It’s NFL Draft Day, so I won’t even pretend that there is any casual interest in horse racing on this Saturday afternoon. Yes, the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby is just one week away, so over the next 7 days this blog will be filled with information leading up to the big race.
The biggest news out of Louisville is that top contender Quality Road has developed another quarter crack in a different hoof. This now jeopardizes his entry into the Derby. Jockey Alan Garcia has decided to ride Godolphin Stables Regal Ransom instead of stablemate Desert Party who will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez.
Recapping Pimlico Spring Meet Day 4 (Friday, April 24th)…
Best Bet Probation Please (# 1; 4th race; 8-5) was well bet and ran a creditable race, but not good enough for being the Post Time favorite, as he closed willingly to place second paying $2.20 and $2.10.
Longshot Boe Tie (# 4; 2nd race; 10-1) was not up for running a lick and his connections knew it as he floated up to 10-1 from his 6-1 M/L odds, running evenly throughout the race finishing a dull fifth.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $70 on Perfect Kris (# 5; 1st race; 3-2) somehow went off at better than even money (3-2) and simply toyed with the inferior field in scoring from gate-to-wire. Paying $4.40 to WIN, $4.00 to PLACE and $2.20 to SHOW. The latter is all that mattered here and was more than a $2.10 (5%) profit I had expected. The SHOW parlay lives on, adding $7 profit to the bankroll.
For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 5 (Saturday, April 24th)…
Best Bet: Baltimore Bob (# 11; 7th race on the turf; 9-2)
Running in the featured $75k Henry S. Clark at a mile on the grass, this 4 year old colt makes his Pimilco debut but is 3 for 3 at this distance and grass surface. “Bob” is jockey Abel Castellano’s only mount on the card and the two have teamed for a victory and runner-up finishes in the past.
Longshot: Mt. Ida (# 8; 3rd race on the turf; 10-1)
A Charlestown runner in 2008 appears to have been on the MD circuit in 2007 has workouts at Laurel might suggest. This 7 year old mare tests the grass for the first time in 51 career outings. New trainer Julio Cartagena does wonders with horses’ first time out under his care (38%) and has scored with 1 of 3 turf starters. Jock Geovany Garcia does nice work with his mounts when on the grass, so “Ida” is worth of a second look come the Post Parade.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $157.60 ($150.60 bankroll – $70 wager + $77 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $77 on Secret Field/Harmonizing (# 1/1A; 1st race; 5-2) as both parts of this entry can easily be in the money and sweeten the SHOW payoff a tad since the pool would only have to be dispersed to two betting interests instead of three. Even if one of them isn’t on top of her game, hopefully the other will be to cash in another small profit.
Let’s hope Day 5 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer. Good Luck!