Weekend SimplePlays™ Now Available

SimplePlays

Instead of having four tracks at a time, we have massively expanded to covering currently 13 tracks, with FREE picks available every day of the week!

However, given the massive overhaul, we now offer SimplePlays™ on just WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS for a variety of tracks.  We also are offering SimplePlays™ each and every race day at Oaklawn Park.  We hope you enjoy the new expansion to the site!

Here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park:

Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for February 1, 2014 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park.

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Sunday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for February 2, 2014 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park.

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Weekend Cards (Combined)

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for February 1-2, 2014 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park. 20% off!

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Samraat is our Pick in a Thin Withers Stakes

Samraat is our Pick in a Thin Withers Stakes

About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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TwinSpires Million Road to Derby Showdown

Blinkers Off 058: Weekend Stakes Action Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off provides weekly insights into the world of horse racing including race selections and previews, handicapping methods and exclusive stories.

You can view all episodes of Blinkers Off by visiting our podcast page.

Blinkers Off 058: Weekend Stakes Action – January 30, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview stakes racing at Oaklawn Park, Aqueduct and Santa Anita Park.

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Withers Stakes (Grade 3) Preview

Samraat is our Pick in a Thin Withers Stakes

Samraat is our Pick in a Thin Withers Stakes

Racing Dudes Picks

Win – 5

Exacta – 1,5 Box

Trifecta – 1,5/1,5/4

Horses to Use in Vertical Wagers – 1,5

Race Shape

Speed –Uncle Sigh, Street Gent, Samraat

Stalkers – Honorable Jungle

Closers – Scotland, Classic Giacnroll

Racing Dudes Projected Order of Finish

#5 Samraat (NY) – When comparing Samraat and Uncle Sigh it really could go either way, but I went with the most established horse and put him on top.  Samraat is three for three, and last time out won a $100,000 State bred Stakes by SIXTEEN lengths.  Nobody has even been close to this horse, and his nature speed could easily run these into the ground.  The waters are sure to get deeper the farther he goes down the Derby Trail, but today I think he’s in with a group that he can handle.

#1 Uncle Sigh (NY) – Two really strong races in a row has some in New York buzzing about the potential this one has.  Last time out was a powerful fourteen length victory over state bred company which earned him a large speed figure.  There is no doubting this will be a jump up in class, but notice that according to most this is a two-horse race between him and Samraat who is also New York bred.  This is the logical spot to put him in, and he’ll have every chance to win.

#4 Classic Giacnroll (KY) – The one thing that might give this one a legit chance in the pace of this race.  Samraat, Uncle Sigh, and Street Gent will most likely all want the lead, and if they go too fast up front Classic Giacnroll could be the beneficiary.  He was only beaten a couple of lengths last time out by Noble Moon, and that horse would probably be favored over the top dogs in here.  In with a chance with the right set up…

#6 Honorable Judge (PA) – Parx shipper has been a monster at his home track, but his only start away from Parx was a tenth place effort in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.  Today is a much easier spot than the Iroquois, but I still can’t get that race out of my mind.  He must prove to me he can do it outside of Parx before I get too excited.

#2 Street Gent (KY) – After struggling badly in his first three races, Street Gent picked it up last time out with a nice maiden score.  He gets thrown into Grade 3 action today, but this field isn’t much so it’s not a bad spot for him.  However, in his last race he was alone on the lead, and that will not happen in this one.  Expect the pace pressure to hurt his chances here.

#3 Scotland (KY) – Even though this race has come up short, being a maiden in a stakes at this point of the year is still not good.  It wouldn’t be crazy to think he might hit the board, but probably will just end up being over matched in this one.

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Wednesday 1/29/14 Late Pick Four Selections

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Tampa Bay Ticket

Race 6: 6,5

Race 7: ALL

Race 8: ALL

Race 9: 3

Ticket Cost: $81 (.50 cent)

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Race 7: 4,3,1,9,8

Race 8: 4

Race 9: 4,5,9,10,12

Race 10: 4,6,3,10

Ticket Cost: $50 (.50 cent)

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Laurel Ticket

Race 6: ALL

Race 7: 1,2,5,8

Race 8: 5,6

Race 9: 8,5

Ticket Cost: $64 (.50 cent)

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Delta Downs Ticket

Race 7: 1

Race 8: 2,4,7

Race 9: 4,3,2,1

Race 10: 9,3,6,5,8

Ticket Cost: $30 (.50 cent)

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Predicting NEXT Year’s Eclipse Winners

Will Take Charge is our Horse of the Year Prediction for 2014

Will Take Charge is our Horse of the Year Prediction for 2014

Anyone who follows racing can predict Eclipse Award winners after the Breeders Cup has ended, but how about in January before the real racing even begins?  We’ve decided to give it a shot today!  How many can I correctly predict?  Maybe zero, but it’s still a lot of fun to get people thinking about all the possibilities of what could happen throughout the year.  Here goes nothing…

Horse of the Year: Will Take Charge – Come on…who else would we put here?!  Other than the fact he’s our favorite horse, you can definitely make a case for him being the top horse in racing already.  He was a nose away from winning this award in 2013, and we expect him to avenge that loss this year.  It could be one of the best older horse campaigns since Curlin.

