Shhh ! It’s A Secret

Kentucky Derby Winner RICH STRIKE is not running in the Preakness in order to rest up for the Belmont Stakes. Regardless, the 147th running of the $1.5 million dollar Grade 1 Preakness May 21st at Pimlico should still be an exceptionally exciting race. Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks Winner SECRET OATH will attempt to become the seventh filly in history to Win the race, following in the footsteps of … Continue reading Shhh ! It’s A Secret

Preakness Trends

The $1.5 million, Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course is the second leg of U.S Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, taking place just two weeks after the fabled Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. But what a difference two weeks makes in how horseplayers approach handicapping the two races. The Preakness in contrast to the Derby receives considerably less attention from a trends and angles perspective, with … Continue reading Preakness Trends

No Triple Crown

As the horse racing faithful are, no doubt, already aware, Kentucky Derby Winner RICH STRIKE will bypass the May 21st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in favor of a run in the June 11th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, announced owner Rick Dawson on Friday. “Our original plan for RICH STRIKE was contingent on the Kentucky Derby,” Dawson said in a release. “Should we not run in … Continue reading No Triple Crown

Preakness Basics

The Kentucky Derby, as wonderful as it was, is over. As is the mindset for most horse-players; onto the next race. The Preakness Stakes, even with 146 years of history behind it, is an incredibly modern event- half elite day of horse racing, half festival. The middle jewel of the Triple Crown has evolved into a destination event for sports and music fans across the country. If … Continue reading Preakness Basics

A Ride For The Ages

The outcome of the Kentucky Derby was, (how to be kind?) highly improbable. But, to quote Al Michaels announcing a certain hockey game; “DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!” An 80-1 shot named RICH STRIKE, Won the GI Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs. But how, in the name of SECRETARIAT, did he do it? RICH STRIKE certainly benefitted from a pace meltdown, ran the race … Continue reading A Ride For The Ages

He Shoots, He Scores!

Here is the 2nd half of the 2022 Kentucky Derby field which includes the late scratch of ETHEREAL ROAD and his replacement. 11. PIONEER OF MEDINA [ML 30-1] Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Jockey: Joe Bravo. He was 3rd in the Louisiana Derby after pressing the pace, which is promising, but without a Stakes Win to his credit, he is just another longshot here chasing the connections Derby … Continue reading He Shoots, He Scores!

Derby Field- First 10

The road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby began on September 18th, 2021, and ended on April 16th, 2022. All told, there were 37 prep races that carried qualifying points. During the points era, Derby results have become remarkably consistent. After success in the 100-point prep races, Derby Winners usually raced as part of the early pace, getting clear of traffic problems that are so common farther … Continue reading Derby Field- First 10

The Derby Field

Post Positions were drawn, and Morning line odds were assigned at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon for the 2022 edition of the Kentucky Derby. Here then is a preliminary look at the field: 1. MO DONEGAL [ML 10-1] Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. Trainer: Todd Pletcher. Top Speed Figure: 103 2. HAPPY JACK [ML 30-1 Jockey: Rafael Bejarano. Trainer: Doug O’Neil. Top Speed Figure: 98 3. EPICENTER [ML 7-2] Jockey: … Continue reading The Derby Field

Money To Be Made

As well as being the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby can also be the most profitable 120 seconds for bettors who are able to pinpoint the correct runners to fill out a Trifecta or Superfecta. In 2021, a $1 trifecta of MEDINA SPIRIT (12-1), MANDALOUN (26-1) and HOT ROD CHARLIE (5-1) paid $1,696.90. The 2-1 favorite, ESSENTIAL QUALITY running 4th resulted in … Continue reading Money To Be Made

Empirical Derby Data

The Kentucky Derby is 10 day away. Looking at past trends is one way to put this year’s edition into historical context. It can lead to eye-opening information, or it can be fool’s gold. Trends are often coincidental or muddied by live runners with terrible trips. But if the data pool is big enough, anecdotal information can illuminate a pattern worth knowing. To wit: NEW YORK … Continue reading Empirical Derby Data