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Sharp Angles – Monmouth Oaks

Monmouth Oaks (G3)
8.5F on Dirt (July 30)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 28 Monmouth Park graded dirt stakes at 8.5F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Horses Beaten %
Factor Stats: 29 contenders, 12 winners (41%, $11.10 Win Bet Return, 119 ROI%), 19 place/show (65%, 8.10 Place Bet Return)

The Monmouth Oaks has drawn a very competitive field of 9 fillies set for a Saturday battle on the Jersey shore.

Using the powerful Betmix Angler online handicapping database, we uncovered a positive handicapping factor for the 8.5 furlong graded dirt races at Monmouth.

Angler tells us that Horses Beaten % has yielded 41% winners and 65% in-the-money finishes over the past 8 years. Among the winners that have contributed to the positive Win and Place Returns for this factor is last year's Monmouth Oaks heroine Horologist ($12.80)

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Sharp Angles – Marine Stakes & Selene Stakes

Marine S. (G3) and Selene S. (G3)
8.5F on All Weather (July 25)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 58 Woodbine graded all-weather stakes at 8.5F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Jockey Current Year
Factor Stats: 62 contenders, 19 winners (30%, $23.60 Win Bet Return, 119 ROI%), 43 place/show (69%, $15.40 Place Bet Return)

The first two 2020 route stakes for the Ontario sophomore set highlight the July 25 card at Woodbine - the Marine Stakes (Race 3) and the Selene Stakes for fillies (Race 8). Both carry Grade 3 status and both feature candidates for the Canadian classics.

We turned to the Betmix online handicapping database to look for positive handicapping factors in the 8.5F main track graded heats at the Toronto track. We found that Jockey Current Year has been profitable.

30% of the contenders carrying the year's winningest jockey have had their pictures taken, while generating double digit Win and Place Returns. In addition, nearly 70% of the contenders have factored in the triactor.

Find this race in Betmix Birddog and use the Jockey Current Year slider to see which horse ranks first in this factor. That’s the Sharp Angles play.

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Pedigree Handicapping – 2020 Saratoga 2YO Sires

In a world that changes by the minute, handicappers can take solace in Saratoga returning for another historic season and ushering in another several weeks of exciting and important juvenile racing.

Trainers & pedigree - particularly sires - are the two most important factors in handicapping these races and Betmix has a wealth of data on both.

For this post we queried the Betmix Angler database for sire performance in all 2-year-old races at Saratoga since 2012. The chart below contains figures for over 50 of the most relevant stallions, including five based in the Empire State and whose runners will have to be considered in the many heats restricted to New York-breds.

For this year's survey we also included the top five from last year's impressive first crop sire class.

Triple Crown hero American Pharoah is one of those sires and his stallion career is beginning to look very much like his racing career. His early performers at Saratoga have certainly rewarded gamblers with a 26% win percentage and $35.20 Win Return.

Among the veteran stallions, Speightstown continues to shine with his Spa juveniles - 20% winners, 44% in the money and a sparkling $43.30 Win Return.

The chart below contains the full results of the Betmix Angler Saratoga juvenile sire query (sorted by Win Return):

Sharp Angles – Blue Grass S.

Blue Grass S. (G2)
9F on Dirt (July 11)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 29 Keeneland graded dirt stakes at 9F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Average Last 3 E1 Pace
Factor Stats: 30 contenders, 8 winners (26%, $63.00 Win Bet Return, 205 ROI%), 20 place/show (66%, 26.80 Place Bet Return and $21.80 Show Bet Return)

Better late than never. Keeneland has returned and we'll have a Blue Grass Stakes this crazy year after all.

This 2020 edition of this historic race had drawn an especially fascinating field with including the Kenny McPeek-trained filly Swiss Skydiver.

We queried the Betmix Angler online handicapping database for some help and found that Average Last 3 E1 Pace has yielded a very nice profit in the 9-furlong graded dirt stakes at Keeneland.

This factor has also pointed to one of the longer shot to have won the Blue Grass, 2017 hero Irap, who rewarded is backers with a $64.60 win mutuel.

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Sharp Angles – Suburban S.

Suburban S. (G2)
10F on Dirt (July 4)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 13 Belmont Park graded dirt stakes at 10F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st In the Money %
Factor Stats: 14 contenders, 6 winners (42%, $48.70 Win Bet Return, 273 ROI%), 8 place/show (57%, 15.10 Place Bet Return and $4.20 Show Bet Return)

The 2020 Suburban S. has drawn a competitive field of 8 older male distance runners seeking to put their name along side the likes of Nashua, Bold Ruler, Kelso, Buckpasser, Forego, Easy Goer, Mineshaft and Invasor.

The Betmix Angler online handicapping database shows us that there have been only 13 10-furlong graded stakes on the Belmont Park main track since 2012. Angler also tells us that In the Money % has been a predictive handicapping factor in these races.

Over 40% of the contenders ranking first in this factor have had their pictures taken, including the past to Suburban champions Preservationist ($9.90) and Diversify ($14).

