Lady and The Track | July 21, 2018

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Race Of The Week: Delaware Handicap

July 13, 2018 |

Nine Distaffers Set For Delaware Park Centerpiece By Derek Simon Saturday’s Delaware Park card appears to be loaded with value — and I especially like the two graded stakes races. In the eighth race, the Kent Stakes (G3) for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the grass, 5-UNTAMED DOMAIN has been made the 5-2 morning line favorite, […]

Race Of The Week: Eatontown Stakes

June 30, 2018 |

Monmouth Park Race Features Vulnerable Favorite By Derek Simon Saturday’s card at Monmouth Park features three graded stakes races, including the Philip H. Iselin (G3) for three-year-olds and upward racing 1 1/16 miles on the main track, the Eatontown Stakes (G3), a 1 1/16-mile turf event for fillies and mares, and, of course, the biggie […]

Race Of The Week: Stephen Foster Handicap

June 16, 2018 |

  Handicap Stars Attempt To Secure Breeders’ Cup Berth By Derek Simon It’s a great day of racing at Churchill Downs on Saturday, with five graded stakes on tap, including the Grade 2 Wise Dan, which drew last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile champ World Approval, and the Matt Winn, a Grade 3 affair that lured […]

What You Need To Know About Betting The Belmont Stakes

June 9, 2018 |

  Handicapping The Longest Triple Crown Race Takes Some Finesse By Derek Simon Of all the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes is probably the most “normal” from a betting standpoint. In Louisville, the emphasis is on improvement — a quest for horses that are ready to deliver a top effort on the first Saturday […]

Why Breeding Doesn’t Mean A Thing In The Triple Crown Races

June 7, 2018 |

  Dosage Not A Predictable Factor For Belmont Winners By Derek Simon Almost since the beginning of time, man has been fascinated by artificial selection — the idea that through careful manipulation of the breeding process, one can achieve a more desirable result, whether that be a better-tasting broccoli, a fatter cow or a seedless […]

How Will The Track Condition Affect The Kentucky Derby?

May 5, 2018 |

  Will The Off Track Affect Your Pick? By Derek Simon With it now seeming likely that the 2018 Kentucky Derby will be contested over an “off” track, the logical question becomes: How will the track condition affect the outcome of the race? As it pertains to individual horses, that question may be unresolved until two minutes […]

Three Things To Look For In A Kentucky Derby Winner

May 5, 2018 |

  What Qualifications Should The Winner Have? By Derek Simon In between e-mails informing me that I “may already have won” a prize of considerable value and those beseeching me to be “a better lover” (I didn’t know the word had gotten out), I often get messages from folks asking me what I think of […]

Eight Things You MUST Avoid On Kentucky Derby Day

May 4, 2018 |

  If You Have To Read Another Derby List, Don’t Miss This One By Derek Simon Lists are big these days and I’ll give you 12 reasons why… no, I’m kidding. But it does amaze me how often we gravitate to someone’s thoughts if — and only if — they are enumerated. Hear a crazy guy at […]

Using Running Styles To Identify Contenders And Pretenders In the Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2018 |

Do Running Styles Matter? By Derek Simon Handicapping author William L. Quirin once called early speed the “universal track bias” and, despite the influx of grass racing and synthetic surfaces, statistics show that Quirin’s observation still holds true today. Even in the Kentucky Derby, a race that many believe is about as kind to frontrunners […]

Do Speed Figures Matter In The Kentucky Derby

April 23, 2018 |

By Derek Simon  For whatever reason, some people approach big race days like they would bowling on the moon. In other words, they throw out everything they know about horse racing and handicapping and, instead, prepare themselves for a completely new experience. Take, for example, the notion that speed figures mean nothing in the Kentucky […]