Art is right, the rough economy makes this a terrible time for a dispute over account wagering to prevent out-of-state bettors from playing Hollywood Park races. It’s also bad timing because, following last week’s successful Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, California should be cashing in on any renewed enthusiasm for its racing.
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.
Thanks to Art Wilson for letting me contribute to his blog.
It’s opening day of the Hollywood Park autumn season, the Rodney Dangerfield of Southern California’s racing meets. For some people, it’s a letdown after the excitement of last week’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita. But as Art reports in his story today previewing the season, Hollywood Park hopes it will get some benefit from following the Breeders’ Cup.
I’ve always liked the Hollywood fall meet more than most people, maybe because when I started covering racing in 1991, the Turf Festival stakes program was just beginning, and such grass stars as Itsallgreektome, Miss Alleged, Flawlessly and Fraise were headliners. Flawlessly was a particular favorite of mine.
In recent years the meet has been headlined by 2-year-olds. In the past 10 years, the horses voted 2-Year-old of the Meet have included Excellent Meeting, Captain Steve, Point Given, Lion Heart, Declan’s Moon and Brother Derek.
Are you interested in the Hollywood fall meet, or are you in post-Breeders’ Cup depression? Any personal memories of this meet? Care to share your strategies for betting it?