August 22, 2013

Be careful with GTBets Promos

I read the fine print.

So when I get an email promising a "Free $25 bet" sometime back and a "Free $100 bet" recently from a website that offers horse picks, I thought it sounded too good to be true. Now, that website manager also posts CA track picks in this board regularly.

So the gist is this: You get an email or see GTbets promo - 100 for travers or pacific classic be wary before you sign up. That website is EU based.

They did not respond to my query if it was a parimutuel wageting ADW.

Answer: [B]They are NOT.[/B]

They claim to offer track odds for some bets and they cap tri/sup payouts at their own odds limits.

Also, the kicker comes at the time of Money Withdrawal.

They have a minimum fee of $50 or $60 or 8% of your withdrawal. etc.

It is TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT, in my opinion. Also they do seem like a "sports book" and not a licensed ADW.. Now some of you may be familiar dealing with those. But, I would not and I feel that protection for your money (whether what you deposit or worse, what you win after capping or luck - is not there).

August 17, 2013

Saturday Del Mar Oaks, Saratoga Sword Dancer and Arlington Million Day Plays

Plays will be scattered through this post

First I will start with the turf 
Del Mar Oaks - DMR Race 8
1 1.8th mil on turf for fillies 3 yo.

the #4 Emotional Kitten is my top pick. Seems to have improved the game, matured and doing well inspite of not little issues along the way. Seems to be gunning for a G1.

:1: Wishing gate seems to have a decent late turn of foot and it seems to be consistent of late. With Garett Gomez as the jockey on a closing style horse, it's always a danger. He is back and hungry for big wins.

as is :3: Discreet Marq - who will likely be really up close to the pace and try to steal a G1. But.. I think :3: will be within the super, but not a winner perhaps today. Not at 1 1/8ths.

I am taking the view that in this larger field, the early speed horses might get into a 'sort of duel' and that #8 Need you now, the Mike Mitchell trainee or #3 Discreet Marq, would not be able to pull away from the field.


WP on #4 Emotional Kitten

Exacta 4,1 box.

Dime super 4,1 w 4,1 with 3,8 with ALL

August 13, 2013

Coast-to-Coast Art Train to Stop in Pittsburgh - The 412 - June 2013

I Love Trains.

Love riding on trains, love watching trains go by, love the sound of the train whistles (especially the toot ones) and love watching a long train wind its way through the fields.... I could go on and on.

Now picture this. A train clad in brightly colored LED panels, rolling through the countryside, perhaps through the Altoona horseshoe bend!
Sep 6 - Starts from New York, NY

Rolls through Pennsylvania for most part...Must figure out when the train passes between Lewistown PA and Altoona PA... those are the closest spots for viewing, and I am hoping it passes in the dark!

Anybody know any information about this?

Sep 8 - Stops at Pittsburgh PA
Hat tip to Pittsburgh Magazine for the cool rendering of LED colored coaches

Coast-to-Coast Art Train to Stop in Pittsburgh - The 412 - June 2013

August 11, 2013

Sunday - Monmouth, Saratoga, Del Mar and Presque Isle Plays

Sunday Aug 11, 2013
Monmouth R1
6F Clm 7000 for fillies and mares 3yo & up

1 Rock star loyalty looks like it could get into an early pace battle with 3 Bluegrass rumor, while the 7 Bay head beauty could come from off the pace. I don't see any major value in the 7 or the 3.

So a Win bet on 1 Rock Star Beauty hope it sustains the early speed.

Exacta of 1 w 7,3
and 7 with 1, 3

Will add Saratoga, Del mar and Pid plays by editing or as new post

August 8, 2013

Congratulations Calvin Borel

Hearty Congratulations go to Calvin Borel, who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame today along with Invasor (champion horse), Lure (great horse at a Mile) and a few others including August Belmont (the person who bred Man O' War and many other stakes winners) and played a crucial role in revitalization of Saratoga in the early 1900's.

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