Archives for July 2017

$.20 Base Wager Results in Monster $436,076.38 Payoff

Gulfstream Park paddockThe 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot was hit for a $436,076.38 payoff Thursday at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for 15 consecutive programs before the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-2-1-7-5-7 broke the jackpot. The winning ticket, played through an off-track betting facility in Lewiston, Maine, was one of a large number of 20-cent tickets played by a single bettor.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket sold, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

Five horses were eligible in the 10th race to take down the jackpot, including the No. 2 Little John W., No. 3 Rizwan, No. 4 Forall the Marbles, No. 7 Parmel Landing and No. 9 Zipi Zape. Parmel Landing ($10) rallied from off the pace to prevail in the final leg of the Rainbow 6 to round out the winning combination.

The Rainbow 6 will start anew on Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program. The six-race sequence will span Races 4-9.

Educational Handicapping Seminars at Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs

Racing analyst Tom Amello, author of “Playing the Odds – Gateway to the Game,” will present the first of two educational seminars dedicated to Thoroughbred handicapping at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame …

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Saratoga’s All-time Greatest Horse Racing Fan

copyright AGameofSkill.comSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Born down the street from the Saratoga Racecourse, Louisa Foye, also known as “Weezie,” would wake up at the crack of dawn to watch the horses work out. “Easy to fall in love and I fell hard and fast at young age,” …

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Annual Slot Revenues at Florida Racetracks Up 2 Percent vs 2016

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Winner of 26 Stakes, Ben’s Cat Was Incredible

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Wearing a bright orange shirt and helmet cover, Elizabeth Eckert went about her business as an exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury Wednesday morning with a heavy heart.

It was only the evening before that Eckert, working for Leatherbury at Laurel Park since December, had heard the news about Ben’s Cat, the recently retired Mid-Atlantic legend who was euthanized as a result of complications from colic surgery at the age of 11.

She drove to work in her dark blue 1992 Chevrolet Z-28 adorned with tributes to Ben’s Cat. “R.I.P. Big Ben” was written across her windshield. Her side windows read, “The Cat!” while on the back window she wrote, “The Beast from the East. Rest Easy.”

Naturally, the lettering was done in orange to match the silks of Leatherbury’s The Jim Stable, for whom Ben’s Cat ran his entire 63-race career that included 32 wins, 26 stakes wins, and more than $2.6 million in purse earnings.

“Ben was an incredible horse. I was honored to ride him,” Eckert said. “He taught me how to better listen to my horses underneath me. To hear what was going on [with him] broke my heart. Even though I only knew him a short time I loved him like I knew him my whole life.

“The Leatherbury team took great care of him when he was here, and I gave him all my effort every ride,” she added. “I am happy to stand here today and say I was able to ride the beast of the east, Maryland’s great Ben’s Cat.”

“At the Preakness this year, Todd Pletcher said to me that other than the horses he trains himself, of course, Ben was his favorite horse of all time,” Trainer King Leatherbury said.

Leatherbury, 84, bred, owned and trained Ben’s Cat, retiring him on June 27 just three days after finishing ninth by 4 ½ lengths in the Mister Diz – a stakes the gelded son of Parker’s Storm Cat had won six straight years from 2010-15. He was sent to the Versailles, Ky. farm of Bayne and Christina Welker June 28 but developed colic that required surgery July 6 at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, where he was euthanized July 18 due to post-operative complications.

“I was devastated. We thought he was going to be all right,” Leatherbury said. “I thought he’d pull through, being Ben’s Cat. He’s used to winning, you know? To get that call saying he had gotten worse and they had to put him down, it broke my heart. I thought he would do it.

“It was a tragic ending to a magnificent horse,” he added. “Many times in a race I didn’t think he’d win and then he got up. I thought he was going to pull another one off, surviving, and he didn’t. It is a horrible thing for me and for all of his fans and for the horse, of course. It’s a shame.”

Ben’s Cat had his Mister Diz streak broken Aug. 20, 2016 by the unheralded John Jones, a 43-1 long shot racing first time off a $25,000 claim for trainer Lacey Gaudet, whose family has long been synonymous with Maryland racing.

“When John Jones won the Mister Diz, I wasn’t paying attention to the fact that I had just claimed this horse for $25,000 and he won a stake and it was my first stakes winner as a trainer. It was, ‘We just beat Ben’s Cat,’” Gaudet said. “You never wanted to see a horse like that get beat and even when it was you, it was overshadowed.

“Every morning you’d go to the racetrack and you’d see him sitting there for 15 or 20 minutes before he got going. For a long time Doug Leatherman was on him and every morning people would jog by and say, ‘Morning Doug. Morning Ben.’ It was like you always knew he was going to be there,” she added. “I cried when I found out. It’s just sad.”

Ben’s Cat had only six different riders through his lengthy career, but it was Julian Pimentel that got on him more than anyone. Pimentel was aboard in 41 of 63 starts, including 30 in a row from June 2012 to November 2015.

