Free Selections – Saturday – 10/19/19

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 21, 2019 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Everyone’s bankroll can use a little boost. – With the Breeders’ Cup just days away, you’ll wish you took a shot and bolstered your wallet. – As the countdown is on here is a little something to get you thinking about the winner’s circle. – Best of luck, and make hay while the sun shines!

 

Belmont

 

Race #1 – #10 – Southern King = Son of Animal Kingdom was flying last out and was a beaten favorite. Today is picture day.

Race #2 – #2 – Naked Avenger = Timothy Hills trainee and looking for three-in-a-row. She is 1 for 1 at Belmont and should get the job done. – Maybe a “free spot” in multi-race exotics.

Race #3 – #1 -Playtone = 2nd off the layoff, draws the rail and gets underrated Manny Franco.

Race #4 – #4 – Offering Plan = Chad Brown trainee who is 13/14 ITM at Belmont. – This guy will come rolling late.

Race #5 – #4 – Mr. Buff = Speedy gelding with Junior Alvarado in the irons – He wins 20% with early runners.

Race #8 – #1 – City Man = Son of Mucho Macho Man who will be rolling like a downbound train.

Race #9 – #4 – Fifty Five = 3rd off the layoff and 9/10 ITM at Belmont – She will come motoring late in the lane.

 

Keeneland

 

Race #1 – #5 – Sterling Miss = Speedy filly 2nd off the layoff – She is versatile and can gran the lead or lay just off the pace.

Race #3 – #2 – Take Charge Angel = Speedy filly from the Ben Colebrook barn – She’s faced some tough ladies and 2nd off the shelf with a bullet work is a real bonus.

Race #4 – #3 – Compliant = Son of Kitten’s Joy and bred t love the turf – John Velasquez in the irons and he has a nice turn of late run.

Race #5 – #10 – Elusive d’ Oro = Speedy colt from the Asmussen barn – Ships back from a stake at EVG where he just got beat at the wire.

Race #7 – #14 – Breezy Money = If he draws in he may be tough – A son of Constitution who is winning 21% with his first-timers – If he doesn’t draw in, take a look at the #3 – Hansens Mischief. He comes from the Mike Maker barn and shows excellent early foot.

Race 8 – #12 – Kallio = Drops in class from KyD and is bred for the green – This daughter of Scat Daddy is a solid late runner.

Race #9 – #3 – Indian Pride = Chad Brown runner who won by 8 first out – If she runs anywhere near that she’ll be tough as nails.

 

 

 

Breeders’ Cup by the Numbers – Saturday

The 36th running of the Breeders’ Cup will take place in 18 days. – Hard to believe it’s already here, and like Christmas, every race fan will wake to find two days of glorious events testing our finest. – What more could you ask for? – The best in the world converge on Santa Anita to do battle for over $30 million in purses and awards.

Saturday, Nov 2nd at Santa Anita promises to be a one-of-a-kind event. – You’ll see the best runners in the world do battle. – Mark your calendar! – You won’t want to miss this one!

 

Saturday

 

Filly and Mare Sprint – 2:55 pm EDT

Come Dancing, Spiced Perfection, Stormy Embrace, Serengeti Empress, Bellafina, Guarana, Covfefe, Dawn the Destroyer, Mia Mischief, Royal Charlotte, and Lady Ninja.

Turf Sprint – 3:33 pm EDT

Totally Boss, Eddie Haskell, Leinster, Pure Sensation, Imprimis, Stubbins, OM, Stormy Liberal, Legends of War, Fairyland (IRE), So Perfect, Belvoir Bay (GB), Final Frontier, Justaholic.

Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile – 4:10 pm EDT

Catalina Cruiser, War of Will, Mr.  Money, Firenze Fire, Catholic Boy, Diamond Ops, Improbable, Air Strike, Coal Front, Gray Magician, Mr. Freeze, True Timber, Snapper Sinclair, Blue Chipper, Trais Fluors (GB).

Maker’s Mark F&M Turf – 4:54 pm EDT

Sistercharlie (IRE), Uni, Mirth, Iridessa (IRE), Villa Marina (GB), Vasilika, Beau Recall (IRE), Mrs, Sippy, Castle Lady (IRE), Durance (GER), Thais (FR), Deidre (JPN), Fanny Logan (IRE), Silva (IRE).

Sprint – 5:36 pm EDT

Imperial Hint, Engage, Omaha Beach, Mitole, Hog Creek Hustle, Catalina Cruiser, Shancelot, Firenze Fire, Landeskog, and Matera Sky.

TVG Mile – 6:20 pm EDT

Get Stormy, Bowies Hero, El Tormenta, Lord Glitters (FR), Romanised (IRE), Bricks and Mortar, Uni, Catholic Boy, True Valour (IRE), Caribou Club, Catapult, Suedois (FR), Line of Duty (IRE), Circus Maximus (IRE), Mustashry (GB), Space Traveller (GB), Higher Power.

