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Thursday May 26

Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors

Golden State seems to do this every round, that is give the opponent a win in an otherwise lopsided series before putting them away the next time out with relative ease. Look for that trend to continue as the Warriors go for another Gentleman's Sweep after losing 119-109 on Tuesday when Luke Doncic scored 30 points for the desperate Mavericks.

It snapped a nine-game winning streak in Western Conference finals games for Golden State and now it goes home where the Warriors have covered nine of their past 11 games. Dallas is 1-5 ATS its last six road games and 9-4 OVER its past 13 on the road and 12-5 OVER overall against teams with winning records.

Game 4 went OVER by 12 points as the teams combined to shoot nearly 50-percent overall. 14 of the past 20 meetings have soared OVER. Golden State lost to Memphis by 39 points in Game 5 when leading 3-1 in the conference semifinals and then blew out the Grizzlies in Game 6.

Look for a similar result tonight. Play the Warriors to cover, and take the OVER.

My Pick: Golden State -7 (-105)


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I have changed with the times, and have incorporated parts of all of these factors into my selection process as well as others with my horse racing picks. They are all tools, and like all tools they can build or destroy. The only one I would put well above the others is my knowledge of what I see every day. Since I do this EVERYDAY, I find it second nature to view as many as 50 to 80 races each afternoon. Some I may look at as many as 3 or 4 times to find that hidden nuances that would escape the average viewer. I take extensive trip notes, track bias notes, post position & hot and cold trainer and rider combinations. All of these elements are necessary in arriving at a sound, logical selection process. I do this for others just as diligently as I do it for myself. As important as all of the new information available to the horseplayer, are the wagers themselves.

In that long ago era mentioned above, the only exotic wager available was the daily double and maybe a tri-fecta on the final race of the card. Now the possibilities are endless. I incorporate win bets, exactas, trifectas and pick-3's and an occasional pick-4 into our wagering strategy with our horse handicapping picks & tips. Again the key is to use your knowledge of handicapping to correctly assess what type of wagering strategy fit's the situation best. Most of my daily selections come from major tracks from around the country. This includes tracks running now such as Aqueduct in New York, Keeneland/ Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Finger Lakes in upstate New York, which is a track I love to bet on and any other racing venue where I feel a potential winning play can be spotted. In my wagering strategies, I give you suggested amounts for every play I makeon my horse handicapping picks. This is just a guideline. Each day when I post my results, they are based on the exact amounts which I have stated.

Horse racing betting philosophy

Horse Racing Picks: Some Factors To Consider

  • The Track conditions: certain track conditions vastly favor different styles of runners.

  • Breeding: Pedigree analysis is only significant when analyzing a horse that has not had ample (or no) opportunity to show what it can do under today's conditions. First-time-starters bred for sprint speed vs. those bred to run best going longer. Sprinters trying to go long. Dirt types moving to turf. 

  • Speed: Speed is pretty easy to explain, as the horse that runs the fastest generally wins more races.But there is a bit more to it than that as I look at training races and "speed figures" to determine which animal has the best chance of winning a race.

  • Pace: Pace is perhaps one of the strongest determining factors in horse handicapping. Pace is used to determine the running style of each horse and whether they are a front runner, stalker, presser, or closer.

  • Form: Form is simply an "eye test." If you see that a horse ran well in a previous outing or training session, chances are that they are in good form for a repeat performance. 

    Style: Each style is very different and can go a long way to determine who goes to the winner's circle.

  • Class: Another great tactic in picking racing winners is the form of the race horse. You probably wouldn't but a college baseball pitcher in to pitch to the New York Yankees lineup. The same goes for horse racing and that is the "class" of the horse. There are different levels of racing where class becomes a huge factor as faster horses tend to race against faster and slower vs. slower. So you wouldn't put a slower overall horse in against a crew of fireballs and hope to come out ahead, right? 

  • Post position: Post position is another mitigating factor in handicapping the horses. The horse that is placed on the outside of the track has a longer distance to travel than the racers nearer to the rail (inside). Now this may sound pretty elementary, but it is a huge factor that can vastly affect the outcome of the races.

  • Jockey: The jockey piloting the horse has a lot to do with the pace of the animal, and I factor that too.

I go into more detail on some of these factors in this article on horse handicapping.

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Top pick: #7 (Nations Pride ) (7-2) - Over the last 13 months, this horse has finished first or second in eight of nine races with seven of those on turf. In the last two races, Nations Pride had a Grade 3 1 1/2-mile first-place finish at the Jockey Club Derby along wit...

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Top pick: #5 (Smooth Like Strait) (10-1) - Smooth Like Strait is a 5-year-old with remarkable consistency at 1-mile. In the last eight races, Smooth Like Strait has six second-place finishes, one win, and one third-place. All were on turf at...

Keeneland (Lexington, KY) Race #7 (Breeders' Cup Sprint)

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Top pick: #9 (Jackie's Warrior) (4-5) - This 4-year-old colt is a speed demon built for sprints. Jackie's Warrior has raced five times this year winning four and finishing second. That second-place finish was the last time out at the Grade 1 Forego as surprise winner Cody's Wish had a ...

Keeneland (Lexington, KY) Race #6 (Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf)

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Top pick: #11 (In Italian) (7-2) - In Italian comes off two straight first-place finishes under jockey Joel Rosario - and both were impressive. The horse took the one-mile First Lady Stakes here at Keeneland last month with a Beyer Speed Figure of 104. That followed a July Grade 1 win ...

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