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Preakness Stakes Winner Picked by Cooper


Shackelford was a long shot and not expected to win the race as he was in the 5th slot looking more like a laggard than a winner but Cooper's talk with the Jockeys told him to think otherwise of Shackelford and to advise all of his clients to take the longshot. 

Now we have to wait till next year to see a Triple Crown winner with "Animal Kingdom" chances spoiled.
The opening odds this afternoon were 12-1 on Shackelford and he was right next to Flashpoint throughout the beginning of the race until half way around the final turn and then he came through to beat out Animal Kingdom. 

Jockey Jesus Castanon finished a half-length in front dcovering 1 3-16 miles at a time of 1:56.47.
This was the 1st time Jesus has won a triple crown race and trainer Dale Romans from Louisville, Kentucky was delighted as Shackelford just missed showing coming in 4th place at the Derby a few weeks ago. 

Payouts were as follows:
Win: $27.20
Place: $10.20

All of Coopers Pick horse clients made money today so congratulations to all members you can continue sending the thank yous they never get old!

As for Animal Kingdom the 2-1 favorite his pay outs were $4.20 and $3.60.
Astrology paid $8.00 for show.
The rest of the preakness stakes results were as follows:
4th Place: Dialed In
5th Place: Dance City
6th Place: Mucho Macho Man
7th Place: King Congie
8th Place: Mr. Commons
9th Place: Isn't He Perect
10: Concelaed Identity
11th: Norman Asbjornson
12th: Sway Away
13th: Midnight Interlude
14th: Flashpoint

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Preakness Stakes Handicapping Preview

Preakness Stakes  - ‘The Run Of Black Eyed Susans’

The Preakness Stakes is held every third Saturday in May each year. It is an American Grade1 running 1-3/16 mile (1.91 km) thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses and the event is held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

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The event is known as the ‘Run of the Black-Eyed Susans’ at which the winner of the race is placed with a blanket of black-eyed Susans around the neck.  

It is the second leg of the Triple Crown Series and attracts the winners of the Kentucky Derby as well as other horses that ran in the Derby. The Preakness is 9 ½ furlongs 

This year, the event is running on the 21st of May, 2011 and marks its 136th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes since 1873. A total of 14 horses are lined up for the race and the action will be televised on NBC at 4:30 PM ET. The Preakness is run on a shorter distance of 9 ½ (1.91 km) furlongs than compared to the Kentucky Derby race of 2.012 km. After the Preakness stakes comes the third leg of the Triple Crown Series – the Belmont Stakes that is run over a 1 ½ mile race course.

The Animal Kingdom can surely make yet another surprise in the Preakness Stakes after having won the Kentucky Derby. However, others included in the line-up are Mucho Macho Man, Dialed In and Nehro and other confirmed horses running at Pimlico include Mr. Commons, King Congie, Astrology, Shackleford, Midnight Interlude, and Norman Asbjornson.

There can be great possibility that Animal Kingdom can win the Preakness thus giving a clearer chance of being the Triple Crown Winner.  Animal Kingdom is an identifiable Triple Crown Winner and punters should include it as their favorite. After the Preakness Stakes, we will be looking forward to attend the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park. 

The Preakness Stakes started earlier than Kentucky Derby has become one of the oldest horse racing events in the USA. The event is not only about horseracing, punters will get to enjoy the spring party in Baltimore. A party known as the InfieldFest will be held at the event and spectators will not be allowed to bring in any drinks at which an upfront fee of $20 gets you all the drinks you need and you will get to receive a souvenir mug with unlimited refills. Other events that will be held at the Preakness Stakes include beach volleyball games, a bikini contest, and the Jagermeister Cornhole Tournament.

The Preakness Stakes event is offering special bonuses to its contenders. For instance, the winner of the Preakness 2011 Stakes will be awarded a bonus of $5.5 million that is $5 million to the owner of the horse and $500,000 to the trainer. The grand prize is meant to provide a potential experience for the stakeholders of the racing industry.


Trainer and Jockey Relationship for Horse Handicapping

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Now that you have selected your horse and have researched the track and the race conditions they final piece of the horseracing handicapping puzzle will be to look at the trainer and jockey as they relate to each other and their mount.