Longines Distaff – 7:00 pm EDT

Midnight Bisou, Street Band, Blue Prize, Elate, Dunbar Road, Ollie’s Candy, Paradise Woods, She’s A Julie, La Forge (GER).

Longines Turf – 7:40 pm EDT

Acclimate, Arklow, Channel Maker, Channel Cat, Bandua, Desert Encounter (IRE), Old Persian (GB), Alounak (FR), Anthony Van Dyke (IRE).

Longines Classic

McKinzie, Code of Honor, Vino Rosso, Yoshida (JPN), Higher Power, Omaha Beach, Elate, Mongolian Groom, Seeking the Soul, Owendale, Math Wizard, Diamond Oops, Chess Chief.

 

Be sure to check back for free selections, and updates for all contenders. – Download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for the clearest picture on how the races will take shape. Be sure to tune-in each and every Thursday for the Winning Ponies Internet Show with John Engelhardt. Especially the Thursday right before the big weekend, as there will be a bevy of top-notch handicappers giving personal insights and behind the scenes information you’ll only find here!

 

Breeders’ Cup By the Numbers – Friday

The 36th running of the Breeders’ Cup will take place in 18 days. – Hard to believe it’s already here, and like Christmas, every race fan will wake to find two days of glorious events testing our finest. – What more could you ask for? – The best in the world converge on Santa Anita to do battle for over $30 million in purses and awards.

 

Friday kicks it off with the “Future Stars” day of action. – You’ll not only be able to watch and wager on the babies, but you’ll also be front and center for the three-year-olds of tomorrow. Here is a breakdown of the Friday action.

 

Juvenile Turf Sprint – 4:12 pm EDT

A’ Ali (IRE), El Tigre Terrible, Four Wheel Drive, Kimari, Lazuli (IRE), Al Raya (GB), Another Miracle, Band Practice (IRE), Bulletproof One, Cambria, Chimney Rock, Embolden, Foolish Humor, Mr. Tip Streamline (GB), and Wheels on Fire (FR).

Juvenile Fillies Turf – 4:52 pm EDT

Abscond, Albigna (IRE), Crystalle, Fair Maiden, Powerful Breeze (GB), Jezebel’s Kitten, Living in the Past (IRE), Mind Out, Onyx, and Sharing.

Juvenile Fillies – 5:32 pm EDT

Bast, British Idiom, Wicked Whisper, Lazy Daisy, Perfect Alibi, Comical, Powerfulattraction, Donna Veloce, Green Destiny.

Juvenile Turf – 6:12 pm EDT

Decorated Invader, Peace Achieved, Royal Dornoch (IRE), Vitalogy (GB), Structor, Andesite, Arizona (IRE), Anneau D’ OR, Billy Batts, Hit The Road, Lord of The Lodge (IRE), Flap Jack.

TVG Juvenile – 7:03 pm EDT

Eight Rings, Dennis Moment, Maxfield, Nucky, Wrecking Crew, American Theorem, Scabbard, King Snake, Our Country.

 

Day one promises to be an exciting appetizer for Saturday. – You won’t want to miss this glimpse of who we’ll be following tomorrow, and you’ll have an incredible opportunity to watch and wager on some of the best youngsters in the land. – Be sure to download your Winning Ponies E-Z Forms for the big weekend, and tune in to the Winning Ponies Internet Show with John Engelhardt with incredible handicappers to get your weekend started strong.

 

 

 

Free Selections / Saturday 10/12/19

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 13, 2019 in Blogroll, Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Nothing like a free lunch to get your day started the right way! – Just use these as an appetizer and you’ll be sure to make the best of this fall afternoon. – Remember, the big weekend is only 21 days away and your bankroll could use a little tune-up!

 

Belmont

Race #2 – #2 Retro Street = She had a tough trip a few back and comes in off a layoff.

Race #5 – #4 – The Sicarii = Horrible trip last and we’re gonna toss that out looking for a winner’s circle picture today.

Race #9 – #7 – Souper Escape = She runs on everything and if her speed can show today there is no reason a wire-to-wire job can’t happen at a square price.

 

 

Keeneland

 

Race #3 – #1 – American Anthem = Speedy son of Bodemeister and ships in from the left coast.

Race #4 – #2 – Great Island = Daughter of Scat Daddy as she makes her first start – Her sire wins 20% with firsters taking the track.

Race #7 – #10 – I Can Do Anything = Sharp winner at KyD and cuts back in distance today.

Race #9 – #3 – Cambier Parc = She is 5 for 6 ITM on grass and looks for two-in-a-row. Johnny V in town to ride and he has been as tough as they come when the big money is on the line.

Race #10 – #4 – Club Car = She’s been off 4 1/2 months and ships in from CD – Louisville runners have been scoring everywhere they run.

 

Best of luck and be sure to download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for the most comprehensive view on how the race will take shape – Easy to use and color-coded for handy mental notes for who looks the best. – Use this free appetizer to whet your whistle and download the E-Z Win Forms for a bankroll building Saturday! – Remember, there are only 21 days till’ the big weekend!

