R2K Cap Horse Wins El Camino Real

Those players that assumed Golden Gate Field’s nine-race El Camino Real card, the featured track in the weekly Road to Kentucky Contest last Saturday, was going to be a predictable chalk-fest were mistaken. Four of the races produced scores of more than 475 points including the feature race which was won by Zakaroff at 48 to 1 odds, a cap horse in R2K, yielding 2,104 points. Total points available for the week totaled a season high 4,540.

Zakaroff was a must have for contest purposes and about a dozen entrants selected him. The 2,104 points from that race alone is more than any of the total winning scores from the first four weeks. R2K is a marathon with several weeks and many double-point races remaining, but Zakaroff supporters were provided a huge boost in quest of the overall title and $1,350 prize.

The high score of the week went to Kerry Stephens with 3,140, nearly 70 percent of the available points. The second place score, 2,834, was earned by Larry Cronin. Neither had played R2K in the first four weeks so while they are not impacting the overall leader board currently, they did earn prize money, and if they play out the remainder of the contest, keeping in mind that the lowest three scores are dropped from the total, they both could contend.

This Saturday’s R2K track is Fair Grounds with 12 races including the Derby prep Risen Star, a field of 14. Entry to R2K is always free.

The Horse Player World Series Satellite Contest also takes place Saturday. Winning players will earn a trip to Las Vegas in late March to compete in the HPWS at The Orleans Hotel Casino. Entry fee to the satellite is $100. Players make 10 mythical $2 win/place wagers with the goal being accumulating the most points based on mutuel payouts of selections.

Spring Tune-Up Super Satellites Begin Thursday

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The Horse Player World Series Super Satellites concluded Saturday. Winners of those events qualified for the final this Saturday, Feb. 25, the Horse Player World Series Satellite.  Players can buy into this event for $100 and compete for a trip to Las Vegas at the end of March to play in the annual Horse Player World Series at The Orleans Hotel Casino. This is an inexpensive way to get to a very rich event.

The format this Saturday:  entrants make 10 mythical $2 WIN / PLACE wagers on races of choice from the start of the day through approximately 5:30 pm.  The players with the largest bankrolls win the trip and entry. Best guess is that there will be two HPWS entries and cash for third. Prizes are determined by total entries.   Caps on the mythical payouts are set at $60 to win and $40 to place.

Entries are accepted beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday. A list of contest-eligible races will be posted online Thursday.

Spring Tune-Up Contests

A new series of $10 super satellite contests begins Thursday, qualifying players for the April 8 Spring Tune-Up Satellite.  The super satellites are offered each Thursday through Saturday. Players choose between three contest tracks daily and submit selections for the first eight races. Points are awarded based on win/place/show mutuel payouts and winners are determined by the best single-day score over each three-day contest period. The April 8 satellite, with a unique format, will award two entries to the 21st annual Dog Days of Summer Tournament and one entry to the Ultimate NHC Qualifier, both held  in early September.

Kentucky Derby and Oaks  Future Wager Pool 3 offered Feb. 24 – 26

Make a win wager early on potential Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders. Future Wager opens Friday at 11:00 am CST and closes on Sunday at 5:00 pm CST. Exacta Wagering is available on Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3. Live odds available via kentuckyderby.com  and more information is offered here.

McCraken Wins Sam F. Davis but R2K Points Were Found Elsewhere

McCraken remained undefeated by winning Saturday’s Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs. The favorite’s impressive run from off the pace to win going away at 3 to 2 odds attracted betting in the Wynn Las Vegas Kentucky Derby futures where the son of Ghostzapper is now the 6 to 1 favorite.

The 12-race Tampa card was featured in Canterbury’s Road to Kentucky Contest. Total available contest points surpassed 2,500. McCraken, in the double point Derby prep, was worth 228 points with high points in that race coming from second-place finisher Tapwrit at 9 to 1 for 268 points.

The top R2K score was earned by Dick Hall who amassed a total of 1,700, more than 60 percent of the total available.  Hall had the winner in the opener for 208, hit Pazzaluna in race 5 for 582, and had Tapa Tapa Tapa in race 8 for another 292. Hall also had Tapwrit and scored points in nine of the 12 eligible races.

