Handicapping Hour for Oaklawn Park with FREE Pace Chart

Guest Richard Nilsen of AGameofSkill.com

I had the pleasure of joining my friends Mark and Steve Simonvic on their weekly Oaklawn Handicapping Hour to discuss the Saturday card in Hot Springs, AR for Saturday, February 17, 2024. We go over the full 10-race card at Oaklawn as well as discuss this weekend’s Tampa Bay Downs and Hawthorne Racecourse handicapping tournaments.  Below is a complimentary pace chart to see how the races are forecasted to set up on Saturday.

Fast track expected.

Saturday’s free pace chart for Oaklawn horse races:

Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 3 5-2 4-6-8 7-1
Race 2
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 1-2 6-3 9-7-5 4 8
Race 3
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 2-5-4 1-6 3-8-7
Race 4
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest *3 8-10-2 9-5-6-1 4-7
Race 5
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 1 4-2 5-3-8 6-7
Race 6
8 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 9 4-8-10 5-1-2-7 6-1A-3
Race 7
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Unknown 6 9-7 5-4-1 2-3-8
Race 8
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 1 8-3-2 4-9-7-5 6-10-11
Race 9
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 3-1 6-8 5-2-4 7
Race 10
9.00 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 4-9 3-7 8-10-5-1 2-6

 

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Handicapping past performances PPsWagering on horse racing for newbies can be a fun and exciting way to get involved in the sport. Few sports match the thrill of cheering on your horse down the stretch!

If you are new to horse racing, here are the basic steps to follow:

Understand the types of bets: There are many types of bets you can place in horse racing, including win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, and more. Each bet has different odds and payouts, so be sure to understand the rules and risks of each bet.

Do your research for each horse race: Before placing a bet, research the horses, jockeys, trainers, and other factors that can influence the outcome of the race. Look at past performance, track conditions, and other key factors.  Agameofskill.com has a plethora of great articles to help you learn the game of handicapping.

How To Wager on Horse Racing

Find a reputable horse racing track or online betting site: You can either visit a local horse racing track or use an online betting site to place your bets. Be sure to do your research and choose a reputable and licensed provider. Do not use an off-shore bookie.

Place your bet: Once you have chosen the horse you want to bet on and the type of bet you want to place, place your bet with the bookmaker or online betting site. Start with win wagers, the simpliest bet at the track.

Watch the race: Sit back and watch the race to see if your horse wins or places. If you win, collect your payout from the track or online betting site.

Remember to only bet what you can afford to lose, and to always gamble responsibly. Good luck, take your time learning the game of horse racing and have fun!

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!

SARATOGA – FRIDAY, AUG 26, 2022
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

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

FREE Pace Chart for Saturday, March 12 – Tampa Bay Derby Day

Pace makes the race!

Saturday is the big day of racing at Tampa Bay Downs.  Rain is expected most of the morning so please check conditions. Utilize this complimentary pace chart to help you envision how each of the races will set up in each race on March 12, 2022.   Always remember to wager within your comfort level and pick your spots. Best of luck!

Tampa Bay Derby Day – March 12, 2022
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest *2 4-1 5-3-6
Race 2
6.50 Furlongs / Dirt Slow 6-5 4-2 7-1-3
Race 3
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Unknown 8 5-4-2 6-9-1-12 11 3-7-10-13
Race 4
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 3-9 1-10-8 13-5-2-7 4-11-6-14-12
Race 5
8.18 Furlongs / Dirt Slow 7 1-6-4-8 2 5 3
Race 6
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Unknown 2 5-10-11 12 3-4-1-6-7-8-9-13
Race 7
9.00 Furlongs / Turf Honest 3 4-9 1-2-6 5-7-8
Race 8
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 1 8-7-5 9-10-4-3 6-2
Race 9
8.50 Furlongs / Turf Slow/Modest 7 5-1 6-2-9 4-8 3
Race 10
8 Furlongs / Turf Fast 2-5 7-10-3 4-8-1-9 6
Race 11
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 4 2-1-5 8-9-7-3 10-6-11-12
Race 12
8 Furlongs / Turf Fast 7 4-3-8 2-6-11-5 12-13-9-14 1-10

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Santa Anita Pace Chart for Saturday, March 5

Pace makes the race!

Today is a huge day of racing at Santa Anita. 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 March 5, 2022.   Always remember to wager within your comfort level and pick your spots. Best of luck!