 

 

 

The Happy Horseplayer

As the countdown to Breeders’ Cup is only weeks away, the H.H. is thinking about the long run to the starting gate. – It seems like only yesterday we were watching races at Churchill Downs for the first glimpse of the year. Then we focused on Gulfstream, Fair Grounds, Oaklawn, Santa Anita, and onward. That’s the circle of racing. Just as we see it come to an end, it starts all over again. – Nothing better!

 

Keeneland / Belmont / Santa Anita / Longchamp

There were some incredible races this past weekend. – Think of it as the last glance of real runners with a Breeders’ Cup dream. – Be sure and go back and catch the races from these three tracks and pay close attention. Trainers like to target particular times of year to peak and move on to the BC. Now, that’s not to say the early bird “Win and You’re In” prize winners should be overlooked. But if you look at this past weekend’s races, they have played a big springboard into Breeders’ Cup winners.

A good watch of the races with some notes may go a long way for the big weekend. – It gives some of the biggest names in racing a perfect timeline to run, ship, and get ready for the next step. – Just go back and take a gander at the historical preps that have produced some of our biggest winners. – It pays to take a look at all of the winners and what preps they have won, but this weekend holds a great deal of water.

 

Gabbing about gambling

I was yacking with an old friend last night. – He just qualified for Las Vegas for the big contest early next year and this isn’t his first. – I always enjoy our talks as he loves to dive into the answers behind the curtain. We spoke about the importance of jockey agents; have I run across many professional gamblers, and a bevy of other topics. – Just two guys talking about the sport they love.

I told him the best advice I received was from a lifelong gambler from New York. He was in town to visit an old friend and it was my pleasure getting to meet one of the biggest and smartest players. – My job was to take care of big players and keep them coming. – As I went back and grabbed him a DRF for today and tomorrow, he could not have been any happier. ” You always know what the players need, Ed. Most people in your job just walk and guess. You give us what we need and venture off. You know how to be there but allow gamblers to do their thing.” 

I shook his hand and asked him a question. – “If you could tell me two things to make me a better handicapper, what would they be?” – He had plenty of time before the first race and was glad to answer a young man wanting to take his game to the next level. – “First, limit your exposure. That means limit the number of times you go to the windows. When you go, make it count rather than betting every race. – Two, if you’re going to go to the track three days in the week, take the entire bankroll and choose the one day that best fits your gambling desires.”

My buddy just said, wow! – It was right there and I’ve never even thought about it. – Bet fewer races but the ones I play go stronger. – Instead of going every day trying to make a retirement bankroll, limit the times I go to the batter’s box and play stronger. – For a friend who is a handicapping machine, I was happy to pass along some old fashioned wisdom from a friend from my past. –  We both continued our chat and said he was going to run a computer test on some data from the weekend. He wanted to see what he missed. – When they give him his gold watch and party he’s gonna’ be one dangerous ‘capper.

 

Well, that’s another month heading towards Breeders’ Cup. – Be sure to check back for free selections and Breeders’ Cup doings. – Until then, best of luck from your friend The Happy Horseplayer!

 

 

 

 

 

Breeders’ Cup Preps to Watch

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 10, 2019 in Blogroll, Breeders Cup, Horse Racing | No Comments >>

It is less than one month away and we’ll be watching and wagering on the best races of the year. – You can never start too soon, and it is one weekend where you’ll wish you did more homework. – With this in mind start the process right here.

 

Go back over the entire weekend and focus on these races to begin:

 

Belmont / Saturday

 

G-3 Matron

G-1 Joe Hirsch Turf

G-1 Champagne

 

Belmont / Sunday

G-3 Futurity

G-1 Flower Bowl

G-1 – Frizette

 

 

Keeneland / Saturday

G-2 Woodford

G-2 TCA Stakes

G-1 First Lady

G-1 Breeders’ Futurity

G-1 Shadwell Turf

 

Kee / Sunday

G-3 Dixiana

G-3 Bourbon

G-1 Spinster

 

Longchamp (France) / Sunday

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Prix de l’ Opera

 

Go back and watch these races on YouTube or if you have access to an ADW account. – Watching the races will give you a solid foundation as you make your way backward. – Starting with these races will give you the most recent players who qualified for the “Win and You’re In” prize for the starting gate at Santa Anita for Breeders’ Cup.

As you observe the weeks progressing to the big weekend you’ll want to peruse back and refresh your memory for horses that qualified a long time ago. – Any handicapper worth their weight will tell you that watching past races can give you the best place to start. – Why did I choose this weekend? The races were incredible, they have played a major role in key preps for events, and the timing is perfect for getting your horse ready and having just the right amount of time to head into the Breeders’ Cup.

Best of luck as you start your process and be sure to check back as I’ll be breaking down contenders for every Breeders’ Cup event! – May your winners be many and your photos few.

 

 

 

 

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 | 1 Comment >>

” 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!