Archive | March, 2020

California Roundup

11 Mar

With rain in the forecast, Santa Anita has cancelled racing for Friday and will resume racing on Saturday, when it features the $400,000 Beholder Mile (G1) and $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (G3-T). The Beholder Mile is expected to be the next step for the budding star, Hard Not To Love, who’s making her two-turn debut after winning both the La Brea (G1) and Santa Monica Stakes (G2) for trainer John Sheriffs.

Los Alamitos has also cancelled its Friday night card due to expected heavy rainfall.

Closer to home, Golden Gate Fields will race Friday and boasts the second largest Jackpot in the land – $217,217 – heading into Thursday’s program. Without Santa Anita racing Friday, Golden Gate has moved its Friday post time to 1:15pm. All other days will jump at its usual 12:45pm post time.



Derby Fever Trio of Stakes this Saturday!

11 Mar

Our Derby Fever Handicapping Contest kicked off last Saturday with five players tabbing Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Ete Indien at odds of 3/1. If you weren’t among them, fear not! You still have plenty of chances to qualify for the $1,200 Grand Prize on Kentucky Derby day, as well as compete for $200 in Qualifying Round prizes.

And with three Kentucky Derby prep races on tap this Saturday, there’s no better time to get started!

This week’s Derby Fever qualifying races are as follows:

$400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, 11th race at Tampa Bay Downs at 2:32pm
$300,000 Gotham Stakes, 10th race at Aqueduct at 2:42pm
$400,000 San Felipe Stakes, 8th race at Santa Anita at 3:01pm

To play, pick up your FREE entry with paid admission or CHRB license at Pleasanton OTB this Saturday, and turn it in with your picks in all three races before the 2:32pm deadline. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t attend last weekend – anybody can qualify for the Final Round on Kentucky Derby day by picking just ONE winner in any contest race.

Congratulations to last week’s winners:

Arturo Abalos
Kevin Gagnon
Eugenio Mariveles, Jr.
John Nixon
Randall Seeley

For each winner you select in the 14 Qualifying Round races, you earn one point toward the Qualifying Round prizes. At the end of the Qualifying Round on April 11, the players who select the most winners will win the following cash vouchers:

$100 for most winners
$60 for 2nd most winners
$40 for 3rd most winners

Any player who selects at least one winner in the 14 qualifying races may compete for the Grand Prize of $1,200 by picking the winner of the Kentucky Derby on May 2. The more winners you pick in the 14 qualifying races, the more money you can win on Kentucky Derby day (see the OTB Front Desk for Official Rules and Prizes).


Stakes and Steaks Fuel Derby Fever

11 Mar

With two weeks of Derby Fever in the books, Randall Seeley finds himself alone atop the Leaderboard with three winners from four races. 22 players find themselves well within striking distance with two wins, and 60 are tied for third with a win apiece.

There’s two races on the docket this Saturday, the $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (G1) at Oaklawn Park and the only race named after a steakhouse, the $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park. While both races award qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, it’s the Rebel that is drawing serious contenders like the Bob Baffert-trained Nadal, recent Southwest Stakes (G3) winner, Silver Prospector, Smarty Jones winner, Gold Street, and Grade I Hopeful winner, Basin – the latter trio hailing from the powerful barn of Steve Asmussen.

Toss in the unbeaten Lousisiana-bred No Parole and American Pharoah (G2) runner up, American Theorem, and we’ve got a serious horse race for a million bucks and 85 Kentucky Derby points, with 50 going to the winner.

While the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway might rank a notch or two below the Rebel on the Derby Prep totem pole, it counts the same in Derby Fever, so you will want to spend just as much time trying to identify the winner. That might be a big more difficult, given the nuances of Turfway’s Polytrack surface and an expected large field.

Among the notable contenders are Invader, who won the local prep, the John Battaglia Memorial for trainer Wesley Ward, recent Grade III turf winner Field Pass for trainer Michael Maker, and Fair Grounds shipper Finnick the Fierce, who’ll try the poly after a pair of off-the-board finishes in the Lecomte (G2) and Risen Star (G2) for trainer Rey Hernandez.

PleasantonOTB will be taking the full Rebel card from Oaklawn and a partial Ruby Steaks card from Turfway Park. OTB doors open at 9:45am.

Be sure to pick up your FREE entry to our Derby Fever contest with admission or CHRB license. Even if you haven’t picked a winner yet, or haven’t even played, you can still qualify to win cash on Kentucky Derby day by picking a winner in either the Rebel Stakes or Jeff Ruby Steaks this Saturday at Pleasanton OTB.

Monster Big ‘Cap Card On Tap Saturday!

