Postscript: Prairie Meadows 8

Sir Smart Alex tracked the pace, hit the front in the stretch, and found plenty to light up the tote board at 23-1. Pontiff had some run, and looked like he might run down Sir Smart Alex, but stalled and didn’t have nearly enough to win. Questions Answered: Will Pontiff realize his early potential? The jury
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Prairie Meadows, Race 8, 10:20 P.M. ET

Race of the Day Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Altoona, Iowa Race 8, Maiden Special Weight, 1 mile 70 yards, Purse: $30K A competitive group of maidens is slated for the 8th at Prairie Meadows Racetrack.  The M/L favorite is the entry of Be My Honeycomb/Robinwood (#1, 3/1).  Robinwood is the more impressive of the two, having run
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Postscript: Presque Isle 4

Savings N Loan got just up at the wire, showing some improved stamina under Scott Spieth.  He paid $5.60.  It wasn’t a terribly impressive or fast race, with very few horses moving forward. He stayed on in the stretch and got his nose up in time. Answers Let’s take another look at our pre-race questions: Is
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Presque Isle Downs, Race 4, 6:25 PM ET

Race of the Day, May 28 Presque Isle Downs, Erie, PA Race 4, 6:25 PM ET, 6 furlongs, Maiden Special Weight for PA-Breds, Purse: $35K The small fields that plagued the early days at Presque Isle appear to be gone. Twelve horses are scheduled in today’s fourth, a maiden allowance for Pennsylvania-Breds. The M/L favorite is Tinturn
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Fort Erie, Race 7, Answers and Chart

Mountain’s Echo romped, looking like a 1/5 shot, instead of the generous 7/5 she paid.  Value is often found at the low end of the odds equation. Questions Answered: (Questions from Race Preview) Can we throw out that last effort for Mountain Echo?  An authoritative yes.  She loved the track at Ft. Erie and showed
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Fort Erie Race Track, May 27 @ 6:55 PM ET

Race of the Day, May 27 Fort Erie Race Track, Fort Erie, Ontario, Race 7, 6:55 P.M. ET 6 ½ Furlongs, Optional Claiming First Level Allowance. Fillies & Mares, Purse:  $18.6K Despite its uncertain long-term future, Fort Erie opens today for its 117th season of racing.  The meet – running on Sunday and Tuesday late
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Belmont Card on Memorial Day, 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying the official kickoff to summer!  It’s going to be a stunning day at Belmont Park. Here’s my quick rundown on all 10 races on the Memorial Day Card. When I’ll approach an entire card, I’ll try to view it as one continuous race.  When I play with my own money,
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Postscript: Belmont 4

Peaceful Talk dominated the field, loving the turf, and pulling away in the stretch impressively! On paper, signs suggested Peaceful Talk wouldn’t like the turf. Both his trainer and his sire struggle the first time on turf.  It appeared to be a sharpener for a dirt try later on (and very well may have been intended
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Belmont Park, Race 4, May 23 @ 2:40 ET

Race of the Day, May 23 Belmont Park, Turf, Maiden Claiming $65K, 1 1/16 miles, Purse: $50K FOUR QUESTIONS Four questions for the 4th at Belmont: 1. Will In Speight Ofital  like the turf?  He has some nice back performances on the turf, including two second place finishers.  It was a long time ago, but the
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Postscript: Charles Town, Race 9, May 22

Second Batallion closed well to win the 9th at Charles Town.  Let’s see how the race played out by revisiting the questions from the race preview. Q: How is the track playing tonight — are horses able to close?  If they are, then Second Battalion looms large. A: Horses were able to close on the track
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