Oaklawn Report #12

Delta Flower is our First Star of the Week

Delta Flower is our First Star of the Week

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Sea N Suds (AR) – It was Arkansas Bred Stakes week at Oaklawn, and Sea N Suds stole the show on Sunday winning the Rainbow Stakes by a nose.  After a tough trip from the rail, Sea N Suds was able to get to the outside down the stretch and wear down Devilishly Clever and He Is a Roadster.  For the third straight race the horse demonstrated toughness and heart, two qualities that are great to have no matter what state you were bred in!  With Kelly Von Hemel as trainer, you would think Prairie Meadows will be the next time we see this one.

– 2nd Star:  Delta Flower (AR) – She was the easiest of winners Saturday in the Rainbow Miss Stakes, as she broke sharp and never looked back winning wire to wire by almost four lengths.  The race just confirmed her talents, as the race before was a blowout maiden score.  This one might have enough talent to try out-of-state company next time out if they can find the right spot.

– 3rd Star: Mallard’s Bro (AR) – He may be our third star, but there is no doubt his win was the most dramatic of the week!  After hanging out toward the back of the back the entire race, Mallard’s Bro gained momentum in the stretch, and was just able to nose past Devil and a Half at the wire.  The win was his first in three tries this year, and it was his first win ever at Oaklawn.  He’s now earned over 100k for his career, and will most likely resurface at Louisiana Downs next time out.

Flop of the Week

Trace Creek (AR) – He ended up being the favorite in the Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes on Friday after a ton of hype, but in the ended he was a well beaten 9th.  Considering you don’t get many chances to run against Arkansas breds once Oaklawn closes, this one has to be disappointing to the connections.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Federico Villafranco 68 22 16 7 $485,977 32% 45 66%
2 Steven M. Asmussen 114 21 26 11 $1,201,073 18% 58 51%
2 Chris Richard 73 21 11 8 $541,046 29% 40 55%
4 Cody Autrey 98 18 19 16 $538,449 18% 53 54%
5 Chris A. Hartman 71 16 13 10 $483,040 23% 39 55%
6 Brad H. Cox 57 14 9 9 $491,636 25% 32 56%
7 Joseph R. Martin 70 12 8 13 $247,560 17% 33 47%
8 Ron Moquett 93 11 10 6 $434,332 12% 27 29%
9 Randy L. Morse 66 10 9 4 $351,636 15% 23 35%
10 D. Wayne Lukas 82 9 8 10 $484,433 11% 27 33%
10 W. Bret Calhoun 41 9 3 6 $397,106 22% 18 44%
10 Roger A. Brueggemann 43 9 7 5 $268,497 21% 21 49%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 234 43 40 20 $1,934,943 18% 103 44%
2 David Mello 187 32 30 22 $795,855 17% 84 45%
3 Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 217 31 30 32 $1,095,486 14% 93 43%
4 Ramon A. Vazquez 135 24 18 18 $630,021 18% 60 44%
5 Terry J. Thompson 168 23 13 19 $733,526 14% 55 33%
6 Ken S. Tohill 130 20 22 16 $615,428 15% 58 45%
7 M. Clifton Berry 114 18 9 12 $671,071 16% 39 34%
7 Jon Kenton Court 142 18 15 18 $587,884 13% 51 36%
9 Luis S. Quinonez 144 17 15 15 $644,302 12% 47 33%
10 Channing Hill 110 15 14 13 $744,895 14% 42 38%
10 Jareth Loveberry 146 15 18 14 $398,067 10% 47 32%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 66 21 16 7 $475,117 32% 44 67%
2 Maggi Moss 41 13 8 5 $263,775 32% 26 63%
3 Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 53 12 9 4 $327,050 23% 25 47%
4 Steve Landers 59 11 10 10 $206,147 19% 31 53%
5 Ulwelling, Al and Bill 30 7 4 2 $165,570 23% 13 43%
6 Zayat Stables, LLC 26 6 1 3 $236,934 23% 10 38%
6 William Stiritz 46 6 3 1 $205,026 13% 10 22%
6 Martin Brothers, Inc. 28 6 3 2 $89,373 21% 11 39%
9 Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 19 5 6 3 $260,437 26% 14 74%
9 Craig Drago 18 5 1 4 $168,795 28% 10 56%
9 Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC 28 5 3 5 $134,984 18% 13 46%
9 N P H Stable 11 5 1 2 $73,407 45% 8 73%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Fantasy Stakes (Grade 3) – 3 Year Old Fillies – 1 1/16th Miles – Purse: $400,000

– Sunday: The Carousel Stakes – 4 Year Old Fillies and Mares – 6 Furlongs – Purse: $100,000

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. West vs. Gillham

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Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our defending back-to-back champ (Aaron West) and the Dudes. Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’re adding one more challenger each week!

