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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)

Pigskin & Ponies Carries to $600!

14 Nov

For the second consecutive Sunday, one player was able to pick the cold double in the nightcaps at Del Mar and Golden Gate Fields, but couldn’t make it past Sunday night when the Minnesota Vikings upset the Dallas Cowboys 28-24.

That means we will have a Double Carryover into Sunday’s Pigskin & Ponies Pick 4 contest, increasing the prize pool to $600.

If you haven’t played Pigskin & Ponies this year, it’s super easy and FREE with admission or CHRB license every Sunday at Pleasanton OTB. Just pick a winner in the following races and games, and you could win or split up to $600.

Pigskin & Ponies Pick 4 races and games for Sunday, Nov. 17:

Leg 1: Race 8 from Del Mar at 4:00pm
Leg 2: Race 9 from Golden Gate at 4:44pm
Leg 3: Bears at Rams – 5:20pm
Leg 4: Chiefs at Chargers – 5:15pm (Monday in Mexico City)

Don’t forget, you can catch all the local NFL action this weekend, plus the Red Zone channel, at Pleasanton OTB. This Sunday’s full NFL games at the OTB are as follows:

10am – Texans at Ravens (CBS)
1:05pm – Cardinals at 49ers (FOX)
1:25pm – Bengals at Raiders (CBS)
5:20pm – Bears at Rams (NBC)

With the 49ers and Raiders a combined 13-5, there’s never been a better time to take in two games at once while you’re betting live racing from around the country at Pleasanton OTB.

Turf Racing’s Autumn Swan Song

14 Nov

With the autumn leaves falling fast, horseplayers instinctively know the clock is ticking on grass racing throughout the country. If you like turf racing, this might be one of your final three weekends to bet into big fields on the lawn, as horsemen are stuffing the entry boxes at Del Mar, Aqueduct, Churchill Downs to get their final shots in before the snow (or rain Californians) flies.

Here’s a just a sample of the turf action that’s in store this weekend:

Aqueduct (4-10) – races 5, 6, 9 & 10 on turf. Fields of 11, 14, 16 and 15 before scratches.
Churchill (2-11) – races 4, 7, 10 on turf. Fields of 17, 18 and 10 before scratches.
Del Mar (1-9) – races 3, 5, 7, 9 on turf. Fields of 6, 11, 11 and 8 before scratches.

Aqueduct (4-10) – races 4, 5, 7, 8 on turf. Fields of 7, 9, 15 and 16 before scratches.
Churchill (2-10) – races 6 & 9 on turf. Fields of 17 and 13 before scratches.
Del Mar (1-8) – races 2, 4, 6, 8 on turf Fields of 8, 6, 9, 11 before scratches.


$91,085 Stronach 5 Carryover Friday!

14 Nov

The race-weekend gets off to a flying start with a $91,085 Pick 5 carryover in the Stronach 5 this Friday. A combination of a 12% takeout and a nearly six figure carryover that will be paid to all winning 5 of 5 tickets makes this Friday’s Stronach 5 the “must play” bet of the weekend.

Here’s the races and post times for Friday’s Stronach 5, and a suggested $72 ticket culled from the analysts at Gulfstream Park West, Laurel Park and Golden Gate Fields.

Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket - 11-15-19

The Stronach 5 may be played for a base value of $1. The first leg of the Pick 5 is from Gulfstream Park West, race 6, and gets underway at 12:51pm Pacific Time.