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Across the Board with Mike B
Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014
With a decision yet to be made on where to run the very talented Sweet Reason, here are five reasons why she may better suited going in the BC Filly & Mare Sprint.
Posted Monday, September 22, 2014
Coming on the heels of her game win in the grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park over the weekend, Artemis Agrotera has put the rest of the filly and mare sprinters on notice.
Posted Thursday, September 11, 2014
Michael Barry lays out his picks for mandatory payout day of the Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park.
Posted Friday, July 18, 2014
Let the summer fun begin!!! It’s finally here, folks, opening day at Saratoga. I can think of no better way of getting celebrating than jumping right into the early Pick 4 pool. Hopefully we can kick things off on a positive note. The action starts with a maiden special weight for two year old fillies so let’s start there…
Posted Wednesday, June 25, 2014
As we all know, in this glorious game of ours there are highs and there are lows. Here are five things you can do to get out of a rut…
Posted Thursday, June 12, 2014
A wild ride to the Belmont Stakes in hopes of seeing the nation's 12th Triple Crown winner.
Posted Friday, June 06, 2014
With an epic day of top shelf racing on tap and a Triple Crown on the line, this Saturday at Belmont Park should go down in history as one of racing’s greatest days ever. Race after race, this card is absolutely stacked. I could gush all day about how fantastic of a day it will be, but we have work to do and winners to dope out. Here are some quick thoughts on the day’s six grade 1 affairs…
Posted Saturday, May 31, 2014
This Saturday at Belmont Park is Big Apple Showcase Day and a very nice card has been assembled, including six stakes races, to display their home grown talent. Every race on the card is for New Yorkers only and it looks to be a fun day on the weekend prior to the big one, the Belmont Stakes.
Posted Friday, May 09, 2014
As we come down off of the high that is Kentucky Derby weekend (kudos to California Chrome and his connections) it is time to get back to grind and hopefully pad our bankrolls for the Preakness next week as we head to Belmont Park for the grade 2 Peter Pan. Tonalist leads the list of contenders and has been tabbed the 2/1 morning line favorite. While he definitely has a great shot to win, I am not so sure the race is as easy as tabbing him the winner and calling it a day. The Peter Pan will highlight the late Pick 4, which is a pretty tough sequence, but definitely manageable and playable. Things kick off with a N1X on the green going 1 1/16th miles, let’s start there…
Posted Friday, May 02, 2014
The Pick 4 pool is huge on Derby Day, so let's single Wise Dan and hope for some long shots.
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 Meet Michael Barry   


 It all started 5 years ago for me after a spur of the moment trip to Saratoga Springs with my future wife.  I had always bet on the Triple Crown races, and made a few trips to Suffolk Downs annually, but not until that journey to The Spa did things get serious for me.  I fell in love with horse racing right then and there and I haven’t looked back since.  The following year I read every handicapping book I could get my hands on.  I became, and still am, a very passionate student of the game. 


Through this blog I hope to take you guys through my favorite aspect of the game, which is breaking down races and doping out winners.  I focus my attention between the NYRA circuit (mostly), Gulfstream Park, and Keeneland.  I also plan to provide very thorough coverage leading up to the Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup.  I love analyzing the prep races leading up to both of those grand events. 


Wagering wise, I love playing pick 4’s and 5’s, and I have enjoyed some success in the past playing those types of exotics.  In any given race, I try to attack based on strength of opinion and value.  That may be in the form of an exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double, pick 3, or by laddering my choice across the board.  Every race is its own animal and must be played accordingly.


Personally, I am a graduate of Boston University and reside on the South Shore of Massachusetts with my beautiful wife Tara and wonderful son Finn.  I work as a technician for a communications company by day. 


I can be found on Twitter @mbarry24 and I’m always up to discuss anything horse racing related.

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