Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Black vs. Rapko

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Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our back-to-back defending champ Mr. Halterman (Dude #1). Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’re adding one more challenger each week!

Rules:

Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch or change of track conditions, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude #1) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Dude #1 $25.00 - $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Paul Mazur $31.30 - $28.80 - $8.00

Week 4: West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard $53.30 - $27.00 - $25.60

Week 5: West defeats Dude #1 and Chance Moquett $42.40 – $37.40 – $22.20

Week 6: Dude #1 defeats West and Zack Gillham $68.00 – $49.80 – $35.40

Week 7: Dude #1 defeats Nicolle Neulist and Brady Lukas $30.00 - $29.20 – $13.80

This week’s challengers:

Jared Black

imageJared is 23 years old and a Finance/Business Management major at Henderson State University (graduating in May) where he also played college golf for 4 years.

Jared started going to the races with his dad when he was 3 years old and now visits Oaklawn once a week. His family actually owns racehorses as well. His favorite track besides Oaklawn is Delta Downs because of the huge payouts. You can find him around the paddock area when Danny Caldwell has a horse running, as he is in the “Danny Caldwell Fan Club” along with Justin Lewis (@JustinLewisLR).

His favorite wager is the Win/Place bet. Show money is no good! His biggest win was a 60/1 winner at Delta Downs last year! You can follow him on Twitter at @JaredWBlack.

 Ryan Rapko

Ryan Rapko was born, raised, and still lives in Aliquippa, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. Ryan started getting involved in handicapping in the Summer of 2008 after getting a job at his local OTB. He taught himself how to wager and how to read the form. For the past 6 years, he has continuously been improving his handicapping skills whether it would be wagering and learning from acquaintances at the OTB or from his long time good friend @Whattasurprise.

He bets a variety of wagers, but mostly likes to focus in on Win/Place, Pick 3′s, and Pick 4′s. His biggest day of wagering came at the 2012 Kentucky3utkoze65ytt9ucoudds Derby. He cashed 2 Pick 3′s totaling roughly $2,500 as well as the Exacta and Trifecta in the Derby for another $1,500.

If he is not wagering online, Ryan can either be found at either Mountaineer Park or the Meadows Casino reading the form, building tickets, and cashing winners. His favorite tracks he would like to visit someday are Del Mar, Saratoga, Keeneland, and Gulfstream.

Outside of racing, Ryan enjoys watching and wagering on sports. He is a fan of the Yankees, Big Blue Nation, and the Chargers. He is also a fan of the WWE.

Currently, Ryan is partaking in a mythical bankroll challenge for the Keeneland Spring Meet. He posts full card selections, Challenge Plays that affect the bankroll, and, after each racing day, updated stats. All of this, as well as other horse racing handicapping thoughts, can be found on his twitter page @Chuckles375.

Challenge races:

Saturday

1  Toyota Blue Grass S. (4:45 CT)

2  Arkansas Derby (6:07 CT)

Sunday

3  Keeneland Race 6 (2:40 CT)

4  Keeneland Race 7 (3:11 CT)

5  Keeneland Race 8 (3:42 CT)

6  Santa Anita Park Race 4 (4:00 CT)

7  Keeneland Race 9 (4:13 CT)

8  Santa Anita Park Race 5 (4:30 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park Race 6 (5:00 CT)

10  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:00 CT)

Picks:

Race
Dude #1
Black
Rapko
KEE R11 #5 (Off) #4 (Off) #3 (3rd)
OP R11 #3 (Off) #4 (2nd 7.00) #8 (3rd)
KEE R6 #8 (2nd 4.80) #6 (1st 6.80 3.60) #6 (1st 6.80 3.60)
KEE R7 #1 (2nd 4.60) #1 (2nd 4.60) #7 (3rd)
KEE R8 #3* (1st 11.20 6.80) #2 (Off) #3* (1st 11.20 6.80)
SA R4 #7 (Off) #2 (2nd 4.60) #7 (Off)
KEE R9 #3 (2nd 4.00) #9 (Off) #6 (Off)
SA R5 #6 (2nd 3.00) #6 (2nd 3.00) #3 (1st 5.20 2.60)
SA R6 #1 (1st 11.40 6.60) #8* (Off) #8 (Off)
SA R8 #5 (1st 5.60 3.00) #5 (1st 5.60 3.00) #5 (1st 5.60 3.00)
Score $61.00 $38.20 $44.80

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Blinkers Off 067: Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby Podcast Released

Blinkers Off Logo2Blinkers Off has released a new episode!

