Free Selections – Belmont – 9/7/19

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 6, 2019 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

“Big Sandy” is open for business and I’m looking forward to getting my bet on. – Here are some free selections to get you ready for a winning day! – Be sure to download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms to give you a complete view on how the race will take shape.

 

Belmont

 

Race #1 – Alw $66,000 – 6f – 1:00 pm EDT

#2 – Cash Offer = She’s a big chalk and has speed to burn – This daughter of Shackleford is going to come out swinging as soon as the gates break. – She is 3/3 ITM Belmont and might be a “free spot” in the early pick five.

 

Race #2 – Mdn Clm – 6f turf – 1:33 pm EDT

#5 – Cape Cod Diva = She drops into the mdn claiming ranks and attracks the services of Flavien Prat. – The rider is winning 26% of his turf mounts!

 

Race #5 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6 1/2f – 3:09 pm EDT

#1 – Hemlock = Bill Mott brings this Godolphin runner to post shipping in from Saratoga. Speedy colt who was a beaten favorite – Mott comes back to score 22% looking for payback.

 

Race #9 – The $750,000 Jockey Club Oaks – 1 3/8 on turf – 5:15 pm EDT

#1 – Edisa = Daughter of Kitten’s Joy shipping across the pond from Deauville. – Draws the rail and turfmaster Flavien Prat. – She is 5/6 ITM on turf and her only bad race was against the boys coming off a layoff.

 

Race #10 – $1,000,000 Jockey Club Derby – 1 1/2 on turf – 5:47 pm EDT

#8 – Digital Age = 3rd off this shelf for the Chad Brown runner who is regally bred for the sod. – Javier Castellano in the irons and she’ll be rolling late in the lane. Go to the windows with confidence. – Use with #9 – Spanish Mission and #5 – San Huberto.

The Happy Horseplayer – End of Summer

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 2, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

” I can feel the cooler winds making their way in. – Summer is over.” – The Flamingo Kid

 

From the movie back in my younger years was the tale of gin playing moneymen at an exclusive club at the beach. – It was a great movie of a kid trying to find himself in the last summer before college. He got to watch and learn the ways of the game of life. – That still resonates in my heart as Labor Day is upon.

The Happy Horseplayer was just talking about the summer ovals ready to swing open and now they’re closing for the season. – Horseplayers don’t need a calendar, we can tell you what month and week it is by which tracks are open and what races are taking place.

 

Saratoga

I love the place and it’s more than a bucket list wish. I’ve never made the trip, but I’ll get there sooner than later. Just not this year. – The Spa was good to the H.H., but it also hurt worse than an anvil on my noggin. – I set a personal record for 3 outta’ 4 in the pick-fours. – I know, close but no cigar. Right church, wrong pew. Yadda, yadda, yadda. – Loved the action, and it offered up some sweet payoffs. I followed the action and it entertained me more than the law allowed.

Tomorrow, they will swing the gates closed and we’ll start talking about Keeneland and Belmont soon. – Breeders’ Cup talk will begin and before you know it we’ll be looking forward to winter ovals as the process starts over again.  – For my friends I watched some races with, thank you for getting together. For the friends who won’t be around this way anymore; you we’re missed more than you knew.

One more day and summer officially draws the curtains. – I sure enjoyed the action and look forward to more down the road. – Nothing like watching live racing as the summer sun gives off a warm glow.

 

Changes

Racing is gonna change. It has many new chapters, so don’t give up just yet. – The 1% who still love horse racing as their favorite sport will grow. – Horse racing is gonna get a shot in the arm with VLT machines, sports gambling, and other forms of new gaming. – This isn’t your grandpa’s game anymore. – There are changes coming with the use of drugs, whips, and track surfaces – Trust me, I have been working in racing the majority of my career and haven’t heard changes like these.

This will not happen overnight, and you need to have patience. – I think racing is drawing closer to having a governing body for the entire country. – Just like the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NASCAR. For too long there have been many sets of rules instead of an agreed-upon document that governs the sport. – It allows players to know the rules and won’t change from state-to-state. It will be the same at Arapahoe Park or Gulfstream.

