Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Black vs. Rapko

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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 back-to-back 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

Week 7: Dude #1 defeats Nicolle Neulist and Brady Lukas $30.00 – $29.20 – $13.80

This week’s challengers:

Jared Black

imageJared is 23 years old and a Finance/Business Management major at Henderson State University (graduating in May) where he also played college golf for 4 years.

Jared started going to the races with his dad when he was 3 years old and now visits Oaklawn once a week. His family actually owns racehorses as well. His favorite track besides Oaklawn is Delta Downs because of the huge payouts. You can find him around the paddock area when Danny Caldwell has a horse running, as he is in the “Danny Caldwell Fan Club” along with Justin Lewis (@JustinLewisLR).

His favorite wager is the Win/Place bet. Show money is no good! His biggest win was a 60/1 winner at Delta Downs last year! You can follow him on Twitter at @JaredWBlack.

 Ryan Rapko

Ryan Rapko was born, raised, and still lives in Aliquippa, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. Ryan started getting involved in handicapping in the Summer of 2008 after getting a job at his local OTB. He taught himself how to wager and how to read the form. For the past 6 years, he has continuously been improving his handicapping skills whether it would be wagering and learning from acquaintances at the OTB or from his long time good friend @Whattasurprise.

He bets a variety of wagers, but mostly likes to focus in on Win/Place, Pick 3’s, and Pick 4’s. His biggest day of wagering came at the 2012 Kentucky3utkoze65ytt9ucoudds Derby. He cashed 2 Pick 3’s totaling roughly $2,500 as well as the Exacta and Trifecta in the Derby for another $1,500.

If he is not wagering online, Ryan can either be found at either Mountaineer Park or the Meadows Casino reading the form, building tickets, and cashing winners. His favorite tracks he would like to visit someday are Del Mar, Saratoga, Keeneland, and Gulfstream.

Outside of racing, Ryan enjoys watching and wagering on sports. He is a fan of the Yankees, Big Blue Nation, and the Chargers. He is also a fan of the WWE.

Currently, Ryan is partaking in a mythical bankroll challenge for the Keeneland Spring Meet. He posts full card selections, Challenge Plays that affect the bankroll, and, after each racing day, updated stats. All of this, as well as other horse racing handicapping thoughts, can be found on his twitter page @Chuckles375.

Challenge races:

Saturday

1  Toyota Blue Grass S. (4:45 CT)

2  Arkansas Derby (6:07 CT)

Sunday

3  Keeneland Race 6 (2:40 CT)

4  Keeneland Race 7 (3:11 CT)

5  Keeneland Race 8 (3:42 CT)

6  Santa Anita Park Race 4 (4:00 CT)

7  Keeneland Race 9 (4:13 CT)

8  Santa Anita Park Race 5 (4:30 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park Race 6 (5:00 CT)

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

Picks:

Race
Dude #1
Black
Rapko
KEE R11 #5 (Off) #4 (Off) #3 (3rd)
OP R11 #3 (Off) #4 (2nd 7.00) #8 (3rd)
KEE R6 #8 (2nd 4.80) #6 (1st 6.80 3.60) #6 (1st 6.80 3.60)
KEE R7 #1 (2nd 4.60) #1 (2nd 4.60) #7 (3rd)
KEE R8 #3* (1st 11.20 6.80) #2 (Off) #3* (1st 11.20 6.80)
SA R4 #7 (Off) #2 (2nd 4.60) #7 (Off)
KEE R9 #3 (2nd 4.00) #9 (Off) #6 (Off)
SA R5 #6 (2nd 3.00) #6 (2nd 3.00) #3 (1st 5.20 2.60)
SA R6 #1 (1st 11.40 6.60) #8* (Off) #8 (Off)
SA R8 #5 (1st 5.60 3.00) #5 (1st 5.60 3.00) #5 (1st 5.60 3.00)
Score $61.00 $38.20 $44.80

* 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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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

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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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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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

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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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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Oaklawn Park

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 (Aaron West) and the Dudes. Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’ve decided to add even one more challenger each week!

The rules are simple. 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, 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.

