A New Reality? Santa Anita Adjusts to 3-day Race Week

SANTA ANITA ADJUSTS RACING SCHEDULE OVER NEXT TWO WEEKS  

 NO LIVE RACING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 15 & THURSDAY, JUNE 22; ADDITIONAL RACES TO BE OFFERED ON FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

 

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ARCADIA, Calif. (June, 2017)—With Santa Anita’s current Spring Summer Meet set to conclude on Tuesday, July 4, the track has modified its current racing schedule for the next two weeks, as the track will now run a pair of three-day weeks, beginning Friday, June 16 and Friday, June 23, in advance of a five-day closing week, which starts on Friday, June 30.

“It’s always been our goal to run more race dates, but as we’ve said, consistently, we need to present racing cards that provide the most value and are in the best interest of our customers,” said Joe Morris, The Stronach Group’s Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations.  “Looking forward, we will continue to evaluate our racing schedule as we strive to present the best possible product for our fans.”

                Santa Anita has added extra races today, tomorrow and Sunday, resulting in a total of 30 races for the week, compared to 34 that were run over the previous four-day week.  Additionally, entries averaged 8.7 per race this week, compared to 6.9 horses per race last week.

With the current meet set to end on July 4, Fan Appreciation will be a top priority over the final three weeks, with free Club House admission added on Fridays, along with free parking on those days as well.  The final two days of the season, July 3 and 4, will be Dollar Days, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs.

                Santa Anita, which carded a nine-race program today, will offer a special 11-race card tomorrow, Belmont Stakes Day and a 10-race program on Sunday.  Admission gates open early Saturday at 8 a.m. and Santa Anita’s first live race post time is set for 12 noon.

                For complete racing information, please visit santaanita.com.

2017 Belmont Stakes Field is Wide Open

The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes this Saturday won’t include the Kentucky Derby (Always Dreaming) or Preakness (Cloud Computing) winners but could attract its largest field since a record 15 broke from the starting gate in 1983.

Source: Belmont Stakes field is deep

Met Mile Contender Wows Trainer

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Shadwell Stable’s multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen put an exclamation point on his final preparations for the Grade 1, $1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap June 10with a bullet five-furlong breeze Sunday morning.|

 Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he caught the 4-year-old son of Tapit going a half-mile over Belmont Park’s main track in 47 1/5 seconds, and he galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.22, according to New York Racing Association clockers.

The time was the fastest of 16 horses at the distance Sunday and the second straight bullet from three works following Mohaymen’s fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Westchester May 6 at Belmont – his first start since late August.

“Did you see him work? Wow, he worked great,” McLaughlin said. “That’s what we were looking for. He did it well within himself, he worked great and galloped out well, so we’re ready.”

Unlike his half-mile breeze May 28 at Belmont, where he was clocked in 47.09 seconds – the fastest of 93 horses – Mohaymen breezed by himself Sunday rather than in company.

“Last week when we had two in front of him, he just got too far back and then he caught up, and it wasn’t ideal for him. So, I said let’s go back to the basics and just work him on his own,” McLaughlin said. “He’s worked three times and he’s worked well all three times. He’s doing very well, so we’ll see.”

Mohaymen broke his maiden at Belmont in September 2015, the first of five consecutive victories to open a career that included the Grade 2 Nashua and Grade 2 Remsen at 2 and the Grade 2 Holy Bull and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at 3. He has gone winless in five subsequent starts, finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Grade 2 Jim Dandy.

Is Horse Racing Dead? Ghostzapper Colt Acquired at 2yo Sale for $800,000

Premier 2yos at Del Mar, SaratogaHuge Price Paid for Fast Two Year Old Colt

A chestnut son of Ghostzapper from the consignment of Cary Frommer was purchased by Susan and Charles Chu for $800,000 late during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

Source: Ghostzapper Colt Acquired by Chu for $800,000

Former QB Jake Delhomme now calls shots in horse racing

LAFAYETTE, LA — Growing up it was always school, sports and horses for Jake Delhomme. Now that the other two are out of the way, thoroughbred horses still consume Delhomme’s interest as he plans to enter several from his Set Hut stables during the racing …

Source: Former quarterback Delhomme now calls shots in horse racing

Is Horse Racing Dead? Preakness Ratings Best of all May 20, 2017 Sporting Events on TV

The television ratings for this year’s Preakness Stakes (G1) broadcast on NBC declined from last year, earning a 4.9 rating and 11 share, compared with the 2016 broadcast that earned a 5.8/14.  However, in very positive news …

Source: Preakness Ratings Down, but Best of May 20 Sports

Is Horse Racing Dead? Preakness Breaks Handle and Attendance Records

The Pimlico crowd of 140,327 on hand to see Cloud Computing win the 2017 Preakness Stakes broke last year’s record of 135,256. Total handle on the 14-race program was $97,168,658, an increase of 3% over the previous record of $94,127,434 and a 14% increase over 2015 wagering.

The Maryland Jockey Club also announced that in-state handle was up 7.1% from last year and 10.4% from 2015.

“From morning into evening, we witnessed an incredible day of world-class racing and eclectic entertainment,” said Sal Sinatra, President of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The sport of Thoroughbred racing is being rejuvenated and reimagined by the Stronach family. Their commitment to this sport is remarkable and unparalleled. Their vision is being embraced by horsemen and fans around the country.”

Is Horse Racing Dead? Kentucky Derby Day Handle Hit Record Amounts

churchill downs ky derby dayWith wagering above $200 million for the first time and a top-10 crowd on Kentucky Derby Day, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. expects to add between $4-6 million in increased profitability, the company announced earlier this month.

Source: Kentucky Derby and Derby Day Handle Hit Record Highs

Handicapping Tip #39 – Pace Makes the Race

Handicapping Tip of the Day

by Rich Nilsen

On select major days throughout the year, I offer my professional analysis of the big race, e.g. Preakness, and the undercard races at that track.   This past Saturday I did the 14 races on the Pimlico Preakness card, which is always a great day of wagering.  One of the key aspects of my report is the pace scenario analysis for each race.  If you don’t understand the expected pace of the race, it can be very difficult to select the winner or the top finishers.  How the race sets up is critical to predicting the outcome.

In turf sprints I almost always emphasize early speed, especially if it is a 5 furlong grass race.  In analyzing the pace of race #2 on Saturday (May 20, 2017) one horse jumped out to be as the lone speed.  #1A FLIGHT CREW was 20/1 on the morning line, enough to scare off many horseplayers.  After determining that he was probably the early pace setter, I needed to look at the overall early pace to determine if he could “hold on.”  Was there enough other early speed to put pressure on him at some critical early juncture of the race?  I came to the conclusion that the answer was “no.”  It looked like a moderate pace, so now I was very intrigued with this longshot and dug deeper.

Pace makes the race

He was the son of Elusive Quality, who has sired many good horses sprinting on the law, and out of a mare by Danzig (enough said).  The pedigree was certainly there.  This was only the 2nd career grass start for Flight Crew.  In his only other attempt, he pressed a fast pace (+17 +19 on the BRIS Race Shape figures) while going 1 1/16 miles on a good turf course.  Despite that, and breaking from a poor outside post, he still ended up defeating half the field, finishing 5th.   He was trained by 15% local horseman Hugh McMahon.  What else did one need to pull the trigger on a big longshot?

Pace makes the race.  Flight Crew did not get the initial lead but by the time the field hit the far turn of this turf dash, he was in complete control.  At odds of 9-1, he opened up under Katie Davis and kept the field at bay down the lane. Scores like this are very sweet indeed.

Make sure you analyze the pace of every race you wager.  It’s the first step to selecting many winners.

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