Pick-Four Mania – Saturday – 7/16/16

Ever have a hankering to get involved in the pick-four. Me too. – This weekend I am shooting at a couple of my favorite tracks, and a little pick-four wager for both tracks are in order. – If all goes accordingly to plan, there should be a good bankroll to play with for the Sunday races. – Best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies.




Highs in the lower 90’s / sunny


Race #7 / 4:41 p.m. – mdspwt – 6f on the turf

#8 – Asscher (2-1) =  J.J. Castellano for Todd Pletcher. 2nd off the layoff (28%) and this filly by Harlan’s Holiday lunged at the start as the beaten favorite.

#3 – Consulting (10-1) = Jose Lezcano for Tom Proctor and they go with first Lasix and the barn wins 18% with first turfers.

#7 – Lull (5-1) = Manny Franco has a first time starter for Christophe Clemente from the bloodlines of turf fighter War Front.

#5 – Fly Swift(4-1) = Irad Ortiz in the saddle for Clemente and she owns a sharp work and her breeding suggests she’ll love the turf.


Race #8 / 5:13 p.m. – The $150,000 Forbidden Apple – 1 mile on the turf

#1 – Force the Pass (3-5) = John Velasquez in the saddle for Alan Goldberg. He is 10/10 ITM on the turf and drops in from (G-3) company. – I’m hoping this is a “free spot” to make it a pick-three.


Race #9 – Claiming $12,500 – 1 mile

#1 – Finding Candy (6-1) = The rail post is winning 19% and has the services of high % rider in Castellano.

#4 – Point Hope (7-2) = Irad Ortiz in the irons and they came in 3rd off the layoff on the class drop.

#10 – Luckbox Sam (10-1) = Johnny V for Michelle Nevin and he was claimed two races back and her barn scores (23%) two off the new claim


Race #10 – MC $40,000 – 7f on the turf

#4 – Love Blues (8-1)

#6 – Irish Actor (6-1)

#8 – Electrified (5-2)

#5 – Subtle Lady (7-2)


Ticket Cost = 4 X 1 X 3 X 4 = $48 for a $1 ticket and $24 for a 50-cent ticket



Indiana Grand

Moderate temperatures and good conditions


Race #6 – The $100,000 M.H. George – 1 1/16

#1 – Lady Fog Horn (4-1) = Albin Jiminez in the saddle for Tony Granitz (21%). – 2nd start of the year for filly for the course 9/10 ITM.

#7 – Brooklynsway (4-5) = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Bernie Flint and they cut back in distance and take a drop in class. Top it off with some bullet works and she looks a solid 4-5.


Race #7 – The $100,000 Schaefer Memorial – 1 mile and 70 yards

#8 – Geothermal (8-1) = Robby A has the call and rolls in 3rd off the layoff and just missed by a nose last out.

#5 – Rocket Time (4-1) = Corey Lanerie is the pilot and this is the first start off a brief layoff. The barn wins (20%) on this move and she’ll fit right in the mix.

#1 – General A Rod (5-2) = Luis Saez is the reinsman and this runner may have seen his (G-1) days past, but he’ll rock and toll in a $100,000 event if given half a chance. The drop in class makes him attractive and he looks like a big fish in a small pond.


Race #8 – The (G-2) Indiana Oaks – 1 1/16

#3 – Mines and Magic (10-1) = Robby A in the drivers seat and she is looking for three-in-a-row for a sweet payday.

#7 – Family Tree (7-5) = Julien Leparoux aboard the most likely winner of the race as she exits a win in the (G-3) Iowa Oaks.


Race #9 – The (G-2) Indiana Derby – 1 1/16

#2 – Cherry Wine (5-2) = Luis Saez in the saddle for Dale Romans. Tons of speed in here, and cuts back in distance. Toss out the Belmont, and you’ll see a colt who has been on the rise. – Romans even has a “rabbit” to ensure an honest pace to run after down the lane with #4 – Takeittotheedge.

#8 – Whateverybodywants (12-1) = Robby A for Kellyn Gorder and shooting for three-in-a-row and has worked two straight bullets in the morning.


Ticket cost  = 2 X 3 X 2 X 2 = $24 for a $1 ticket and $12 for a 50-cent.


Del Mar is open and I’m going to take a watch approach for few days. – Rest assured, I’ll be in the mix as soon as possible. – Saratoga opens next Friday, and the Spa is a great meet but a wait and tread lightly approach will be the same. – Best of luck from your friends at Winning Ponies and be sure to check the above tickets against the E-Z Win Forms for 100% confirmation.