Rules:

Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch or change of track conditions or confidence level, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude #1) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Dude #1 $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Paul Mazur  $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Week 4: West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard  $53.20 – $27.00 – $25.60

Week 5: West defeats Dude #1 and Chance Moquett $42.40 – $37.40 – $22.20

This week’s contestants:

Three-Peat Champion: Aaron West

IMG_1921Aaron West started handicapping when he went to college and has been handicapping for 9 years now, particularly taking his game to a new level the last 5 years. Like so many of us, he learned how to read a form from my dad.

While he’s a fan of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers, Aaron’s money maker is the Kentucky Derby Trifecta wager, hitting them in 3 of the last 4 years (2010: $2,337.40, 2012: $3,065.60, 2013: $6,925.60). He attends Oaklawn Park regularly and has been to the Breeders’ Cup twice and Kentucky Derby once. You can follow him on Twitter at @amwest85.

 New Shooter: Zack Gillham

Zack Gillham was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas (home of Oaklawn Park) and has lived there most of his life. His love for horse racing didn’t begin until about a month into Oaklawn’s 2013 meet. He loves to learn and to solve problems. He also loves competition and making money. Horse racing was a good fit! He’s found that horse racing is a learning process that continues everyday and a problem that can never be solved, but when solid handicapping and some luck go your way, its 1526995_10100492353012961_2065106131_nsome of the most exciting 1-2 minutes you can have!

Like a lot of beginners, Zack started with Exactas, but from there went on to Trifectas and Superfectas. However, his recent task has been to conquer the Pick 4 wager. As he continues to grow as a handicapper, he’s expanding all the variables he likes to take into consideration, but he likes to take a combination of using how the race should unfold along with hot connections and track bias’s.

Other than horse racing, his other interests include golfing, poker, music, movies and generally anything outdoors. You can follow him on Twitter at @ZGillham.

Challenge races:

1  Fair Grounds Race 3 (2:26 CT)

2  Oaklawn Park Race 4 (2:52 CT)

3  Gulfstream Park Race 8 (3:34 CT)

4  Oaklawn Park  Race 6 (3:46 CT)

5  Oaklawn Park Race 7 (4:14 CT)

6  Fair Grounds Race 7 (4:25 CT)

7  Oaklawn Park Race 8 (4:42 CT)

8  Gulfstream Park Race 11 (5:07 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park Race 7 (5:30 CT)

10  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:00 CT)

Picks:

Race
Dude #1
West
Gillham
FG R3 #5 (1st 6.40 3.80) #5 (1st 6.40 3.80) #5 (1st 6.40 3.80)
OP R4 #9 (1st 6.60 3.60) #9 (1st 6.60 3.60) #9 (1st 6.60 3.60)
GP R8 #1 (2nd 4.60) #3 (3rd) #3 (3rd)
OP R6 #3* (2nd 7.20) #3* (2nd 7.20) #3 (2nd 3.60)
OP R7 #8 (2nd 3.80) #8 (2nd 3.80) #5* (Off)
FG R7 #10 (Off) #1 (2nd 3.00) #1 (2nd 3.00)
OP R8 #1 (1st 10.00 4.80) #9 (2nd 4.40) #7 (Off)
GP R11 #3 (1st 6.80 4.20) #3 (1st 6.80 4.20) #2 (2nd 5.40)
SA R7 #5 (1st 3.80 2.40) #7 (3rd) #2 (2nd 3.00)
SA R8 #4 (Off) #4 (Off) #2 (Off)
Score $68.00 $49.80 $35.40

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Blinkers Off 066: Florida and Louisiana Derby 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.