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Sharp Angles – Regret S.

Regret S. (G3)
9F on Turf (June 27)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 28 Churchill Downs graded turf stakes at 9F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Win %
Factor Stats: 34 contenders, 10 winners (29%, $25.80 Win Bet Return, 137 ROI%), 19 place/show (55%, 20.00 Place Bet Return, 1.60 Show Bet Return)

A few days after Churchill Downs announced that fans are expected (fingers crossed) under the Twins Spires for its two biggest days of the year, the storied track hosts what is normally its third biggest card - Stephen Foster Day.

Among the four stakes on the reconfigured Foster agenda is the Regret Stakes for sophomore fillies going 9 furlongs on the grass. This racetype is typically very difficult to decipher so we turned to the Betmix online handicapping database for direction.

Angler tells us that Win % has pointed to nearly 30% winners in the 9 furlong graded turf stakes at Churchill, while generating a very solid $25.80 Win Return. Among the winners is last year's Regret heroine, Hard Legacy who returned $13.80 to her backers.

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Sharp Angles – Jaipur S.

Jaipur S. (G1)
6F on Turf (June 20)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 9 Belmont Park graded turf stakes at 6F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Average Last 3 Late Pace
Factor Stats: 11 contenders, 5 winners (45%, $11.20 Win Bet Return, 150 ROI%), 9 place/show (81%, 1.60 Place Bet Return and $6.00 Show Bet Return)

Turf sprints are becoming more and more important in North America. Case in point is Saturday's Jaipur Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard that now has Grade 1 status.

This year's edition has drawn a deep field of eight and was a perfect foil for the Betmix Angler online handicapping database.

From a relatively small sample of 6-furlong grass stakes at Belmont Park, we learned that 45% of the winners and an impressive 81% of the top three finishers have ranked first in the Average Last 3 Late Pace handicapping factor. Among the winners are three of last six Jaipur conquerors including the double-digit mutuel winners Undrafted ($11.60) and Disco Partner ($11.60).

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Sharp Angles – Louisville S.

Louisville S. (G3)
12F on Turf (June 13)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 12 Churchill Downs graded turf stakes at 12F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Speed Last Race
Factor Stats: 12 contenders, 5 winners (41%, $12.60 Win Bet Return, 152 ROI%), 8 place/show (66%, 3.80 Place Bet Return)

Turf marathons are often difficult for handicappers to process given the prevalence of sprint/speed-oriented racing in North America.

With the 12-furlong Louisville Stakes on the Churchill Downs lawn on tap for Saturday we turned to the Betmix Angler online handicapping database for clues to success in this endangered race type.

Not surprisingly there have been only 12 turf stakes careded going the 12 furlong distance under the Twin Spires, but Angler revealed that Speed Last Race has been predictive in this small sample.

Over one-third of the contenders have factored in the trifecta with over 40% cashing for the win. Even more compelling is the fact that four of the past six Louisville S. winners have ranked first in this handicapping factor.

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Sharp Angles – Fort Marcy S.

Fort Marcy S. (G3)
9F on Turf (June 6)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 34 Belmont Park graded turf stakes at 9F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Horses Beaten %
Factor Stats: 35 contenders, 11 winners (31%, $25.60 Win Bet Return, 136 ROI%), 23 place/show (65%, 4.00 Show Bet Return)

North American racing looks fantastically normal this weekend with 22 stakes from coast-to-coast, including four on Saturday's card at Belmont Park.

Among the four is a competitive renewal of the Fort Marcy Stakes for middle distance male turfers and that's where we steered the Betmix Angler online handicapping database for some insights.

Angler tells us that Horses Beaten % has pointed to around one-third winners in this race type and 65% in the money finishes. Recency is also on the side of this Sharp Angle as it has pointed to the winners of three of the seven 2019 9F graded turf races at Belmont.

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Sharp Angles – Mint Julep S.

Mint Juelp S. (G3)
8.5F on Turf (May 30)
Horse Racing Data Analyzed: Last 37 Churchill Downs graded turf stakes at 8.5F
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - Present
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Last Late Pace
Factor Stats: 42 contenders, 7 winners (16%, $37.20 flat win bet return, 144 ROI%), 23 place/show (54%, $71.20 flat Place Return, $26..40 Show Return)

The grassy Mint Julep at 8.5 furlongs is one of two stakes on Saturday's Churchill Downs card. It drew a large and diverse field that should have horseplayers salivating.

The Betmix Angler online handicapping database tells us that 16% of horses ranking first in Last Late Pace have triumphed in this racetype (8.5F turf graded stakes at Churchill).

We typically shoot for a higher Win % when promoting a handicapping factor but there are some other reasons for optimism.

Three of the seven winners have paid double-digits, including $60 winner Hay Dakota, producing a very nice Win Return of $37.20. The Place Return borders on outlandish at $71.20. Furthermore, On Strike Mom, the $7 winner of last year's Mint Julep is among the seven to find the winner's circle.

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