all in Tips

A jockey switch could be a highly important handicapping factor, especially under the right circumstances.

A while back, we took a look at what to expect at some of the prime winter meets based on previous years’ results.

Young horses can experience growing pains.

And so can horsemen and handicappers.

A good example of just how profitable it can be to find the right path for a horse can be seen in a 3-year-old named Seismic Jolt.

He was purchased last year at a 2-year-old sale for $800,000 by the partnership of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables, the same owners who teamed on Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic, so there were surely high hopes for the son of Kantharos.

As much as numbers don’t lie, they can confuse you.

In claiming races, numbers like 12,500 can have different meanings. Sometimes, horses who run for the same $12,500 claiming price at different tracks can face different levels of competition.

At Aqueduct, for example, a horse racing in a $12,500 claimer is probably facing some of the weakest horses on the grounds. Meanwhile, at Finger Lakes, with a much lower ceiling for claimers, some useful horses could be running for that tag.

It’s one thing to bet $10 or $20 to win on a horse. It’s an entirely different matter to spend thousands of dollars on buying a horse.

Yet every day at racetracks across the country tens of thousands of dollars are spent on claiming horses, and there are indeed times when a claim slip can be an effective handicapping tool.

newsletter sign-up

Stay up-to-date with the best from America's Best Racing!