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2016 doubledogdare stakes preview entries and odds

´╗┐Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky will be the scene of the Grade 3 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes on Friday, April 22. Fillies and mares four years old and upward will take to Keeneland's dirt track and race 1 1/16 miles searching for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.

A field of nine will take to the track in the Doubledogdare Stakes - race 9 on Keeneland's Friday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all nine entries for this Grade 3 stakes.

2016 Doubledogdare Stakes Race Preview at Keeneland

I'm a Chatterbox 3-5 - multiple graded stakes winner and Larry Jones trained filly has five wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 11 career starts - she was second to Stellar Wind in the Eclipse Award voting. She was last seen running a somewhat disappointing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff here which followed a good win - the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx September 19 and consecutive seconds - behind Curalina after being DQ'd for interference in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks July 26 and in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga August 22. She also had an OK third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks May 1 and a three race win streak to start 2015- the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks March 28, the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra Stakes February 21 and the minor Silverbulletday Stakes in January - all results at Fair Grounds. I'm a Chatterbox had been mighty impressive before last time out. The overwhelming morning line favorite hopes for a strong bounce back with Florent Geroux in the irons from gate 2.

Ahh Chocolate 4-1 - Neil Howard trained filly has placed in seven of 10 career starts - four wins, a second and two third place finishes. She enters off an OK third in the minor Esplanade Overnight Stales at Fair Grounds March 18 which followed a career defining win in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 26, a second in the Grade 2 Chilukki Stakes on that track November 7 and an eighth on this track in the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes in October. Ahh Chocolate has been competitive in her last three starts and will be out of keep the roll going from gate 6 Saturday. Brian Joseph Hernandez has the mount on the morning line second choice from gate 6.

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White Clove 5-1 - George Arnold trained filly has four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes in 13 career starts and has two minor stakes wins to her credit - the Wayward Lass Stakes last time out at Tampa Bay January 23 and the Our Mims Stakes in June at Delaware Park. Prior to her last win she was just OK - a sixth in the minor Dream Supreme Stakes in November followed a fourth in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks in September, a decent third in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks in August and a seventh in the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in July. White Clover seeks her first graded stakes score Friday and enters in so-so form. Corey Lanerie will be in the saddle of the third betting choice from post 7.

Back in Dixie 15-1 - Ingrid Mason trained filly has seven wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 14 career starts. She makes her stakes debut Saturday on the heels of a nice five race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming April 7, another Allowance Optional Claiming March 11, a Claiming February 12 (all three at Oaklawn Park), an Allowance Optional Claiming at Hawthorne in December and a Claiming in November. Back in Dixie hasn't been touched in over five months and looks more than ready for her step up in competition. Channing Hill has been tabbed to ride the intriguing 15-1 shot from post 5.

Brooklynsway 15-1 - Bernard Flint trained filly has 14 career starts with four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes. She posted two minor stakes wins at Woodbine last summer including the Bison City Stakes in July and the OLG Algoma Stakes in September and has just two starts since. Last time out was a fourth in the minor Esplanade Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds March 18 after six months away and a fifth in the minor La Prevoyante Stakes in September. She posted a runner-up finish in her only graded stakes start to date - the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine in October, 2014. Brooklynsway hopes to snap a two race losing streak and for her first ever graded stakes score from the rail Friday. Robby Albarado gets the call.

Innovative Idea 20-1 - Eoin Harty trained filly has four wins, three seconds and two third place finishes in 12 career starts. She has placed in seven of her last eight starts ahead of this Friday. Last time out was an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Tampa Bay March 30 after a fourth in the minor Wayward Lass Stakes on that track in January, a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming in December and a two race win streak - both Allowance races last year. Innovative Idea has been in every race the last 16 or so months and hopes for a first ever stakes score. James Graham will be in the reins from the outside post 9.

Welcome Aboard 20-1 - Eric Reed trained mare has 26 career starts with eight wins, five seconds and a third place finish. She won the minor Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline in July - her best career effort but hasn't been great since. She has failed to place in her last four starts overall - last time out was a seventh in the minor Jersey Lilly Stakes February 27 after her only graded stakes action produced a fifth in the Grade 3 Houston Ladies Classic, a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming December 13 and a ninth in an Allowance in October. Welcome Abroad looks for her first decent effort in seven months Saturday with Deshawn Parker guiding her from post 3.

