08/20/2010 3:54PM

Day 25: 8/20/10


Is there anything more obnoxious than a guy who walks in more than halfway through the card and starts marvelling at how the payoffs were so big before he got there?

I felt like that guy when I finally got here mid-afternoon after what seemed like a day and a half on the Thruway and gazed in wonderment at an early pick-4 return of $5,171 on winners who paid $16.60, $6.60, $8.90 and $17.40, no piece of cake but still a mere $2,180 parlay.

As usual, it was clearly tougher than the win odds suggest.

The first winner was a Pletcher firster at $16.60. Since when did his firsters start winning at 7-1 instead of 7-5? This one,Tap for Luck, would have paid 7-5 or less last year because he would have been coupled with his other starter in the race, 19-10 Cadazzle.

Next came Moontune Missy at just $6.60, but she hadn't been out since October and her two-length victory came at the expense of the only odds-on favorite in the sequence, 9-10 McVictory.

Funky Munky Mama ($8.90) romped by seven, but you didn't know when you played the pick-4 that all five firsters in the race would be dead on the board. And the capper, Persuading at $17.40, was the sixth choice in a clearly inscrutable field of nine where eight of them went off between 7-2 and 9-1.

And that's how a Pletcher firster, a 2-1 shot, a 3-1 shot and a 7-1 shot turn $2 into $5,171. Hope you had it.


5:10 pm: In their prep for today's featured Yaddo, Chestoria and You Go West Girl ran second and third as the favorites behind 25-1 Exclusive Scheme. In today's main event, they switched positions but still ran 2-3 as the favorites, as third choice Meriwether Jessica won the Yaddo over You Go West Girl, with Chestoria checking in third.

All but two of the nonet in the finale are covered in the pick-6, a sequence that included four maiden claimers. Pick-6 bettors responded to that lineup with a paltry handle that will yield only a $39k carryover if one of the outsiders wins. By comparison, Wednesday's card yielded a one-day carryover of nearly $61k.


5:45 pm: Just like yesterday, the only horse to which there was more than one live pick-6 ticket won the finale: Conspicuous ($4.50) ran down Keith's Kitten late to reward five players to the tune of $7,922.