This Saturday the Road passes through Golden Gate Fields with the double-point Derby prep race the El Camino Real.  Entry to R2K is always free. Entry deadline is first post at Golden Gate.

Final Week for HPWS Super Satellites

The Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 16-18) Horse Player World Series Super Satellite contest will be the final chance to win a $100 entry to the Feb. 25 HPWS Satellite. Players can buy into that satellite for $100 but can also win an entry through the super satellites for just $10. The Feb. 25 contest will send top players to The Orleans Casino for the annual Horse Player World Series at the end of March. The HPWS is expected to offer more than $800,000 in prize money.  There is a history of Minnesotans performing well in the HPWS. Bart Solomon, now a Vegas resident, won the 2011 HPWS and nearly $300,000.

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Canterbury Racing Club 2017 accepting new members now

Tahitian Queen wins for Canterbury Racing Club in 2009

Tahitian Queen wins for Canterbury Racing Club in 2009

Introducing potential racehorse owners to the sport and simply allowing fans to experience the excitement of horse ownership had long been a challenge.  The Canterbury Racing Club began in 2009 with the intention of overcoming those obstacles in a manner that would allow people to learn about the sport in an inexpensive manner with the hopes that some of the club members might go on to start partnerships or run a stable of their own. And if not that, then maybe members would just treat their friends and family to a day at the races and help grow the fan base.

Those modest goals were accomplished over the years as the club membership grew from the initial year with about 60 members to nearly 200 at the high water mark. Some club members did branch off to form the Canterbury Alumni Club, others went out on their own, and new partnerships were formed. Many people were introduced to racing as well. Now several other racetracks around the country have started racing clubs as well and are drawing new fans and new owners to racing.

The 2017 Canterbury Racing Club is enrolling new members through the end of February.  Find more information and the 2017 registration form on the Canterbury Racing Club blog .

Total cost for this experience is $250. The club will own at least one horse throughout the year. Club members receive admission to Canterbury Park for the season as well as, if available, a special location to watch when club horses run, paddock access and – with luck – access to the Winners’ Circle. Members will also have an opportunity to visit the backstretch where the horses reside.

You get to follow YOUR horse(s) during the year both at the track and through the interactive club blog.

This is a not for profit venture, but remaining club funds are returned to members at year end. The racing club is intended as an educational experience to familiarize people with the ins and outs of race horse ownership and pull back the curtain, if you will, and de-mystify the sport.

Plus it is cool to be able to tell your friends that you own a racehorse!

Again, membership is open until the end of the month at which time the club’s trainers will attempt to acquire a horse or two.  Get the info HERE.

NTRA Urges Industry, Horseplayers To Contact Treasury at Mid-Point of Comment Period on Newly Proposed Pari-Mutuel Regulations

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) is asking for help from horseplayers, racing fans and the greater Thoroughbred industry to make a final, coordinated push in the effort to enact new regulations on pari-mutuel winnings and withholdings. An appeal penned by NTRA President & CEO Alex Waldrop has been distributed via e-mail to tens of thousands of contacts.

“The NTRA has been advancing this issue within the federal government for years and others in the industry sought these changes before the NTRA even came into existence nearly 20 years ago,” Waldrop says in his letter. “We are now on the cusp of Treasury finally enacting the new rules – going official, so to speak. There is too much at stake to not give our all in these final strides.”

The message continues: “We need you to let Treasury know you’d like them to enact the newly proposed regulations. Please take 30 seconds to add your name to the thousands that have already shown their support for Thoroughbred racing by visiting www.ntra.com/comment and submitting an e-mail to Treasury. The link does all the work – all you have to do is add your name, address and a valid e-mail.”

The full text of the e-mail from Waldrop follows this release and is available on the NTRA website at https://www.ntra.com/letter-from-alex-waldrop-we-need-you.

“We would like this message to reach every corner of the racing world,” said NTRA Chief Operating Officer Keith Chamblin. “Any industry organization or fan that wants to help is invited to forward our message on to their own contacts and adapt the language as they see fit.”