Santa Anita – March 5, 2022
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
6.50 Furlongs / Turf Fast 11-10 3-4-9 7-5-6 1-13-12-8-2
Race 2
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Unknown 7 2-3-4-1-5-6
Race 3
5.50 Furlongs / Turf Modest 6 5-3-2-7 1-4 8
Race 4
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast *1 5-3-6 4-9 8-7
Race 5
8 Furlongs / Turf Fast 5 2-10-11 8-9-1-3 4-7-6
Race 6
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 6 3 5-4-7 1-2
Race 7
8 Furlongs / Turf Modest 1 5-9-3 2-6 8 4-7
Race 8
6.50 Furlongs / Turf Fast 11 3-8-9 1-10-13-7 4-5-2-6-12
Race 9
8 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 3 6-4 5-1
Race 10
8 Furlongs / Turf Fast 3-11-2 5-7-6-9 10-12-1 4-8
Race 11
10.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 2-4 5-6-8 3-1 7

Trainer Falcone Discusses Race Placement Strategy and More

Trainer Robert Falcone, Jr. is tied for third in the Aqueduct winter meet trainer standings with seven wins heading into Sunday’s card. 

The 28-year-old conditioner enjoyed stakes success in December at the Big A with John Grossi’s Racing Corp.’s Maiden Beauty, who notched a gate-to-wire 3 3/4-length score in the nine-furlong Bay Ridge.

But Falcone, Jr. has also profited in the claiming ranks, including with Miss Peppina, who was claimed from the conditioner for $14,000 out of a nose score in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint January 9 at the Big A.

“No one wants to stand in the cold and lose,” Falcone, Jr. said. “Miss Peppina won for $14,000 last week and she just got up. If I ran her for $25,000, she’s not going to win.

“You spot them in the right spots because you want to win races, but you’re going to end up losing horses when you do that,” Falcone, Jr. added. “I had 29 horses here at one point and now I have 20.”

Falcone, Jr., who also has a small string out in California, said he is doing his best to put his horses in winnable spots this winter.

“Keep them happy and spot ‘em where they can win. If you’re the favorite, it means you’re in the right spot,” Falcone, Jr. said. “The toughest part is replacing them when you’re a claiming outfit and you don’t have ten 2-year-olds coming in every year. To get one back in the claim box isn’t easy, you’re shaking five-ways, six-ways, but you want to win races and show people that your barn is capable of winning. If you protect them, you’ll keep running third and fourth.”

the Big A race horseJohn Grossi’s Racing Corp.’s Empty Tomb worked a half-mile in 52 flat Friday over the Belmont dirt training track in preparation for a possible start in Saturday’s $100,000 Jazil, a nine-furlong test for older horses at the Big A.

Empty Tomb, a 6-year-old son of Speightstown, set a pressured pace last out in the nine-furlong Queens Country, relinquishing the lead late to 42-1 upset winner Forewarned, who is probable for the Jazil.

Falcone, Jr. said he on the fence regarding the Jazil with the $125,000 Stymie, a one-mile for older horses on February 26, a long-term target.

“He’s doing good. He came out the race good and worked well. I’m still on the fence with him [regarding the Jazil],” Falcone, Jr. said. “I’m not sure a mile and an eighth is really his preferred distance. Even if I do run here, the race I really want to run him in is the Stymie. I think the one-turn mile suits him perfectly.

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“He walked yesterday and jogged today. He’s doing good. He’s on the muscle. He’s ready to run again,” Falcone, Jr. added. “I don’t have a problem with running him. I’m just trying to figure out what’s best for the long term.”

Falcone, Jr. said Maiden Beauty, a 6-year-old Revolutionary bay, will target the one-mile $100,000 Biogio’s Rose for older New York-bred fillies and mares on March 6 at the Big A.

“She’s doing really good. She’s such an easy horse to deal with,” Falcone, Jr, said. “She has a lot of class. She’s an easy horse to train and real sound.”

Maiden Beauty entered the Bay Ridge just 11 days after a neck score in a one-mile optional-claiming event on December 19 at the Big A.

Falcone, Jr. said Maiden Beauty, who he claimed for $45,000 from Tony Dutrow in June at Belmont, could look for a similar prep ahead of the Biogio’s Rose.

“When she ran in the ‘2X’ both times at Aqueduct with Tony last year, he ran her for the tag and that’s how we were able to run her in the allowance before the stakes without the tag,” Falcone, Jr. said. “She’s still eligible for the ‘3X’ without the tag. Depending on when the race is written in the next book, I may go for the ‘3X’ and then go to the Biogio’s Rose.”

Sanford J. Goldfarb, Irwin Goldfarb and Nice Guys Stables’ Kept Waiting will make her dirt debut in Race 7 on Thursday, an open seven-furlong allowance for older fillies and mares.