COMING SOON: In the coming weeks stayed tuned for our brand new website and logo update! It will be a major upgrade across the board and we hope you all will enjoy it!

Blinkers Off 066: Florida and Louisiana Derby – March 28, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the Grade I Besilu Stables Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and Grade II Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, discuss the highly controversial PETA video and preview Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

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Top 20 Kentucky Derby Prospects #7

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COMING SOON: In the coming weeks stayed tuned for our brand new website and logo update!!  It should be a major upgrade across the board, and we hope you all will enjoy it!
New to the Top 20: We Miss Artie, Chitu, Midnight Hawk
Dropped Out: Honor Code, Commissioner, Tamarando

We’ve also thrown in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) Pool 4 Morning Line odds and current Kentucky Derby 2014 point standings.

1. Cairo Prince (6-1 KDFW Morning Line) – It’s Florida Derby week and basically the moment of truth for our top ranked horse.  With his lack of Derby points, he must finish in the top three here to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

2. Candy Boy (12-1) – It looks like he’ll have a legit threat in the Santa Anita Derby as California Chrome looks pretty impressive.  Still liking this one a bit more, especially with the added distance.

3. Tapiture (15-1) – There is no question in my mind he was the best horse in the Rebel.  He got mugged in the stretch, but still battle through it all to finish second.  Not sure how he’ll be with added distance, but he hasn’t shown signs of slowing up yet.

4. Samraat (15-1) – Quietly moving up the ranks!  The colt has done nothing wrong, but will be tested with the extra distance of the Wood Memorial next time out.  That seems to be the only question mark on him.

5. California Chrome (5-1) – Welcome to the Kentucky Derby picture California Chrome!  You can never quite trust a state bred until you see them against open company, but just like Samraat this guy proved he’s for real in a big way as he crushed open company in the San Felipe.  His beyer number is the highest of any horse in the crop.  Will he travel well?

6. Intense Holiday (20-1) – To me this is the horse that has the most to gain this weekend.  He was a narrow winner in the Risen Star, but you would think the added distance of the Louisiana Derby could move him up even more.

7. Hoppertunity (12-1) – The horse showed he’s legit, although his trip was better than Tapiture’s.  With them both getting fair trips Tapiture is probably better, but Hoppertunity is on the improve and moving up the ranks.

8. Constitution (30-1) – He’ll be one of Cairo Prince’s main challengers in the Florida Derby.  Much like Cairo Prince, Constitution needs to hit the board in this one to have any chance of qualifying.

9. Ring Weekend (50-1) – Absolute runaway winner of the Tampa Bay Derby came out of nowhere!!  The trip and set up were perfect for him, but I still like that he drew away from this field nicely.  It may have not been the strongest group, but this runner proved he has to be taken seriously.

10. Social Inclusion (20-1) – From super allowance win to Wood Memorial winner??  That’s what Social Inclusion will be trying to do next Saturday at Aqueduct.  If he wins…we could be looking at the top rated three-year old in the country.

11. Uncle Sigh (30-1) – The Kentucky Derby distance is a serious question mark, but you can’t underestimate this ones heart.  The rivalry with him and Samraat has been a bright spot during the early prep races.

12. Strong Mandate (20-1) – No question the Rebel was a disappointing effort.  Will we ever see the real Strong Mandate, or have we already seen him?  Still think the potential is there…

13. Bobby’s Kitten (30-1) – He’s back, and he looked as good as ever!  We all are skeptical as to if he can run a step on the dirt, and if he makes the Kentucky Derby it will be his first start on something other than turf of poly track.  He has an all or nothing shot at the Derby as he’s scheduled for the Bluegrass Stakes in April.

14. Wildcat Red (30-1) – Will he stretch out to a mile and an eighth??  We’ll found out this week in the Florida Derby!

15. General A Rod (30-1) – He’s quietly flying under the radar, but I think the added distance of the Florida Derby will help him turn the tables on Wildcat Red.  However, is he good enough to beat Cairo Prince and Constitution?

16. Albano (50-1) – Rematch time for Albano in the Louisiana Derby vs. Intense Holiday!  He’s definitely on the improve, but can he stretch his speed out going even longer and hold off all challengers?

