Woodbine Mile Tops Saturday Stakes Action

12 Sep

The signature race of the Woodbine meeting takes place Saturday with the running of the Grade I, $1,000,000 Woodbine Mile. As usual, it’s attracted a field of North America’s top turf milers that we could see later this year in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. Chief among them is recent Fourstardave (G1) winner Got Stormy (8/5), who’ll attempt to show her heels to the boys for the second time in as many attempts this year.

Top challengers include Fourstardave runner up, Raging Bull (3/1) out of the Chad Brown barn, Euro-invader and fellow filly, Awesometank (8/1), who enters off a second place finish in the Beverly D. (G1) at Arlington, and Synchrony (6/1), who scored by two lengths over this course in the King Edward Stakes (G2) on June 29.

Longshot players might want to take a long look at Stronach Stables’ Silent Poet (15/1), who has won five of seven over the E.P. Taylor turf course, with two runner-up finishes. He might be a logical choice to juice the Exacta or Trifecta prices.

The Mile undercard features three more stakes races: the $300,000 Norther Dancer (G1-T), $250,000 Canadian (G2-T), and $125,000 Bold Venture (G3). Pleasanton OTB will be taking races 2-12 on Saturday’s Woodbine program, starting at 10:40am Pacific Time. The Woodbine Mile is the 9th race on the 12-race card, and goes to post at approximately 2:42pm PT.

Churchill Downs Returns Friday

With the closing of racing at Kentucky Downs on Thursday, the Kentucky circuit shifts to Churchill Downs starting Friday. Churchill will host a stakes four-pack on Saturday, including a pair of Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races for two-year-olds, the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes for fillies and $200,000 Iroquois for colts and geldings.

Pleasanton OTB will pick up Saturday’s 11-race card from Churchill Downs starting with the 4th race at approximately 11:14am PT.

Early Speed Dominating Sprints at Golden Gate

So far, horses with an “E” designation in Brisnet Past Performances are winning at the following rates in sprints over the main track and turf course for the summer meet at Golden Gate Fields:

5.5 furlongs on main track – 26 races, 52% winners, 46% wire-to-wire
6 furlongs on the main track – 25 races, 46% winners, 40% wire-to-wire
5 furlongs on turf – 9 races, 44% winners, 44% wire-to-wire

Horses with the “E” designation are proven front-runners with good gate speed. Just something to keep in mind, given seven of Saturday’s nine races at Golden Gate are sprints.

As usual, Pleasanton OTB will have the full cards for Los Alamitos and Golden Gate this weekend, with each track getting underway at 1 and 1:15pm, respectively.

$96K Carryover in Friday’s Stronach 5

12 Sep

Everybody likes a good carryover and when said carryover comes in a pool with a super low takeout, like Friday’s Stronach 5, it’s a virtual ‘must play’ for value-savvy players.

That perfect storm is what we have with Friday’s Stronach 5, which features a low 12% takeout and a $96,000 carryover. If you like turf racing, this is the Pick 5 for you, as all five races are scheduled for the turf course at their respective tracks. Keep your eye on the weather at Gulfstream, as thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday.

The five races in the Pick 5 are as follows (post times Pacific):

Leg 1: Laurel Park – Race 8 (2:12pm)
Leg 2: Gulfstream Park – Race 7 (2:25pm)
Leg 3: Golden Gate Fields – Race 4 (2:45pm)
Leg 4: Laurel Park – Race 9 (2:52pm)
Leg 5: Gulfstream Park – Race 9 (3:29pm)

The field sizes for each race, before scratches and factoring out Also Eligibles and MTOs, are 10, 8, 10, 10 and 12, which bodes well for attracting new money into the pool. To see what a carryover can do for a Pick 5, we can look no further than Tuesday’s Pick 5 Mandatory Payout at Prairie Meadows.

It’s $326,599 Jackpot was forced out and attracted an additional $1.85 million in handle into it’s 15% Late Pick 5 — on a Tuesday night. Just further proof that if you give players a good betting opportunity, they’ll show up and bet it with both fists.

A Weekend of Winners at Pleasanton OTB

12 Sep

We’ll kick off this weekend’s newsletter with a winner, namely Sam Faulkner, who was the only person among 81 entrants to pick four winners in the first week of our Pigskin and Ponies Pick 4 contest. He earned a $200 voucher for picking the winners of the 7th (River Rose $8.40) and 9th (Indian Zip $8.80) races at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, the Patriots on Sunday night football, and, of course, the Raaaaaaiders, who shook off the Antonio Brown drama like Taylor Swift, and rewarded their loyal fans a season-opening victory (before ultimately jilting them for Vegas in 2020).

