Welcome to our Saratoga
preview issue! We have a preview with NHC
champion and Saratoga lifer Paul Matties Jr., Q &
A's with David Aragona and Brian DiDonato, stats for
jockeys, trainers, run styles, and posts (Del Mar
too!), and plenty more to help you out!
Also in this issue, Rich Halvey talks about saving
Santa Anita, Cangamble wonders what a commissioner
could do, we explain the power of carryovers, and we'd
like it if contests were left alone. We also
have the usual harness page and Quick Hits to round
The numbers have been
tallied, and the 2017 edition of HANA's track ratings
are now available. This is the ninth annual
edition of the track ratings, and we are proud to
announce Kentucky Downs has been rated #1 for the
third straight year. They are followed by
Suffolk, Keeneland, Saratoga, and Del Mar.
In this issue, in addition to the ratings, are some
state of the industry Q & A's with handicappers, a
Q & A with Craig Milkowski of TimeformUS about
timing issues and run-up, and a piece on why now is a
prime time for racing to innovate. We also have
a preview of the upcoming Molson Pace on the harness
page, along with why The Meadowlands is making changes
for the better by adding Dave Brower and Gabe Prewitt
to their staff.
This issue features a
Keeneland stats pack from HANA president Jeff Platt
with page after page of data that will help you get
ready for one of horse racing's most popular meets.
Also included is Rich Halvey's look at Arrogate's
Dubai World Cup win and where he stands in relation to
some all-time greats, Track Phantom's Derby Top Ten
List, Melissa Nolan's Annual Freshman Sire Report, Vin
Rogers has some positive angles for you to peruse,
Garnet Barnsdale gets you amped for the Mohawk meet to
open, and more!
It's the first issue of
2017, and TimeformUS previews the Pegasus World Cup
while OptixEQ looks at the La Prevoyante on the
undercard, Barry Meadow talks about the future of
horse racing, defending champion Paul Matties Jr. and
third-place finisher Charlie Davis dish on NHC18, and
Melissa Nolan and "The Sheets" find some potential
gems in the 3-year-old crop.
Also included are a look at jockey criticism by
Jonathan Stettin, Rich Halvey has a bad case of deja
vu, racing's data dilemma is real, and Gabe Prewitt
from Pompano Park joins us for a Q & A in the
The Breeders' Cup is
here, and we have a massive stats pack, courtesy
of HANA President Jeff Platt, to help you
prepare. Also included are Q & A's with
some top handicappers, including NHC 17 champion
Paul Matties Jr. and third-place finisher Charlie
Davis, some speed figure analysis by TimeformUS, and
two looks at the Mile on the turf by OptixEQ and
Also included is a discussion on field size by Rich
Halvey, and you can find out what Jonathan Stettin
can't wait for. Vin Rogers also talks about
his experience as a horseman and how that side of
the game correlates to the betting side of racing.
#1 rated track Kentucky
Downs is back in action, and we get you ready for
their meet with an interview with Live Racing
Manager C.J. Johnsen, some tips for playing the meet
from Lenny Moon, and page after page of stats for
jockeys, trainers, and shippers.
In addition to the Kentucky Downs content, we have
plenty of other material. Rich Nilsen tells
you what horseplayers can learn from Usain Bolt,
Jonathan Stettin discusses stewards' decisions, Rich
Halvey has a magic number in mind for you, many
familiar contributors tell you the moment or horse
that made them fall in love with horse racing,
Cangamble is back with some more improvements for
the game, and lots more!
This is our Saratoga
issue, featuring page after page of stats over the
last four meets.
We also have analysis, tips, and strategies from NHC
champion Paul Matties Jr., TimeformUS, and Lenny
Moon, and Rich Nilsen offers you a guide to the
Also included is a Barry Meadow piece on carryovers,
Rich Halvey's new way to play the pick 4, Jon
Stettin's take on the "Killer B's" of bias and
bounce, Scott Raymond's one habit and three
reminders for the horseplayer, a discussion of what
Vegas is doing right, Vin Rogers has the horse right
here, and Rhonda Norby from Equibase gives you the
details on STATS Race Lens.