The Dudes will be in attendance at Oaklawn all weekend, so in tribute to that, we will feature an all-Oaklawn challenge this week!

Let’s look at past results:

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

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Aaron Halterman $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Aaron Halterman and Paul Mazur  $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Alright, let’s meet this week’s contestants:

Resident 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: Oaklawn Wizard (100% real)

Occupation: The Seer of Numbers and Knowledge of the Horse Oaklawn Wizard

Current Residence: The Bowels of Oaklawn’s Backstretch

Favorite Pastime: Teaching others knowledge of the game

Favorite Foods: Oaklawn Staples – Corn Beef Sandwich and Oysters from the Oyster Bar

Favorite Bets: Pick 4’s

Memberships:

Horse Racing Wizards of North America

The Southern Order of Wizards

P.O.N.Y

Saddle Up Club

Becoming a Wizard:

The journey to become a Wizard is both a treacherous and long path. The beginnings involved the teaching of the Racing Form hieroglyphs for many moons through late evenings. A Seer guided me on the journey explaining the numbers and strange types of words such as “furlong”. As the knowledge was gained, a quest to show off such knowledge was needed. A mystic place known as “Oaklawn” was told as a place of magic creatures where mounds of gold could be obtained using this knowledge. Several times as I learned the ways, a band of merry men with another elder wizard traveled to this place. I was allowed to see such wonders as an apprentice wizard. There – at this place – a great dragon lived which guarded a treasure of gold. Through the many caverns and wonderous taverns, the merry men would see this beast. Throughout the day, the dragon continued to use his cunning ways of ale and food to make sure the men’s guard was down. Every twenty minutes, they would battle with this dragon to obtain his gold. The elder wizard warned the men to protect their gold, but the dragon knew the secrets to defeating the men. Each time at the end of the day, the dragon would take what he wanted and threw the men out after he showed them the treasure they desired. I learned this tale and was allowed to lead others on their quest of their own.  Even to this day, men still request my guidance in seeking the path to this gold.

Today’s challenge races:

1  Oaklawn Park  Race 1 (1:30 CT)

2  Oaklawn Park  Race 2 (1:57 CT)

3  Oaklawn Park  Race 3 (2:25 CT)

4  Oaklawn Park  Race 4 (2:52 CT)

5  Oaklawn Park  Race 5 (3:19 CT)

6  Oaklawn Park  Race 6 (3:46 CT)

7  Oaklawn Park  Race 7 (4:14 CT)

8  Oaklawn Park  Race 8 (4:42 CT)

9  Oaklawn Park  Race 9 (5:10 CT)

The picks:

Race
Halterman
West
Wizard
OP R1 #8 (Off) #8* (Off) #9 (2nd 4.00)
OP R2 #5 (1st 2.80 2.60) #5 (1st 2.80 2.60) #5 (1st 2.80 2.60)
OP R3 #8 (Off) #9 (Off) #2* (3rd)
OP R4 #2 (Off) #3 (1st 7.80 4.60) #3 (1st 7.80 4.60)
OP R5 #11 (2nd 4.60) #5 (Off) #5 (Off)
OP R6 #5 (Off) #5 (Off) #6 (Off)
OP R7 #5 (1st 8.20 5.00) #4 (Off) #8 (Off)
OP R8 #2* (Off) #1 (Off) #1 (Off)
OP R9 #6 (2nd 3.80) #3 (1st 24.60 10.80) #6 (2nd 3.80)
Score $27.00 $53.20 $25.60

* 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

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Instead of having four tracks at a time, we have massively expanded to covering currently 15 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 and Aqueduct:

Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for March 15, 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct.

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Sunday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for March 16, 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct.

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Weekend Cards (Combined) 20% off!

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for March 15-16, 2014 at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct.

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Close Hatches (left) comes into Oaklawn Park on Saturday for the Azeri S. while Strong Mandate looks to bounce back in the Rebel S. FREE picks for entire Oaklawn card available here!

Close Hatches (left) comes into Oaklawn Park on Saturday for the Azeri S. while Strong Mandate looks to bounce back in the Rebel S. FREE picks for entire Oaklawn card available here!

