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Today’s Selections 2020-2021

Submitted by on May 20, 2011 – 5:44 amNo Comment

IT’s FREE PLAY WEDNESDAY – Nov. 25, 2020

1st – Darien Rodriguez is 32% Win with UC + Distance Change types and 78% ITM if the favorite when on the Rightback + Stretchout. Trejos, voted 2018’s Outstanding Rider at the Pincay Jr. School in Panama, has 57 Wins since April 18th. His agent, Jose Sanchez, says “he’s very serious and is here to win” (and that’s the kind we want to support).

Delgado is 21% Win and 54% ITM with PTBs and Monmouth shippers have an IV of 1.25 here. He appears to try off sharp works (limited data).

Newcomer, Jon Arnett, may be likened to the Gerald Bennett of the Midwest, only with a 30% higher AEPS. He may take some time to find his sea legs, but he will be a major player here in Oldsmar.

Bennett could deliver, while Roberson is 0-24 with L1-3s.

Exacta Key 7/2,3 and Saver Trifectas 7/1,4/2,3

2nd – Bennett’s IV is 0.82 with MSWs and 1.14 with MCs. Gerry has the winningest record here with 2YOs (23%), and outperforms with all his singles, except the 2TS (15% Win). He has been going to reliable Alvarado Jr. lately (10% W and 46% ITM in 2020).

Mike Dini’s fortunes have turned around significantly in the past few years with an AEPS that went from < $2000 prior to 2016, to about $4200 since then. He has a couple of strengths here: L1-3 + S + Surface Change 65% ITM and TtoD + RtS 52% ITM, but he’s soft with 2YOs 8% Win and is only 8% Win off Sharp Works. However, if Baby Bee Merry (2) is the favorite, Dini is 30% Win and 70% ITM in this situation.

If 2 is not the favorite, then 7 (R Averie Lynn) Win

3rd – You could take a flier here. Ryan made our Value Trainer list this past season and just missed in 18-19. He’s 11% Win with 2YOs and has all solid singles here (but no multiple angle play).

Harty is 1-15 with UCEs here and that powers down my interest meter.

Highly Noted (8) is a Zerpa PTB. Down south, Zerpa is solid with 2YOs (22% Win) and with Non-layoffs on the Turf (18% Win) and this one has had enough betting action to keep our attention. How often they wake up after miserable performances.

Conditional ATB 8 for 6-1 or less

4th – Another Bennett/Dini faceoff that shapes up just about the same way.

Bennett is 48% Win and 80% ITM when the favorite on the Fastback and 60% Win when 2L1-3 + Fastback with 43 of 45 ITM. He was 25% Win with Camacho up last season.

Dini drops Sunshine Charlie (1) out of a C12,500 N1Y here and he goes to Ferrer (21% Win in Sprints at the last meeting). Mike is again, 30 & 70 with TtoDs when the favorite.

BEST BET – If 1 is not the favorite, then 6 (Perfetto) Win for 4-5 or >

5th – Tropical Storm Eta dumped 6 inches on the track on the 12th but it has been dry since, making for a speed favoring turf course on Opening Day. Last season 21% won from the front at this distance no matter how beat up the lawn got over time.

I usually toss Mountaineer runners summarily, having played forty $500 Pick 5 tickets there in 2014 (for a $6K profit, I might add) but this one I’m giving a second look. Skippy went twice on the dirt there in the Fall after doing his best work on the grass, but I observed that every runner in those two optional claimers were entered for the Open $15k tags. The previous start at Cby was for NW2 in 6 Months or $35K and Skip was entered for the tag having won two in July and August. He made a par Final Fraction in 1 Mile turf win and likes the front. Butler’s numbers have been dragged down by the floundering Bernell Rhone these past few years. Expect more from this solid rider. SCRATCHED

Win 7

6th – Bennett is 41% Win with his three characteristic multiple angle and he’s 24% Win with RtSs. Delaware shippers have an IV 1.12. Again, Gerry goes to Alvarado Jr.

Rodriguez, a Value Trainer leader, is 33% Win and 56% ITM with L1-3 + Stretchout types.  He’s got all solid singles and Awesome Enough (11) has been working sharply.

Exacta Box 4,11

7th – These SALW16s usually draw from the same pool as the Open 16s or Optional Claimers for N1X or N2Ls. With the exception of the 1, that’s pretty much what we have here, however, Bowersock is 1-40 with L4-8s and GP Shippers have an IV of 0.63, so it’s adios to Suzie for the time being.

Dini’s Catsoutofthebag (4) fits the bill.

Granitz has been hot with 5 winners in November and he could keep the party going with a 26% Win angle for Kanfu (10) (L1-3 + UC) and he’s a Value Trainer leader for Win too!

Trifectas 4,5,8,10/4,10/4,5,8,10 (12 bets)

8th – For the last 10 years, 61% of these OCs for older horses has been won by a runner with at least 3 wins and 3 N1X starts or a previous N1X winner entered for a tag, leaving us with four who fit the bill.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, favoritism will play a major role in our final decision on which way to go here. Delgado (#2) is 58% Win with L1-3s when the top choice and Arriagada (#4) is 42% Win when Shipping and the top betting choice. So….

If 3 (Exchequer) is the favorite, then Win 3

If 2 (High Five Cotton) is the favorite, then Exacta Box 2,3

If neither 2,3 or 4 is the favorite, then Exacta Box 2,3,6

9th – Stidham is 55% Win when Shipping and the Favorite and 31% Win with the L1-3 + S + Dropdown. He is our #2 Value Trainer for win this year (Jonathan Thomas is #1). He reunites Skol Chant (7) with #7 rider at Monmouth through the Summer and Fall, Hector Diaz Jr. Skol Chant has two above par Final Fractions and drops to this level for the first time.

Weighted Exacta Key Box 7/1,4,6,9


Mr. Pick 4 at Tampa for 11/25/2020

New outfits in the barn area, new faces in the jock’s room. These

new factors could make it interesting on track compared to the

shenanigans we endured last meet. Hell, Barile may be able to

provide us with a few winners even …. Best Luck for a profitable

meet to all …..


Early Pic 4 ….$.50 

            2) 2, 7, 8

            3) 3, 8, 9

            4) 6

            5) 2, 3, 7



Late Pic 4 …. $.50

            6) 3, 4, 10, 11

            7) 2, 3, 5

            8) 2, 3

            9) 7 **


** Best Bet


July 1, 2020 – We commence the 20-21 Meeting with, arguably, our best handicapping day ever. Our $0.50 action play Late Pick Four returned $2285.10 (on the $20 bet). Our five “Bet Against” picks all lost at average odds of 8/5. We had the 3rd race Exacta – $8.80, the 4th race Exacta $97, the 6th race Winner – $4.80 (and were necked out of the 5 & 6 DD) and the 8th race Winner $25.80. All action for the day: Bet $250, Collect $2946.10. So it goes…


FREE PLAY WEDNESDAY selections were not extended during the double OT period (June 1 – July 1) out of respect for our regular subscribers. They will resume in November, 2020.



Just a few notes regarding Saturday….Waz again was cold on the board and finished up the track in R1 without the smart money (despite a strong win angle). Amiss took the money in R3 as I suspected, but he failed to deliver. In R4 the two “Claimed From” runners ran 2nd and 4th. Our “rock solid bet against” (Guciardo/Gallardo) finished 8 lengths back at 5-2 in R7. Centeno was taken off Seventysevenwilow in R8, ripping the crotch out of that play. Proctor surprised in R9 and is now 2-29 with 1st 3 Mdn types in L2T. Bomb watch for Saturday: Six (including two double bombers) at average odds of $39-1. So it goes…

Patrons are reminded that only those pre-paid for the 2020-2021 meeting will continue to receive our selections after the 2nd extension of the meeting begins on June 1st (I just can’t do this for less than $1 a day). Paypal your $100 subscription payment to thetbdhandicapper@gmail.com to be subscribed through June 30th of next year (2021).

Expecting only a small fraction of our subscribers to take advantage of this offer with all the other action available elsewhere now and with no FREE PLAY WEDNESDAY postings planned, I’m going to resume wagering on June 1st. I’ve done my best to make my point (in my county 1 in every 38 residents has had Covid-19 and IMO they really should have closed the track), but there will be some nice betting opportunities with a much smaller pool of bettors in the mix and I don’t want to miss out. Good luck and good racing!

1st – I’ve said it again and again that MATPs work best with horses that have already done what they are being asked to do today and this is in direct opposition to trying to pick winners among maidens with more than a handful of tries under their belt. With that said, Hem has two > 50% ITM MATPs and another where he is 41% ITM at $9-1.

Weighted DDs 1,5,7/7

2nd – Sunset Empire (7) has been close to or above par all winter and needs only the right spot to get it done for Granitz, who is now 6-13 Win with the Plain Dropdown + StR.

According to my Fortune Teller: Angel number 777 is a message from your guardian angel that you were made in God’s image and are perfect just as you are.

I’d be happy just to be perfect on this one occasion, thank you very much!

Pick 3 – 7/7/7

3rd – The 7 & 8 were well above par in OST that saw Taos roll with a 110-108. Taos returned to the lawn on May 22nd and made a par 100 in ALWN1X on the grass.  Today’s turf par is 93-93. Give it to Drillomatic (7) who was par in last two on the grass and whose trainer is 26 & 71 in 1st 3 OC.

Stidham has a soft weakness here. He’s only 2-14 Win with Non-shipping L1-3 + Dropdown angle in L2T.

Watching that rain fly off the lawn last week gives you an idea how hard and tight that base beneath the lawn must be. The Portable Rail is definitely moved today and that will help out front running types, particularly at 8F.

Exacta Key 7/1,5,6

4th – Rodriguez is 50 & 83 when the favorite on the TtoD move. He outperforms with all his singles here.

Carrasco Jr. sits for Correas IV, who has moved on (to CD on Memorial Day). Ignacio has no angle here.

Win 7 and DD 7/4,8

5th – Lerman comes to the party as the only one with shelter, and that type has an IV of 1.27 in these races in L10T. He’s also 4-13 Win and 8-13 ITM with Centeno up in L5T. Tournesol, the winner of Joyous Times’ (4) last finished up close in a SALW Stakes in February and Yolanda’s Pride, the winner of the filly’s 2nd most recent was 2nd in an N1X in a subsequent start. $50K claim speaks loudly to me.

Fortunate Cat (8) comes back fast after making 106-97 in last. Today’s par is 98-98. Owner Chapman was a fixture here prior to 2014. Her last winner here was her namesake, Carolyn M. in 2012. It romped at odds-on with Rojo up (and we were all over it). Chapman had an AEPS of $2137 (in pre-2014 dollars) and was 9 & 32 from 494 starters lifetime. Where has she been? Who knows. Down on her luck? In silent partnerships? Taking care of her mother? Your guess is as good as mine. But I’ll give her a spin…

Exacta Box 4,8 and Trifectas 4,8/1,5/1,4,5,8

6th – Pass

7th – Some of the $$$ is diverted undeservedly here, perhaps making for an opportunity.

Hess Jr. is 0-19 in L5GP with Layoffs on the Turf.

Chad Brown is only 3-20 Win with RB + UC types here. Triple seems unlikely.

Pick 3 – 3,5,7/4,6,8,10/2

8th – Exacta Key Box 6/4,8,10

9th – I’ve begun to notice that Stidham and Sweezey seem to frequently appear in the same race. I won’t go to the trouble to be sure, but I did go back two years and observed that whenever they were both entered, one of them won or was ITM 27% and 68% respectively (with both ITM 14% of the time). Just sayin’…

Michael has a UCE and he’s 34 & 64 with these with both ITM 43% of the time. Both have satisfactory win angles here.

Kent is 0-12 with the FTS + FTT with 2 ITM.

KOC is 39 & 63 if favored with this 3TS.

Saver Trifectas if alive in the Pick 3 – 3,6,9,(12),(13)/2/3,6,9,(12),(13)


Mr. Pick Four to follow.


Wednesday, May 20th

1st – Bennett’s piece was sub-par by 17, 8 and 10 in last three and he’s sub-par with StRs (IV 0.71).

Caruso is 26 & 46 with his angle. Karma King (2) fits best.

Gatis is 73% ITM with No Changes. Jimmy D (6) descends in a bad way. Negrete is 0-22 with L4-8s.

Exacta Key 2/3,4,5,8

2nd – This one is academic. Ferraro is 11-24 ITM with FBKs and he’s got six going today. Is he all out or is this just one (last race) for the road?

DDs 4,5,8/6 And Trifectas 4,5,8/2,3/4,5,8

3rd – KOC is now 57-126 or 45% Win when the favorite on the Shortenup including 6 of 8 Win at the current meeting.

Best Bet – Win 6

DDs 6/4,6,8,11

Saver Exactas 3,8/6 if alive in the DD and to cover both DDs.

4th – How the hell does KOC double her pleasure with both having 33 & 74 angles and a positive ROI of 71 cents with FTSs and they both are 8-1? I wouldn’t be surprised if both were ITM.

Trifecta Box 4,6,8,11

5th – Mr. Bennett is a reliable 120-204 ITM with the Plain Dropdown + Stretchout. I’m willing to spin the wheel here.

Trifectas All/4,8,11/1 (30 bets)

6th – Exacta Key Box 9/6,8,10

7th – Pick 3 – All/1/5 (12 bets)

8th – The big guns look very tough here.  Silverly Enough (1) has N1X win under his belt and scratched after being entered for 16K in another optional claimer down south. Gets a nice spot here. Hess Jr. is 19 and 51 on the Dirt at GP with a whopping AEPS of $7583 (about 30% greater than Clement).

Raymond has four singles and not one has a double-digit win angle.

Value Play – Win 1

9th – Dropdown + Shortenup works for Stidham. He’s 44 & 63 with these.

Saver Trifectas 1,2,4,10/5/1,2,4,10 (12 bets) if alive in the Pick 3,  otherwise Win 5


May 13th, 2020

It isn’t cheap to keep playing wild exotics between boxcar scores (even in The Upside Down), so today, we’ll be keeping it simple for those with more of an appetite for the mundane, while also offering the regular menu.

1st – Arriagada is 4-9 Win and 6-9 ITM with the TtoD + Dropdown and better than 50% ITM with L1-3 and Shortenups.

ATB 2 or Trifectas All/2/1,6,7,8

2nd – Like many women, you can’t live with Baxter and you can’t live without her. She’s 21 (8-4-3) with today’s angle. Last went at 1-5 and looked like one.

Boyce has been surprising lately, but she’s 3-50 with Dropdowns and 2-46 pilot doesn’t help either.

Pass or Weighted Exacta Key Box 6/3,8,10

3rd – We are utilizing the revised Turf Par adjustments in this one and going forward and will retroactively recalculate the Turf Quirins for the meeting on or about June 1st.

Tiznoise (3) went +10, +5 in OST at 11F and is surely likely to benefit from the Shortenup today. Drastic drop in odds might ordinarily be something to get excited about, but last was a 4 horse field.

Stidham missed when he was supposed to pop with Imaginary Friend (6) (see 2TS + 2TT 47 & 60), then KOC put up sub-par numbers in first two off the claim. Could get a piece, but don’t hold your breath.

ATB 3 or Trifectas All/3/1,5,6,(11),(13)

4th – Courtesy of the DRF for your edification:

“Race 4, the maiden sprint, is carded at six furlongs and restricted to 3-year-olds. A couple key DRF Formulator stats make 2-1 morning-line favorite Onward, a tricky horse with some talent, difficult to read.

A $600,000 auction purchase by Street Sense, Onward debuted with a solid fourth behind victorious Tap It to Win (who won again last Saturday at Gulfstream) and ran his best race when he disputed the pace and held second of 11 in a seven-furlong Aqueduct maiden special weight Nov. 9. A month later, Onward went slightly backward in another New York maiden start, this one at a mile, and his 3-year-old debut, March 14 at Gulfstream, saw him deliver easily his worst performance.

Trainer Christophe Clement makes two key moves with Onward, sending him to Tampa and racing him for the first time in blinkers. Clement’s record with dirt-sprint maiden special weight starters at Tampa is remarkable: five wins from his last six starters. Only one of those winners was an odds-on favorite and the one loser was a first-time starter prepping for turf-route racing.

The first-time blinkers move, though: The last five years, blinkers on with dirt-sprint maidens, Clement is 8-0-0-2, and all but two of those starters went off at 6-1 or lower.

Onward has been posting Payson Park bullet drills since his only race this year, and at his 2019 best wins this.

Drawn on the rail is first-time starter Branco Maria, whose trainer, Mike Stidham, has an unusual record with debuting horses at Tampa, where he’s run a winter string for three seasons. Stidham has won with two of the five Tampa first-time starters that ran in dirt-sprint maiden special weight races – good, but a small sample. The unusual thing: During the same period, Stidham has sent out 19 first-time starters in maiden special route races. Only one of those horses won.

Branco Maria, by Candy Ride, should be used, as should Falkirk, who finished encouragingly in his lone start, a key-race maiden sprint in September at Churchill. One of those three – Onward, Branco Maria, or Falkirk – should win.”

(I note that Wilkes is only 6% Win with 2TSs here and that Clement does much better with Long Layoffs and 2LLs than L1-3s.)


5th – Bowersock is 1-41 with L4-8s and this one will surely be the favorite.

ATB 14 or All/1,5,6/9 if 14 is out (24 bets)

6th – Esor (5) (Latin: There isn’t any) reason not to play Carrasco’s piece. The colt made par numbers while up against the Golden Rail in last and has carried that early speed a bit further in each successive start.

ATB 5 or Trifectas 2,5/2,5,8,9/2,5,8,9

7th – Stewart has hit the board in 5 of last 7 but still hasn’t had a chance to execute on his very best angle: 44% Win and 92% ITM when the favorite off the Layoff. Today might be the day.

Classy of Course (5) went +11, +4 two back then was sub-par on the Shortenup. Not very encouraging, still, McGoey is 9-14 ITM with her angle.

Win and Place 10 if the favorite and Exacta Key Box 10/4,5 if 10 is the favorite, otherwise

Exacta Box 4,5,10

8th – Rosas Way (10) gave way after failing to find the sweet spot on Golden Rail day, but, was par in previous two in FAST sprints. Could offer the most value all day.

ATB 10 – Best Value and Exacta Key Box 10/2,4,8

9th – Joseph Jr. is 22 & 57 with his angle at GP with a whopping $4515 AEPS.A sweeter condition could not have arrived on Christmas morning.

Arriagada (see #5) has gone on a claiming tear, claiming 7 and winning with 6 this season.

Harty is ITM in 6 of last 7 with 3 Wins and he’s 59% ITM with Caramelito’s (9) angle.

The other Arriagada runner (10) has 16 & 48 angle and was par in last two. Juan has also been hot with 7 of 10 ITM with 3 wins in April and May.

ATB 3 Best Bet or Exacta Key Box 3/9,10


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 05/13/2020


Hard to believe, BUT, after tossing him on favs all meet long,

Gallardo comes through on the best bet Saturday, as R Next

Roll’s stats and figs were just too much the best for any

sort of “bad” ride that could have been given her. Not that

it was any sort of help, as the rest of the pics simply just

didn’t show up …..been the same old song all meet long ….


Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 8** WT 1, 5, 6, 7, 10 WT 1, 2, 3 WT

                           2, 5, 9 … $.50 … $22.50


Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 2, 8, 9 WT 5, 10, (12) WT 7, 9, 11

                           WT 3** … $.50 … $9.00 ($13.50)


Co-Best Bets **


May 6th, 2020

We are in uncharted waters now. Three bonus weeks of mayhem, brought to you by Covid-19. I continue to boycott the track staying open by not wagering. I’m living in the epicenter of the pandemic. NY’s curve is flattening while the rest of the lower 48 are going up, up, up. I just feel like I have to make a stand. To each his own.  Best luck!

1st – After maiden win, Fast Fairy (2) got the slap down that we often see in herd dynamics. “Know your place, boy!”  It often takes a couple of hits, but eventually, most figure out that the guys on the other team put their pads on the same way you do. Maiden win went better than par. EP was par on the grass in last.

Padilla was 1-30 with StRs, but then won 3 of 10 at the current meeting. What are we to do with that?

Dig In (6) is sub-par, but Mr. Bennett’s runners are taught to have self-esteem.

ATB 2 for a big price

2nd – Wasiluk’s Mister Mister (1) went 91-86 while four wide versus the Golden Rail in last (today’s par is 92-92). When a 7% trainer has a 25 & 62 angle (Plain FBK + Stretchout + No Class change), it’s gotta be given a piece.

Like Padilla (in R1) Raymond was 10-53 Win with Plain Stretchouts on Nov. 26th, but at the current meeting he’s 0-18 with the angle. However, Raymond, uncannily, was 30% ITM at $11-1 (in 272 tries) with his angle coming into the meeting and is 30% ITM at $12-1 at the current meeting (in 60 tries). Line maker says chances are better than that, but I won’t go that far.

Ochoa is 1-23 with RtSs.

Caruso is 0-6 here with FTSs but is 16 & 40 at PID with same in L5PID.

Just Shoot Already (2) experienced a squib load in last. It happens…but Wright is 70% ITM with Plain Stretchouts.

Exacta Key Box 1/4,5 and Saver Trifectas 1,4,5/2,7/1,4,5 (12 bets)

3rd – If KOC gets the action, she is 44 & 75 with her angle. She’s had good luck with Wilmer Garcia at the meeting.

Correas IV is only 6-61 with Stretchouts and is 0-20 with them at the meeting and has had no luck with Gallardo up.

Hinsley is 0-30 with PTBs and Hem is 0-27 with Layoff + Stretchout types.

DDs 1/7 and Trifectas 1/All/3,7,13 if 1 is the favorite, otherwise

Trifectas All/1/3,7,13 (up to 30 bets)

ATB 1 and Saver DD 7/7

4th – Saver Trifectas 2,3,6/7/2,3,6 (6 bets) if the DD is live, otherwise

Exacta Key Box 7/2,3,6

5th – McGaughey and Clement have 38% Win and 53% Win angles respectively here. Sweezey has the 3+3, was 4 better than par in last and has a 62% ITM angle here.

Falcone is 16 & 30 with Layoffs on the Turf between Gulfstream and Aqueduct in L5. Barron is 1-44 with Non-shipping L1-3s. Rigattieri is 22 & 54 with Shortenups.

Exacta Box 7,8,9 and Saver Trifectas 1,7,8/9/1,7,8 (6 bets)

6th – Granitz, our #1 Value Trainer coming into the meeting, is one of only two red hot conditioners with runners today. Tony won 7 of last 21 with 13 ITM. Gallardo only won once as the favorite for Granitz at the meeting. This race could be the triple bomb du jour.

All/5,6,7/5,6,7 (27 bets) and Saver Trifectas 5,6,7/10/5,6,7 (6 bets)

7th – Stidham is the other guy that’s on fire, 8 of last 9 ITM with 6 wins. He’s 50% ITM with Non-shipping L1-3s.

Hinsley’s piece returns to battle 3YOs again after the whoop ass was put on him by the older boys. Last versus own kind was better than par.

Hamm is 8-51 win with L4-8s. Lopez is 10% LT on the lawn. Threatens…

Exacta Key Box 9/6,8

8th – Stidham is 7-15 Win with 2TS + 2TT types. He’s also 9-14 ITM with UCEs with both ITM 6 times. He’s gone to Suarez and not Centeno. McGaughey is 36 & 55 with Non-layoffs on the Turf. Son of Curlin remains with Sam-son, leading us to conclude that Sweezey just babysits today. Motion is a miserable 1-35 Win with Non-shipping L1-3s. With a %E of 51.25, Charliecando (4) fits going a mile.

Exacta Box 6,8 and Saver Trifectas 6,8/2,4,9/2,4,6,8,9 (18 bets)


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 05/06/2020

Welcome to the extension …not to be confused with the Summer Festival

of Racing, which, as we know, turns Tampa Downs into Ocala Downs. Seems

pretty much the same so far …wonder if the shenanigans on track continue

……….Barile, I’m sure, has the number of bombs to “figure” horse 

percentages, which have to be astronomical …. will Barile’s “Upside Down”

world continue even as some outfits head back to the midwest, which seems

ready to open back up?? …Will Pastor Johnny Collins lead the trainers ?

Will Chuckie Lopez roar back as a leading rider ? …. stay tuned, it’s all

about to play out …..12 whole days 


Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 5, 7 WT 1, 2, 6 WT 3** WT 4, 7, 8

                             … $.50 … $13.50


Late Pic 4 (5-8) …. 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 WT 5, 10 WT 6** WT 8, 9

                             … $.50 … $10.00


April 29th, 2020

1st – Pimental is not known for UCEs but he’s 3-3 with them at the meeting. Suarez was up on two of the three. John reprises his April 8th UCE here, a race in which both were trying and almost both hit the board (they finished heads apart). The Great Loudini (10) got the worst of it, having to overcome a horrible start. Loudini made a +10 final fraction in huge effort to get a piece and must get the nod again today. Pimental has an IV of 2.12 with No Change types. Mrs. Bennett is 1-12 with longshots in L5T but Camacho stays on…

Win 10 and Trifectas 10/1,2,4,9/1,2,4,9 (12 bets)

2nd – Harty is 7-41 Win (17%) with Non-layoff + Non-shipping TtoDs, but he is 100% ITM (10-10) with 4 Wins when odds on in L2T. It’s a Sophie’s Choice. Nevertheless, Accessible (5) was par or better in both tries on the dirt.

Jonathan Thomas is 42 and 75 with 2TSs and while they usually go postward as the favorite off solid debuts, Jonathan did bomb three times with them too in L5T.

Exacta Box 3,5 for a fighting chance to make 2-1

3rd – A very tough race indeed. Terranova has 26% Win and 36% Win angles and is 39% Win with Camacho up. Wish Upon (2) made a +5 final fraction in Hillsborough despite trouncing. McGaughey is 20 (7-3-2) with Layoffs on the Turf here and has an AEPS of $10,326 with same, the best among these by far. The tell for Lerman/Centeno appears to be action. The team is 7-7 ITM when the favorite. We’re willing to bend the rules a tad here. Having dinner and talking horses some years ago, Bennett challenged me on the usefulness of figures on the grass. He insisted that unless they can finish up real close (< 1BL), they should be tossed. I’ll take his advice here with regards to Distinctive Flower (10).

Exacta Box 2,8,9 if Red Curls is at least the 2nd choice, otherwise

DDs 2,8/1 if 1 is the top choice in the DD probables and Trifectas 2,8/3,6,9/2,3,4,6,8,9 (24 bets)

4th – Harty is 41% Win if the top choice when on the dropdown (and only 18% when not). Bennett’s piece was par in last. Delgado is 19% and 54% with his angle.

Trifectas 1/8/2,8 if 1 is the favorite, otherwise

Trifectas 1,2,8/All/1,2,8 (36 bets)

5th – Brown is 84% ITM (52-62) here and 78% ITM with L4-8s. The restricted types have an IV of 1.27 in these OCs for 3YOs in L10T. The 10 and the 9 went just 4 and 5 clicks slower respectively than the Hillsborough GII and multiple Graded Stakes winning Starship Jubilee on March 7th. The 9 came back with a +15, +4 better than par effort on April 1st.

Connelly is 0-33 with L4-8s and 2-59 with Shippers. The cadet bearing her name gets no more than a piece.

Exacta Key Box 3/9,10

6th – Sweezey does the honors for Delacour who is taking the stay at home order seriously. The last one, Milburn won handily (for Granitz). Delacour is 65% win with the TtoD move when the favorite and has all winning singles here.

If 13 doesn’t go, Yanez is 9-14 or 64% ITM with 4 Wins and our action devolves in that manner.

Win 13 or Exacta Key Box 9/All (22 bets) bombs away

7th – Last Promise (7) is a technical drop in class ( The Curt Fox was a legit C25 claimer) on the Rightback and I must give a piece here. Underutilized Santos is hungry and has 7 of last 14 win or place. The 6YO also has the desirable 3+3.

Clement has an IV of 0.69 and an ROI of -$0.93 when the favorite. When not the favorite, he 21% Win with a +$0.37 ROI. My kinda guy.

Exacta Key Box 7/1,8,10 and Saver Trifectas 1,7/3,5,9/1,7,10 (12 bets)

8th – With 56% ITM in FTS + FTT races in 40 tries, Clement is the most reliable here.

Exacta Key Box 3/1,4,9 and Saver Trifectas All/3/1,9 (18 bets)


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 04/29/2020

Gotta give props where props are due … Barile steals my show by banging

out a $272 late P 4 on Sunday ….just a note here … he waits for my

selections, and then plays all the numbers I have left off ….after 5 years

he finally clix …..with 13 dates left, I’m sure we can bounce him off his

self-constructed throne ….we’ll start here …..

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 3, 5 WT 2, 6, 8 WT 2, 4 WT 5, 10

                             … $.50 … $18.00 

Late Pic 4 (5-8) …. 3, 5, 8, 10 WT 1, 8, 9 WT 1** WT 3, 6, 8

                             … $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


IT’S FREE PLAY WEDNESDAY! April 22nd, 2020

Oh, Superfly
You’re gonna make your fortune by and by
But if you lose, don’t ask no questions why
The only game you know is Do or Die

Taking all that he can take
Gambling with the odds of fate
Tryin’ ta get over
Woo, Superfly


Seven favorites and seven bombs on Sunday. Somebody did alright…

Only competition is Fonner and Will Rogers today. Take advantage of all the foreign (uninformed $$$) passing thru the windows today…

On April 11th, we were the first to tell you of Tampa’s plan to extend the meeting. Open sources are now confirming our intel.

1st – Bennett has been so dominant, it’s easy to make him your top choice but, he’s only 12% with No Changes, even while he’s 47 & 80 when on the FBK and the favorite. BothTampa starts were sub-par. Parra has four discrete ITM angles averaging 45%.

Exacta Key Box 2/8,9,10

2nd – OFF TURF – None of these does anything special in OSTs, but Stewart, who has been really struggling (17% Win P4T vs. 11% Win currently), historically has an IV of 1.31 with OSTs. 72% of Ryan’s wins in L6T have been Shortenup or Stretchout types and he is 46% Win when the favorite on the Stretchout. Sharp recent 4F work gives a hint. Hernandez Jr. is 21-25 ITM with Plain Stretchouts.

Exacta Key Box 1/2,4,7,9 (let’s see who goes)

3rd – Scott is 28% Win with Plain Dropdowns. Last two were par.

Trifectas All/4/2,6,9 (24 bets)

4th – OFF TURF – Stidham is now 9-11 ITM with OSTs. Connections put up $30K for this maiden claimer. They must have high hopes. Thomas is 4-4 ITM with three wins (all odds-on) this week. He’s 25% Win with TtoDs and 20% Win with Non-shipping 2L1-3s.

Exacta Key Box 9/2,3,4,5.6 (let’s see who goes)

5th – The Phipps Stable has an AEPS of $17.5K, better than the very best of Tampa’s elite. Above par debut was followed by a start highlighted by act up in the gate. Gotta give another chance. Mr. Bennett is 23% Win with the 2OC + No Change. Legacy Azteca’s (6) numbers have been par all winter. Padilla runner has desirable 3+3 and appears likely to get a piece on the class drop after six over par finish in last (disregard BL).

Pick 4 – 2,6,7/1,3,4,10/5,6,7/8 (36 bets)

6th – Granitz runner Antalya (7) went 107-95 on the last day before the PR was moved, a big effort (today’s par is 95-95). In last and 3rd start back this mare made par final fractions. I’ve got nothing good to say about any of the others. Nagle is 2-28 with L4-8s. Guciardo is 4-98 with 2Ss. KOC/Gallardo are 9-54 Win at the meeting. Toss.

Saver Pick 3 – 7/5,6,7/8 (3 bets) If alive after Leg 1 of Pick 4

7th – See Rs 5 & 6

8th – Summer Assault (8) went +15 in debut and was above par for T/E in next two. Sea Lover (3) went 96-92 in debut, while Mary Bennett’s piece went 85 and Dini’s went 84-90.

Best Bet – Win 8 and Exacta 8/3


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 04/22/2020


After two days to calm down, I have …. almost feel as if an apology

is in order after Sunday’s results ….that’s how this game goes

sometimes, and I’ve seen worse ….is there solace in thinking or

saying that “at least you hit it” makes it sit well ?? …..HELL NO


Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 5, 9 WT 2, 3, 9 WT 4, 6, 9, 11 WT 8 **

                         … $.50 … $12.00


Late Pic 4 (5-8) …. 4, 8 ** WT 1, 2, 7, 10 WT 3, 6 WT 3, 8

                         … $.50 … $16.00


Best Bet **


April 15th, 2020

1st – Ryan is 23% Win with Shortenups while the 2nd ML choice comes from 2-100 with Non-layoff Dirt Sprints trainer. Derek is 50% ITM with the Dropdown + Shortenup angle and 72% of Ryan’s winners (53-74) have been Shortenup or Stretchout types in L6T. The latter has good luck with FBKs and is 24% ITM with his multiple angle. It’s a sad day when the linemaker makes you 2nd choice because you only got trounced once…

Trifectas All/3/1,5,8 (18 bets)

2nd –Stidham’s piece went 16 better than par in debut, behind Summer Assault, 3rd in Columbia Stakes last month. Nobodyknowsnothin (6), at least not about this race, but if Woodard’s piece is a dud, why leave it in open company? He pops with PTBs.

DDs 8/4,5,8 and Exacta 8/6

3rd – The 4 ,5 & 8 are the only runners with trainers with winning angles (26%, 21% and 23% respectively).

DDs 4,5,8/5

4th – Delacour is in isolation since 3/28 (he’s no fool), but Bible Tony babysits. Delacour is 11-14 Win with today’s three characteristic angle (and that’s about as good as it gets).

Win 5 (Best Bet)

DD 5/8

5th – Bennett’s losing streak sits at 10. His record is 14. He is sub-par with these angles, but Federale (8) was 4 better than par in last and Santos can’t afford to play the stiffing game. I don’t like it, but it’s a good time for a DB Martingale to commence. Hamm has turned up the volume with 5 winners and a 30% increase in production the past month.

Saver Trifectas1,5,6,7/8/1,5,6,7 (12 bets)

6th – Rachiely’s Dream (2) was up close at the 2nd Call in 5 of 8 starts (including a No Contest last season)  and we got a $14.50 return for show at GP in the fall, so this filly owes us nothing. Rosalda (4) may have been ten back at the 2nd Call in last, but she made 4 better than par EP. Again, Santos will play it straight. Sudden Light (5) has won at today’s distance and that’s something.

If they are off the turf and the 1 is the favorite, you have a good bet.

Trifectas All/4,5/2 (14 bets)

7th – Fog Warning (4) was closest to par in last and likes related distances. Dobber is 55% ITM with his angle. Rodriguez is 60% Win if the favorite in this circumstance (with the 8), but he’s only 9% Win with RtSs. Darien doesn’t do UCEs, but the 9 isn’t too shabby on angles either.

Exacta Box 4,8,9

8th – Strong Gem (1) was close to par in last two. Dini has 50% ITM angle. Two back, Strict Vow (3) was outgunned on speed favoring first day after rail adjustment but improved position late with a +5,-4 and a par Final Fraction. Westlye’s disappointing FG sojourn on the dropdown leaves us guessing. Carvajal Jr. RB seems unlikely (1-18 Win).

Exacta Box 1,2,3 and Saver Trifectas 1,2,3/5,7,8/1,2,3 (18 bets)

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 04/15/2020


So nice getting the extension without actually having to file for

it …. breathing room …. nothing like it ….anyway, I’ve gone

ahead and sharpened the darts, so we’re hoping that they land

where intended …. Interesting, that unlike Fonner, Tampa has

foregone with making one of their Pick 5’s a “jackpot” 5 … no

kidding, check out the handle on it ….Peter ???

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 1, 6, 8 WT 1, 4, 8 WT 3, 5 WT 8 ** … $.50 … $9.00

Late Pic 4 (5-8) …. 7, 8 WT 4, 6, 9 WT 4, 8, 9 WT 2,5… $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


JB Note: You’d think Kevin would want to file early with all those tickets on the floor to claim as losses….jk


April 8th

We enter week three of the Upside Down, where deceit and conspiracy are the M.O. du jour. (For an explanation of the Upside Down, Google Stranger Things.

In the Upside Down, or anywhere else, Structure is what we are after. Work is almost all Structure. When you get the Structure, you can do the work.  Things fall into place. You can complete. No Structure, no completion. As always, you can cherry pick the races to lay in on, but you shouldn’t change your basic handicapping strategy from race to race. Things are FUBAR presently and your choices should reflect this reality.

1st – What a Hoot (2) has a 74% ITM angle (Plain TtoD + Dropdown) for Granitz. Gallardo often robs us, maybe not in the Upside Down. However, competing angles do not make good bedfellows. Dobber has the worse record among these conditioners. Let’s put him on top.

Exacta Key Box 7/2,8

2nd – Correas IV is 5-5 ITM with 3TT + Dropdown move. Rodriguez is 64% ITM with Plain Distance Changes and 58% ITM with DtoTs.  Dominguez has not been favored once at the meeting. The upside Down appreciates novelty.

Trifectas All/1,2,6/1,2,6 (48 bets)

3rd – Arboritanza has an IV of 1.64 in the final weeks of the meeting (the mode we have been operating in for the last few weeks) including a $59-1 bomb last week and he remains on our list of Top Ten Value Trainers. Cheap 3YOs are always a dangerous proposition.

Trifectas All/5,8,9/1 (21 bets)

4th – Wales and Ferrer have had most of Sweezey’s winners this season, but the latter has moved on (as in Stays the Fuck at Home). The FBK and Stretchout both work for J. Kent.

Trifectas All/9/4,7 (18 bets)

5th – This one looks ripe for a $10K tri. Be happy with just a piece or throw some darts.

DDs All/5

6th – Monkey Mind (5) offers the best value. Chases big EPs routinely but won’t see one today leaving something in the tank.  Nations, still making up for lost time, was ITM in 6 of last 8. The lemmings follow Mr. Bennett into the headlong rush to destruction.

Saver Exactas 4,8/5

6th – Mary Ann Bennett is 15 for 28 ITM with Non-Layoff Dirt Sprints and the sun is setting on this meeting. I’m expecting a big wakeup from Big Gillette (7) in 2nd off the Long Layoff with Camacho up.

Cibelli, always a threat, presents with none of her winning angles.

