09/27/2007 8:48AM

SHOWdown Day 2

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You had to try pretty hard to get knocked out of the Belmont SHOWdown on its opening day Wednesday since the favorite hit the board in all nine races and the Beautful Pleasure Stakes went off as a four-horse race -- no actual show betting permitted but anyone except 14-1 Dina worked for contest purposes. That means we survived our mythical entry, where no morning-line favorites are allowed, when second-choice Altesse ran second of four at 2.20-1.

Today let's try ML 5-2 Talking Treasure in the featured Floral Park Handicap. Favorite Ice Cool Kitty looks like a standout on ability but might not be at her optimal distance while Talking Treasure drew well outside and is 3-for-3 going seven furlongs.

H. Gianni More than 1 year ago
I like the cosmetic improvements made on the (SHOWDOWN)contest except there is one new major flaw that I was hoping would be fixed. The chart allows everyone playing to note the race played by opponents before the game is closed for the day. This will be an unnecessary major flaw as the game nears it's end.
C More than 1 year ago
Steve, Not to beat this to death, but another advantage of the twin-tri is that it doesn't force you to play 'blind'. You bet each race as it comes up. C
C More than 1 year ago
fijiking, Feel free to dispute the following, and let me know if you have additional ideas about it. Since you asked, I see it this way: Most of the public takes the approach 'Let me get live exchanges in the first race and worry about the second race if I get there.' But when they get to that second race, they only have a few combos to play with... they're dead before they even start. The mistake most people make, in my opinion, is that they play the first leg like a normal tri. I think the twin tri is a bet more similar to the P6... you're better off waiting for the right day and investing big, not small. The thing is, 99% of the public won't see it that way-- they'll treat it more like a day-to-day daily double than a P6. I think the way to beat it is to look at the 2nd leg first and figure out how many combos you'll need to feel reasonably confident hitting that tri. Then, go to the 1st leg and ask yourself if you can reasonably cover that tri AND repeat those tickets enough times to have an adequate number of exchanges going into leg 2. For example, if I need 36 combos to cover leg 2, I might play the first leg as 1/2,3,4/2,3,4,5 ($9) 36 times, for a total of $324. The tellers will love you for making them keep count of the repeats, but that's ok. That's how I do it anyway. I go to TBD every winter to visit family and get my twin-tri fix. New York doesn't take the bet as part of it's simulcast program for some reason. Steve, What ever happened to the NTRA National P4s??? I haven't seen one in a while. Did I miss one? C
C More than 1 year ago
In response to the $1 P6... You can play it at Turfway for a buck, but I don't suggest playing it with any serious money because they only take in a grand or so each night. However, I THINK they have a mandatory payout once a week which often pays the entire pool to 4/6 or even 3/6. Otherwise, I fully agree with Steve about leaving the P6 as a $2 bet. Steve, why has Tampa Bay's twin tri not caught on? It's a great bet that also has a carryover and mandatory payout feature. There's also a smart strategy for playing it that can give a creative player a big edge over 99% of the public. Would you like to see this bet at more tracks?
fijiking More than 1 year ago
C, I am a Tampa resident and would like to know about your smart strategy. Steven, what about the Twin Tri? Fijiking
Floppydog More than 1 year ago
For the mail bag (and if asked before, sorry): How come there can't be $1 or dime Pick 6s? Every time I consider playing a P6, I imagine you heading to the windows with a bankroll the size of a sponge cake, and I figure, Why bother.
ARCstats More than 1 year ago
I thought that was an interesting explaination as to why NYRA would not let you fund a SHOWdown entry via credit card. I finished 6th in a SHOWdown at Saratoga several years ago and I was not allowed to claim my winnings as gambling winnings on my tax return. NYRA claimed it was a contest, similar to being in the Showdon on "The Price is Right".
AndyScoggin More than 1 year ago
Yet over 350 people went out on Day ONE!! I know some of them were no entries, but still!
Alex More than 1 year ago
Make that 3-for-4. As Forrest Gump said "S@#t happens". All the best.
David More than 1 year ago
SHOWdown is a fun game - lots of action for $10. In the past, you could enter by credit card and even Canadians like me could pay. No more. You have to be American and credit cards are no longer accepted - only US cheques. What a shame.