April 23, 2011
Yesterday I spoke of playing simulcasting by focusing on Oaklawn-raced horses. I zeroed in on two -- George Ray at Keeneland (who scratched) and Labeled at Hawthorne. The latter, after the race came off the turf and was reduced to a short field by two scratches, was no value whatsoever and finished third.
Ironically there was one other race at Keeneland which involved four runners who had raced at Oaklawn. That was the best play of the day.
In the third race at Keeneland, the field included Ten Little Indians, Willow Creek, Hot Vision and Do The Tiger, all of which competed at Oaklawn. As the race was run Ten Little Indians just held off Willow Creek. Hot Vision finished fourth and Do The Tiger was fifth. Ten Little Indians, trained by Mike Tomlinson (trainer of 2003 Arkansas Derby winner, Sir Cherokee), won the race, returning a $9.40 win payoff. Coupled with Willow Creek in the exacta, the combined to return a juicy $100.20 for a $2 wager.
There are limited opportunities for afternoon simulcast players to find Oaklawn-raced horses to play right now, but that will change when Churchill Downs starts its daytime racing programs and, of course, for the day cards about to be available at Delaware Park, Lone Star Park and Louisiana Downs.
Of course, it will be quite different for evening simulcast players who focus on Prairie Meadows and those who play the opening evening card at Churchill Downs on Friday, April 29. They will see a bunch of Oaklawn-raced runners.
Today is Saturday and there are good races all over the place. Those of you who enjoy playing Oaklawn-raced horses on Saturdays may find that the programs at Hawthorse and Lone Star Park are best suited for you. They have quite a few Oaklawn-raced horses to play and leading jockey Cliff Berry has moved his tack to Lone Star Park and will once again be a dominant player in the Grand Prairie track's meet.
My ten favoite plays will be listed on the Oaklawn site under Terry's Picks. I hope we all do well.