DDs 7/2,3,7 and Trifectas 7/All/4,6

8th – Harty machine keeps rolling along with 8 of last 12 ITM and 31 of 40 ITM when the favorite. Toss. Clement looks right: FTS + FTT 39 (10-6-6) making it wrong. Toss. Hard to say if Gallardo will bite the hand that feeds him here, but Heavenly Peace (2) presents a great hunch bet, as that’s exactly what we wish for our departed brothers and sisters who have succumbed after the horrible battle with the virus.

Saver Trifectas 8,9/2,3,7/2,3,7,8,9 (18 bets) if worthwhile


Wednesday, April 1st

Handles are off by 50% in the past six weeks…the exodus will surely begin earlier than usual. Where they will go, nobody knows. A shortage of intel would tend to skew today’s selections towards the known and away from the unknown, but that could be a mistake. We also note that claims are down by 50%, so some dropdowns might do better than usual.

1st. When you made +2 better than par in last versus this crowd, you deserve to be the favorite, win or lose.

$0.50 Trifectas 7/All/2,4,10 (27 bets)($13.50)

2nd – The gospel rocker from Ocala, Mr. Johnny Collins (see #5), has never had two winners in a row (that’s since 2002). Not here in Tampa.  Not anywhere! Just sayin…

Galvan is having a solid meeting and he tries the No Change for the first time at the meeting today (21% Win and 43% ITM).

Old Fort (5) is on the FBK after 2nd best effort. If he’s the favorite (and I think he will be), Correas IV is 55% Win and 88% ITM under today’s circumstances.

$50 Weighted Exacta Key Box 5/1,7

3rd – Sweezey/Wales have 5 bombs in ten starts. He is a bit soft with Shippers (12% Win) but improved with Stretchouts this season up to 24% Win from 11% last year. KOC’s singles are OK and signs of early speed have my attention on Bumpa (5). Dini is 50% ITM with FTSs here.

$0.50 Trifectas 3,5,7/1,6,8,9,10/3,5,7 (30 bets)($15)

4th – I can’t make a case for any of these but the AE 12. Marmalade (12) went +8,-2 in last and Rodriguez is close to par with this type.

Win 12 if in otherwise

Exacta Key Box 11/4 otherwise

Exacta Key Box 4/1,2,3,8

5th – In an event that appears likely to go below par, Caruso’s piece looks OK. Nick has a couple of par singles today. Guciardo is 62% ITM with the L1-3 + 1PTB.

$0.50 Trifectas 8,9,11/4,7,10,12/6 (12 bets)($6)

$0.50 Pick 4 – 8,9,11/3,6/1,7,10,11/4,6 ($24)

6th – Flores surprised again and again last season and I’m still waiting for a surprise

$1 Saver Trifecta All/3,6/2,3,6,7 (24 bets)($24) if alive after Leg 1

7th – See R6

8th – Rail may go to 30 feet today and that should fare well for zippy Alley Oop Johnny (4) who went +8,+3 in last and goes for Rigattieri, 25 & 50 with Plain Dropdowns.

See R6


March 25th, 2020

At my age, it’s refreshing to watch time slow to a crawl after it had been flying by for so many years, but cabin fever beats the other kind. Let’s try to get it right for the sake of the men and women who are risking their health and safety to put on this show for us four times a week.

1st – Mr. Bennett has two 22% Win historical single angles, but at this meeting he’s 7 (3-4-0) with the TtoD + Dropdown. Santos is way down on Bennett’s list of “go to” riders, however. They are 1-11 and 5-11 at the meeting. Cpl. Dionicio (7) was 9 below par early and -4 late in big win. Stills looks best, but I can’t get excited about the 3YO. I’ve been saying that the meeting could shut down at any moment and with that in mind, I’ve dusted off the “Final Three Weeks of the Meeting” Report and Hem has an IV or 1.71 if such is the case (and I think it is). Padilla is 3-36 with StRs. Scott is 63% ITM since New Year’s Day but PTB puts me off. Wasiluk is 33% ITM since Jan. 24th at $16-1.

Exacta Key Box 7/3,4,5

2nd – Carrasco Jr. is 42% Win and 74% ITM when the favorite in this situation. Ochoa is 79% ITM with UCEs, has an IV or 2.15 in the “final weeks” and Camacho remains hot with 11 of last 15 ITM with 6 wins recently. My Cotton Candy (4) has made a couple of par Quirins, but has no angle to speak of. Gerard’s other piece, Cultural Mandate (8) was +8 for T/E in last. I bang the drum for Concerto’s Appeal (6), an occasional bomber off the long layoff for Durr.

Exacta Key Box 1/3,8 and Saver Trifectas 1/2,6/3,8

3rd – I’ve been stuck on the Pick 6 for a week or so now and was eliminated in Leg 1 on Sunday. The Secretary starts us off with another tough one to kick it off today.

Mr. Bennett is 56% Win with the 2TS + Dropdown. Granitz, our reigning Value Leader with average ITM odds of $6.40-1, also has an IV of 1.9 in the final weeks. Stack Shack (7) was only two below par after bobbled break in debut. Proctor is par with FTSs. Bowersock has an IV of 1.25 with No Changes if you dare. If a woman could carry a baby for 11 months, the child’s name would be Stewart. At the last three meetings, Chad has had 9 or 10 winners before it was over. This year he popped once (last Wednesday). Nevertheless, he remains 8-33 Win with FTSs over the years. Bahama Pearl (4) was 9 better than par for T/E in last and Carvajal Jr has been ITM in 9 of last 23 at $10-1. There have been three winners and two ITM out of Bahama Pearl’s last (including Gogo Shoes – see #6)

$75 Conditional Win and Place 4 for 3-1

$0.20 Pick 6 – 4/1,3,5,6,7/1,2,3,4,5,6,8/2/1,4,7,11/3 ($28)

$0.20 Pick 6 – 4/1,3,5,6,7/4,6/2/1,4,7,11/1,3,4,10 ($32)

4th – Here in Oldsmar, $16K Claimers on the Turf (and often SALW16 as well) are the generic conditions for anything other than N3L or N2Ys. It is here that “class within a class” considerations are probably the greatest among all Tampa race conditions and also, probably the hardest to distinguish. It’s also a fact that 25K Claimers are superior to OC32/N2Xs. That gives The Curt Fox (6) with Camacho in the irons, a leg up on these, but disappointing final fractions and sub-par Quirins won’t let me bite. Quality Step (7) is moving through his conditions, giving him a bit of an upgrade, and Nations has 35% Win and 39% Win multiple angles here. Rodriguez is 37% Win and 56% ITM with L4-8s and Astute Warrior (5) made the best final fractions in the field in last two.

Saver Pick 5 if alive after Leg 1 of Pick 6

$0.50 Pick 5 – 5,7/4,6/2/All/3 ($22)

5th – A couple of solid bet against help the cause here. Rigattieri is 3-62 with the L1-3 + UC and Mr. Bennett has an IV of 0.85 with the L1-3 + 1OC (see #8).

Mr. Bennett’s other piece has 66% ITM and 49% ITM angles but no win angles, despite Gerry’s reliability with UCEs. Padilla is 50 and 75 with 1OC + Stretchout types and tries the angle for the first time at the meeting. My Boy Lenny (6) was 7 better than par last, but Darien and Gallardo have only been singing in harmony when the favorite.

Saver Pick 4 if alive in P5 (it’s covered in the Pick 6)

$0.50 Saver Pick 4 – 4,6/2,6/1,4,7,11/1,3,4,10 ($32)

6th – North Dakota (2) has the fewest Covid-19 cases in the lower 48 and McGaughey is 16 (6-4-1) here with Non-layoffs on the Turf. His piece also made +7 and +6 final fractions in last two. If you’ll excuse the pun, North Dakota (2) will go viral.

Delacour is not going to be the favorite, leaving him with a 0.59 IV.

Uske has only 2 starts in 2020 and last win was 52 starts ago.

Clement likes to win when not the favorite and this Firestone FTS has a better than 25% chance of winning.

Conditional $100 Win 2 for 6-5

$25 Exacta 2/6

$50 DD 2/3

8th – A Cazares shut out is not likely. She’s better than that. Miss Wrote (2) went +9 early before running out of gas and shortens up today.

Saver Trifectas 1,4,6,10/3/1,4,6,10 (12 bets) to cover


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 03/25/2020

Centeno / Delacour combo almost never fails on the lawn here, except

when Mr. Pick 4 singles them ….. and especially when he makes them

a single ….. and his best bet …. getting beat by Castanon makes it

even more disheartening  …. and I don’t think we’ll see Chuckie as

your post time favorite again this meet ….now, as Leo Guerrero sez,

Let’s Win Today, my racing brothers ….


Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 1, 3 WT 2, 7 WT 4, 5, 7 WT 4, 6… $.50 … $12.00


Late Pic 4 (5-8) …. 4, 6 WT 1, 2, 6 WT 1, 4, 7 WT 1, 3 … $.50 … $18.00


Best Bet (closest thing would be the 6, R 5, but the pilot does

            not get my support on fav best bets)



March 18, 2020

1st – Carrasco Jr. is 0-22 with L4-8s and Guciardo is 4-61 with same. Rini is 0-55 with Non-layoff dirt sprints.

$0.50 Trifecta Box 2,4,5,7 ($12)

$0.50 Saver Pick 3 – 2,4,5,7/5/1 ($2.00)

3rd – Drake is 1-37 with his angle. They Call Me Lucky (4) can’t seem to get out of the gate.

$20 Win 1

$0.50 Saver Pick 3 – 3,7/4,5,6,7/1,4 ($8.00)

4th – Bronx Rumble (4) went fast early (+5) and slow late (-10). I’m not impressed. Dini is good for a piece 43% of the time with his angle.

$0.50 Trifectas 6,7/4,5,6,7/1,4,5,6 (16 bets)($8.00)

$1.00 Pick 3 – 4,5,6,7/1,4/1,4 ($16.00)

5th – Princess Livia (1) has been a model citizen and Mr. Bennett is par with long layoffs. Hot jockey, solid Quirins and Value Trainer with 7 of 9 ITM with UCEs (none both) is a recipe for success.

$7 Exacta Box 1,4

$0.50 Saver Pick 3 – 1,4/8/2,5,7 ($3.00) if alive

7th – Claim from Bennett has been without the secret sauce (strong action) so I won’t support today. Manning is 12-22 Win with Long Layoffs on the Dropdown. The 7 was par in last and Silva has a 57% ITM angle.

$2 DDs 2,5,7/6 ($6)

8th – Very Replaceable (6) shortens up after +6,+4 effort with a + 2.5 Final Fraction. Looks very tough to beat today.

$25 Win 6

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 03/18/2020


We have our escape from the craziness, whereas others aren’t so

lucky …… I’d like to think that none of us are participating in

the hoarding, and following the guidelines laid forth for us …. I

for one, need no persuading, as my frail lungs need none of what

the world is offering right now …stay safe and healthy, my

friends, and our pastime will return to us before you know it.

…..now, let’s cry over spilled milk ….Sunday’s plays were the

victims of two spoilers that amounted to a half-length ….

combined !! …2 plays lost by a nose and a neck, but as the

saying goes …neck or mile. what the hell is the difference??!!

….we’ll keep knocking at the door until they let us in !!


Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 5, 6 WT 1, 3, 7 WT 4, 5, 7 WT 1, 4… $.50 … $18.00


Late Pic 4 (5-8) …. 1, 2, 4, 7 WT 4, 8 WT 2, 3, 5, 7 WT 5 ** … $.50 … $16.00


Wednesday, March 11th

We should give thanks, that a poverty of knowledge, occasionally, so narrows our vision of things as to allow the possibility of feeling something about them. How could we find a pretext to react to anything if we understood…everything? None but an absent mind was ever victimized by the adventure of intense emotional feeling. (from A Soft Voice Whispers Nothing by Thomas Ligotti)

1st – Pick 3 – 1,2,3/4/All (24 bets)

2nd – Meilleur = Better

After two making two bombs in sprints, Escobar set the table for a bomb at 8.18F and executed with a 103-97 in a par 98-98. Flashed even more speed in next try (a 107 early). Switches to Chuckie Lopez and returns to a sprint to keep the party going.

See R1

3rd – See R1

4th – Erin Go Braugh = Ireland Forever

Hernandez lost the contest of nerves when five across the track near the far turn he retreated when in tight, losing all chance, then got going and showed something again, before tossing in the towel in last. Gets rewarded with a “Póg mo thóin” (kiss my ass) by Arboritanza who switches to Mawing today. Joe is 44-95 ITM with Plain Stretchouts.

Bolter (6) was par in last, but Raymond has already executed the bomb. Could be trying again but just as likely to be setting up his next coup.

Win 8 Saver Exacta 6/8

An uncomplicated but daring multi-race tiered wager emerges from my imagination of what’s possible when I take an emotional adventure of my own (for a change).

Minimum possible action today is $183.20/ Maximum is about $600

$0.20 Saver Pick 6 – 6,8/1,3/4,5,7,10/2,3,8/1,4/2,4,5 ($43.20)

5th – You can count on one hand the number of races at the meeting that rivalled Tapit Today’s win on Dec. 28th. The also rans out of that race have been in the money in four of six since then. Today, that race is represented by the 1, 3 & 5. Rosebud’s Hope (see #4) was out of the aforementioned race and put the whoop ass on Barrel of Destiny (4) in next start. I can’t find an excuse (beyond treachery) for Distinctive Flower (6) who went par two back, then followed with a -19, -11 while controlling the pace in last.

$0.50 Saver Pick 5 – 5,6/4,5,7,10/2,3,8/1,4/6 ($24.00) if alive after Leg 1 of Pick 6

6th – Ward historically is solid with these angles but hasn’t done anything with them at the current meeting. I’ve already kicked myself in the ass for not keeping the faith with Dennis a couple of times this year (KP Creed and Done Acting both had solid angles coming off poor finishes and won without my backing).

Exacta Key Box 10/4,5,7

7th – Two out of the 2 & 3’s last have won since. Faction Cat won the Turf Dash and My Boy Lenny won an N2X. Connelly is always a threat at 33% ITM in all starts here at $9-1 average odds in L11T. She has favored Morales in L4T but he sticks on the 8 for Delgado. Is there something to read between the lines here or does Connelly just return to Gallardo for practical reasons. After 24% Win on the RB in L9T, Ward is just 1-15 in L2T with the angle.

$100 Weighted Exacta Key Box 3/2,8 and $10 Saver Trifectas 2,8/2,5,8/3 ($40)

$7 Saver Pick 3s – 2,3,8/3,5/1,7 ($84) if still alive in the P6 or the P5

8th – The last time Roberson won two consecutive races was on July 8th, 2013 (122 races ago).

Town Classic was well above par over the weekend in a SALW16 and Mungojerrie raced in an N1X for $42K at Lrl and was 3rd by a neck at 3/2 recently, upgrading Mr. Bennett’s Mighty Ghost (1). Jerry has two 65% ITM angles here but none for Win.

$200 Weighted DDs 1,4/1,7 if alive after Leg 1 of Pick 3 (if it’s played)

9th – Ryan is 4-7 Win and 6-7 ITM with UCEs (with both ITM in 4 of 7). He’s 50% Win when the favorite and Plain Shortenup (in 22 tries) (see both 1 and 7). Hernandez Jr. looks to get off the schneid with 26% Win and 31% Win angles.

Saver Exactas if alive to follow in a tweet depending on the Will Pays


Wednesday, March 4th

1st – Charging Renee (1) went 97-100 in last and today’s par is 94-94. Five of eight claimed from Thomas have won with no duds. O’connor is 10 & 44 OC.

Roberson bombs with this type. Returns to the dirt on the big dropdown after four failed attempts on the lawn. Jan 5th OST over drying surface is tossed.

Premium Motion (4) changed hands thereby making Carrasco Jr. the trainer whose stats we are interested in. Victor is now 0-21 with L4-8s, but also is 41 & 71 with PTBs when the favorite. Choose your poison.

KOC/Gallardo are only 7-39 at the meeting (18%) and only 20% when the favorite. Kathy has two >50% ITM angles here that involve L4-8 status.

Trifectas 1,4,5/1,3/1,4,5

2nd – Jorge Delgado is 29% Win with Non-layoff Dirt Routes at GP and was close to par in last.

In my book, I talk about how it’s important not to blindly back every solid Multiple Angle as there are meetings when a trainer just doesn’t have the tools (horses) to execute. Feliciano was 18% Win and 54% ITM at the last three meetings but hasn’t had a winner since before Christmas. Ten years ago, I might have kept laying it in based on the historical data. Not anymore. These days, one must have the historical data AND be performing presently before the rubber band comes off the bankroll. (Stewart is also on our hit list presently).

Diablo’s Darling’s (4) only win on the dirt was at 8.32F.

Trifectas 2/1,4/1,3,4,7 (6 bets)

DDs 2/1,5,7

3rd – KOC is 58% ITM with FBK + TtoD types and Quirins are competitive.

Ochoa is now 0-19 with 2TSs.

Rodriguez has big numbers all around but Jost Dreamy (6) remains with David. Darien is 16% Win and 52% ITM with PTBs, but this is really pushing the envelope.

DDs 1,5,7/10

4th – Yanez tends to excel at the Stretchout versus the Shortenup but has solid Quirins and remains a threat.

Hemingway looks for only 2nd Turf bomb of the meeting here (he averages about 6 at every meeting), however, one might argue that the crowd just has his number now. Still, I think the rush it gives him compels him to try. Ian has both of his big turf bomb angles working here.

Sienkewicz is 5-83 Win with Dropdowns.

Terranova is 7 (2-4-0) with Non-layoff Rightbacks, but Corcoran (7) is not even close to par.

Mr. Maurice (10) comes back fast and on the Shortenup after weakening in the final furlong last time out. That race went +18, +7, leaving Mr. Maurice with a 109-94. Today’s par is 93-93. I am always reluctant to lay it in on trainers that I don’t have to profile for.

Conditional $10 ATB 10 for 9/2 ($30)

$20 DD 10/3

$1 Trifectas 10/4,5,8,9/4,5,8,9 (12 bets)($12)

5th – Arriagada hasn’t missed the board here with the 1OC + Shortenup (6-6 ITM with 4 Wins) and is 35% & 76% ITM if the favorite in this situation.

See R4

Saver Trifectas 2,6,7/3/All (15 bets) to cover if alive in the DD

6th – Again, Hemingway has an opportunity to bomb (and this one will be lucky if it goes to the post as such (meaning $9-1 or >). Ian is 68% ITM with Plain Shortenups and benefits from the class gap on the Shortenup after – 1 ½ FF in last. PP1 is now 1-38 recently (ouch)!

Embattled (8) is also out of the same race as Mr. Maurice (See R4) and should also benefit from the shortenup for McKanas who was a top bomb maker with PTBs in 17-18.

$25 Place and Show 1

$50 Weighted Exacta Key Box 1/5,7,8

$25 Weighted DDs 1,5,8/3

7th – Guciardo is 1-42 with 2L1-3s. Palacios-Molina is 2-36 with Long Layoffs.

Exactas 3/1,5,10

8th – If Ryan gets action here, watch out. He’s 3-7 Win and 5-7 ITM with Plain Stretchouts at the meeting and crushes it when favored in this spot. Should outperform even as the 3rd choice.

Mr. Bennett is 4-13 this year with 2S + No Class Change types, but is only 18-131 for the past 10 years with the same angle. A spate of good fortune does not undue a decade of underachievement.

