The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 10 Bets

I enter Week 10 with a $15 profit on the bankroll bets and two futures tickets in hand—one on Zulu (33-1; not likely to run in the Kentucky Derby), and one on Outwork (34-1; winner of the Wood Memorial). Week 10 feaures my second prime bet of the Derby prep season.

The Arkansas Derby
Bob Baffert’s Cupid owned the […]

The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 9 Bets

I enter Week 9 with a $6 profit on the bankroll and two futures tickets in hand—one on Zulu (33-1; entered in the Blue Grass Stakes this weekend), and one on Outwork (30-1; entered in the Wood Memorial). Week 9 feaures my first prime bet of the Derby prep season and bets on all […]

The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 8 Bets

The $1000 Derby Bankroll:
2016 Week 8 Bets

For purchasers of The Lazy Bettor Guide to the Kentucky Derby who are planning to be at beautiful Emerald Downs on Derby day, we head into the major preps with $26 in profits in the pool. That’s not a lot of cash to split, but it’s nice to get […]

The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 7 Bets

Spring has sprung. And with the first 9-furlong Derby prep now in the books (with Collected defeating Gettysburg at Sunland Park), the real running has begun! On to The Fair Grounds this weekend, with a $50 bankroll profit in the pocket.

The Louisiana Derby:
Options, Options, Options!
Let’s start with a few key facts: the fastest horses […]

Excerpts from’s 2015 Kentucky Derby Preview

The 2015 Kentucky Derby Preview
Don’t know much about history? Welcome to the crash course in Kentucky Derby history and a look at how the recent past might shape the immediate future.

With top contenders American Pharoah and Carpe Diem bearing names that refer back to ancient Egypt and Rome, the 2015 Derby practically […]

The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 5 Bets

Each week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, I’ll publish bets I make with a $1000 bankroll. My maximum bet will be about $60 (or 6% of bankroll). Entering Week 5, the bankroll shows a $2 loss. I have two preps to work with this week: the San Felipe Stakes and the Tampa Bay […]

The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 4 Bets

Entering Week 4, the bankroll shows a $2 loss. Let’s see if I can make hay in the Gotham Stakes.

Gotham Stakes
As usual locals, lightly raced horses and underperforming Floridians inhabit the Gotham. Sunny Ridge, winner of Aqueduct’s Withers Stakes, will battle Shagaf, who has 2 wins in 2 starts, for lukewarm favoritism. And either […]

The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 3 Bets

Welcome to Week 3 of the bankroll. Currently the bankroll shows an $8 profit.
The next prep on the Derby trail is the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The huge favorite Mohaymen enters the race undefeated in his 4-race career, with a recent dominating win in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at […]

The $1000 Derby Bankroll: Week 1 Bets

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The $1000 Derby Bankroll:
Week 1 Bets

Roger LeBlanc
It’s Monday, February 15th. Several Kentucky Derby hopefuls line up today for the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita and the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Time for lazy bettors to pay at least a little attention to the proceedings.
Let’s start the Derby betting season by […]

2015 Pro Bono Belmont Stakes Betting Guide

Fading the Pharoah!
Here we go again!
For the third time in the past 4 years, Mardi Gras comes to Long Island. Pundits will pitch bright plastic accolades into crowds of race-going revelers. Bugles will blare. Money will get tossed around like confetti. Babies will be conceived on the Belmont infield, and millions of nongambling Americans will […]