With lots of chalk and some pretty dubious races on tap, there wasn't enough to sink your teeth into to put out a report. Here are the races we are looking at on Saturday. It only takes one to make your day:

(2:32) BEL 3rd Race – Figure-wise, #5 OFF LIMITS stands out in the Noble Damsel (G3). She is also the best finisher in a field full of early speed types. A decent ride from Joel Rosario is all she needs to get the chrome.

(5:45) BEL 9th Race – Coming off a big win in the Monmouth Cup (G3) #5 SHARP AZTECA has a distinct pace and speed advantage in the Kelso Handicap (G2). His trainer, Jorge Navarro, is currently racing under a black cloud, with suspensions levied against him on almost a daily basis. At this writing, it is sketchy as to whether the son of Freud will be allowed to participate.

(4:14) PRX 9th Race#1 PETROV and #1A COAL FRONT are a potent entry in the Gallant Bob (G3). The former should get a great trip right behind the latter and their pace and speed figures are among the best in the field. #4 RUNNING MATE has always been highly regarded by his connections. He’s run well in his first two starts after a spring respite and a sharp breeze on Monday at Delaware Park suggests he can move forward again. #5 AMERICAN PASTIME looked sharp winning his last start at Del Mar. California speed is always dangerous when shipped east.

(5:45) PRX 11th Race – Opening at 8/5 on the morning line #4 WEST COAST runs back quickly after his overwhelming Travers (G1) victory and a pair of cross-country trips. There is no doubt that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert thinks the son of Flatter is up to the task, but the question is how short of a price do you want to take in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1)? We like the way trainer Doug O’Neill kept #5 IRAP on the East Coast and prepped him over the Parx surface. The son of Tiznow has developed into one of America’s best sophomores and he certainly has a big shot at the top prize. #8 IRISH WAR CRY is capable of tremendous races on occasion. He’ll have to assume a stalker’s role to have success in this speed-laden field and quite possibly jockey Feargal Lynch was hired to that end. #7 GAME OVER is improving with racing and could sneak in a trifecta spot to bolster the payoffs. He’s had more trainers than Zsa Zsa Gabor had husbands and now is in the care of the infamous Jorge Navarro.

(9:15) CT 10th Race – There is nobody to go with #8 UNRIDEABLE in the Frank Gall Memorial Stakes. The son of Bullsbay served notice that seven furlongs was well within his scope when he won the R.G. Leavitt Stakes in his last start. A good break is all he needs.

(10:11) CD 9th Race#1 PINCH HIT had a ton of trouble in the Groupie Doll (G3) and gets reunited with jockey Jon Court in the Dogwood Stakes. If the Brad Cox trainee can overcome her rail draw she could surprise a few people. #13 COVENANT ran second to Salty in her debut, was given a vacation and then returned to break her maiden by nearly seven lengths in the slop. The daughter of Speightstown has a high ceiling and should get a great trip from her outside draw.



Due to weather uncertainties, there will be no Pope Jude reports this weekend. We will post a few selected horses in this space for our fans who like to wager every weekend. Gulfstream Park is closed until at least next week and we'll see if any other East Coast tracks are affected by IRMA. Check back Saturday morning.

Mixed Results But Happy Fans

The Travers Day report had mixed results, but judging by the emails and tweets some Pope Jude fans did quite well. Several followers stayed off Mind Your Biscuits which put them in a better position to win. Inside information in racing is a good thing.

Our 1-2-3 picks will appear in the Saratoga Special on Sunday. If you want to check them out go to and click on the Saratoga Special link. 


Saturday, July 22 was a big day for Pope Jude fans with Sporting Chance, Partly Mocha and Glorious Empire winning at Saratoga and Sorry Erik, Girl Downstairs and Ample Sufficiency winning at Del Mar. Many players boxed the exacta in the Del Mar nightcap and hit big when Ding Dong Ditch ran second to Ample Sufficiency. That 12-6 combination returned $471.80 for two bucks!