It’s best to view trainers and jockeys in tandem, knowing which jockeys are preferred by which trainers and under what special circumstances. However, before we look at them as a team, let’s take a look at each of their role in putting together a winning combination at the wire.

The Jockey
Never underestimate the importance of the jockey. Riders that sit atop the leader board win more often than those that take up residence at in the basement, and a small percentage of jockeys win the majority of races at most tracks. These are trained and talented athletes and it takes a lot of skill, endurance, and courage to ride a horse at over 35 miles per hour, sometimes just inches apart, holding on with just a simple piece of leather clutched tightly in your hands. Therefore, to suggest that all jockeys are created equal is absurd. Not only must a jockey possess great riding technique, strength, intellect, timing, and good judgment. He or she has to have a supernatural gift to communicate with the horse. This is what separates the best from the rest, as some jockey are more gifted than others in this area. Other things to look for in a jockey are switches. These changes should always be evaluated in combination with other significant changes, such as a change of distance or surface, class maneuver, improving form, equipment or medication change. A drop in class and switch to the leading jockey (20 percent wins) has been a successful trainer pattern at racetracks for years. Apprentice Jockeys can win routes as frequently as they win sprints, but not as much on the grass or in stakes. When making a final decision, be sure the horse you select has a suitable rider. When eliminating horses in fields with numerous contenders, you may be able to eliminate a horse because of the jockey alone.

The Trainer
While some veteran gamblers sometimes place too much emphasis on trainers, most newbie bettors don’t take into consideration the trainer’s influence on their particular selection. However, while even the best trainers don’t by themselves guarantee a win, you are probably safe throwing out a horse trained by a low-ranking trainer. A trainer is alike a coach and just like any of their pro sports counterparts, there are the Woodens and Maddens and the Mike Tice’s and Josh McDaniels. Trainers have a huge responsibility and not only must possess natural horsemanship techniques, but must also have excellent organizational skills in order to coordinate the efforts of an entire stable. A variety of statistics point out the top trainers at the track and a handicapper that pays attention to the trainers of every horse in every race will soon have a good working knowledge of which ones are acceptable when making a final decision. If the trainer meets the handicapper's standards, he can move on to the next variable. But an elimination can be made if you feel the competence of the conditioner is in question. Keep in mind that a low-percentage trainer (below 8percent) should be abandoned, unless the horse figures best and is offered at generous odds.

Horse Whisperer or Hollerer?
So how does one interpret a trainer’s patterns and statistics? Well for starters you can check your selections trainer by looking at his or hers winning percentages and winning patterns throughout their careers. Statistics don’t lie and trainers do repeat their patterns, despite the argument that that each horse is an individual and is conditioned differently. In fact, some handicappers bet horses on these patterns alone. I prefer to use them as another variable rather than a sole decision. You can find all of this information for the current year and the prior year, and up to six different trainer pattern statistics in the Daily Racing Form, underneath the workouts at the bottom of the past performances. These stats will also include the number of starts for the particular pattern, the win percentage and the return on investment (ROI) based on a $2 wager. Trainer patterns are only shown for a specific race situation For instance, if a horse is running on dirt, the trainer pattern statistics for turf will not be shown. An example of a trainer pattern might be --Dirt (103 .14 $1.17). This tells you the trainer for your pick has started 103 horses on a dirt surface and has won 14 percent of the time. It also tells you that if you bet $2 on every one of this trainer’s starters on dirt, you would receive a negative ROI of $1.17, or a loss of $.83 for every $2 wagered. Clearly, this is not an attractive investment. You will however, see some positive ROI stats when you look over the various trainer patterns, and when you do find a positive ROI on a trainer in a particular situation, you should give that horse extra consideration in your handicapping.

The Winning Combination of Jockey and Trainer
Once you looked at your selection’s jockey and trainer individually, it’s time to look at how the two have worked together in the past, and what outcomes were produced. Look for consistency when using this angle -- 20 percent win, 50 percent ITM (in the money), and 2.00+ROI with a minimum of 20 starts together are a good indication of a successful and profitable tandem. While it’s hard to find these stats in the regular racing form, they are available for a fee, from local information services. But be careful, as leading trainers and jockeys are constantly being over bet by casual bettors. You can witness this on Kentucky Derby day, with the packing of the tote board on certain horses based on the trainers winning percentage in prior year’s Derbies. Nevertheless, do not be lured into the trap. The horse counts most, not the trainer and jockey, and over bet trainers and jockeys should not be your sole decision maker. However, when combined with a winning Thoroughbred, hot trainers and jockeys are winning twice as frequently as cold trainers and jockeys who are winning less than half as often as they normally do.

