How to use the Kentucky Handicapper's Sheet for the Stephen Foster H.

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TwinSpires Staff

June 13th, 2019

Handicapping the Stephen Foster using the Kentucky Handicapper's Sheet

  Want a quick guide to betting Churchill Downs, Keeneland, and other Kentucky tracks every race day? The Kentucky Handicapper’s Sheet offers an unbeatable combination of insights, picks, and wagering strategy in an easy-to-read format. Veteran handicapper Steve Moody makes his wealth of experience and knowledge of the Kentucky circuit available to you for every race. If you just want picks, his top three for each race are listed at the top, and best bets (including best longshots) are flagged at the bottom. But the sheet’s details for every race are where the value lies. Steve gives a one-line comment on each runner and concludes with a crisp summary of his thoughts on the race. The sheet also distills key information from the past performances. Find mud ability, class hikes or drops, medication and equipment changes, jockey and trainer stats, and Brisnet Pace, Speed, and Class ratings, in a way that saves you time and effort. If you’re already a good handicapper who wants to improve your wagering strategy – how to translate your correct opinions into bigger profits – you can learn from how Steve structures his bets. Aside from vertical wagers (tailored to one race) like exacta boxes and trifecta part-wheels, he also compiles horizontal (multi-race) wagers like Daily Doubles, Pick 3s, and Pick 4s.

Put Into Practice

Now let’s put the Kentucky Handicapper’s Sheet to use for Saturday night’s Stephen Foster (G2), a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). While recognizing morning-line favorite Gift Box (3-1) and Yoshida (7-2) as threats, Steve notes that the race is more open than the odds imply. Thus the case to give a slight edge to #9 TOM’S D’ETAT (5-1), both on form and running style. The Al Stall Jr. trainee was runner-up in the Alysheba (G2) to multiple Grade 1 star McKinzie, who just came back to finish an unlucky second in the Met Mile (G1). Proven over the track, and likely to work out an advantageous trip with his tactical speed, Tom’s d’Etat is eligible to upstage Gift Box (the California shipper carrying top weight of 125 pounds) and Yoshida (drawn on the far outside post 12 in his first start from Dubai). Steve recommends using both #6 Gift Box and #12 Yoshida underneath. Check out the Kentucky Handicapper’s Sheet – just $3 for the whole card!