Nilsen’s Spot Plays and Belmont Stakes with Wagering Strategies

Rich Nilsen handicapperWagering Strategies & Spot Plays for 2022 by Rich Nilsen

This is Rich Nilsen’s home track and the results have showed in recent years. Nilsen gave out $34.80 winner Creator as his top pick as well as the huge exacta with Destin that returned over $260.  He followed that up the next year with top selection $12.60 Tapwrit and the exacta and trifecta!  Nilsen has picked the winner of the Belmont Stakes four of the previous five years (there was no play in 2021).

Founder of, Nilsen is the winner of 8 major handicapping tournaments and an 18-time qualifier to the multi million-dollar National Horseplayers Championship (NHC).

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If you end up doing well on Belmont Stakes day, please consider giving a donation to one of the following great organizations:

Belmont Child Care Association which supports Anna’s House and the families and children on the New York backside (  Another is Acacia Courtney’s Racing For Home, which supports ex-racehorses.


CREATOR lost his best chance when he broke from an inside post in the field of 20 and encountered a rough trip in the Kentucky Derby.  Prior to that he was ultra impressive, sweeping by the field in the G1 Arkansas Derby.  If you want to see an incredible maiden win, just go back and what this colt’s Feb. 27 score at Oaklawn, and you’ll again see the type of late kick this guy possesses.  Trainer Steve Asmussen has the son of Tapit working well for this rebound race, including a blowout 4f drill over the Belmont training track. Bred to run all day, Creator will drop back under new rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. and come rolling late at a big price. 

Testimonial from the 2017 Sheet:

“Hey Rich.. Thanks for putting me on Tapwrit !! I liked him and Gormley and Irish War Cry.

I think  #9 meantime had enough speed to compromise Irish War Cry. Have feeling that if he wasn’t in the race, Irish War Cry might have been loose on the lead ,and had enough to win.  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.

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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

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 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.

AGOS Horses to Watch: Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes

White Abarrio, recently recovered from a fever and having skipped the Fountain of Youth, came into the Florida Derby and delivered a knock-out performance.  The Saffie Joseph runner was four wide around most of the first turn and three wide into the stretch.  Charge It re-rallied after struggling on the turn.  He took dirt for the first time in his race and finished very well despite been very green in the lane.  He even switched back to his wrong lead about 100 yards from wire but kept on coming.  Simplification pressed the pace, took over briefly heading into the far turn and them ran gamely in the lane to easily hold third.  Steal Sunshine was far, far back and closed well as no-threat but galloped out huge past the wire.

California’s top jock, Flavien Prat, who recently moved his tack east took the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes aboard Zandon.  The colt was near the rear and in some traffic at the 3/8th pole but got clear running from there and finished powerfully in the final furlong.  Drew off late in front of the Keeneland grandstand.  Smile Happy was five wide around the first turn, made a nice move to the front at the top of the lane but could not hold off the fresh closer, while well clear of third.  Fenwick was well beaten in fifth but had a brutal trip, with trouble early and getting bounced around badly at the top of the stretch.  Emmanuel was clear on the early lead and had no excuse.  Commandperformance remains a maiden.

Of these two major Kentucky Derby preps, the Florida Derby appeared to be the much stronger, deeper field than the Blue Grass.