Exacta Key Box 5/3,10

DDs 3,5,10/7

9th – See R8

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 03/04/2020


Bad luck continues to plague us, as the big day approaches, and

frustration is knocking at the door, BUT, we will not surrender

our ground or change tactics now, as the bastardos owe us !!

BTW, a quick check of other sites shows the same evidence of

frustration from fellow prognosticators ….it’s a big boat my

friends …..feeling good about today …. we shall see ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 4 WT 1, 5 WT 4, 8, 9, 10 WT 1, 4… $.50 … $16.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 4, 5, 7 WT 3 ** WT 2, 5, 7, 10 WT 4, 7, 10 … $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


Wed., February 26th

This card looks more like late April than late February. That’s what incompetence and mismanagement gets you…

1st – R(obert) D(rake) Have Faith could pop after par performance in last. This hobbyist has been known to bomb now and again (5-135 since 2003). Bennett has not tried this move in the last 5 years. Could be a bad sign or a good sign.

Exacta Key Box 3/2,5

2nd – Mrs. Bennett and KOC have > 50% ITM angles, after that, a par effort from Action Warrior (6) in last rounds things out.

DDs 5,6,7/1,8

3rd – DDs 1,8/6,8

4th – Gallardo has more wins on an OFF TRACK than the whole colony for the past 5 years and the rain should be coming down good, right about now. Credit Cycle (8) went 99-92 (against the bias) at today’s distance on an off track in December (today’s par is 95-94). Gets another chance.

See R3

5th – Scott’s piece went +3,+7 on off track two back, but she is now 4-28 win with Plain Dropdowns in L5T. Twocubanbrothersu (3), a three time Above Par Dueler, goes for Rigattieri, 100% ITM in 11 tries in this situation. Guciardo is 8 for 9 ITM with her angle in L2T (after being 0-18 in P3T). Gallardo is up.

Exacta Key Box 3/2,6 and Saver Trifectas 2,3,6/1,5,7/2,3,6 (18 bets)

6th – Elusive Ryder (5) made today’s par in last two. KOC is 22% Win and 56% ITM with No Change types.

$0.50 Pick 4 – 5,8/4,5,8,10,11,12/1,3,4,6,8/9 (up to 60 bets) ($30)

add the 7 in leg 3 if 11 or 12 scratches in leg 2

8th – Big Money Machine (7) has five, discrete, > 50% ITM angles for Hinsley and the PTB Crichton is 50% ITM on the dirt at GP.

Conditional $10 Win and $40 Show for $6-1

$1 Trifectas 1,3,4,6,8/7/1,3,4,6,8 (20 bets)($20)(regardless of odds)

9th – Pins and Needles (9) gives me needles and pins.


This lady by top sire Giant’s Causeway (RIP 2018) (15% Winners here) gets Gallardo in the soup after +5 Tampa debut on the lawn. Should mop these up….if Gallardo’s side business isn’t operating in this one.

Win 9

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 02/26/2020

With the way it’s been going, you will not hear me bitch about the paltry hit on Sunday …every casher is a decent one …for those who were adventurous, throw in a few yacktas and tris PLUS if you were reeally daring, there was a $100 P 5  & P 6 ….only Konza Khrome cost us the perfect day ….. are we on track ?? ….we shall soon find out ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 4, 6 WT 4, 7 WT 3, 9 WT 3, 4, 5,6 … $.50 … $16.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 5 ** WT 4, 9, 10 WT 1, 5, 6 WT 1, 6, 9… $.50 … $13.50

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Feb 19th

1st – Pick 3 – 2,3,6/3,4,6/4,7 (18 bets)

2nd – Trifectas 3,4,6/3,4,5,6/3,4,5,6 (18 bets)

$0.50 Pick 4 – 3,4,6/2,4,5,7/3/1,4,6 ($18)

3rd – On A Spree (4) went +9,+8 in last and seems destined for favoritism today (75% ITM). Juan is 73% ITM with runners that his brother-in-law has a piece of. FF was -2 over a -5 Variant.

Exacta Key Box 4/2,5,7

4th – With trepidation, it’s Lady Breanna (3). She was par in 7F win last year here. Camacho sticks. The team is 29% Win and 69% ITM. Herd dynamics are at work on Tomlinson’s piece. She defers to her older sisters. Negrete hasn’t had a winner since Christmas. Carvajal Jr. has no record of success with No Changes and Dini is 2-38 off the claim. I really don’t want to go there, but….

Saver Exactas 2,5,7/3 to cover if alive in the Pick 4

5th – Dale Bennett’s runners are price sensitive. He’s 44% Win in 221 tries at $2.60-1 or <. However, the lawn has never been his forte. Dale is only 17% Win with these. Parra is 2-75 with 2Ss.

Exacta Key Box 4/1,6,8 if Bennett is not the favorite

6th – Stewart should have five Wins and five Places at this point. He’s stone cold. I haven’t called it a BIAS, but Commander of Death (2) won wire to wire during a brief period when front runners won 22 of 40. Since then, speed has won 13 of 48.  Dini is only 8-118 with Shippers and 3-29 with 2TSs. Parra is 6 of 73 Win with Dropdowns.


7th – Pick 3 – 3,5,7/3,4,6/4,6,7 (27 bets)

8th – I often don’t watch the races (unless I have a bet to make), so when a No Contest was declared on Feb. 2nd, I was looking for some answers/opportunities. Wouldn’t you know it, The Stifler (5) who often doesn’t quit when sent, was on a clear lead throughout and with a +7 EP before the alarm was sounded. My trip notes said to look for a FBK and here we are 17 days later (3 days over) but with the first race with this condition since. There was an $8K claimer at 6F, but Rigattieri claimed him for $10K and they are a proud bunch, these horse trainers. I’m no Evangelical, but Pride (does) goeth before the fall (Proverbs 16:18). John has 63% and 71% ITM angles here. Did Morales jump or was he bumped? A big, important question with no answer. Rigattieri hasn’t gone to Gallardo very often and wins with Pablo up.

Sudden 4-5 ITM wakeup from Nations was overdue, but it’s here now.

$5 Trifectas 3,4,6/1,2,3,4,6/5 (12 bets)($60)

$3 Trifectas 3,4,6/5/1,2,3,4,6 (12 bets)($36)

9th – Alencar gave a shitty ride to G Friday (6) two weeks ago and I was excited about the 5YOs prospects with a different pilot up. I can’t seem to get the fence post out of my ass here.

See R7

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 02/19/2020

Not much can be said about the Sunday card … the best bet couldn’t even bail us out, never mind complete the late play …a couple of nice tris helped, but that’s not what we’re here for …. we’re not spending tons, but, we really need to hit one ….close does not count here ….really, really trying …………..

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 4, 6 WT 4, 5, 7 WT 2, 3, 7 WT 1, 4 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 1, 7, 9 WT 3, 7 WT 2, 7 WT 1, 4 … $.50 … $12.00

Good Luck !! … No Best Bet !!


Wed., Feb 12th

1st – RD Allen Jr. will have to show us something special after 0-21 run and short absence recently before we will back. With an AEPS of $6183, Modica would have to be called an “elite” conditioner. He’s 47% ITM with Dirt Sprints here and My Girl Sweet (5) went 101-89 in last. Today’s par is 86-88.

Weighted DDs 5/2,3,5,6

2nd – How can Lichoa be 5-2 when he is 0-56 with PTBs and 3% with Dropdowns and StRs? Nominal Dollars (4) won with a 76 EP in last and won’t put up the needed 97 today. Allen is tossed again.

See R1

3rd – Stidham is 44% Win with the 2TS + 2TT. Delacour is almost 50% ITM with FTS + FTTs. Carrasco Jr. is 56% Win with the 1OC + UC and 15-18 ITM and 28% Win and 9-18 ITM with the L1-3 + Longer. Has popped with FTTs. Hemingway has 69% and 56% ITM angles here.

$7 Exacta Key Box 8/2,7,10 ($42) and $3 Saver Tris 2/7,8,10/7,8,10 (6 bets) ($18)

4th – Manning’s piece went 107-87 at 8.18F at the Summer Festival, then was par in 6F (94-95) win while eased through the final 1/16th. Manning doesn’t win with StRs, but ya never know. Avila is 6-6 ITM here with Dirt Routes.

$15 Exacta Box 6,8

$25 DDs 6,8/1,6

5th – My Éclair (6) went +18 in debut and Stidham is 43% Win and 70% ITM with StRs. Castanon cheats but none of them want to burn their bridges with big dogs (unless perhaps they are just dropping in for the day).  Seems like Gallardo won’t stiff Chad Brown either.

Saver Trifectas 3,4,10/1,6/1,3,4,6,10 (18 bets) to cover if alive in the DD

6th – Delgado surrogates for Servis who has multiple 50% Win multiple angles here. Delgado has not missed the board with a UCE at the meeting (4-4). Looks like we get an honest jockey race for a change…

Exacta Key Box 6/5,8

$0.50 Saver Pick 4- 5,6,8/1,5,10/1,9/3,7,8 (54 bets)($27)

7th – Taco (5) was above par in first off the claim. Sweezey is 25% Win and 75% ITM with S + Dropdown types. He does nothing with PTBs but this one has changed hands.

Trifectas 1,5,10/2,9/1,5,10

8th – $7 Trifectas 11/1,9/1,3,4,9,10 (8 bets)($56) if alive in the Pick 4 only

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 02/12/2020

Sooo …a Dini horse can’t finish …again …costing us the early play on Sunday …saving grace was Chuck C. Lopez banging home a $9.80 – 1 shot, paying handsomely for yacktas & tris …the forewarning was out there ….I’m not sure, but every time JB

makes a pick 4 play. am I supposed to take it as a challenge?, or is he just trying to prime the pump, and passing along luck ?

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 1, 6 WT 6, 7, 8 WT 2, 6, 7 WT 4, 6… $.50 … $18.00

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 6 WT 6 WT 6 WT 6 … $5.00 … $5.00

                        (double midnight special)

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 5, 6, 8 WT 2, 4, 7, 10 WT 11 ** WT 5, 6, 8 … $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Feb. 5th

Bowersock is now 0-18 since Jan. 12th. Looks like the troubles have returned for RJ Allen Jr. We wish him well, but they took our $$$ for weeks without a chance of winning. Six to one odds on Divine Ambition off of a win gave me that “V8” moment (again).

1st – KOC is 43% Win in 118 tries when the favorite without Gallardo (his name should be Serpiente) in the irons. Kathy also > 50% ITM with Dropdowns and Shortenups. She goes to WA Garcia for only the 2nd time at the meeting here.

Davis has a couple of 2L + 2S bombs. Hendry looks for her first lightly raced maiden bomb of the meeting. She has had eight in the recent past.

Exacta Key 2/4,5,7 if 2 is the favorite, otherwise

Pick 3 – 2,4,5,7/1-6/3

2nd – Bump at break didn’t cost Lil’s Turn (5) and I won’t give the odds-on favorite another chance despite Mr. Bennett’s 48% Win angle (FBK if the favorite). Gerry is also only 14% Win with No Changes. The 2 and 5 were beaten by Wasiluk’s 30-1 shot, and the 4 beat it by ½ length. That ain’t saying much. Chavez is now 1-48 with Plain UC types. The ALL button (well, I’ll leave the 7 off) is tempting here…

See R1

3rd – Stidham is 32 & 63 with the L1-3 + S + Dropdown and 11 of last 13 ITM at $4.50-1. Rodriguez is the natural saver.

Saver Exacta 10/3 if alive in the pick 3, and

Pick 3 – 3/2,5,6/2,3,8

4th – Bennett presents us with a dilemma. After being 1-25 with the FBK + UC for 10 years, he’s 3-4 win with the angle at the meeting. Has this old dog learned a new trick did Mr. B just surprise himself? He’s 47% Win if the favorite in this situation, but is sub-par on the UC and RtS angles…

Harty has a hot streak going, hitting the board in 7 of last 8. He’s solid for a piece with the singles and has two discrete 38% win angles if the favorite.

Ochoa is 5-22 Win with the Layoff + S + Dropdown and is 67% ITM with his PTB angle too.

See R3

5th – Terranova has a 5-13 Win and 69% ITM angle (L1-3 + UC) and tries it for the first time here. Crown and Sugar (2) was above par in last, but Rodriguez has sub-par singles here with IVs of 0.48 (RB) and 0.58 (No Change). Purse is not that big and Gallardo is up. Potts is par with No Changes.

Exacta Key Box 3/2,8

6th – Spieth can’t cover for Bowersock today, but if the switch happens, you might be on to something. Ochoa is now 2-38 with Non-shipping 2L1-3s.

Gogas and Collins make a habit of popping off the layoff on the dirt, but Johnny is 0-16 with 1PTBs.

$50 Win 3 if switch to Spieth and the favorite, otherwise Pass

7th – Nobody is twisting your arm, but…

Pick 3 – 1,2,3/5,7,8/9

8th – In this wide-open race. Hot combo of KOC/Hernandez (6-19, 9-19) look right for a piece, but Caruso’s piece figures more prominently.

See R7

9th – Stidham is 44 & 55 with the 2TS + 2TT angles and Morales sticks despite 56% ITM angle for Ward. Six over par final fraction is satisfactory over the -8 variant that day.

Win 9


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 02/05/2020

Gotta give props where they’re deserved …long been a Chuckie Lopez fan (Monmouth days yanno) …his ride in R 5 on Sunday was a winning one …made all the right moves, but the piece came up a length short ….He’ll benefit us before the meet is over …again, the $50 hit would’ve meant more, had we hit the early as well, but we’ll take it … co-Best cost us early….Gallardo a solid toss in a couple 2day ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 3, 4, 5 WT 3, 8, 10 WT 6** WT  2, 3, 5, 8 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 2, 4 WT 1, 3, 8 WT 2, 3, 4 WT 6, 9.. $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


Wed., Jan 29th

If I was to say that 5-day week of racing didn’t stretch my capacity to the limit, I’d be lying. Don’t know I ever did it all those years…

1st – Mr. Bennett has two distinct win angles of 42% and 40% and he’s 47% Win if the top choice under this scenario.

Arriagada and Wright are crushing it. Juan is 14 of last 20 ITM @ $6.50-1. Michael is 67% ITM @ $7-1 at the meeting.

If 2 is the favorite: Exacta Key 2/5,6 and

If 2 is not the favorite: Trifectas 2,6/2,5,6/2,5,6

2nd – Rivelli is 30% Win here at odds < $4-1.  Rodriguez is 14-17 ITM since Christmas and is solid with the RB + UC + Stretchout singles and is 75% ITM if the favorite in this spot.

Again, Arriagada is currently hot (see R1 comments)

DDs 1/2,4 and Trifectas 1/5/4,6

3rd – Wetherington gets a piece after her charge went +9 early at 7F in last.

Again, see Wright comments in R1.

Saver Trifectas All/2,4/2,4 (10 bets)

4th – Trifectas All/2,5/2,3,4,5 (36 bets)

5th – Raymond is 57% ITM with UCEs (8-14) and he’s par with his angles. Rivelli is 81% ITM if odds-on. Bowersock is now 62% ITM (8-13) with the 2L + Stretchout. She pops ½ the time with FBKs and “J” is a past APD here on the dirt.

Exacta Box 3,5 and Trifectas 3,5/1,2,4/3,5

6th – Exacta Key Box 6/3,5,9 and Saver Trifectas 6/8/3,5,9

7th – DDs 3,4/1,2,3

8th – DDs 1,2,3/6

9th – I can’t give up on Nations. He’s 35% Win and 65% ITM with Plain Stretchouts.

Saver Exacta 3,5/6 if alive in the DD to cover

Mr.Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 01/29/2020

Moving forward, … I’ll say nothing about Terranova killing us on Sunday, but he did …. if you stay with him, he’ll kill us ….but the mandate sez stay …he’ll pay off for us …. getting too close to retreat now ….another try …..

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 1, 4 WT 4, 7 WT 2, 3, 5 WT 2, 5, 6, 7.. $.50 .. $24.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 5, 8 WT 3, 4, 7 WT 2 ** WT 3, 7, 8, 9.. $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Thursday, Jan. 23rd

Our selections took a lot of action yesterday and it’s no surprise as we had over 600 hits all told on FREE PLAY WEDNESDAY. It’s a catch-22. One must bait the hook before one gets a bite. So it goes…

1st – Suarez jumps off the runner with the best Quirins in the field for Hemingway firster. Ian does have five 1st 3 Mdn bombs. I smell a rat. KOC is 27% Win and 53% ITM with FTS + Dirt + Sprint angle. Lerman is 52% ITM with TtoDs and switches to Ferrer.

$1 Trifectas 1,2,4,5/1,2/1,2,4,5,7 (18 bets)

2nd – Pick 3 – 2,3,6/2,3,8/5,7,10 (27 bets)

3rd – Trifectas 1-5,8/1,2,3,4,8/1,2 (48 bets)

4th – Delacour’s IV is 0.63 without Centeno up and he is aboard the 4. What’s up with that? By the numbers its 5,7,10.

Exacta Box 5,7,10 and Saver Trifectas 5,7,10/4/5,7,10

5th – Favoritism pushes the buttons in this one. Feliciano is 24% Win with RBs here and is 44 and 81 when favored. Arriagada is 29% Win with his angle and 32% Win if the favorite in this situation. Klopp is 53% Win when the favorite. Dale Bennett had the magic with Singanothersong (4) but will Burns also have it? Ferraro has an IV of 0.49 when the top choice.

Trifectas 3,4,7/3,4,5,7,8/3,4,7 (18 bets)

Pick 3 – 3,4,7/1,5,7/2,3,5,7 (36 bets)

6th – Padilla has a couple of PTB bombs but they were both from Van Winkle. Mawing was only up once for Padilla and was 9th at $40-1. Looks wrong.

Trifecta Box 1,5,7/1,5,7,10/1,5,7,10

7th – Miserably slow final fractions have me off the 9 and 10.

See R5

8th – My Girl Sweet (11) made a 189 and a 180 for Total Energy in last two and today’s par is 174. Looks to have Sweet Leaf (10) as the main threat, but Rodriguez, while winning a lot with TtoDs, is also 1-18 Win with RtSs. The weakest link theory is at work.

$25 Win 11

$25 DD 11/4

9th – Jost Sayin (4) has been the picture of consistency, with three, consecutive, above par finishes. Joe A is 3-5 Win and 4-5 ITM with his angle. I can’t argue with that…

Conditional $100 Win 4 for 8/5


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 01/23/2020

$32 beats leaving all $21 to Charlene at the window. One only needs to keep the bar tab a wee bit smaller to make the day appreciable ….. I’ll be totally bald by the end of the meet,if these jocks keep causing me to pull my hair out ….nothing more frustrating than to see a horse reserved, gets rolling into contention, only to have it’s “pilot” run him or her into a blind switch …. wonder if they play Grand Theft Auto with the same tactics and strategy …..good luck

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 4, 7 WT 2, 8 WT 4, 5, 7 WT 3, 7.. $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 4, 5, 7, 10 WT 7 ** WT 3, 7, 10 WT 2, 4, 10 … $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


Wed., Jan. 22nd

1st – Last year’s bomb makers are this year’s smart money takers. That’s the nature of information once it’s out there for a while.

Exacta Key Box 4/3,6 and Saver Tris 1,4/2,3,6/1,4

2nd – You know how Mr. Bennett crushes it with UCEs. He’s even 17% ITM with both of them in 67 tries. Camacho has been his boy, so a slight advantage is given to Savage Music (4), who went +5,+4 in last. Bowersock is 70% ITM off the claim and the couple is 8 (4-1-0) recently.

