Pigskin & Ponies Carries to $400

5 Dec

A 15/1 winner in Golden Gate’s nightcap last Sunday ensured nobody would have all four winners in the Pigskin & Ponies Pick 4, which means this Sunday’s prize doubles to $400. Take your FREE shot at the Pick 4 with paid admission or CHRB license this Sunday at Pleasanton OTB.

This Sunday’s races and games are as follows:

Leg 1 – Los Alamitos 8 – $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes – 3:58pm
Leg 2 – Golden Gate 8 – Maiden Special Weight – 4:15pm
Leg 3 – Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams – 5:20pm
Leg 4 – New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – 5:15pm (Monday)

Pick the winner of each contest and you could win up to $400!

Los Al Kicks off Two-Week Stand Friday

5 Dec

The Southern California circuit wraps up the year with a quick seven-day meet at Los Alamitos starting this Friday, and the entry box looks pretty good so far. Here’s the average field sizes, before scratches, for this weekend’s thoroughbred cards at the Cypress, CA oval:

Friday – 8 races, 8.37 (horses per race)
Saturday – 9 races, 7.22
Sunday – 9 races, 8.11

Ironically, Saturday’s numbers are hindered a bit by the race with the week’s highest purse, the $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (formerly the Hollywood, then Cash Call Futurity), which has draw a field of just four. But that’s good news for local connections of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up, Anneau d’Or (9/5), who’ll earn a check for just circling the oval. However, the Blane Wright trainee has a chance to do much better than that, given the big speed figure he earned in the Juvenile while out-finishing fellow rival Wrecking Crew by 3-1/4 lengths.

That leaves the Bob Baffert-trained duo of Thousand Words (8/5) and High Velocity (5/2) as the biggest obstacles to Anneau d’Or’s getting a graded stakes victory, after following just a head short to Storm the Court in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Thousand Words enters off a debut maiden victory while his stable mate comes in two-for-two, most recently winning the Grade III Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar.

The Futurity is carded at the 4th of 9 races on Saturday’s card. Los Alamitos will go to post at 12:30pm.

Claiming Crown Saturday at Gulfstream

5 Dec

The “Blue Collar Breeders’ Cup” goes down Saturday with the annual running of the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park and we’ll have virtually the entire pack of stakes races for the claiming ranks covered at Pleasanton OTB. The yearly task of trying to decode the Claiming Crown races is a challenge, as last year’s average winning mutuel price over the eight races was $22.40 – about 10/1 odds for each winner.

Here’s the lineup we’ve got in store for you this Saturday from Gulfstream Park:

4) $110,000 Glass Slipper Stakes – 1:17pm
5) $110,000 Distaff Dash Stakes – 1:47pm
6) $110,000 Rapid Transit Stakes – 2:20pm (Rainbow 6)
7) $110,000 Canterbury Stakes – 2:52pm (Late Pick 5)
8) $110,000 Iron Horse Stakes – 3:24pm (Late Pick 4)
9) $125,000 Tiara Stakes – 3:56pm
10) $200,000 Jewel Stakes – 4:28pm
11) $125,000 Emerald Stakes – 5:00pm

Triggered by 36/1 and 14/1 winners, last year’s 50-cent Late Pick 5 returned $20,128 with the 50-cent Late Pick 4 paying $6,652. Don’t miss your shot at some great payouts on this Saturday’s Claiming Crown card at Pleasanton OTB.

Cigar Mile Headlines Aqueduct Action

5 Dec

The highly-anticipated return of Kentucky Derby runner-up Maximum Security takes place Saturday in a fully-loaded Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct. Seeking to put a bow on a season in which he’s won 5 of 7 races, including crossing the line first in the Derby before being disqualified for interference, #5 Maximum Security has been installed at the 3/2 morning-line favorite in a field of 11. His main rival figures to be impressive Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner #6 Spun To Run (5/2), who breaks just to the favorite’s outside and has the speed to run with him from the opening bell.