Full text of e-mail from Alex Waldrop:

To all Thoroughbred horseplayers and racing fans,

The final quarter of last Sunday’s incredible Super Bowl has me thinking about how no lead is ever safe and no race is ever over until time runs out or the result goes official. This is worth bearing in mind as we reach the mid-point of the U.S. Treasury’s 90-day public comment period on newly proposed regulations related to withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings. As an industry we’re ahead by open lengths at the sixteenth pole but we must be kept to task.

The NTRA has been advancing this issue within the federal government for years and others in the industry sought these changes before the NTRA even came into existence nearly 20 years ago. We are now on the cusp of Treasury finally enacting the new rules – going official, so to speak. There is too much at stake to not give our all in these final strides.

We need you to let Treasury know you’d like them to enact the newly proposed regulations. Please take 30 seconds to add your name to the thousands that have already shown their support for Thoroughbred racing by visiting www.ntra.com/comment and submitting an e-mail to Treasury. The link does all the work – all you have to do is add your name, address and a valid email.

The proposed rule changes have received widespread industry support, including from horseplayers, horsemen, racetracks, and every major industry group. No less an authority than Steve Crist has called them “a godsend for horseplayers.” Now we need individuals like yourself to raise their voices and help us get this across the goal line. Go to www.ntra.com/comment right now and make it official.

Thank you for helping us to return more winnings to horseplayers and increase purse money for the good of the entire sport!

Best,

Alex Waldrop
President & CEO
National Thoroughbred Racing Association

PS – To learn more about the proposed rule changes visit https://www.ntra.com/crist-qa/

About the NTRA
The NTRA, based in Lexington, Ky., is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA owns and manages the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance; NTRA.com; the Eclipse Awards; the National Handicapping Championship; NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program; and Horse PAC®, a federal political action committee. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA).

Big Week in Road to Kentucky

Many points were available in week 3 of the Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest as the featured track, Gulfstream Park, had a 12-race card and there were two additional double-point Derby prep bonus races.  The unattainable perfect score was 3,811 so the expected winning score was in the 1,900-2,100 point range. There were two races that awarded more than 500 points. The Derby preps produced nothing outrageous. Even though the favorite won the Withers, the second place horse was a bomber for 432 points.

Jane Armstrong came out on top in week three with 1,897, and Mike Gaulrapp, winner of the 2016 R2K contest, was second with 1,860. Cindy Woods finished third with 1,835. They all earn Canterbury Handicapper of the Year points and cash.  Here are the complete standings.

There are still 13 weekly contests remaining. Each player’s lowest three scores are dropped from the overall total so there is still opportunity to get involved in the hunt for cumulative top prize and then of course each week pays the top five best scores.

This Saturday is Tampa Bay Downs with the bonus race being the Sam F. Davis. The undefeated McCraken makes his 3-year-old debut in this 1 1/16 mile, grade 3 event. The son of Ghostbuster is on the Top 5 list of most ‘cappers that go through the process of making such a list.

Tampa begins its 12-race card at 11 a.m. so do not get shut out of R2K. Entry deadline, and entry to R2K is free, is first post.  Arrive early and get ready to enjoy exciting racing, large pools, and the race calls of Richard Grunder, also on several Top 5 lists. In addition to the Derby prep the card also features two additional Grade 3s: Tampa Bay Stakes and Endeavour Stakes.

Horse Player World Series Super Satellites Continue

Local handicappers continue to qualify for the Feb. 25 Horse Player World Series Satellite contest by playing the weekly $10 super satellite feeders. This is an inexpensive way to earn a chance to go to Vegas  at the end of March and play in a prestigious national contest with top prize of $300,000.  Last week five players, led by former Canterbury Handicapper of the Year Kalib Martin, earned entry to the Feb. 25 event.

Laughs & Love on St. Valentine’s Day at Canterbury Park

Laughs & Love at Canterbury Park

Sterling Entertainment Group and Canterbury Park present Laughs & Love on Valentine’s Day. This live comedy show, with two performances Tuesday, Feb. 14, is headlined by Minneapolis comic Gabe Noah and also features Las Vegas comedian Trever Malagon, and Twin Citians Colleen Justice and Joe Cocozzello. The intimate setting of the The Triple Crown Club is the prefect place to enjoy an evening.

Doors open for the first performance, which includes cocktail service and dinner, at 5:30 p.m.

