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Opening Weekend at Oaklawn

23 Jan

The much-anticipated opening of the Oaklawn Park meet arrives Friday with a trio of nine-race programs on the docket opening weekend. As expected, the entry box is brimming with an average of 11.2 entries per race before scratches.

The stakes schedule commences with Friday’s running of the $150,000 Smarty Jones for three-year-olds going a mile. Saturday’s nine-race card features a trio of stakes, including split divisions of the $100,000 Fifth Season for four-year-olds and upward, also racing a mile over the dirt oval, and the $100,000 Pipin Stakes for fillies and mares travelling the same distance.

There’s no stakes on Sunday’s card, but because Oaklawn falls in the West Coast-friendly Central time zone (10:35am Friday, 11:05am post times Saturday and Sunday) that means we can import full cards virtually every day they run.

In addition to big fields, Oaklawn boasts the richest purses on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Key dates and Derby preps are as follows:

Monday, February 17 – $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3)
Saturday, March 14 – $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (G2)
Saturday, April 11 – $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (G1)

Don’t miss a minute of the action from the Hot Springs, Arkansas oval this winter and spring at Pleasanton OTB.

$3 Million Pegasus Draws Field of 10

23 Jan

A field of 10, led by Pacific Classic winner Higher Power and multiple graded stakes winner Mucho Gusto, is set to contest the $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Guflstream Park this Saturday. Despite the late scratch of the top two betting choices, Omaha Beach and Spun To Run, there’s still plenty of high stakes action to get excited about at The Track That Frank Built.

Frankly, the Pegasus is just the tip of the iceberg on program that includes eight additional stakes races worth another $2.2 million. Of course, almost half of that is the $1,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf, which has attracted a robust field of 12, led by the globe-trotting mare, Magic Wand (7/2).

Pegasus field
Any way you slice it, it all adds up to one “can’t miss” brunch of racing action that gets underway at Pleasanton OTB, starting with the 3rd race from Gulfstream, the $150,000 World of Trouble Turf Sprint, at approximately 9:28am. Eight consecutive stakes races follow, starting with the 5th race, the $150,000 Ladies’ Turf Sprint at 10:27am, culminating with the Pegasus Turf and World Cup Late Double, as races 11 and 12, at 1:49pm and 2:34pm, respectively.

Of course, the Rainbow 6 with its $3 Million plus single ticket jackpot is in play over the last six races on the program, races 7-12. Here’s how the All Stakes Rainbow 6, Late Pick 5 and Late Pick 4 races round out the Pegasus card:

7) $150,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) – Rainbow 6 – 11:31am
8) $200,000 La Prevoyante Stakes (G3) – Late Pick 5 – 12:03pm
9) $200,000 Inside Information Stakes – Late Pick 4 – 12:36pm
10) $200,000 W. L. McKnight Stakes (G3) – 1:12pm
11) $1,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Turf – 1:49pm
12) $3,000,000 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) – 2:34pm

Field sizes for the Rainbow 6 races, before scratches, are a robust 14, 10, 12, 12, 12 and 12, making for one of the best betting cards of the winter racing season. Be sure to get here early and secure your favorite seat for Pegasus World Cup Saturday at Pleasanton OTB. Doors open at 9:15am.


Rainbow 6 Mandatory Payout Sunday!

23 Jan

The Rainbow 6 Jackpot currently stands at over $3 Million heading into the weekend at Gulfstream Park. If the Jackpot survives through Saturday’s Pegasus program, it will be forced out on Sunday’s card.

By that time, the accumulated Jackpot should exceed $4 Million. And if that’s the case, we can expect Sunday’s total Pick 6 pool to balloon to well over $10 Million.

You can chase the Rainbow 6 Jackpot all weekend at Pleasanton OTB. If you’re the kind of player who likes play on mandatory payout days only, you can take a shot at all that dead money on Sunday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

And with a 20-cent minimum bet, you don’t have to break the bank to have a little fun on Sunday.

Final Weekend of Pigskin and Ponies

16 Jan

The final weekend of Pigskin and Ponies kicks off with a pair of races Saturday and ends with the NFL Conference Championships on Sunday. Pick all four winners and you could win up to $200.

Here’s this weekend’s races and games:

Leg 1 – Santa Anita Race 8 – Saturday – 4:07pm
Leg 2 – Golden Gate Race 9 – Saturday – 4:52pm
Leg 3 – Titans at Chiefs – Sunday – 12:05pm
Leg 4 – Packers at 49ers – Sunday – 3:40pm

Watch and wager on the horses and catch both the AFC and NFC title games this Sunday, right here at Pleasanton OTB.

