Unlocking Winners

Handicapping strategies and picks for top Thoroughbred races

Playing for an Upset in the Bob Hope

By J. Keeler Johnson ("Keelerman") Twitter: @J_Keelerman If you wish to take a by-the-numbers approach to handicapping Sunday's $100,000 Bob Hope S. (G3) at Del Mar, a basic conclusion can quickly be drawn: trainer Bob Baffert is almost certain to win. After all, Baffert has won the Bob Hope 10 times since 1996, including four times since 2015. Furthermore, Baffert conditions three of the five juveniles... Read More

Malathaat and Mirasol Take Center Stage

By J. Keeler Johnson ("Keelerman") Twitter: @J_Keelerman Another week, another great slate of racing at Del Mar and Saratoga. Saturday is shaping up to be a particularly exciting day, with a quartet of graded stakes scheduled to take place at the two tracks. The most prestigious event of the week is the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga, but I'm just as excited to watch an ordinary maiden... Read More

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