17. We Miss Artie (30-1) – I don’t give him much of a shot in Kentucky, but he won the Spiral last weekend so I have to rank him because he has qualified for the race.

18. Chitu (10-1) – Another that I give zero shot at winning, but like We Miss Artie, Chitu has qualified by staggering home to finish first in the Sunland Derby.

19. Ride On Curlin (30-1) – This one ran a big race in the Rebel to finish third, and probably surprised more than a few people with that effort.  Maybe he’s not a “miler” like many have said.  The Arkansas Derby is next for him, and it should tell the story of where he’ll go one way or another.

20. Midnight Hawk (20-1) – I put him here for my own amusement more than anything else.  He has 34 points which makes him a lock for the Kentucky Derby if they want to run him there, but the horse can barely stand up after a mile.  Definitely should not be pointing towards this race.

Free Brisnet past performances from Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager available here.

More information on the KDFW is available at www.KentuckyDerby.com.

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Wednesday 3/26/14 Late Pick Four Selections

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Tampa Bay Ticket

Race 6: 3,4,5,6

Race 7: 1,2,5,9

Race 8: 3,6,7

Race 9: 4,8

Ticket Cost: $48 (.50 cent)

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Race 7: 5,8,2,3

Race 8: 4,1,2,3

Race 9: 6,2,3

Race 10: 4,7,1

Ticket Cost: $72 (.50 cent)

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Laurel Ticket

Race 5: 2,1,6,7

Race 6: 6,5

Race 7: 2,1,3

Race 8: 4,1,6,5

Ticket Cost: $48 (.50 cent)

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Fair Grounds Ticket

Race 6: 1,3,5,7

Race 7: 2,1,5,7

Race 8: 2,4,8,10

Race 9: 5,1

Ticket Cost: $64 (.50 cent)

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Hawthorne Ticket

Race 5: 4,1,3

Race 6: 5,1,7

Race 7: 10,7,3,4

Race 8: 6,8,1

Ticket Cost: $54 (.50 cent)

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TUESDAY SPECIAL: Free Picks for Charles Town, Mountaineer, Sunland, and Turf Paradise

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Turf Paradise Picks

Race 1: #6 Regal Randy

Race 2: #1 Liar Liar Liar

Race 3: #7 Esteems Squad

Race 4: #6 Meter Me Gone

Race 5: #4 Careless Hunter

Race 6: #6 Go to the Pulpit

Race 7: #3 Nosetodaringstone

Race 8: #5 Another Victoria

Race 9: #12 Swiss Ski

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Sunland Picks

Race 4: #6 Reeser

Race 5: #10 Grand Pulpit

Race 6: #7 E P Who

Race 7: #5 Elway

Race 8: #7 Dawson Who

Race 9: #2 Moon Rising

Race 10: #2 Strawberry Park

Race 11: #1 Out Last

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Charles Town Picks

Race 1: #6 Papa Vito

Race 2: #5 Bee Boppin Along

Race 3: #2 Wickedly Bold

Race 4: #7 Stoneless

Race 5: #6 Silent Shot

Race 6: #5 Ray Gardener

Race 7: #1 Safari

Race 8: #5 Real Awesome

Race 9: #1 Dr. Funkenstein and #1A Quad’s Double

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Mountaineer Picks

Race 1: #3 Image of Grace

Race 2: #2 La Belle Province

Race 3: #3 Metz

Race 4: #2 Rip and Roll

Race 5: #5 Wine ‘n Wilko

Race 6: #2 Over It

Race 7: #1 La Grenouile

Race 8: #7 Fabulous Miss Bea

Race 9: #6 Bluegrass Star

Oaklawn Report #11

Brewing Wins the Gazebo Stakes

Brewing Wins the Gazebo Stakes

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Brewing (FL) – Isn’t it strange that Brewing became the first D Wayne Lukas three-year old to earn our first star of the week?  If I would have told you that before the meet I probably would have been laughed at by everyone, including his trainer!  However, Brewing has come on in a big way at Oaklawn, winning a maiden race and then the Gazebo Stakes in easy wire to wire fashion.  His running style suggests six furlongs could be his limit, and it looks like the Bachelor Stakes on closing weekend is where he will be pointed to next.