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

Oaklawn Report #6

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Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Tapiture (KY) – The first major step towards Kentucky was taken Monday as Tapiture looked like the real deal winning the Southwest by four and a half lengths over Strong Mandate.  Jockey Ricardo Santana was able to give him a dream trip as he broke well and saved all the ground racing along the rail the entire race.  The win makes him a two-time Graded Stakes winner, and should set him up for the Rebel and Arkansas Derby as we go down the Triple Crown Trail at Oaklawn.

– 2nd Star: Don’t Tell Sophia (KY) – As expected Don’t Tell Sophia was dominant once again this Saturday.  She’s winning races like a freak right now, but can she keep doing it when the competition gets a little steeper?  She’s simply in a class by herself when it comes to the older fillies and mares on the Oaklawn grounds right now.  However, On Fire Baby is getting closer to race which could make the Azeri Stakes very interesting in March.

– 3rd Star: Apprehender (KY) – On any other week this would have been the performance of the week!  Coming off a ten month layoff Apprehender was able to put away a stellar field and win the King Cotton Stakes in an eye-popping time of 1:10 flat.  Apprehender has always shown a lot of class, but showed a bit of maturity for the first time Saturday as we was able to sit behind horses and save his energy for the stretch run.  The win makes it two King Cotton’s in a row for the horse, and puts him on path for the Grade 3 Count Fleet Handicap at the end of the meet.

Flop of the Week

Win Willy (KY) – Very sad that this horse ends up here.  The Oaklawn legend was dead last in the Essex Stakes Saturday, and never showed any interest the entire race.  Obviously should have been retired after last year, but Win Willy has been thrown into the fire once again only this time it looks like he’s given up.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Chris   Richard 37 15 2 1 $369,381 41% 18 49%
2 Cody   Autrey 46 12 8 4 $331,030 26% 24 52%
2 Federico   Villafranco 39 12 5 7 $215,351 31% 24 62%
4 Chris A. Hartman 36 9 7 4 $265,289 25% 20 56%
5 Steven M. Asmussen 48 8 10 5 $537,172 17% 23 48%
6 Brad H. Cox 31 7 5 5 $240,539 23% 17 55%
7 Ron   Moquett 46 6 8 4 $270,590 13% 18 39%
8 Randy L. Morse 33 5 6 3 $200,714 15% 14 42%
8 Roger A. Brueggemann 26 5 3 3 $122,220 19% 11 42%
8 David R. Vance 17 5 2 1 $115,775 29% 8 47%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 104 17 18 10 $885,152 16% 45 43%
1 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 94 17 14 9 $549,543 18% 40 43%
3 David   Mello 73 16 9 7 $364,809 22% 32 44%
4 Terry J. Thompson 82 11 8 9 $370,080 13% 28 34%
4 Ramon A. Vazquez 69 11 8 11 $293,421 16% 30 43%
6 Channing   Hill 62 10 7 7 $477,073 16% 24 39%
7 Alex   Birzer 93 9 9 10 $303,044 10% 28 30%
8 Ken S. Tohill 54 8 10 7 $281,526 15% 25 46%
9 Israel   Ocampo 61 7 8 8 $259,920 11% 23 38%
9 Jareth   Loveberry 48 7 4 9 $137,625 15% 20 42%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 37 11 5 7 $204,491 30% 23 62%
2 Maggi   Moss 19 8 2 1 $152,147 42% 11 58%
3     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 30 7 3 3 $148,053 23% 13 43%
3 Steve   Landers 27 7 4 3 $107,843 26% 14 52%
5     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 12 4 4 1 $186,537 33% 9 75%
5     Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. 16 4 1 0 $76,816 25% 5 31%
7 John C. Oxley 20 3 2 3 $169,759 15% 8 40%
7 William   Stiritz 22 3 2 0 $129,381 14% 5 23%
7     Ulwelling, Al and Bill 15 3 2 1 $91,818 20% 6 40%
7 Craig   Drago 8 3 0 2 $90,775 38% 5 63%
7     N P H Stable 7 3 1 0 $37,907 43% 4 57%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Spring Fever Stakes – Fillies and Mares four-year olds and upward – Five and One-half furlongs – Purse: $100,000