3 Year Old Male of the Year: Top Billing – He’s my way too early pick to win the Kentucky Derby so he fits into this spot for me at this time.  His stablemate Honor Code may have something to say about this, as well as many others in what seems to be a deep crop of three-year old males.

3 Year Old Female of the Year: Ireland – That’s right…I’m predicting a one race winner to win this division!  This might make me look like the dumbest handicapper of all time, but I really don’t care.  Ireland is a full sister to Dublin, and Lukas will give this horse every opportunity to be successful in the big races.  In a division loaded with questions, maybe the light bulb has come on with Ireland and she’ll be the one that stands out when the first Friday in May rolls around.

Older Male of the Year: Will Take Charge – Horse of the Year and Older Male would be quite an accomplishment, and we see it happening.

Older Female of the Year: Beholder – Haven’t been this excited about a filly or mare since Zenyatta.  A Beholder vs. Princess of Sylmar match up would be the race of the year.  With the biggest race for older fillies being held at Santa Anita once again, Beholder looks strong in this category.

2 Year Old Male of the Year: Jess’s Dream – Pretty hard to pick a horse in this category, but lets just go strictly with awesome breeding and pick Rachel’s first baby.  No offense to Zenyatta…but Curlin as a sire trumps Bernardini in my opinion.

2 Year Old Female of the Year: A horse from the Pletcher barn – Just playing the odds with this one.

Sprinter of the Year: Secret Circle – He might be the best horse in Baffert’s barn!  As long as he stays healthy you’d have to think he can do big things considering he won the divisions most prestigious race on only his second start back off a long layoff last year.

Female Sprinter of the Year: Dance Card – Going with an up and coming horse that I hope improves as a four-year old.  She was a solid third in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last year, so she won’t have to improve all that much to be in the mix with this division.

Male Turf Horse of the Year: Wise Dan – People like to complain about Wise Dan…I’ll just keep enjoying him.

Female Turf Horse of the Year: Emollient – This is an all class filly who was pretty competitive as a three-year old on turf or synthetics, but could be even stronger as a four-year old.

Owner of the Year: Midwest Thoroughbreds – Most people criticize that their wins aren’t of great quality, but they make a presence at almost every race track across the country.  Their mass volumes of wins should be rewarded.

Trainer of the Year: Todd Pletcher – He wins too many big races for me to try to predict someone else will win this award.

Jockey of the Year: Joel Rosario – Probably would have won it this year if not for injury.  He’s riding great at Gulfstream right now, and will most likely have the mount on a few live horses in the big races down the road.

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Oaklawn Report #3

Apropos Easily Won the American Beauty Stakes

Apropos Easily Won the American Beauty Stakes

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Apropos (KY) – This was easily the best performance of the week, and this is also the most impressive horse of the meet so far.  Apropos came into the American Beauty off only twelve days rest, but she totally outclassed a tough field to win with ease.  She also had to overcome a tricky rail trip, and was up against several horses who had prior success at Oaklawn.  The victory makes her three for three over the Oaklawn oval so you’d have to think she will keep running here with the rest of the older filly and mare sprint races in mind.

– 2nd Star: Stealcase (KY) – It’s hard to believe Stealcase hadn’t been in the winners circle since 2012, but Sunday’s feature changed all that as he was MUCH the best winning by several lengths in an allowance race.  This was actually his second race of the meet as he finished third on opening weekend in the Fifth Season Stakes.  The win will most likely propel him back into stakes action, with races like the Essex, Razorback, and Oaklawn Handicap still on the schedule for the rest of the meet.  We’ve seen what this horse is capable when he’s at his very best, and he could be rounding into form at the right time to make a big impact at Oaklawn.

– 3rd Star: Jan’s Perfect Star (AR) – Arkansas’ best home bred returned Thursday, and had a very workman like effort in winning an allowance race by a length.  The race most likely served as a prep to the some of the bigger Arkansas bred stakes down the road at Oaklawn as she was never really asked to do much in this one.  The horse has proven she can win against open company, but with Oaklawn being the only track in Arkansas you’d have to assume they’ll take advantage of the state bred class drop in competition.

