Archive | October, 2019

Holiday Weekend Action Includes Columbus Day Monday

10 Oct

With Columbus Day racing on the docket at both Santa Anita and Fresno Fair, Pleasanton OTB will be open Monday, October 14 starting at 9:45am.

In addition to Santa Anita and Fresno, Monday’s action will feature racing from Belmont, Gulfstream Park West, Laurel Park, Parx, and Woodbine.

Keep in mind that both the Gold Rush Pick 6 and Gold Strike Super Hi 5 Jackpots will be forced out on the closing day card at Fresno Fair on Monday. The Jackpots stand as follows heading into Friday’s program:

Gold Rush Pick 6 – $28,495
Gold Strike Super Hi 5 – $9,491

Pigskin and Ponies Pot Now $400

With no winners in Pigskin and Ponies last Sunday, we will have a $400 prize on the line this Sunday. The Pick 4 races and games will be as follows:

Leg 1: Santa Anita 8 – 4:00pm
Leg 2: Fresno Fair 9 – 5:15pm
Leg 3: Sunday Night Football – Steelers @ Chargers – 5:20pm
Leg 4: Monday Night Football – Lions @ Packers – 5:15pm

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Woodbine, Keeneland Highlight Daytime Action at Pleasanton OTB

10 Oct

As the racing calendar descends into a mild calm before the Breeders’ Cup storm, North America’s richest racing action drifts north of the border, as Woodbine presents a big turf stakes trio headlined by the running of the $800,000 Canadian International (G1). While lacking field size, this year’s renewal of the International squarely lives up to its billing, with four of its six entrants having last raced in France, England or Germany. Chief among them is the defending champ, and multiple GSW Desert Encounter (2/1), who seeks to run his winning streak to four with a second winning performance over the sweeping E.P. Taylor turf course.

He’s expected to get a stiff challenge from the rail entrant, Ziyad (1/1), who arrives off a win in the Group 2, Grand Prix de Deauville. The four-year-old has been a model of consistency, having either won or finished second in 11 of 16 starts. Second by a length to Desert Encounter in his last start, and 5th to Bricks and Mortar in the Arlington Million, Pivoine (10/1) makes the trip back across the pond for this 12-furlong affair. He and recent Group 3 winner Alounak (6/1) round out the European contingent.

The locals are represented by Northern Dancer (G2) runner up Nessy (8/1) and the aptly named, Grade III winner Pumkin Rumble (15/1).

The Euros are also well-represented with three of the four top morning-line choices in the $600,000 E.P. Taylor (G1) for fillies and mares going 10 furlongs over the turf course with the same name. Red Tea (3/1), Imperial Charm (4/1), Durance (6/1) and Platine (20/1) represent the European contingent in a ten-horse field, which could be the best betting affair of the three stakes races. The Grade II, $250,000 Nearctic for turf sprinters going six furlongs rounds out the stakes trio.

Pleasanton OTB will take races 2-12 from Woodbine this Saturday, starting at 10:41am.

QEII Tops the Docket at Keeneland

Competition runs so deep in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) at Keeneland that the undefeated, Chad Brown-trained filly Café Americano is 6/1 on the morning-line. That’s because, you guessed it, Brown is also saddling ML favorite, multiple GSW Cambier Park (8/5), who was last seen romping to a 1 1/4 lengths score in the Del Mar Oaks (G1). Just for good measure, the Brown barn also sends out Regal Glory (6/1), who’s just won five races with a pair of seconds in seven starts.

The Euro-shipper Castle Lady (7/2) and Lake Placid (G2) winner Varenka (6/1) are the only non-Brown trainees to crack double digits on the morning line. The field of 10 three-year-old fillies will go to the gate at approximately 2:30pm Pacific Time, as the 9th race on a 10 race card. If you like full fields, the nine races you can play from Keeneland at Pleasanton OTB boast an average field size of 12.77.

We will begin taking the Keeneland card with its 2nd race at approximately 10:39am.

Santa Anita, Fresno Top California Action

Santa Anita will card nine races Saturday, with three on turf, and eight on Sunday with four slated for the lawn. Saturday’s feature is the $100,000 California Distaff Handicap for Cal-bred fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. Sunday’s feature is the $75,000 Anoakia for two-year-old fillies sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track.

Santa Anita gets underway at 12:30pm on weekends.

Fresno Fair has a 10-race card Saturday and a 9-race card Sunday, both starting at 1:15pm. Sunday’s feature is the $50,000 Bull Dog Handicap, which has drawn a field of six to dispute nine furlongs over the main track.

Fresno wraps up its season on Monday, starting at 1:15pm, and it will force out a pair of Jackpots – the Gold Rush Pick 6 ($28,495 as of Friday) and Gold Strike Super Hi 5 ($9,491).

OTB doors open at 9:45am.

