Acosta Rides Four Winners On Saturday at the Maryland State Fair
TIMONIUM, MD. 8-24-13—Journeyman jockey J.D. Acosta added four winners to the pair he rode on opening day to lead the standings after two days of racing at the Maryland State Fair.
The 32-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, who rides primarily at Charles Town, had mounts in all ten races today and brought home winners in the sixth (Morning Light-$7), seventh (Pluracity $5.80), ninth (Outbacker -$4) and tenth (Edge of Glory $12.60). Pluracity and Edge of Glory won for trainer Hugh McMahon.
Also of note, apprentice jockey Chelsey Keiser rode three winners this afternoon.
Racing resumes on Sunday with a first post of 1:05 p.m. Trainer Gary Capuano goes for his 1,000th lifetime win with Steady Warrior in tomorrow’s second race.
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Recapping Timonium’s Opening Day 9-race card posted had 6 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $4.00 (1st race), $10.40 (2nd), $4.00 (4th), $5.40 (6th), $13.40 (7th) and $7.60 (8th).
The BEST BET of the Day (1 0-1-0) Southern Squall (R2 #6 – 3-1 M/L; 7-2 PT) usually quick from the gate, got off slow, giving up a few lengths early in this 4 furlong dash, but somehow mustered a rally passing all her rivals except the 3-5 winning favorite to return $3.00 to PLACE and $2.40 to SHOW.
The LONGSHOT PICK (1 1-0-0) Play Like A Raven (R2 #1- 8-1 M/L; 4-1 PT) did just that, and like the Super Bowl Champion version, not the sloppy version we’ve seen in the pre-season thus far, rallied in the stretch to victory paying $10.40 to WIN, $4.80 to PLACE and $3.80 to SHOW.
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Prairie Trip (R7 #9 – 4-1 M/L; PT 5-1) was more forwardly placed early than usual, which was a great sign as he always rallies. With the added ½ furlong here (61/2f), it was just a matter of when in the money she’d finish. Well she proved to be the best, winning by a head returning $13.40 to WIN, $4.60 to Place and providing a 40% ROI ($2.80) to SHOW. Thus, we add $8 to the initial $20 for Day 2.
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Selections for Saturday August 24th at Timonium Fair Ground are below. Other than WIN, PLACE and SHOW wagering, Timonium offers EXACTA’s, 50 cent TRIFECTA’s and 10 cent SUPERFECTA’s in every race. Unfortunately, they do not have Pick-3’s, Pick-4’s nor ROLLING DOUBLES, only an EARLY DOUBLE (1st & 2nd races) and a LATE DOUBLE (last 2 races on the card). My suggestion for each race is to BOX the below selections in EXACTA’s and TRIFECTA’s. Also play the DOUBLES for a $1 by wheeling the selections, which costs a total of $9. Please note: 1st race post is 1:05pm EDT.
1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles
#2 – Portamento (8-1)
#3 – Sherill’s Hero (7-5)
#4 – Stockton Bad Ben (8-1)
2nd race – $5,000 Claiming for fillies & mares3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#2 – Missteria (10-1)
#1 – Ridethesilvertrain (5-1)
#6 – Win PIcture (9-5)
3rd race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – First Tastet (2-1)
#2 – Goingpointtopoint (3-2)
#1 – Lady E (6-1)
4th race – $5,000 Starter Allowance for 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs
#6 – High Bar (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT $$$
#3 – Yano (5-2)
#5 – Christmas Flys (7-5)
5th race – $5,000 Claiming N3L for 3 y.o. and up – 1 1/16 miles
#7 – Fiesty Albert (4-1)
#6 – Inkster (3-1)
#8 – Never Counted Out (5-2)
6th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#3 – Morning Light (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#7 – Judge Wylie (6-1)
#4 – Aim To Win (5-2)
7th race – $10,000 Claiming for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#7 – Pluracity (7-5)
#1/1A – Conflicting Report / Star Zapper (6-5)
#2 – Mandatum (12-1)
8th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – 6½ furlongs
#5 – Favorite Patriot (9-5)
#6 – Keep Momma Happy (6-1)
#4 – Silent Tap (4-1)
9th race – $31,000 Allowance N1X for 3 y.o. and up – One mile
#4 – Reckless Runner (2-1)
#6 – Outbacker (9-5)
#3 – Locche (12-1)
10th race – $5,000 Claiming N2L for 3 y.o. and up – 4 furlongs
#3 – Edge of Glory (4-1)
#5 – Canuta (5-2)
#7 – Evil Lad (10-1)
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $48 ($40 bankroll – $20 wager + $28 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $28 on Conflicting Report / Star Zapper (#1/1A; 7th race;6-5) on paper are the top 2 in this race. So the thought is if/when both finish in the money, then the SHOW pool only gets split to two betting interests instead of 3. This will result in a higher than normal SHOW payoff for what is anticipated as a 6-5 favorite. On the other hand, this situation may bring out a “bridge jumper”, who places an extremely large SHOW bet, in hopes of getting a quick 5% on his/her short term investment (often tens of thousands of dollars . These people are referred to as a “bridge jumper” because if the “mortal lock” to finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd does not, then that person may become suicidal and go jump off a bridge
Looks like Day 2 will be another beautiful day to enjoy the 10 exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer at the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck!
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The Maryland State Fair, the only remaining state fair east of the Mississippi to continue to present thoroughbred horse racing, kicks off its ten (10) day meeting on Friday at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Nine races are on the program. Friday marks the first day of live racing in Maryland since the end of the Pimlico spring meet on June 8th.