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Oaklawn Report #5

Weather Ruined this Week but Strong Mandate Headlines a Huge Week Ahead

Weather Ruined this Week but Strong Mandate Headlines a Huge Week Ahead

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Cody Autrey 35 10 7 3 $290,963 29% 20 57%
1 Chris   Richard 25 10 2 0 $244,706 40% 12 48%
3 Federico   Villafranco 29 9 4 6 $144,041 31% 19 66%
4 Chris A. Hartman 23 8 3 2 $170,857 35% 13 57%
5 Steven M. Asmussen 35 5 9 2 $273,264 14% 16 46%
5 Roger A. Brueggemann 21 5 3 3 $117,712 24% 11 52%
5 David R. Vance 14 5 1 1 $109,235 36% 7 50%
8 Randy L. Morse 27 4 4 3 $141,666 15% 11 41%
8 Brad H. Cox 24 4 3 4 $113,169 17% 11 46%
10 Mark E. Casse 22 3 3 3 $149,772 14% 9 41%
10 Philip A. Sims 15 3 1 3 $140,634 20% 7 47%
10 D. Wayne Lukas 32 3 4 7 $130,470 9% 14 44%
10 Ron   Moquett 28 3 5 2 $130,424 11% 10 36%
10 Scott   Becker 18 3 1 0 $119,678 17% 4 22%
10 Ingrid   Mason 19 3 4 4 $81,327 16% 11 58%
10 Gary G. Hartlage 8 3 0 1 $66,021 38% 4 50%
10 Joseph R. Martin 20 3 0 4 $44,145 15% 7 35%
10 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. 63 13 12 5 $444,254 21% 30 48%
2 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 71 10 14 5 $467,550 14% 29 41%
2 Terry J. Thompson 58 10 6 7 $324,099 17% 23 40%
2 David   Mello 52 10 8 4 $200,063 19% 22 42%
5 Alex   Birzer 72 8 7 8 $227,372 11% 23 32%
6 Ken S. Tohill 39 7 5 5 $190,483 18% 17 44%
6 Ramon A. Vazquez 43 7 5 8 $170,267 16% 20 47%
8 Israel   Ocampo 47 6 6 7 $201,748 13% 19 40%
9 Channing   Hill 44 5 6 6 $276,823 11% 17 39%
9 Calvin H. Borel 36 5 3 1 $213,439 14% 9 25%
9 Luis S. Quinonez 57 5 6 6 $211,645 9% 17 30%
9 Seth B. Martinez 28 5 3 5 $132,030 18% 13 46%
9 Jareth   Loveberry 32 5 1 7 $85,006 16% 13 41%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 27 8 4 6 $133,181 30% 18 67%
2 Maggi   Moss 12 6 2 0 $128,189 50% 8 67%
2     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 25 6 3 3 $126,212 24% 12 48%
4 Steve   Landers 23 5 4 2 $84,723 22% 11 48%
5     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 9 4 3 1 $170,680 44% 8 89%
5     Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. 12 4 0 0 $64,928 33% 4 33%
7 John C. Oxley 15 3 1 2 $125,674 20% 6 40%
7 William   Stiritz 18 3 1 0 $119,678 17% 4 22%
7     N P H Stable 5 3 1 0 $37,090 60% 4 80%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The King Cotton Stakes – 4 Year Olds and Upward – 6 furlongs – Purse: $100,000

– Saturday: The Essex Handicap – 4 Year Olds and Upward – 1 1/16th Miles – Purse: $100,000

– Sunday: The Bayakoa Stakes – 4 Year Old Fillies and Upward – 1 1/16th Miles – Purse: $100,000

– Monday: The Southwest Stakes – 3 Year Olds – 1 1/16th Miles – Purse: $300,000

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Oaklawn Report #4

Aragorn Ami Surprises in the Martha Washington

Aragorn Ami Surprises in the Martha Washington

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Aragorn Ami (ON) – She came to Oaklawn with just one lifetime race, but that’s all she needed!  Aragorn Ami captured the first of three Kentucky Oaks prep races at Oaklawn, as she took the Martha Washington by a length.  Considering this was only her second lifetime start you would think that leaves room for a little improvement as well which is even better news for all her connections.  With the filly race being wide open this year, Aragorn Ami has tossed her name into the discussion moving forward.