– 2nd Star: Glacken Too (FL) – This one hasn’t run a bad race yet, although his Sunday allowance win was definitely the best race of his young career.  The win was in wire to wire fashion, as he pulled away from all competition late to win by just over two lengths in the end.  Just like Brewing, a race like the Bachelor or Northern Spur Stakes could be a nice fit for this horse next time out.

– 3rd Star: Jake Mo (KY) – Jake Mo certainly is no stranger to Oaklawn as he ran in the Smarty Jones, Southwest, Rebel, and Arkansas Derby in 2012, and also ran here twice in 2o13.  What he has been a stranger to at Oaklawn is the winners circle, but that changed Friday when he won the feature race of the day.  The win gives Jake Mo two wins in a row, and now he could be pointed back to stakes competition next time out.  He had went a long time in between wins, but has found his form once again.

Flop of the Week

Dunkin Bend (KY) – His seventh place effort in the Gazebo Stakes this Saturday was very disappointing, especially considering the fact that projected heavy favorite Boji Moon had scratched from the race.  After the race is was found that Dunkin Bend has a breathing issue that will require surgery, so that explains the poor effort.  Still, he’s no doubt the flop of the week.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Steven M. Asmussen 105 21 25 9 $1,179,147 20% 55 52%
1 Federico   Villafranco 63 21 14 7 $457,337 33% 42 67%
3 Chris   Richard 69 20 10 7 $519,636 29% 37 54%
4 Cody   Autrey 91 18 18 13 $517,179 20% 49 54%
5 Chris A. Hartman 65 15 13 7 $460,616 23% 35 54%
6 Ron   Moquett 86 10 10 6 $413,257 12% 26 30%
7 Brad H. Cox 47 9 6 9 $341,936 19% 24 51%
7 Joseph R. Martin 63 9 8 13 $185,270 14% 30 48%
9 D. Wayne Lukas 76 8 8 10 $471,538 11% 26 34%
9 W. Bret Calhoun 40 8 3 6 $360,506 20% 17 43%
9 Randy L. Morse 58 8 8 3 $292,569 14% 19 33%
9 Roger A. Brueggemann 39 8 7 4 $250,197 21% 19 49%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 214 40 39 17 $1,817,137 19% 96 45%
2 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 202 31 29 29 $1,066,049 15% 89 44%
3 David   Mello 170 30 25 20 $735,322 18% 75 44%
4 Ramon A. Vazquez 121 21 17 18 $575,834 17% 56 46%
5 Terry J. Thompson 153 19 12 18 $637,276 12% 49 32%
6 Ken S. Tohill 114 18 20 12 $558,890 16% 50 44%
7 Jon Kenton Court 128 16 12 17 $504,569 13% 45 35%
8 Channing   Hill 105 15 13 13 $729,360 14% 41 39%
8 M. Clifton Berry 106 15 8 12 $557,944 14% 35 33%
8 Luis S. Quinonez 130 15 14 15 $549,174 12% 44 34%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 61 20 14 7 $446,477 33% 41 67%
2 Maggi   Moss 37 12 7 4 $241,975 32% 23 62%
3     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 48 11 9 3 $307,840 23% 23 48%
3 Steve   Landers 56 11 9 9 $190,867 20% 29 52%
5     Ulwelling, Al and Bill 26 7 4 2 $162,582 27% 13 50%
6     Zayat Stables, LLC 23 6 1 3 $235,059 26% 10 43%
6     Martin Brothers, Inc. 27 6 3 2 $88,448 22% 11 41%
8     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 18 5 6 2 $257,437 28% 13 72%
8 William   Stiritz 41 5 3 1 $192,398 12% 9 22%
8 Craig   Drago 17 5 1 4 $168,555 29% 10 59%
8     Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC 24 5 3 3 $124,914 21% 11 46%
8     N P H Stable 11 5 1 2 $73,407 45% 8 73%

Preview to Next Week

– Friday: Arkansas Breeders Open Division Stakes – 3 Year olds and upward (Arkansas Bred) – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $75,000

– Saturday: Rainbow Miss Stakes – 3 Year Old Fillies (Arkansas Bred) – 6 furlongs – Purse: $75,000

– Sunday: Rainbow Stakes – 3 Year Old Colts (Arkansas Bred) – 6 furlongs – Purse: $75,000

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. West vs. Moquett

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Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our defending back-to-back champ (Aaron West) and the Dudes. Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’re adding one more challenger each week!