There are many more trainer patterns, than what we discussed here. All sharp handicappers use trainer patterns to some degree when deciding which horses are worth a second look – and worth betting on.

Some handicappers may also keep their own records of trainer patterns. This allows them to spot additional trainer patterns that are not listed in the past performances. In addition, compiling your own set of trainer pattern statistics gives you an additional edge on the crowd, and can definitely result in some lucrative scores. And isn’t that what it’s all about?


Kentucky Derby Picks from Mike Cooper

This is getting  very intersting since "Uncle Mo" got scratched yesterday/. I can explain to you why to take these 3 horses but you probably don't care so here it is: Animal Kingdom will dominate so take the "Animal" to win boxed with Nehro. Now we are not 100% sure about the 3rd place and have a few horsies in mind but ;lets take the easy choice with Mucho man Man Maragh.

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Current Kentucky Derby Odds

Current Odds for the 137th Running of the Kentucky Derby: 
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Horse Morning line odds
1. Archarcharch 10-1
2. Brilliant Speed 30-1
3. Twice the Appeal 20-1
4. Stay Thirsty 20-1
5. Decisive Moment 30-1
6. Comma to the Top 30-1
7. Pants On Fire 20-1
8. Dialed In 4-1
9. Derby Kitten 30-1
10. Twinspired 30-1
11. Master of Hounds 30-1
12. Santiva 30-1
13. Mucho Macho Man 12-1
14. Shackleford 12-1
15. Midnight Interlude 10-1
16. Animal Kingdom 30-1
17. Soldat 12-1
18. Uncle Mo (SCRATCHED) 9-2
19. Nehro 6-1
20. Watch Me Go 50-1


Kentucky Derby Odds, Post Positions, Prop Bets

137th Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Odds  

Saturday marks the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The jewel of the Triple Crown races, this year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ features a field as wide open as any in recent years.

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Drawing for postpositions took place on Thursday. And while it’s important to understand the positions close to the rail, and what the odds on the horses are. There are other factors hat serious bettors may want to consider.

Since 1982, 14 winners have come from the 10th position or further out from the railing. Only one of the last five winners fit this criteria (Big Brown in 2008), and a victory this year from inside the first nine would mark the third straight year this has occurred. It would also mark the first time that has happened since 1986-88.

That same year was also the last time the horse that started the race on the railing won the Derby. Winning Colors turned the trick that year, just two years after Ferdinand went from worst to first with Willie Shoemaker in the stirrups. Before that, the last contender to win from the first postposition was Chateaugay in 1963. The horse in that spot this year is Archarcharch, who starts at 10-1 odds. The Arkansas Derby (G1) winner will surely have his work cut out for him

Looking at this year’s jockeys, Calvin Borel is looking to win his third straight Kentucky Derby, and fourth in the last five years. In the previous, four instances that one jockey has won consecutive years, they failed to ‘three-peat’ every time. Borel will be on Twice the Appeal out of the third position, at 20-1 odds. Sandwiched between Borel and the post position is Brilliant Speed at 30-1.

For period of eight years between 1995 and 2002, you had a solid chance of picking a winner by choosing a horse trained by either D. Wayne Lukas or Bob Baffert. During the stretch, the two men combined to win six of the eight races. Since Baffert’s War Emblem won in 2002, eight different trainers have all reached the winner’s circle. Archarcharch and Midnight Interlude, starting in the No. 15 spot and trained by Baffert, are two of the early morning line favorites at 10-1.

The lead favorite on the board is the Nick Zito trained Dialed In, who is listed at 4-1 from the eighth spot. Dialed In has prior experience at Churchill Downs, where he won his first career start by a half-length in November.

