09/07/2017 10:04AM

Kentucky Downs Jockey7: Hernandez set up for success


The first Jockey7 Wager held Wednesday at Kentucky Downs drew just $8,351 in all-sources handle, with most account-wagering companies not offering the bet. Moreover, there were other kinks that track officials acknowledge they need to work out, including a very lengthy wait after the races to calculate the final payoffs on the bet.

Nonetheless, my first analysis happened to be dead on – and yes, I did play it for real through the ontrack tote – as Tyler Gaffalione amassed the most points at 7-1 odds.

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Thursday is a new day, and I’ll use the same tactic as yesterday, which is to go primarily on my 1-2-3 picks in our DRF selectors’ box for races 4 through 10. With that, I will key on Brian Hernandez Jr., whose live mounts today include America’s Tale in R7, One Mean Man in R9, and Meister Legend in R10. Hernandez is No. 7 and is listed at 12-1 on the track morning line. The others I will use in the gimmicks are Gaffalione (3), Florent Geroux (5), Jose Ortiz (12), and Drayden Van Dyke (13).

Here is the play: An exacta part-wheel using 7 first and second with 3, 5, 12, and 13; and a trifecta part-wheel using 7 first and second with those same numbers.

The Jockey7 allows horseplayers to bet on individual jockeys and their mounts, and will span the last seven races (4-10) each day at the Kentucky Downs meet.

Win-place-show, exacta, and trifecta wagering will be held on the Jockey7, which consists of 13 jockeys and their assigned mounts, plus a “field” as a 14th entry.

Results are based on a points system for top-four finishes (25-12-9-5).

For more details on the wager go to the DRF's Jockey7 primer.

Wednesday 1-2-3 results were Tyler Gaffalione (4) with 68 points; the field (14) with 54 points; and Robby Albarado (1) with 43 points. The $2 win mutuel was $17.80; the $1 exacta (4-14) paid $40.80; and the 50-cent trifecta (4-14-1) paid $124.85.