Pretty Fancy 20-1 - defending fourth place finisher in this race, George Arnold trained mare has three wins, three seconds and four third place finishes in 20 career starts. She looks for her first stakes win Friday having placed in just one of her last six starts overall. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs November 26 after a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track in October, a fourth in a similar race in September and a seventh in the Grade 3 Groupie Doll Stakes at Ellis Park in August. Pretty Fancy chases her first win in 13 months Friday in less-than-spectacular form. Joe Rocco gets the call from gate 8.

Sea Shadow 20-1 - winner of the 2015 minor Winter Melodies Stakes in May - Ben Colebrook trained mare has five wins, two seconds and four third place finishes in 19 career starts. She has placed in just one of her last six starts overall ahead of this race - that being a runner-up finish last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Laurel Park February 2. Before that was a sixth in the minor Wintergreen Stakes at Turfway Park January 2, a fourth and a fifth respectively in a pair of Allowance Optional Claiming races in November, a seventh in the minor Pretty Plum Stakes in October and a ninth in the Grade 3 Obeah Stakes last June. Sea Shadow hasn't looked great lately but hopes to change all of that around Friday from gate 4. Javier Castellano rides.

Nfl playoffs giants and packers to go to the wire


New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers

Sunday, 21:40

I could see either of these teams making the Super Bowl. Both have a dangerous offense, solid defense, and come into the postseason bang in form. But to quote the 1980s classic film Highlander - there can be only one. I think neutral fans will be the real winners though, as I can't see this this being anything but extremely close. Green Bay are on a six-game winning streak. New York have won nine of their last 11. So both will be confident.

Now here's a fascinating stat for you - Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers have both won the same number of postseason games at Lambeau Field - two. That's amazing, and is down to the fact that New York won play-off games in Wisconsin in 2007 and 2011. On both occasions, the Giants went on to lift the Lombardi Trophy. So their fans could be forgiven for viewing a trip to Green Bay as a lucky omen.

But it's not just in Green Bay that Manning excels. A record of 8-3 in post-season road games suggests that Manning is one of the NFL's greatest ever travelling quarterbacks. Yes he blows hot and cold. But there's good reason why he has two Super Bowl rings, and his ability to perform well on the road is part of it.

Manning's been sacked just 22 times this season - that's the third fewest in the NFL. And if he's granted time on the ball, he could do serious damage to a Packers D that's been one of the most porous in the league. Odell Beckham is a big time, showtime player who can win games all on his own. I like him to make some major plays in the deep, which is Green Bay's achilles heel. Sterling Shepard has almost as many TDs though and offers a much better price for the opening score.

Likewise Green Bay have all the tools to do plenty of damage of their own. Aaron Rodgers is back playing at his very best. And receivers Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson have been working in tandem to rip opposing defenses apart. Last week Adams shone brightest, which means this week it will probably be Nelson who leads the way in yardage.

The Giants'' secondary has been really strong against the pass though, and is getting better each week. I can see them frustrating Rodgers for long periods here. Someone who could have a sneakily big game however is Jared Cook. New York have proven vulnerable to opposing tight ends and Cook has impressed since returning from injury. He can surpass his quote of 48 yards and is a big price to find the end zone.

Neither side can run the ball very well. But both are good at defending it. That should make it really hard for either team to move the ball with regularity and leads me to expect a low score - something that's been a regular theme to New York's road games. A close contest would likely mean lot of action for the kickers - and hence I can see there being quite a few field goals here.

The five point head start the Giants are getting is to big for me. Three points either way is my call and so I'm siding with the Giants on the handicap. And I fancy this could be a tense, low-scoring affair - so going low on points has appeal too.

Recommended Bets:

5pts New York (+5.5) to win @ [2.00]

5pts New York (+3) to win at half time @ 5/6

5pts Total Points Under 44.5 @ [2.06]

5pts 1st Half Points Under 22.5 @ [1.96]

3pts Ty Montgomery rushing yards Under 50.5 @ 5/6

3pts Back a first quarter field goal @ 5/6

3pts Back a fourth quarter field goal @ 4/7

1pt Cook to score 1st TD @ 14/1

2pts Shepard to score 1st TD @ 10/1

3pts Nelson receiving yards Over 70.5 @ 5/6

1pt Overtime to be played @ [15.00]

3pts Rodgers passing yards Under 269.5 @ 5/6