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Summertime racing is a hit from coast to coast; Picks for Colonial Downs THURSDAY Evening

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Summertime racing is a hit from coast to coast; Picks for Colonial Downs THURSDAY Evening

Posted on 25 July 2012 by Gary Quill

Forget about the “Dog Days of Summer”. Right now thoroughbred horse racing is as hot as a blacktop street these days during the longest lasting heat wave this nation has experience in quite some time.

Normally when the road to the Triple Crown comes to an end in early June, handles (i.e. the amount of money bet on horse racing) go south as fan interest turns to their favorite baseball teams quest for a playoff spot, the anticipation that “this is the year” for their football team and/or get lost in fantasy (sports) games.

That doesn’t seem to be the case in 2012. Through the four days of the nation’s two premier summer race meetings – Saratoga and Del Mar – both tracks enjoyed increased pari-mutuel business. On their respective opening days, Saratoga drew 25,676 on Friday, July 20th while Del Mar opened on Wednesday July 18th with a record 47,399 fans in attendance.

Thanks to ideal weather at Saratoga, the historic upstate New York track processed $12,731,605 in on-track wagers during the first four days, up 14.2% from 2011. All-sources handle during this period was $63,688,669 up 12.3% from $56,688,557 last year.

Like its East Coast counterpart, Del Mar rang up on-track and all-sources handle gains during the initial week of its 75th anniversary season. Through the first five days of racing, the seaside Southern California track reported average daily on-track handle of $2,649,568, 8% above last year’s opening week. Average daily all-sources handle of $12,227,863 represented an increase of 2.4% and mirrors the national increase in wagering year-to-date through June 30 reported monthly by Equibase Company.

Recapping my selections from Wednesday, July 25th had 4 winners (2 Top Selections; payoffs in BOLD) having $2 WIN pay-offs being $9.20 (3rd race), $6.60 (5th), $22.20 (7th), and $11.80 (8th). The BEST BET of the Day (21 6-3-1) showed the needed early speed but got cooked by a rival, was unable to last the 5½ furlongs and finished 4th, by a 1 ½ lengths as the 1-1 post time favorite. The LONGSHOT PICK (21 2-3-3) went off 42-1 and ran to his odds, never picking up his feet throughout the race and was outrun.

Selections for Thursday evening, July 26th at Colonial Downs are below. 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. Please note: 1st race post is 7:00pm EDT.

1st race – $5,000 Maiden Claiming for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 6½ furlongs on Dirt
#5 – Shes Lightnin (5-1)
#13 – Seeking The Breeze (15-1)
#8 – Imsobold (9-2)

2nd race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#5 – Limehouse Silver (6-1) $$$ LONGSHOT PICK $$$
#1A– Midsummer’s Eve (3-1) POE #1 – Joy Train is scratched.
#7 – Fort Brook Fields (4-1)

3rd race –$5,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#3 – Good Girls Dont (9-2)
#11 – Music of Arabia (6-1)
#9 – Tinderbox (10-1)

4th race – $5,000 Claiming NW3L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#5 – Altruistic Tales (3-1) *** BEST BET ***
#1 – Smoothe Landing (5-1)
#2 – Grace Alley (9-2)

5th race – $5,000 Claiming N2Y for 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles on Turf
#1 – Hangingbyathread (4-1)
#11 – Sacred Soul (7-2)
#6 – Yep (15-1)

6th race – $23,000 Maidens for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#1 – I’vegotadate (6-1)
#9 – Shepherd’s Furey (5-1)
#4 – Spicetown (2-1)

7th race – $16,000 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 5½ furlongs on Turf
#10 – Marataya’s Tune (10-1)
#4 – Bluegrass Kopp (6-1)
#13 – Roxbury Rocket (9-2)

8th race – $23,000 Maidens for 3 y.o. & up – 1 mile on Turf
#2 – Cocked (6-1) No, that’s not a typo!
#4 – Gypsy Baron (7-2)
#11 – Cu soonerthanlater (10-1)

9th race – $7,500 Claiming NW2L for F&M 3 y.o. & up – 1 1/16 miles on Turf
#3 – Water Ice (7-2)
#4 – Earthly Reserves (5-2)
#1 – Joel T (15-1)

GOOD LUCK!

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