04/24/2009 9:14PM

Friday Night Action


It's an Extra Large Iced Coffee night for me with a lot of upcoming racing to contemplate: the Derby Trial tomorrow on opening day at Churchill; the Withers and a $97k double-carryover on the final Saturday of the Aqueduct meet; and early entries for the first two days of the Belmont spring meet that begins Wednesday. Plus, just for a little action amid the homework, my guilty pleasure of Friday night pick-4's from Emerald Downs.

Here's the timetable for the Last Saturday in April, which features six graded stakes across the country, the two richest being $300k miles at Golden Gate and Lone Star:

Wednesday's Belmont opener features the G3 $100k Westchester, where the field of 10 older milers includes talented but erratic types such as Tale of Ekati, Bribon and Wishful Tomcat.

The Aqueduct carryover sequence tomorrow includes three races scheduled for, and likely to stay on, the grass -- the forecast is for clear skies and temperatures approaching 80 degrees. If it's not hit tomorrow, there would be a triple carry in the $400k neighborhood for the closing-day card Sunday and a mandatory payout even if no one goes 6-for-6.

I'll be back here tomorrow afternoon if you want to play along. Gotta go now -- time for the opener at Emerald.

Showbettor John More than 1 year ago
For years I've been telling people that a track bias can make the diference in any type race. Many years ago an old gent told me to watch the harrows - they can change the track conditions by race. The rail (dead-on-Rail) was uneffected by the harrows - Clavin knows how to ride with his left boot almost hitting the rail - that was the difference - In NY on Pick-6 carryover days the track crew can make the rail live or dead.. its usually live - check it out .. best to all !
jcp More than 1 year ago
Late P4 at ED, $4318 for a buck, hope you had it....
bochalls More than 1 year ago
If any of my fellow posters makes their own speed figs for AQU; what did ya'll do with the variant for 23Apr? Five route races with R3 and R4 having a quick pace , and R7-9 a VERY slow pace. Race 8 only had four runners and they appeared content to crawl around for 3/4m. The split variant may be the easy answer but I see no reason for it (rain,wind?,etc...). Anyway, I use Quirin style figs and would appreciate any input on this......iced coffee Steve? that's a kids' drink...all brewed beverages (except beer) should be consumed HOT!
calmetony More than 1 year ago
Steve and fellow bloggers What do we make of Quality roads now 2 !/4 cracks ? Should we be overly concerned ? And no workout before derby . I just don;t like the sound of it .
Steve D More than 1 year ago
Anyone else find the opening day card at Churchill detestable? Hope you didn't stay up too late handicapping that one, Steve. Good luck on the Aqueduct Pick 6.
Allen Klayman More than 1 year ago
I just saw Keeneland their handle results from their spring meeting concluded yesterday and the results do not surprise me at all. In spite of being open to all online betting companies for the first time, perfect weather, large fields and some of the highest attendance figures in history, all sources handle dropped 19.3%. In the face of handle increases at Oaklawn(dirt) and Gulfstream(dirt) and a decline at Santa Anita(synthetic), if this doesn't illustrate the publics reluctance to play synthetic surface race tracks, then I dont know what it will take to convince people. I made almost no "Dirt" race bets at Keeneland myself, sticking to grass races and betting on races at Oaklawn and Aqueduct. I am still waiting for someone in the media or a racetrack official to discuss this situation, but either through ignorance or turning a blind eye to the fact, no one has stepped forward. How about you Steve? Maybe you can shed some light on the subject and help put an end to what will eventualy destroy what is left of this sport.
Big Tom More than 1 year ago
Allen I couldnt agree more. I only made bets on turf races at Keeneland this meet and that has been my mindset on all poly tracks for about a year now. Heres hoping someone steps up in this industry and realizes this is why handles are down at these particular tracks.
don auld More than 1 year ago
Steve: Just finished reading your post from Thursday. It was beyond believe that Calif would consider raising the takeout with the short fields they have. Often a race features 3 horses at 2-1 or less making the other entrants pure takout. NY is doing there best to duplicate it with lower and lower quality coupled with smaller field size and increased takout. I have found it impossible to get newcomers interested once they see that and ask the takout rate. Any ideas of what we can or need to do is appreciated. don