Exacta Key Box 4/5,6

3rd – Bennett’s IV with FTTs is 0.37. KOC and Hernandez are 4-10 Win and 6-10 ITM at the meeting. A sorrier lot of 3YOs you shall not see. At first, I thought the turf course was slow by eight all meeting long. Now I’m convinced the course is fine. It’s the animals who are slow by 8 clicks.

Exacta Box 4,6 and Saver Trifecta 4,6/7,8/4,6

4th – A lightly raced maiden will get to the circle if it can be close to par. It’s all in the draw.

Weighted DD 1/4,5

5th – Yanez is 0-23 with 2Ss. Weaver is 14-19 ITM on the lawn here in L5T with 6 wins, but none of them were layoffs. Today? Maybe? Casse is 0-20 with DtoTs. That leaves the 3,4,5 & 7. Stidham’s piece has lots of Early Speed and is on the Shortenup (4-8 Win). Delacour has a 35% win angle and also shortens up.

Kevin has the 3 & 7, but I don’t know why. Primela (3) leaves a 3-52 LT Turf trainer for a 1-60 LT Turf trainer, Allen Jr has been flat on the lawn and this is the only runner from the Kintz/Fisher partnership, ever. The Argentine Peso exchange rate is 1-60 vs. US, so those five figure purses from South America (Joy Nidera) do not impress. If this were a meal we were talking about, I’d say: “Buy local, farm to table!”

$25 Weighted Exacta Box 4,5

$50 Weighted DDs 4,5/1,2,7

$3 Saver Pick 3 – 6/1,2,7/4,10 (6 bets)($18)

6th – Raymond is now 36-61 (59%) with all Plain Starters but Gabriel Suarez has first mount since 2017. Toss. The other half of the UCE is a firster and he does hit the board with these but is 0-20 for the Win. Harty has solid angles all around and Martinez sticks. Hendry’s 2TS was as close to par as the #2 in only start. Looks right to me.

Galvan is 1-33 with L4-8s here creating a solid bet against at 3-1 ML.

7th – You’re so vain, you probly think this song is about 4 or 10. It’s not. Guciardo is 57% ITM with her four-characteristic angle at $19-1. Kathy still has no bombs at the meeting.


$2 Trifectas 4,5,7,9,10/4,10/8 (8 bets)($16)

$3 Pick 3 – 4,5,7,9,10/3,5,6/7 (15 bets)($45)

$1 Saver Pick 3 – 4,10/3,5,6/3,9 (12 bets) ($12)

8th – Sweezey’s only Rightback winner is Simply Great (3), who drops in class after two above par wins. That makes no sense. Gallardo sticks, but the stiff job is limited to KOC runners. Looks like Gia was spooked into vet scratch by Simply Great (3), but I think that’s a mistake. Ward is 75% ITM with UCEs and has two longshots.

See R7

9th – Sweezey is better with Non-shipping L1-3s than the other variety and is solid with 2TTs and anything at < 6-1 odds. Gets the nod by default.

Win 7

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 01/22/2020

On Sunday, I should’ve just gone to church ….clearly, tossing Gallardo on ML favs worked for awhile, however, to semi-quote Monty Python, on Sunday, he “farted in our general direction” …. I’m sticking to my devices for now ….it’s going to take a few more 5 baggers to talk me off …. cold days, as today is, makes an interesting day for fillies and mares especially,as they love the brisk weather .. whereas intact, older males would rather hang in their stalls and wait for the hot, humid days   …. us humans ?? …..make up your own lies ……

(JB Footnote: Gallardo is only 1-15 when up for KOC since Dec. 13th with only 1-9 Win when the favorite (totally suspect finishes). This is consistent with last years results as well.)

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 4, 5, 6 WT 4, 6, 7 WT 4 ** WT 3, 7 … $.50 … $9.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 3, 4, 7 WT 4, 5 WT 3, 4, 7 WT 2, 7 … $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


Wed., Jan. 15th

1st – Flashy Patch (4) went 102 early in last and adds 990 feet today (about 20 strides) but Feliciano doesn’t have much success with the StR move (6%W and 29% ITM). Mr. Bennett takes all the excitement out of any exotic with his 52-67 ITM record with UCEs or does he? Camacho is 12-28 Win for GB this year and Centeno is 0-6. What’s up with that? Waz surprises with FBKs and Stretchouts.

DDs 4,5/1

2nd – Lerman’s patience with this 5YO maiden makes one wonder. Only tag entry came after 18-month layoff. Short field greatly improves chances today. Terranova is 70% ITM with his angle. Stidham is 3-8 win with the 2TS + 2TT, but offspring of The Factor, 20% win here in P2T have not been much of a factor this season (only one winner – Cuestion de Tiempo).

Win 1 and Exacta Key 1/3,5

DD Wheel 1/All

3rd – I’ll go All in this field of cheapies of whom all but the #1 are trying to win for the first time in open company. Guciardo is 5% Win with L1-3s and is 0-6 off the claim.

DD Wheel All/9

4th – Mr. B has been making adjustments, trying to find a running style that will work for Cpl. Dionicio (9) and the third time is often the charm for Bennett on the Turf (6-22 Win). KOC has been winning with Harry Hernandez (and not Gallardo). Switch for the first time at the meeting to Mena says “toss” to me. Socciarelli had two Dropdown + DC bombs here in 17-18. Arindel has AEPS of $7682 LT.

Win 9 and Exacta Key 9/4,8,10,(12),(13)

5th – With the looks of this bunch, give me Roberson’s piece Dating (3) again. Don now has 12 lightly raced bombs this season and last.

Exacta Key Box 3/1,7

6th – Terranova is 35% Win and 75% ITM with the S + Shortenup angle. Generally speaking, Bowersock tries the first time out more often than the second time out and she is 6-73 Win with 2Ss. The crowd will like this one as nostalgia gets to the best of us, but I don’t. Royally Cool (3) won a conditioned N2L in last. I don’t think so.

Pick 4 – 6/2,4,5/4,5,7,8/2,4,8,9,10 (60 bets)

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 01/15/2020


Well, the leprechaun gods smiled on the early play, Sunday,to the tune of 28 ducats …terrible in itself, but the P 5 only paid $10 more ….small fielditis strikes at Tampa, so

expect more of the same …. to quote a movie line that I find absolutely fitting for the occasion ….”pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” ….especially when he makes

P 4 selections …. we look for larger pay days (just not gonna be 2day) …..


Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 1, 3, 4, 5 WT 2, 3, 4 WT 9, 10 WT 1 …. $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 6, 7 WT 4, 5, 9 WT 5 ** WT 4, 8, 9 … $.50 … $9.00


Best Bet **


Wednesday, Jan 8th

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1st – Feliciano is 24 & 66 with RBs here and this one really isn’t moving UC, however Resident and Double Deep’s last wins (the others up for a piece) were N3Ls & N4Ls respectively and neither was recent. Native Hawk (4) is out of that Dec. 6th race that saw C5N2Ys outperform OC32s. Last was 4 over par, but Arriagada is 25 & 63 with Plain FBK + Dropdown move. Doodle Hopper (6) has had three bad breaks here recently. Union Grace (3) was an APD in a Dash last year, but has done nothing since and yet Jones doesn’t drop him in class…

DDs 1,4,6/2,3

2nd – The restricted types have an IV of 1.27 in these races for the past ten years and Hinsley has an IV of < 0.5 with 2L1-3 + 2Ss, so I’m tossing High Heater (6), who was soundly beaten by #3 in last. Motion’s Bye Bye Melvin (2) went 114-107 in maiden win (the only turf race with a positive variant that day). Today’s par is 91-92. Me and Mr. C (3) went 100-100 in last after dueling with two at different points of call and then resisting to the end.

$25 Exacta Box 2,3 ($50) and $7 Pick 3 – 2,3/2,4,5,7/7 (8 bets)($56)

3rd – Since 2010, when ITM, Mrs. Bennett beat Mr. Bennett in 9 out of 10 races (the other one Mr. B beat her by a nose by accident). How convenient….

Lorito’s piece went 92-86 in last. Today’s par is 88-90. He bombs with class and distance changes.

Trifectas All/4/1,2,5,7 (20 bets) and/or Trifectas 2-7/2,5,7/4 (18 bets)

4th – Boyce is 23 & 64 with the 2L1-3 + No Class Change angle. J P’s Gia’s (7) last went above par.

Saver Exacta 2/7 to cover if alive in the Pick 3,

Otherwise, parlay R2 exacta winnings to Win 7,

Otherwise, $25 Weighted DDs 7/3,5,7

5th – Temple City Star (5) was better than par in first try and 3 of 7 out of that race have won or finished up close (three were shipped south and that is also encouraging). Value trainer RG Potts is now 8-12 ITM at average odds of $6.70-1 at the meeting and he’s almost 50% ITM with his angles here. Ed’s Dog (9) is rabid. He’ll bite you when you least expect it.

Exacta Key Box 5/3,7 and Saver Trifectas 3,5,7/6,8,9/3,5,7 (18 bets)

$0.50 Pick 3 – 3,5,7/2,6,7/2,4,7,9 (36 bets)($18)

7th – Nations was a value leader for ITM in L3T. Hard to imagine he doesn’t pop soon. He’s better than 50% ITM with three of these singles and Sindarius (4) was above par with a solid final fraction last Spring. Drops to the bottom rung today.

Exacta Key Box 4/2,7,9

8th – Trifectas 4,6,7/5,10,12/4,6,7 (18 bets)

9th – KOC/Gallardo are now 0-14 when the favorite since Dec. 13th. When not the favorite, they are 1 for 9 Win. It’s not a run of bad luck folks.

Trifectas 6,8/1,2,3,9/6,8,9 (14 bets)

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 1/8/2020

The Bowersock/Allen partnership ruined an otherwise great chance at the early play on Sunday.  Shame when the Best Bet cruises and you get blindsided by a George Burns reference ….wonder if Gracie was smiling down on the namesake ….We were actually closer in the late play, but we all know when “close” counts, and it sure ain’t horse racing …..another try awaits …….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 3, 5, 6 WT 1, 4 WT 2, 6, 7 WT 7 **… $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 6, 7, 8  WT 1, 4, 7, 9 WT 4, 6, 7, (11) WT 8 … $.50 … $18.00 ($24.00)

Best Bet **


Jan. 1st, 2020

1st – Sammy’s Mineshaft (4) comes out of a race that saw Wild Wiggling Jack and Wild Winter come back to win and finish up close in their next starts, both with above par Quirins. Pimental, however, is 2-51 now with 2Ss. Berliner (3) comes out of that big race that saw Silver Defense et.al. put up bigger numbers than a $32K Optional Claimer (an hour earlier). Ward has favored Mawing this season. Carrasco Jr. is 8-15 Win with 1OC + Class Change types (Open to N2Y). Doesn’t look right that he hasn’t entered Junction (5) until today though and his IV is 0.72 with L1-3s, but he is 3-9 Win with the L1-3 + 1OC in L4T.

3,4,5/6,7 (but a paltry profit turns us off)

2nd – Carrasco Jr. comes to the table with the same angle as in Race 1. Rodriguez is 14-16 ITM with the Plain Dropdown and 9-13 ITM with FBKs and tries both angles for the first time at the meeting today. The 1,2 & 3 come from trainers that are in the basement for AEPS (below the 20th percentile). Pimental is now 2-63 with Stretchouts and has a ML of 3-1.

$25 Exacta Box 6,7 ($50)

3rd – Out of the 9s last, Smarty Cat (Winner) got an ass whoopin’ on the RB as did Revelment (2nd) and She’s Euphoric (4th). In the interest of fair and balanced reporting Dini did have one of his “miracles” when Sugar Fix (who beat Bella Linda by 1) came back to be 2nd a nose. Strong Gem nosed out Sugar Fix (see aforementioned) with an 81-76. Today’s par is 83-83.  KOC is 16-29 Win with Non-layoff S + Dropdown types, but Gallardo missed twice as the favorite with this type for KOC already. It’s a roll of the dice. Chavez is 40% ITM with the FTS + FTT angle. As Mr. Horse on Ren and Stimpy would say, “No sir, I don’t like it!”


4th – While Cazares dances the Rueda Salsa down in Miami (you know it when you hear it), KC Twostep (3) does the Winner’s Circle (or at least The Bomb) dance in Tampa. Freshman surrogate Cameron sets the table for Cazares on the Plain Stretchout here. Six of her 17 bombs were this type. KC missed by 9 but only 4 clicks below par in last. KC beat Sunshines Out by two on 12/13 and that one came back fast to win with a +7. The 1 is out of the same race but doesn’t have the intrigue going. Gonzalez has not been the favorite yet at the meeting, but she is 80% ITM when she is in this situation. Mr. Bennett is 26-53 Win when the favorite on the FBK. Which one gets the $$$?

BF The Exception (6) had a desirable trip and a +4 final Quirin, but couldn’t get it done while racing erratically mid-stretch. He was eased late once clear for the place and Centeno sticks for Azpurua, now 1-13 with Sprints on the Dirt here in L5T.

$10 Trifectas 1,3,4,6/3,4/1,3,4,6 (12 bets)($120)

5th – OFF TURF – Hemingway is a ticking time bomb on the grass and he hasn’t detonated yet. 13 of 15 of Ian’s bombs have been Distance Changes on the Turf and he’s 6-9 ITM with the StR + DtoT. He’s also 5-13 ITM with 2TTs at $9.30-1. It’s only a question of time…

KOC is 50% ITM with RBs and Shortenups and is 52-121 Win when the Plain Favorite (77% ITM). FF was par in last. Gallardo is not up to rob us. Scratch of the 1 changes picture. Hem is 22% and 61% in OSTs and Rigattieri is 5-6 ITM. Both try the angle for the first time at the meeting.

$25 Place and Show 4 ($50)

$5 Exacta Key Box 4/5,8 ($20)

$0.50 Trifectas All/4,8/4,5,8 (20 bets)($10)

For those with deep pockets only (see below):

6th – Sweezey’s Simply Great (6) shot out of the gate like a cannon and made a 106-107 in last. Today’s par is 99-99 but he’s 1-28 moving UC and 0-13 with RBs. What to do?

There have been no duds claimed from Hemingway and GQ Girl (2) loves this track.

Trifectas All/2,6,7/2,6,7 (30 bets)

7th – Trifectas 1,3,4/1,3,4,6,7/1,3,4,6,7 (45 bets)

8th – Too much shenanigans to make a serious play here. Wright via Raymond has a 50% ITM angle. Sweezey has two 0-fers going but he bombs with 2TSs. Harty is 1-13 with UCEs but both look ok. Schuh made the harrowing trip across Route 60 and was rewarded for his effort. There more too, but you get the idea….


9th – Trifecta Box 4,5,7,8


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 1/1/2020

Happy New Year !!!! ….hoping Sunday’s early result is a harbinger of bigger and better things to come this new year ….. all things told, the return on the combined days outlay of $15 total, wasn’t too shabby, especially if your wagers were in before the announced scratches, and you were rewarded with the full dollars’ payout ($227.90)…….. a just reward for our diligent works, closing out the year ….……. we march forward ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 3, 6, 7 WT 9 ** WT 4, 6, 7 WT 1, 3, 8… $.50 … $13.50

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 3, 6, 7 WT 1, 2, 6, 7 WT 5 WT 6, 7… $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Dec. 18th

1st – Nikki Bella (2) was defeated (while beating par) by a couple of legit N2Xers and gets the nod on the double class drop for Arriagada, who outperforms with all these singles and historically offers good value. If Wilson gets action, he’s reliable for a piece when 5-2 or less.

Win 2 (Best Bet) and Exacta 2/5

2nd – Again Arriagada looks right for a piece as he’s at least 50% ITM with several multiple angles. Rigattieri looks right for a piece also, after going fast early at 8F on the grass in first try of the meeting. John’s over 50% ITM with his angles and is almost a sure thing to be ITM if the favorite today.

Trifectas All/1,4/1,4,5,7 (30 bets)

3rd – Westlye pops with FBK + Distance Change angle but Camacho jumps.

Trifectas All/4/1,6,7 (18 bets)

4th – Malio’s (3) was par in first try and is the obvious choice based on “fit and ready” considerations. 8.5F may prove to be a bit of a challenge, but JH Delgado hasn’t taken any missteps yet.

Trifectas All/3,8/3,6,8 (21 bets)

5th – TURF ONLY – Bar Libre (2) was closest to par and made a par Final fraction and along with Potts’ piece, they are the only runners with a race over the track. This type has an IV of 1.27 before Santa comes. Merry Christmas!

Exacta Key Box 2/1,3,4

6th – Dale Bennett goes for Win #700 here. He’s 3 days short of a 7-15 Win angle (L1-3 + RB + UC + No DC) but is also 32% Win with Non-layoff Shippers. Had the bias in three better than par win at this distance last winter for Navarro.

$40 Weighted Exacta Key 1/2,3,4

7th – TURF ONLY – No winning angles here, but Granitz is 65% ITM with the L1-3 + S + Shortenup and 54% ITM off the claim. Tsirigotis is 42% ITM when < $9-1. Sweezey is weak with these singles but he is 13-23 ITM with the StR + DtoT.

Trifectas All/2/3,9,11 or 1 if the 11 is out (24 bets)

8th – Pass

9th – TURF ONLY – Harty is solid with these singles and already made par with this 3YO ten months ago.

Exactas 10/2,4 and Saver Trifectas 10/5/2,4

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 12/18/2019

Normally, the frustration sets in when I’m hitting my normal 3 outta 4, however, this is becoming stale in a big hurry …4 plays from 8 sucks, no matter how one

looks at it, and the fact that 2 were “all” plays makes it even more frustrating …. the 2 we’ve hit thus farare pale and need to be remedied by a $200 payer, in conservative terms …. Luck be a Lady ?? HA !!

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 1, 2, 5 WT 7** WT 3, 8 WT 3,5, 10, (13) … $.50 … $ 9.00 ($12.00)

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 1, 8, 10 WT 2, 4 WT 6, 7, 9 WT 2, 7 … $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Dec. 11th

1st – On Saturday, every dirt winner was on the lead or < ½ beaten length at the 2nd Call over the fastest surface at the current meeting. That condition may linger today. Zeus Odin (1) failed as the BF in $7K SALW on 11/26 but that surface has sunken many over the years. Still, it was disappointing.

Wild Winter (2) was nothing but trouble as a youngster with gate problems that often had him off very slowly, but he’s improved enough to be Allen’s #3 top earner and will strike if the conjugal connections agree that today is the day and if early speed types are not the presumptive winners again today.

If there’s one thing I like, it’s knowing when the linemaker has missed the mark completely. Like Lichoa’s soundly beaten 2nd choice (and ML favorite) in Saturday’s 2nd race, Sammy’s Mineshaft (6) should not be the 2nd ML choice today. Pimental, who has no record with UCEs, is now 1-68 win with Shipper + Dropdown types (that solitary win was on 12/4). Lightning doesn’t strike twice. Nevertheless, John is 50% ITM with TtoDs in 34 tries.

$1 Trifectas All/2/3,6 (10 bets) ($10)

2nd – Victor Lebron makes the trip to Tampa for yet another mount on this mutt? I smell something brewing. Woodard has had 3 PTB bombs and Acaseaday (7) comes from a 14.4% Winning sire here.