It remains to be seen if any of the other nine entrants can take advantage of an expected speed duel on the lead and upset the apple cart at what should be a generous price should the top two choices fail to hit the wire first. The $750,000 Cigar Mile (G1) is the 10th and featured race on a program that also includes the $250,000 Remsen (G2) and $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes for aspiring two-year-olds and two-year-old fillies.

Pleasanton OTB will pick up Saturday’s Aqueduct program starting with the 5th race, just in time for the EMPIRE 6 MANDATORY PAYOUT (Pick 6 jackpot currently stands at $585,944), at approximately 10:35am. Pleasanton OTB will carry all of the graded stakes on the program, in the following order:

Race 5 – $70,000 Maidens – 10:35am (Empire 6)
Race 6 – $250,000 Go For Wand Handicap (G2) – 11:09 (Late Pick 5)
Race 7 – $70,000 Maidens – 11:41am (Late Pick 4)
Race 8 – $250,000 Demoiselle Stakes (G2) – 12:13pm
Race 9 – $250,000 Remsen Stakes (G2) – 12:43pm
Race 10 – $750,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) – 1:16pm

Make Your Plans for Thanksgiving Week

20 Nov

We’re taking Turf Club reservations for Thanksgiving week, so be sure to make plans to join us and reserve your favorite table for Turf Festival weekend at Del Mar.

Just call the front desk at (925) 426-7622 to make your reservations today.

We will be open early for Thanksgiving day at 9am with a limited schedule of daytime racing only. Next Thursday’s tracks and post times are as follows:

9:20am – Aqueduct (2-9)
9:26am – Churchill Downs (3-12)
9:32am – Fair Grounds (2-10)
9:41am – Laurel (3-10)
11:00am – Del Mar
11:15am – Golden Gate Fields

Friday through Sunday, the Turf Festival at Del Mar takes center stage with the running of the following stake races over the Jimmy Durante turf course:

Friday, Nov. 29
$200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2)

Saturday, Nov. 30
$300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1)
$200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (G2)
$100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes (G3)

Sunday, Dec. 1
$300,000 Matriarch Stakes (G1)
$100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3)

Whether you’re coming out once or all four days, make your plans to be with us Thanksgiving weekend at Pleasanton OTB.

Racing and Bingo Booming on Saturday

20 Nov

The return of Cal Expo has bolstered the night racing schedule with the addition of full card action from Woodbine-Mohawk and nearly full cards from the Meadowlands. Combine that with the quarters from Los Alamitos and Evangeline Downs, plus top quality thoroughbred action from Australia and Japan, and we’ve got a bustling lineup of simulcast racing action to keep you going until late into the evening.

If you have non-racing family or friends, bring them along to check out Blue Devils Bingo, which takes over the back of the Alameda Room every Saturday night, starting at 6:30pm. Two weeks ago, one lucky patron took down a $5,000 pot, and the winners just keep coming.

Bingo doors open at 5pm, and the games go from approximately 6:30 to 10:30pm every Saturday night. For more information, checkout Blue Devils Bingo Pleasanton.

Pigskin and Ponies Hits $800!

20 Nov

One player combined 8/1 and 3/1 winners at Del Mar and Golden Gate with the Rams on Sunday night, but hitched his wagon to the L.A. Chargers on Monday night, which means we will have a third consecutive carryover in Pigskin and Ponies heading into Sunday, Nov. 24.

This means you’ll have another free shot at $800 this Sunday at Pleasanton OTB. Just pick the winners of the following races and games, and you could win or split up to $800:

Leg 1: 8th race at Del Mar – 4:00pm
Leg 2: 8th race at Golden Gate – 4:30pm
Leg 3: Packers at 49ers – 5:20pm
Leg 4: Ravens at Rams – 5:15pm (Monday Night)

Pick up your free entry form with admission or CHRB license every Sunday at Pleasanton OTB, and watch the local NFL games while you play the horses. We will have the following NFL games on this Sunday, plus the NFL Red Zone Channel.

10:00am – Raiders at Jets (CBS)
10:00am – Seahawks at Eagles (FOX)
1:25pm – Cowboys at Patriots (FOX)
5:20pm – Packers at 49ers (NBC)