This issue has
Preakness previews by TimeformUS and Melissa Nolan,
and we get you ready for the low takeout Canterbury
Park meet with a preview and a massive stats
pack. We also have an interview with National
Handicapping Champion and OptixEQ founder John
Doyle, some tips from a pro on betting on the
exchange in New Jersey, and some first impressions
of the exchange from a New Jersey resident.
Also included is an article by Barry Meadow that
will take you back to your days in school,
handicapping tips by Jonathan Stettin and Rich
Halvey, Lenny Moon wants you to take the 30 day
challenge, and Vin Rogers says sometimes negatives
should outweigh positives.
8th Annual Track Ratings/Industry Issue is now
available for viewing - Full ratings for 62
racetracks, stats, and analysis. This year
we have Q & A's with Corey Johnsen from
Kentucky Downs, NYRA, Jim Gagliano from the Jockey
Club, Kip Levin from Betfair on exchange wagering,
Canterbury Park's Eric Halstrom, Ray Paulick on
the state of the game, Sid Fernando on the
breeding and bloodstock industry, and Jason
Settlemoir from The Meadowlands.
Also included is Melissa Nolan's annual first crop
sire report, why racing should grow lemons, not
squeeze them, takeout comparisons to other gambling
formats, takeout myths and realities, and much more!
This month's issue
features a Keeneland preview by Art Parker and Derby
Contenders and Sleepers by Track Phantom.
Charlie Davis, the third-place finisher in this year's
National Handicapping Championship, also takes a look
back at that event.
Also included is analysis of temporary turf rails by
Lenny Moon, thoughts on class by Jonathan Stettin
and Vin Rogers, a discussion on why post drags are
bad for horse racing, and Rich Halvey has ten old
school handicapping angles for you.
Our first issue of the
year contains an article by Melissa Nolan about
3-year-olds that are flying under the radar, a
TimeformUS analysis of layoff horses, and Lenny Moon's
case study of effective takeout rates based on a pick
5 carryover at Golden Gate Fields in December 2015.
Also included is a piece by Barry Meadow explaining
what's a good bet, Neal Benoit's interview with
NYRA's Maggie Wolfendale, a look at the past,
present, and future of the National Handicapping
Championship, and much more.
are going to get you ready for the meet at Kentucky
Downs, HANA's #1 rated track. Lenny Moon gives
you some tips on how to play the meet, Mike Dorr tells
you how to get to Kentucky Downs and what to do and
what to see around town if you decide to stay in
Nashville, and DerbyWars has a Survivor Contest you
might be interested in.
Also in this issue: We look back at the Travers,
Horseplayers give their comments on potential US
Anti-Doping Agency oversight of horse racing, Jonathan
Stettin says horse racing is not dead, Neal Benoit
speaks to trainer Tom Morley, Mike Dorr is back with a
handy ten-point handicapping process and talks about
the need for racing to improve the data product.
Additionally, Vin Rogers tells you about the Theory of
Everything, Rich Nilsen discusses what to do when you
come to a fork in the road, Craig Milkowski from
TimeformUS answers some questions, and we check on the
"bounce" in harness racing.
Lenny Moon gives you
some tips and strategies on the Daily Double, Barry
Meadow doesn't want you to get caught in the switches,
and Melissa Nolan gives you some assistance
handicapping 2-year-old races, specifically with the
first crops of sires such as Uncle Mo, Haynesfield,
and Gio Ponti.