Flop of the Week

Sky America (KY) – It was up in the air whether Sky America would take to the dirt in the feature race on Friday, and it was clear she didn’t like it to well.  After winning at Keeneland on debut, and finishing third in a stakes at Woodbine, Sky America finished a well beaten sixth in a first level allowance try.  With Casse horses mostly running on the synthetics or turf during the spring/summer months, perhaps this is one to keep in mind during that time period.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Cody Autrey 29 10 4 3 $274,979 34% 17 59%
2 Chris A. Hartman 21 6 3 2 $145,537 29% 11 52%
2 Chris   Richard 19 6 2 0 $130,250 32% 8 42%
4 Federico   Villafranco 19 5 4 4 $91,849 26% 13 68%
5 Steven M. Asmussen 28 4 5 2 $225,698 14% 11 39%
5 Brad H. Cox 20 4 3 3 $108,713 20% 10 50%
7 David R. Vance 11 4 1 1 $98,465 36% 6 55%
8 Philip A. Sims 11 3 1 2 $129,684 27% 6 55%
8 D. Wayne Lukas 25 3 2 6 $104,036 12% 11 44%
8 Roger A. Brueggemann 16 3 2 3 $90,162 19% 8 50%
8 Gary G. Hartlage 7 3 0 1 $65,935 43% 4 57%
8 Paul E. Holthus 7 3 1 0 $37,431 43% 4 57%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 50 12 8 5 $353,660 24% 25 50%
2 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 58 8 11 5 $401,597 14% 24 41%
2 David   Mello 42 8 6 4 $144,359 19% 18 43%
4 Terry J. Thompson 48 7 6 5 $232,469 15% 18 38%
5 Alex   Birzer 54 6 6 4 $178,798 11% 16 30%
6 Channing   Hill 35 5 4 6 $238,212 14% 15 43%
6 Israel   Ocampo 35 5 5 5 $168,515 14% 15 43%
6 Ken S. Tohill 30 5 4 4 $157,734 17% 13 43%
6 Seth B. Martinez 20 5 2 3 $120,839 25% 10 50%
10 M. Clifton Berry 31 4 3 5 $164,666 13% 12 39%
10 Jon Kenton Court 40 4 6 3 $119,589 10% 13 33%
10 Joe M. Johnson 13 4 0 2 $79,091 31% 6 46%
10 Jareth   Loveberry 20 4 0 5 $58,318 20% 9 45%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Martha Washington Stakes – 3-year-old fillies – One Mile – Purse: $100,000

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Weekend SimplePlays™ Now Available

SimplePlays

Instead of having four tracks at a time, we have massively expanded to covering currently 13 tracks, with FREE picks available every day of the week!

However, given the massive overhaul, we now offer SimplePlays™ on just WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS for a variety of tracks.  We also are offering SimplePlays™ each and every race day at Oaklawn Park.  We hope you enjoy the new expansion to the site!

Here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park:

Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for January 25, 2013 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park.

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Sunday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for January 26, 2013 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park.

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Weekend Cards (Combined)

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for January 25-26, 2013 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park. 20% off!

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Cairo Prince winning Aqueduct’s Nashua. Coglianese/NYRA photo
About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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TwinSpires Million Road to Derby Showdown

Blinkers Off 057: Weekend Stakes Action Podcast Released

Blinkers Off Logo2Blinkers Off has released a new episode!

Blinkers Off provides weekly insights into the world of horse racing including race selections and previews, handicapping methods and exclusive stories.

You can view all episodes of Blinkers Off by visiting our podcast page.

Blinkers Off 057: Weekend Stakes Action – January 23, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview stakes racing at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Oaklawn Park and Sam Houston Race Park.

[audio https://racingdudes.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/blinkers-off-057.mp3|titles=Blinkers Off 057: Weekend Stakes Action]

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Holy Bull Stakes (Grade 2) Preview

Cairo Prince Make His 3 Year Old Debut in the Holy Bull

Cairo Prince Make His 3 Year Old Debut in the Holy Bull

Racing Dudes Picks

Win – 1

Exacta –1,8,11/1,4,7,8,11

Trifecta –1,8,11/1,4,7,8,11/1,4,7,8,11

Horses to Use in Vertical Wagers – 1,8,11,7.4

Race Shape

Speed – Coup de Grace, Almost Famous

Stalkers – Best Plan Yet, Mr. Speaker, Cairo Prince

Closers – Finance Mogul, Our Caravan, Wicked Strong, Conquest Titan, Big Bazinga, Intense Holiday

Racing Dudes Projected Order of Finish

#1 Coup de Grace (KY) – There is no hotter sire than Tapit right now, and in my opinion he’ll have yet another winner by the time Saturday ends.  Coup de Grace has been tremendous in two lifetime starts.  He looks to be a horse that is blossoming into something special, and his early speed will do him a lot of favors in a race like this.  His speed rating is the highest of anyone in the field, plus he comes into this off a bullet work just a few days ago.  Chad Brown has always been money on the turf, but Coup de Grace might prove that he can train a dirt horse as well.