Horse racing is not dead, but it has been given a standing eight count. – That is the time to summon your strength and come out swinging or toss in the towel. – I’m leaning toward the former and have confidence we’ll come together sooner rather than later. Times have changed and so has gaming. – We need to look in the mirror and decide if we’re willing to make the needed changes for future growth.

 

Tracks have tried everything, and I’m here to let you know they’ve done a pretty good job at trying to bring in new patrons. – Keep up the good work with dollar nights with cheap beer, dollar wagers, and bands for entertainment. I love the family days where you bring everyone out to enjoy the beauty and pageantry of the sport. – Doggie races, camel races, and sumo wrestling in the winner’s circle have been fun to watch. – I have to give tracks great credit for going the extra mile but don’t stop now. It’s just getting started and new fans can be grown by showcasing your facility. – Don’t rest on your butts. Keep it coming and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Keep it clean, reasonably priced good food, and free parking and admission. – That brings them in the doors and there is nothing like a dollar beer and hot dog to get the night going. – Management needs to be on the scene. That means get out and know your players, guests, and patrons. No matter if your a stand-alone track, OTB, or racino. Gamblers love to be recognized and appreciated. – Tracks need to utilize social media, flyers, and announcements. Add in a personal visit with players and the word gets out. You’re here to stay and what they have to say means the most. Act as if your job depends on this. – It actually does.

 

Until next month, may your winners be many and your photos are few! – Best of luck from the Happy Horseplayer!

 

 

Free Selections – Kentucky Downs – 8/31/19

 

 

The one-of-a-kind undulating European turf course is back in action with Kentucky Downs. At just five days each year, Kentucky Downs hosts one of the shortest thoroughbred horse racing meets in North America. Though short, the five-day meet features more than $10 million in purses, with a nation-leading average of over $2 million in purses per day.

Kentucky Downs is home to America’s only European-style (all turf) racecourse, and at one mile and five-sixteenths in length, it is one of the longest tracks in the nation as well. Unlike other racetracks, which are typically oval, the course at Kentucky Downs is kidney-shaped, featuring undulation and a unique right-hand bend. With subtle elevation changes throughout, a sweeping turn into what becomes a dog-legged stretch run of more than a quarter-mile to the finish line, racing at Kentucky Downs is an exciting experience for those competing and cheering.

 

Race #2 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/2 – 1:51 pm EDT

#9 – Chewing Gum = Son of Candy Ride who is shipping in from Del Mar for Bill Mott. He was previously trained by Dick Mandella and is a stone-cold closer. He stretches out from a mile and should benefit from Adam Beschizza in the irons who wins 14% on the turf.

 

Race #3 – O.C. $62,500 – 6 1/2 f – 2:24 pm EDT

#11 – Mick’s Star = Florent Geroux in the irons and is the 5th all-time leading rider over the course. – He comes from AP and drops in class from the G3 American Derby. – A versatile sort who can be a major player in the hands of a top-shelf jock.

 

Race #4 – Alw – 1m 70 yards – 2:57 pm EDT

#12 – He’s Cheeky = Shipping in from Chicago for Larry Rivelli and has the services of the all-time leading rider on the course B.J. Hernandez with 44 wins. – This son of Pioneer of the Nile is a strong closer and will be tough down the lane.

 

Race #5 – Alw – 1m 70 yards – 3:33 pm EDT

#11 – Kettle Valley = Jamie Spencer traveled over for a shot at the huge purses. – Ships in from Ellis Park and owns a bullet work coming in. – Spencer has won his share of major races including the Arlington Million in the states. – Look for a well-timed late kick down the lane.

 

Race #6 – Mdn Sp Wt – 6 1/2f – 4:05 pm EDT

#9 – Dixieland Traffic = First timer by Cross Traffic and is bred to relish the green. – B.J. Hernandez in the irons and may light up the board at a very square price.

