Posts Tagged ‘Churchill Downs’

Tips to betting 2-year-olds on Churchill Downs’ Sunday races

By Jarrod Horak

The handicapping process in many races begins and ends with pace and speed figures, but juvenile races are not so cut and dry. Two-year-old sprint races in the spring and summer are typically dominated by early developing speed horses, though things begin to change when distances increase and surfaces switch.
Churchill Downs

Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Here, I will lay out two of my favorite money making situations in juvenile races with Churchill Downs set to host its “Stars of Tomorrow” card Sunday under the Twin Spires.

Maiden 2-Year-Old Turf Routes

Pedigree analysis and trainer angles are the keys to making money in maiden juvenile turf races, and there are a pair of grass routes Sunday at Churchill.

Kentucky Oaks 2015 analysis featuring Stellar Wind (Video)

Stellar Wind is the tepid 7-2 morning line favorite in a competitive renewal of the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 1.

SATURDAY’S KENTUCKY DERBY DAY (MAY 2) full card analysis now available to purchase for $15 at:

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I am also offering Kentucky Derby only analysis for $5. 

Stephen Foster 2014 Video Analysis – Revolutionary vs. Departing

My video race of the week for Saturday, June 14 is the Grade 1 Stephen Foster from Churchill Downs.

Revolutionary, my 2013 Derby-Belmont top, is the 2-1 morning line favorite. He will try to get involved late but there is not a ton of pace in the paper race.

Will Take Charge is the 5-2 second choice. He started to show fatigue in his erratic Oaklawn Handicap stretch run and threw in a clunker last time in the Alysheba at Churchill Downs. I will try to beat him until he shows some oomph.

Departing, at 9-2 on the line, was my Preakness pick last year. He returned with a solid score under the Twin Spires and might be ready to rejoin the stakes ranks.

My Stephen Foster night 2014 full card is available to purchase for $10 at:

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Today’s Racing Digest


Kentucky Derby 2013 Week Videos

The field is set for Kentucky Derby 2013 and it has been a crazy week at the offices of

On Tuesday, I traveled to Churchill Downs and interviewed trainer Michelle Lovell. She is based at Fair Grounds in the winter and Churchill Downs in the spring. I wanted to find out about the differences in the two tracks and I also asked her about Rosie Napravnik, Mylute, and the Fair Grounds Derby horses.

Thursday was fun. I got to shoot three videos with special guests. Ryan Patterson had a great idea about a video consisting of a wet track scenario for the Derby. We did not have time to shoot it last week but jumped right into that one after checking the weather forecast for the first Saturday in May.

I have not done a video with Mike Shutty for quite some time. It was good to see him again and our video theme was live Derby longshots. If you need help in the Derby, check out Mike’s Kentucky Derby Super Screener product.

Finally, Jasen Mangrum contacted me last week and we set up a video for Thursday afternoon. I told him to pick a topic and he settled on the Kentucky Oaks-Woodford Reserve Turf Classic-Kentucky Derby Pick 3. Also, check out the Super Screener Handicapping Seminars.

My Kentucky Derby Day full card selections are now available:

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If you would like to hear our Derby Day thoughts, I will be at my regular weekend spot on The Fast Track with Steve Bortstein radio show on Saturday morning (weekends at 10am eastern time).

Special thanks to my video editor and photographer, Stacy Edwards.

Kentucky Derby 2013 contenders video featuring Normandy Invasion & Mylute

This is our fourth in a five part video series devoted to Kentucky Derby 2013 contenders. All of the major prep races have been run and final workouts and the post position draw are all that remain.

Each video will consist of four contenders. In this video, we discuss Arkansas Derby runner-up Frac Daddy, Louisiana Derby runner-up Mylute, Wood Memorial runner-up Normandy Invasion, and Blue Grass runner-up Palace Malice.

Thanks to Ryan Patterson for joining me in this video series. We will release the final video on Sunday night.

Mine That Bird Returns to Churchill Downs

Mine That Bird, improbable 50-1 winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby under jockey Calvin Borel, returned to the scene of his greatest triumph on Monday morning. No, he is not coming out of retirement. The 7-year-old gelding is a temporary resident of the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Mine That Bird

He arrived at Churchill Downs shortly after 11am on Monday with trainer Chip Wooley and owners Mark Allen & Leonard Blach. The press and fans were out in full force to welcome the rags to riches gelding from Roswell, New Mexico.

Contrary to popular belief, Mine That Bird was not a one hit wonder. He won 5 of 18 career starts and banked more than $2.2 million. In addition to dusting my top choice Pioneerof the Nile in the Kentucky Derby,  he won the Silver Deputy Stakes, Swynford Stakes, and G3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile, and finished 2nd in the Borderland Derby, 2nd in the G1 Preakness, 3rd in the G1 Belmont Stakes, and 3rd in the G2 Virginia Derby as a sophomore. He failed to hit the board in his final six career starts and retired in 2010 after finishing 10th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

If you would like to visit Mine That Bird, you can see him free of charge at Churchill’s Kentucky Derby Museum in the outdoor paddock behind the gift shop through the fourth of July. He is stabled with his new miniature horse buddy, Winston.

For more on our fun day with Mine That Bird & Winston at Churchill Downs, please visit Stacy’s Kentucky horse racing photos page.