Now that he’s added the Grade I Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park to his resume, should the Doug O’Neill-trained Thor’s Echo win an Eclipse Award as top sprinter? My answer is yes. Continue reading →
Good luck if you take a stab at what should be a HUGE pick six pool today at Hollywood Park, what with the big carryover paired with the guaranteed $1 million. I think I’m going to pass. Too wide open for me. Two iffy 2-year-old maiden races and a wide-open Hollywood Derby scare me away. Continue reading →
Del Mar announced Tuesday it has decided to install Polytrack as its artificial surface to satisfy the CHRB’s mandate that each major Southern California track install an artificial track by the end of 2007. Continue reading →
I went down in smoke yesterday, hitting only two of my pick four races with a $48 ticket, although I had a 20-1 long shot run second in the first leg. Still, not good enough. Here’s a $20 pick four ticket I like tonight: Continue reading →
I’m going to take a shot at today’s pick four at Hollywood Park because there are a few horses I like that are running in the later races. I like Nickypalmer in the fifth, Spy Aly in the seventh and Zielonko in the nightcap.
We made a little money last night at Hollywood Park, what with a $15.80 winner in the first race along with a $1 exacta that paid $24.90. We also had the fifth-race exacta, a four-horse $1 box that would have cost you $12 and returned $35.40. Our best bet of the night, Our Finale, lost a tough three-horse driving photo finish while going off at 5-1. He did return a healthy $6.60 to place. Continue reading →
Setafire, with Patrick Valenzuela in the saddle, looks good in this spot. Stretching out for the first time, draws the rail. Chances are good P-Val will have her on, or close to, the lead. She’s trained by the more than capable David Hofmans, and P-Val and Hofmans click at a 36-percent success rate. She’s worth a look.