11/30/2007 9:15PM

Peckish for Action

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The double-carryover Aqueduct pick six didn't work too well for me or anyone else besides the 10 wizards who collected $31,215 for combining Stormy Success ($18.80), The Truffle Man ($12.40), Blitzen Too ($7.90), Smoke n Review ($31.20), Morine's Victory ($4.30), and Kevazinga ($7.70). The payoff was short of the parlay despite a free $102k seeding the pool, but The Truffle Man could have been more like 2-1 than 5-1 in the pick six: It's hard to imagine that Captain Backfire was the same crazy 2-5 in the pick six that he was in the win pool.

I was out early, down to a thread after Stormy Success and then knocked out of everything by Smoke n Review. So I was still feeling a bit peckish for action. I quick-'capped the second half of the Hollywood card and got alive 2x3 into the last two legs of the pick-four after a $6.80 backup and a $19.40 main came in.

My two in leg 3 were the 6-5 favorite River Echo and 5-1 Furioso Star. At least that's what they were before both were scratched after acting up at the gate. That made it a three-horse race among the three I had left out. Thank you, Hollywood win bettors on those three: Your remaining money made Rudymeanie 7-10 against Blaze It and Bye Now, and Rudymeanie won for fun. Since you get switched to the post-time favorite when you're a late scratch in the pick four, both my horses "won."

Not that this led to anything terribly exciting -- a $294.30-for-$1 pick-four when the shortest of my three won the nightcap with my other two nowhere -- but it was a weird way to cash.

--I had to switch to TVG to watch the Hollywood finale after Nassau OTB TV changed over to Italian-language programming at 7 p.m. EST, and I forgot to turn it off and the announcers just mentioned that there's a $22k carryover in the Meadowlands pick four starting in 47 minutes. Gotta go.

[Update 8:16 p.m. Oh wait, that's Meadowlands harness. Never mind.]