Together, Pimentel and Ben’s Cat won 22 races, 17 of them in stakes, topped by the 2013 and 2014 Parx Dash (G3), 2012 Turf Monster (G3), 2012 Maryland Million Turf Sprint, 2013-15 Mister Diz and Jim McKay Turf Sprint, and 2012-14 Fabulous Strike Handicap.

“At the beginning of his career he was a little difficult in the mornings to train and stuff like that. He was like a student with a lot of growing pains,” Pimentel said. “But as he got older he was just very cool. He knew what he was supposed to do. You look at his record and he’d win by a head or a nose – it was like he knew where the wire was.

“He could run pretty much on anything. He won on the slop, he won going short, he won going a mile,” he added. “Going long wasn’t his favorite distance but he did that a couple of times. He liked turf, dirt, the slop, it didn’t much matter to him. I think he would run on concrete. He was just unbelievable.”

Ben’s Cat’s last two victories came to start his 10-year-old season, taking an open 5 ½-furlong allowance last May before his fifth triumph in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint. The closest he came to winning after that was in his 11-year-old debut, finishing fifth by less than a length in an April 16 allowance.

“At the Preakness this year, Todd Pletcher said to me that other than the horses he trains himself, of course, Ben was his favorite horse of all time,” Leatherbury said. “The thing is, you have good horses come along all the time but they don’t last. For him to last is where he created that ‘People’s Horse’ thing.

“A lot of horses are so good that they retire because of their value in the breeding industry, and others have problems that knock them out early. They run a couple years and that’s it,” he added. “But Ben, year after year after year he’d come back and that’s why he got that reputation. It is a sad end to the great Ben’s Cat.”

Handicapping Tip of the Day #40 – Thoroughbred Race Horses are Not Machines

See Arrogate July 22, 2017 at Del Mar.


Super horse Arrogate Loses

The horse racing world was turned upside-down when Arrogate, rated the top horse in the world and the all-time leading money winner among North American thoroughbreds, suffered one of the biggest upsets in thoroughbred history Saturday at Del Mar, Calif. Arrogate, the 1-20 favorite in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap, finished fourth. After his subpar performance,… [Read more…]

‘And they’re off!’ Pleasanton Track Announcer is rising star in horse racing

That Chris Griffin is the track announcer for the two Oak Tree at Pleasanton horse racing meets is not a surprise. Griffin, now 36, has rapidly ascended the ranks of track announcers in the United States, calling most of the California State Fair meets …

Source: ‘And they’re off!’ Fair track announcer is rising star in horse racing


AGOS Horses to Watch – July 20, 2017

Horses to Watch for AGOS visitors.  Mark these Belmont runners down for the upcoming Saratoga meeting.

Belmont Park


Race #1 – Claiming – 6f – King of Anything

#4 – King of Anything = Rajiv Maragh in the saddle for Dom Giglio. He’s been off 59 days and the trainer wins (21%) with layoff runners. He had a sharp work coming in and was pinched back at the start winding up last in the field. He spun out two wide, then five, and eventually 7 wide at the top of the lane finishing a game 4th.

Race #6 – Claiming – 7f on the turf – Stormin Maclean

#4 – Stormin Maclean = Luis Saez in the irons for Brad Cox (32%). This was his 2nd start off the layoff coming in from Keeneland. The barn wins (32%) with turf runners and was getting added ground going from 6f – 7f. He was caught in very tight against the rail losing all momentum. He is more than capable getting his picture taken next out.

Race  #7 – Mdn Claiming – 1 1/16 turf – Kierland

#4 – Kierland = Luis Saez for Mike Maker getting first time Lasix for a (20%) win clip. His last race came off the turf and the barn scores (21%) going dirt to turf. He uncorked a strong rally splitting runners twice down the lane closing in on the leader. He was beaten in the shadow of the wire.

Belterra Park


Race #3 – Allowance Optional Claiming – 6f on the main track – Woodland Mask

#2 – Woodland Mask = Hector Rosario Jr. in the irons and led from start to finish impressively. They set a new track record while in hand throttled down the last 1/16th of a mile in 1:08.10 – This guy has plenty more in the tank.

Race #4 – Mdn Sp Wt – 5f on the dirt – Love and Mischief

#5 Love and Mischief = John McKee in the saddle for “Buff” Bradley. This filly looked great coming onto the track. This two-year-old broke sharp and was forced to take back and jog home after two horses bumped and were caught in a spill right in front of her. – Toss this race out and she’ll come back and show a better side next out.

Race #8 – Mdn Claiming – 6f on the main track – #C. M. Victoria Rose

#1 – C.M. Victoria Rose = Dean Sarvis (23%) aboard for Matt Hebert (50%) this day. This daughter of Thunder Gulch was shipping in from Tampa Bay and dropping in class. She was far back in the field and came flying very strongly in the lane getting beat a head right at the wire. Play her right back and double-down if Sarvis stays in the saddle.

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