Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sweet Mile on a Superfecta Sunday

Staying on at gorgeous Santa Anita for a sweet mile race.

Santa Anita Park Race 5 {1 mile~3 year-old Up~Allowance Optional Claiming}

A salty group of eight will go to the gate in this mile route. There is enough speed to keep an honest pace. Speed numbers are fairly close which should produce a contentious race. All of these lads have had powerful workouts in preparation for this race. Our task is to knit together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta box ticket.  It should be a fine race.

#2 I Don't Care Who (Espinoza / Sadler) could have the edge with the second highest last out speed number at a longer route, a five race progression, and three superb workouts. This lad has the tactical speed to stay the course. He is our bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#8 Iron Fist (Smith / Hollendorfer) will challenge as the prohibitive favorite. He holds the highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and four seriously sound workouts. He should sit right off the pace ready to pounce on the leaders.

#3 Grazen Sky (Bejarano / Miyadi) will contend with the fourth highest last out speed number at a longer route, a two race progression, and four robust workouts. This lad could be forwardly placed ready to strike.

#7 Tried and True (Pedroza / Harty) should be in the hunt with the third highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and three hearty workouts. Like many in this race, he enjoys the Santa Anita track. Look for him to be tracking and positioning for a quality effort.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#2 I Don't Care Who  +  #8 Iron Fist  +  #3 Grazen Sky  +  #7 Tried and True.



Stakes Saturday Results
Santa Anita Park R9.  Gold Cup--G1.  Our first pick, Catch A Flight [IRE], finished 3rd for show money of $2.40.  Our second pick, Hoppertunity, finished 2nd for show money of $3.40.
Superfecta went 2-6-9-11.
Bankroll gets shaved a dime to settle at $14.18.





 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Santa Anita Stakes Saturday

We roll into Stakes Saturday looking at an impressive grade one at a classic distance.

Santa Anita Park Race 9 {Gold Cup~G1~1 1/4 mile~3 year-old Up~Graded Stakes}

A talented group of eleven will venture onto the Santa Anita dirt in this annual affair brought over from the dearly departed Hollywood Park.  There is plenty of pace to drive frantic fractions. It could set up nicely for the lads coming from off the pace. Speed numbers are fairly close which should make for a contentious battle. It should be a great race.

#9 Catch A Flight [ARG] (Stevens / Mandella) has the edge with the highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and three fierce workouts. He holds the second highest speed number at the distance with two in the money performances. This son of Giant's Causeway should track the pace, ready to rumble through the stretch.
$2 WIN  /  $3 SHOW.

#6 Hoppertunity (M. Garcia / Baffert) should challenge with a couple of very good last out speed numbers, a two race progression, and three superb peaking workouts. He loves the Santa Anita course and holds the third highest speed number over dirt. This son of Any Given Saturday should be racing close to the frontend ready for an opening. He will be stretching out to this distance for the first time.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#8 Moreno (C. Velasquez / Guillot) will contend with the highest speed number at the distance, the second highest last out speed number, a three race progression, and one sound workout. This speedy son of Ghostzapper will be part of the lead pack seeking make the most of a hot pace.

#2 Hard Aces (Espinoza / Sadler) should be in the mix with the fourth highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and three hearty workouts. He holds the third highest speed number at the distance.  This son of Hard Spun will be rolling late into a contested pace.

10 CENT Superfecta

#9 Catch A Flight [ARG]  /  #6 Hoppertunity  /  #8 Moreno  /  #2 Hard Aces.



Furlong Friday Results
Prairie Meadows R6.  Iowa Sprint Handicap.  Our pick, Bobcat Jim, finished 4th.
Superfecta went 6-2-4-1.
Bankroll sputters to $4.28.  We will supplement with a Hamilton for today's racing.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sprinting in Iowa for Furlong Friday

Off to the Iowa Prairie for Furlong Friday.

Prairie Meadows R6 {Iowa Sprint Handicap~6 furlongs~3 year-old Up~Stakes}

A short field of six will enter the gate in this annual sprint championship. There is plenty of speedsters to insure a sizzling pace. Speed numbers are relatively close with two horses showing triple digit marks. It should be a terrific race.

