What are graded stakes horse races, and who assigns the grades to America’s top thoroughbred horse races? (05/17/2024)

Pick Pony | May 17, 2024, 1:05 p.m.

Graded stakes represent elite thoroughbred horse races in the United States where the top horses come from around the world to compete against the best - and win the largest purses. Races must meet minimum requirements and are assigned one of four grades - I, II, III, or “listed”.

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All about horses and horse racing - a comprehensive guide to horse breeds, characteristics, and fascinating fun facts about Thoroughbreds. (05/12/2024)

Pick Pony | May 12, 2024, 2:28 p.m.

Horses love to run, making them a perfect fit for racing competition. Here's everything you need to know about horses to assist. you in your handicapping process.

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Trip handicapping - what to watch for in past race analysis (03/31/2024)

Pick Pony | March 31, 2024, 8:20 p.m.

Trip handicapping is the process of identifying horses that face difficulties during a race, affecting their final position. These incidents may not be reflected in the Past Performance statistics and can only be identified by watching the race.

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Did you know? Little known or oft-misunderstood horse racing facts (03/25/2024)

Pick Pony | March 25, 2024, 6:54 p.m.

Check out these little-known and often misunderstood horse racing facts.

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Why don't we see more fillies in the Triple Crown races? (03/25/2024)

Pick Pony | March 25, 2024, 6:17 p.m.

The underrepresentation of fillies, or young female horses, in horse racing when compared to colts, or young male horses, is a multifaceted issue that primarily stems from certain breeding practices.

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Should I consider horse training workout times when handicapping a race? (03/25/2024)

Pick Pony | March 25, 2024, 4:07 p.m.

The subjectivity of time in relation to racehorses lies in the fact that it only measures the speed of the horse, not the manner of its travel. Workout timings add to the complexity because we do not know the trainers intent and cannot be assured the horse is being pushed to its maximum effort.

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How much impact does a jockey have on a horse race outcome? (03/23/2024)

Pick Pony | March 23, 2024, 3:31 p.m.

Does the jockey's role matter in horse racing? Yes, but only slightly. Horse-racing enthusiasts often claim that a jockey contributes 10 percent of a horse's performance on any given day. Although this isn't a scientific fact, it emphasizes a jockey's role: while they can't significantly improve

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How to use fractional sectional times and pace ratings when handicapping a race (03/21/2024)

Pick Pony | March 21, 2024, 1:54 p.m.

A horse racing article.

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All about horse race betting and how odds should influence your handicapping decisions (03/21/2024)

| March 21, 2024, 1:53 p.m.

All about handicapping odds - how to calculate them and use them to your advantage.

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How a trainer trains a race horse and what to watch for when handicapping a race (03/21/2024)

| March 21, 2024, 1:49 p.m.

Horse racing is a structured, scheduled event. The horse must be able to run on command and perform at their best at all times. Since they are not born with this instinct, they must be trained.

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