It’s good to be back

By Justin Dew | July 27, 2018

This is my second trip to Del Mar. The first was last November for the Breeders’ Cup when I participated in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Breeders’ Cup Saturday was my best day at the track ever. I was up over $25,000 for the day after Talismanic won the Turf, and would then lose $5,000…


Win or Lose, Let Hoppertunity Race Forever

By Justin Dew | July 26, 2018

Whenever I need Hoppertunity to run a big race, he fails to fire his best shot. He saves those efforts for the days when I need him to run off the board. So he and I are not in sync. We are 98 degrees apart. The Backstreet Boys, if you will. (Sorry, that was terrible.…


Ok, now I’m annoyed

By Justin Dew | July 25, 2018

So, I’m kicking it in the Del Mar press box like a total baller because that’s what you do when you get a press credential and there are a ton of empty seats that no one will notice you have usurped (look it up), when I read a quote from Elliot Walden of WinStar Farm,…


Justify Retirement

By Justin Dew | July 25, 2018

When I first started getting paid to write about horse racing in 2007, I quickly noticed that people who made their living in racing, whether they were part of the media. horsemen, or track employees, had a tendency to be a bit on the cynical side. This didn’t go for everybody. To be sure, there…


This whole Winx thing confuses me

By Justin Dew | July 24, 2018

Winx was back at it this week. For starters, let me say that I applaud the connections of Winx for the fact that she is still racing. I have never owned a racehorse. But I have to assume the only reasons one would get into the business of horse ownership are to make money (long…

Tourney Talk- Winning Ugly

By Justin Dew | July 15, 2018

Ask me if I feel guilty about winning my way into October’s Keeneland Challenge yesterday on DRF.  Go ahead.  Ask me.  The answer is….sort of.  For starters, I won the seat via the tie-breaker, as the man with whom I tied picked one fewer winner than I did in amassing the exact same score as…


Belmont Saturday Preview

By Justin Dew | July 5, 2018

The highlight of the weekend is Belmont’s Stars and Stripes card, and it’s full of wagering opportunities.


Foster Night Preview

By Justin Dew | June 15, 2018

Taking in a card of nighttime racing at Churchill Downs must be an amazing experience, and I am embarrassed to say I have never done it.


He did it!

By Justin Dew | June 10, 2018

What Justify just accomplished is unreal. Truly an amazing thing. I was actually present for his second career win at Santa Anita, and I wish I had known then what I was witnessing. At the time, the idea that he could win the Kentucky Derby, never mind the Triple Crown, was some place far off…


Belmont Stakes Preview

By Justin Dew | June 8, 2018

The Caps hangover may force many of my DC area readers to completely forget about Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, but if you find time to watch and get a bet in, hopefully my 3-year Triple Crown losing streak will come to an end.


The Case for Blended Citizen

By Justin Dew | June 2, 2018

It seems as if some combination of Hofburg, Bravazo, and Vino Rosso will assume the role of Belmont Stakes wagering choices two through four, with the Anointed One the clear favorite at something around even money. Tenfold will attract his share of the wagering dollars too, and the rest are headed for big prices. I…

Good Magic Replay Analysis

By Justin Dew | May 15, 2018