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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

Catch Derby Fever at Pleasanton OTB!

27 Feb


Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G1) kicks off the seven-week Derby Fever Handicapping Contest at Pleasanton OTB, which culminates with the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2. It marks the first of 14 chances players have to qualify for the Final on Kentucky Derby day, when they can claim a share of $1,200 in cash prizes.

All you have to do is pick Saturday’s Fountain of Youth winner to earn a shot at the Grand Prize on Kentucky Derby day. Pick as many winners as you can in the contest over the next seven weeks to give yourself a chance to earn the most money on the first Saturday in May. The more you play, the more you can win, and you can only win if you enter in person at Pleasanton OTB. See the Front Desk for Official Rules and Prizes.

Entry is FREE with paid admission. Entries for Saturday’s first contest race, the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, are listed below:

FOY Graphic

The Fountain of Youth is scheduled as the 14th and final race on Saturday’s Gulfstream Park program and will go to post at approximately 3:04pm Pacific Time. Pleasanton OTB will pick up the 14-race card from Gulfstream in progress, starting with the 5th race, at approximately 10:27am. In addition to the main event, you can watch and wager on seven stakes races worth an additional $1.3 million on Saturday’s card, right here at Pleasanton OTB.

Finally, don’t miss your chance to earn a share of up to $1,400 in cash prizes by playing the big Kentucky Derby prep races every weekend at Pleasanton OTB. The dates and races for the Qualifying Round of the Derby Fever Handicapping Contest are listed below:

Saturday, February 29 – $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Saturday, March 7 – $300,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct
Saturday, March 7 – $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs
Saturday, March 7 – $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita
Saturday, March 14 – $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park
Saturday, March 14 – $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park
Saturday, March 21 – $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds
Sunday, March 22 – $700,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park
Saturday, March 28 – $1,000,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park
Saturday, April 4 – $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct
Saturday, April 4 – $1,000,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland
Saturday, April 4 – $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita
Saturday, April 11 – $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland
Saturday, April 11 – $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park

All you have to do is pick at least one winner in the 14 races during the Qualifying Round to advance to the Final Round on Kentucky Derby day. However, the three players who pick the most winners will win cash vouchers of $100, $60 and $40, respectively. And the more winners you pick during the Qualifying Round, the more cash you can earn by picking the Derby winner in the Final Round.

Here’s how the prizes are awarded:

Qualifying Round – $200 in prizes

Most winners over 14 races – $100 voucher
2nd most winners – $60 voucher
3rd most winners – $40 voucher

Final Round – $1,200 Grand Prize

Each player who selects at least one winner in the Qualifying Round may participate in the Final Round. Each player may earn up to 14 shares of the Grand Prize, depending on how many winners s/he selects in the Qualifying Round. For example, if a player selects three winners in the Qualifying Round, s/he can win three shares of the Grand Prize by selecting the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

The Grand Prize is awarded proportionally, by the total number of shares earned by all players who select the Derby winner. For example, if the total number of shares earned by players who select the Derby winner is 12, then each share is worth $100.

If you picked three winners in the Qualifying Round, and also picked the Derby winner, you would win $300. Official Rules and Prizes are available at the OTB Front Desk.

Golden Hour Double Debuts Saturday

27 Feb

A new low takeout Daily Double linking the nightcaps at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields debuts this Saturday with a $50,000 Guaranteed pool. The “Golden Hour Double” features a 15% takeout and a $5 minimum, per combination. Ask your mutuel teller for the “Golden Double” or look for it on any self service betting terminal at Pleasanton OTB, starting Saturday, Feb. 29.

Saturday”s Golden Hour Double will consist of the following races:

Santa Anita 9 – Allowance Optional Claiming, 1 1/8 miles Turf – 4:30pm
Golden Gate 9 – Maiden Special Weight, 5 1/2 furlongs Tapeta – 4:45pm

Don’t miss your chance to get down on the Golden Double every day Santa Anita and Golden Gate are racing live.

Golden Double

$167,951 Stronach 5 Carryover Friday!