Rules:

Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch or change of track conditions, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude #1) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Dude #1 $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Paul Mazur  $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Week 4: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard  $53.20 – $27.00 – $25.60

This week’s contestants:

Back-to-Back Champion: Aaron West

IMG_1921Aaron West started handicapping when he went to college and has been handicapping for 9 years now, particularly taking his game to a new level the last 5 years. Like so many of us, he learned how to read a form from my dad.

While he’s a fan of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers, Aaron’s money maker is the Kentucky Derby Trifecta wager, hitting them in 3 of the last 4 years (2010: $2,337.40, 2012: $3,065.60, 2013: $6,925.60). He attends Oaklawn Park regularly and has been to the Breeders’ Cup twice and Kentucky Derby once. You can follow him on Twitter at @amwest85.

New Shooter: Chance Moquett

Moquett

Let’s welcome Chance Moquett to the Dudes’ arena! Son of trainer Ron Moquett, Chance’s biggest win came in a race last year named after the fraternity he’s a part of, hitting a $.10 Superfecta box with a 50-1 on top! Nearly $6,200 payout after taxes!

When he’s not raking in the dough with the Superfectas, he loves betting Trifectas and Exactas as well as theoccasional Pick 3. (And of course a Pick 6 if the carryover is massive)

You can follow Chance on Twitter at @chancemoquett as well as his dad’s company Twitter account at @MoquettRacing97.

Challenge races:

1  Oaklawn Park  Race 2 (1:57 CT)

2  Gulfstream Park  Race 8 (3:34 CT)

3  Aqueduct  Race 8 (3:43 CT)

4  Fair Grounds  Race 6 (3:55 CT)

5  Gulfstream Park  Race 9 (4:05 CT)

6  Oaklawn Park  Race 8 (4:42 CT)

7  Fair Grounds  Race 8 (4:55 CT)

8  Santa Anita Park  Race 6 (5:00 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:00 CT)

10  Sunland Park  Race 11 (6:40 CT)

Picks:

Race
Halterman
West
Moquett
OP R2 #7 (1st 2.80 2.20) #7 (1st 2.80 2.20) #7 (1st 2.80 2.20)
GP R8 #8 (Off) #8 (Off) #8 (Off)
AQU R8 #2 (Off) #1 (1st 4.40 2.80) #7 (Off)
FG R6 #1 (2nd 4.80) #1 (2nd 4.80) #4 (1st 9.00 4.40)
GP R9 #7 (1st 3.60 2.20) #7* (1st 7.20 4.40) #3 (3rd)
OP R8 #9 (Off) #4 (2nd 4.80) #8* (Off)
FG R8 #2 (3rd) #4 (2nd 5.20) #2 (3rd)
SA R6 #2 (Off) #3 (3rd) #3 (3rd)
SA R8 #1 (2nd 3.80) #1 (2nd 3.80) #1 (2nd 3.80)
SUN R11 #9* (1st 11.60 6.40) #2 (Off) #3 (3rd)
Score $37.40 $42.40 $22.20

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Weekend SimplePlays™ Now Available

SimplePlays

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

However, given the massive overhaul, we now only offer SimplePlays™ on weekends and holidays. We also are offering SimplePlays™ each and every race day at Oaklawn Park and Fonner Park.

Here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring Gulfstream Park, Turfway Park and Sunland Park:

Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for March 22, 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Turfway Park.

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Sunday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for March 23, 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Sunland Park.

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Weekend Cards (Combined) 20% off!

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for March 22, 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Turfway Park.

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for March 23, 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Sunland Park.

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Free Past Performances

Spiral Stakes

Bourbonette Oaks

Sunland Derby

Sunland Park Oaks

Inside Information Stakes

Midnight Hawk looks to bounce back in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) on Sunday

Midnight Hawk looks to bounce back in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. III) on Sunday

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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