Also in this issue: Horse racing can learn from
the United States Open coverage, Neal Benoit asks if
you prefer the crossword or the Jumble, Jeff Platt
analyzes Del Mar v. Saratoga betting, Craig Milkowski
from TimeformUS has a look at Del Mar's new surfaces,
Jerod Dinkin pens a humorous top ten takes from the
Triple Crown, we laud American Pharoah and his
connections, we have a Q & A with Brian DiDonato
from the Thoroughbred Daily News, Garnet Barnsdale
says there's track bias in harness racing too, and
got you ready for the Belmont with Lenny Moon looking
back at other Triple Crown tries and what we can learn
about American Pharoah's chances, a breeding analysis
for the starters by Dan Zucker (who also explains why
a certain horse can turn the tables on American
Pharoah), and Dana Byerly said to be a smart fan when
handicapping the race.
articles include Barry Meadow talking about
handicapping and shopping; Neal Benoit interviewing
trainer Ian Wilkes; Dean Towers discussing the
importance of field sizes, and Vin Rogers telling it
like it is.
to the Annual Track Ratings/Industry Issue - Full
ratings for 62 racetracks, stats and analysis,
interview with Corey Johnsen of Kentucky Downs, and "7
Questions" with various industry analysts and
have a Q and A with Andrew Beyer: Does he ever play
Assinboia Downs? What does he think of the horseplayer
issues of the day? We have a deep dive into
carryovers, betting value chatter, and much, much
issue is 25 pages loaded with you've come to
expect: Handicapping articles and stats to help
you with your wagers. Barry Meadow has
some suggestions on how much you should bet, you get the
411 on horseracingdatasets.com,
there's a discussion on whether
or not the Rainbow 6 is for suckers, and
Melissa Nolan gives you some
stats on studs.
Also in This Issue:
We've got an excellent
harness section, led by an interview with Jason
who also gives you a longshot Q & A, provides an
extensive graded stakes stats pack for jockeys and
trainers, Neal Benoit interviews Julien
Leparoux, Candice Hare
tells you who might go from zero to hero in the Derby,
and we'll explain what churn is.
issue is jammed with handicapping articles, and we're
pretty proud of them. We've got Craig
from TimeformUS looking at Turf, and it's sure
to help you. We've got Jerod
Dinkin's views on the NHC, and another
excellent article from Ross
Gallo on Tourney play. We've also got a
look at Daily Fantasy
Sports and their place beside horse racing, education of bettors, Barry
Meadow talking some redboarding, and Lenny
Moon looking at what pools to bet, depending on
Also in This Issue:
We've got an excellent
harness section, led by Garnet Barnsdale. Fun 2015 Prop bets,
that you probably won't see at Wynn anytime soon, and
our usual back page
stats. This month those take
a look at recency angles, in light of the changes at
This issue is a massive
33 pages, jam-packed with analysis and statistics.
Barry Meadow has
an alternate look at key races, Lenny
Moon explains money management, we have a thorough discussion of
judging, including the Breeders' Cup Classic non-DQ,
and Mike Dorr
gives you insight on exotic wagers.
Also in this issue: Charlie
Davis talks about his Breeders' Cup Betting
Challenge Experience, the
Track Phantom offers up some Breeders' Cup Trip
Notes and Bet-Backs, Jason
Beem discloses his life-altering experience
with gambling, TimeformUS
provides analysis and stats from the Breeders'
Cup, and we have a multi-page
Breeders Crown (harness racing's championship nights)
We get you ready for the Breeders'
Cup with a number of questions and answers with
handicappers, and we discuss what we love most about the
event. In addition, Lenny
Moon gives you keys for turf sprints, Craig
Milkowski of TimeformUS looks at Santa Anita
post position stats, and we handicap the Classic in two
Also in this issue: Dan Zucker offers up
a pair of columns - the Horizontal Horseplayer and how
the Breeders' Cup is the Super Bowl of Horse Racing - Jerod Dinkin has
the cynic's guide to the event, The
Track Phantom compares Tonalist and A.P. Indy,
Art Parker says
not to count out the Coach, and Ken
Massa pays tribute to Mike
We get you ready for Kentucky
Downs with an interview with track president Corey
Johnsen, and horseplayer extraordinaire Mike
Maloney offers some tips and thoughts.
