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How To Bet the All-Grade 1 Pick 4 on Travers Stakes day 2017

Ed DeRosa called the Travers Stakes day card on Saturday, August 26, at Saratoga Race Course, the best non-Breeders' Cup card in the history of the American Turf, and beyond a highly competitive Midsummer Derby is a graded stakes slate featuring many of the top superstars in training. The graded stakes action kicks off with the Personal Ensign Stakes, the first of six Grade 1s on the card and featuring champion Songbird against multiple Grade 1 winner Forever Unbridled. The action...


How To Bet the Travers Stakes w/ Brisnet & Predicteform

This year's Travers Stakes drew a dozen three-year-olds with seemingly something for everyone: all three classic winners are in, as are the winners of the major prep races for this race. Where will the public's money go, and more importantly where should your money go? Ed DeRosa of and Danny Zucker of help answer that question. The pair go through the field with analysis of each runner as well as some wagering strategies. For a full slate of's...


How to bet the Cross-Country Pick 4 Pacific Classic-Alabama Stakes

The premiere summer meetings--Saratoga Race Course & Del Mar Thoroughbred Club--have teamed to present a cross country Pick 4 on Saturday, August 19, linking two of the most prestigious races in the U.S. with a pair of graded stakes on turf. The $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar is the anchor leg of the Pick 4 that begins with the Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga and includes the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes also at Saratoga and the Del Mar Handicap for turf males. Ed DeRosa of


How To Bet Summer Racing episode 1: Del Mar opening day

Ed DeRosa and the teams at & shift their focus for a bit from Big Event handicapping to big race meeting handicapping with the dawn of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Saratoga Race Course meetings this week. Scott Shapiro is Ed's first guest, and the pair discuss the meetings in general as well as the opening day card at Del Mar. For great deals on handicapping information for summer racing, CLICK HERE. For Scott's Daily Selections full-card...


How to Bet the Queen's Plate, episode 3: Winning Plays for Queen's Plate Day

With guaranteed pools in all Pick 5s and Pick 4s on the 13-race Queen's Plate card Sunday, July 2, at Woodbine, wagering on Canada's biggest day of racing is so much more than just the Queen's Plate, though that is a great handicapping puzzle as well with 13 horses going 1 1/4 miles on the synethetic Tapeta surface. Discussing Woodbine handicapping and this card in particular with Ed DeRosa is Emily Gullikson of OptixEQ. The pair dive into the Queen's Plate most in-depth but also touch on...


How to Bet the Queen's Plate, episode 2: Dawn of Information

The Queen's Plate field is set for Sunday, July 2, at Woodbine with a baker's dozen set to contest the Canadian classic. Woodbine public handicapper Dawn Lupul joins Ed DeRosa to discuss the field and where the value might lie and which horses to lay. For FREE Ultimate Past Performances of the Queen's Plate race, CLICK HERE. For FREE Premium Past Performances of the Queen's Plate card, CLICK HERE. For all handicapping products for Woodbine, CLICK HERE.


How to Bet the Queen's Plate, episode 1: Getting Familiar With Woodbine

The first in a 3- or 4-part series has Ed DeRosa discussing Woodbine handicapping with the track's Communications Manager Keith McCalmont. Ed & Keith touch on horsemen to watch, how the track plays, and adapting to the wagering menu's $0.20 minimums for Pick 3s, Pick 4s, and Pick 5s. The pair also touch on the Queen's Plate field as it coalesces toward Wednesday's draw and Sunday's races. Follow Keith on Twitter @TripleDeadHeat. For Woodbine handicapping materials from, CLICK...


How to Bet the Belmont Stakes podcast: Episode 3, winning wagers

The Belmont Stakes is one of 13 races on Saturday at Belmont Park with 10 stakes encompassing many all-stakes multi-race wagers. As Ed DeRosa said on Monday's podcast looking ahead to the week, having opinions on your opinions is a big part of wagering success. Which races and wagering types are Ed and Scott Shapiro looking forward to pressing on Saturday? The pair discuss this incredible card. For FREE Ultimate Past Performances of the Belmont Stakes, CLICK HERE. For Scott...


How to Bet the Belmont Stakes podcast: Episode 2, pace and vulnerable favorites

The Belmont Stakes tests not only horses given its demanding 1 1/2-mile distance but also jockeys considering the track's unique 1 1/2-mile circumference, sweeping turns, and relatively short stretch. What are some things to keep in mind when handicapping the race in terms of how it will be run? Ed DeRosa & Emily Gullikson of OptixEQ discuss as well as touch on how to approach big favorites on big racing days. For all Belmont Park handicapping products, CLICK HERE. For FREE


How to Bet the Belmont Stakes podcast: Episode 1, money management

With three days of great racing, balancing wanting to get involved with money management is paramount. All gamblers have a budget, and how they use that budget can be more important to winning and losing than actual handicapping. Ed DeRosa and Scott Shapiro discuss money management strategies ahead of the huge week of racing with many guarnateed multi-race wagering pools. For Belmont Park handicapping reports, CLICK HERE. For Belmont Stakes Ultimate Past Performances from,...