Four Winners in Pigskin and Ponies

3 Oct

The most chalky running of the Pigskin and Ponies Pick 4 to date netted four winners, who will split the $600 pot equally, collecting $150 each.

The Pick 4 winning horses and teams were:

  1. 9 – Mo Forza ($5.40) in Sunday’s 8th at Santa Anita
  2. 10 – Ready Say Go ($5.00) in Sunday’s 11th at Golden Gate Fields
  3. Saints over the Cowboys, 12-10, on Sunday Night Football
  4. Steelers over the Bengals, 27-3, on Monday Night Football

The winning players were:

  1. Dalin Li
  2. Ron Nalley
  3. Dale Oldford
  4. Brian Strom

The winners can pick up their $150 vouchers this weekend. Another $200 is up for grabs this Sunday. Get your FREE entry with admission every Sunday at Pleasanton OTB.

Fall Stars Shine at Keeneland

3 Oct

Bettors craving top class Breeders’ Cup preps are in for a treat with the arrival of Fall Stars Weekend at Keeneland. The Grand Dame of Boutique Meets gets underway Friday with 110 horses (before scratches) lined up to dispute 10 races, including the $250,000 Phoenix Stakes and $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes. The featured 8th and 9th races on the opening day card serve as the final Kentucky preps for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Juvenile Fillies, respectively.

And if you think opening day is good, check out Saturday’s 11-race card, which features five stakes worth $2.35 million. On the wagering front, Keeneland is featuring a $300,000 Guaranteed All Stakes Pick 5 (races 6-10) and $400,000 All Stakes Pick 4 (7-10). The Guaranteed pools will cover the following stakes races (post times Pacific):

Race 6 – $200,000 Woodford Stakes – 5 1/2 Furlongs Turf – All Stakes Pick 5 (12:54pm)
Race 7 – $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes – 6 Furlongs – AS Pick 4 (1:29pm)
Race 8 – $400,000 First Lady Stakes – 1 Mile Turf (2:04pm)
Race 9 – $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity – 1 1/16 Miles (2:39pm)
Race 10 – $1,000,000 Shadwell Mile – 1 Mile Turf (3:15pm)

The Shadwell Mile has drawn an ultra-competitive field of 16 (with two also eligibles), and is among the hardest handicapping puzzles to solve this weekend. If you can find the winner, or crack the Exacta, Trifecta, or Superfecta, you should be well-rewarded.

Pleasanton OTB will be taking races 2-11 on the Keeneland program starting at 10:39am.

Stakes Five-Pack with Breeders’ Cup Implications at Belmont Saturday

Five stakes worth $1.7 million are on the docket this Saturday at Belmont Park, including the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and $500,000 Champagne Stakes, which serve as local preps for the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Juvenile, respectively. The $400,000 Hill Prince, $150,000 Matron Stakes, and $150,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational round out the stakes action, which also takes place across races 5-10.

Pleasanton OTB is taking races 3-11 from Belmont, starting at 10:26am. Pleasanton OTB opens at 9:45am, Wednesday through Sunday.

Omaha Beach Returns at Santa Anita

3 Oct

The much-anticipated return of one-time Kentucky Derby future book favorite Omaha Beach (8/5) takes place Saturday in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Favoritism, however, lies just to his outside stall from which runaway Amsterdam (G2) winner Shancelot (4/5) breaks from post three in a six-horse field. The Sprint Title serves as the final home-track prep for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, to which the winner will receive an automatic berth.

Saturday’s strong card also features the $200,000 City of Hope Mile, the local prep for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, which has drawn a respectable field of 11. The $100,000 LA Woman Stakes is also on the bill, serving as a natural springboard to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. The 10-race card features alternating dirt and turf races, and has attracted 94 pre-scratch entries for an average field size of 9.4.

Field sizes in the turf races are a robust 14, 14, 7, 11 and 10. First post at Santa Anita is 12:30pm.

Fall Is Officially Here With Fresno Fair

3 Oct

The final California Fair meet of the year marks the unofficial arrival of Fall when the Big Fresno Fair kicks off its nine-day meet this week. If you’re a Bay Area handicapper waiting all year to play dirt sprints, then Fresno is right in your wheelhouse, as they’ve carded 20 of their 22 thoroughbred races at six furlongs or less over their first three programs.

The opening of Fresno Fair also marks the return of the Gold Strike High 5, which was last seen leaving Ferndale with a Jackpot of over $60,000. The Gold Strike can be played in the nightcap at Fresno for just a 20-cent minimum. Keep an eye on the Gold Strike as we get closer to closing day, Monday, October 14. Last year’s Gold Strike pool swelled to over $636,000 with the mandatory payout, and returned $4,699.50 for a .20 bet when 24/1 shot Honest Iago won the nightcap.

Fresno races this Thursday thorough Sunday, and next Thursday through Columbus Day, Monday, October 14. Post time is 1:15pm.