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From the Rooftop at Belmont at Saratoga

Look back at the Belmont Day at Saratoga. What was the outcome at the Belmont Festival at Saratoga? Aside from the racing, there were changes and updates were made at Saratoga as this is where Belmont Stakes Day will be while the new Belmont Park in Elmont, New York is under construction.

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2024 Belmont Stakes Preview

Belmont Stakes Day is on Saturday, June 8, 2024. This year for the first time in history, the 156th running of the Grade 1, $2 million Belmont Stakes will be held at the Saratoga Race Course while the big reconstruction project continues at Belmont Park. Due to the configuration of Saratoga’s main track, the Belmont

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FREE Horse Racing Pick for Saturday June1, 2024

The pick below is yours free from the Wizard. Churchill Downs Race 8. Post Time 4:23 ET (7) SCYLLA Scylla looks like the “now” filly in a race where Wet Paint and Xigera are both attempting to duplicate last year’s form. Following a sub-par 3rd place finish in the Doubledogdare, her only two-turner, she rebounded with

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A Discussion on the Use of Speed Figures

Which horse will run fastest today? Simply put, Thoroughbred speed figures are a measure of performance. And nearly all handicappers rely on speed figures, some more than others. For most, perusing speed figures is their starting point. It’s a good starting point, especially for “newbies”. But speed figures are never the be all or end

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FREE Horse Racing Pick for Saturday May 25, 2024

The pick below is yours free from the Wizard. Churchill Downs Race 9 Post Time 4:55pm ET # 7 NAY V BELLE $250,000 Audible filly scored a stylish win in her debut with two next-out winners behind her. One of them, Corposo, came back to place in two G2 stakes. In her first start against

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 Thoroughbred Racehorse trainers are a breed unto themselves. They are mini-corporate CEOs. They manage and maintain a barn full of horses. Trainers employ a workforce of assistants, grooms, hot walkers, stall muckers, exercise riders, jockeys, and veterinarians. To paraphrase, “it takes a village” to get horses to the races and keep them racing.  Trainers receive

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Written by: Tom Amello and The Wizard Facts! The Associated Press reported a 13% increase in Derby viewership from 14.8 million in 2023 to 16.7million, the largest audience since 1989. Parent company CDI announced, and Bloodhorse reported, “Betting on this year’s 20-horse Derby race totaled $210.7 million, up 11% compared with last year’s previous record

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Written by: Tom Amello and The Wizard “It’s a fact, Jack.” Thoroughbred racing faces an existential challenge from legalized Sports Betting. Think about it…America is a “ball-sport” culture: soccer balls, footballs, baseballs, tennis balls, bowling balls, golf balls, lacrosse balls, ping pong balls, pools balls, squash balls, etc. From cradle to grave, it’s balls and

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Michael Kipness, AKA “The Wizard”, a professional handicapper since 1986, analyzes the 20-horse field for Saturday’s 150th Kentucky Derby, designating each horse as a Contender or a Pretender.

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How to Cash a Bet on The Kentucky Derby

The 150th Kentucky Derby will be run May 4, 2024, at Churchill Downs. Every year this race draws the interest and attention of millions of casual racing fans.  Why? Because only the winner has a chance to earn the coveted Triple Crown. The race asks three-year-old colts and geldings to travel a 10-furlong distance of ground while racing in and among the largest field each will ever face. But beyond these two aforementioned factors, the Kentucky Derby is just another Thoroughbred race. And every edition of the Kentucky Derby should be handicapped in the same way one would handicap every or any other Thoroughbred race. Let’s examine this 150th Kentucky Derby and focus on handicapping this race in the same way as any other race from the perspective of Field Size, Pace and Race Dynamics, Speed, Gears and Wagering.

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national league preview

the 2024 NATIONAL league preview

The Dodgers are the World Series favorites (+375) and have made the playoffs each of the last 11 years, with three pennants and a World Series title during that span. Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Tyler Glasnow add amazing depth to a tremendous Dodgers team. The roster is also loaded with big hitters like Mookie

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2024 american league preview

the 2024 american league preview

The New York Yankees were as active as any team in baseball this winter, as they added all-stars Juan Soto and Marcus Stroman as well as Alex Verdugo and Caleb Ferguson. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016, the Yankees are the favorite for the AL pennant (+450), as of early Spring

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Top 3 tips to win at Sports Betting

In the realm of sports betting, success is often the result of a combination of skill, strategy, and discipline. Whether you’re a seasoned bettor or just starting out, mastering the art of sports wagering requires more than just luck. With the right approach, you can increase your chances of winning and turn sports betting into

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Live Betting – How it works with Legal Sports Betting Sites

Live betting, also known as in-play or in-game betting, has revolutionized the sports betting experience for enthusiasts in the United States. With the advent of legal sports betting sites, fans can now engage in dynamic and real-time wagering during the course of a game. In part I of this series, we are going to dive

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Mastering the Art of Successful MLB Betting

Betting on Major League Baseball (MLB) games can be an exhilarating experience for sports enthusiasts, but success in the world of wagering requires a strategic approach. To maximize your chances of making profitable bets, it’s essential to consider various angles and factors that can influence the outcome of a game. In this article, we will

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149th KENTUCKY DERBY (May 6)

MAGE made a sustained run from the ¼ pole to the finish line showing several gears under a brilliant and perfectly timed ride by Javier Castellano.

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