As for the rest of the field: Stay Thirsty is at No. 4 and is listed at 20-1; Decisive Moment is at No. 5 and is listed at 30-1; Comma to the Top is at No. 6 and is listed at 30-1; Pants on Fire, with Rosie Napravnik aboard, is at No. 7 and is listed at 20-1 (this is one to watch); Derby Kitten is at No. 9 and is listed at 30-1; Twin Spired is at No. 10 and is listed at 30-1; both Master of Hounds at No.11 and Santiva at No. 12 are both listed at 30-1; Mucho Macho Man at No. 13 and Shackleford at No. 14 are both at 12-1 odds; Animal Kingdom is at No. 16 and is listed at 30-1;  and Soldat is at No. 17 and is listed at 12-1.

Uncle Mo, who figures to set the pace at No 18, is on the board at 9-2 odds. Rounding out the field are Nehro and Watch Me Go.

My trifecta for this weekend’s ”Run for the Roses” for the favorites: Dialed In, Archarcharch, and Nehro.

137th Running of the Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses

Kentucky Derby ‘The Run For The Roses’

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 stake race for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses. The event is held annually on the first week of May and this year it will be held on the 7th day of May 2011 and marks its 137th year running of the derby. Racing on a one and a quarter mile (2.012 km) at Churchill Downs and will show case America’s best 3-year-old Thoroughbreds.

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The Kentucky Derby  also known as the ‘Run for the Roses’ is one of the crown jewels and is the first leg of the US triple crown of Thoroughbred racing followed by Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The winner has to win all three to be the Triple Crown winner.  

Just a few days away to finding the Triple Crown winner, punters are eager to invest most of their fortune in anticipation of grabbing a token from the large pools. With a lot of horses to select from, and each having a chance of winning, one has to be tactile. 

The bets have to be smart, like any other sport you would have to look at each horse’s past and recent performance. It would be ideal to select the best horses that perform in strongest group since all horses will be running the furthest they have ever run. Sticking to favorites is worthwhile and playing exactas can really boost your bankroll. Playing exactas can give you a potential to win bigger.
Another way of investing your money in this event is to play box bets. You would have to play all combinations possible. It also allows you to play favorites thereby increasing your chances of winning. Boxes are a good way of picking more than one horse and little nicer on the wallet. 

Many professional punters will look at a winner horse based according to past performance, wetness conditions, type of track, and the distance. Although the information tends to be bulk, it is worthwhile especially when you need to select a winner. 

Derby bets can be a lot difficult having 20 horses in the field and computing possible combinations of the outcome can be complex. However, it’s not about luck but you certainly need to go deep. If you don’t like the favorites when concentrating on win bets then playing several horses can pay off big. 

You also have to be cautious with exotics. Having a lot of different types of exotics can be very expensive and you may lose your money. For instance, you can win one or two types of exotics but due to many exotics played you will be in a position where you will not even make a favorable return form your investment. Therefore, you need to craft your bets to cover both your total investment as well as your risk. 

For punters, I would urge you to concentrate on the longshots and exotics as the pools will be much bigger, and your return can be bigger as well. 

Be in the money, place your bets during this year’s big event and you could walk away with great fortune.

Kentucky Derby Betting - What to Look For

Kentucky Derby Betting – What To Look For

Everyone is looking forward to the Kentucky Derby festival that will take place on the 7th of May, 2011. The event is a showcase of America’s best 3-year-old Thoroughbreds run on a one and a quarter mile at Churchill Downs. The festival marks its 137th year running of the derby. Punters are looking forward to the big event and many will certainly make a fortune.

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When it comes to horse betting, luck is the mother of all assumptions. Assumptions are an easy route for you to get broke. Strategy and understanding your horses is the main key factor to increase your bankroll effectively.

What I always tell punters is that horse festivals are not meant to test your betting skills, strategies or betting systems but it’s more similar to a high yield short investment plan due to the fact that there is more money in the pools as compared to the regular race day. With every festival, your main aim is to win. I will outline some of the basics you need to consider especially when wagering at this upcoming event but remember don't go it alone we have consistently made money for our clients the last 5 years and this years Kentucky Derby will be no different.

Always avoid making the same mistake done by punters especially the novice. Many people tend to place bets according to assumptions or speculations. For instance, one may consider placing bets on sounding names/amusing names and base it as a betting system.

