Weekend SimplePlays™, Free PPs and Dudes Challenge

Can Bayern win the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby?

Can Bayern win the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby?

The final HUGE weekend before the Kentucky Derby has arrived! Whether it’s the Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Handicap or Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, we’ve got you covered with FREE picks and SimplePlays™ at Oaklawn Park and Keeneland!

And if that’s not enough track coverage, here are even more weekend SimplePlays™ featuring Aqueduct, Pimlico and Gulfstream Park:

Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for April 12, 2014 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park.

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Sunday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for April 13, 2014 at Pimlico and Gulfstream Park.

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Weekend Cards (Combined) 20% off!

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for April 12, 2014 at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park.

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for April 13, 2014 at Pimlico and Gulfstream Park.

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We also offer SimplePlays™ each and every race day at KeenelandOaklawn Park and Fonner Park.

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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Free Past Performances

Oaklawn Park

G1 Arkansas Derby

G2 Oaklawn H.

Northern Spur S.

Instant Racing S.

Keeneland

G1 Toyota Blue Grass S.

G1 Madison S.

G1 Jenny Wiley S.

G3 Shakertown S.

G3 Commonwealth S.

Santa Anita Park

G2 Potrero Grande S.

G3 Las Cienegas S.

Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge

Each Sunday we host what’s called the #DudesChallenge. We select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested in taking on the Dudes! Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager is made on the horse a player selects in each race.

This week we’ve decided to incorporate the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby into the mix! The challengers picks can be found below and make sure to tune in tomorrow to check out the remaining challenge!

Race
Dude #1
Black
Rapko
KEE R11 #5 (Off) #4 (Off) #3 (3rd)
OP R11 #3 (Off) #4 (2nd 7.00) #8 (3rd)

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Top 20 Kentucky Derby Prospects #9

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New to the Top 20: Wicked Strong
Dropped Out: Ride On Curlin

1. California Chrome – We didn’t believe for the longest time…but now we do!  He’s now the favorite to win this one with the only question being how well he’ll run over the Churchill Downs surface.  From now on I’ll refer to him as “The Freak.”

2. Tapiture – It’s finally Arkansas Derby week, and Tapiture will have a tough task in front of him.  He’ll have the services of Joel Rosario, and with a clean trip I don’t think he can be beat this week.

3. Wicked Strong – Will the real Wicked Strong please stand up?  If the Kentucky Derby was ran at Aqueduct he’d be looking really good right now.  This proves how terrible a fit the Gulfstream track was for him, and now he’s stamped himself as a legit player.  One thing that is so important to note: He’s the only horse that has won one of these preps from off the pace.

4. Hoppertunity – California Chrome may have crushed him, but I really like what I saw out of Hoppertunity in the Santa Anita Derby.  He’ll have no problem with the Kentucky Derby distance, and if he can just continue to progress he’ll have a big shot.  Ran to my expectations, just not good enough to beat the freak.

5. Constitution – Huge victory in the Florida Derby!  I liked his willingness to go through a small hole along the rail, and you had to admire how gamely he fought off the pesky Wildcat Red.  Of course zero starts at two is scary, and he also still doesn’t seem to good about sitting behind horses.  He might have the most raw talent, but his lack of experience could be his downfall.

6. Samraat – My respect for him grows with each and every race.  He may have been defeated for the first time, but it took a giant effort to do it.  His game finish to out-nose Social Inclusion at the wire was respectable, and shows me he will fight all the way to the wire.  Win or lose in Kentucky…this horse is so likable.

7. Intense Holiday – It was a wild stretch run for Intense Holiday in the Louisiana Derby as he banged into the rail and had trouble switching leads.  Still, he managed to finish second and still is one that will have a shot in Kentucky.

8. Candy Boy  – Much like Cairo Prince, Candy Boy did not run his best race after a long layoff in the Santa Anita Derby.  He still is sitting in a good spot as far as making the field, and hopefully for his sake he’ll rebound with a better effort if he makes it into the race.

