Roadmap to 47th

By Justin Dew | February 11, 2019

Had you told me four days ago that I would finish my first National Horseplayers Championship in 47th place out of 668 entries and take home $6,000, there is a very strong chance I would have cried tears of joy.  As I sit here in my Treasure Island hotel room on Monday morning, waiting to…

Tourney Talk- My NHC Play of the Day

By Justin Dew | February 8, 2019

Am I worried that Rich Nilsen is going to read this, adjust his Friday NHC selections based on my opinion, and then beat me at the final table?  No.  I am not.  And you know who isn’t worried about my NHC plays?  Rich.  Plus, my commitment to the loyal readers of LoneSpeed, irrespective of my…

Where to begin?

By Justin Dew | February 4, 2019

Life has gotten in the way of LoneSpeed these past few weeks.  A quick update, and some thoughts on the big week ahead. First, no sooner did LoneSpeed enter Phase 2 of its existence than I got a new job with a really cool company at a time that I wasn’t really even looking for…

Did Churchill Downs Inc. Strike Again?

By Justin Dew | January 15, 2019

Disclaimer: I have no idea if what is being “reported” on Racing Twitter today with regard to CDI putting a stop to DraftKings’ Kentucky Derby future wager is true.  But I am going to comment anyway. According to an article on, Churchill Downs Inc. has launched some sort of legal objection to DraftKings offering…

Ups and downs on this day of days

By Justin Dew | January 14, 2019

It’s just past 9:00pm EST Sunday night as I begin typing this post.  And based on the agonizing emotional swings this day has brought, it feels like it should be Wednesday by this point. The day began with my decision to play only one horse all day, which then led to me trying to win…


Sunday Price Alert!!!

By Justin Dew | January 13, 2019

I absolutely love a horse at Gulfstream Park today.  In fact, I love it so much that if she loses, I will turn off the laptop and spend the day outside in the warm Central Florida sunshine with the kids, away from the TV.  In fact, I might do the same thing if she wins,…

Tourney Talk- This is it!

By Justin Dew | January 12, 2019

The NHC Tour ends today.  The last event where points can be earned takes place in less than an hour from now on, and by 7:00pm EST tonight, anyone who is more skillful than I am when it comes to using the scoring calculator on the NHC Tour page will know who the champion…

Does class even matter?

By Justin Dew | January 6, 2019

We all put different degrees of emphasis on different aspects of handicapping.  Some people focus largely on pace.  For others, class is a bigger deal.  And then you add in recent form, connections, track conditions, trips, and all of a sudden you’ve got six handicappers identifying six different horses as the most likely winner of…

Can Hanson continue the hotness with American Falls?

By Justin Dew | January 5, 2019

It’s Saturday. You’re playing Santa Anita.  And you’re in the mood to bet a filly that looks overmatched on paper but that might sneak up and get a piece of the pie at a price.  Well, you’re in luck.  Because have I got the filly for you!!! (Maybe.  We don’t make promises here.) First, let’s…


What to do with Code of Honor?

By Justin Dew | January 4, 2019

One of my strongest opinions heading in to the Breeders’ Cup was that Code of Honor was a play-against in the Juvenile.  My basis for this stance was my opinion that his visually-impressive 2nd in the Champagne was dressed up by the fast pace he closed into.  But he scratched out of the BC, so…

Tourney Talk- Saturday’s Santa Anita NHC Qualifier

By Justin Dew | January 3, 2019

As I type this, I am supposed to be landing at Midway Airport in Chicago to compete in the Friday and Saturday NHC qualifiers at Hawthorne while seated at a table with adequate electrical outlets alongside July Hawthorne contest winner Steve Decaspers.  But as you may have noticed from recent social media posts of mine,…

Do jockeys really matter?

By Craig Spencer | December 28, 2018

How much does a jockey matter in determining the outcome of a race? Each summer for about 5 years in the mid-1970’s my Dad packed up the family and we would head to Billings, Montana for a couple of weeks for the Yellowstone Exhibition.  There was a female jockey riding there named Susie Wilson. I…