Therefore, what do you have to look at? At the Kentucky Derby festival the first things you should consider are the favorites, the second tier and the darkhorses. It is a known fact that at most 30%, the favorites can win, place or show during a major event. Betting on favorites can be ideal especially when using bet types such as Trifecta, Superfecta or quartet. You need to follow the trend, focus on the favorites first, and secondly, look at rest.

In order to for you to be a victor or walk away from the event with a little something or more consider boxes. Not only are boxes for shoes, for example a three-horse $2 trifecta box is $12 and $2 three-horse exacta box is $12, if any one wins you will certainly get a little something or even more. However, playing strategic combinations for higher amounts can eventually boost your bankroll. In addition, your level of investment reflects your confidence. Your main goal is to maximize your profits. A common effective derby strategy is for you to have a few tickets of exacta/ trifectas, win bets, and pick tickets.

Primarily, you need to analyze the Kentucky Derby betting odds to select the appropriate horse for each race. Another important fact to consider is not to bet more than you intended on any race. Make it a point that you have applied a good bankroll management during the festival.

Although the event is the most difficult to handicap all year with plenty of horses to select from you would have to mix well with the ones that will run well. Note that the event is not much different from other events.
Bet wisely and enjoy the event!

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Now that you have selected your horse, and he’s passed all the variables. You need to take a closer look at the track, conditions at race time, and the type of race in which your pick is competing. Among the multitude of factors that go into handicapping a horse race, determining track conditions is one of the most essential and most overlooked.

The Track
There are three main varieties of tracks; dirt, turf (grass), and synthetic –usually a blend of sand, synthetic fibers and recycled rubber coated in a microcrystalline wax. Different racetrack surfaces can play a major role in how a horse will finish, as it affects the hose’s pace, by increasing or decreasing the amount of effort required. Just imagine an Olympic runner who has trained on a track made of rubber granules and binder versus a cross-country runner who has trained on dirt or grass. The surfaces are considerably different, and each runner will perform at their best on the type that they are most comfortable with. Racehorses are no different. Each time a horse competes in a race, the type of surface and track condition is recorded and displayed in the daily racing form. All you have to do is look into which surface your pick has performed best. Each horse will develop either a winning or losing record that directly reflects the specific type of track he likes running on.

Good and Fast or Slow and Sloppy?
A dirt racecourse can be described as good, fast, sloppy, slow, and muddy. A fast dirt surface means the track is dry and at ideal efficiency, while slow means that the base is soft, generally resulting in slower than normal times. A good dirt condition is notorious for being a front-runner surface and a horse that has a front-running style often has the advantage. Or at least a horse that is one that likes to stay just off the pace. In contrast, a deep closer often gets too far behind on dirt surfaces unless the pace is strongly contested. Sloppy or muddy dirt surfaces pose the most difficult for any contender, as labored running tires the horse more quickly. However, some horses actually do better sloshing down the stretch. A strong kickback is usually desired, so again early pace is heavily favored.

The Village Green
Turf or Grass Race tracks can be considered firm, hard, yielding, or soft. A firm, dry turf track is a lot like its dirt counterpart and will produce the fastest times. Hard tracks can have the same impact, but can likely cause a horse to lose his footing or skid if the track does not possess its normal cushion. In contrast, a yielding or soft condition will have a little to a great deal of moisture, and could cause a horses’ hooves to sink in, causing slower than normal times. Because turf tracks can vary dramatically in moisture content, determining what type of horse is successful, and which style of running is favored, is dependent on the moisture content of the grass. As turf becomes soft, acceleration counts for less, and a stalker who lags behind, through, having no early speed, can make big runs at exhausted front-runners.

Synthetic Supremacy
Synthetic track surfaces affect a horse's gait, as it provides no kickback, giving it a solid footing similar to grass. The rubbery stuff has more ability to influence the shape of races than its dirt a turf equivalent. This tends to put the emphasis on a horse's finishing speed, and will usually favor deep closers and stalkers, more so than a front-runner. The field will usually gallop in consistent deliberate motion until the final turn, when they let loose with their powerful finishing kicks.

