09/08/2011 3:37PM

Calder: Pick-5 Falls Despite Series of Longshots

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Somehow, one very astute handicapper took down today's Pick-5 even with three of the five winners paying $39.80, $51.80 and $35.40. The resulting payoff was, not surprisingly, the whole pool minus the takeout with the winning .50 ticket worth $19,366.35.  My Mass Media, who'd been beaten an average of better than 18 lengths in his last four starts against similar company took to the wet track like a duck to water, stalking the filly Sittin' On Gold then drawing off to an easy win out in what appeared to be the better going in the middle of the track. Runner-up Collaborate, who was not covered in the Pick-5, was knocked around leaving the gate then finished best of all after fanning eight wide turning for home.