9. Cairo Prince – Talk about your all time back fire…Cairo Prince now sits on the bubble of even making it to the Kentucky Derby.  It was obvious that the Florida Derby was not his best effort, but I do think he’ll bounce back and run better next time out.  Not completely writing him off…

10. Strong Mandate – Still believe this one has a big race left in him somewhere…maybe we’ll see it in the Arkansas Derby.  If not, he may not even make the race.

11. Bobby’s Kitten – It’s now or never in the Blue Grass Stakes this weekend.  He’ll most likely be the post time favorite, but can he live up to the expectations?

12. Wildcat Red – My hat goes off to this horse, he’s not supposed to be running this far but he just keeps on fighting.  I thought for sure General A Rod and Constitution would leave him in the dust in the Florida Derby, but this guy has a big heart.  He’s earned his shot in the Derby.

13. Vicar’s In Trouble – Ran a terrific race when winning the Louisiana Derby, but still can’t see him getting the mile and one-quarter distance.  Nice story to have a Louisiana bred making the race though.

14. Toast of New York – Dubai winner has a ton of things going against him, but also has an abundance of talent.  Might be classier than all of these, but can he run on dirt and will he handle the trip well?

15. General A Rod – His third place effort in the Florida Derby was a tad disappointing considering it looked like he had every chance to go by for most of the stretch run.  He’ll have a small chance in Kentucky, but might not be good enough.

16. Uncle Sigh – Picked the wrong time to run a bad race, but I still think he’ll end up running in the Kentucky Derby.  Nice horse, but the distance will likely wear him down.

17. Ring Weekend – Second place efforts in the Calder Derby usually don’t lead to wins in the Kentucky Derby.  I’ll leave him on the list based on the number of points he’s earned.

18. We Miss Artie – We’ve already seen him falter on dirt.  Nice synthetic horse, will be tough for him to win the Derby though.

19. Chitu –Not liking his chances at all at a mile and one-quarter.

20. Social Inclusion – I’ll keep him on the list for now because he might still get into the field with a lot of luck.  I actually thought his third place performance in the Wood was impressive, especially since his ride was curious to say the least.  The jock basically thought they were going to cruise home to an easy win, then the water got real deep real fast and he panicked.  Don’t forget about this one…

Free Brisnet past performances from Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager available here.

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

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Lukas vs. Neulist

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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 champ Mr. Halterman (Dude #1). 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: West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard $53.30 – $27.00 – $25.60

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

Week 6: Dude #1 defeats West and Zack Gillham $68.00 – $49.80 – $35.40

This week’s challengers:

Brady Lukas

nFwZw45xBrady Lukas, grandson of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, was born in Arcadia, California. He grew up on the backside of Santa Anita
making wagers ever since he was tall enough to reach the betting window. He resided in California until he received a football scholarship to the Air Force Academy. He currently resides at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Ms, and is moving to Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan in June.

Brady doesn’t believe in picking the second or third best horse, so he lives and dies by the win wager. The longest shot he ever hit was in the 2005 Kentucky Derby placing a straight win wager on 50-1 Giacomo. He currently owes 4 more years to the Air Force, but plans to get into the horse racing industry management side of the house. You can follow him on Twitter at @bwaynelukas.

 Nicolle Neulist

Nicolle Neulist lives in Chicago, Illinois. They were exposed to Triple Crown races on television as a child, but never made it out to the races until a company outing to Arlington Park back in 2007. Over the last year or so, after many late nights of reading about racehorse pedigrees, horse racingpurple has morphed from an occasional entertainment into a fiery passion. It’s just the perfect sport for someone who loves both trivia and numbers! Nowadays, Nicolle gets out to Hawthorne Race Course at least once a week, and the paddock there almost feels like a second home. They’re still relatively new to handicapping: even though the timid two-dollar show bets have given way to mostly exacta betting, cracking the nut of the multi-race wager is becoming more and more tempting by the day.

Away from the track, nicolle does computer security consulting, sings in a few choirs around Chicago, and plays a lot of pub quiz. They rant about horse racing (and a few other things, but mainly horse racing 140 characters at a time on Twitter at @rogueclown.  They also write in longer form about race picks, fantasy horse racing, and the on-track exploits of Curlin’s progeny at http://blinkersoffblog.wordpress.com.