$5 ATB 7 ($15)

3rd – West Horizen (4) bombed three times here at average odds of $15-1. Comes from a high value trainer. Westlye’s piece presents with his favorite bomb angles.

$0.50 Trifectas 1,2,3/All/4,6 (36 bets)($18)

4th – Gallardo is a rat bastard sandbagger. He missed 18 times as the odds-on favorite last year and is only 3-13 as the favorite this year. Read the comments when he misses. They are enough to make you sick. Tanked in Stakes on Saturday at $0.70-1. When will I ever learn? If he’s supposed to win, I’m not playing unless he’s a solid “bet against”!


5th – With Dale Bennett, very often, the action trumps the angles. He’s 14% Win with 1PTB and 2L1-3s, but 44% Win and 75% ITM when < $2.60-1 (for the past ten years). Gotta watch and wait. His Dad, has the best singles in the field and has not missed the board with Santos at the meeting. Two year-olds surprise (as we observed on Saturday).

Trifectas All/10/3,5,9 (24 bets) unless DB meets his action requirement, then 6,10 Exacta Box

6th – Naughty Shirley (5) worked very sharply before making solid EP four days later on the lawn. Mr. Bennett has not missed the board with a Dropdown at the meeting, is 24% Win with FBKs and 63% ITM with RtS + Dropdown types and par with PTBs. He’s 3-7, 5-7 with Camacho up and 48% Win if the favorite today. Will be claimed. Nobody’s fooled by last.

$25 Win 5 and Conditional $25 DD 5/10 for $9-15 only

7th – Stidham is now 17-20 ITM here when the favorite with 10 wins. Belmont shippers have an IV of 1.62 and this one made +7 Final Fraction there in SALW50 over the summer.  Another one likely to be claimed today. Stidham (one of our top Value Trainers) is not fooling anybody either.

$25 Win 10 if not alive in the DD

8th – As a general matter, one must be on the lead or < 1 BL to win at 7F here and Inca Princess (7) at least likes to race forwardly. How’s it going? Don’t ask me. I just work here, can’t you see…

Trifectas All/3/7 and Saver Exacta Box 3,7

9th – Avoiding 2YOs and Gallardo. Let’s call it a day.


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 12/11/2019

UGH ….Damn near a whitewash on Saturday’s big 2 YO day.

Thank goodness the 2 YO nightmare will be over in 2 weeks.2 YO’s this time of the year are shaky, at best …..the majority will join the maiden 8’s very soon. ….UGH …JB and SM will understand why the 8th today, was a veryrough go, as my favorite trainer has one in  …… WE MUST CONTINUE TO TRY

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 7, 8 WT 1, 2, 3, 6 WT 4 **WT 5, 10 … $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 1, 5 WT 2, 7, 10 WT 2, 7 WT 8, 10 … $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet ** (Other than Rick Creel) 


December 4th, 2019

1st – KOC is 23% Win with 2YOs and has a +$1.20 ROI with FTSs. Sir Doctor Bob (2) has grandsires that produced about 10 winners each year here since 2011. Roberson has had 10 lightly raced bombs. Sienkewicz is 4-12 ITM with FTSs and Bill is in the 80th percentile for trainer value.

Exacta Key Box 2/1,6 and Saver Trifectas 2/3/1,6 (2 bets)

2nd – Stidham is 46% Win with 2YOs and is 82% ITM if the favorite in this situation. He also wins 27% with 2TSs with 55% ITM. Sweezey is 0-7 with TtoDs and 1-12 Win with 2YOs. Harty is par and outperforms with 2YOs.

Win 5 if the favorite

3rd – Yanez has a respectable 14% W and 31% ITM on the grass record in L5T and Vintner (2), in uncharacteristic form, was on the lead nearing the turn before weakening in last. 3% Turf jock doesn’t add confidence. Wasiluk is 52% ITM (17-33) with Centeno up in L2T. Correas IV is 54% ITM with his angle and he’s surprised many times with lightly raced types and Chief of Joy (8) made a par final fraction here last season. Kielty is 40% ITM with DtoT types at $24-1.

$0.50 Trifectas All/8/1,2,4,6 (32 bets) ($16)

4th – Double Deep (3) may be just that, with solid bloodlines that go back to Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer. Their progeny win about 80% of all the races at Tampa in the modern era and the gelding’s grandsires have a solid record of success here in Oldsmar as well. O’Connor is close to 50% ITM with these singles and has won 23% with the L1-3 + Stretchout move (6 of 26). Camacho is up. Ward is 22% Win and 49% ITM with TtoDs and Done Acting (5) is a switch hitter. Dennis is also 49% ITM with Non-layoff Shortenups and once over the track types had an IV of 1.27 in the early weeks of the last meeting. Rigattieri’s UCE both have 2-56 Win angles.

Exacta Box 3,5

5th – Mr. Bennett is par with all his singles here and is 82% ITM on the Rightback. At least we don’t have to proffer excuses before we bet this one. Delgado is 8-9 ITM with Layoffs, but this one looks wrong. KOC’s piece got the smack down from the older boys but Kathy is par with False Info’s (8) angles.

$0.50 Trifectas 1-9/7/3,5,8,9 (28 bets) ($14)

6th – Miller is not a frequent FBK trainer, but he had one here a couple of years back and a casual look at his 2019 starts show a couple of others that hit the board this year. Batista sticks. Palavecino bombed in two of four tries with FTSs last season. Roberson is 1-9 with FTSs (also a bomb). Failure as the odds-on favorite three times in a row is enough to make you wanna take up knitting. Mr. Bennett has no angle today too. Cazares is 0-28 with Shippers here.

Exacta Box 3,8 and Saver Trifectas 3,8/All/3,8 (12 bets)

7th – We must let the money do the talking here. Stidham is 53% Win and 82% ITM if he is the favorite with his circumstances. I like that he claimed Rosebud’s Hope (3) right back for $50K. The one that beat her in last was 2nd best in a Black Type on the grass at Parx in previous start. Delacour’s Madame Milan (9) has a 34% Win angle in 44 tries, but Delacour has an IV of 0.55 when not the favorite. To complicate matters further, he may have a UCE here (if 11 draws in), in which case he is 41% Win and 82% ITM.  So it’s hurry and wait with our hands tied. Raymond is 3-59 with DtoTs. Motion is 15% Win with StRs. Potts is 0-23 with Stretchouts (but is usually in the money).

3 Win if the favorite or 9 Win if the favorite

8th – A wide open race for place and show. Belsoeur (4-9 ITM in Sprints on the Dirt) via Caruso looks ok. Hinsley is 72% ITM with the L1-3 + S + Dropdown and Hawthorne shippers have an IV of 1.29, but David goes off his regular boy (Santos) and his other two riders are already engaged here. Westlye has two bomb factors present. Ochoa via Negrete will pop sooner or later and Baxter is now 7-9 ITM with 4 Wins for Averill.

$1.00 Trifectas 1,8/2,3,5,6/1,2,3,5,6,8 (32 Bets)($32) and Saver Exacta Box 1,8 to cover

9th – Blair is par with 2L1-3s but wins 32% with Shippers and outperforms with UC and DtoT types. CD shippers have an IV of 1.35. Went with -1 Final Fraction in maiden win and gets Gallardo in the irons. Allen looks to get something going (0-6). Cazares dumps ice cold (on the board) Kingdom Kept (7) after one try off the long layoff.

Exacta Key Box 9/4,5,8

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa for 12/04/2019

Hey ….5/2 on a $9 ticket is better than tossing it on the ground, right ??!! We’ll look to get a fatter pot today. I’ve always had tremendous respect for Castanon, but the ride he gave What a Hoot on Friday was one of the all-timeworst …makes one wonder …..Onward ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 6** WT 2, 6, 8 WT 1, 3, 6, 7 WT 3,8 … $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 1, 3, 7, 8 WT 1, 3, 4, 9 WT 8** WT 5, 9 … $.50 … $16.00

Co-Best Bets (you know why)


November 27th, 2019

Welcome back to our long-time regulars and welcome aboard to our first-time subscribers!

It’s our pleasure to serve you at our 13th Tampa meeting! Patrons are reminded that only selections in bold type will get my action and only those will be counted towards my record throughout the meeting.

1st – Raymond is 5-17 Win in L3T with L1-3 + S types and maiden win went par last spring. He had some good luck with JA Garcia last year. Makes for a sensible win bet but would like to have seen more than one race in the last four months. The Carole Star Stables (see #1) is 26% W and 60% ITM from 103 starts and made a good showing here last season, however GP shippers have a sub-par IV in the early weeks of the meeting. Galvan offers solid value regularly but is 6% Win with StRs here in Oldsmar. Westlye’s piece has all his bomb characteristics going and strikes about 17% of the time when they are present: FBK, Class Change, Distance Change.

$1 Trifectas 1,5,7/9/1,2,3,5,7 (12 bets) ($12)

2nd – Navarro has solid singles all around, including the FBK, 27% Win and 53% ITM, but he’s only tried it once or twice each year for the past ten years. It’s not like the angle is his side of bacon to go with his eggs; indeed, it’s more like a fresh avocado slice added as an occasional changeup for someone with a sophisticated palate. Sharp Palm Meadows work and satisfactory chute rider add to the temptation, but Simply Great (7) will have a target on its back.

$1 Trifectas 2-8/7/2-8 (30 bets) ($30)

3rd – Sweezey has a UCE here, both with very similar multiple angles. Likely among them is a 100% ITM angle for the Shipper + Dropdown at < $6-1 odds (4-10, 10-10), as well as two other 75% ITM multiple angles. He’s 9-13 ITM with UCE’s with two wins and 4-11 ITM with 2YOs (but with only one winner). KOC is 23% Win here with 2YOs and has a 39% Win angle if the favorite. Either way, Kathy has two other, distinct, > 50% ITM multiple angles, but all that said, it’s only par for her operation.

Exacta Box 5,7,10

4th – In these Optional Claimers, 60% are won by a previous winner entered for a tag or a runner with at least three N1X starts and at least three wins (henceforth to be referred to as a “3+3”). Padilla’s piece also fits the criteria but he’s only 4-58 Win here with Shippers and has a very low ITM value index. Pasco placed Cave Run (5) looks OK but has disappointed often.

$1 Trifectas All/3,4,6/5 (12 bets) ($12)

5th – Very disappointing finish while one click from favoritism in last (despite otherwise respectable record) puts us off Dini claim. Furthermore, Mike has won only 2 of 37 with this type at Tampa and only 7% with Shippers. Danner had two PTB bombs last year for Rivelli. She babysits here for Cibelli (17% W and 45% ITM LT at Tampa) with Mr. Discretionary (6), a runner from a solid stable, with good final fractions and Centeno in the irons.

$0.50 Trifectas 6/All/1,4,5,7 (32 bets) ($16)

6th – If the top choice at the windows, Negrete is 6-10 Win and 10-10 ITM in this situation. Javier also is in the 80th percentile for trainer value. If not the favorite, our choice becomes Mr. Bennett’s Little Turn (6). Gerry is 32% Win with his multiple angle and he is 21% Win with TtoD types.

Win 5 if the favorite, otherwise Trifectas 6/All/1,2,5 (30 bets)

7th – Astute Warrior (1) was par in April 12th win here and made a par final fraction at today’s distance in September. Rodriguez is another conditioner that offers good value and Gallardo (34% Win for Rodriguez in L2T) is up.

$2 Trifectas 1/2,5,7,10/2,5,7,10 (12 bets) ($24) and $25 Win 1

8th – Stidham is 53% Win (9-17) with Shippers that are the top choice, 67% ITM (10-15) with Non-layoffs moving UC, as well as 50% Win (4-8) when moving UC and the favorite. Let the board do the talking…

Win 9 if favorite (otherwise pass)

9th – Aqueduct shippers have an IV of 1.7 here before Christmas in L7T and Ryan is 4-7 Win with UCEs with 6-7 ITM. Unabridged (4) has very solid final fractions and must anchor the play.

$2 Trifectas 4/1,6,7/1,6,7,10(12,13) (up to $30) and $25 Win 4


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays at Tampa 11/27

Having survived the Summer Festival of Racing, we will now attempt to withdraw heavily from the regular meet bank …theirs, not ours. Welcome back to all, and welcome to our new subscribers ….. As my hero, Harvey Pack, would say …..”May the Horse Be With You!”

Best Luck to us all !!

Early Pick 4 (2-5) …. 3, 4, 7, 8 WT 2, 8, 10 WT 3 ** WT 3, 6… $.50 … $12.00

Late Pick 4 (6-9) …. 2, 5 WT 1, 5, 7 WT 1, 10 WT 4, 6 ... $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, May 1st

The funny thing about faith is the moment I lose it, something happens to remind me of just how weak I really am, of how I’ve only been pretending to have it, of how little faith I actually possess…

After just three tries, I gave up on Arboritanza’s 39% Win angle for the final three weeks of the last five meetings and badaboom, a $37.20 winner, with my other choice underneath for a $128.60 exacta.

I’m frequently not worthy of my own creation…and often my own worst enemy.

1st – Palacios-Molina is 1-49 with Stretchouts and 1-16 with FBKs. Creel plays games going to Lusk who was 0-20 with Layoffs at EMD and PM in 2018-19. His piece was par in last and has been working very sharply.

Pick 3 – 2,6/2,5,6,7/5

2nd – Morales is on fire winning 5 of last 12 with 9 ITM. KOC has a UCE angle 31% Win and 78% ITM. Mena is also hot with 20% Wins in the past two weeks as is his employer Dale Bennett. Cazares is now 3-23 moving UC but Zodiac Princess’ (2) Quirins in maiden win were 110-95 and today’s par is 89-88.

Pick 3 – 2,5,6,7/5/3

3rd – We play detective again in another game of Deception here. Parra is 3-61 with PTBs (see #2), but is 67% ITM with RtS + Dropdown types (see #5). Risk Reversal (5) went six panels in +13 over the bullet par last month. Again, P-M is 1-49 with Stretchouts.

$7 Trifectas 3,4,6/3,4,6/5 (6 bets) ($42) (out of respect for Kevin who is off the 5)

Exacta Key Box 5/3,4,6 to cover

4th – KOC is 0-58 with UC + Surface Change types. Colebrook is 68% ITM when < $6-1 for five years running.

$150 Weighted DDs 3,4,5/7

5th – Hard Count (7) was well above par in both starts here. 

$15 Pick 3s – 7/3,5/7 ($30) (also for Kevin, I prefer the all button)

Parlay ½ of any winnings in DD to R7

7th – KOC is 33% Win and 87% ITM when a 3TS + Favorite. Kathleen also has the UCE going (31% W & 78% ITM). Her FTS gets the hot rider, but she’s only 12% ITM with two going.

Win 7 or Weighted DD Wheel 7/All (wherever the value is, if there is any).


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for Un De Mai 

R 7 on Sunday appeared to be another “let’s get the feed man paid” kind of race ….as a 6% trainer bests the chalk, who is trained by a 20%’er and had the hottest jock in the depleted colony on board for a 4 wide and “even” trip ……the bleeding ends soon ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 5, 6, 7 WT 3, 4, 6 WT 3 ** WT 3, 4, 5, 7 … $.50 … $24.00

Late Pic 4 (5-8) …. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 WT 3, 5 WT 6, 7, 8 WT 4, 5 … $.50 … $30.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, April 24th

1st – Ashlie Nicole (5) was not asked till mid-stretch then responded well and was eased late with a +10, +7 in last. Gallardo jumps to the one with the better singles. Looks like one or the other. Still it may be very competitive.

Pick 3 – 4,5/1,2,5,6/8

2nd – Sum Mo Cash (3) was above par in last and comes Rightback without moving up in class.  That would be too easy. Ward is 1-14 with RBs and 14% Win with No Changes in L2T.

1,2,5,6/3/All (20 bets)

3rd – Urban Buckeye (8) goes for Hemingway who is 42% Win and 77% ITM when the favorite. Ian doubles his ordinary strike rate with No Change types. The 3YO dueled from midway in the far turn to the wire and just weakened late with a +4,+3 last time out.

Win 8

DD 8/2

4th – Why not Dale Bennett, who is 6-16 Win recently and 29% Win off the claim? Last was par. If the rest have any good cards, they ain’t showing them.

Win 2

5th – Whatever was bothering Divine Ambition (1) he’s over it, going +12 in last. Bowersock has two 50% ITM angles here

Win 1

6th – KOC will be 3-5 and should be. Yanez is 30% Win and 70% ITM with Plain Shortenups (and 3 of 4 ITM this season).

Conditional $50 Exacta 1/6 for $15

$25 Saver Trifecta 1/4/6

Weighted DDs 1,4,6/3,6

7th – Pick 3 – 3/1,3,4,6/3,4,8,9 (16 bets)

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 04/24

The neglect of not hitting the “ALL” button in R 2 on Saturday’s early play, which would have turned the $6 ticket into a meager $12 ticket, cost us $95. Had been looking for Allen, who’s been downright dreadful since his return from a mysterious vacation, except on Bowersock’s pieces, for our value in the latter sequenceand not on a Connelly charge …. enough…

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 4, 6 WT 5, 8 WT 2, 7, 9 WT 1, 5 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 1, 4, 6 WT 3, 6, 8 WT 1, 8, 9 WT 4 ** … $.50 … $13.50

Best Bet **



Wednesday, April 17th

PP1 is now 1-44 in April.

Today and for the rest of the meeting we get to utilize my “Clean Up Batter” stats, representing those trainers who have outperformed in the final three weeks of the meeting for the past five years. It is what it is…

A good day for pure gambling, but nothing to hang our hats on stats wise…

1st – Allen Jr. is now 2-28 since returning when not up for Bowersock. Several runners in this race have been par recently. Centeno had a $5000 weekend in my back yard with two 2nds from three mounts at Aqueduct and should be rested up. Since he’s had some competition here in Oldsmar, his winning numbers have steadily declined from 102 to 83 to 65 in L3T and this has caused him to stick around longer and pick up the remaining crumbs as the season winds down and others pack up their tack and depart or have made their $$$ and are taking a breather before their next push.

Exacta Key Box 7/3,5

2nd – The 3 + 3 profile hasn’t let us down this season and father and son appear likely to be neck and neck at the finish versus these. They both have ITM angles in the high 60s here, with Mr. Bennett 32% Win with UCEs and the younger 29% Win with Rightbacks.

Exacta Box 2,6

Weighted DDs 2,6/3,4,8

3rd – Harty is 54% ITM with NCs and outperforms with 3TTs including two big bombs at the current meeting with the angle. Arboritanza “cleans up” with 39% Win and 58% ITM versus his ordinary 9% and 25%.

Exacta Key Box 4/3,8 and Saver Trifectas 3,4,8/1,6,7/3,4,8

4th – I had to break out the external hard drive to find a trainer profile for Eric Reed (2011) but he was 25% Win with L1-3s and 2Ss here. JPM is strictly a surrogate for the Kentucky invader from Lexington. Londono is 70% ITM with Non-layoffs on the Dirt. KOC rarely misses with FTSs with a +$0.67 ROI.

Exacta Box 5,7,8

Saver Trifectas 5,7,8/1,2,3/5,7,8

5th – Pick 3 – 1,4,6,7,8,10/6,7,8/6,8 (36 bets)

6th – JPM is 2-75 with PTBs. Thomas is 1-34 with L4-8s, Pimental is 3-56 with Dropdowns, 5% with Non-shipping L1-3 and Sammy (5) is sub-par in all four Tampa starts. Ward is 80% ITM with Plain Dropdowns in L3T and 65% ITM with the RtS + Dropdown with all solid singles. Mr. Bennett is 32% Win and 80% ITM with UCEs and Flower Punch (7) has a 72% ITM angle. M.R. Thomas “cleans up” with 22 & 71 versus 12 & 37.

