10/26/2007 11:57PM

BC Day 2: Graded Handicap


Here it is, and here in full-page form too. Please consult the BC Day 1: Graded Handicap post for explanations of grades and their meaning. Enjoy, and good luck Saturday.

*Corinthian earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 119 for his 6 1/2-length romp in the BC Dirt Mile Friday, the year's second-highest BSF behind Midnight Lute's 124 in the Forego. Makes you wonder how he might have fared in the Classic, though it's worth remembering there's a world of difference between a mile and 70 yards and 10 furlongs. Maryfield got a 101 winning the F&M Sprint and Nownownow's BC Juvenile Turf received an 85. The day's second-highest winning BSF was Tessa Blue's 104 winning the Inside Information.

*Bettors clearly did not regard the Friday Monmouth card as a day-long festival, betting an anemic $5 million on the first half of the 10-race card, but then stepped it up to the tune of over $25 million on the last five, over $20 million of that on the three new BC races. Superfecta betting was up over 15 percent over recent BC days as a percentage of total handle, probably reflecting the availability of dime supers this year. The Friday pick six drew just $143,519 in handle, but the late pick-four attracted $887,037, and the all-BC late pick-three drew a pool of $1.02 million.

Midnight: Time to start figuring out those Capital OTB pick-six tickets.

John Bullen More than 1 year ago
Subject; CAVEMAN TICKET wHAT DDO YOU THINK ABOUT THE Win Ticket so called panel of Experts playing with $80M and only 4 Conso,s? Their main ticket was $54M on which they had 4 of 6. I singled Dylan Thomas on some P4,s but not enough to ruin the day. I had noticed a few years ago that all of the winners are in the top 6 of Watchmakers final analysis and therefor never go deeper than 6. I use your ABC style for which I thank you.
arizona dave More than 1 year ago
what happened to the double will pays. cant find them
kyle More than 1 year ago
Steve, Are you sure you want to X Hard Spun? Do you want to leave off a Grade I horse who could get a comfortable lead on a track he may relish? Especially one, who while favored by circumstance, has bested your top two choices the last time he's faced each. Another horse you're short changing under the circumstances, and I never thought I could like him here, is English Channel. Assuming Fri Guy to be a non-factor English Channel will be the de-facto pacesetter in something like 51/116 on a course Dylan Thomas may not love.
Mike More than 1 year ago
(race 4) Juvenile Fillies Indian Blessing will probably control the pace. She is the most likely winner in here. (race 5) Juvenile War Pass is my early Derby favorite. He should be in control of this race from the start. He also has a great last workout. (race 6) Filly & Mare Turf Nashoba's Key has not lost a race yet. She probably will control the pace and win. (race 7) Sprint This is a wide open race. I think Greg's Gold will be in the perfect spot here. A lot of pace is up front in this race. Smokey Stover also has a chance, but I will take Greg's Gold. (race 8) Mile I think Excellent Art is slightly faster than the others in here. He should close late and just get up for the win. (race 9) Distaff I think Lear's Princess will be in the best spot here just off the pace. She has a strong last race also. (race 10) Turf I think English Channel will get away with a pretty slow pace up front. This may help him beat Dylan Thomas. I will go with English Channel. (race 11) Classic The Classic has a strong field this year. But if you look at the horses, you only have one front runner in this race. I think Hard Spun can win this race because of that. Curlin has a chance if Hard Spun tires out.
EBoyle More than 1 year ago
Has anybody seen the DD will-pays between FMSprint-BC Sprint and BCMile-Turf Mile? I would have thought that they would be posted on the front page. I'd appreciate if anybody could direct me. Thanks.
matt smith More than 1 year ago
i am not in new jersey (i live in cockeysville, md) but i cannot imagine raun coming harder or faster---is there any way they would cancel today and run tommorrow
AndyScoggin More than 1 year ago
I am going to disagree with the BC MTH bashers. First, it does not normally rain all the time in October because if that is your view forget having the BC at BEL ever again! Second, the track looked great and people would have been out enjoying all the seats if it was not pouring rain. Complain in advance about Sunday because all 45,000 will be stuffed inside!!! Third, they brought in mutual tellers from all over the country. I talked to one from SAR and one from CD! Without the rain, it would have been a brilliant day!!! And, FYI, I had a lot of fun on Friday. Hit the .50 Pick 5 for a huge payout of $207.80, LOL. So, stop complaining!!!
Dick W More than 1 year ago
My apologies to Wesley Ward and Cannonball (I made some smart remarks in a recent post about him running in the Juvenile Turf on 5 days rest). He actually ran a respectable 3rd in the race - amazing !!! At least we know he likes soft turf.