The dinner menu, prepared by Canterbury Chef Terry Goertzen, will feature chef-carved prime rib, seared salmon, chicken, and accompaniments. Dinner will be served from 6:00 – 6:45. Entertainment begins at 6:45.

Doors will open at 8:45 p.m. for the second show. A dessert buffet with choice of gourmet desserts plus a coffee station will be provided at 9:00 p.m. with entertainment beginning at 9:30. Cocktail service is also available for the second performance.

Reservations are required for both shows. Tickets can be purchased at www.vitalculture.com/seg  for both 18+ shows. Ticket prices start at $35.

More information is available at www.CanterburyPark.com .

**The Comedians**

–    Gabe Noah became a professional stand-up comedian in 2007. Just 18 months later, he was named runner-up in the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest. By 2012, he was a regular in clubs across the Midwest and was voted “Best Comic” by his peers in Minneapolis. Noah has been featured on Rooftop Comedy’s compilation album Best of Bathroom Humor and he is a founding member of “comedy boy-band super group” The Turkeys, whose sketches are released by MyDamnChannel and have appeared on the front page of cracked.com.

–    Colleen Justice began her stand-up career in 2010, when she was a semi-finalist in Acme’s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest, as well as a semi-finalist in The House of Comedy’s Funniest Person with a Day Job Competition. Justice has opened for Norm Macdonald and was a finalist in The Best Comedian Ever Contest at the Joke Joint in 2014. In 2015 she was asked to perform at The Akumai Comedy Festival in Mexico.

–    Trever Malagon has found himself in a ton of debt with no care of concern in the world in ever paying it off, because he says, “That’s Rock ’n Roll.” When not on his rigorous touring schedule around the country, Malagon says he likes spending time off-stage roasting people in the waiting room at the Free Clinic in whatever town or city he is in for the tour. He honed his style of joke telling doing comedy shows in various outlets in Las Vegas.

–    Joe Cocozzello was born and raised in New York City until the age of 13, when he moved to Minnesota for the next 13 years before moving back to New York. There, he learned the comedy trade over the next decade. Cocozzello returned to Prior Lake and is excited to bring his adventures and humor back to the Midwest.

Week 3 of R2K Features Three Derby Preps

Last Saturday Tampa Bay Downs’ 10-race card was used for the $25,000 Road to Kentucky Contest as there were no Kentucky Derby prep races. The situation changes this Saturday as three preps will be run: Holy Bull at Gulfstream, Withers at Aqueduct, and Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita. Gulfstream’s entire card will be the feature track with the other preps added as bonus races. All three preps will offer double points so this could be a week to make a major move in the standings

Tampa had competitive racing but there were no extreme long shot winners meaning  the total points available were modest, just 2,100 for a perfect score. The most points available in a single race was 330 in the fourth event of the day. Four more races offered at least 200 points. So, based on history, players that could accumulate anywhere close to 1,300 points would be in the mix for prize money. The top two players performed very well and exceeded that number by quite a bit while the third-place score of 1,325 was indeed in the money.

Rolin Sampson  1,502

James Glynn  1,441

Linda Hernandez   1,325

 

Entry to R2K is free and selections must be submitted prior to first post at Gulfstream.

RAY ARSENAULT WINS NHC 18

Ray Arsenault 2017 Champion at 2017 National Handicapping Championship, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 1.27.2017

Ray Arsenault 2017 Champion at 2017 National Handicapping Championship, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV 1.27.2017

Horseplayer of the Year Receives $800,000, Eclipse Award

LAS VEGAS (NTRA press release) – Ray Arsenault of Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, near Toronto, entered the Final Table as the leader and widened his advantage throughout the afternoon to win the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at this weekend’s 18th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas. The NHC had a record field size of 654 entries (529 individual players, 125 of whom held the maximum two entries) and offered record overall cash and prizes totaling $2,900,600.

The 64-year-old Arsenault (b. June 10, 1952) amassed a winning score of $407.70 over the three-day tournament from 53 mythical $2 Win and Place bets – 18 each on Friday and Saturday, 10 in Sunday morning’s Semifinal round and seven in the dramatic Final Table contest exclusive to the overall top 10.