 

Race #7 – The $250,000 One Dreamer – 1m and 70 yards – 4:38 pm EDT

#9 – Limari = Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat and been off for 49 days. – She should be close to the pace and trainer Brad Cox is winning 38% on the year. “Flo” wins 21% on the turf, and he’s seen undulating courses back in France. Look for a big meet from this top-shelf rider.

 

Race #9 – The $500,000 Juvenile Fillies – 1 mile – 5:47 pm EDT

#12 – Fly So Pretty = A daughter of Sky Mesa for trainer Mark Casse who is the 22nd leading trainer in the track history. – First out she closed quick at CD and then shipped up to Saratoga and graduated impressively after checking repeatedly. Tyler Gafflione has the call and is 41% ITM on the turf. Look for her to be closer today in the stretch out and Tyler G will make a strong bid around the far turn. – He will save plenty for the long run for the wire.

 

Travers Triumph

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 27, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Saratoga had one helluva card on tap this past Saturday for the 150th edition of the Travers. – It was chock full of graded races, and every time I looked it felt chalky. – The competition was top shelf, and I guess that’s why the favorites stuck out like a sore thumb. – I had some good ideas, but after downloading my E-Z Win Forms I felt more confident in relying on my trusty handicapping helper. – Here’s my day in a nutshell.

 

Race #5 – The G1 Forego – 7f

The top pick was #3 Mitole, and as I said before I kept feeling a chalky day. – I made a $100 win bet on this monster which was the top selection. – He won and paid $3.80 – A nice score of $190 which yielded a $90 profit – The day was off and running!

 

Race #6 – The G1 Ballerina – 7f 

The top selection was #2 Come Dancing and looked every bit the winner. The E-Z Win Forms gave me a little start, and I came back with another $100 win wager on her. She paid $3.50 for a score of $175 and a profit of $75! – Not bad for back-to-back chalks.

 

Race #7 – The G1 H.A. Jerkins – 7f

This was a miss as I boxed the top three selections. – They finished first and third and time to move on to the next race.

 

Race #8 – The G2 Ballston Spa – 1 1/16 on the turf

I made a $50 to win and place a wager on the top selection #4 – Significant Form as the field looked like it could be anyone. – Shortly after the race, I had the best winner of the day as she paid $16.50 to win and $8.00 to place. – She cashed in for $612.50 and a profit of $512.50! – I started a $1 pick-three as the next race really looked like a two-horse race.

 

Race #9 – The G1 Personal Ensign – 1 1/8

The top selection was #4 – Elate and the third selection was #1 – Midnight Bisou.  I was so split on what to do that I watched the race as I had both in my pick-three. – This may have been the most exciting race of the year as Midnight Bisou bested Elate in the final yards. – Incredible race and my gimmick was still alive and well.

 

Race #10 – The G1 Sword Dancer – 1 1/2 on the turf

I had the top three selections to close out my pick-three and decided to box them and hope to cash on both. – The top three were: Channel Maker, Sadler’s Joy, and Annals Of Time. – As they turned for home the mad scramble ensued and Annals Of Time the third selection won and the 2nd selection of Sadler’s Joy was a head behind in second. The $2 exacta paid $43.00 and the $1 pick-three came home $144.75. – Nice score indeed!

 

Race #11 – The 150th Running of the Travers – 1 1/4

I must admit I could have made a case for five runners and since my handicapping radar was foggy I decided to make a three-horse exacta box with the top three selections. – This race was a miss, but I wouldn’t have had the winner with eight shots. – The race gave us plenty to look forward to seeing later in the year and the Travers Day was an overall success for this handicapper. – Sometimes we win, and others we lose, but this day was a Mid-Summer win. – No complaints here, and I hope you remembered to download your E-Z Win Forms. If you did, drop us a line and let us know how your day went! – Best of luck, and may your winners be many and your photos be few!

Reliving My First

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 21, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Man, I remember my first. – Can you? – It’s a feeling that still brings a smile to your face many years later and it just won’t stop. – You’ll have many, but there’s nothing like your first. – Remember how nervous you were, and how it settled in with a serene sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction. – We all have to start somewhere, but we always remember out first.