The 5-year-old Broken Vow bay, bred in the Empire State by John Lauriello, boasts a career record of 9-3-3-1, all on turf, including a five-length romp last out December 2 sprinting six furlongs at the Big A. 

“She works good on dirt and does it easily in hand. She has the speed to be close and we figured we’d give her a shot on the dirt,” Falcone, Jr. said. “If she does handle the dirt the way she trains in the morning, there’s no reason she doesn’t have a shot to hit the board.”

Falcone, Jr. claimed Kept Waiting for $40,000 in September 2020 out of a runner-up effort in a maiden claiming tilt at Belmont. She graduated at first asking for new connections on the Belmont turf and two starts later notched a state-bred allowance win over the same course in April.

“If she does take to the dirt OK, we only have one more start and then the turf isn’t that far away,” Falcone, Jr. said. 

Kept Waiting will exit post 4 under Kendrick Carmouche.

Del Mar Pace Chart for Closing Day – Nov. 28

Pace makes the race!

There are mandatory payouts today on closing day at Del Mar. Utilize this complimentary pace chart to help you envision how each of the races will set up at Del Mar, November 28, 2021.   Always remember to wager within your comfort level and pick your spots. Best of luck!

DEL MAR – Closing day, Nov. 28, 2021
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
9.00 Furlongs / Turf Honest 3 5-2 4-6-1
Race 2
8 Furlongs / Dirt Modest *3 5-4 2-1-6 7-8
Race 3
8 Furlongs / Turf Honest/Fast 7-3 1-2-4 5-9-8-10 11
Race 4
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Unknown 7 2-3-4-1-5-6
Race 5
8 Furlongs / Turf Slow 7-1 13-11 10-5-4-6 2-12-8 3-9-14
Race 6
8 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 6 4-2 7-5-1 3
Race 7
8 Furlongs / Turf Slow/Modest 5-1 6-3 2-4
Race 8
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest *2 4-6 5-3-1 8-9 7
Race 9
9.00 Furlongs / Turf Honest/Fast 10 7-13-5 3-6-8-12 2-1-9-11

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Fair Grounds Pace Chart for Opening Day – Thanksgiving, Nov. 25

Pace makes the race!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  Utilize this complimentary pace chart to help you envision how each of the races will set up on opening day at Fair Grounds, Thursday, November 25, 2021.   Always remember to wager within your comfort level and pick your spots. Best of luck!

FAIR GROUNDS, Nov. 25, 2021
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest *3 9-11-6 7-10-8-2 1-5-4
Race 2
8 Furlongs / Turf Honest/Fast 2 11-6-4 5-7-1-9 10-12-3-8
Race 3
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 7-1-11 5-10-6 9-3-8 4-2
Race 4
8.50 Furlongs / Turf Fast 3-7 5 6-9-2-8 1-4
Race 5
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Honest 3 2 1-5-4-7 6
Race 6
9.00 Furlongs / Turf Fast 6-5 9-4 3-2-1-7 11-8-10
Race 7
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 6-5 7-4 3 1-2
Race 8
8.50 Furlongs / Turf Modest 2-8 6-5-7 3-1-9-10 11-4
Race 9
5.50 Furlongs / Dirt Likely Fast 4 7-1-9 8-5-13-10 3-6-11-12-2-14-1A-2B

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Tampa Bay Downs Pace Chart for Opening Day – Wed., Nov. 24

Pace makes the race!

Utilize this complimentary pace chart to help you envision how each of the races will set up on opening day at Tampa Bay Downs, Wednesday, November 24, 2021.   Wager within your comfort level, pick your spots and best of luck!

Tampa Bay Downs — Nov., 24, 2021
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest *1 8-5 4-6-7 2-9-3
Race 2
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 10 4-1-12 8-6-3-2 11-13-7-14-9 5
Race 3
8 Furlongs / Turf Slow 4-10 3-5-8 12-2-6-11 9-13-1 7
Race 4
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 6-7 2-13 10-4-5-12 1-3-11-9-14-8
Race 5
8.50 Furlongs / Turf Modest 2-4 7-3-1 6-10-5-8 9
Race 6
7.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 2 10-6 7-3-4-9-8 1-5
Race 7
8.50 Furlongs / Turf Honest/Fast 3-2-4 1-9 5-10-8 7-6
Race 8
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Fast *4 2-3-1 7-9-10-5 6-8-11
Race 9
8 Furlongs / Turf Modest 8 7-3-4-2 6-1-11 5-10-9-13-12-14

 

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