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A key element in handicapping is understanding why a horse has been entered in a certain race.

Why is it dropping in claiming price?

Why is it switching to turf?

Why is it cutting back to a sprint?

Handicappers have to make a judgment based on the best available evidence, which can be tricky. Yet sometimes it only involves reading the fine print about a race.

America’s Best Racing and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend in a regular feature blog that will run on Fridays.

For some posts, Vág will try to identify a longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet. She also will look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or occasionally try to spot a nice opportunity for other wagers.

Horse racing’s second season – the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and the run up to the world championships of horse racing at Del Mar on Nov. 4 and 5 – is underway! That means there’s great racing action nearly every weekend from here on out. America’s Best Racing is challenging some of the brightest minds in horse betting to come up with their top three picks for key races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup.

The field for the 35th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Arlington Million consists of 12 expected horses, including three coming in from Europe to Arlington Park for the hefty purse and a "Win and You're In" starting spot in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf this November.

Dan’s Double of the Week, featuring handicapping analysis from America's Best Racing's New York correspondent Dan Tordjman, is brought to you by, the official online qualifying site of the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and National Horseplayers Championship (NHC). offers low-cost feeders every day and BCBC and NHC qualifiers every weekend, and it’s the only site where you can qualify for the $1 million BCBC.

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