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Predicteform tabs Tonalist as most likely to upset Triple Crown bid

In-depth analysis of the 2014 Belmont Stakes including Pace Figures and Form Cycle Pattern of each starter. Please refer to the Legend or Pattern Guide for back-up definitions and patterns. The Predicteform.com Pace Figures will tell you if a horse is likely to improve or regress in its next start. Pace Figures are not just a single speed number, but rather a series of numbers that are incredibly powerful... Read More

TimeformUS Belmont Stakes Weekend Plays

However you feel about California Chrome (and let's face it, emotions are running hot right about now), in handicapping this race, you must move beyond whatever rooting interest you have and stick to the basics.... Read More

TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays - The Californian and The American Oaks

Saturday Santa Anita, Race 7 The Californian By Justin Finch The Grade 2 Californian has attracted a field of eight horses to run nine furlongs on the Santa Anita main track for a purse of $200,000. A Special Offer on Unlimited TimeformUS PPs for Bloodhorse Readers According to the TFUS Pace Projector, Fury Kapcori (#2, 4-5 Morning Line) will be on a clear lead at the opening half-mile, with Storm... Read More

TimeformUS Memorial Day Stakes Plays - The Gamely, The Poker, and the Lone Star Park Handicap

Monday Santa Anita, Race 7 The Gamely Stakes By Justin Finch A Special Offer on Unlimited TimeformUS PPs for Bloodhorse Readers The Grade 1 Gamely has attracted a field of nine fillies and mares to run nine furlongs on the grass for a purse of $300,000. The morning line gives a good indication of just how contentious this field is: Five horses are listed at odds between 3-1 and 5-1. With so many horses... Read More

Pedigree handicapping w/ Brisnet.com & Doug Salvatore: Friday's babies

Nice score on Thursday at Santa Anita with 7-to-2 on Seduire to kick off that card, so let’s see what we can come up with on Friday. Churchill Downs Race 2 (click for free Brisnet.com Ultimate Past Performances) A field of seven runners will dash five furlongs in this Maiden Special Weight event. The two fancied debuters are #2 Cloverdale Nine (5/2 morning line) and #6 Lucky Player (2/1 morning line... Read More

Thursday babies with Dougie Sal: Churchill & Santa Anita

As a bettor, I very much enjoy early season two-year-old sprint races. In the past, I've found them to be the most profitable type of race to bet, and they've helped me endure through many years as a professional horseplayer who, for a long time, had no other source of income. It's been a great frustration that far fewer of them are being carded in recent years. Not only are crop sizes smaller but... Read More

The Emotional Value of California Chrome

Sometime between the Santa Anita Derby and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands , I decided that California Chrome was no longer worth betting. And it’s cost me, but more in terms of prestige than in my wallet. The $7 he paid winning the Derby was OK, but I have no regrets about missing out on $3 in the Preakness (though if you loved him, $3 to place wasn’t bad). But he could have paid $2.10... Read More

Free Money Headlines Preakness Day Wagering Opportunities

Well, we didn't embarrass ourselves yesterday , as the horses we figured could win did, though with a few underlays in that bunch and neither of our longshots (Image of Anna in the Black-Eyed Susan and Valid in the Pimlico Special) doing anything (in races both won by the favorites, no less) we didn't make any money either. That's OK, though, as there will be plenty of money up for grabs today with... Read More

Preakness weekend Friday: A Special BESt Bet

Rain washed races off the turf on Friday at Pimlico Race Course, and while the main track is sloppy neither the Black-Eyed Susan nor the Pimlico Special lost any horses to scratches, and it is those two races where I plan to take my biggest stands not only today but also the whole weekend. There will be no clear favorite in Black-Eyed Susan with #4 Stopchargingmaria the morning line choice at 7-to... Read More

TimeformUS Stakes Plays - The Preakness, Plus Fri and Sat Stakes at Pimlico and Belmont

Saturday Pimlico, Race 12 The Preakness By Robert Finnegan If handicapping the 2014 Kentucky Derby was nasty, brutish, and long, handicapping the 2014 Preakness was nasty, brutish, agonizing, and almost as long. Here is where we ended up, for better or worse: The TFUS Pace Projector indicates that the Preakness will be run at a fast pace, and that Social Inclusion will be on a clear lead at the opening... Read More

Handicapping Who's Fastest Today, Not Who's Historically Fast

Granted, this is somewhat a self-fulfilling statistic, as the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating is most often the Kentucky Derby winner, and in this time range the Derby winner has won the Preakness six times. Still, the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating would have landed you on non-Derby starters and Preakness winners Bernardini and Rachel Alexandra as well as longshot runnerup Scrappy T.... Read More

California Chrome's Derby-winning Style Fits Preakness

A lot has been made about the unimpressive final time of the 2014 Kentucky Derby. As you may know, Old Rosebud won the 1914 Kentucky Derby in a faster time (2:03.40) than this year’s edition (2:03.66), which is pretty remarkable considering how much slower final times were a century ago. For instance, the two six-furlong races on the 1914 Kentucky Derby card went in 1:14 and 1:13.40. In 1914, the Churchill... Read More

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