07/13/2012 9:59AM

How to bet Betfair Hollywood Park's Pick 4 - Saturday, July 14, 2012


Here's my race-by-race rundown of Saturday's pick four at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 14, 2012. I'm building my wager with TicketMaker, found exclusively on DRF.com. The bet increments are $0.50, and I'm on a $100 budget.

Race 7 (Claiming race)

BILA SHAKA (#7) takes a significant class drop for her first start in nearly a year. Her big maiden win came here, Bejarano stays and her trainer is superb off a long layoff. PROPERO (#1) looked good whipping maidens here last month and may have turned the corner. 

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Race 8 (The American Oaks)

BEST PRESENT EVER (#3) looked splendid winning a GG stakes for fun despite a ton of trouble. That was her third straight win and the way she won the sky’s the limit. LADY OF SHAMROCK (#2) is the one to beat as she’s a 3-time SW and a powerhouse in the lane. NAYARRA (#8) and MISS CATO (#7) comes from Europe, each boasting a smart reputation, while REGALO MIO (#5) was knocking on the door in a series of graded turf stakes back East and gets Bejarano for her invasion in a race where he may have had choices. 

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Race 9 (The A Gleam Handicap)

IZZY RULES (#7) posted a couple dull outings this spring but looked back on her game with a fine 2nd in the Desert Stormer. If she’s indeed back on track she figures awfully tough to run down. AMERICAN LADY (#6) was freshened and came back smokin’ to win a stakes for top trainer Baffert and may be this good. TEDDY’S PROMISE (#5) is something of an in-and-outer but her ‘A’ game (she’s a Grade 1 winner) can beat these. 

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Race 10 (Maiden special weight)

FIRST CLASS FLYER (#9) dueled and fizzled in her debut but she’s worked wonderfully since (5 bullets in 6 works) and is bred for turf. MAURIE’S TIZZY (#4) has rehearsed well for her debut for Jones who is superb first time out (24 percent). SUANCES VIXEN (#7) is bred to love turf and has worked well, while QUIZZICAL (#1) has also hinted at ability as she debuts off some good works.

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My wagers

With TicketMaker I'm able to put greater emphasis on my "A" selections while still having coverage with my "B" and "C" picks just in case. This allows me to maximize my budget for this pick four. I ended up being $4 under budget.

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