Racing will be conducted Friday August 23 through through Monday September 2nd, except for Tuesday, August 27th will be a dark day. First race Post Time during the entire meet will be 1:05pm EDT. Admission to the track is included in admission to the fair.
The fair will have a series of concerts as follows…
Grammy nominated pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, will perform live on the race track infield on Sunday, August 25th. The “Call Me Maybe” girl will be joined by UK’s new boy band sensation The Wanted whose song “Glad You Came” brought them international acclaim.
On Sunday, September 1st the multi-platinum-selling and award-winning recording artist Three Days Grace will perform live on the race track infield. The band has been touring non-stop since the release of their #1 chart-debuting album “Transit of Venus.”
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
As far as horse racing at the fair, the Maryland Racing Commission approved to increase the number of racing days from 7 to 10. On the surface, this is great news for die-hard racing fans but made Maryland Racing Secretary Georganne Hale’s job more difficult. She must fill races for these 10 days. In the past, with only racing on two weekends, some horses could run twice during the meet. Now she has to find horsemen willing to run and ship into Timonium during the week. Let’s hope she can work her usual magic and produce races having quality (7-8 horse) fields.
This year horsing racing fans who find themselves at Timonium playing the ponies will certainly see runners from the top local conditioners like Hugh McMahon who shared the 2012 trainer title at “The Big T” with Jamie Ness. This year you may want to keep an eye out for horses saddled by Scott Lake who last year had 3 winners and a runner-up with just 4 starters, and relatively unknown to Maryland racing fans Corby Caiazzo had 2 winners and a third from 4 starters.
The leading jockey for the 2012 7-day Maryland State Fair meet was Travis Dunkelberger with 10 winners. He took the riding title by 3 victories over fellow journeyman Jonathan Joyce while longtime local jockey Alberto Delgado had 6 trips to the Winners Circle. Not sure we’ll see the ageless, 1982 Eclipse award-winning Delgado this year, as he’s been recently seen at Del Mar riding for west coast based trainer Art Sherman.
Dunkelberger, a mainstay atop the Charlestown jockey standings, will certainly make his presence known at the 2013 Maryland State Fair meet. Some new faces who may challenge him for the riding title in 2013 are apprentice Victor Carrasco who has been winning on 24% of his mounts this year, Chelsey Keiser who was leading apprentice at the Colonial Downs meet and 18-year-old Puerto Rican native apprentice Jevian Toledo. You heard it here first!
For each of the ten (10) live racing days a blog will be posted with selections for every race, including a BEST BET, Longshot and SHOW Parlay Play of the Day. Full-card simulcasting will be offered at Timonium only on live racing days. Admission to the racetrack is included with admission to the Fair. For more information, visit the Maryland State Fair.
End your Summer of 2013 on a high note and enjoy at least one of the ten greatest days of the Summer watching 9 exciting chase scenes at the Timonium Fairgrounds along with the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck
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The Maryland State Fair, the only remaining state fair east of the Mississippi to continue to present thoroughbred horse racing, kicks off it’s seven (7) day meeting on Friday at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Nine races are on the program. Friday marks the first day of live racing in Maryland since Preakness on May 19th.
Racing will be conducted over the next two weekends – Friday August 24 through Sunday August 26 and Friday August 31 through Monday September 3. First race Post Time during the entire meet will be 1:05pm EDT. Admission to the track is included in admission to the fair.
The fair will have a series of concerts as follows…
Tuesday, August 28th: Newsboys and The Afters
Friday, August 31st: Victoria Justice
Saturday, September 1st: The Band Perry
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
As far as horse racing at the fair, for the third consecutive year, Dane Kobiskie found himself atop the trainer standing at Timonium in 2011, but had to share the title with Dale Capuano as each saddled four (4) winners. Kobiskie sent 16 runners to the starting gate, as all but 3 finished no worse than third. Capuano started 12 having one place (2nd) and 4 others showed (3rd).
This year horsing racing fans who find themselves at Timonium playing the ponies will certainly see the names Kobiskie and Capuano in the racing program. This year you may want to keep an eye out for horses saddled by David Wells and Wesley Ward, as these two gentlemen went 2 for 2 here in 2011. Also, John Salzman, Jr. will run a few well placed horses as last year he sent out four (4) runners, 2 won and 2 ran second. Plus, one of the top trainers in the nation, Jamie Ness will be sending a number of runners to Timonium, so he’ll be a threat to take the training title.
The leading jockey for the 2011 7-day Maryland State Fair meet was apprentice Sarah Rook with 9 winners. She took the riding title by the slimmest of margins as the 2010 State fair riding champ J.D. Acosta guided 8 runners across the Finish Line first, while Xavier Perez got 7 of his mounts to the Winners Circle.
Rook returns in 2012 to defend her title, but will face stiff competition once again from Acosta and Perez. A couple of apprentice jocks who might be able to make a name for themselves are Nicolas Milford and Jose Montano. You heard it here first!
For each of the seven (7) live racing days a blog will be posted with selections for every race, including a BEST BET, Longshot and SHOW Parlay Play of the Day. Full-card simulcasting will be offered at Timonium only on live racing days. Admission to the racetrack is included with admission to the Fair. For more information, visit the Maryland State Fair.
End your Summer of 2012 on a high note and enjoy at least one of the seven greatest days of the Summer watching 9 exciting chase scenes at the Timonium Fairgrounds while taking in the Maryland State Fair. Good Luck
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