use?

How do they work their horses prior to victory?

Do they bring home horses at a price?

Do they score off the layoff?

What owners & jockeys do they team up with?

and much more.

Author and Agameofskill.com contributor Art Parker has taken a hard look into his comprehensive personal database to uncover the trainers that win the majority of races at the meet – the 51 Kings of Keeneland – with a close look at how they accomplish this.

This one-of-a-kind handicapping book includes three bonus handicapping articles written by veteran turf writers Art Parker and Rich Nilsen

The 2017 Annual Edition of “Keeneland Winning Trainers” is published by All Star Press LLC.
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KEENELAND WINNING TRAINER PATTERNS

Keeneland 2016 – 2016 SPRING MEET EDITION – NOW AVAILABLE

Winning Patterns on the trainers that dominate this popular meet!  Bonus Handicapping Articles.

Detailed write-ups on the 24 trainers, explaining exactly how they win at this prestigious meet.

How do they win?  What patterns do they use?

How do they work their horses prior to victory?

What owners & jockeys do they team up with?

and much more.

Keeneland Winning Trainer Pattern no longer includes boring stats on a bunch of trainers.  Instead, author Art Parker has taken a hard look into his comprehensive personal database at the trainers that win the majority of races at the meet – the 24 so-called Kings of Keeneland.

Parker’s book includes two bonus handicapping articles written by veteran turf writers Art Parker and Rich Nilsen

 “It’s a wealth of information for horseplayers serious about attacking the Keeneland meets.  One score will more than pay for this book.” – publisher Rich Nilsen

The 2016 Spring Meet Edition of “Keeneland Winning Trainers” is published by All Star Press.  

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Enhanced and streamlined book  includes detailed written analysis on the following 24 trainers:

The Kings of Keeneland

Amoss

Arnold

Asmussen

Brown

Casse

Catalano

Clement

Kenneally

Lopresti

Maker

McGaughey

McKeever

McLaughlin

McPeek

Motion

Mott

Pletcher

Proctor

Romans

Sheppard

Sims

Stall, Jr.

Stidham

Ward

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Keeneland 2016 – It’s Almost Here

By Art Parker

In just a few weeks the coolness will taper off. Some flowers will actually show signs of life and leaves will reappear on the trees. When there is no sign of precipitation and no clouds in the sky, the feeling will begin to strike you. You breathe the amazing fresh air and know that changes are coming. You think you will hear a gradual drum roll in the distance, perhaps a half-mile away.

It will not be a drum roll but the sound of hooves striking the ground in a rhythm that lets you know it is something living that makes the noise.  The amazing sky, perhaps only disfigured by the contrails of a high flying distant jet plane, leaves you convinced that some days are truly perfect. The perfect day is upon you as your mind dashes into the future, just a few days, and you see that creature with four thin legs, exploding with energy in the glorious surroundings and providing you with every reason to believe that the horse can actually run a hole in the wind. The sounds from others like you pierce the air while hearts pound faster, and even though there are winners and losers on this day, nothing can replace the fact that you are there and a part of those wonderful proceedings we call Thoroughbred racing.

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Yes, it is almost springtime, a time when horse racing is rejuvenated after cold months of moderate and often dull activity. It is the time when nothing can hold this great sport in check because it is made for the time of year when people want their thrills handed to them, not inside a structure of bricks, but outside, where more than the racing can be enjoyed. There is nothing like it, this time of year, and it will soon be here.

That perfect day reminds me of some opening days at a place called Keeneland, nestled in the heart of thoroughbred country. Even though there are tracks that run in the winter, that first day of racing in Lexington, Kentucky should be declared the official opening of racing season everywhere. My favorite way to describe Keeneland is the track “on loan from Heaven.”

Keeneland will open April 8 and run until April 29. The big features will be on April 9 with the running of the Grade One Blue Grass and the Grade One Ashland. What a wonderful place filled with great racing and superb, intelligent racing fans.

I just can’t wait.