#8 Wicked Strong (KY) – This is definitely one to take serious!  Had to close last time out in the Remsen into an incredibly slow pace, but still managed to finish third only beaten a half-length against two very solid horses.  He comes into this off of a bit of a layoff which is something I don’t like, but he did have a nice five furlong work on January 19th.  Also very encouraging that Javier Castellano is hopping aboard…

#11 Intense Holiday (KY) – The Pletcher at Gulfstream factor may have me blinded with this horse, but I just think there is a little more to this one that we haven’t seen yet.  With the endless supply of horses Pletcher could have sent out in this one, this is the one he chose which makes me think this horse is on the improve.  He’s going to need a little pace to run into, which he should get, so I’m going to take a chance and say he hits the board here.  He’s been competitive with the top horses in his class…just a little improvement is all that’s needed.

#7 Cairo Prince (KY) – In all actuality, he may have been the best two-year old in 2013.  You may think that’s crazy, but I thought the ride he got last time out cost him the Remsen Stakes.  If he wins that race he’s unbeaten, and would have a win over Honor Code.  However, I’m a bit skeptical on his latest workouts.  Perhaps he needs this race to get going, and is one to put on top in races down the road.  He’s definitely in here with a shot, but not going crazy on him at a short price.

#4 Almost Famous (KY) – That last race at Churchill Downs was as impressive as it gets, but I’m still not fully sold on this horse.  The question of “who has he beaten” looms in my mind, and I think without a doubt this will be the toughest field he’s faced by far.  He might turn out to be a really nice horse, but I want to see him prove it against tougher horses before I take him at a short price.

#2 Financial Mogul (KY) – He’s shown he can compete with the top horses in the division so far, but he hasn’t actually been able to win against them yet.  In fact his only victory came over a sloppy track that more than likely moved him up just a bit.  Nice horse, but maybe getting into the trifecta is his limit.

#5 Our Caravan (KY) – Well my wild card picks went two for two last week…so here is my wild card for this week!  Our Caravan was a winner at first asking going two turns on December 14th at Gulfstream, which is very impressive to me.  What’s even more impressive is the fact he had to close from several lengths behind, which is something that is sometimes tricky to do over the Gulfstream surface.  Could former Todd Pletcher assistant Michael Dilger be sitting on a big time horse?

#3 Best Plan Yet (FL) – This Florida bred has already ran seven times, and could be a Calder/state bred specialist.  He was beaten by twenty lengths last time out at Gulfstream, which was his first start away from Calder.  Will definitely need to improve.

#6 Mr Speaker (KY) – Winner of the Grade 3 Diana Beach last time out which was his second straight win.  However, my ranking him this low is for one simple reason…all four of his starts have come on the turf.  He’s just too big of a question mark to play here…but if he handles the surface he has the talent to compete.

#9 Conquest Titan (KY) – Really liked his last race as he won an allowance at Churchill, but this will prove to be a steep class jump today.  Also he still has a little proving to do as to whether he is a true dirt horse.  Yes, his last win was on the dirt, but the Churchill Downs dirt can sometimes be kind to turf/synthetic horses.  He’s a “wait and see” for me.

#10 Big Bazinga (KY) – Wow…well I guess someone had to land in this spot.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Big Bazinga is a pretty decent horse, but in this field I had to rank him last.  His last race was the Delta Jackpot where he finished seventh, and the waters are much deeper for him in this loaded field.  Probably just aiming a little too high.

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Wednesday 1/22/14 Late Pick Four Selections

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Tampa Bay Ticket

Race 7: 5,2,4

Race 8: 4,3,5

Race 9: 4,6,1

Race 10: 2,6,9,10

Ticket Cost: $54 (.50 cent)

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Laurel Ticket

Race 6: 7,1,6,5

Race 7: 1,5,8,9

Race 8: 6,1

Race 9: 3,2,5,9

Ticket Cost: $64 (.50 cent)

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Delta Downs Ticket

Race 7: 2,3

Race 8: 8,1,9,10

Race 9: 3,2,1,8,6

Race 10: 6,1,7,8

Ticket Cost: $80 (.50 cent)

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