Archive for August 14th, 2009

Day 15 Recap At Saratoga — Feeling A Little Like “Sybil” (8/14)

Aug 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Saratoga, Today's Picks

From day to day, moment to moment, the life of a handicapper changes dramatically.  Some days, you can never be sure who is going to show up.  Today, I was a man of many personalities.  Brilliant handicapper one minute (race 4 $187.50 exacta box, races 6-8 – $117 pick 3), handicapping buffoon the next(race 8 Best Bet). In any event, I ended up listing 5 winners, 2 on top, and had a flat bet profit of $8.90. I’ll take it!

The track also has many personalities.  One day speed favoring, the next favoring closers.  My thought was as the rain stayed away and things were bone dry, the speed was better on both dirt and turf.  It worked for a few days and then today, the closers were winning.  I guess the only thing you can be sure of is not to be sure of anything!  I do know that Sally Field is a great actress — I just don’t want her showing up in my head!

Day 15 At Saratoga — Heading “Straight” To The Window(8/14)

Aug 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Saratoga, Today's Picks

Another amazing card at The Spa on a fast and firm day in upstate NY.  In all the years I have been betting Saratoga, this meet has had the best betting cards that I can remember. So, spread your tickets and remember again that speed seems to be very good on the turf courses and even on the main track — so bet accordingly.

In race 8, The Hall of Fame, a grade 2 stakes race at 1 1/8 on the turf, Straight Story (#1) may control the pace from his inside post and wire the field.  I’m keying him in exactas with Courageous Cat (#8) and Lime Rickey (#3) and using in doubles and pick 3′s.

In race 4, a paceless maiden race on the turf, I’m throwing out the favorite, Morethan Fourhours (#1), who may close too late to be a factor.  I’m playing Last Noble (#4), Itch (#8) and Royal Lord (#5) on top in doubles and pick 3′s — all decent prices.

Here’s the entire card and good luck!

Race 1: 4 with 2 and 8

Race 2: 3 and 7

Race 3: 5 with 3 and 8

Race 4: 4 with 8 and 5

Race 5: 2 with 6 and 9

Race 6: 6 with 9 and 4

Race 7: 2 with 3 and 1

Race 8: 1 Best Bet) with 8 and 3

Race 9: 2 with 7 and 8