Due to technical issues, I was unable to post my opinions for Day 2 (Sunday, April 18th) at Pimlico. That’s unfortunate because the Best Bet won paying $12.60, the Longshot pick romped at 23-1 and the SHOW Parlay of the Day scored paying $8.40 to SHOW…NOT! Believe that and I have land east of Ocean City to sell you.
This past Saturday, over 9,100 turned out for Opening Day at Pimlico on Saturday to enjoy 10 exciting chase scenes and be treated to a “halftime” concert by Country Music artist Steve Azar. Add to it a beautiful day weather-wise and one would have to think it’s just what the doctor ordered for Pimlico management to kick-off what hopes to be a successful 20-day Spring Meet.
Being a thoroughbred horse racing fanatic for close to 45 years, the “halftime” concert was an event that I and a number of die-hard horse racing fans could have done without. Instead of the customary 25 minutes between races, there was just over an hour between the 5th and 6th races to provide the fans a musical treat. Using a flatbed truck as his stage parked just yards before the Finish Line on the dirt oval, Steve Azar and his band performed about a dozen tunes to the delight of a much smaller crowd than last years concert performed by another Country Music singer, Daryl Worley. Maybe the afternoon chill and wind only kept the true Steve Azar fans outside, while everyone else headed inside to catch some simulcast action from other tracks?
Recapping Day 1 (Saturday 17th) at the Pimlico Spring Meet…
Best Bet Indian Dance (# 7; 9th race on turf Henry S. Clark Stakes) was scratched. Nothing quite discouraging prior to making your first wager of the Meet then finding out your top selection won’t run.
Longshot Stellar Ambition (# 8; 10th race on the turf; 75-1) ran like a 75-1 longshot, trailing the field until the entering the stretch, when he made a wide sweeping move on the outside, passing horses but was too far back from the top 3, finishing 5th, 5 lengths behind the 3rd place finisher and a nose from taking 4th.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Pink Sand (# 9; 8th race on turf; 4-1) ran exactly to form, sitting in a nice stalking position behind the leaders coming into the stretch, but failed to move forward in the final 1/8, finishing a disappointing 6th.
For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 3 (Thursday, April 22nd)…
Best Bet: Essenceofthemoon (# 7; 6th race; 7-2)
Hard to figure out what makes this 4 year old MD-bred son of Malibu Moon tick. He seems to either win convincingly or is up the track. After an 8th place finish in his last race versus $25k Optional Claimers, he drops back down to the level ($14k) where he won by 4. Trainer John Salzman, Jr. is a magician with Sprinters and gets is starters to the Winner’s Circle at a 40% clip and will give jockey Harry Vega a leg up who has won with 45% of Salzman’s runners over the past year.
Longshot: Daily Candy (# 6; 8th race on the turf;10-1)
Having never started on the turf in 4 lifetime races, this 4 year old daughter of Candy Ride should improve on the grass. Making her first start for trainer Dale Capuano fresh off a Claim, there’s no doubt that Dale had turf racing in mind when he ponied up $15k for her. Top jockey from Laurel Park Meet, Eric Rodriguez (aka E-Rod) wins 29% of the time when in the irons for Capuano.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $80 ($100 bankroll – $20 wager + $0 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $20 on Love Tour (# 6; 2nd race; 8-1) has plenty of races (41) under his belt with 5 of them at Pimlico where he has never been off the board (1-2-2). Add the fact that in 8 races at today’s distance (1 1/16 mile) he’s 1-4-2. Jockey J.D. Acosta doesn’t get many mounts but is riding well these days with a win and runner-up effort with 2 mounts so far at Pimlico.
Looks like Day 3 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!