Challenge races:

1  Keeneland Race 5 (2:09 CT)

2  Pimlico Race 7 (2:58 CT)

3  Oaklawn Park Race 5 (3:19 CT)

4  Keeneland Race 8 (3:42 CT)

5  Oaklawn Park  Race 6 (3:46 CT)

6  Keeneland Race 9 (4:13 CT)

7  Oaklawn Park Race 8 (4:42 CT)

8  Santa Anita Park Race 6 (5:00 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park  Race 7 (5:30 CT)

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

Picks:

Race
Dude #1
Lukas
Neulist
KEE R5 #11 (Off) #11 (Off) #2 (Off)
PIM R7 #2 (1st 5.80 3.20) #2 (1st 5.80 3.20) #11 (2nd 4.40)
OP R5 #3 (Off) #3 (Off) #8 (2nd 4.80)
KEE R8 #10 (3rd) #6 (Off) #10* (3rd)
OP R6 #4 (Off) #7 (Off) #1 (1st 5.20 3.20)
KEE R9 #1 (3rd) #5 (Off) #8 (Off)
OP R8 #3* (1st 8.00 5.20) #6 (Off) #7 (3rd)
SA R6 #6 (2nd 3.00) #9 (3rd) #4 (Off)
SA R7 #2 (Off) #1* (3rd) #2 (Off)
SA R8 #8 (2nd 4.80) #8 (2nd 4.80) #6 (1st 8.00 3.60)
Score $30.00 $13.80 $29.20

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

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Weekend SimplePlays™, Free PPs and Pick 4 Selections Now Available

California Chrome (top) and Candy Boy (bottom) lead a group of 8 in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on Saturday.

California Chrome (top) and Candy Boy (bottom) lead a group of 8 in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on Saturday.

Another big weekend has arrived! Whether it’s the Wood Memorial or Santa Anita Derby, we’ve got you covered with FREE picks at Aqueduct and Santa Anita Park!

And if you’re looking for even more coverage, here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring Aqueduct and Santa Anita Park:

Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for April 5, 2014 at Aqueduct and Santa Anita Park.

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Sunday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for April 6, 2014 at Aqueduct and Santa Anita Park.

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Weekend Cards (Combined) 20% off!

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for April 5-6, 2014 at Aqueduct and Santa Anita Park.

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We also offer SimplePlays™ each and every race day at KeenelandOaklawn Park and Fonner Park.

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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Free Past Performances

Aqueduct

G2 Bay Shore S.

G2 Gazelle S.

G1 Wood Memorial S.

G1 Carter H.

Santa Anita Park

Echo Eddie S.

Evening Jewel S.

G3 Providencia S.

G1 Santa Anita Derby

G1 Santa Anita Oaks

Aqueduct $500K Guaranteed Pick 4 Ticket

Dude #1 (who creates SimplePlays™) and Dude #2 team up this weekend to take down the Pick 4!

Race 8: 2,4,7,8

Race 9: 4,2

Race 10: 8,11,4,10

Race 11: 1,6,3,5

Ticket Cost: $64.00 (.50 cent)

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Blinkers Off 067: Wood Memorial and Santa Anita 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: Stayed tuned next week 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 067: Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby – April 4, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct and Grade I Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park, as well the Grade III Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park and Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.

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Top 20 Kentucky Derby Prospects #8

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New to the Top 20: Vicar’s In Trouble, Toast of New York
Dropped Out: Albano, Midnight Hawk

1. Candy Boy  – This has turned into an impossible task!  This Kentucky Derby is as wide open as ever, but somebody has to be number one so it’s Candy Boy that assumes the spot.  He runs this Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby, which is starting to look like a loaded race.

2. Tapiture – He’s probably ran the two most consistent prep races, and will be favored in the Arkansas Derby in two weeks.  I’m still not sold on him getting a mile and one-quarter, but if he can he has a real shot to win.  Remember…he has a victory at Chruchill Downs.

