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PERRY ON PONIES: TRAVERS STAKES DAY AT SARATOGA!

Top Plays of the Day: R3 #8 Threefiveindia (4-1) R6 #1 I’m a Chatterbox (4-1) R7 #9 Carina Mia (7-2)   Tournament Options of the Day: R2 Admiral Blue (15-1) R4 #8 Stella Rose (5-1) R8 #12 Tom’s Ready (10-1) R10 #2 Money Multiplier (8-1) R11 #2 American Freedom (6-1) or # 9 Gift Box […]

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CRISCOLA: COAST-TO-COAST: SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT DEL MAR- AUGUST 27, 2016

Best Bet:  MASOCHISTIC (Race 3) Best Value Bet:  LAUREN’S EXPORT (Race 5)   Race 1 #5 TOMASINO tries a new low; should be in front from the word ‘go,’ which will greatly help his chances here. #2 ETAILER has never won on dirt but fired some decent efforts on the surface vs. Cal-bred maidens, consider. […]

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SEBASTIAN PISCUSKAS HAS FULL CARD SELECTIONS/ANALYSIS OF THURSDAY AT DEL MAR- AUGUST 25, 2016

Race 1: #2 Tryst should love grass. She burned a lot of money before finally crossing the wire first and returns fairly quickly for Mandella. She’s drawn well for her turf debut and has enough tactical speed to be dangerous. #8 Sturdy One ran a winning race against a filly that came back to repeat […]

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CHICAGO RAILBIRD: FRIDAY EDITION- SPOT PLAYS AT ARLINGTON PARK

For a handicapper, one of the most interesting things about playing Arlington Park on a regular basis is the track configuration.  Unlike many tracks, a mile on the main track at Arlington covers one turn, not two.  This can provide some opportunities for value: different horses excel at one-turn miles versus two-turn miles, and different […]

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CRISCOLA: COAST-TO-COAST: PACIFIC CLASSIC DAY FROM DEL MAR!

Best Bet:  KETOS (Race 7) Best Value Bet:  STAYS IN VEGAS (Race 6) The 26th running of the Pacific Classic is Saturday, and it’s one of the most anticipated races in Del Mar history. California Chrome, Dortmund and Beholder headline the featured event, which goes as Race 9 on the program. We also have the […]

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CRISCOLA: COAST-TO-COAST: SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT DEL MAR- AUGUST 13, 2016

Best Bet:  BIG GRAY ROCKET (Race 7) Best Value Bet:  SIX POINT RACK (Race 4)   Two-year-olds are front-and-center today at Del Mar; there are four races for juveniles on the 10-race card, including the featured Grade II Best Pal Stakes. Race 1 #6 COUNTY LINEMAN mainly runs on the downhill course at Santa Anita […]

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SEBASTIAN PISCUSKAS HAS FULL CARD SELECTIONS/ANALYSIS OF THURSDAY AT DEL MAR- AUGUST 11, 2016

Race 1: #5 Agronomy lays over this group in terms of recency. The Sadler gelding ran a credible race last month on the drop to $40k and returns at the same level to break his maiden. The course has sped up over the past few weeks and that does him favors on the front end. […]

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CRISCOLA: COAST-TO-COAST: SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT DEL MAR- AUGUST 6, 2016

Best Bet:  ANGEL LANE (Race 3) Best Value Bet:  CURLIN RULES (Race 7) I’m back after a one-week hiatus from my Saturday SoCal ‘capping; I had the chance to visit Del Mar last weekend and it was absolutely fantastic. It’s definitely a track to put on your “bucket list” if you enjoy travelling. Now without further ado, […]

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MARSHALL STAGEBERG HAS MONDAY AFTERNOON COVERAGE OF SARATOGA- AUGUST 22, 2016

Thanks again to Shap for letting me cover Mondays at the Spa. I am glad to be back after graduating college with a B.S. in Meteorology. With that being said, keep an eye on the rain that will come through the area Sunday evening and night. This may cause a boggy turf course so plan […]

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EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: SUNDAY AT SARATOGA- AUGUST 21, 2016

I hope to rebound after a rough Sunday last week. Then again there is no bad week when watching races from “The Spa.” Please check my twitter handle @albundypolkhigh for updated picks and analysis once scratches are announced and in case we do not have a fast and firm track. I always love talking horses […]

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PERRY ON PONIES: ALABAMA DAY AT SARATOGA- SATURDAY AUGUST 20, 2106

Top Plays of the Day: Race 7 #3 Favorable Outcome (7-2) Race 8 #10 Ava’s Kitten (9-5)   Tournament/Long-shot Options of the Day Race 2 #2 Fastlanefrontsman (15-1) or #10 Rockshaw (20-1) Race 3 #3 Spicy Temper (10-1) Race 5 #11 Rainbow Heir (8-1) Race 6 #11 Oscar Performamce (6-1) Race 7 #9 Seven Forty […]

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TOM STONER HAS FULL CARD SELECTIONS/ANALYSIS OF FRIDAY AT SARATOGA- AUGUST 19, 2016

One more week until the “Mid-Summer Derby” at Saratoga. I will not be here in my normal Friday spot next week because I will be traveling to Saratoga for Travers Stakes weekend. I hope to get to meet some of the shapperdacapper.com followers while I’m there. Hit me up on twitter @stonerhole and I’ll let […]

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CHICAGO RAILBIRD: ARLINGTON MILLION PREVIEW EDITION

Saturday’s feature is the cornerstone race of the entire Arlington meet: the Arlington Million. The Grade I, mile and a quarter race drew a field of thirteen, including four internationally-based horses.  They will vie for not only the lion’s share of a million dollar purse, but also a Win and You’re In berth to the Breeders’ […]

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CHICAGO RAILBIRD: BEVERLY D STAKES PREVIEW EDITION

Saturday’s eighth race at Arlington Park is the Grade I Beverly D Stakes, a race for fillies and mares going a mile and three sixteenths over the grass.  The race drew a full field of fourteen to vie for a share of the purse, as well as a Win and You’re In berth to the Breeders’ […]

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CHICAGO RAILBIRD: WEEKDAY EDITION- PEDIGREE & RACING ANALYSIS OF THE FIRST AT ARLINGTON ON FRIDAY

Though grammar sticklers may twitch whenever they see the name Hero’s and Crooks, ones who follow racing in Illinois may have to get used to it.  Hero’s and Crooks now stands as a stallion in the state for owner Leo Rodriguez, and has his first starter in Friday’s Arlington opener. Hero’s and Crooks did not find stardom […]

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CHICAGO RAILBIRD: WEEKEND EDITION- A SUNDAY AFTERNOON STAKES QUALITY ALLOWANCE EVENT AT ARLINGTON PARK

Sunday’s seventh race at Arlington, an $80,000 conditioned allowance-optional claiming, could very well be a stakes race.  It drew a field of ten, many of whom are familiar from stakes company over the last year or two.  The race is carded for a mile on the turf — and hopefully it stays on the turf, so […]