Blinkers Off provides weekly insights into the world of horse racing including race selections and previews, handicapping methods and exclusive stories.

You can view all episodes of Blinkers Off by visiting our podcast page.

COMING SOON: Stayed tuned next week for our brand new website and logo update! It will be a major upgrade across the board and we hope you all will enjoy it!

Blinkers Off 067: Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby – April 4, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct and Grade I Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park, as well the Grade III Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park and Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.


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Weekend SimplePlays™ Now Available

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Instead of having four tracks at a time, we have massively expanded to covering 15 – 20 tracks, with FREE picks available every day of the week!

However, given the massive overhaul, we now offer SimplePlays™ on just WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS for a variety of tracks.  We hope you all enjoy the new expansion to the site!

Here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring Aqueduct and Churchill Downs:

Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for November 9, 2013 at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs.

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Sunday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for November 10, 2013 at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs.

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Weekend Cards (Combined)

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for November 9 & 10, 2013 at Aqueduct and Churchill Downs.

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About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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Saturday Breeders’ Cup SimplePlays™ Now Available

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Day one of the Breeders’ Cup is complete!  We are hitting winners at Santa Anita at over 31%. Let’s see if we can continue to build on that for this next and final day of the Breeders’ Cup!

Here are your Breeders’ Cup SimplePlays™ at Santa Anita Park for Saturday, November 2:

Saturday Card

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for November 2, 2013 at Santa Anita Park for the Breeders’ Cup.

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About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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Friday Breeders’ Cup SimplePlays™ Now Available

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The Breeders’ Cup is here!  We are hitting winners at Santa Anita at over 31%.  Let’s see if we can continue to build on that for these exciting two days of racing!

Here are your Breeders’ Cup SimplePlays™ at Santa Anita Park for Friday, November 1:

Friday Card

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for November 1, 2013 at Santa Anita Park for the Breeders’ Cup.

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Friday & Saturday Cards

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for November 1 & 2, 2013 at Santa Anita Park for the Breeders’ Cup.

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SimplePlays

About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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TwinSpires Million Road to Derby Showdown

Weekend SimplePlays™ Now Available

SimplePlays

Instead of having four tracks at a time, we have massively expanded to covering 15 – 20 tracks, with FREE picks available every day of the week!

However, given the massive overhaul, we now offer SimplePlays™ on just WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS for a variety of tracks.  We hope you all enjoy the new expansion to the site!

Here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring KeenelandBelmont Park and Churchill Downs:

Saturday Cards

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 26, 2013 at Belmont Park and Keeneland.

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Sunday Cards

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 27, 2013 at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs.

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Weekend Cards (Combined)

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 26, 2013 at Belmont Park and Keeneland.

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 27, 2013 at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs.

Buy Now

About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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TwinSpires Million Road to Derby Showdown

Late Pick 4 Selections for Belmont, Keeneland, and Santa Anita 10/24/13

Belmont Park

Belmont Pick 4 Ticket

Race 7: 10,7,1

Race 8: 8,2,5,10,7

Race 9: 3,2,6,4

Race 10: 5,8,7

Total Cost: $90 (.50 cent)

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Keeneland Pick 4 Ticket

Race 6: 7,8,6

Race 7: 11,10

Race 8: 7,3,10,11

Race 9: 12,10,9,8

Ticket Cost: $48 (.50 cent)

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Santa Anita Pick 4 Ticket

Race 5: 1,2,4

Race 6: 8,4,3

Race 7: 2,3,4,12

Race 8: 1,2

Ticket Cost: $36 (.50 cent)

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Weekend SimplePlays™ Now Available

SimplePlays

Instead of having four tracks at a time, we have massively expanded to covering 15 – 20 tracks, with FREE picks available every day of the week!

