It was another weekend of profitable betting for myself and my players. I was rarely wrong and hit four winners from seven selections to go with two second place finishers. This makes two weeks in a row where I did very well. You can play along with my horse racing picks this weekend for just $25 (one month).
The weekend started with the Queen’s County Stakes from Aqueduct. My top selection, Jonesy Boy, got there first under a busy ride from Rajiv Maragh. He paid very well considering it was a short field. I liked that he had room to improve and figured to do well at the distance.
Another winner here thanks to Heart Stealer! This race was loaded with speed and the winner looked like she could wait behind horses and strike when the time was right. That’s exactly how it went down. This was another race with a short field and unfortunately it was a short price too. However, a winner is a winner and I have no problem with more than doubling my money.
I was pretty proud of this one, which might surprise you given the relatively short price. I told everyone and their mother that Shared Belief was not going to lose, so therefore I had a lot to lose if he did. Some of my players made very big bets, including a $2,500 Win/Place bet from a player in Kentucky. It feels good to know so many people have confidence in me and I hate letting them down. However, I rarely feel so sure a horse is going to win (felt the same about Beholder in this year’s Breeders’ Cup) and when you get those feelings you have to fire. We also got the exacta on a $5 bet and the dime superfecta on a $16.80 play. Not bad, right?!
La Mejor Fiesta scored as my top pick. Looking back, I’m very surprised this filly paid as much as she did. She had been facing better, was bred for the trip and had top of the line connections. Trainer Wes Ward and Kent Desormeaux shipped in for two races and you had to think they were going to get at least one of them. They almost got both.
We finished second here with Noble Cornerstone, who was charging hard near the wire, but just missed. He had a field best speed figure exiting a nice debut win at Aqueduct. He figured to get the trip, which he did. The winner made sense and had already won at the track and distance. He was saddled by Bret Calhoun and probably shouldn’t have paid as well as he did. However, hindsight is always 50/50.
My choice here was second place finisher Dreaminofauntdiane. She was a beautiful first out winner for Kirk Ziadie and looked poised to start her career two for two. Unfortunately, she was collared and passed by Todd Pletcher’s favored Onlyforyou in the stretch. She ran well and paid enough to place to make up for losing win wagers.
My only play that failed to win or finish second was Arctic North in the Hollywood Turf Cup. I’m excited and looking forward to this weekend’s racing. Why not play along with my horse racing picks? The results speak for themselves.