Below is an excerpt of Parker’s Keeneland Trainers book, coming soon to AGameofSkill.com.

Kenneally, Eddie – 28 wins at Keeneland

Winning Patterns: 1st Race after Layoff of at least 45 days (8), Second career race (6),  First career race (4),

Turf-to-Main surface switch (4)

The 49 year old was born in Ireland into a family that was involved with horses. His father, uncle and brother have been in the horse business. Kenneally came to the US in 1987. He was an exercise rider and assistant trainer before he started his own stable.

Kenneally does well with horses in their run after a layoff and also first time starters. About 29 percent of his winners are runners coming off a layoff and 3/4 of those are dropping in class. When it comes to debut runners Kenneally strikes at a 14-percent rate while at Keeneland and his second time starters, all of which that have won were ridden by Corey Lanerie, do even better providing Kenneally with 22-percent of his winners. Together, Kenneally does unusually well with either first or second starters, which is definitely a pattern to look for; but keep in mind that he does not turn a rookie horse around very quick.

His winning second time starters usually come back to the track after being idle for 4-5 weeks. Keeping with his first layoff horses dropping in class, Kenneally does not strike often with horses moving up in class, in fact less than 10 perce3nt of his winners fall into that category. Kenneally can get you a price as close to 35 percent of his winners paid in double digit. As far as riders go, Kenneally’s main man is Corey Lanerie, who rode half of his winners and Julien Leparoux who piloted 36 percent of his winners. The Lally Stable has been Kenneally’s top client and cashed in on 19 percent of the trainer’s Keeneland wins.

Handicapping Tip of the Day #15 – Sneaky Trainer Entry

Take special note of the uncoupled entries

Handicapping tips from agameofskill.com

Handicapping Tip of the Day – November 17, 2015

Last time I mentioned the importance of noting blinkers changes before you begin your handicapping. The second thing I do after noting the blinker changes is to find any “uncoupled entries,” which can be a gold mine awaiting the horseplayer. An uncoupled entry occurs when a trainer has two or more horses in a race but they are not coupled, such as in 1 and 1A. The uncoupled entry runs as separate betting interests. There are no notes to alert you to this situation; you got to find them yourself.

 

Jockey and trainer at Keeneland - Copyright agameofskill.com

I go through every race to see if a trainer’s name appears more than once in each race, and when it does I place a higher priority on analyzing that race than others. The public is swift to dismiss the less appealing part of the entry based upon what’s in the running lines, and that is a huge mistake. Successful trainers do not put a horse in a race with losing being the sole intention. Also, many trainers make a living by cashing a well-planned ticket and the best way to elevate the price of one horse is by entering another that looks to be better on paper. The best time to play the high end of an uncoupled entry is when one of the entrants is taking a lot of money at the windows.

— Art Parker

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Winning Trainers at Keeneland – to date

Alpha List of Keeneland FALL 2015 wins

As of the conclusion of racing on October 18, 2015  (13 days of racing)

 

Arnold                         2

Asmussen                    4

Baker                           1

Bennett                       2

Borell                          1

Bradley                        1

Burchell                       1

Calhoun                       1

Casse                           8

Catalano                      4

Colebrook                    2

Cowan                         1

Cox, Brad                    2

Delacour                     1

Dorochenko                 1

Foley, V.                      1

Gorder                         1

Hamilton                     1

Haran                          1

Hartlage                      1

Hartman                      1

Hiles                            1

Hinsley                        1

Howard                       1

Jones, Larry                 2

Kenneally                    3

Kordenbrock                1

Kurtinecz                     1

Lopresti                       1

Lukas                           2

Lynch                           1

Maker                         1

Mason                         1

McGaughey                 1

McLaughlin                 4

McPeek                       6

McKeever                    1

Michael, B                   1

Montano                     1

Moquett                      1

Morse                          3

Motion                        2

Mott                            1

O’Connell                    1

Oliver, V                      1

O’Neill                         1

Peery                           1

Pletcher                       3

Porter                          1

Preciado                      1

Proctor                        1

Richard, Chris             4

Rivelli                          1

Romans                       5

Scherer, M                  1

Schu                             1

Sharp                           4

Stidham                       1

Sullivan                        1

Tomlinson                   2

Vance                          1

Vashchenko                 1

Von Hemel                  1

Ward, Wesley            6

Wilkes                         1

Woodward                  1

Keeneland 2015 fall trainer bookLearn how the “Kings of Keeneland” dominate this meet in Art Parker’s book.

