11/11/2011 1:00PM

Triple Carryover on Triple Eleven Day


11:59 am: Wanted to post at 11:11 am on 11/11/11 but I lost track of the time trying to decipher today's Aqueduct Pick-6, which starts with a three-day carryover of $188,308 in the kitty. Time to stop licking those Court Vision and Drosselmeyer wounds and get back in the pool.

It's a challenging sextet with big fields and three grass races. As per recent custom, the NYRA racing office has needlessly made things as difficult as possible by carding a 2-year-old maiden claiming race with first-time starters as the finale -- unnecessary because the two other grass races, for veterans with full-exposed form, had equally big fields. Either would have been a better choice for a 9th race instead of positioning a race with firsters where no one can see the betting, compromising the late pick-4 and pick-6 yet again.

Here's the lineup after scratches, with my thoughts on each entrant. The fun begins with the 4th race, scheduled for 1:50 pm. See you then.


Oh and here, via Gawker.com, is what The New York Times had to say about the 11/11/11 phenomenon back on Nov. 11, 1911:

"To-day it is possible to write the date with the repetition six times of a single digit. It is the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year, and so one may save time and just put it down 11-11-11. It will be a century before the same thing can be done on Nov. 11, 2011, though, of course, on Dec. 12 next year there wil be a close approximation to it with 12-12-12 as a correct presentation of the date.

"Still to-day for the last time until the era is changed will one digit appear seven times in the date, however it be written. To-day is 11-11-1911. Eight hundred years ago this was beaten by writing 11-11-1111, on Nov. 11, 1111, but it is not likely that the precise monkish scribes at the time would have allowed so slovenly a method of recording an essential fact. As none of us is likely to be living in the year 11111, it would be well for those who delight in curious trifles to take their fill of enjoyment out of this method of dating to-day, 11-11-11."


1:30 pm: Twenty minutes to post for the pick-6. Here's the play:

Whole lotta chiclets, I know, but it's thinner than it looks: A caveman using every horses above would have been $51,840 (6x5x8x4x3x9) but I ABCed it to the tune of $2,340. (An $1800 all-A's-and-B's and five 5A/1c backups totalling $540.)

The biggest lean is Sneaky Girl in the 7th, who I expect to be more like 4-5 than her 7-5 ML. Any one of her last six races would blow this field away but here's the rub: Those were all at six furlongs and today she stretches out to a mile, a distance at which she's 0 for 5. On the plus side, she's not a fainthearted speedball who's going to be gasping late, and there's no particular reason her closing-sprint style shouldn't work in a one-turn mile.

Boys At Toscanova ($2.60), runner-up to Uncle in last year's BC Juvenile, won the 3rd race comfortably in his second start back after running third to Tapizar in his return last month. Boys At Toscanova was not fully extended beating Hillswick by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:17.46.

Seven horses between 7-2 and 8-1 in the upcoming 4th aftyer five of them opened at 5-1.


1:55 pm: Count Catamount provided an early-knockoutgood scare, surprisingly getting loose in what seemed like a speed-packed field to take a clear lead into upper stretch, but Dominguez slipped I've Got Speed through a two-path seam and the favorite drew clear in the final yards. I've Got Speed, who made his debut at Calder in August of 2004, is a 9-year-old Suave Prospect gelding who has won 23 of 59 career starts for eight different trainers.


2:30 pm: I didn't see Perfect Drive being 2-to-5 but congrats if you singled him -- he hung on by a few inches over Digger Karakorum after being softened up early by Leap Day.

Those of you rooting for a quadruple-carry into Saturday might want to be careful what you wish for -- it's a ferocious bear of a lineup:

That buried 7th race has NINE first-time starters.

Perfect Drive's winning time of 1:11.48 over restricted $7500 claimers (with Digger Karakorum beaten just a neck) doesn't make Boys At Toscanova's 1:17.46 look like anything to get excited about.


3:00 pm: Hard to imagine there can be a quadruple carryover after 9-5 Glacier Bay held off 7-2 Kid Curry to complete a chalk-chalk-chalk first act of today's pick-6. Easy as 1-2-3, the winning pick-3 combo, which returned $34 for $2. Alive 8/4,5,6/2,3,10,11,12 or 8/4/5,7,8,9 or 2,6,7/4/2,3,12.


3:30 pm: Maybe not so hard to imagine: Sneaky Girl an awful fifth beaten 10 3/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite, and even if you tried to beat her you had to come up with Eleni's Hope ($62.00). Beaten a combined 115 lengths in her last five starts, the 3-for-41 mare (trained by 3-for-42 in 2011 Leo O'Brien) was winning for the first time since a victory going this same mile on the Aqueduct main track on March 31 -- a day when she paid $4.20 rather than $62.00. Blinkers off and a rider switch today but still very tough to like, though I hope you did. The $2 superfecta, in just an eight-horse field, paid $23k.