The Races
Many first time bettors, and even seasoned gamblers, often neglect to take into consideration the type of race in which their pick is competing. While many races appear much the same as others, there are conditions that limit certain types of horses to certain races. Hence, for each type of race, there are different horses competing. Typical Thoroughbreds usually get two weeks of rest between each race and rarely will a horse race twice in two weeks. However, between races, horses will train in the mornings to prepare for upcoming races. By and large claiming-level horses will run more often than higher-quality allowance or stakes-level horses.

First Timer
The Maiden race is only for horses that have never won a race. There are two types of Maiden races: Maiden Allowance and Maiden Claiming. Allowance races are for good, promising horses and Claiming races are for horses not good enough to compete in allowance races. There’s usually minimal performance statistics to work with in most Maiden races and this can make it difficult in picking a winner. However, two things have proven effective for picking Maiden winners. Equipment change, second time starters, and first time Lasix (L1). Blinkers on can assist in getting a panicky horse to run correctly, improving a horse’s race structure, while second-time starters usually increase their Beyer number by an average of almost 10 points. Finally, Lasix -- a medication that is thought to reduce the risk of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage—is widely believed to enhance a horse’s ability to run better than their prior form would indicate. Does your pick have blinkers on, ran fourth or better in his first ever race, or is under Lasix for the first time? Then you’ll want to keep your selection. If all else fails, consider that the public favorite wins about 37-percent of all Maiden races.

Allowance is not just for Youngsters
Conditions for Allowance races can be some of the most cryptic on a race card, but following a few simple rules can assure better wagering results. Allowance races are for horses that have won at least one race and may not be ready for Stakes competition, and usually are written to allow promising young horses to gain experience. Therefore, a majority of Allowance contenders are two-year old “juveniles”. However, you will find a mix of three and four-year olds. Three-year olds will normally have a tough time against a field of older horses in a low-level Allowance race while occasionally being able to out leg their juvenile rivals. Allowance horses are often your future Stakes runners, but bear in mind that most of these colts are still learning to relax and tend to run as fast as they can from wire to wire. Therefore, front-runners are often favorable in these types of races as they discourage those runners who couldn’t get to the lead. Is your selection a proven pacesetter? If so then throw down some coin.

If it’s too good a bargain then look again
Claiming races are the most commonly run races in the country. Horses that are entered into a Claiming race can be bought for a specified amount prior to the start of the race. These races are designed to attract horses of equal ability. Like Allowance races there are various kinds of conditions for Claiming races determined by the Racing Secretary. Read the conditions of a race very carefully. Some horses fit the condition perfectly, and some don't, so think about why certain horses are in a race. For example, a trainer may decide to move his trainee up in class. With this shift, you're bound to get good odds on the horse because the public perceives the animal to be outclassed. However, wagering on a horse in peak condition at a fair price in a good spot is the right move. You may not cash in every time, but the odds are high enough to be very profitable over the long term. In contrast, when a trainer drops his trainee dramatically down in class, a red flag should go up indicating that something is physically wrong, the horse is not training well, or has not been running at full form. If you see a $40,000 Thoroughbred entered for a $10,000 claiming price, be suspicious. You may want to pass on this horse, because the public usually overbets these kinds of horses, meaning the odds are excessively low. Is your pick priced right? If so stick with him, as he’s probably a winner.

The Crème de la Crème
Graded stakes and Handicap races are the highest level of racing at any racetrack and only the best horses usually compete in Stakes competitions. Owners must pay nomination fees and entry fees in order to run their horse in these types of competitions. For a Handicap race, the Racing Secretary assigns weights to horses attempting to level the playing field among the participants. A sign of a strong competitor may be in its ability to bear the heaviest weight, while the least competitive horse will have the lowest weight. However, there are also weight breaks for younger horses or for a filly racing against colts. Stakes races do not have this factor, but can be “Graded”, “non-graded” or “restricted—written for horses born in a specific state. There are three levels in Graded races; I, II, and III with Grade I being the best. Purses range from $75,000 to $1,000,000-plus for this level of racing. These are the most exciting races with just about every horse in the field possessing the ability to win. Has your pick been selected to carry more weight than the rest of the field? He may be the strongest contender despite the odds, but be careful as weight breaks conditions can vary for other reasons. Finally, if you have made a Stakes selection, you can hope to profit by placing your own stake on such a race if you have followed all of the variables in sections 1 and 3.
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