Trainers to Know at Keeneland

 Jockey and trainer at Keeneland

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by Rich Nilsen

Several years ago Howard Battle, who for four decades served as the Racing Secretary at Keeneland, had this to say about his beloved racetrack: Keeneland should be the national park of racing.  The beauty of spring with the clean, clear air and the blooms of the pears, crab apples and dogwoods are excelled only in October by the yellows, golds, ambers, oranges and reds of the same flora. Besides the aesthetic atmosphere and multitudinous contradictions to most racing establishments — tree-lined parking, one-mile-and-a-sixteenth course, two finish lines, facing the sun, and being near the horses in their natural setting — we are still the best road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) and now the Breeders’ Cup in the fall.”

It’s true that few, if any, tracks rival Keeneland in both its beauty or history.  The Lexington, Kentucky track also offers a unique and popular race meet. Handicappers should understand the motivation of the connections (owners and trainers) as well as how the short condition book is written. With few claiming races written, the racing cards cater to the high profile barns that ship in from out of state for the short meet.  The only turf races are allowance events and stakes. To many owners, winning a race at Keeneland is equivalent to capturing multiple events at another track.

Keeneland Trainers

Many of the best barns point for this meeting and have their runners primed to run their best races. There are also many fine local Kentucky trainers, like Phil Sims and Andrew McKeever, who do well during the spring and fall meets, and knowing who they are behooves the horseplayer.  Knowing how they win is even more important.

Regular AGameofSkill.com contributor Art Parker publishes his Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns book twice a year, and going into this fall meet, he has compiled 24 trainers who he has termed, “The Kings of Keeneland.”  These two dozen trainers have dominated Keeneland over the past several years:

Tom Amoss

George Arnold

Roger Attfield

Chad Brown

Mark Casse

Wayne Catalano

Christophe Clement

Eddie Kenneally

Charles Lopresti

Michael Maker

Shug McGaughey

Andrew McKeever

Kiaran McLaughlin

Kenny McPeek

Graham Motion

Bill Mott

ToddPletcher

William Proctor

Dale Romans

Jonathan Sheppard

Phil Sims

Al Stall, Jr.

Michael Stidham

Wesley Ward

You can discover more about how the Kings of Keeneland win, day in and day out, by tapping into Art’s book, “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns – 2015 Fall Meet”

KEENELAND BONUS TIP

Pay Attention Early for a Track Bias
Pay attention to the first couple of races each day at Keeneland to determine if any bias is at play. On many days the track will play fair but, if you can catch a bias early, the rest of your day could prove very lucrative. On a day when the track is favoring speed, you’ll see the early pace horses hanging on well and closers having a difficult time making up any ground.

Look to take advantage of the 1 1/16-mile races. The starting gate for this commonly run Keeneland dirt distance is close to the first turn and the stretch run is short, making it conducive to speed horses breaking from inside posts.  Stretch runners typically do not have time to succeed with their lates run.

Also, keep in mind that when it rains, the track has a tendency to be speed favoring.

Keeneland Winning Trainer Profile: Roger Attfield

Keeneland Green LogoA Trainer Profile from the book Keeneland Winning Trainer Pattern

At age 76 Roger Attfield is doing anything but slowing down. His annual routine takes him to Gulfstream Park, Keeneland and then back home to Woodbine. And he may work in the fall meeting at Keeneland as well. The English born Attfield has received the highest racing honor on both sides of the Canadian-US border. He has been inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in both countries. He has won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Trainer in Canada a record six times. And a very impressive note in his resume is that Attfield trained three of the seven horses who have won the Canadian Triple Crown.

