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January 2014 - Posts

Can't starve this fever

The old wives’ tale to starve a fever doesn’t work with the Kentucky Derby variety—not because the charms of the First Saturday in May are so irresistible 13 weeks away but because sustenance is unavoidable. Not that I’m trying to avoid it, mind you, but even if the highlight of your week is Louisiana Premier Night and our 3:10 to Delta 1-million-point promotion , it’s going to be tough to elude chatter... Read More

TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Santa Anita, Tampa Bay and Aqueduct

Saturday, Santa Anita, Race 7, Local Post Time 3:30pm PT The G1 Las Virgenes Stakes , 1 mile, Dirt, 3YOF By Jason Perlmutter The G1 Las Virgenes represents the first significant Kentucky Oaks prep of the year for Southern California's new generation of three-year-old fillies. That said, a mile at Santa Anita is a far cry from nine furlongs at Churchill Downs and we will put a premium on the fillies... Read More

TimeformUS Saturday Plays from Gulfstream, Tampa Bay and Santa Anita

Saturday, Gulfstream, Race 10, Local Post Time 5:03pm ET The G2 Holy Bull Stakes , 1 and 1/16 Miles, Dirt, 3YO By Douglas Salvatore The Holy Bull is without question the deepest Kentucky Derby prep race to date. It includes a fascinating field of eleven led by 3/1 morning line favorite Cairo Prince. • FREE TimeformUS PPs for the Holy Bull Stakes • A Special Offer on Unlimited PPs for Bloodhorse Readers... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays from Santa Anita, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream and Oaklawn

Monday, Oaklawn, Race 8, Local Post Time 4:38pm CT The Smarty Jones Stakes , 1 mile, Dirt, 3YO By Douglas Salvatore The TimeformUS Pace Projector indicates this year’s edition of the Smarty Jones Stakes will be run at a fast and contested pace. • TimeformUS PPs for the Smarty Jones Stakes • A Special Offer on Unlimited PPs for Bloodhorse Readers That makes #2 Whyruawesome (12/1 Morning Line) the horse... Read More

It's Time For The Sham Now and Brisnet.com

Are you tired of Kentucky Derby prep races that don’t soak up excitement and leave your appetite whet for more? Then you need the Sham, now! You’ll be saying “WOW!” every time you watch the replay of this race, as it is sure to be a classic pitting five maiden winners up against California fair circuit stakes winner Life Is a Joy in a battle to determine the West’s best two-year-old not named Shared... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays from Oaklawn and Santa Anita

Saturday, Oaklawn, Race 8, Local Post Time 4:38pm CT The Fifth Season Stakes , Dirt, 1 and 1/16 Miles, 4+ By Douglas Salvatore The opening weekend feature at Oaklawn Park has attracted a large and deep field. Indeed, nine of the 13 entrants have earned in excess of a quarter-million dollars in their racing careers. • TimeformUS PPs for the Fifth Season Stakes • A Special Offer on Unlimited PPs for... Read More

Brisnet.com's Ultimate Guide to Letting 8 Ride at TwinSpires.com

There are other TwinSpires.com promotions that give away more money/prizes/points than Let 8 Ride , but I don’t think any is more fun than the weekly game that starts with an $8 win bet on the eighth race at a designated track. The promotion certainly appeals to the game show junky in me. Part Press Your Luck, part Let’s Make a Deal, part Sale of the Century, Let 8 Ride requires several skills along... Read More

Brisnet.com Ultimate Guide to Hitting the Jerome

It's rare that I make a full (every entry) fair odds analysis for a race outside a seven-figure Grade 1 race, but I felt compelled to do so for the Jerome Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct (click for FREE Brisnet.com Ultimate PPs ) because of the presence of a clear favorite/most likely winner who doesn't have to win. In addition to the $200,000 purse, at stake in this stakes for three-year-olds is 17... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Plays From Aqueduct and Santa Anita

Saturday Aqueduct, Race 8, Local Post Time 3:48pm EST The G2 Jerome Handicap By Douglas Salvatore It's very rare to see a Grade 2 stakes race in which no horse in the entire field has ever won so much as an ungraded stakes race. Moreover, the 7/2 second choice on the morning line, Scotland, is still a maiden and has never even competed at a route distance. • FREE TimeformUS PPs for the Jerome Handicap... Read More

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