#1 Bobcat Jim (Laviolette / Smith) could have the edge with the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and two hearty workouts. This lad posted that speed number over the Prairie Meadows track maintaining his 100% in the money record over it. He will be seeking his third win in a row utilizing his versatile running style.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#6 Delaunay (Vazquez / Amoss) should challenge with the highest speed number at the distance, the second highest (tie) last out speed number, a two race progression, and three tidy workouts. This guy is also 100% in the money at Prairie Meadows all the while securing the highest speed number at same.

#3 Patty's Key (Corbett / Keller) is in good form and should contend. This fella has a couple of decent last out speed numbers and has put in three excellent workouts. He should be tracking the very speedy pace ready to strike in the stretch.

#2 Bruwer Max (Thompson / Martin) is another in good form and will be in the hunt. He shares the highest last out speed number and has cobbled together a two race progression. This guy should be forwardly placed, ready to move smoothly over the track.

10 CENT Superfecta

#1 Bobcat Jim  /  #6 Delaunay  /  #3 Patty's Key  /  #2 Bruwer Max.




Thursday's Results
Belmont Park R7.  Optional Claiming. Our first pick, Towering Moon, finished 5th.  Our second pick, Goodtolook, finished 7th (last).
Superfecta went 6-3-4-1.
Bankroll drops like a rock to $6.38.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Horse Racing Weekend Begins with a Mile

We roll into our Horse Racing weekend on the Turf.

Belmont Park Race 7 {1 mile~3 year-old Up~NY~Optional Claiming}

A solid group of eight will go to the gate in this New York bred race. There is enough speed to maintain an honest pace. The speed numbers are fairly close which should make for a competitive race. Quality riders and trainers for all the entrants should make the race quite interesting.

#8 Towering Moon (Castellano / Rodriguez) might have the edge with the third highest (tie) last out speed number and three strong workouts. This lad is the only one among the group that is 100% in the money over the Belmont Track. He should track and close well into a legitimate pace.
$1 WIN  /  $2 SHOW.

#2 Goodtolook (L. Saez / McLaughlin) should pose a mighty challenge with the highest last out speed number at a longer route and one robust workout. This lad has the speed to wire the field and it let loose on the lead he will be good to gone. He holds the highest speed number at the distance.
$1 SHOW.

Other Wagering interests

#5 Spa City Fever (Cruz / Jacobson) will contend with the highest speed number at the distance. He shares the third highest last out speed number at a longer route. This lad has the tactical speed to stay the course on any pace scenario that develops. He also holds the highest speed number over the Belmont track.

#1 Escape to the Moon (Franco / B. Brown) should be in the mix with the second highest last out speed number and two sound workouts. He likes the Belmont course and has done well over it earning a 75% in the money record.

10 CENT Superfecta

#8 Towering Moon  /  #2 Goodtolook  /  #5 Spa City Fever  /  #1 Escape to the Moon.



Last Superfecta Sunday (6/21) Results
Santa Anita Park R3.  We dumped our 10 CENT Superfecta play as a result of a single scratch within our boxed wagering interests. Superfecta went 5-7-2-3.
Our Bronze Horseshoe runner, Alcott [NZ], finished 5th.
Bankroll dips to $10.48.









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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Superfecta Sunday in Sunny Southern Cal

Superfecta Sunday already?!  Today we take a look at a classic Turf race in warm and sunny Southern California.

Santa Anita Race 3 {1 1/4 mile~TURF~3 year-old Up~Optional Claiming}
 
A fine field of seven will go to the grass in this classic Turf offering. It comes up light on speed which may produce a wicked quickening going into the stretch.  The speed numbers are very close making this one a very competitive event. Our task is to cobble together a winning 10 CENT Superfecta Box ticket. Let's give it a spin.

#1 Alcott [NZ] (Fallon / Powell) comes from overseas for his first North American debut. He last raced in China with sound success. This lad is coming into this one off an extended layoff with four strong workouts. He appears to have acclimated well to sunny Southern California. He is our Bronze Horseshoe selection.
$2 SHOW.

#7 Crucero (Desormeaux / Desormeaux) should challenge with the second highest speed number at the distance, a couple of good last out speed numbers and two solid workouts. This guy loves the Santa Anita Turf and should be tracking the pace well.

#5 Wanstead Gardens (Stevens / French) should go off as the favorite with the highest last out speed number, a four race progression, and five tremendous peaking workouts. This Ontario bred will be tracking the pace and close gallantly.

#4 Son of War (Blanc / McAnally) is coming into sound form with the second highest last out speed number and three superb peaking workouts. This guy also shares the highest speed number over the Santa Anita turf. He is another that will be tracking the pace.