How to Bet the Preakness Stakes podcast: Episode 4, Alibi Yakfest

The first two jewels of U.S. Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown are in the books, and along with it two gamblers' familiar lament of opportunities squandered. Part of beging a successful bettor is learning from your mistakes, accepting variance, and knowing the difference between bad handicapping, poor wagering strategy, and being wrong. In this final version of the Preakness betting podcast, Ed DeRosa & Scott Shapiro discuss where each of their key decisions fall.


How to Bet the Preakness Stakes podcast: Episode 3, the actual wagers

Ed DeRosa & Scott Shapiro wrap up Preakness Stakes preparations by discussing their actual approaches to betting on the race. For FREE Ultimate PPs of the race, CLICK HERE. Ed's strategy. Scott's strategy. Ed & Scott agree that one of the chalks will win and have some agreement on potential key horses underneath, and yet it's unlikely that both will hit the race, which should make for a lively discussion at least.


How to Bet the Preakness Stakes podcast: Episode 2, what a winner thinks

You've seen them on the Churchill Downs simulcast feed, now listen to them talk about handicapping the Preakness Stakes! In a role reversal, Churchill handicapper Joe Kristufek joins podcast host Ed DeRosa to discuss betting the Preakness Stakes. Joe hit the Derby tri with a key + spread approach. What strategy is he thinking about for the Preakness, and will it involve Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming? For FREE Ultimate Past Performances of Preakness Stakes contenders,...


How to Bet the Preakness Stakes podcast: Episode 1, Kentucky Derby hangover

The results of the Kentucky Derby did not surprise the wagering public, as Always Dreaming became the fifth consecutive favorite to win the roses, but Always Dreaming's victory did surprise Ed DeRosa, who was against the Florida Derby winner at a (relatively) short price. How should Kentucky Derby opinions affect Preakness Stakes wagering (if at all)? Ed discuses the Triple Crown trail so far with Daily Selections handicapper Scott Shapiro. For Ultimate Past...


How to bet the Kentucky Derby podcast: Episode 7, Predicteform picks

The 2017 Kentucky Derby field is set (click for FREE Ultimate PPs) and with it the final pieces to put together the Kentucky Derby superfecta puzzle. Ed DeRosa & Danny Zucker use the PPs and Predicteform's performance figures to discuss the fields and who are the best bets not only to win but also to spice up the exotic wagers. For all handicapping information, click here.


How to bet the Kentucky Derby podcast: Episode 6, coalescing opinions

Months of talking about a race is down to less than a week to prepare for the Greatest Two Minutes In Sports, and final opinions are beginning to be formed with only the post position draw the final piece of information awaiting handicappers. Ed DeRosa & Scott Shapiro discuss the tools available to make final decisions and what historical trends are worth a Derby handicapper's attention. For all of's Kentucky Derby reports, visit For FREE Kentucky Derby past...


How to Bet Kentucky Derby Podcast: Episode 5, how the champ prepares

Michael "the champ" Beychok is one of horse racing's most celebrated contest players, having won $1-million at the 2012 National Handicapping Championship. He parlayed that success into a role in the reality series "Horseplayers" and is a frequent contributor to's Spotlight Selections, which will be available for Kentucky Oaks & Derby days. The Champ spends some time ahead of New Orleans Jazz fest to discuss how he prepares to pick the Kentucky Derby for and wager it...


How to bet Kentucky Derby Podcast: Episode 4, in living color

Fresh from the Ocala, Florida, April two-year-olds in training sale, Jet-setting Southern Claifornia-based clocker Gary Young brings his talents to Louisville to get a live look at Kentucky Derby hopefuls training at Churchill Downs. Young has been clocking horses for more than 30 years, but he called his shot on the horse of a lifetime two years ago with American Pharoah. "I have been doing this for 35 years, and he might be the best horse I've ever seen," Young said after American...


How to bet the Kentucky Derby podcast: Episode 3, pace prophecy

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs, and Ed DeRosa of and discusses how to bet the world's most famous race with special guest handicappers. The series continues with episode 3--pace prophecy--with Emily Gullikson of OptixEQ, which uses data to help drive its Pace Projector. Emily is also part of the Optix team that populates the popular notes product on the site. The pair discuss how they balance black box products they believe in...


How to bet Kentucky Derby Podcast: Episode 2, morning glory

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs, and for the next 12 days, Ed DeRosa of and will discuss how to bet the world's most famous race with special guest handicappers. The series continues with Bruno DeJulio, who provides workout reports throughout the year and special Spotlight Selections for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby day full cards at Churchill Downs. The pair discuss how Bruno and his team watch not only official workouts but also...