About the Author

Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo is a writer for California Casinos, and has covered the horse racing and boxing industry extensively since the 1980s. He was an award-winning writer at the Press of Atlantic City. As a broadcaster, he has won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcasting, issued by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He has called major fights for HBO, ESPN, Showtime, and other networks since the 1980s. He is in the New Jersey and Atlantic City Boxing Halls of Fame. Dave shifted gears to cover the emerging legalized sports-betting industry in 2018. He now serves as the go-to authority on horse race betting across multiple websites, including California Casinos.

Handicapping the Holiday Horse Betting Weekend at Santa Anita Park

February 16, 2023 | By: Dave Bontempo

California gamblers can embrace a four-day holiday weekend horse-racing package at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The lineup includes a Friday card with seven races, followed by nine-race programs and a $100,000 stakes race Saturday through Monday. California horse race betting enthusiasts also can play the popular Coast to Coast Pick 5 in the $1 […]

Handicapping the $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita Park

February 9, 2023 | By: Dave Bontempo

Santa Anita Park bettors will observe two significant trends before the Friday-Sunday cards at the Arcadia oval, just north of Los Angeles. Speed has returned. Frontrunners are again doing well as the track has appeared to drain from the rain deluge of December and January. That’s a handicapping tool bettors will put into their assessments. […]

Handicapping Santa Monica Stakes, Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita

February 2, 2023 | By: Dave Bontempo

Show people the money. That’s what Santa Anita Park intends to do with a power-packed weekend lineup. After a Friday card, the Arcadia facility has a loaded weekend slate. The main attraction is four stakes races that propel its Saturday purse payout to $960,000, one of the industry’s best. Santa Anita follows on Sunday with […]

Santa Anita Park’s Coast to Coast Pick 5 Features Pegasus World Cup

January 26, 2023 | By: Dave Bontempo

Here’s a trifecta for California horse racing betting enthusiasts this weekend at Santa Anita Park. Live racing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 12:30 p.m., at the Great Race Place, located just north of Los Angeles in Arcadia. A pair of $200,000 races on the Saturday card, a Coast to Coast Pick 5 between Santa Anita and […]

Handicapping the Astra Stakes at Santa Anita Park This Weekend

January 19, 2023 | By: Dave Bontempo

Here comes bonus time. California horse race betting enthusiasts had been staring at a two-day racing weekend at Santa Anita Park, because the card on Martin Luther King Day had replaced the program scheduled for this Friday. But then came the rains and postponement of last Saturday’s card. And, presto, the lost card falls into […]

No Huge Race, but Big Payout Chances at Santa Anita Park This Weekend

January 12, 2023 | By: Dave Bontempo

California horse race betting enthusiasts tackle another four-day weekend package at Santa Anita Park with post times of 12:30 p.m. Friday through Monday. While the $200,000 La Canada Stakes is the biggest stake of the weekend, the track has a variety of races aimed at varied betting levels. Gamblers can access the action at the […]

More Than $1 in Purses at Santa Anita Park’s California Cup Saturday

January 5, 2023 | By: Dave Bontempo

Santa Anita Park horse racing bettors meet a stacked tripleheader this weekend. Solid Friday and Sunday cards bookend a Saturday Spectacular, which features a big lineup: More than $1 million in purses in California-bred races, known as the California Cup A lucrative mandatory Pick 6 payout A 10-race card  A cross-country venture with Gulfstream Park […]

Joe Hernandez Stakes Headlines Santa Anita Horse Betting This Weekend

December 29, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

Here comes an encore for the aptly named “Great Race Place.” Santa Anita Park, the California horse race betting facility a few miles north of downtown Los Angeles, launches its first full live-racing weekend after a record-setting opener on Dec. 26. With cards Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Santa Anita Park seeks to follow up […]

Pick 6 Payout, Flightline Headline Horse Racing Weekend at Santa Anita

October 13, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

Pick your spot. California horse race betting enthusiasts have abundant wagering choices Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Selections fall into three major areas: California state stakes events Races with large fields dangling potential big payouts A mandatory Pick 6 payout with a pool of perhaps $2 million Gamblers can access the action at the Arcadia facility […]