If you came up short, no worries mate, there’s always this Sunday (and next Sunday), when you can take a free swing at $200 in our FREE Pick 4 contest.

If you have a friend or significant other who likes Bingo, be sure to check us out on Saturday nights, when the Blue Devils run games from 6:30 to about 10:30pm. Bingo doors open at 5pm every Saturday.

A Weekend of Winners at Pleasanton OTB

12 Sep

We’ll kick off this weekend’s newsletter with a winner, namely Sam Faulkner, who was the only person among 81 entrants to pick four winners in the first week of our Pigskin and Ponies Pick 4 contest. He earned a $200 voucher for picking the winners of the 7th (River Rose $8.40) and 9th (Indian Zip $8.80) races at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, the Patriots on Sunday night football, and, of course, the Raaaaaaiders, who shook off the Antonio Brown drama like Taylor Swift, and rewarded their loyal fans a season-opening victory (before ultimately jilting them for Vegas in 2020).

If you came up short, no worries mate, there’s always this Sunday (and next Sunday), when you can take a free swing at $200 in our FREE Pick 4 contest.

If you have a friend or significant other who likes Bingo, be sure to check us out on Saturday nights, when the Blue Devils run games from 6:30 to about 10:30pm. Bingo doors open at 5pm every Saturday. A crowd of about 250 joined us opening night last Saturday, and brought some good energy to the evening simulcast scene.

Summer Turns to Fall at Pleasanton OTB

6 Sep

Summer went out with a bang as I was able to cash in on my near-namesake, Nucky, who took down the Del Mar Futurity at odds of 35/1. It certainly made the whirlwind trip to take in Del Mar’s closing day worthwhile and rejuvenated my interest in betting.

It isn’t often I find myself starting at a monitor, thinking, “this horse shouldn’t be 50-to-1,” but when I do, I am usually down to my last $10.

Fortunately, that $10 was enough to turn the tide and pull me out of a funk that has had a grip on me since spring, when I failed to cash a ticket on any of the Triple Crown races.  And when Zee Drop delivered a winning Pick 5 ticket in the nightcap, it felt like a new day had dawned.

One of the greatest things about this game is that one big day can erase a seemingly endless streak of losers from your mind. You just have to keep plugging and have faith that your day is coming.

I’m Nucky Kalanges and this is your Pleasanton OTB news for the week.

As summer fades with the closing of Del Mar and Saratoga, the racing calendar shifts to the old Fairplex meet at Los Alamitos, Belmont and the remainder of the summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields. We also have a weekend full of loaded fields and low takeout Pick 4s and Pick 5s at Kentucky Downs. So, if you’re fortunes are on upswing like mine recently have been, there’s plenty of racing action to take advantage of in the months leading up to the Breeders’ Cup.

Plus, bingo and Pigskin and Ponies are back this Saturday and Sunday, so there’s really no excuse not to check out what’s going on at Pleasanton OTB this weekend.

Win Up to $200 In Pigskin and Ponies!

6 Sep

The second year of our popular Pigskin and Ponies Pick 4 contest begins Sunday at Pleasanton OTB. Just pick the winner of two horse races, plus the Sunday night and Monday night football games, and you could win up to $200 or more.

Get your FREE entry with admission (or CHRB license) every Sunday at Pleasanton OTB. This weeks races and games are as follows:

Leg A:  Golden Gate Fields, Race 7, 4:15pm
Leg B:  Golden Gate Fields, Race 9, 5:15pm
Leg C:  Steelers at Patriots, 5:20pm
Leg D: Broncos at Raiders, Monday, 7:20pm

Winners will be announced on or before the Wednesday following every Sunday contest. In the event nobody picks four winners, the $200 prize will carry over to the next Sunday contest.

Also, keep up to date with all of Sunday’s NFL action with the Red Zone Channel, available every Sunday at Pleasanton OTB.

 

Bingo Is Back At Pleasanton OTB!

6 Sep

The marquee summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga may be over, but there’s plenty of excitement in the pre-fall air, as Bingo and the pro football season returns to Pleasanton OTB.

Starting Saturday night, Blue Devils Bingo unveils its newest location in Pleasanton, offering a variety of games and jackpots. Bingo doors open at 5pm and the first game gets underway at approximately 6:30pm. Bingo will be offered every Saturday night until further notice, and every night is a strip night.

Plus, there will be FREE ADMISSION for Night Racing on opening night – Saturday, Sept. 7 – so be sure to tell all your horse betting and bingo buddies about all the action going down every Saturday night at Pleasanton OTB.