July 15 Pope Jude Report Goes 10 for 12

We had 10 winners on last Saturday's slate of 12 selected races. Players made some nice scores, especially when Beauly upset Linda at Indiana Grand. Thanks for the emails and kind words. 


Even though the Belmont Park card was pretty chalky with winners Master Merion, Practical Joke, Mind Your Biscuits and New Money Honey, the Delaware Park races gave us double-digit winner Guilty Twelve and the Delaware Oaks exacta. Argentine champion Dona Bruja carried the ball at Arlington and the Keystoneforvictory - The Pizza Man exacta bolstered the day's profits. 



With seven winners on the report and the Belmont (G1) exacta, Pope Jude fans had a very nice end to the Triple Crown season. "Wiseguy" horse, Tapwrit, ran to his training and Graham Motion was able to get Irish War Cry to stay the mile and a half. 

Thanks to everyone who emailed and tweeted about their scores. It is always fun to go home from the track with a smile on your face.

Looking forward to the Stephen Foster (G1) card at Churchill Downs Saturday night and the other stakes at Gulfstream, Monmouth and Santa Anita during the afternoon.


After a tremendous Preakness (G1) day for Pope Jude fans, this weekend's slate and the prospect of inclement weather at most of the tracks we follow, it seemed prudent to let the wagering alone. Hopefully, next weekend we'll have something to sink our teeth into. 


We were asked by the folks at Bulleit Bourbon to do a report for their private party Thursday night at Churchill Downs. In eight races, we had five winners on the card:


(5:00) CD 1st Race #4 LITTLE BIT IRISH ran well in his last start at Keeneland 18 days ago. He’s only run one clunker in his last five starts and seems solid in this event under leading rider Corey Lanerie.

(5:29) CD 2nd Race#2 THERIGHTTOBEARARMS ran fourth in her debut to the promising filly Nootka Sound, who is probably headed to Royal Ascot. She broke slowly that afternoon and should be sharper with experience. The drop from maiden special weight races to maiden claiming is huge and her trainer, William Helmbrecht, has a better record second time out.

(5:58) CD 3rd Race#7 CHEYENNE BLUES owns an excellent closing kick and there seems like enough early speed types are entered to make her late run effective. Trainer J.R. Caldwell wins first time out with 14% of his claims.

(6:27) CD 4th Race #5 PRINCESS EMBER has been facing easier company at Mahoning Valley and will need some improvement to hit the winners’ circle. She has tactical speed and gets a top jockey for this run, so it is not out of the question.

(7:54) CD 7th Race#7 WAGON BOSS ran against an unbelievably good field in an allowance race at Keeneland last time out. He actually had a shot to win, which doesn’t reflect in his running line, so this easier bunch offers him a big shot at a monster price. Trainer Ignacio Correas, IV often succeeds in having his charges outrun their odds and this could be another one.



Despite missing Always Dreaming in the Kentucky Derby (G1), players had an immense run on Saturday, as the winners of race 3-8 were on the report:

3rd) Rocket Time ($7.80)
4th) Caviar Czar (8.20)
5th) Sir Dudley Digges (9.40) $1 Pick 3 ($85.80)
6th) Paulassilverling ($7.60) $1 Pick 3 ($90.60)
7th) Roca Rojo ($4.60) $1 Pick 3 ($60.00)
8th) Wild Shot (19.40) $1 Pick 3 ($91.40) $1 Pick 4 ($577.40)

Congrats to all who took advantage of this streak. 


The last Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, the Arkansas Derby (G1) and the Stonestreet Lexington (G3) head up Saturday's racing with the Plenty of Grace Stakes from Aqueduct and the Los Angeles Handicap (G3) at Santa Anita in Saturday's report. Undercard races from Keeneland and Oaklawn Park are covered too. Lots of great action! #GetHot #StayHot


The first two races and the last two races don't seem to offer any great wagering opportunities. We don't advocate taking too many short prices on World Cup Day, so look for value and possible ways to turn a short price into a longer one through exactas and tris. Remember, it's not the horses you don't bet that hurt you.