3. Samraat – Looks to make it three Kentucky Derby prep races in a row this weekend in the Wood Memorial!  What a story this horse has been, and it would be great if he stay undefeated heading into the Kentucky Derby.  This weekend will be his toughest challenge yet…

4. California Chrome – Speaking of great stories, how about this California bred who might become the number one prospect for the Kentucky Derby after this weekend?  He’s proven to be faster (at least speed figure wise) that Candy Boy, but can he beat him head to head as the distances get longer?

5. Hoppertunity – Wow, did everyone see the workout he put in last weekend?  This could be the horse to look out for, as he’s definitely improving at the right time.  Baffert indicated that the Santa Anita Derby this weekend will be next for Hoppertunity, as the horse looks ready to roll.

6. Constitution – Huge victory in the Florida Derby!  I liked his willingness to go through a small hole along the rail, and you had to admire how gamely he fought off the pesky Wildcat Red.  Of course zero starts at two is scary, and he also still doesn’t seem to good about sitting behind horses.  He might have the most raw talent, but his lack of experience could be his downfall.

7. Intense Holiday – It was a wild stretch run for Intense Holiday in the Louisiana Derby as he banged into the rail and had trouble switching leads.  Still, he managed to finish second and still is one that will have a shot in Kentucky.

8 Ring Weekend – It’s amazing that this horse has moved up eighth.  He’ll have the oddest final Derby prep race of all time…The Calder Derby.

9. Social Inclusion – Time to find out what this horse is all about in the Wood Memorial this weekend.  He’s pretty much the only true wildcard left out of the bunch.  He could be a total freak, or he could flop when up against stakes company.  It will be fascinating to watch.

10. Uncle Sigh – He’ll get one more swing at Samraat this weekend, but I think the added distance will probably hurt him.  I do expect him to give us another gutsy performance, and one that might be good enough to propel him into the Kentucky Derby.

11. Cairo Prince – Talk about your all time back fire…Cairo Prince now sits on the bubble of even making it to the Kentucky Derby.  It was obvious that Saturday was not his best effort, but I do think he’ll bounce back and run better next time out.  Not completely writing him off…

12. Strong Mandate – Still believe this one has a big race left in him somewhere…maybe we’ll see it in the Arkansas Derby.

13. Bobby’s Kitten – If this horse can handle the dirt it’s looking more and more like he can really be a player.  Personally I think he’s classier than almost anyone on this list.  The plan is to run in the Bluegrass Stakes in two weeks…if he wins that one I’ll start believing.

14. Wildcat Red – My hat goes off to this horse, he’s not supposed to be running this far but he just keeps on fighting.  I thought for sure General A Rod and Constitution would leave him in the dust in the Florida Derby, but this guy has a big heart.  He’s earned his shot in the Derby.

15. Vicar’s In Trouble – Ran a terrific race when winning the Louisiana Derby, but still can’t see him getting the mile and one-quarter distance.  Nice story to have a Louisiana bred making the race though.

16. Toast of New York – Dubai winner has a ton of things going against him, but also has an abundance of talent.  Might be classier than all of these, but can he run on dirt and will he handle the trip well?

17. General A Rod – His third place effort in the Florida Derby was a tad disappointing considering it looked like he had every chance to go by for most of the stretch run.  He’ll have a small chance in Kentucky, but might not be good enough.

18. We Miss Artie – We’ve already seen him falter on dirt.  Nice synthetic horse, will be tough for him to win the Derby though.

19. Chitu –Not liking his chances at all at a mile and one-quarter.

20. Ride On Curlin – Showed his class in the Rebel Stakes last time in a big way, and with another solid effort in the Arkansas Derby he could be a nice “under the radar” prospect.  He’s had trouble putting two in a row together though.

Free Brisnet past performances from Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager available here.

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

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Cali Swag: A Tribute to the Handicap Division

With three months of the year gone there is no question what the most exciting division has been: The Older Male Handicap Division!  Today we’ve went back into our archive of photo’s from Mike Sekulic, and found pictures of the divisions four heavy hitters: Palace Malice, Mucho Macho Man, Game On Dude, and Will Take Charge.  Enjoy!

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

DudesChallenge

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

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