Exacta Box 6,7,8

7th – Clement is 24% Win with FTS + FTT types and Sumaya Us are powerhouse owners with an AEPS of $16,500 in L3 and 27% Winners. Distorted Humor is the #2 Sire here in Oldsmar with 22% Winners. Morales and Camacho both win 10% with FTSs, so the nod goes to Clement.

Old Fort (6) was +4 in debut with the only positive turf variant of the day and has a perfect %E (50 vs. 49.99) for the StR move. Correas Jr. bombs with Layoffs and Lightly raced types. Making up four lengths late when they are flying is noteworthy. Comparing R7 to R8, Old Fort looks like a lock compared to Gonzalez’s ML favorite Elegante. Just sayin’…

Pick 3 – 6/All/3

Exacta Box 6,8

Saver Trifectas 1/6,8/All

8th – DDs All/3

9th – Harty is 34% Win and 66% ITM with the 2TS + 2TT in L5T and Indigo Gin (3) was above par in debut.

Saver Exactas 2,6,8,9/3 to cover if alive to a big DD or Pick 3

Mr. Pick Four’s Daily Plays for Wednesday, April 17th

Dale Bennett is a very good trainer. His decision to try Delaware instead of returning to Arlington cost him dearly. After a rough start, the barn has turned things around in a big way this meet. His early troubles had me tossing any of his entrants, so, to see him as my best bet today is testament to the outfits turn around…… meanwhile, the craziness continues on the toteboard … one can only assume that feed and vet bills are getting paid before the final exodus ….we soldier on …..

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 6** WT 3, 4, 6, 8 WT 6, 7, 8 WT 1, 2, 7 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 5, 6, 7, 8 WT 2, 5 WT 6 WT 3, 4, 6, 8… $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet ** 


Wednesday, April 10th

1st – Gingermore (6) presents with competing angles. Johns was 25% Win in P2T with Non-shipping L1-3s on Opening Day but is 0-11 this year. At the same time, he is 40% Win with Dropdowns in L3T. We are remined that the difference between an Open $10K and a C5N1Y is just two clicks.

I would BET AGAINST Ferraro whose IV is 0.39 with Non-shipping 2L1-3s.

DDs 2,4,5/8

3rd – Raymond has an IV of 0.5 with 1st 3 OC. Mr. Bennett has an IV of 0.62 with 2S + No Class Change types. Harty will be the favorite and he has two winning angles with IVs of 3.5 in these circumstances. The “King of the OSTs” scratched Bourbon Tan on Friday, apparently wanting for BT to break maiden on the lawn. Last three were well above par versus open company.

Win 5 (Best Bet)

DDs 5/3,7

4th – Sienkewicz is on fire, winning 3 of last 4 and 5 of last 13. Curiously, he’s only 20% Win when the favorite and that appears to explain last. Previous two were par. Solid apprentice has Judith (7) shedding 7 lbs. here. KOC is 27% Win with firsters and she wins 4X as many MCs as MSWs.

DDs 3,7/1,5,7

5th – Competing angles for Bennett complicates matters here. Gerry is only 5% Win with FBK + UC types but 88% ITM with 2L + FBKs. He’s also 46% Win when the favorite on the FBK. If I was playing, I’d stick to the ML choices.

Trifectas 1,5,7/All/1,5,7 (30 bets)

6th – Gonz is 47% ITM with Plain UCs. I’ll give her a piece at $10-1.

Trifectas 2,4,6,7/All/3 (20 bets)

7th – There’s a lot of hinky stuff going on here with 1,3,7,9 & 11.

Exacta Box 4,6

Saver Trifectas 4,6/1,2,3,7,9,11/4,6 (12 bets)

9th – Hubba Bubba (7) inherited the obligation to apply the pressure in last hurting his chances. Different trip could have different outcome for the Gospel Rocker from Ocala, Johnny Collins. Praise the Lord!

Weighted Exacta Key Box 7/2,4,5

Saver Trifectas 2,4,5/2,4,5/7 (6 bets)


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 04/10

Thought we had a shot at the brass ring Sunday, but the incessant badgering by a 25-1 shot cost us the front end shot, in the nightcap…. hate seeing those value horses go to waste……. trying still ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 5, 8 WT 5, 7, 8, (11) WT 3, 7, 11 WT 1, 3, 5 … $.50 … $ 27.00 ( $ 36.00)

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 2, 4, 7 WT 4, 7 WT 1, 3, 8 WT 4 ** …$.50 … $9.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, April 3rd

Only “The TBD Handicapper” has the data to back up touting $44-1 shots that run 2nd and that’s no lie.

1st – Trifecta 6/2/4

2nd – RD Allen Jr. is now 2-25 since returning. He’s beginning to get some “mercy mounts”.

Trifectas All/6/2,3,8

3rd – Trifecta 8/5/1

4th – KOC is 48% Win (13-27) when the favorite in this situation. Kathleen is also 48% ITM with all 2TS + 2TT types. My quirky friend from Oxnard, California, Margaret Wetherington is 7-14 ITM with Plain Shortenups (with 4 Wins). She’s always overlooked. Raymond is 14-225 with Shortenups (and most of those were in Sprints on the Dirt). 2-1?

Win 10

Trifectas 10/9/3

Saver Superfectas 10/3,9/8,12/3,9

Weighted DDs 10/1,3,4

5th – Ward is 83% ITM with Plain Dropdowns and 51% ITM with Plain Distance changes. Dorothy (3) is like that girlfriend who just isn’t doing it for you anymore. She’s got something, but not what you want.

Exacta Box 1,3,4

7th – Weighted 3,4,6/7

8th – Delacour is 41% Win and 81% ITM with UCEs. He’s 85% ITM when the favorite in Music Maker’s (7) situation and 34% Win. MM appears to be the well-intended, but Sunday’s FTS + FTT bomb, must leave one guessing.

Saver Trifectas 9,10/7/2,5,9,10 (6 bets)

9th – Layoff + Dropdown Cerro (7) and a lack of any solid MATP data, make this one unplayable.


10th – Dini has hit the board in 10 of last 16, after poor, 15 of 40 ITM showing prior to the past month. I gotta believe he’s gonna continue to make up for lost time. Over the years, I’ve spun a few yarns, never just out of thin air, but perhaps favoring some facts over others, in the interest of telling a nice, tight story. Suarez, aboard Penny Rose (8) hasn’t had a mount on the grass in five months. Suarez, aboard Penny Rose (8) was 5 for 6 Win or Place in last six on the grass. Create your own little narrative tale…after u see what he does in races 2, 4 & 6….

Trifecta Box 2,3,8,9

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 04/03

Well, it appears the new juice wasn’t all that effective when it came to handicapping …. perhaps a clearer head with a few days under my belt now, may offer slightly (hopefully immensely) better results …..we shall see ….. the meet is screaming to a close, and we still need to hit the equalizer …. maybe today

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 5, 8 WT 1, 9, 10 WT 1, 3, 4, 8 WT 9** … $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 3, 4 WT 2, 5, 7, 10 WT 6, 7 WT 2, 3 … $.50 … $16.00

Best Bet (sort of) **



Wednesday, March 27th


Rarely are so many distinguished bet against types observed on the same card.

Lay in or miss out!

1st – Padilla’s is 0-27 with StRs and 0-7 with 2nd off the Long Layoff. Bet against Racinrosemary (6) (9-2).

Saver Pick 3 – 1-5/1,5,7/4 (15 bets) to cover

2nd – Mr. Bennett has an IV of 0.58 with 2L + No Class Change Types. Bet against Game Lad (2) (2-1).

Pick 3 – 1,5,7/2,5,7/6,8 (18 bets)

3rd – Hendry has an IV of 0.48 with Non-layoffs on the dirt. Bet against Don’t Charge It (3) (7-2).

Exacta Key Box 4/2,5,7

Pick 4 – 2,4,5,7/6,8/1-6/8 (48 bets)

4th – Stidham is 2-33 with Non-shipping L1-3s. Bet against Good Marks (1).

$100 Weighted Trifectas 6,8/1,3,4,5/6,8

Saver Exacta 6,8 to cover

5th – Carrasco Jr. is winless in 11 tries with firsters on the dirt. Bet against Princess Miley (7).

See R3 Pick 4

6th – Motion has two Non-shipping L1-3s and he’s 1-32 with these. Stidham also has a Non-shipping L1-3 and he’s 2-33 with these. Bet against #s 4,5 & 6. Caveat emptor: Motion is 5-16 Win with UCEs.

Exacta Key Box 8/1,7,9

Saver Trifectas 1,7,8/4,6,9/1,7,8

7th – Weighted DDs All/4

8th – Raymond is 6% Win with Shortenups and 5% with Non-layoffs on the Turf. Bet against Wicked Boy (1).

Saver Exactas 5,10,11/4

9th – DDs 5,6,7/5

10th – KOC is 3% with FTS + FTT types. Bet against Zumbya (9).

Saver Trifectas 1-4,6-8,10/5/1,6,7 to cover (24 bets)

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 03/27

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 4, 5, 7 WT 1, 6, 8 WT 1, 5 WT 1, 4 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 2, 5 WT 4, 5, 9, (11) WT 6** WT 1, 5, 6, 10   $.50 … $12.00 (16.00)

Best Bet **


Wednesday, March 20th

Weather had us expecting an OFF THE TURF day, creating a bit of turmoil with today’s selections…

1st – After a shaky start, Navarro is 14 of last 18 ITM with 8 Wins. First Deal (5) has a 57% Win angle (78% ITM).

Exacta Key Box 5/2,6

2nd – Weighted DDs 3,6,7/6

3rd – Luna Fortis (6) was well above par in last two and Delacour outperforms with all three singles. Winning trainers don’t appear out of thin air (a la Baxter) but owner Sal Ruggiero has an AEPS of $4000 and Londono is 48% ITM lifetime (albeit with no winners).

Win 6

4thAs always, when they are off the Turf, we want to know who gets it done in OSTs. Colebrook is 8-13 ITM, KOC is Neutral, and Stewart is 22% Win and 58% ITM. If favoritism is to Kathleen, she is 43% Win under these circumstances.

Exacta Box 3,5,6 and Saver Trifectas 3,5,6/2,8/3,5,6

5th – Pass

6th – Minieri is 48% ITM with FBKs and 65% ITM Dropdowns + No Distance Change types.

Win 5 or Exacta Box 5,11 if the 11 is in

7th – Trifectas 3/6,8/1,2,6,8

8th – Malikia (Et al.) confirmed the bigness of the Feb. 23rd race on Sunday. Rigattieri is 5-6 ITM in OSTs. Bonita Springs (1) has enough ES to shake free of these as front runners have won 6 of last 10 since the rail was last moved.

DDs 1,9/4,6,7

9th – Best luck to Tyler Rotstein who makes his training debut today. The Ocala native is out of the Kenneth Marshall camp and has the bug after recent college graduation. He’s in a tough spot today, but you know what they say about beginner’s luck.

Pimental is 16-36 ITM at $12-1 with RtSs. That works for me.

Trifectas 4,6,7/5/4,6,7,10

10th – Pass

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 03/20 

Scramble on Sunday, to no avail ….even the Best Bet disappoints

….Cold Buds never disappoint ….it was that kind of day ….

Mr Pick 4 …  2-2    …..   The TBDH … 0-4

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 6 ** WT 3, 5, 6, 9 WT 1, 6, 7 WT 5, 6, 9 … $.50 … $18.00

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 6 WT 6 WT 6 WT 6 … $5.00 … $5.00

                               “Midnight Special”

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 1, 2, 3 WT 1, 4, 5, 9 WT 1, 4 WT 4, 7… $.50 … $24.00


Wednesday, March 13th

1st – A wide open race with all trainers having at least 40% ITM angles. Descarado (4) and Feliciano have the biggest if not the best, 35-51 ITM with Plain Distance Changes. Rountree is 60% ITM with Plain Dropdowns and needs to get something going as the meeting is now in the 4th Quarter.

Exacta Key Box 4/2,5

2nd – Camarero apprentice AC Rodriguez makes 2nd start on the mainland. Surprised several times in first twenty mounts and I wouldn’t dismiss getting 10 lbs for a conditioner that’s 61% ITM with this type.

Exacta Key Box 4/1,2,7

Pick 3 – 1,2,4,7/1,5/3,9,10

3rd – Negrete is having his best year in a long, long time but 6F looks wrong. Watch the action closely.

Trifectas 1,5/2,7,8/1,5

5th – Gonzalez has only been favored once at the meeting but may be today. She’s 100% ITM with 5 Wins with Dropdowns and 80% ITM with Stretchouts when the top choice. Pimental has dilemma. He’s 1-56 with Stretchouts but his runner was 4 above par in 1st OC. He wins only 14% in 1st 3 OC.

Win 8 and Exactas 8/6,7 if the favorite

DDs 8/1,4,8

7th – ATB 10

8th – Delacour is 84% ITM if the top choice here with 11 Wins in 19 tries. Attfield has a $14K AEPS on the grass lifetime.

Exacta Key Box 4/2,3,6

9thMr. Bennett is now 79% ITM with UCEs with 31% Wins. He’s only 14% with TtoDs so Blarp (10), with a 24% Win angle looks better.

Exacta Key Box 10/2,8,9

Saver Trifectas 10/5,7/2,8,9

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 03/13

Fun day, on Sunday, to help defray the Saturday debacle some ….. let’s attempt to keep the course ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 4, 7 WT 1, 5 WT 3, 7, 9 WT 1, 3 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 3, 4, 8, (11) WT 5, 6, 10 WT 2 ** WT 2, 5, 7, 9 … $.50 … $18.00 ($24.00)

Best Bet **


Wednesday, March 6th

1st – KOC wins 44% with Plain Favorites and 31% with UCEs. All her riders with more than a couple of mounts have at least one win at the meeting. WA Garcia is due for one with Kathy.

Win 3 if the favorite

If 3 is the favorite, then Pick 3 – 3/1-5/2,7,8 (15 bets)

3rd – Pick 3 – 2,7,8/3,6,7/5,7 (18 bets)

4th – $7 Pick 3 – 3,6,7/5,7/3,5 (12 bets) ($84)

5th – Navarro is 12-15 ITM with Non-shipping L1-3 with 7 Wins. He’s 70% ITM with Dropdowns and hit the board in 3 of 4 OSTs at the current meeting. Recent Palm Meadows works were razor sharp. On the downside, the Optional Claimers in this condition have an IV of 0.73 for the past nine years. 

$7 (Two-way) Saver Pick 3 – 1,3,6,8/3,5/5 ($56)

7th – Union Ranks (5) was above par in last two and got more action than expected on the lawn on Jan. 23rd. Sienkewicz is 50% ITM with one angle and 45% ITM with another. 

$7 Trifectas All/5/3,4 (16 bets) ($102)

9th – Exacta Box 3,6,8


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 03/06

Mike Allen, after costing us a perfect slate on Wednesday, has been killing our plays all meet …..enough …..

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. All (6) WT 2, 7 WT 4, 7, 9 WT 8**… $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 2, 5 WT 5, 8 WT 7, 9, (14) WT 3, 9 … $.50 … $8.00 ($12.00) 

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Feb. 27th

3rd – Efren Loza Jr. makes his first appearance of the meeting today with Eltiojohnny (5). Forget the horses history, it is just a distraction. Look at the puppet master and be enlightened.  Loza Jr is 58% Win here when the favorite from 54 starts in L5T (and 44% Win at GP during the same period). He is 100% ITM with Layoff + 1PTB types with 6 wins from 8 starts. He’s 8-9 ITM with RtSs here with 5 wins and 39% Win with S + Dropdown types. Gallardo is 10-16 Win for Efren here. His last start here was a 2TS + L4-8 + S + Dropdown + PTB at the Summer Festival that lost its debut by 58 lengths. It won handily and completed a $1055 daily double payout in our unofficial first wager of the 2018-2019 meeting. Sharp Palm Meadow works and Gallardo in the SLOP are the icing on the cake.

$100 Weighted Pick 3 – 5/1,6,7,10/2,7 or Conditional $100 Win 5 for 9/5 (wherever the value lies and based on R4 DD prices)

4th – OFF THE TURF – All of these have conditioners with a record of success in OSTs, particularly Motion, who is 7-8 ITM now with 6 wins.

Trifecta Box 1,6,7,10

5th – Mr. Smurthwaite (of Port Vale FC fame) came back to win in 15 days while moving up in class and that gives King Daddio (7), above par in last, a boost in our ‘most likely to succeed” poll. KOC is 85% ITM with this situation when she has the support of the crowd.

The Pink Rattler beat Kid Slipper and King Daddio on Jan. 20th, then also moved UIC and was a game third with a 100-95 (today’s par is 90). He Iz Gone, 2nd in that same race, also came back to win with a 93-97. Santos is 9 for 10 ITM for Bennett this season. Gelding (verb) may improve speed and focus.

A bet here won’t be decided until the money talks with 0.76 inches of rain forecast for yesterday and today, but man, this one looks right.

Conditional $100 Weighted Exacta Box 2,7 (for $11.20/8-5 seems fair)

6th – TURF or DIRT – KOC is now 0-55 with Plain UC + DtoT types.

Exacta Box 2,3,7

Pick 3 – 2,3,7/3,6,7/1,3,11 (27 bets)

7th – Pick 3 – 3,6,7/1,3,11/4,10 (18 bets)

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 02/27

Dale Bennett Stables ruins an otherwise perfect day …..all we can say is Stay the Course … thanks, Gramps… picks assume Off TheTurf BEFORE scratches.

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 4, 5 WT 1, 6, 10 WT 2, 7 WT

                      1, 4 … $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 WT 9, 11 WT 10 **

                       WT 2, 7, 10 … $.50 … $15.00

Best Bet **



Wednesday, Feb. 20th

1st – I’m a G Six (1) was closest to par, but has no winning angle. After an 8-30 winning run, Hamm is 0-12 now with L4-8 + S types. KOC is only 2-30 win with the Turf 1Mi to Dirt 7F move since 2005. Chavez is 6% Win with TtoDs and he’s 0-13 with RtSs leaving us with:

Exacta Key Box 1/2,6,7

$25 DD1/6

2nd – This is Harvatt’s big move: no move at all. He has an IV of 3.0 with these, so Makeyourselfathome (6).

Exacta Key Box 6/2,3,8

Saver Trifecta 6/1,7/2,3,8

3rd – Rubley presents with an 18% Win and 36% ITM angle and Benevolent Prince (9) is defect free. Ferrer is winless in six weeks, giving us pause for concern but not alarm. Johns is 64% ITM with his angle and Dominguez is 44% ITM at average odds of $17.50-1.

$50 Weighted Exacta Key Box 9/6,8

Saver Trifectas 9/3,5,7/6,8 to cover

4th – Trifecta Box 6,8,9,10

5th – A sensible claim appears likely to be rewarded with a win for Michele Boyce here.

Win 5

$100 Weighted Pick 3 – 5/1,2,4,5,7/9 (5 bets)

7th – We are reminded that in Maiden races for 3&up, a 2nd place finish last out carries with it an IV of 2.74 for the win in next start.