(8:50) MEY 3rd Race – International racing is always better when HH Aga Khan is winning. He will be represented by #3 VAZIRABAD. The grey gelding prepped nicely over the course on February 23 and should be set for a corker in the Dubai Gold Cup (G2).  His main competition could come from Godolphin’s #11 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE, the talented mare who just beat him in his prep and the venerable #1 SHEIKHZAYEDROAD who has still got it at eight-years-old.

(9:25) MEY 4th Race – Godolphin entrant #13 THUNDER SNOW won the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) impressively and was subsequently nominated to the American Triple Crown. He’s the morning line favorite and deservedly so. The four-year-olds, #8 VETTORI KIN and #11 HE RUNS AWAY are both highly rated and should go off at huge prices in the UAE Derby (G2).

(10:00) MEY 5th Race – The two best entrants, by a long way, in the Al Quoz Sprint (G1) are #11 LIMATO and #6 ERTIJAAL. The former has a bit of a class edge while the latter has the benefit of a recent race. It has been our experience that recency tops nearly everything in turf sprints. The two Godolphin runners, #5 JUNGLE CAT and #12 BACCARAT have both been running well at the Carnival and would not be shocking winners.

(10:35) MEY 6th Race#14 MIND YOUR BISCUITS has been pointing to this race for quite a while. The American was given a race in the Gulfstream Park sprint (G3) to tune him up for this event and he has trained exceptionally well in the desert. Love his outside draw, and his 7-2 morning line is a gift we probably won’t get.

(11:30) MEY 7th Race – Jebel Hatta (G1) victor #4 DECORATED KNIGHT looks tough right back in the Dubai Turf (G1). The son of Galileo has won three straight, but will still have to improve a little to garner the top prize. The boys in blue have a major contender here with #1 RIBCHESTER. This is a tad longer than he usually runs, but his trainer says, “he’s in good nick,” and seems tremendously optimistic of a top performance.  #3 HESHEM has impressed on-lookers in his morning chores and his trainer as well. He has the benefit of a recent race and who doesn’t like 20-1 shots?


Seven Winners the Last Two Saturdays

Pope Jude fans enjoyed seven winners on the report each of the last two Saturdays with both days covering a dozen races. 

We'll attempt to keep the ball rolling next weekend when all  eyes will be on Gulfstream Park and the Florida Derby (G1). 


After a nice Saturday last week, Pope Jude fans are hoping to #StayHot. 

The Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn is the race of the week as Derby fever is getting contagious. Laurel Park also has a nice card and we've posted a couple of Gulfstream races including the Inside Information (G2) and the Santa Margarita (G1) at Santa Anita. 

Best of luck!

Excellent Cards at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream

All eyes will be on Saturday's Risen Star (G2) at the Fair Grounds, as the Kentucky Derby looms closer every day. Gulfstream Park features three stakes, including the Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3).

This week's report features a dozen races that we think give you the best opportunities for wagering success. Let's make 'em pay!

#GetHot #StayHot Saturday's Order of the Day

Saturday's report featured winners FAVORABLE OUTCOME, RYMSKA, IRISH WAR CRY, EL AREEB, ROYAL MO, SIBERIAN IRIS AND HOPPERTUNITY, out of 11 races. Many purchasers hit some nice horizontal bets, but one had a tough beat when EXCILLY could do no better than second at Gulfstream. 

Hopefully, this weekend will continue the #GetHot #StayHot trend. With races like the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1), Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2), Suwannee River (G3), Lambholm South Endeavour (G3), Sam F. Davis (G3) and Tampa Bay (G3) in Florida and the Arcadia (G2) and Santa Maria (G2) in California, it should be an excellent Saturday of racing. 

Monday's Full Card Santa Anita Opening Day Report

Racing's fiscal year kicks off with the opening of Santa Anita. We have a full card report for the Boxing Day card and are looking forward to the four graded stakes offered on the opening day program at the Great Race Place. 

Best of luck at the windows and Happy New Year!