Mine was a Saturday afternoon. I was with my Dad, and we were heading out to the races at Latonia Race Course. – The weather looked grim as tons of snow and cold were predicted. They said it was going to be the storm of the century in 1978. – We wanted to get a day at the races in before the snowstorm came later that night. The sky had an eerie quiet as the clouds had a heavy gray hue. You could hear the horses hooves as they walked up to the paddock and they seemed to be a little nervous.

The skies looked more ominous than the storm prediction and looked like it was coming soon than later. – I started reading the program with five runners entered and came out with a hopeful winner. The rider was a Lexington EMT and rode horses in the afternoon when available. – Carl Faulconer was his name, and to this day I can remember the grey nag he was riding. – Carl is one of the best guys in racing but wasn’t known to be the leading rider. – I made a $2 straight daily-double, and in the 2nd race, I had selected Mr. Faulconer once again.

As the horses went to post outriders hustled them along to the gate as the impending storm was 20 miles away. – Carl settled in along the rail and made a move around the far turn which was the winning move. – “Yes! – I had my first DD started and hoped Mother Nature could hold off a bit.” – It was at this time Mike Battaglia made the announcement the second race would be the last of the day as the snowstorm was coming sooner than predicted. – I had a live double ticket in my pocket and the tote board showed only 10 minutes to post. Another field of five took the track and Faulconer had another gray runner that was going to bring riches beyond belief.

The horses were rushed to the gate as the announcement was made again. – My first winner paid $7, and the second winner paid $5.60. – That $2 double came back a whopping $12. – I cashed my ticket and walked to the car looking like the cat who ate the canary. – Every time I see Carl I always remind him he was the one who hooked a young man on the races. – The storm came with fury and lived up to the hype. Racing was canceled for weeks and even the Ohio River froze solid. – I had $12 bucks burning a hole in my pocket with no races to play.

Ahhh. That was my first. – Was it as good for you as it was for me? – Probably not, but for a young racing fan with a $4 bankroll it was a big win. – Thank you, Carl Faulconer, for riding like the wind and getting me hooked on the greatest game I’ve ever seen. – You can bet dollars to donuts the next time I see him the story will be told for the 1,000th time!

 

If I Were A Betting Man

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 21, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

The thought of gambling for a living sure beats the hell out of putting up with a boss. – Yeah, I can see me strutting into the track walking out with a strong profit. – It happens. Why not me?

I had an opportunity to try this little venture. – We just had a baby boy and the wife wanted me to be home more. – “Ok, I’ll go back and teach school. Finish my Master’s and go on like a normal person. But there’s one thing I have to do. – Anything, honey.” – No sweeter words were spoken as I was going to take my shot at never answering to a boss again.

There were office parties with gifts, cards, and kind words. But all I could think about was cashing in my small 401-k. – Giving two weeks notice, and making sure I spoke to every player was my way of saying goodbye to folks that really mattered. – I had $14,000 in my account, and my wife had given the blessing to take my shot at gambling. – She thought it was stupid, but if it kept me quiet and happy all systems go.

I received my check in the mail minus the penalties. -This is not a wise thing to do, but I was going to be sitting with teenagers in a hot classroom until I kicked the bucket. A small price to pay for dreams that would last a lifetime. – My betting was going to be limited to two or three wagers per week. Place bets mainly, and a show wager would have to be 15-1 or better. – No more, no less. I would only bet New York, Florida, or California. I was looking for $3.60 or better. – My copious notes, race replays, and sticking to my plan gave me a solid foundation to begin.

When I started, I dropped $4,000 in just a couple weeks. – It looking like my dream was a wisp of smoke blowing through a keyhole. – But I held my path. Keeping notes and only making two or three bets at the track. The rest of the time was a scouting mission for future wagers. – One day it all clicked. I bet $750 to place on a horse at Saratoga. He won by three and paid $5.80 to place. – That $2,170 was the start.  It seemed like it was raining and I didn’t need an umbrella.

