Robert Lewis Headlines Derby Prep Trio

30 Jan

While it isn’t the richest stakes race on the docket Saturday at Santa Anita, the $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) will get plenty of attention from those keeping close tabs on the nation’s top Kentucky Derby prospects, as the calendar flips to February. Among the six-pack assembled to compete in the 1 1/16 miles test are a pair from the “Derby” Bob Baffert barn, recent Los Al Futurity winner Thousand Words (4/5) and third place finisher, High Velocity (3/1).

Any chance at getting a price will have to go through those two, but hope could reside in recent maiden winner Tizamagician (3/1) who has finished second or better in five of six career races. Another pair exiting turf races, recent Eddie Logan winner, Encoder (8/1) and 5th place finisher, Royal Act (15/1), could have upset potential if they can transfer their form to dirt. The latter is by American Pharoah, so the dirt breeding is certainly there. Never worse than third in six starts, maiden winner Zimba Warrior (15/1) rounds out the field and could offer value underneath in Exactas should there be a hot pace on the front end.

Carded as the 6th of 9 races, the Lewis kicks off a stakes trio that includes the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (G2) and the $200,000 San Pasqual (G2), respectively.¬†At 1 1/4 miles on the turf course, the San Marcos features a rematch between the top two finishers in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) at Del Mar, Oscar Dominguez (5/2) and United (8/5), with second morning-line choice and John Henry Turf Cup (G2) winner, Cleopatra’s Strike (2/1), adding depth to the seven-horse field.

Clearly the most wide-open of the stakes trio is the 10-horse San Pasqual (G2) Stakes, led by lukewarm morning-line choices Midcourt (3/1) and Roadster (7/2). Both exiting third and second place finishes, respectively, in graded stakes action on opening day, it remains to be seen who will step forward in the nine-furlong test for older horses. Throw in San Antonio Stakes (G2) runner up King Abner (4/1) and Zia Handicap Championship winner Restrainedvengence (4/1), and you’ve got one heck of a handicapping puzzle to sort out in 8th and co-featured event.

Santa Anita goes to post at 12:30pm Saturday, with the stakes action getting underway in the 6th at approximately 3:00pm.

Withers, Holy Bull Top Simulcast Action at Aqueduct and Gulfstream

There’s plenty of out-of-town action with Derby implications this Saturday as well, starting with the $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park. The Holy Bull headlines a five stakes card that also includes the $150,000 Forward Gal (G3), $150,000 Swale (G3), $100,000 Sweetest Chant (G3) and $100,000 Dania Beach.

The Holy Bull features the debut of Champagne (G1) winner and Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) third-place finisher, Tiz The Law (3/5), who figures to take the most betting action. However, punters looking for a horse the fits a similar profile to Maximum Security might want to take a peek at Uncork The Bottle (12/1), who boasts an undefeated record in three starts including one in a 16k maiden claimer. He’ll also be saddled by Gulfstreams’ latest super trainer, Saffie Joseph, Jr., who’s striking at a 28% clip.

Pleasanton OTB will be taking races 4-12 from Gulfstream Park, including all five stakes races, starting at 10:34am on Saturday.

Up the coast in Ozone Park, NY, eight three-year-olds led by Remsen (G2) winner Shotski (2/1) will do battle over nine furlongs on the main course. Among his top challengers figures to be recent stakes winner Monday Morning QB (4/1), who might not be the worst hunch play one day before the Super Bowl. The Withers is carded at the 8th of 9 races and goes to post at approximately 1:25pm.

Pleasanton OTB will be taking races 2-9 on the Aqueduct card, starting at 10:28am.

 

Play for $400 In Prizes on Super Sunday!

30 Jan

The Big Game will cut our racing schedule down to daylight hours this Super Sunday, but you’ll have an extra chance to win cash vouchers worth $50, $100 or $200 in our Big Game Squares contest.

How does it work?

Well, it’s pretty much the same as the regular Super Squares game, except that you draw a number to determine your position on the 100-square board. Then we will draw the numbers that represent the last digits of the scores for the AFC Champion Chiefs, and your NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.

If your scores align with the actual game score after the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd quarter, or Final Score, you will win the corresponding cash voucher. Cash vouchers will be awarded as follows:

1st Quarter Score: $50 voucher
2nd Quarter (Halftime) Score: $100 voucher
3rd Quarter Score: $50 voucher
Final Score: $200 voucher

Players may win more than one prize.

OTB doors open at 9:00am on Sunday, and be sure to get here early, as Big Game Squares is open to only the first 100 contestants to submit an entry. Each player will receive a FREE entry form, with admission. Complete the entry form and turn it in to the Front Desk to receive your game board number. Once all 100 board numbers have been assigned, we will draw the score numbers and place them on the game board.

See the Front Desk for Official Rules, and don’t miss your chance to win extra cash while watching the Big Game, after playing the horses this Sunday at Pleasanton OTB.

As a reminder, there will be no night racing on Sunday, and Pleasanton OTB will close after all the daytime races are official.

Golden Gate Closed, But We’re Open!

30 Jan

Golden Gate Fields has announced it will be closed through the end of the week, Sunday, February 2, due to a gas leak repair that damaged its hot water delivery system. As such, their live racing programs and simulcasting for Thursday through Sunday have been cancelled.

If you’re looking for a place to get down on the three-stakes Robert Lewis card from Santa Anita, the Withers from Aqueduct or Holy Bull from Gulfstream, look no further than Pleasanton OTB. We will have full schedule of daytime and evening racing this Friday and Saturday, starting at 9:45am.

Los Alamitos is also dark this weekend, but we’ll have night action, featuring Cal Expo, Meadowlands and Australia, rolling until 11pm Friday and Saturday night. Show this newsletter to the Front Desk clerk after 4pm and admission is FREE – this Friday and Saturday only!

Sunday’s action will be daytime only, with a special open time of 9am, as the nation’s track yield the evening hours to a game of American football. We’re not even sure who’s playing, but you can win your share of $400 in prizes by just showing up and betting the horses Sunday at Pleasanton OTB. Just be among the first 100 guests to submit your FREE entry into our Big Game Squares contest, and you could win quarterly prize vouchers worth $50, $100 or $200.

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.