Best Bet, Something Dixie (# 5; 5th race; 9-5) WON by a neck in a thrilling stretch duel. Déjà vu (see Day 4 blog for recap of Day 3 Best Bet). She got a ton of support at the betting windows, being sent off the 3-5 favorite, paying $3.40. That’s three consecutive Best Bet winners!
Longshot, Story Of A Lion (# 1; 7th race; 15-1) caught a muddy track and sprinted out to a clear lead which he held for 4 ½ furlongs. Unfortunately, the race was 5 furlongs, but he held onto 2nd. At 11-1, getting PLACE ($11.60) and SHOW ($8.20) money is like catching a 9-2 winner. Not too shabby.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $44 on Cape Codder (# 5; 2nd race; 8-5) turned out to be an unwise choice. Even though he was bet down to 2nd choice at 7-5, he showed no heart or run. He sprinted out just behind the early leaders, but faded badly in the stretch, bringing down out initial show parlay with him.
Here’s what I like for the Day 5 (Apr. 24th) of the Pimlico Spring Meet…
Steeplechase Trainer Sanna Hendricks took over the conditioning duties since Bernie last saw action in the afternoons (Sept. ’07). She gets 28% of her runners to the Winner’s Circle the first time they run for her. Getting Horatio Karamanos in the irons tells me Bernie is in top form for his 2008 turf debut.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $80.20
We need to start from scratch with a new $20 SHOW parlay since our initial one flamed out on Sunday.
All we’re looking for is one more good effort from this 9 year old gelding who over his career has finished… in the money in both races he’s run at Pimlico; in the money in 14 out of 20 races going today’s distance (1 1/16 mile); and in the money in 41 of his 69 career starts. Let’s hope he makes it 42 out of 70 starts to get our second SHOW parlay going.
Good Luck with your selections today!