My big horse was running the next weekend, and I made a wager that would choke a bull.  $1,750 to place on a horse that I had waited for weeks. One bet, and out that day. I spent the entire day watching for future horses and made my bets in a couple trips to the window. – When he drew off for fun and paid $7.20 to place, my bankroll that day was up a sweet $6,300 for the day. – Teaching school was looking further away and I was getting serious.

Breeders’ Cup was upon us and I went to the track and made six very nice bets. – She called home and knew I would be locked on the TV. She was watching from work and said; ” I know you didn’t have that one. I’m sorry. It was a big price runner.- “The hell I didn’t. I had him good, and the day is paid for. I’m up $1,200 no matter what.” – What more could a gambler want?

Life can change in the blink of an eye. – As she turned in for bed; little did I know it would be the last words we ever spoke – In a blink of an eye, my world had changed. – Suddenly being a gambler didn’t even cross my mind. – I can only say it was like a nightmare that wouldn’t stop. – I was a single parent with a baby forced to start over.

My priorities changed that night, and that part of my life would always be a dream. – I like to hear when people tell me about wanting to try their hand. I always wonder if they’re ready, or do they have hard plans to stick to? – It’s not my place to give advice and let them find their own way. As the old saying goes; ” Fools won’t head it and wise men don’t need it.”

One night I was out with my brother. He started talking about my venture. – “You know if you had a $20,000 bankroll you’d never look back.” – I’m not sure if that’s true, but it takes me back to another time. – I often wonder what would’ve happened. Most probably I would have ended up like the many before me. – Or, would I have been one of the few that turn the corner and never looked back?

 

 

Pound for Pound – Toughest Athletes

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 20, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

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We’re all guilty. – You know, when your big bet looses and you’re questioning the ride by the jockey. – But I’m here to tell you as a sports fan that jockeys are the toughest athletes pound-for-pound. I bet that lump in the back of your throat feels like a bowling ball right now. I wonder what was going through the mind of Chris Landeros in this picture? – Not sure who caught this scary moment, but kudos on showing the best athletes in sports.

This was the third race at Saratoga on Saturday for trainer Gary Gullo with his runner Blacktop Legend. – The trainer wins 17% with sprinters and was a solid longshot at 13-1.  Landeros is a quality rider with skills you’d back with a $2 wager. – As the gate broke, there was no bumping, cutting off, or doing anything wrong. It’s just part of the sport.

The best part was that Landeros who’s foot came out of the stirrups, his runner went face down into the dirt, and was about as off-balance as the law allows. – Not only did he regain his mount and not go down, but he also managed to settle out and come running for third place money. – Talk about a tough day at the office. – Landeros had a pair of third-place finishes on this day.

Jockeys get a bad rap sometimes from sore losers. – Sometimes it’s the trainer, fans, or people who like to bitch. – But when you see something like this it makes you take a deep breath and sit back in amazement. – With only the toe of their boot in the stirrups, they balance like one of the Famous Wallendas. – You know, they have a lot in common. Both don’t have a safety net when they ply their trade.

Next time you hit the track and there’s a PDJF Day. – Go ahead and stop by. You’ll meet retired big-time riders and the jocks who rode at your favorite track years ago. They usually have some cool bid and win prizes, and all of the proceeds go to the “Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.” – A really great day of fun with jockey foot races, old fashioned pie in the face bidding, and tons of fun for the kiddies! – You can’t beat it, and as I said before it goes to a great cause.

 

 

 

Reflections on a Career in Racing

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 17, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

I’ve been doing some reflection. There’s so much to be grateful, and so many people that helped me, taught me, and showed me there was only one job for me. – Everyday my car pulled into my parking spot I’ve never regretted a minute.