4:00 pm: With Associate (opened 6-5, bet down to 1-2, floated to $3.70 late) winning the 8th by as far as the eye could see, 10 of the 12 are covered in the finale, each with at least two potential winners:


Please don't ask me how it can be paying $164k to two horses and $165k to another. Can't be a difference in the number of live tickets. Must be the old Panamanian or Canadian currency-conversion glitch.


4:30 pm: Goldberg/Dominguez firster Selection Sunday ($24.40) came widest to run down 5-2 fave Dendrite, capping a $246,256 pick-6. Four A's, a B and a whiff on Eleni's Hope got me one conso, worth a spectacularly low $144. The usual loose rule-of-thumb is 1/2 of one percent of the 6-of-6 payoff but this was more like 1/20th of one percent. Given that there were four winning favorites, two of them odds-on, not a complete shock. Still, not much consolation.

Diceman More than 1 year ago
I just pushed the "Reset" Button own my Brain and up poped the HOY Award Winner! It's Drosselmeyer in a landslide victory! It's simply rediculous to select a 2 or 3 Year Old Divisional Champ or any Sprint or Turf Horse over Mr "D" as HOY. Furthermore "D" would pulverize any Division Champion in a Race at least 1 and 1/8 Mile and around two turns. If "D" returns to trainiig and runs in 2012, he will win every race entered at 1 and 1/8 or longer and around two turns. He will also be the favorite in every race if Mike Smith is the Jockey and Mr. Mott is the Trainer. One final prediction: Mr "D" wiill also win the BC Classic in 2012. Diceman
Jeff T. More than 1 year ago
Something has been bothering me all week and when I returned home on Sunday (I went out of town for the BC races) I kept my Saturday Racing Form and have reviewed it each morning. The beginning of Steve's blog suggests that we "let go" of the Court Vision/Drosselmeyer and I have had a terrible time letting go of Court Vision's race. I finally figured out the reason this morning. If you look at just the Beyer numbers for turf at Churchill Downs, there are only 4 horses in the entire race that have a 100 or 100+ Beyer numbers for the CD turf. They are Goldikova (106), Gio Ponti (102), Turralure (sp?) (101), and Court Vision (101). That's it folks, nothing comes close except Get Stormy. If I would have boxed (for $.50 cents = $12.00 total) a superfecta using just that angle, I'm looking at a little over $6700.00 for my $12.00 bucks. I think it's safe to say that this is why I'm still having a difficult time letting go of my Racing Form and last Saturday's BC races.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
In an aside, re Mr. Hayward’s sincere and well-intentioned comments about the AQ casino leading to improvements at the track itself: Go up to Finger Lakes and see how the casino money has stayed firmly in the casino operator’s pockets, with the track facility still looking like a 1930s abandoned Oklahoma warehouse in the throes of the Great Depression, after the dust storms. Go to the Saratoga harness track. See exactly the same phenomenon. If you want the money, you're got to earn it yourself.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Wasn't "Eleni's Hope" the name of a bestseller in the 1970s-80s by a journalist whose mother lived through the Greek cvivil war circa 1946-48? Tough to call these November races, possibly (but not necessarily) because so much form is the result of much fresher horses in April thru October. By now, if they're still running, they're running on fumes.
orsch More than 1 year ago
I will be rooting for another carryover. Kinda like lure of the south in what looks like a wide open finale.
ChrisLT More than 1 year ago
Steve, Thanks to you (and Ticketmaker) I had 4 As, 1 C and the whiff on Eleni's Hope. And I actually almost threw her in as a C! If I had I would have been alive to the 2,3,12 in the 9th after a total outlay of only $156. That's the power of multiple tickets for you right there. Lost $12 and lived to fight another day. cheers, Chris
gk_wisc More than 1 year ago
ELEVEN in the last race- 11 !! on the 11th... should have seen it coming for all the marbles. Also notice announced a COLT NOT a gelding?! went off at 11-1 too. should have bet $111 on it. Oh well fun watching.
Jeff T. More than 1 year ago
Steve.... tough beat my equine brother. I don't really know how you could have landed on Eleni's Hope but, you did have coverage; just not that bomb. I know that my words are little consolation, but speaking of such a word, I never knew of that formulae for calculating 5 of 6 conso.'s. Thanks. I should have known that you would have a ruler (rule of thumb) like that in your bag of handicapping tricks. How long did it take (how many Pick 6 tickets did you play) before you came up with that? Or, did you just follow the payoffs long enough to where that .005 became obvious? I guess what I'm really asking is this: Did you learn from your own personal experience or from watching/reading Pick 6 payoffs?
orsch More than 1 year ago
Leo o'brien with 3 stamina building workouts. Put that in the memory bank.
Tom W More than 1 year ago
Eleni's Hope!?! There may be a carryover yet. The all button was the only way to cover that Leo O'Brien horse!