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How to bet Mountaineer Park's Pick 4 - Saturday, August 4, 2012

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Here's my race-by-race rundown of Saturday's pick four at Mountaineer Park on August 4, 2012. I'm building my wager with TicketMaker, found exclusively on DRF.com. Bet increments are $0.50, and my budget is $100.

Race 5 (The West Virginia Senate President's Cup)

MILLENIA (#8) may have turned the corner. After some modest main-track form at CRC she blasted some nice gals at MTH and may be ready for this tougher spot. ARTEMUS KITTEN (#3) comes here sharp off a nice SW at ELP and merits much respect. REVELSTOKE (#6) looked super blasting some of these in the Firecracker here July 3 and while that synthetic track try at PID July 24 was solid the return to turf may be what she wants. COUNTERPARTY (#11) has won 2 of her 3 turf tries for Pletcher. The $575K sales buy may be this good.

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Race 6 (The Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial)

GUAM TYPHOON (#7) is hot to the touch having won 6 straight. He has the speed to be in the thick of it from the start. WILL’S WILDCAT (#5) chased some of the game’s best 2 back (Shackleford, Amazombie, Gantry) and was a good 2nd in a G3 last time. RAVALO (#6) may be an 8yo but there’s still gas in the tank and he’s won 4 of 7 here. DELAUNAY (#9) has won 3 of his last 4 including a SW at CD last time out. Looks like Amoss, who claimed him 2 back, bought at the right time.

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Race 7 (The West Virginia Governor's)

TAPIZAR (#1) is just a cut below the game’s best. He’s been freshened and has fired big before off the bench. SERUNI (#5) comes here sharp and while the bulk of his recent work has been on turf note a big win the only time he tried this main track last summer. PARODY (#6) appears to have turned the corner as after some decent form he’s unleashed 3 big winning efforts. PONZI SCHEME (#7) is back in a hurry after a fine 2nd in a very tough stakes at MTH July 29.

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Race 8 (The West Virginia Derby)

HANSEN (#9) is no doubt the one to beat as last year’s 2yo champ won the G3 Iowa Derby in a laugher. That being said, there’s other speed to deal with. CALLED TO SERVE (#6) can’t be underestimated. His G2 Swaps wasn’t his best but his prior 2 outings (wins) show his quality. LE BERNARIN (#7) has won 3 of his last 4 including the G3 Pegasus June 17. He’s been freshened since and has worked splendidly.

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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.

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leonardf More than 1 year ago
What are the rules if you place a pick 4 bet and before the first leg is run one of your horses is scratched? Is it a refund or do u end up getting the favorite?