04/03/2010 3:28PM

Wood Day '10 Live


3:30 pm: Well, live from a distance: Despite the best of intentions, this groundhog's staying underground a bit longer after his laptop power-cord blew up or otherwise somehow died shortly before planned departure for the Big A.

I'm not feeling imaginative enough to take stands against the three odds-on favorites in today's graded stakes at Aqueduct or attack what looks like a chalky $500k-guaranteed pick-4. So I might as well try to surround it with the two wide-open statebred races bookending the four stakes and make a rare non-carryover pick-6 play:


[Chart via TicketMaker.]

Be kind. I'm a little rusty.

3:50 pm: Spa City Princess at 7-1 as an A was a great start to the pick-6 -- or would have been if I hadn't gotten shut out. My fault for remembering to actually make the bets I'd just posted here with only one minute to post, but with one minute to post the NYRA Rewards screen was already showing the race as closed. Arggggghhhhhh. Like I said, I'm a little rusty.

Maybe I'll be celebrating saving $984 a couple of hours from now, but now I have to sit and root against myself for a while.

Very nice gesture by NYRA and Repole Stable between the 5th and 6th to parade Cool N Collective, the popular 13-year-old gelding who made his 81st and final career start on March 3 -- 13 days short of the 10th anniversary of his racing debut at Aqueduct on March 16, 2000. Here are his career pp's: Download Coolncollective


4:20 pm: Eightyfiveinafifty ($3.20) just won the G3 Bay Shore in 1:21.89 but not before an anxiety-inducing first quarter. After breaking to the lead, he turned his head and was looking into the infield for a few strides, during which Hurricane Ike went right by him on the outside. Then he straightened himself out and led the rest of the way, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths over Hurricane Ike.

I don't think he ran back to that freakish 105 Beyer he ran on the inner track Jan. 9 but this colt is clearly a work in progress. Harold Lerner, one of his onwers, said after the race that the Derby Trial April 24 and then possibly the Preakness are next, though he said he wasn't "ruling out" the Derby itself. Yet.

4:50 pm: Goldsville ($5.10) proved best in the G3 Excelsior, the only other two-turn dirt race on the card except the Wood. He stalked a tepid pace of 1:13.79 and crossed the wire in 1:51.43. Let's see how the Wood stacks up against that. Eskendereya just opened as the 1-2 favorite with Awesome Act 2-1.

5:25 pm: Madly flipping and clicking among NBC (Wood/SA Derby), TVG (Ashland/Illinois Derby), HRTV-on-PC (SA/GP) and Nassau OTB (Wood/Carter.) Eskendereya (es-ken-DRAY-ah) sure looks like your Derby favorite off another blowout, winning the Wood by what Tom Durkin estimated as 9 lengths [update: officially 9 3/4] in 1:49.97. Going off the time of the Excelsior alone, and his beating Jackson Bend by about the same margin he did in the Fountain of Youth, Eskendereya probably earned a Beyer in the 105 to 110 neighborhood. [Update 4/4: Eskendereya earned a 109.]

6:00 pm: Even with all those fancy overhead NBC cameras, it's a little tough to tell exactly what happened on the far turn of the Santa Anita Derby. Lookin at Lucky checked inside Who's Up, plummeted from 3rd to 7th or 8th in the course of a few awkward strides, then came back on to be a distant third to a long-gone Sidney's Candy.

Back at Aqueduct, Warrior's Reward ($9.10) outfinished Musket Man to win the G1 Carter in 1:21.62. If I hadn't gotten shut out, I'd be alive to the 1, 4 and 11 in the finale for pick-6's paying $7,938, $6,717 and $1,952. Nothing personal if that's you need, but Let's Go...Anyone Else. Small consolation: Even if I'd started putting in tickets a minute or two earlier, the AAAACA ticket going through Warrior's Reward was the last ticket on the list and it would have been far more painful (and costly) had I been shut out of only that one.

The all-stakes pick-4 came back $95 for $2, with the pool of $681,991 easily clearing the $500k guarantee.

6:23 pm: Of course Tom Kitten ($7,938) nailed So Scott ($1,952) at the wire to provide an expensive lesson: Do Not Attempt to Play the Pick-6 with One Minute to Post.

George More than 1 year ago
Steve-I was lucky enough to hit the $1 superfecta in the Ky Derby .Any idea as to how many superfecta tickets hit?thanks [Congrats! Pool was $8.5 million and $2 payoff was $202k so it looks like about $64 worth of winning tickets were sold. -SC]
George Quinn More than 1 year ago
I watched to Arkansas Derby replay till my eyes hurt and Super saver and Dublin did not even go by Line of David in the gallop out. They showed no grit or heart at all. Dublin especially, a one run plodder who really just cannot get by another horse. I am sellin not buyin. George in Tampa
Alan More than 1 year ago
Thankful for the 300+% that P6 paid above parlay on Tom Kitten. Was surprised and fortunate. The #11 was totally overbet. IThere was $2,200 witheld for taxes - aren't we taxed enough by the takeout? Luck evens-out, though I will need several to catch-up with the time that I hit a P6 comprised of a parlay of $97k and P6 paid %36k because two other players had it. You'll get 'em, next time.
Barry More than 1 year ago
I remember watching a lightly raced 3 yr by Alan Goldberg placed on the outside win at about 7-1 in September at Belmont. So two years later I see the same thing. I go to the OTB and get shut out at the window and watch the easiest 9-1 win of my life go by the boards.
Ponyman More than 1 year ago
George in Tampa---Ponymans stomping grounds--That Motel 6 sounds ok to me--just need a place to hang up my hat--What they soak you for that type of room. How far to track? Future reference--I want to make a trip to CD & also visit some farms---Love Horse Racing--only turf or DIRT
Toones More than 1 year ago
To my man George C in Tampa: Yes, I would be interested in the Motel in Louisville. We are looking to stay on Friday April 30, as we will probably drive back to Chicago after the Kentucky Derby (although if Eskendereya wins, my friend Nick will hav to drive). You can contact me at JamesTunick@hotmail.com. By the way, I always enjoyed your light-hearted posts. will you make it to Saratoga this year?
durkin_lover More than 1 year ago
Just heard my man Durkin on CNBC doing a commercial. He's calling the stock market like a horse race for a contest they are promoting. Its really good check it out.
Jeff T. More than 1 year ago
No matter how his name is pronounced, "Esky" looks like a very serious proclamation of Giant Causeway DNA. I'm with George Quinn on this one... Esky w/all w/all; all w/Esky w/all; etc... This horse didn't really start running until he accelerated out of the turn and then he just opened up... bye bye #2 (broke his heart).
George Quinn More than 1 year ago
Hey Steve, I see both jockeys in the SA Derby "in tight" incident were smacked on their botoms and told to go to their rooms. The big question is if Gomez was able to get through, would he have won. I say yes, what say you? George in Tampa
bob More than 1 year ago
I think Pletcher will finally win a derby but not with ESKENADREYA.