Category archives for: Horse Racing

Super Saver A Bad Triple Crown Bet

Is Super Saver going to win the Triple Crown? If you think he is then you can get odds ranging from +450 to +700 depending upon your book. That sounds attractive, but only if he stands a good chance of winning it all. So does he? In a word, no. It obviously could happen of […]

Kentucky Derby Preview – My Tickets

The big day is here. I can’t wait. For fun, I’m going to work with a mythical bankroll of $500 and construct a number of tickets that will hopefully leave me with more than that in the end. Without further ado: $50 win/place – Lookin at Lucky – $100 total $1 trifecta – Lookin at […]

Kentucky Derby Preview – Live Longshots

This is a very strange Kentucky Derby field. Most years there are several top level contenders, and the challenge is to figure out which one is going to rise to the occasion. This year there are just three horses that seem to be elite – Eskendereya being the best by far, with Lookin at Lucky […]

Kentucky Derby Preview – The Jockeys

The jockeys are a huge factor in the Derby – more than almost any other race. With the field so large, the crowd massive and loud, and the horses young an relatively inexperienced, a jockey can make the difference between a winning effort and a disappointing one. That means that jockeys, and their match to […]

Kentucky Derby Preview – The Pletcher Factor

Over the next few days I’ll be traveling to watch the Derby, so I won’t be around to update each day. Up until the big race goes on Saturday, then, I have prepared a few previews to get you ready for the greatest two minutes in sports. I’m doing this a few days in advance, […]

Monday Notes

Tomorrow and Wednesday we’ll be taking a closer look at the brackets region-by-region, and one Thursday and Friday we’ll check in throughout the day with observations from the games. Today, though, we’ll just hit a few notes from around the sporting world before we forget that all other sports exist for a couple of days: […]

Thursday Notes – Injuries, Cheaters, and Fast Horses

I thought it was the Pro Bowl that was cursed with a ridiculous number of injuries, but now it seems as if it is just all-star games in general this year. The Pro Bowl had more than 30 players who were chosen but didn’t show up, and most were due to real or fake injuries. […]

Random Monday Notes

It was a great day at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday. Zenyatta’s win in the Classic was, without exaggeration, one of the top five racing moments of my life – and I have seen a lot of them. She is truly an all-time great. She should be the horse of the year in my book […]

Trying To Win The Breeders’ Cup Pick Six

There are few things harder in gambling to win than a pick six. It costs a fortune to play it properly, and it all can be derailed too easily. I haven’t done any Breeders’ Cup content this year because I don’t get the sense that most people here care about the ponies as much as […]

Seven Not-So-Bold Statements

1. The Toronto Maple Leafs are a truly awful team right now. Incomprehensibly bad. Like Oakland Raiders bad. They are theoretically rebuilding, but the signs of progress are slim right now. Their top two goalies are hurt, most of their offense is either hurt or benched, and coach Ron Wilson seems to have a tenuous […]

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