Steve Wolfson Jr., the 2003 NHC winner, posted the best finish ever for a former champion, checking in second with $361.10, good for a $250,000 prize. Wolfson, whose father Steve Wolfson Sr. will be inducted into the NHC Hall of Fame this evening, made a move up the LuxAir Jets Leaderboard during the Final Table, jumping from fourth to the runner-up spot, but never could close the gap on Arsenault.

Wolfson was followed by Ryan Scharnowske ($320.30 final bankroll; $125,000 prize), who started the day in 65th place, in third, and Louis Filoso ($309.30; $100,000) in fourth.

The official Top 10:

Place – Name, Hometown (Final bankroll) – Cash and awards

First – Ray Arsenault, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada ($407.70) – $800,000, Eclipse Award, and berth to NHC 19
Second – Steve Wolfson Jr., Holly Hill, Fla. ($361.10) – $250,000
Third – Ryan Scharnowske, Westfield, Ind. ($320.20) – $125,000
Fourth – Louis Filoso, Asbury, N.J. ($309.30) – $100,000
Fifth – Dan Kovalesky, Shorewood, Minn. ($308.70) – $75,000
Sixth – Steve Hartshorn, Fallbrook, Calif. ($299.40) – $65,000
Seventh – Joe Jarvie, Renton, Wash. ($284.10) – $59,500
Eighth – Frank Mustari, Des Plaines, Ill. ($279.40) – $54,500
Ninth – David Bernal, Grand Prairie, Texas ($270.80) – $52,000
Tenth – Michael Caposio, Temecula, Calif. ($265.40) – $50,000

Arsenault first assumed the lead at the end of Day 2 (Saturday) with a $24.80 winner, Friend to Me, in the ninth race from Fair Grounds. It was his fourth double-digit winner on the afternoon, also including a $100 winner, Proctor’s Ledge, in Gulfstream Park’s fourth (worth the maximum $64 for contest scoring). Arsenault had a slow start to the NHC, finishing Day 1 (Friday) tied for 313th with a $56.50 bankroll. But then the barrage of longshots began.

“I had that $100 horse yesterday that got me off the schneid to get me in the game, and the rest is history,” Arsenault said.

Entering the Semifinals this morning, Arsenault debated whether to play it safe to protect his lead or stick with the longshots that got him there and that he typically plays on a daily basis.

“I played the same way I always play,” he said. “I rarely play a horse under 5-1 and I love playing bombs because the feeling of hitting a longshot is just great. Today I happened to hit quite a few.

“You know how hard it is to get to this Final Table? It’s tough. You’re playing against 650 of the best players out there. They’re all great.”

This is the seventh NHC appearance for Arsenault, a transportation broker who fell for racing as a child during Woodbine and Greenwood visits with his father.

“I cut my teeth when I could barely walk,” he said. “My dad would go to Greenwood all the time and I’d tag along. I’d look for programs on the ground so I could sell them to the guys coming in for the last two races.”

Arsenault was cool and composed in the immediate aftermath of the final contest racing going official, but in a live interview moments later with Daily Racing Form tournament editor Peter Thomas Fornatale on At the Races with Steve Byk, a question about the especially tight-knit group of Canadian contest players made him emotional.

“These people are outstanding,” Arsenault said. “I’ve met so many good people. It’s breaking me up.”

Arsenault held a single NHC entry, which he earned with a fourth-place finish at the Del Mar Handicapping Challenge in July. He has been a dedicated contest player since Woodbine started hosting NHC qualifiers around 2004. He made his first NHC appearance in 2005, finishing 29th back when prize money was only paid to the top 20.

“I had a great experience and knew this was where I wanted to come,” he said. “This is it. This is like the Super Bowl of horse racing.”

By virtue of his victory, Arsenault also automatically earns an exemption into next year’s NHC finals.

Wolfson, meanwhile, nearly made NHC history with his bid to become a repeat winner.

“Ray did a great job,” he said. “I’m very happy for him and even happier for me to finish second.”

The NHC was held for the sixth straight year in the Treasure Island ballroom and will return to Treasure Island for NHC 19 in January 2018.

In the NHC Future Wager offered by Treasure Island’s race book, Arsenault closed at 100-1, returning $202 on a $2 wager.

