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November 2013 - Posts

TimeformUS Weekend Plays: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Sunday Betfair Hollywood Park, Race 8, Local Post Time 4:07pm PT The G1 Matriarch Stakes , 1 Mile, Fillies and Mares, 3+, Turf By Justin Finch The final Matriarch, like so many before it, will be a good one. The nine-horse field contains four Grade 1 winners and is loaded with accomplished fillies and mares. At time of writing, the forecast is that the rain that has been falling on Hollywood Park will... Read More

Portland Meadows, Zia jazz up Thanksgiving Eve

Aqueduct cancelled today (Wednesday, November 27), which is good news for all the other tracks running because some of the $6-million in handle Aqueduct would have done today (based on last year's Thanksgiving Eve total) will end up in other pools. That includes my money, as a $2,990 Pick 4 carryover at Portland Meadows and a five-stakes program at Zia Park featuring the $300,000 Zia Oaks & $200... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays from Delta Downs, Churchill, and Betfair Hollywood Park

Saturday Delta Downs, Race 7, Local Post Time 4:15 pm CST The G3 Delta Downs Jackpot , 1 and 1/16 Miles, 2YO, Dirt By Douglas Salvatore After many years of disappointing editions, everything finally clicked for the Delta Jackpot last year. The 2012 edition of this race was won in brilliant front-running fashion by Goldencents. He defeated a very respectable field that included Itsmyluckyday and Mylute... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays from Aqueduct, Churchill and Betfair Hollywood Park

Saturday Aqueduct, Race 7, Local Post Time 3:14 pm ET The G3 Red Smith , 1 and 3/8 Miles, 3YO+, Turf By Douglas Salvatore With a field of 13 horses assembled, the Red Smith Handicap is an extremely attractive betting race. The 11-furlong distance means that this race will be contested around three turns, with a fairly short run into the first turn, which means post positions are far more important... Read More

The best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating: simple AND effective

There are a lot of angles to use when handicapping a horse race: trainer angles, jockey angles, pedigree angles, track surface plays, shippers, bias statistics, and speed figure patterns are some of the more popular, but chances are, if it's in the past performances then someone somewhere has a betting angle for it. In many ways, that was the impetus for Gary Hall to develop his ALL-Ways software ... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Summer Secretary and the Hollywood Prevue

Saturday Aqueduct, Race 6, Local Post Time 2:45 pm ET The Summer Secretary S ., 1 and 1/16 Miles, 3YO Fillies, Turf By Douglas Salvatore The $100,000 Summer Secretary has attracted a strong field of 13 three-year-old fillies, and the TimeformUS Pace Projector indicates that it will be run at a fast and contested early pace. • TimeformUS PPs for the Summer Secretary • A Special Offer on Unlimited PPs... Read More

The Brisnet.com Ultimate Guide To Picking Horses On Top

One of my cause célèbre is to rally against the need to PICK A WINNER in important races. Any horse is capable of winning. A handicapper's job is to pick winners, but a horse player's job is to balance the chances of a win with the odds and bankroll. But it's Breeders' Cup Saturday, and just as everyone wants to know your Kentucky Derby pick, there's definitely an onus to be able to pick one horse... Read More

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