– 2nd Star: Boji Moon (IA) – This was just a ridiculous performance!  After trying to stretch Boji Moon out a couple of times, trainer Chris Richard entered him back in a six furlong race and it worked out very well.  Even though he was facing older rivals, Boji Moon was dominant in winning an allowance race Saturday as he easily won while completely in hand.  You would have to think the race sets him up for Stakes company next time out considering he left plenty in the tank in this race.  Oaklawn has a couple of shorter three year old stakes that he could be looking at down the road.  At the six furlong distance it will be hard for anyone to beat him.

– 3rd Star: Right to Vote (KY) – Friday’s feature contained three horses that have won Stakes races at Oaklawn in the past, but it was Right to Vote that ended up getting the money in a stylish performance.  The win was his first at Oaklawn in three tries, but more importantly the win came around two turns.  That means Right to Vote has thrown his name into the older male division mix at Oaklawn, with races like the Essex, Razorback, and the Oaklawn Handicap within his reach.  The emergence of Right to Vote gives trainer Ron Moquett a duel threat in the older male division as he conditions top sprinter Gentleman’s Bet as well.

Flop of the Week

Kiss Moon (KY) – She came into the Martha Washington undefeated, and was bet down to favoritism, but was a complete no-show finishing seventh.  Maybe she bounced a bit off that nice performance on opening weekend, or maybe the competition got to her.  You should never give up on a three-year old this time of year, but she’ll need to show a lot more next time out.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Cody Autrey 35 10 7 3 $290,963 29% 20 57%
1 Chris   Richard 25 10 2 0 $244,706 40% 12 48%
3 Federico   Villafranco 29 9 4 6 $144,041 31% 19 66%
4 Chris A. Hartman 23 8 3 2 $170,857 35% 13 57%
5 Steven M. Asmussen 35 5 9 2 $273,264 14% 16 46%
5 Roger A. Brueggemann 21 5 3 3 $117,712 24% 11 52%
5 David R. Vance 14 5 1 1 $109,235 36% 7 50%
8 Randy L. Morse 27 4 4 3 $141,666 15% 11 41%
8 Brad H. Cox 24 4 3 4 $113,169 17% 11 46%
10 Mark E. Casse 22 3 3 3 $149,772 14% 9 41%
10 Philip A. Sims 15 3 1 3 $140,634 20% 7 47%
10 D. Wayne Lukas 32 3 4 7 $130,470 9% 14 44%
10 Ron   Moquett 28 3 5 2 $130,424 11% 10 36%
10 Scott   Becker 18 3 1 0 $119,678 17% 4 22%
10 Ingrid   Mason 19 3 4 4 $81,327 16% 11 58%
10 Gary G. Hartlage 8 3 0 1 $66,021 38% 4 50%
10 Joseph R. Martin 20 3 0 4 $44,145 15% 7 35%
10 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. 63 13 12 5 $444,254 21% 30 48%
2 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 71 10 14 5 $467,550 14% 29 41%
2 Terry J. Thompson 58 10 6 7 $324,099 17% 23 40%
2 David   Mello 52 10 8 4 $200,063 19% 22 42%
5 Alex   Birzer 72 8 7 8 $227,372 11% 23 32%
6 Ken S. Tohill 39 7 5 5 $190,483 18% 17 44%
6 Ramon A. Vazquez 43 7 5 8 $170,267 16% 20 47%
8 Israel   Ocampo 47 6 6 7 $201,748 13% 19 40%
9 Channing   Hill 44 5 6 6 $276,823 11% 17 39%
9 Calvin H. Borel 36 5 3 1 $213,439 14% 9 25%
9 Luis S. Quinonez 57 5 6 6 $211,645 9% 17 30%
9 Seth B. Martinez 28 5 3 5 $132,030 18% 13 46%
9 Jareth   Loveberry 32 5 1 7 $85,006 16% 13 41%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The King Cotton Stakes – 4 Year Olds and Upward – 6 furlongs – Purse: $100,000

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