Building on the turf theme, we also have a column on
Pace Figures and Turf Racing from TimeformUS's Craig
Milkowski, a glance at what to do with off-the-turf
races, and a number of turf stats throughout the issue.
Also in this issue: Melissa
Nolan offers a guide on horsemanship for
handicappers and looks back at the career of Tom Durkin,
analyzes payoffs, Jerod
Dinkin takes a look at the state of summer
meets, Rich Nilsen
tells you how to identify a sucker horse, we give you
the 411 on In-Race
Betting, and Garnet
Barnsdale invites a guest to the harness page!
Mike Dorr has
an in-depth analysis of jackpot bets,
Lenny Moon wants you to take the 80/20
Milkowski of TimeformUS has an early glimpse
at the Breeders' Cup,
and Barry Meadow tells you about betting
Also in this issue: Q&A's with Brad Cummings of
EquiLottery and Chris Roberts of Northlands Park;
Melissa Nolan talks first-year sires;
Scott Raymond says get back to the track, what to do when when
you're in a slump, what the Thoroughbreds can learn
from Harness Racing, Garnet Barnsdale's monthly
harness column, quick
hits, and a heaping helping of stats!
Barry Meadow talks Morning Lines, Lenny
Moon finds a track he can crush, CJ
of TimeFormUS looks at track bias. Pletcher's
Derby record, what gives? Four ways to have more fun on
big days. Mike Dorr
wants WPS minimums hiked.
Dinkin is going
to miss Keeneland poly, Garnet's
harness column focuses on the Hawk, Belmont
meet stats and much
five at a glance, Big movers, Interviews: Kentucky
Downs Johnsen & Sam Houston’s Stahlbaum, Tracks
Listed, 1 through 64, Statistics.
Previews: Rich Nilsen, 7 Reasons to Play Keeneland,
TimeformUS Trainer Numbers, Melissa Nolan’s Freshman
Sire Outlook for the Horseplayer.
Stats, Bruno channels Abbott & Costello, Barry
Meadow talks takeout, taxes & fees. Lenny Moon
says it’s all about the Player. Garnet Barnsdale looks
at false chalk in harness racing. JJ Hysell’s Derby
Top 5, CJ from TimeFormUS explains run ups. Big figure
gaps, sucker bets?
It’s 30-plus pages, jam-packed with Handicapping
insight and news. Feel free to share it on social
media using the buttons above, and best of all, it’s
kicks it off looking at odds lines, followed by an
excellent article by Bruno
de Julio, and our Cover Story, “A Review of
Esquire’s Horseplayers” by Jerod
Dinkin. Twinspires’ Jeremy
Clemons answers eight questions and Larry
Collmus gives one dandy interview. Mark Patterson of Mountaineer shares tips and tricks, Doug
McPherson lends his thoughts on Quarter Horse
bias. In the harness section, Garnet
Barnsdale looks at a “Trident” of handicapping.
gives us her kick butt Derby Top Five, the WirePlayers
boys and girls share their top ten. Mark
Midland tells us why he thinks bigger
tournaments are working at Derby Wars. We get some
“FTS” and “STS” insight with Art
The Back Page
shares some trainer stats from database handicapper Jeff Platt,
that to our knowledge, are not published anywhere.
Horseplayer Jerod Dinkin,
a seven-time Horse Player World Series and three-time
National Handicapping Championship qualifier, offers
several tips tournament play, both before you enter and
when you are in competition.
What is "lawyer handicapping" and why should you avoid
it? Barry Meadow explains. Clocker,
horseplayer, and jack-of-all trades Bruno De Julio
explains why he likes to see horses "multi-task" and
what that means.
A trainer is 15% off the claim, wins 32% sprint to
route, is pretty good with a certain jockey. How are we
supposed to use these numbers? Barry Meadow explains how
to, and not to, use published statistics when we