Rainbow 6 Eclipses $2.5 Million

16 Jan

The Rainbow 6 Jackpot Pick 6 stands at over $2.5 million heading into the weekend at Gulfstream Park. Saturday’s Rainbow 6 will be decided over races 7-12, and includes the following stakes races:

8 – $100,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf (1 1/16M Turf)
9 – $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint (6 furlongs)
10 – $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes (1 1/16M Turf)
11 – $200,000 Sunshine Millions Classic (1 1/8M)

Pleasanton OTB will pick up the 12-race program from Gulfstream Park with race 5, at 10:33am. The Rainbow 6 Pick 6, which can be played for as little as 20-cents, kicks off in the 7th race at 11:32am.

LeComte Opens Bayou Road to The Derby

16 Jan

A 13-race megacard topped off by the running of the Grade III, $200,000 LeComte Stakes for three-year-olds seeking to test the Kentucky Derby waters is on tap Saturday at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. The first of three local Kentucky Derby preps, culminating with the Louisiana Derby on April 4, has attracted a jam-packed field of 14 to contest its 1 1 1/16 miles trip around the main track.

Tepid favoritism lies with the multiple graded stakes placed Scabbard (7/2), who makes his season debut after a 4th place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Contention runs deep, however, with locally trained Lynn’s Map (6/1) and Mr. Monomy (9/2) exiting a 1-2 finish over this track on Dec. 21, and impressive maiden winner Sycamore Run (6/1), who will get tested for stamina after a runaway debut victory at six furlongs in the slop.

An invading contingent from Churchill Downs also figures to make its presence felt in Saturday’s feature, as Silver State (5/1) seeks to make amends for dropping his one-mile debut by a head last out. Fellow Kentucky-based shippers, Enforceable (15/1) and New Eagle (20/1) exit 2nd and 5th place finishes in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, respectively.

The 13th and featured LeComte goes to post at approximately 3:55pm Pacific Time, but there’s plenty of racing leading up to it, including four stakes races, which make up the Black Gold (Jackpot) Pick 5 and a $100,000 All Stakes Pick 4. The Black Gold 5 Jackpot stands at $208,660 heading into Friday’s program.

Here’s the stakes lineup for Saturday’s LeComte card at Fair Grounds:

9 – $100,000 Marie Krantz Memorial (1 1/16M Turf) – Black Gold 5
10 – $100,000 Louisiana Stakes (1 1/16M) – All Stakes Pick 4
11 – $125,000 Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes (1 1/16M Turf)
12 – $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (1M, 70Y)
13 – $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3, 1 1/16M)

Pleasanton OTB will take races 2-13 on Saturday’s program starting at 10:29am. OTB doors open at 9:45am.


Cal Cup Oaks & Derby at Santa Anita

16 Jan

The $200,000 Cal Cup Derby and $200,000 Cal Cup Oaks have drawn competitive fields of 8 and 10, respectively, and highlight a solid five-stakes program from the Great Race Place this Saturday. The nine-race card gets underway at 12:30pm.

The Derby features a clash between recent King Glorious Stakes winner Club Aspen and Northern California invader and Gold Rush Stakes winner, Bettor Trip Nick. Graduation Stakes runner up, Big Returns, also figures to take action despite being laid off since Del Mar. Gold Rush runners up, Indian Peak and Sacred Rider, also make the trip down from Golden Gate Fields to compete to see who’s the top Cal Bred sophomore heading into Derby season.

The Cal Cup Oaks has drawn a nearly full field of 12, led by our own Everett Nevin Stakes winner, Bulletproof One. She’ll face a still challenge from Golden Stakes Juvenile winner, Been Studying Her, and recent Soviet Problem winner, Cholula Lips. Smiling Shirlee and Warren’s Moon also exit off of 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Soviet Problem behind Cholula Lips, respectively. With a competitive field of 12, the Oaks figures to be among the best betting races of the day.

The Cal Cup Derby and Oaks are carded as the 7th and 8th races, respectively, and will go to post at approximately 3:37 and 4:07pm. The undercard also includes three stakes races; the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, the $150,000 California Cup Sprint, and $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic going 1 1/8 miles on the turf course.

Santa Anita’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot stands at $432,042 heading into Friday’s program. The Rainbow 6 Pick 6 can be played for just 20-cents and will be held over races 4-9 on Saturday.