Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Entries for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Gun Runner has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite and Arrogate is the 2-1 second choice for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1), which will be run Saturday at Del Mar in Del Mar, Calif.

Scheduled post time is 8:35 p.m. Eastern for the 1 1/4-mile dirt stakes for 3-year-olds and up. It is the  12th race on Saturday’s Del  Mar card.

Post positions were drawn on Monday evening, with eleven entrants.

Trainers and jockeys are listed in parentheses.
1. Arrogate (B. Baffert, M. Smith) 2-1
2. War Decree (A. O'Brien, S. Heffernan)30-1
3. Win the Space (G. Papaprodromou, J. Talamo) 30-1
4. War Story (J. Navarro, J. Ortiz) 30-1
5. Gun Runner (S. Asmussen, F. Geroux) 9-5
6. Mubtaahij (B. Baffert, D. Van Dyke) 12-1
7. Churchill (A. O'Brien, R Moore) 15-1
8. West Coast (B. Baffert, J. Castellano) 6-1
9. Gunnevera (A. Sano, E. Zayas) 30-1
10. Pavel (D. O'Neill, M. Gutierrez) 20-1
11. Collected (B. Baffert, M. Garcia) 6-1

--weights are 126 pounds for 4-YOs and up and 122 pounds for3-YOs.  Four entrants are 3-YOs. They are Churchill, West Coast, Gunnevera, and Pavel.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Breeders’ Cup Post Draw is Monday Evening

 Entries will be announced and post positions will be drawn Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time for the Breeders’ Cup races that will be run this Friday and Saturday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif.
There will be four Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and  nine Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday.

The Breeders’ Cup Web site has the race schedules and other information.

We will have coverage throughout the week on this Web site and on our blog, which can be accessed on the menu bar at the top of the home page on this Web site. A big part of our focus will be on horses that have raced at Gulfstream Park and/or at Tampa Bay Downs.

Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs will have simulcast telecasts of and wagering on all of the Breeders’ Cup races.

There  is no simulcasting at Calder, the site of the Gulfstream Park West meet  which is being run by Gulfstream Park.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Favorite Wins GP West Late Pick 5 Opener

Piki Piki Girl, the 2-1 favorite, won the GP West sixth race to  start the Late Pick 5 with a $19,901  cafryover.

Bettors added $120,548 to the pool -- exceeding our estimate of $100,000.

Time for Late Pick 5

There are still 11 minutes to bet the  GP West Late Pick  5 with the $19,901  carryover.

Scratched horses are:
6th  -  1

7th  --  2   6
8th --  1 2 4 5 7
9th --   1  2  4  6
10th --  none

Rainbow 6 Opening Leg Won by 7-1 Shot

High End Lady,  at 7-1, won the Gulfstream Park  West fifth race to start the Rainbow 6, with a  new pool.

Bettors wagered $22,744 on the Rainbow 6--one day after there was a single ticket winner that took down the jackpot of $177,521.

The  sixth race is coming up to  start the Late Pick 5, with a  carryover of $19,901.  Look for close to $100,000 to be added to that pool.

GP West Off the Turf on Sunday

Gulfstream Park West Sunday: Off the Turf; Carryover is $19,901 on Late Pick 5

The news about the Gulfstream Park West meet for Sunday is that racing is off the turf, again, and that there is a carryover of $19,901 on the Late Pick 5.

First post is 1:15 p.m. for the ten-race card, held at Calder in Miami Gardens.  We will have coverage on this blog.

Because of rain yesterday and this morning, meet sponsor Gulfstream Park has moved the six Sunday scheduled-for-turf races to the dirt track that is listed as Sloppy.  Those races are the first, second, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth.

Sunday is the 21st day of the 40-day GP West meet, and the tenth day when most if not all scheduled-for-turf races have been moved to the dirt track due to wet conditions.

The Sunday card will come a day after the Rainbow 6 was hit by just one ticket.  That ticket took down a jackpot of $177,251.

On the previous 19 days, there were multiple winning tickets on the Rainbow 6—thus building up a carryover that was $137,876 going into Saturday.

Beginning later today, we will have articles on how the rain has had a significant impact in reducing average field sizes compared with last year’s GP West meet.

Meanwhile, and somewhat surprisingly, our preliminary review of Equibase charts shows that average daily all-sources handle through Saturday’s 20th day was about $3.2 million compared with just under $3.3 million at the same stage in 2016.