5 Mar

Five stakes worth $1.675 million highlight a 12-race card on Big ‘Cap day at Santa Anita this Saturday. If you’ve been waiting for some juicy field sizes at the GRP, this is the day you’ll want to play, as Saturday’s card is averaging nine starters per race before scratches.

The Early Players’ Pick 5, featuring a 14% takeout, boasts fields of 10, 9, 14, 6 and 10. It features three on the grass, starting with a trio of maiden races and ending with the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes (G2) at seven furlongs on the main track, and the $400,000 Frank Kilroe Mile (G1). The latter has attracted the stalwart 5-year-old mare, Got Stormy, last year’s winner, Ohio, and recent Thunder Road (G3) winner, River Boyne, in a competitive field of 10.

A full field of 14 in the $75,000 China Doll Stakes, disputed at a mile on the turf, kicks off the second half of the card, and opens the West Coast Rainbow 6, which covers races 7-12. The current jackpot stands at $140,715 heading into Friday’s card. Field sizes for the Jackpot Pick 6 races are 14, 7, 14, 8, 12 and 9 before scratches.

The big local Derby prep, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2), follows as the 8th race on the program. A pair of recent Grade III stakes winners trained by “Derby” Bob Baffert, Authentic (8/5) and Thousand Words (2/1), loom boldly in a field of seven set to dispute the 1 1/16-mile test for the West Coast’s top three-year-olds. Impressive maiden-breaker Honor A. P. (4/1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champ, Storm the Court (6/1), are also seeking to move forward on the Triple Crown trail with a victory worth 50 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby.

Ft. McHenry (25/1), a $1-million sibling to California Chrome, recent Turf Paradise Derby winner, Swagsational (30/1), and Wrecking Crew (12/1), who was last seen finishing fourth in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2), round out the field for the co-featured San Felipe, which kicks off the Late Pick 5 (8-12).

The popular Late Pick 4 (9-12) kicks off with another full field of 14 slated for a mile on the turf course, and includes the main event, the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1), as the 9th race on the program. Victorious in the Grade II, San Antonio Stakes on opening day, Gift Box (6/5) has been tabbed as the morning-line favorite in a field of eight. He expects to face stiff competition from the horse drawn to his immediate outside, Midcourt (2/1), who followed up a third-place finish behind Gift Box, with an authoritative victory in the San Pasqual Stakes (G2) on Feb. 1.

Out of town shippers include the Bill Mott-trained Hofburg (6/1), who arrives off a 7th place finish in the Mineshaft Stakes at Fair Grounds, and the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Goldolphin runner, Endorsed (6/1), who ships in off an AOC victory at Gulfstream Park. Brown Storm (20/1), Combatant (12/1), Multiplier (20/1), and Two Thirty Five (12/1) round out the field for the “Big ‘Cap,” which goes to post at approximately 4:03pm.

Special early post time for the 12-race Big ‘Cap program is 11:30am.

$100,000 Golden Hour Double Saturday

5 Mar

The Golden Hour Double linking the nightcaps at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields will feature a $100,000 guaranteed gross pool on Big ‘Cap Saturday at Santa Anita.

Boasting a 15% takeout and a $5 minimum, last week’s Golden Hour Double paid $48.50 on Saturday and a whopping $282.50 on Sunday. Saturday’s Golden Hour Double races are as follows:

12th race at Santa Anita (MCL, 1 mile, field of 9) at 5:04pm
10th race at Golden Gate (AOC, 1 mile, field of 10) at 5:19pm

You can wager on the Golden Hour Double by asking your teller for the Daily Double that begins in the last race at Santa Anita, or by pulling up the last race at Santa Anita on any self-service terminal at Pleasanton OTB, and selecting Daily Double. Remember, the minimum bet amount is $5.

Golden Double

KY Derby Future Wager Is Back!

5 Mar

The 3rd Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool and only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool will be offered simultaneously this weekend at Pleasanton OTB. A third pool, the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Double will also be available, challenging patrons to pick the winner of both the Oaks and Derby on the same Daily Double ticket nearly two months in advance of the first Saturday in May.

Check out the FREE links below for programs and past performances for both the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wager pools.

Kentucky Derby and Oaks Future Wager Odds Sheet

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Past Performances – courtesy of Brisnet

Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Past Performances – courtesy of Brisnet

Going into the third Derby Future Wager pool, the field of “All Other 3-year-olds” has been installed at the 9/2 morning-line favorite. Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law is the second choice on the board at 8/1.

All pools will be open for betting by 12pm Pacific Time, Friday.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool will close for betting at 3pm Pacific Time, Sunday.

The Kentucky Oaks and Double Future Wagers will close for betting at approximately 3:30pm PT, Sunday.

Future Wager