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Equibase Analysis: Can Anyone Stop Bricks And Mortar In Arlington Million?

For some handicappers and racing fans, the field for the 37th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Arlington Million is divided into two groups – Bricks and Mortar and everyone else. Bricks and Mortar is the definitive leader in the Breeders’ Cup Turf division in North America, having won six straight races going back […]

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Equibase Analysis: Pace Will Make The Race In Bing Crosby Stakes

The Grade 1, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes is a significant race on the Road to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, offering the winner an automatic entry into that race. Eight top sprinters signed on to run, with six having been first or second in the early stages of their last two races. With so many wanting […]

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Equibase Analysis: Pace Scenario Key To Unlocking Haskell

The Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes features Maximum Security, original winner of the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified, and winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby prior to that. Certainly the leader of the field in terms of class, Maximum Security disappointed as the prohibitive favorite most recently in the […]

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Equibase Analysis: Delaware Handicap Could Be Ripe For Upset

The Grade2, $750,000 Delaware Handicap brings together a strong group of older fillies and mares with seven of the nine attempting the mile and one-quarter distance for the first time in their careers. One horse who is proven at the distance is likely betting favorite Elate. She won this race last year and is attempting […]

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Equibase Analysis: World-Class Belmont Derby Field Provides Great Betting Opportunity

The 15-horse field for the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational includes 10 horses with first or second place finishes in one or both of their most recent races. Nine of those 10 efforts came in stakes. Add to the mix a trio of horses shipping in from Europe, two from the powerhouse barn […]

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Equibase Analysis: Which Sophomore Takes The Next Step In Ohio Derby?

The Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby consists of a field of seven, three of which appear bent on getting the lead at any cost and another who appears in over his head. The first group starts with of Parx Spring Derby winner Bethlehem Road, who is undefeated in three races to date and who has […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Prevail In ‘Test Of The Champion’ Belmont Stakes?

The win contender list for the 151st running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes has to start with War of Will, who rebounded from a rough trip in the Kentucky Derby to win the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes three weeks ago. Preakness runner-up Everfast, who rallied from more than 20 lengths back in […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who’s The ‘Prime Attraction’ In Charles Whittingham Stakes?

The Grade 2, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes brings together a field of seven including the 2017 winner of this race, Ashleyluvssugar, who has not won in 11 races since his victory two years ago. Also winless in quite some time is Prime Attraction, whose last victory came in the Grade 3 Native Diver Stakes on […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who’s Most Likely To Win The Kentucky Derby?

The 145th running of the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve is one of the more wide open editions of the race in recent memory. Only one horse, Tacitus, has won two “Road to the Derby” races in succession and many of the favorites in prep races for the Derby have […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Looks Best In Charles Town Classic?

This year’s edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Charles Town Classic brings together a field of 10 plus one also-eligible and includes last year’s winner Something Awesome as well as Imperative, who won the race in 2014 and again in 2017. However, both previous winners enter this year’s race off two or more very […]

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