Scoring with first layoff runners is where Attfield excels the most. Over 62% of his winners at Keeneland have been those returning from a rest. About 18% of his winners are those in their second race after a layoff. Attfield normally works his horses 6-8 days apart with a final prep coming 3-4 days before race day. Over two-thirds of his winners have their final work at Keeneland, no matter from where he is shipping.

A large percentage of Attfield’s runners will show work (including racing) between 12-20 furlongs in the past 30 days. Longshots rarely come with a Roger Attfield entry. Of all his wins in Lexington he has only one runner that went off at more than 10-1. Three owners account for more than half of Attfield’s winners: Charles Fipke, Stella Perdomo and Harlequin Racing. Half of Attfield’s winners were ridden by either John Velazquez, Jose Lezcano or Javier Castellano.

Keeneland Winning Trainer Pattern no longer includes boring stats on a bunch of trainers.  Instead, author Art Parker has taken a hard look into his comprehensive personal database at the trainers that win the majority of races at the meet – the 24 so-called Kings of Keeneland.

Parker’s includes two bonus handicapping articles written by veteran turf writers Tom Amello and Rich Nilsen.

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KEENELAND WINNING TRAINERS

– 2015 SPRING MEET EDITION 

Keeneland_2015 Spring meetWinning Patterns on the trainers that dominate this popular meet!  Bonus Handicapping Articles.  NEW & IMPROVED! Detailed write-ups on the 18 trainers, explaining exactly how they win at this prestigious meet.

Keeneland Winning Trainer Pattern no longer includes boring stats on a bunch of trainers.  Instead, author Art Parker has taken a hard look into his comprehensive personal database at the trainers that win the majority of races at the meet – the 18 so-called Kings of Keeneland.

Parker includes two bonus handicapping articles, explaining how to take notes on winners that are great bet-againsts next time out, and how to use trainer handicapping to your advantage.

 “It’s a wealth of information for horseplayers serious about attacking the Keeneland meets.” – publisher Rich Nilsen

The 2015 Spring Meet Edition of “Keeneland Winning Trainers” is still available for a few more hours from publisher All Star Press.

Enhanced and streamlined book  includes detailed written analysis on the following 18 trainers:

The Kings of Keeneland

Tom Amoss

George “Rusty” Arnold

Mark Casse

Wayne Catalano

Christophe Clement

Eddie Kenneally

Charles Lopresti

Mike Maker

Shug McGaughey

Ken McPeek

Graham Motion

Bill Mott

Todd Pletcher

Tom Proctor

Dale Romans

Al Stall, Jr.

Michael Stidham

Wesley Ward

 

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You can put this comprehensive trainer guide on any PC or Mobile Device, and then easily look up the Kings of Keeneland when you are ready to handicap or play a race!

 

Trainer Book for Keeneland now Available

Keeneland_2015 Spring meet“Keeneland Winning Trainers – 2015 spring meet edition,” which profiles the most successful horsemen that race in Kentucky, is now available in all e-book formats, including PDF format and for the popular Kindle eReader.  It’s been completely overhauled with a brand new format.

Written by author and handicapper Art Parker, and based on Parker’s personal trainer database, “Keeneland Winning Trainers” evaluates the tendencies of successful horsemen at the prestigious horse racing meet in Lexington, KY.

This new handicapping and horse racing e-book has been released just in time for the upcoming Keeneland spring meet which begins this Friday, April 3rd. The handicapping guide has been completely overhauled and revised to cover the top trainers who dominate this meet year-in and year-out.

“We published this informational book in a user-friendly format that could be read on any eReader, smart phone or Tablet device,” explained Rich Nilsen, President of All Star Press and founder of the educational horse racing site, Agameofskill.com.

