Tag Archive | "Earlie Fires"

VirtualFinishLine

Tags: , , , ,

Laurel Park Virtual Finish Line, Saturday Selections and Mario Pino close to being a “10”

Posted on 07 September 2012 by Gary Quill

For those who enjoy watching the races from lovely Laurel Park via HRTV or favorite online wagering website, you will see something new in the stretch to the Finish Line…. graphics. Much like the graphics you see during any football telecast that shows the first down yard marker and what down and yards to go, the Laurel Park simulcast feed to hundreds of outlets all over the globe will show a virtual Finish Line as well as distances to the wire during the stretch run.

The technology was developed by International Sound Corporation in conjunction with a third-party vendor. “It is similar to the first down marker in football but takes it one step further in the world of virtual advertising,” said International Sound executive vice-president Joe Gordon. “The advertising opportunities are unlimited. Having the ability to see your company’s logo during the race as the masses watch is better than running a commercial 15 minutes before the race. The tool is used in South America for soccer and is extremely successful.”

Mario Pino, was born on September 8, 1961, in West Grove, Pennsylvania. He won his first race on January 16, 1979, at the now defunct Bowie Race Course aboard Ed’s Desire. Over 33 years and 6,466 victories later, Pino sits at #11 on the all-time win list for thoroughbred jockeys in North America. A milestone he reached just 3 weeks ago when he won his 6,451st race aboard Came Acorkin at Presque Isle Downs (Erie, PA) on August 25th, surpassing Hall oF Fame rider, Sandy Hawley.

Being #11 is a nice, but the ultimate goal for Mario has been to be #10. That honor is currently held by Earlie Fires with 6,470 victories. Prior to Friday races, Pino sits just 4 career victories shy of #6471 to take his place as the 10th winningest jock of all-time. Having five (5) mounts on the Presque Isle Downs Friday evening card, he might get to #10 then, but what a 52nd birthday present it would be, if he could get win #6471 on Saturday, where he’ll have 8 tries to do it. Next stop for Mario… the Hall Of Fame!

UPDATED: On Friday evening Pino failed to get to the Winners’ Circle. So he remains 3 victories from tying (4 victories for sole possession) of 10th.

Throughout the Laurel Park Fall Meet, I’ll post full card selections only for Saturday race days. The weather forecast calls Partly Cloudy skies, which should result in a FAST MAIN TRACK and FIRM TURF.

Recapping Opening Day Laurel Park selections from Wednesday, September 5th had 7 winners (3 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $30.00 (1st race), $3.00 (2nd), $7.20 (4th), $10.00 (5th), $3.80 (7th), $4.20 (8th), and $12.00 (9th).

The BEST BET of the Day (1 1-0-0) got hammered at the betting windows early and often, opening up at 2-5 (down from 2-1 M/L), went off 4-5 favorite, and did not disappoint, winning by 2 lengths to return $3.80 to WIN $2.60 to PLACE and $2.60 to SHOW.

The LONGSHOT PICK (1 0-0-0) did not get much love early in the betting but did go off 8-1, down from his 12-1 M/L, but was no factor. Usually eager to get the early lead, he failed to get it even against rivals void of early speed, which had me tearing up pari-mutuel tickets before the field turned for home in this 5 furlong event. It was a slow death as he stalked the leader then threw in the towel with a furlong to run, finishing an uneventful 6th.

Selections for the Laurel Park, Saturday, Sept. 8th card are posted below. Due to a prior committment, no updates after scratches will be made. Therefore, a couple Also-Eligibles (AE) are among my selections, along with a alternate pick in case the AE or 1 any other pick from that race gets scratched.

Selections posted were handicapped based on making multi-race wagers such as DOUBLE’s, Pick-3’s and Pick-4’s using all three (3) listed for each race in each leg.

1st race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#4 – Malibu Fever (6-1)
#5 – Fancy Attitude (7-5)
#1/1A – Seekthe Wildlight / Yoshi’s Cat (8-5)

2nd race – $15,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs
#2 – Medieval Cat (5-2)
#5 – Great Motion (3-1)
#3 – Marataya’s Tune (9-2)

3rd race – $16,000 Maiden Claiming for 2 y.o. – 6 furlongs
#4 – Broadruns Jewell (5-1)
#8 – Marry Me Do (5-2)
#3– Hero’s Notion (6-1)

4th race – $8,000 Maiden Claiming for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#8 – No Peeking (7-2)
#6 – Gold Lark (8-1)
#4 – Imsobold (6-1)

5th race – $25,000 Claiming NW2L for 3 y.o. and up – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#4 – Fearsome (7-2)
#12 (AE) – Public Secret (9-2)
#6 – Gottalovethedrake (10-1)
#9 – Pursuit Of Honor (7-2) — if #12 – Public Secret does not get in off AE List

6th race – $5,000 Claiming NW2L for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 7 furlongs
#8 – Stone Maiden (8-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PLAY $$$
#7 – Let’s Get Lucky (2-1)
#6 – Tutu’s Angel (9-2)

7th race – $40,000 Optional Claiming N1X for 2 y.o. fillies – 5½ furlongs on TURF
#10 – Backyard Boogie (6-1)
#12 – My Crazy Livi (4-1)
#2 – Touring Hong Kong (6-1)

8th race – $15,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 1 mile
#6 – Outbacker (9-2)
#9 – Who Dat Boy (3-1)
#8 – Citizen Kat (2-1)

9th race – $32,000 Optional Claiming N3X for 3 y.o. and up – 6 furlongs
#7 – Adirondack King (6-1) $$$ BEST BET $$$
#3 – Regal Solo (3-1)
#4 – Streetsofbrooklyn (5-1)

10th race – $125,000 Japan Racing Assn. Stk 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles on TURF
#8 – Paris Vegas (12-1)
#5 – London Lane (10-1)
#4 – Tonto Fontenot (5-1)

11th race – $38,000 Maidens for fillies and mares 3 y.o. and up – 5½f on TURF
#1 – Ladida (6-1)
#11 (AE) – Citi Point (4-1)
#4 – Fridays Gift (5-1)
#7 – Coco Punch (12-1) — if #11 – Citi Point does not get in off AE List

GOOD LUCK!

Comments (0)