However, given the massive overhaul, we now offer SimplePlays™ on just WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS for a variety of tracks.  We hope you all enjoy the new expansion to the site!

Here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring KeenelandBelmont Park and Santa Anita Park:

Saturday Cards

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 19, 2013 at Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park.

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Sunday Cards

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 20, 2013 at Belmont Park and Keeneland.

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Weekend Cards (Combined)

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 19, 2013 at Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park.

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 20, 2013 at Belmont Park and Keeneland.

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About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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Recently cashed tickets include:
Mulit-Race
Superfecta
Trifecta
$30,451.50 Pick 6 ($1) $2,569.50 ($1) $954.00 ($1)
$17,547.70 Pick 6 ($1) $1,578.10 ($1) $803.20 ($1)
$16,570.50 Pick 6 ($1) $1,533.40 ($1) $531.30 ($1)
$9,647.22 Pick 5 ($1) $1,490.00 ($1) $467.30 ($1)
$7,838.50 Pick 6 ($1) $1,449.00 ($1) $451.50 ($1)
$5,372.80 Pick 5 ($1) $1,189.00 ($1) $417.70 ($1)
$4,443.60 Pick 4 ($1) $1,157.20 ($1) $395.70 ($1)
$4,006.80 Pick 5 ($1) $1,036.40 ($1) $337.00 ($1)
$3,944.90 Pick 9 ($1) $1,021.30 ($1) $360.40 ($1)
$3,088.30 Pick 6 ($1) $982.50 ($1) $337.20 ($1)
$3,047.00 Pick 5 ($1) $975.00 ($1) $321.00 ($1)
Exacta
Daily Double
Win
$759.00 ($2) $561.80 ($2) $46.00 Scat ‘N Go
$290.80 ($2) $494.60 ($2) $30.20 Miz Wounded Knee
$237.00 ($2) $439.80 ($2) $26.40 Declan’s Warrior
$228.50 ($2) $410.00 ($2) $24.80 Rock This Bar
$200.80 ($2) $390.60 ($2) $24.00 Roses Plus
$197.50 ($2) $364.50 ($2) $23.00 Rey De Joyas
$188.60 ($2) $359.40 ($2) $21.60 Leadem In Ken
$184.20 ($2) $307.20 ($2) $21.20 Magic Union
$180.50 ($2) $260.00 ($2) $20.80 Code Of Conduct

“Last week I made $188.60 on $2 exacta using your picks. Thanks for the info.” – Tom

“Won $803 tri thankks to your pick 3/22, in 7th race @ Oaklawn! Thanks!” – @0414maryMary

“Superfecta that is 153.34 on a dime box ticket!” – Tim

“You guys are amazing. I went to Prairie Meadows last Saturday with a hundred dollar bill and left with ten of them. Thanks again!” – Jeff

“Once again you guys hit it. With your info I hit a $304 Trifeca at Prairie Meadow. I’ll be getting your picks again on Thursday.” – Tom

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Weekend SimplePlays™ Now Available

SimplePlays

Instead of having four tracks at a time, we have massively expanded to covering 15 – 20 tracks, with FREE picks available every day of the week!

However, given the massive overhaul, we now offer SimplePlays™ on just WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS for a variety of tracks.  We hope you all enjoy the new expansion to the site!

Here are your weekend SimplePlays™ featuring Keeneland and Belmont Park.

Saturday Cards

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 12, 2013 at Keeneland and Belmont Park.

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Sunday Cards

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 13, 2013 at Keeneland and Belmont Park.

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Weekend Cards (Combined)

Simulcastor Package

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 12, 2013 at Keeneland and Belmont Park.

