• Champion Sprinter Work All Week has been retired due to a fracture.Posted 1 day ago
  • Harmonize comes widest of all to win the Jessamine Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Got Lucky gets there on the wire in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.Posted 5 days ago
  • Airoforce kicks away in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes for hot trainer Mark Casse.Posted 5 days ago
  • Ben's Duchess takes advantage of a speed duel to win the L.A. Woman.Posted 5 days ago
  • Inheritance, a $1.9 million 2yo in training purchase, broke her maiden by 13 today at Belmont.Posted 5 days ago
  • Golden Horn wins the Arc ... Treve runs well, but settles for fourth.Posted 5 days ago
  • Wild Dude earns a Breeders' Cup berth with a Santa Anita Sprint win.Posted 6 days ago
  • Grand Arch just holds off a flying The Pizza Man to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.Posted 6 days ago
  • He repeats -- It's all Tonalist in a sloppy Jockey Club Gold Cup.Posted 6 days ago
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Posted Saturday, February 23, 2013
Bombs Away blog is back with two bankroll plays at Oaklawn Park today.
Posted Saturday, February 02, 2013
Mike has a big bomb in Santa Anita's 10th to dive into!
Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012
BombsAway blogs on how missing a monster Pick 6 turned into a pretty huge score on the Pick 4.
Posted Monday, October 22, 2012
BombsAway blogger Mike Midland details his massive score in the Keeneland Pick 5 on Valley View day at Keeneland.
Posted Saturday, December 03, 2011
The Turfway stake today offers a ton of value with a contentious full field of 12 going to the post. After capping I have landed on the 2 inside runners #1 (Helen Belen 10-1 ML) and the #2 (Miss Dora 20-1 ML).
Posted Sunday, October 09, 2011
After a brief hiatus due to some turf washouts plays and a Mickey Mouse trip, we are back with a 15-1 ML pick #6 Lighthouse Sound in Keeneland's 10th race today.
Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011
BombsAway is my new longshot blog where we'll search for big bombers that lead to IRS tickets. We have a $2,000 bankroll to start, and we'll kick off with two longshots at Saratoga.
Mike Midland has been playing the races for over 23 years now.  I became instantly hooked after nailing my first trifecta (a $310 windfall on a $6 ticket) back in 1988.  I was fortunate to grow up minutes from Arlington Park and still have vivid memories of handicapping in the car and subsequent windsprints with my brother from the free remote lot in an attempt to get down on the early double.

There is nothing like dissecting a race and forming a strong contrarian opinion on the outcome and then getting paid when it transpires.  I, like many horseplayers, have a special affinity for my bombs and major scores over the years.  Whether it was Marquetry at 48 -1, One Dreamer wiring the Breeders' Distaff, Volponi crushing in the Classic at 43-1 or Shared Account recently getting up in the Filly and Mare turf, I remember them all fondly and always root extra hard for them in their next outing even though I knew I wouldn't cash big if they won.

In this blog we will focus on value plays and creating value through the use of tiered exotic wagers.  Our best bets won't be 6-5 shots but 12-1, 20-1, 30-1's that are going to outrun their odds.  We will handicap, provide insight into our best angles, detail hedging strategies, structure our bets, analyze what we did right and wrong and hopefully make some meaningful coin along the way.  We will also keep a bankroll ledger so the HRN can sound in on our bets us and ROI.

The first step to finding is identifying a bettable race with a false favorite. Our value style of handicapping will incorporate pace analysis with particular focus on not only the progression of certain horses but also the anticipated regression of chalks which has resulted in some major scores for us.

Bio bullets:
Won Twin Spires Handicapping tournament in January 2011 beating out 972 other players.

Best score: 
Took down superfecta pool at Gulfstream of $69,000 on a$32 ticket in 2003 Mac Diarmida (G3)
Qualified for NHC in 2006

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