We all start off somewhere. I began at 19-years-old in the parking lot as a second job. I didn’t want to park cars, it was an excuse to be at the track and bet horses. That was my love.- I had a boss who used to ask me to help and assist with many events, programs, and ideas. He gave me a little bump and I became the parking manager. But all the while I found myself helping him do charity work as a behind the scenes fella. – He received awards and accolades and I used to get a 12-pack at the end of the night. – It took about four or five years until I stopped believing in Santa and realized he was only going to let me go so far as long as I was under his thumb. – He needed my ideas and plans. I wanted to be a part of the sport and if this was how I started so be it. He taught me many things and most weren’t good. But one thing he taught me that stays with me to this day. “Don’t hold people down because they may offer you some competition.” – My rule was to hire people who were smarter than me and look for the ones who wanted to be a part of the team. My favorite line as they moved on was “I would consider it an honor to work for you someday.” – I’ve had the best run since that time, and I look back with tear filled eyes for the many employees, interns, and friends I have helped find their way into the industry. – I wanted to share my passion, and they put in the time. – Thank you for teaching me what not to do. I sleep better at night, and it’s my face I shave when looking in the mirror. I see a happy man who enjoys helping others and it continues to this day.

After this time wasted, I worked for a hard-ass boss who taught me more than anyone. – He loved to intimidate, but did it to keep order. – After my time being the lap dog for another boss, I never wanted to do that again. This time it was going to be different. In the words of Fast Eddie Felson from the Hustler; “Fast and loose. I’m gonna’ play fast and loose.” – He was the kind of boss who respected someone who would stand up than roll over. – He taught me to believe in myself and to not be afraid to make my ideas come to fruition. – The rope he gave me was incredible, and I was on my way to doing some really cool things in racing. On-air handicapping, radio shows, interviews, player seminars, player events, and handling every big player who came in the door. He gave me plenty of slack and I ran like a jail break prisoner. – He taught me many things and is one of the key cogs at a huge racetrack. – Thanks for believing in me and taking the time.

I had a friend who was one of the best race callers in the business. – No, he didn’t teach me how to call races as so many people claim happened for them. That is how many race callers start a conversation about what they do. They act as if the person could teach them for hours everyday. Bullshit. – They may have met and known them for a little bit, and worked like hell to overcome the fear and sweat rolling down their back. They may have had a few good tips, but they didn’t move in with them and write it down in stone. – This man was a VP in a racing related business and left the microphone after being stabbed in the back by one of the voices that still calls today. But, I digress.

In the TV studio there was a large desk and I would go in an hour prior just to handicap the races and get my words together. – That was until “The Speaker of the House” came in and gave me some great advice. – “I know you love handicapping and you’re good. You look just a little nervous.” – He couldn’t have been more right and I was all ears. – ” They don’t want to sleep with you. They think you have the secret sauce and you need to impart your wisdom. Loosen up a bit and you’ll be great.” – I lit up a cigar and we yacked as friends until it was time to go on. After I walked out for the first race he was standing outside the door watching patrons gaze at a new face on TV talking horses. – “Hollywood. Your new name is Hollywood. Great job my friend. You’re going to be just fine.” – This was coming from a man who called races at 18-years-old at Rockingham, New York, Louisville, Kentucky, and his final job before being hanging up the mic was “The Voice of Chicago Racing” following the late-great Phil Georgeff. – I was hooked and it was his short chat with me that changed my attitude. – We became friends, and he left us way too early. I still think of him often to this day. – When I received my first announcing job I was in the booth thinking to myself. “Man, you wouldn’t believe what I have the opportunity to do. Wait, yes you would. You were the one who taught me to believe in myself.” – Thank you my friend. I’ve had one helluva a run.

With the good Lord willing I’m not done yet. – I love the game and can’t wait to go back to work calling races, handicapping, and chatting with the people. The last part believe it or not can be the best part. – I’m a lucky man. I’ve got to do what I wanted and there hasn’t been a moment I’ve regretted. I may not have a new car and a mansion, but to live the life you wanted is more than you can ask for. – Thank you to the many who have shown me the way and opened doors that were closed.

Free Selections – Saturday – Del Mar – 8/17/19

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 17, 2019 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | 1 Comment >>

The summer is just flying right past and it won’t be long until we’ll be talking about our favorite fall ovals opening. – But, that is around the corner and we’re going to enjoy every single race going to post. – Here are some free selections to get your inner-handicapper brewing. Be sure to download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for the definitive look at how the race will take shape!

