Our handicappers’ selections turned profits on both days of the Breeders’ Cup, and they’ve kept the momentum on opening day at Hollywood Park, picking a lot of winners and one big long shot.
The consensus — available in the print editions of this and other L.A. Newspaper Group papers — picked five winners on top in the eight races Wednesday. It was a favorites-dominated card, but the consensus’ top picks returned $20.20 for $16 in win bets.
Ray Nelson, the long-shot specialist, tabbed first-time starter Golden Nicks for a $67.40 victory in the sixth race. Ray had picked Black Eyed Lady on top and Golden Nicks second, but Black Eyed Lady was scratched.
Bob Ike had six winners, including Silver Vista ($11.60) in the nightcap.
At the Breeders’ Cup, our consensus had Ventura and Zenyatta on Friday — for a total $10.60 return on $10 in win bets on five Breeders’ Cup races — and Goldikova, Midshipman and Midnight Lute on Saturday — for $22.20 in payoffs on $18 in bets.