10 CENT Superfecta Box ($2.40)

#1 Alcott [NZ]  +  #7 Crucero  +  #5 Wanstead Gardens  +  #4 Son of War.



Stakes Saturday Results
Thistledown Racino R8.  Ohio Derby.  Our first pick, Divining Rod, finished 3rd for show money of $3.90.  Our second pick, Whiskey Ticket, finished off the board.  Our third pick, Tencendur, finished 2nd for show money of $3.60.
Bankroll was supplemented with a Hamilton and finished out with $12.48.




Saturday, June 20, 2015

Stakes Saturday in Ohio

It is Stakes Saturday and we take a look at the Ohio Derby.

Thistledown Race 8 {Ohio Derby~G3~1 1/16 mile~3 year-old~Graded Stakes}

A great group of nine will take to the dirt in this graded stakes feature. There is enough speed to keep the pace rolling. These fellas have fairly close speed numbers. Most are coming out of graded stakes races including the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. It should be quite a battle for the victory.

#4 Divining Rod (Leparoux / Delacour) might have the edge with the second highest last out speed number and three strong peaking workouts. This son of Tapit should be forwardly placed ready to take these talented guys on. He is 100% in the money from six career starts.
$2 WIN  /  $3 SHOW.

#1 Whisket Ticket (Pedroza / Baffert) should challenge with the highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and three fluid workouts. This son of Ghostzapper will be making his third career start after two previous victories. He is another that can be expected to be forwardly placed.
$2 SHOW.

#6 Tencendur (Franco / Weaver) will contend with the highest overall speed number on a dirt surface. He is coming out of a longer route (KD 141) and has put in four fantastic workouts that include two bullets. This son of Warrior's Reward will be tracking the pace ready to strike going into the stretch.
$2 SHOW.

Another Wagering Interest

#5 War Story (Desormeaux / Amoss) should be in the mix with a couple of decent last out speed numbers and three robust workouts. He shares the second highest speed number at the distance with three others. This son of Northern Afleet should track the pace ready to romp.

10 CENT Superfecta

#4 Divining Rod  /  #1 Whisket Ticket  /  #6 Tencendur  /  #5 War Story.



Furlong Friday Results
Arlington International R5.  Claiming.  Our pick, Im Moneyinthebank, finished 2nd for show money of $2.20.
We abandoned our 10 CENT Superfecta play due to two scratches.  Superfecta went 3-5-4-7.
Bankroll gains a couple of dimes to settle at $4.08.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Furlong Friday on the Grass

Thank goodness it's Furlong Friday. Today we take in a Turf sprint on one of the great North American Turf courses.

Arlington International {5 Furlongs~TURF~3 year-old Up~fillies/mares~Claiming}

A nice group of eight will trot onto the grass for the start of this mid-card feature. There is plenty of speed to keep a tight pace. Speed numbers are fairly close with a couple going on the Turf for the first time. It should be a good race.

#5 Im Moneyinthebank (Sanjur / Young) looks like she may take another step forward with the highest last out speed number, a two race progression, and one peaking workout. She should sit right off the pace ready to motor swiftly through the stretch. She loves the Arlington Turf and is 100% in the money at the distance from three starts.
$2 SHOW.

Other Wagering Interests

#6 Chero (Emigh / Wainwright) should challenge with the third highest speed number over the distance/surface and two strong workouts. She is coming down in class and distance for this race. This gal should be forwardly placed ready to rumble.

#4 Narfooska (Murrill / Boyce) looks to improve while exiting a higher level claiming race. She makes the drop in class and distance with two superb workouts. This gal will be attempting the Turf for the first time. Expect her to track the pace ready to rock.

#1 Ally's Dream (Roman / Robertson) should contend coming off an extended layoff. This will be her third career start. She has put in three excellent peaking workouts in preparation for her return to racing. This gal is another that will be tracking the pace.

10 CENT Superfecta

#5 Im Moneyinthebank  /  #6 Chero  /  #4 Narfooska  /  #1 Ally's Dream.



Thursday's Results
Santa Anita R2.  Maiden Claiming.  Our first pick, Aaron Again, finished 4th.  Our second pick, Woody's Folly, was scratched.
We scuttled our 10 CENT Superfecta play due to two key scratches. Superfecta went 3-8-5-7.
Bankroll plummets to $3.88.