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Lessons From the Golden Bear

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Win, lose or draw, Jack Nicklaus probably has done more post-round television interviews than any golfer in history. One of those had a big influence on my life, as a person and a horseplayer. Read more

Calder Race Course “Summit of Speed” Stakes Analysis – Saturday, July 7, 2012

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

7th Race – $100,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint

This race is named in honor of the late, great racing secretary who came up with the idea for the “Summit of Speed.” Bob Umphrey was a magnificent human being and a good friend to many in racing. UNO CALIENTE has run twice at today’s five furlong distance on the turf and those two races are his best. He exits a wire-to-wire victory at Calder on May 12 and has posted two bullet workouts in the interim to indicate his fitness and sharpness. Jockey Manny Cruz only enhances his chances. DETERMINATO was second to the top choice on the grass two races back, but didn’t run as well on the dirt in his last start. He is already a stakes winner and is also training well for this race. TALE OF A CHAMPION has never run this short. He is undefeated on the turf and should be flying in the drive. He is a must-use in all trifecta and superfecta wagers. Read more

The Grass is Greener

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Handicapping on John Engelhardt’s “Winning Ponies” radio show prior to the 2012 Boiling Springs (G3) at Monmouth Park, the host and I discussed one of my favorite handicapping angles. Far from complicated, horses with this pattern usually jump off the page, but often times they are overlooked in the wagering due to competitors more accomplished on the turf drawing most of the betting action. Read more

All Things Being Equal

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

The horseplayer’s main job is to look for mistakes and exploit them. Most often this involves public perception of a horse and the wagering on it. Multiple wins, high speed figures and a solid performance in a troubled trip are just a few of the things that people latch on to when handicapping and the prices on those horses becomes deflated. Read more

The 5%

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

A lot of talk during the weeks leading up to the 2012 Belmont Stakes (G1) centered on jockey switches. Two of the main contenders, Union Rags and Dullahan, who on race day would be the top two odds choices when I’ll Have Another scratched, were both changing riders. Read more

All a Twitter

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

When I was in high school, I walked into a friend’s house after our last class of the day. On the coffee table was a Playboy magazine. Read more

Who Would Have Thought?

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

It was five o’clock on Friday afternoon in Baltimore. The spring weather was absolutely beautiful and Old Hilltop was awash in varying shades of pink, from the tablecloths on the infield tables to the dresses, shoes and hats worn by the bevy of pretty ladies at Pimlico for Black-Eyed Susan day. Read more

Do You Know Jack?

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

My father was a mathematician. A structural steel engineer by trade, his passion was horseracing. He came up with countless formulas for handicapping, many of which he took to his grave. The most important ones he wrote down or passed on verbally. One of my favorites is 2(W+P+S) =/> # of Starts, just because it looks so cool. It was really his formula to qualify a horse on consistency in his systematic handicapping process – Two times the wins plus the places plus the shows must be equal to or greater than the number of starts. Read more

The Closer to Fear

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

A turf writer and talented handicapper, the late Ernie Mason covered racing for 41 years. After starting at the Hollywood Citizen News, he also worked for the old Los Angeles Examiner and covered seven Kentucky Derbies for that paper. He was one of the first to syndicate his handicap, and it appeared in 13 newspapers at a time. He also held the post of morning-line maker at Del Mar and Hollywood Park. Read more

“Time is only important when you are in jail.”

By Jude “Pontiff of the Pick Four” Feld

Roughly two weeks prior to the event, news services, past performance peddlers, websites and bloggers ratchet-up their coverage of the Kentucky Derby (G1). This usually involves multiple trips to Churchill Downs by their correspondents, armed with computers, notepads and in many cases, stopwatches. Read more