On Sunday, the Late Pick 5 is on races six through ten.
There is a carryover because on Saturday there were no tickets with the winners of all five Late Pick 5 races. 

That was due largely to 16-1 shot Cheech Thunder winning the sixth race and 22-1 shot Wild Winter winning the ninth race.

Tickets with four of five winners received $276.40 on a 
 minimum bet of 50 cents.

The Sunday Rainbow 6 is on races five through ten, with no carryover and without any seed money from Gulfstream.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

GP West: Rainbow Hit for $177,521

There was just  one winning  ticket in the Gulfstream Park West Rainbow 6 on Saturday, and it paid $177,521 on a 20  cent  bet.

Saturday's winning ticket  was placed on the XPressbet advance deposit wagering site and cost $972.  Thus, the ticket had 4,860 different 20 cent combinations.

Meanwhile, on Sunday there will be  a  carryover of $19,901 on the  Late Pick 5.

The winning Rainbow 6 ticket was the only  one with the winners of all six Rainbow 6 races--including Geh Schnell in the tenth and final. It was one of three live tickets going into  that  race, and the only one of those three  with Geh Schnell.

The winning numbers in the Rainbow 6 sequence were 7-9-4-9-11-1.  Those results came on a day when there was no turf racing, due  to rain, with all  ten races on the dirt track  that  was listed as Sloppy.

Saturday was the 20th day of  the GP West  meet, held at  Calder, and the first day with the Rainbow 6 jackpot payoff requirement  of just  one  ticket  with all six winners.

The  Saturday jackpot payoff consisted of the entire  built-up  carryover of $137,876 plus 80 percent of  Saturday's Rainbow 6  bets of $49,503.
The Rainbow 6 and Late Pick 5 winners included Cheech Thunder at 16-1 in the sixth race and Wild Winter at 22-1 in the ninth race.

That was the main reason there were no tickets with all five winners in the Late  Pick 5.  Tickets with four of five winners paid $276.40 on a minimum 50 cent bet.

On Sunday, GP West will have a ten-race card with first post  of 1:15 p.m.
The Rainbow 6 will be on races  five through ten, with no carryover and a new pool.

The Late Pick 5 will be on races six though ten.
--Jim Freer


GP West Ninth Race Won by 22-1 Shot

Wild Winter, at 22-1, won the GP West  ninth race--second to last race in the Rainbow 6.

Combined with 16-1 Cheech Thunder winning the sixth race, that could set up some big payoffs in the Rainbow 6 and Late Pick 5.

Stay Tuned. 

Rainbow 6 Vegins With 4-5 and 16-1 Shots Winning

Two races  are down in the  Rainbow  6 at GUlfstream Park West.

Flying Queen, the  9-5 favorite, won the fifth  race  (first leg) and Cheech Thunder, at  16-1, won the sixth race (second leg).

The Rainbow 6 carryover coming in was $137,876.  Bettors added $49,503 to the Rainbow 6.
Thus far on the Sloppy and sealed track, three races were won by horses that were second or  first after a half mile and three were won by horses farther back in the pack.

Several horses have made good late runs along the rail.  Most noteworthy is Cheech Thunder, the sixth race winner, who was in tenth and last place coming into the final turn.
--Jim Freer

Saturday:Off the Turf at GP West

Due to rain,  all five Gulfstream Park West scheduled-for-turf races on Saturday were moved to the dirt  track that is listed as  sloppy and is sealed.

That includes the still-to-be-run sixth, eighth and  tenth (last) races.

This is the 20th day of the 40-day GP West meet, which is being run at Calder.  It is the meet's ninth day on which meet sponsor Gulfstream Park has not held turf  racing because of wet  conditions.

In upcoming  articles  on this  blog and on our  Web site  we will have reports on how  the exceptional number of  off-the-turf days has impacted average  field  sizes (down significantly, as  might be expected) and all-sources handle (somewhat surprisingly it is running slightly ahead of  last  year).
--Jim Freer

GP West Rainbow 6 Carryover at $137,876

The Gulfstream Park West meet has a Rainbow 6 carryover of $137,876 on Saturday.

First post is 1:15 p.m. for the ten-race card at Calder in Miami Gardens.

The Rainbow 6 is on races five to ten, with the sequence scheduled to  start at  3:27  p.m.

As of 9:20 a.m.  The dirt track is listed as Fast and the Turf is listed as Firm.  However, there is a 90 percent chance of rain during racing hours.

We will have coverage on this blog.