No. 7 SELLERIA: Likely would have won this race on most days but could not run down the lone speed, which opened up four lengths and held late. With some pace to run at next time out we will see the girl in the winner’s circle.
No. 2 WICKED FINANCE/ROOKIE SENSATION: When playing exactas I love to use the horse exiting the same race no matter how bad they look. In this race there were three coming out. This was one wide open 1 1/16 route for straight maidens. These two who finished ninth and eighth out of the same race came in one two this time around. The winner Rookie Sensation went off at 16/1 and the second place finisher Wicked Finance at a whopping 47/1. The exacta paid $603.60 for two bucks, with the second place finisher some 3 lengths clear of the rest, so think about it when making exactas and Qs.
No. 5 ALBERTS HOPE: First time starter ran in race 9 on closing day at Hollywood. Yes, this gelding was being saddled by Puype. He ran like a veteran, getting the win paying $68.80 making a pick six ticket holder a very happy person.
No. 7 J and S EXPRESS: Was claimed for 16k by trainer Bill Spawr from a low profile barn and brought her back for 20k – changing jockeys and giving her a turn back in distance. She was bet like the winner and won like the money dictated. Trainer Doug O’Neill, who is getting ready for a big Del Mar meet, put up 20k for the claim which netted Spawr’s owners a cool $21.400. Nice day at the races. $$$$$
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].