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Before we even start breaking down today’s plays, have you seen the field for this year’s Travers? There’s about 5-6 horses in this 14 horse field that could take it. I, of course, am hung on one horse, so we’ll see how it goes.

As we’ve done previously, we’ll be sticking with the standard breakdown of the plays: budget play ($10), a taking a chance play ($25), and an in it to win it play ($50).

Race 8 - Grade 1 King’s Bishop

This is a race that has a bit of potential. We see the likes of #1 Economic Model who scratched out of the West Virginia Derby to target this race, early Kentucky Derby favorite #6 Mohaymen, Zayat Stables’ #9 Jazzy Times, and #12 Tom’s Ready who looked amazing in the Woody Stephens.

Race 9 - Grade 1 Forego

The second leg of the Grade 1 Pick 4, looks to be a bit chalky to me. I see it as a two horse race between #11 A.P. Indian and #12 Marking, which makes this race one which I’ll only use in my horizontals. Of course, limiting it to 2 horses in a 12 horse field, leaves the door wide open for an upset.

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Our debut card didn’t go as planned, but it was nice to see a track record set by Mario Gutierrez. As with any bad beat at the track, it’s time to flip the page on the program and move on to the next race. This week we’ll be focusing on Pacific Classic Day at Del Mar Racetrack.

We’ll be sticking with the standard breakdown of the plays: budget play ($10), a taking a chance play ($25), and an in it to win it play ($50).

Race 8 - The Del Mar Handicap

This is a race that has my interest, particularly in #4 Metaboss. He made his return to California last time out, now under the training of Philip D’Amato where he beat out Calculator (Winner of the 2015 Sham Stakes). He has shown that he wants distance, which this will be the test, being the longest he has ran to date.


He does get a great deal of competition from #7 Flamboyant - winner of Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes and Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes. last year’s Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap 2nd place finisher, #8 Ashleyluvssugar and last year’s Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes and Grade 1 Turf Classic winner #9 Finnegans Wake.

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Let's face it, we all try to make as much money, with as little money as possible. It’s safe too ay hitting a Pick 4 on a $16 ticket is more appealing than hitting one on a $60 ticket. We’ll be doing a segment on featured races and providing budget plays, so that players of any bankroll level can take a chance.

Our debut card will be at Emerald Downs, on their feature race day - Longacres Mile Day. We’ll be offering a budget play ($10), a taking a chance play ($25), and an in it to win it play ($50).

Race 8 - Longacres Mile, Emerald Downs

Stryker Phd is seeking his 3rd Longacres Mile win here today, as well as his first win of the year. In both of his races this year, O B Harbor (who is currently on a 4 race win streak and undefeated thus far this year) spoiled the race for him. In addition to these two, Kentucky Derby winning trainer, Doug O’Neill ships Sammy Mandeville up from Santa Anita, and Jerry Hollendorfer sends in 2 himself; one of which will be ridden by Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Mario Gutierrez.

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