Terry's Blog


Belmont, the Aftershock

June 12, 2011

When rain struck at Belmont Park this weekend, the handwriting was on the wall for all professional handicappers. This was going to wreak havoc on handicapping. There were serious questions about the conditions of the track and course, especially since Belmont needed to close on Thursday due to heat problems. There were lots of bad signals. But the fact that there were plenty of upsets early in the card seemed to cloud the Belmont Stakes all the more. Read More


A Salute on Belmont Week

June 10, 2011

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Oaklawn racing has occurred since Charles Cella established the $5 million Centennial bonus in 2004. The purse of the Arkansas Derby was raised to $1 million and in fairly short time the race was returned to Grade 1 status. We've had a great time with the Arkansas Derby since that year and it has attained the status which the Apple Blossom Handicap reached in the last decade. It is a "key" race for the runners in that division. Read More


Waiting for Belmont Week--Cheers

June 08, 2011

Getting ready for Belmont weekend, we took a shot at quickly handicapping the cards for Saturday on the Oaklawn website. We weren't especially sharp, but we haven't been for a few weeks. It's time to make up for our shortcomings of May. Read More


For Better, For Worse

June 01, 2011

Monday turned into a mixed bag for this handicapper. Thanks to some overmatched fields at Lone Star Park, I was able to pick a much higher percentage of winners. But they were so much the better and such solid chalk that they failed to yield a profit. Some helped with pick-3 or pick-4 exotics, but they are the kind of winners which will eventually break and disappoint the player. Read More


Another Strange Saturday for Me

May 29, 2011

Without a major stakes race to attract attention, it was a day to take a few shots and mix them with some seemingly dependable shorter prices to improve my handicapping success. Out of 15 selections, there were four winners and four seconds. There are good and bad things to be said for a day like that. But it's what happens on a strange Saturday in racing. Read More

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