 

Del Mar

 

Race #3 – The G3 – Green Flash – 5f on the turf – 6:06 pm EDT

#5 – Eddie Haskell = hails from the Mark Glatt barn with Kent Desormeaux in the saddle. He is 7/7 ITM at Del Mar and seeks his 4th straight win. He should get a perfect stalking trip.

 

Race #7 – The G2 Del Mar Hcp – 1 3/8 on the turf – 8:10 pm EDT

#5 – United = is a gelded son of Giant’s Causeway for trainer Richard Mandella. Flavien Prat wins 26% on the turf and will come calling late in the lane.

 

Race #8 – The G3 Torrey Pines – 1 mile – 8:40 pm EDT

#3 – Classic Fit = is a daughter of Bernardini for trainer Michael Stidham and Florent Geroux in the driver’s seat. She’s been off for 49 days and drops down a notch in class today.

 

Race #9 – The G1 Del Mar Oaks – 1 1/8 on the turf – 9:10 pm EDT

#14 – Hidden Message = is a daughter of Scat Daddy shipping over from Sandown Park in (GB) for trainer Simon Callaghan. First time Lasix with Flavien Prat in the driver’s seat.

 

Race #10 – The G1 Pacific Classic – 1 1/4 – 9:43 pm EDT

#2 – Quip = hails from the Rodolphe Brisset barn with Florent Geroux in the irons. They ship in from CD and the Kentucky horses have been doing great on the left coast. Look for a close up trip where Geroux wins 21% with early speed types.

 

 

 

 

Three Things That Made Me a Better Gambler

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 14, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Everyone likes to dream about the big winner and crowds carrying you out the doors to the heroes tune. Throngs of gamblers patting you on the back as you light the winner’s cigar. – That’s all fine and dandy except one thing. Not one single word is true.

I have come up with my own speed figures and numerical magic at least a hundred times. There is not one single stand alone number that can sum up the outcome of a race. It may help and even give you an edge. But one number will not do the trick. – I had to find my way. – Most just want the end result cashing the ticket at the window. But the truth is putting in the hard work that brings about the big payday.

 

1. – You have to put in the time

There is no substitute for taking copious notes and watching race replays. – For me, this was a good start until the “free” stable mail systems came about. “I once was blind where now I see.” – The hard work resides in taking notes about what really happened and not an excuse for a losing bet. Go back and watch a few times. Funny what you’ll see when a bet is not on the table. – Keeping notes on a stable mail system is golden. They are everywhere and the best part they’re free. They will notify you 48 hours when they’re going to run, when they worked out, and if there’s a big carryover that needs your attention.

 

2. Stick to your knitting

These were the words of my best friend’s Mother. – It means stick to what you know and do it. – Don’t grasp at tracks or have a bet just for action. – Think of making wagering decisions like a Wall Street investment. You’ll start seeing the bottom line show a profit sooner rather than later. – When your hard work starts paying off you’ll find yourself more dedicated to the process.

 

3. Take a break

We take a vacation from work to keep us fresh don’t we? – Why wouldn’t you treat gambling the same? -There is action 24/7/365. You’ll always find a big weekend or some races that need to be played. – Skip it. Take a break sometimes and come back fresh as a daisy. – My breaks take place after the Triple Crown, and for about a month after the Breeders’ Cup. – You’ll find it keeps you fresh and ready to come back swinging. Once upon a time there use to be downtime in between meets and long before simulcast. – Gamblers could recoup a bankroll and come back hungry after a month or so on the bench.

I think the last one is the hardest. – I remember my Grandpa sitting in his garage cleaning his tools and collecting scrap metal from his jobs. – He would cash in the scrap and be ready when the horses came back. He would go fishing, do odd jobs for the family, and take his dogs to the field trials. He always stayed busy until the final months of his life. – We can take a page from his book, but only if you want to sharpen your game.

 

You can follow the game by reading and even make “mind bets” of what you would do if you had a bankroll in play. You’ll be amazed at what a little  down time will do for your game. - Best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies and we’ll see you in the winner’s circle!