SimplePlays™ Single Day Cards for October 13, 2013 at Keeneland and Belmont Park.

Buy Now

About SimplePlays™

Using the information created by our custom, systematic approach, we give you a product that shows exactly how and what the Dudes bet at the track. With SimplePlays™ you not only receive your traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, but also suggested multi-race (Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6), Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for every race on the card!

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Recently cashed tickets include:
Mulit-Race
Superfecta
Trifecta
$30,451.50 Pick 6 ($1) $2,569.50 ($1) $954.00 ($1)
$17,547.70 Pick 6 ($1) $1,578.10 ($1) $803.20 ($1)
$16,570.50 Pick 6 ($1) $1,533.40 ($1) $531.30 ($1)
$9,647.22 Pick 5 ($1) $1,490.00 ($1) $467.30 ($1)
$7,838.50 Pick 6 ($1) $1,449.00 ($1) $451.50 ($1)
$5,372.80 Pick 5 ($1) $1,189.00 ($1) $417.70 ($1)
$4,443.60 Pick 4 ($1) $1,157.20 ($1) $395.70 ($1)
$4,006.80 Pick 5 ($1) $1,036.40 ($1) $337.00 ($1)
$3,944.90 Pick 9 ($1) $1,021.30 ($1) $360.40 ($1)
$3,088.30 Pick 6 ($1) $982.50 ($1) $337.20 ($1)
$3,047.00 Pick 5 ($1) $975.00 ($1) $321.00 ($1)
Exacta
Daily Double
Win
$759.00 ($2) $561.80 ($2) $46.00 Scat ‘N Go
$290.80 ($2) $494.60 ($2) $30.20 Miz Wounded Knee
$237.00 ($2) $439.80 ($2) $26.40 Declan’s Warrior
$228.50 ($2) $410.00 ($2) $24.80 Rock This Bar
$200.80 ($2) $390.60 ($2) $24.00 Roses Plus
$197.50 ($2) $364.50 ($2) $23.00 Rey De Joyas
$188.60 ($2) $359.40 ($2) $21.60 Leadem In Ken
$184.20 ($2) $307.20 ($2) $21.20 Magic Union
$180.50 ($2) $260.00 ($2) $20.80 Code Of Conduct

“Last week I made $188.60 on $2 exacta using your picks. Thanks for the info.” – Tom

“Won $803 tri thankks to your pick 3/22, in 7th race @ Oaklawn! Thanks!” – @0414maryMary

“Superfecta that is 153.34 on a dime box ticket!” – Tim

“You guys are amazing. I went to Prairie Meadows last Saturday with a hundred dollar bill and left with ten of them. Thanks again!” – Jeff

“Once again you guys hit it. With your info I hit a $304 Trifeca at Prairie Meadow. I’ll be getting your picks again on Thursday.” – Tom

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Late Pick 4 Selections for Belmont and Keeneland, and Late Pick 4 and Pick 6 Selections for Santa Anita 10/10/13

Belmont Park

Belmont Pick 4 Ticket

Race 6: 2,3,4,5,6

Race 7: 1,2,4,7

Race 8: 1,3,7

Race 9: 2,4,7

Total Cost: $90 (.50 cent)

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Keeneland Pick 4 Ticket

Race 6: 1,2,7,9

Race 7: 1,4,5,10

Race 8: 3,7,9,11

Race 9: 3,4,11

Ticket Cost: $96 (.50 cent)

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Santa Anita Pick 4 Ticket

Race 5: 1,3,6,8,10,11

Race 6: 2,4,8

Race 7: 2,6,7,8

Race 8: 1,4,11

Ticket Cost: $90 (.50 cent)

BONUS: Santa Anita Pick 6 Ticket (HUGE carryover)

Race 3: 7

Race 4: 1,2,3,4

Race 5: 1,6,8,11

Race 6: 2,8

Race 7: 2,7

Race 8: 1

Ticket Cost: $128 ($2 wager)

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