“This way, any horse racing fan can have this book’s information right at their fingertips through the mobile device of their choice,” continued Nilsen.  “If you are at Keeneland or your local track/OTB, and you are handicapping the Keeneland races, you can easily look up the winning trainers before the race. You can see how they’ve won in the past, and if the horse they are running today fits a similar profile.”

Author Art Parker analyzed the winning trainers at the Keeneland meets over the past five years to uncover familiar winning patterns. The belief, which is held by many successful horse racing handicappers, is that trainers follow similar patterns when winning.

“Only 18 trainers have accounted for over 40 percent of the winners at Keeneland since 2010,” explained Nilsen. “Knowing how these trainers win is critical to selecting winners every day in Kentucky.”

“Keeneland Winning Trainers – 2015 spring meet edition” is available direct from the publisher through retailers such as Amazon.com for the Kindle eReader and Kindle Fire. It is the only handicapping book specifically about Keeneland that is available to Kindle users.

A Profitable Idea for Trips and Trainers

Post Parade Gulfstream Park maiden race

STS at Gulfstream Park.
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by Art Parker, author of “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns

Now is the time of year to pay attention to maidens, particularly what we all call the First Time Starter (FTS). It doesn’t mean you bet on them, necessarily. It is a great time to observe them especially when they become Second Time Starters (STS). The majority of unraced horses are no longer two years old. Those two year olds remind me of human teenagers; young, stupid and unpredictable. The bottom line is that more unraced horses now have enough maturity to start racing and a poor performance is not totally attributable to youth.

The overwhelming majority of those in the FTS category fall into the STS category because only a limited number of horses can win, obviously. But those that move into the STS category often have excuses due to a bad trip in their first race. If you in any way depend upon trip handicapping or believe that horses can have excuses, then these races are the ones where you have pad and pencil ready. For the next few months there will be tons of maiden races that will yield great trip information that is invaluable.

A long time ago a coach told my football team not to underestimate our opponent in the second week of the season. “Most improvement in competitors comes between their first and second games,” he said. I believe it is true in horse racing, or at least the opportunity for the most improvement is between the first and second races of a runner’s career.

If you accept the premise that the second race may demonstrate the best improvement and a horse had a rough trip in his/her first race, then you are well on your way to cashing a ticket. Maybe.

After you made the trip notes and you feel sure that a horse is going to improve then you must look in the other notes to find the icing for the cake. The other notes tell you if the trainer is good with those we call STS, and if they are, what is their normal plan of attack?

Last week I decided to rummage through all of my Keeneland files looking for those trainers good with the STS. The following very recognizable and successful names have enjoyed multiple winners with STS at Keeneland over the last few years: Rusty Arnold, Wayne Catalano, Al Stall, Jr., Eddie Kenneally, Ken McPeek, Graham Motion, Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans, Tom Proctor and Mike Stidham. I would be proud to have any of these guys train for me. But most important is understanding how these guys do it. What are the patterns to their winning second time starters?

All but two wins from all of these trainers with STS at Keeneland came after the horse was off for at least 25 days. Many of these did not run after their debut effort for at least 35-40 days. In other words, they did not rush their horses back to the track. I couldn’t help but jump in to my Woodbine file to check out the trainer, who in my opinion, is the best STS trainer in the business-Reade Baker. I noticed the same patience is exercised by Baker.

While each horse may be different, the best trainers regardless of their record with FTS, must obviously take the time to analyze, plan and determine the very best course of action with great patience for STS. An awful lot can be learned from a horse in its first race even if the trip is a clean one.

Now let’s put it all together. A FTS has a difficult trip and you have it noted, waiting for a possible play when he/she comes back. You know it is worth the note because the trainer has a good record with STS. Also, the trainer does not rush his horses. When the day comes you make sure it all adds up. And if it does, well then you have the makings of a good spot play.

And when you cash a ticket after all of this, you realize that the practice of handicapping can be worthwhile…and is a skill-based game.