The NHC 18 finals awarded cash to the top 66 finishers (the top 10 percent overall) from a total purse of $2,440,000. An additional $50,000 went to the top 20 in today’s Consolation Tournament. Including $250,000 paid out to top finishers in the year-long NHC Tour, a $100 TI casino chip for every entrant, NHC Tour travel awards, RTN subscriptions and the $10,000 charity tournament prize, plus $30,000 worth of Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge entries, the aggregate value of payouts this weekend in NHC cash and prizes totaled a record $2,900,600.

To reach the Semifinals, the 654 NHC entrants were required to place 36 mythical $2 Win and Place wagers – 18 on Thursday and 18 on Friday. This is the fourth consecutive year with a three-day format including the Semifinals and Final Table.

Final Table participants were relocated to a single table on the stage of the Treasure Island ballroom that serves as NHC headquarters.

Full standings can be viewed online at NTRA.com, where the LuxAir Jets Leaderboard features sortable/searchable standings of the entire field.

Final Table Race Results

Track and Race # Winner (Win-Place) Second (Place)

Oaklawn 6 9-Malibu Tide ($5.40, $3.20) 2-Dynabeaver ($4)

Santa Anita 4 8-Peach Cove ($17, $7.20) 3- Shehastheritestuff ($6.60)

Gulfstream 12 9-Tribal Again ($17, $6.60) 7-Spring for More ($3.80)

Fair Grounds 9 3-Mr. Tickle ($27.60, $16) 8-Woodmans Luck ($8.60)

Santa Anita 7 7-Fritz Johansen ($6.80, $5) 4-Atomic Rule ($5.80)

Golden Gate 8 7-Mi Bouchon ($17.60, $8.40) 2-Westley ($13.40)

Santa Anita 9 10-Stormy Liberal ($6, $3.80) 8-Forever Juanito ($17)

photo credit Horsephotos.com/NTRA

About NHC
In its 18th year, the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is the most important tournament of the year for horseplayers and is the culmination of a year-long series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, off-track betting facilities and horse racing and handicapping Web sites, each of which sends its top qualifiers to the national finals. Each year, the NHC winner joins other human and equine champions as an honoree at the Eclipse Awards. In addition to the founding title sponsor, the NHC is presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas.

About the NTRA
The NTRA, based in Lexington, Ky., is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA owns and manages the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance; NTRA.com; the Eclipse Awards; the National Handicapping Championship; NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program; and Horse PAC®, a federal political action committee. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA).

Arrigoni Analysis for Pegasus World Cup Day

from Canterbury racing analyst Brian Arrigoni:

The day we have all been waiting for is finally here.  The world will be tuned into Hallandale Beach, Florida for a race fit for only the best, the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.  A record $12 million purse featuring two of the two best horses in racing right now regardless of distance or surface, there is no arguing California Chrome and Arrogate are two of the best.  It will be awfully difficult to outdo the epic finish from the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November, but add in a 12 million dollar purse and some post position drama, and we may have a rivalry worth every penny of the 12 million dollar purse.  Despite a record purse and an epic rematch, the undercard simply can’t be overlooked.  In fabulous fashion that only the Stronach Group can do, the undercard is absolutely fantastic and brings a Derby Day like card to the table.  With a series of Stakes races sprinkled in by some of the best most highly sought after horses making their debuts in some very competitive Maiden Special Weight races it is surely a day to remember.  The only thing that makes it more memorable than witnessing a record breaking first annual Pegasus World Cup, would be to make some money and leave with pockets full of cash.

After finishing with five 2nd place finishes last week, and nine winners in the top three from 12 races I am hoping my luck can surely change around this week.  Certainly been knocking on the door, and today seems like a great day to breakout and have another 6 win day.  If you plan on playing multi race wagers, be sure to identify the races where you think the favorites look strong, and spread as much as possible when they look vulnerable.  As always some spots I opt to spread are turf races and especially turf sprints where it is all about the trip.  Also more often than not the Maiden races can deliver some huge scores as we found two weeks ago at 35-1.  All it takes is one longshot and you could be cashing a pick 5 worth $72,000 as a few lucky players did a few weeks ago.  On a day like no other, follow your intuition and remember “bet more, win more”. Follow me @MrB_CBYanalyst

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