27 Feb

There’s a $167,951 Carryover going into Friday’s Stronach 5 – the multi-track, 12% takeout, $1 Pick 5 wager. The industry-low takeout combined with a sizable carryover makes the Stronach 5 a virtual “must play” for serious bettors and we’ve got it covered Friday at Pleasanton OTB.

Friday’s Stronach 5 races are as follows:

LEG A – Laurel Park – Race 8 – 12:49pm Pacific Post Time
LEG B – Gulfstream Park – Race 8
LEG C – Golden Gate – Race 3
LEG D – Santa Anita – Race 3
LEG E – Gulfstream Park – Race 10

Check out the weekly All Star ticket put together by the good folks at Gulfstream, Golden Gate, Laurel and Santa Anita.

STronach Five

Saudi Cup Advance Wagering Friday

27 Feb

The dual in the desert, the newly crowned “World’s Richest Race”, the inaugural $20 million Saudi Cup takes place Saturday at approximately 9:35am, Pacific Time. Pleasanton OTB will not open in time for the Saudi Cup on Saturday morning, but will be offering Advance Wagering on the Saudi Cup throughout the day Friday, up until closing on Friday night.

Patrons seeking to bet the Saudi Cup can do so Friday at Pleasanton OTB, and watch the race on Fox Sports 1. Coverage begins at 9:00am Pacific Time Saturday morning, with the race scheduled for approximately 9:35am.

As one would expect for a massive $20 million purse, the Saudi Cup has attracted a virtual who’s who of American dirt stars, including Maximum Security, ¬†McKinzie, Midnight Bisou, Mucho Gusto, Tacitus and more!

Check out the full field of 14 below:

Saudi Cup


Buena Vista Headlines Saturday Action

20 Feb

Saturday’s $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita owns the distinction of being the richest race in North America this weekend, and it has drawn a respectable field of 12, led by 8/5 morning-line favorite Jolie Olympica. With “Money” Mike Smith in the saddle for Hall-of-Fame trainer, Richard Mandella, the four-year-old Brazilian bred filly seeks her second stateside victory following an impressive 1 & 1/2-length score in the Las Cienegas Stakes (G3) over the Santa Anita turf course at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Among the top contenders is Lady Prancelot (5/1), who was last seen winning the American Oaks over this course on Dec. 28, and Caressa (4/1), who earned a hard fought victory over Super Patriot (12/1) and La Sardane (12/1), in the 1-mile Megahertz (G3) here on Jan. 20.¬†Carded as the 5th of 9 races, the Buena Vista is placed smack dab in the middle of Saturday’s card. It will anchor the Early Pick 5 and kick off the Late Pick 5, at approximately 2:29pm.

Since Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 was hit Monday for a cool $1.2 million, Santa Anita’s West Coast Rainbow Jackpot of $366,954 (heading into Friday’s program) now stands as the biggest single ticket Pick 6 jackpot in the land. The Rainbow Pick 6 will be contested over races 4-9, and goes off at 1:59pm.

First post at Santa Anita is 12:30pm.

Friday Pick 6 Carryover at Meadowlands

20 Feb

P6 photo

There’s a Pick 6 Carryover (No Jackpot) of $14,376 heading into Friday’s Pick 6 at the Meadowlands. With an already low 15% takeout, it makes Friday’s Pick 6 the “can’t miss” bet of the weekend.

Pleasanton OTB is taking races 3-13 on Friday night’s Meadowlands program. The Pick 6 will be held over races 4-9, starting at approximately 5:18pm. Get FREE program pages for the Pick 6 and Early Pick 4 by clicking the link below:

FREE Pick 6 Program

Japan Racing Returns Saturday Night

20 Feb

Racing from Japan returns Saturday night, highlighted by the running of the $2-million February Stakes (G1). The 12-race card from Tokyo Racecourse gets underway at 5:05pm and joins a stacked Saturday night lineup that includes full cards from Los Alamitos, Cal Expo, Woodbine-Mohawk, five Australian tracks, and partial cards from Meadowlands (4-13), Northfield (12-16), and Hawthorne (9-13).

Night admission is just $4, starting at approximately 4:30pm.

Blue Devils Bingo is also here every Saturday night. Games start at 6:30pm and Bingo Doors open at 4:30pm. The buy in is $40, and payouts are as much at $1,000 per game.