Brandon Quick was born just a few blocks from Louisville's famed Churchill Downs and became a student of racing in his mid-20's. Brandon relies on a comprehensive approach to handicapping that includes detailed study of past performance, a keen understanding of pace, and in-depth pedigree knowledge.
Above all, Brandon believes in creating value and eliminating fringe players by finding the horse most likely to improve or excel under the timing and exact conditions of the race being studied.
One of the most truly unique racing spectacles in the world, the Grand National Hunt is nearing its 2019 iteration (April 6), which will be the 172nd running of marquee event held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. With so many betting interests (up to 40), and so many of the variables inherent in steeplechase events, wagering on this 4-mile race requires due diligence along with a bit of luck. Let's dig into the contenders.
With opening day set for Friday, Jan.25 at Oaklawn, the succession of three year-old prep races for the Kentucky Derby starts on Day 1 with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes where the 1st-4th place finishers will earn qualifying points on a 10-4-2-1 scale. The field of 9 will head to post at 4:52 ET in what figures to be a very competitive race.
The Louisiana path to the Kentucky Derby begins Saturday, Jan.19 with the Grade 3 LeComte Stakes where an interesting group of three year-old colts will contest the 1 mile and 70-yard event at 5:49 CT.
With the holidays in the books and 2019 now upon us, it's time to start following the road to the Kentucky Derby. Not all of the the Kentucky Derby 2019 Contenders are known. The west coast route begins in earnest with the Grade 3 Sham Stakes Sat, Jan.5 at Santa Anita where a field of 7 will assemble for the 1-mile test which awards qualifying points to the 1st-4th-place finishers on a 10-4-2-1 scale.
With four consecutive graded stakes races on the Gulfstream card Saturday, Dec.14, the featured event and best betting race are one and the same as the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale has drawn an overflow field of 16. Time to don the handicapping hats, and get down to business.
While wagering slows down quite a bit in the mont of December, the Sprinboard Mile (Sunday, Dec.16) at Remington anchors a solid card, while providing bettors with a golden opportunity to rack up some bonus Christmas cash.
The Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes is on tap this weekend at Woodbine, with nine rivals scheduled to contest the 1 3/4-mile event over the main track Sun. Dec 9. Melmich is the deserving favorite in this tilt, but how can we create betting value in this race?
Not surprisingly the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity (Dec.8, 2:28 PT post) looks like another unnecessary reminder that Bob Baffert owns these types of races. The sliver-haired wizard will saddle two imposing colts -Improbable (6/5 ML) and Mucho Gusto (3/1) ML - in the six-horse field, and seems about 80-90 percent likely to come away with a win. These two are certainly worth noting in the Kentucky Derby Futures market.
The Grade 1 Cigar Mile is always great race, and as usual, this marquee Grade 1 event (Dec.1, 3:45 ET post at Aqueduct) anchors one of the last big racing afternoons of the year. Don't miss a chance to enjoy what's left top-notch thoroughbred betting action in 2018, or the chance to fill your pockets with extra Christmas cash.