Win 9

8th – Motion is only 19% win with Non-shipping 2L1-3s in L5T, so a surprise would not be unusual given the horsemen represented here.

Parlay ½ of any winnings today into:

Trifectas All/7/1,3,6 (24 bets)

9th – Sweezey’s quick and dirty profile has been worth the effort. He’s 4-5 ITM with Non-shipping L1-3s, 7-10 ITM with 1st 3 M + 1st 3 T types, 11-17 ITM with Shortenups and 5-8 ITM with UCEs. Gets a piece. Cazares was ITM in 8 of last 11 with 5 bombs.

Exacta Box 2,6,7 and Saver Trifectas 2,6,7/1,3,5,9/2,6,7 to cover

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays for Feb. 20th

Meager, chalky casher in the early sequence on Sunday, isn’t cause for a major celebration, but we’ll take it. Today’s 8th is filled with high priced stock, yet, they look to break the maiden at Tampa… interesting … more interesting is Justify’s 1/2 sister thrown into this mix ….this is a watch closely race …

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 3, 6 WT 6, 9 WT 2, 6, 8,10 WT 5 * … $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 1, 2, 4 WT 3, 9 WT 1, 3, 6, 7, 10 WT 6 * … $.50 … $15.00

Co-Best Bet *


Wednesday, Feb. 13th

1st – Tsirigotis historically bombs with 20% of all starters, including 12 Plain Start types in L3T. Jim has not put one over at the current meeting. Kitchen Police (6) was an APD here on Dec. 29, 2017 and was sent in August at Delaware. A little moisture may propel. Class drop is supposed to validate big wakeup…OK…Uh huh…

Thirty-three of 45 of Raymond’s bombs have been at 6F or related and he has 12 Plain Shortenup bombs, however Raymond’s 3-82 with FBKs with only 17% ITM.

7-5 for Big Awesome misses the mark, IMO.

Exacta Box 3,5,6

2nd – Two Step Salsa is a 10% Sire at Tampa (35-342) which makes him a leader but not a top tier stud. Mr. Bennett has a 17-25 ITM angle. Rodriguez has a 60% ITM angle and he’s 36% Win with Gallardo up in L3T (16-44).

Trifectas All/2,5/2,3,5,7 (30 bets)

3rd – OFF THE TURF – Ryan has an IV of 0.53 with FBKs. Raymond is 0-47 with L4-8s and 6-139 with 1PTBs. Hemingway is 54% ITM with Plain Shortenups and if they are off the turf, he’s 21% Win and 58% ITM with OSTs.

Win and Place 2

4th – One can expect that Descarado (4) will not go “despacito” this afternoon as Feliciano is 59% ITM with Plain Distance Change types. Johns doesn’t do the UCE thing but he’s 39% Win with Plain Dropdowns and 24% Win with Plain Stretchouts. Hard to leave either off a ticket. Dini is now 0-32 since only win at the meeting. For My Mom (5) gets a Valentine’s Day play. Mike is 40% ITM with Plain Stretchouts. Mr. Bennett could rip the crotch out of it, but his singles are only in the high teens here.

Exacta Key Box 4/1,3,5

Saver Trifectas 1,3,4,5/8/1,3,4,5 (12)

Exacta Box 4,8

5th – OFF THE TURF – Rodriguez is 9-13 ITM with FBKs (cusp), 24% Win moving UC and 33% Win with StRs. If Darien is just babysitting, Arriagada has solid numbers with these angles as well.

Mr. Bennett is 2-14 Win with 2L1-3 + TtoD types and 23% Win with Plain Dropdowns.

70% of Ryan’s wins at the last 4 meetings have been Shortenup or Stretchout types. Derek is 50% Win if the favorite in this situation.

KD’s Catbird (11) was an APD at 8.18F here as a 4YO and was 2nd next time out in a stalking effort at 11-1. Quirins have been solid in last two. Outclasses many of these if it moves to the dirt. Se todo depende on which ones scratch.

$50 Weighted Exacta Box 2,11

$2 Saver Trifectas 2,6,7,11/2,11/2,6,7,11 (12 bets)

6th – Trifecta Box 2,3,4,5

7th – OFF THE TURF – Christa’s Kitten (9) went satisfactorily in both OSTs, gets another bight at the apple. KOC is 43% Win if the favorite in this scenario.

Win 9 if the favorite

8th – If the third times a charm, what is the 5th time? Is there a stat for being the beaten favorite in four consecutive races? Goforthegusto (10)! Spin (the wheel) Boy (3)!

Cotto Jr. jumps for Rivelli 2TS Shipper and longtime Owner Carolyn Wilson…my antennas are buzzing…

$0.50 Trifectas

1,2,3,4,6,7,11/1,2/1,2,3,4,6,7,8,11 ($36 never provided so much excitement!)

9th – Fate has its own rulebook. Quast firster is working off the hook at Goldmark Farm. Distorted Humor is a 22% Sire here at Tampa. On the Dam’s side we have a 15% Sire here in Oldsmar. Could this be his 2nd win in a 10-year career? We think, maybe…and that would be Plum Amazing (10).

$40 Weighted Exacta Key Box 10/1,4

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 02/13

More rain will wash away the scheduled 4 grass races. Scratches will be plentiful, but we’ve looked at the wet records of these pieces for 2 days now in the hopes to unlock the secrets ….. the results ? …..can you say ugh?….hope there’s a seat at the bar ….

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 4, 7 WT 2, 5, 9 WT 4, 8 WT 6, 7, 11 … $.50 … $27.00  

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 5 ** WT 3, 8, 9, 10 WT 2, 8  WT 1, 3, 4, 10 … $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Feb. 6th

1st – Mr. Bennett’s piece was 3 for 4 ITM at 8.18F and was par in last at 7F before failing to take the $$$ in last. Hard to put on top. Charming Verse (7) has soft numbers and Granitz has an IV of 0.71 with FBKs.

If favoritism is not to Lady Gregoria (4) (46% Win Angle) then

Trifectas 1,6/1,4,6,7/1,4,6,7 (12 bets)

2nd – Exacta Box 2,3,8 and Saver Trifectas 2,3,8/5,7/2,3,8

3rd – A big bet against here. Raymond is 3-77 with StRs and 4-83 on the Cusp of FBKs. Can Bennett go back to back after longest losing streak in memory? He’s only 12% win with PTBs. Projected pars have been downgraded by four clicks for this miserable lot.

Exacta Key Box 9/3,4 and Saver Tris 3,4,9/5,7/3,4,9 (12 bets)

4th – Arriagada is 31% Win with Plain RBs with 63% ITM and Padilla is 22% Win (IV 1.69) with Plain Shortenups and 50% ITM. Camacho/Arriagada combo is on fire and Ferrer has woken up recently with 7-14 ITM and 3 Wins in the last two weeks. Pimental is 17.5% Win with No Change types (IV 2.48) with 11 of 23 ITM and tries the angle for the first time this afternoon. All Hundreds (9) surprised at 7-1 for first win since Labor Day 2017. Rightback win four weeks later doesn’t seem likely.

$50 Weighted Exacta Box 1,7,8

$7 Pick 3 – 1,7,8/1,5,10/1,6 (18 bets) ($126)

5th – $50 Weighted Exacta Box 1,5,10

6th – Another big bet against here. KOC is 0-55 with UC + Surface Change types. Suba Lou (2) was obviously looking for back to back wins on the lawn before they were taken off the turf in last but the numbers usually tell the right story. Tampa win went 76-82, today’s par is 90-90. 

Motion has gone to the FBK only three times in 10 years and missed in all three. When a trainer usually doesn’t make a certain move, I often toss, but when he rarely makes a move and then does, I consider it to be a positive sign of intentions. Kevin says Motion is trying to sink the hook into the mouth of these new Owners. Motion bred this one and stands to share in minor breeder’s bonus.

Zarina (6) comes out of a race where the 6th & 7th finishers ran 1 & 2 in next start (in the same class). Impressive debut made my trip notes page. Stewart is 43% Win and 91% ITM when the favorite in this situation. Gallardo reunites on the class drop.

Better Yet (7) is out of the same race but has no win angle.

$50 Weighted Exacta Box 1,6

7th – Navarro has gotten his mojo back winning 4 of 8, with 7 of 8 ITM in the last two weeks. His piece and Bennett’s piece both went +5 in maiden win, but back to back disappointments by My Little Rockstar (at 3-2 and 5-2) tip the scales in Navarro’s favor. Dini won’t be 0-fer last 29 much longer.

Win 3

8th – 7,10/1,2,3,5,8,9/7,9,10 (24 bets) a blanket finish is expected

9th – Seminara (6) gets first start on a FAST dirt surface since September and may surprise for Dacosta who has solid singles all around here but who’s been unusually cold at this meeting.

Exacta Key Box 6/3,8

DDs 3,6,8/7

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 02/06

Burned by a monster effort to beat the best bet on Sunday ….looking forward to warming temps and sunny skies to aid, but it’s right on paper, leaving it up to us …….moving on …..

Early …. 3,4,9/1,8,9/3,5,10/1 … $.50 … $ 13.50

Late …. 3,7/7,10/8**/2,5,7,9 … $.50 … $8.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Jan. 30th

Strikethroughs are posted for your edification. No work is ever for naught.

1st – The K.I.S.S. principle comes into play here. Luna Azteca (7) was above par in first try at this level, ten of twenty claimed from Stewart have won, and she moves to a competent conditioner. May have physical problems, but she already beat most of these. Westlye’s piece comes out of glorified N2Land should be shunned.

Win 7

DD 7/1,2,6

2nd – Bridlewood work that went +6 above the bullet par recently tips favoritism to Jonathan Thomas’ Smoken Deb (2). Thomas has three distinct MATPs here, all exceeding 65% ITM and he’s 33% Win with Shortenups. Shrewd linemaker rips the crotch out of a big bet here. Situation might change if the crowd is not on board…

Weighted Exacta Key Box 2/1,6

3rd – Do ya like Trivial Pursuit? Let’s play. Who is the only jockey to win on a deep closer at 8.18F at the last two meetings (and he did it three times)? That’s right – Pedro Cotto Jr. Zitman (1) was above par in last and gets the first “poetic inevitability” play of the meeting.

Exacta Box 1,2,4

4th – OFF THE TURF – Over the weekend we did a quick and dirty trainer profile on Kent J. Sweezey that has yielded some promising angles. He’s 3-4 ITM with 2TS or 3TS + 2TT or 3TT types (with two bombs) and 8-12 ITM with Shortenups with three winners.

Exacta Key Box 9/2,8

Saver Trifectas 9/3,4,10/2,8

When others are shrugging their shoulders, we find answers. That’s what distinguishes us from all the rest. The question du jour: Who wins races that were originally scheduled for the turf (OST) here in Oldsmar.

Going back to 2005, it looks like this…

Hemingway is 22% Win and 56% ITM (18), Granitz 33% Win and 67% ITM (6), Arboritanza 50% Win (4), Cazares 17% Win and 67% ITM (12). Hinsley is 4-57 Win. Sweezey has had no luck at two meetings.

Bowersock is 1-18 with TtoDs. All of Cazares’ wins were piloted by Ademar Santos this year and Camacho was her go to in P2T. She was 4-45 Win (9%) with others up during this period so Alencar looks wrong, and Santos is already engaged (for Hinsley).

Exacta Key Box 2/5,8

Saver Trifectas 2,5,8/3,9,10/2,5,8

5th – Camacho jumps off an obvious contender prompting further inquiry and revealing that Mr. Lopez is 26% Win with Layoffs on the Dirt.

Trifecta Box 2,6,7,8

6th – OFF THE TURF –  This race promises to be a “white knuckler”. Socialite and TBD President Stella F. Thayer looks for her sixth win in as many years and Delacour has a 23% Win single angle here. Vicky Oliver is 27% Win at odds between $3-1 & $7.50-1 but is 0-13 at less than $3-1. Brisset has three bomb angles in play here. Lerman is a logical choice. 

Trifecta Box 2,3,5/2,3,5,6/2,3,5,6,8


7th – Audobon Wood (3) is the one. Wilkes is 77% ITM with 2L1-3 + Dropdown types and doubles his ordinary strike rate for win with TtoD types. Rigattieri is 17-22 ITM with StRs and tries the angle for the first time today. Have confidence in the puppet masters, O ye of little faith! (The 3 is also Kevin’s Best Bet today!)

$100 Win 3

$50 Exacta 3/5

$25 DD 3/9

8th – OFF THE TURF – Sunday, I was talking about the necessity to allow our sensibilities to evolve. Son of So (5) is another example of how context must be a participant at the table of sound handicapping practices. Rarick is 10-13 ITM with No Change types, but is a NC, a NC when there’s nowhere else to go? In the past I would say yes, today I think not.

Carrasco Jr is 4-5 ITM with 2TT + Dropdown types and 20-42 ITM with StR + Dropdown types. One of these part wheels is gonna pop.

Trifectas All/9/1,7,8

Win 9

9th – I touted the young Peruvian Jorge Panaijo back in November and he’s been right there on anything showing signs of life. Five Grand (1) faces a bunch of losers in debut for trainer Nick J. Caruso, who hasn’t disappointed either. However, 8.18F at first asking seems a bit of a fanciful notion.

Trifectas 4,6/1,2,4,5,6/1,2,4,5,6

10th – OFF THE TURF – In spite of an unprecedented 0-27 run, Dale Bennett’s runners remain consistently sensitive to price. He’s now 151-202 ITM when at $2.60-1 or less (and 2-3 ITM at the current meeting) with 43% Wins. I’ve been talking about a Martingale for a few weeks, but again, I won’t start one with a PTB. Dale is 48% ITM with Pablo up in L3T. 

Win 7 if the price is in the zone

Exacta Box 2,5,7

Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 01/30

Well, there are no consolations for 3 of 4 X 2 ….cepting

maybe, the Bright Cold Buds at the end of the dark tunnel.

….Sure would taste better if Mr. Berube were buying ….

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 1, 2, 5 WT 4, 7, 8, 10 WT 7 WT

2, 3, 5 … $.50 …$18.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 3** WT 3, 7, 8, 9, (12) WT 4, 6

WT 2, 4, 5, 7 … $.50 … $16.00 ($20.00)

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Jan. 23rd

1st – Trifecta Box 1,2,3,6

2nd – All underperformers, each and every one.

Weighted DD Wheel All/3

3rd – It’s hard for Tampa’s Mom & Pop operations to compete with National Leaders when they decide to make the trip across Route 60, from Palm Beach, to make a withdrawal. While Tampa is often a proving ground for Bill Mott’s 1st 3 Maiden and/or 1st 3 Turf types, Bill is usually right there with established runners and Claiborne Farms is always among the top 100 earners in N.A. Glossy (3) was shipped to Payson Park directly after N1X win at Aqueduct (IV 1.61 in L6T) last month and has been working regularly and sharply. Camacho gets it done.

Win 3

4th – Miami based Lady and Me Stable LLC has a runner with its namesake (the corporation preceded the filly) and by a leading Tampa Sire. Her PTB trainer D’angelo has an AEPS that would put him in the 81st percentile for earnings here. The Lady made a big effort in last, making a +7 final fraction and a +3 final Quirin but the returning runners from that race have not impressed and Camacho jumps for the red-hot Terranova stable. Lady and Me (2) is their only active runner presently and she gets a little bump for having, literally, all the attention.

The gospel rocker preacher/trainer Johnny Collins bombed with Kwaina ($69) recently. We hit the all but button for win in our trifecta part wheel in that race, but our key ran 4th instead of 2nd (that would have been a season maker – the 50-cent tri paid $3610.00). I wouldn’t toss Moonlit Sea (8), though Johnny tells me she’ll need this race.

Trifectas 2,6,7/All/2,6 (18 bets)

5th – I’m stuck here, but I would not leave Brisset off my ticket. All his bomb angles are lighting up my circuit board.


6th – A no brainer exacta for the conservative and the practical. Will pay 3/2. If I was ahead, I might put it all on the line with this one.

Exacta Box 2,3

7th – Trifectas 3,7/1,2,3,7,8/1,2,8 (18 bets)

8th – Trifecta Box 1,3,4,8

10th – Bowersock and Arriagada both have 20% Win angles here. Potts is 40% ITM with L4-8s. McKanas has multiple repeat bombers.

Exacta Box 2,7 and Saver Trifectas 2,7/1,6/2,7


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 1/23

31 days into the meet, and the elusive 4th still eludes

us ….. trusting the balloon payouts on Sunday will be

the pinnacle for the meet ….

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 3, 5, 7, 10 WT 7 WT 2, 3, 5, 6,

7, 9 WT 5** … $.50 … $12.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 2, 3, 6, 7 WT 1, 7 WT 2, 5, 10

WT 7 … $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Jan. 16th

1st – So Scott is now 7-58 with Non-shipping L1-3s but that’s an IV of only 0.75.

Chilling Secret (4) made solid Quirins in both tries and has worked sharply on a FAST dirt surface here. Carrasco Jr. has the ML choice at 5-2 but he’s 0-17 with Long Layoffs. The Bennett machine is now 48% win when the favorite and Gerry has all 20% Win singles here.

Exacta Box 4,5,6

2nd – Rhone (10% Win in L3T) is now 0-16 and looks to get it done in 2nd off the claim with Best Offer (1). He’s 20% Win with these. Horses claimed from Bennett take an average six tries to get to the circle, so Jiffy Josh (3) will have to wait his turn.

Trifecta Box 1,5,6,7

3rd – Twocubansbrothersu (2) (an APD in 2018) was 4-4 Win or Place in P2T and 15-22 Win and Place in all starts in L3. The 9YO is 17-21 ITM at today’s distance (but won often at 8.5F as well). Sixteen of twenty-one of Rigattieri’s bombs have been Distance Changes and John hasn’t bombed yet at the current meeting. Morales sticks after 20 length defeat in last? I was reminded of Ray Stifano’s Palace Barista when looking at this PP. That oldtimer was notorious for the sudden wakeup at long prices. I’ll give it one chance since I was off it in last and saved $$$ in that one.

Exacta Key Box 2/1,5,6

4th – Just Call Saul (2) hangs on for Hennessy’s first win with an 2L on the dirt in L5T (19 tries).

Saver DD 2/7

5th – Granitz is 65% ITM with the TtoD + Dropdown move and Gallardo sticks after even and game efforts in last two on the lawn and was above today’s par two back. Seltzer is 22% win as an Owner and Thulean (7) makes his Top 15 Horses list with $53 K in earnings. If I was ahead, I’d claim Thulean in a minute.


Saver Pick 3- 7/All/5 (10 bets)

8th –  Stidham is now 15-22 with UC move and is 81% ITM on the Rightback. Terranova is 24% Win in L5T and his piece was above par in last. Rubley’s Aciano (10) was above par in both tries and faced markedly superior field in last.

$150 Weighted Exacta Key Box 10/2,5

$20 Saver Trifectas 2,5/,2,5/10 (2 bets) ($40)

9th – Trifecta Box 1,4,7,9

10th – Exacta Box 1,2,8


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 1/16

Teased yet again, on Sunday, but, Ms Baxter found her savior,

as the live single in the last set pedestrian fractions for a half,

couldn’t use the blistering pace to hang around for a picture,

faded badly, and was abruptly claimed by the meet’s leading

trainer ….

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 3, 5 WT 2, 5 WT 3, 7, 9, 10 WT 8, 10

……………………. $.50 … $16.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 1, 5 WT 5** WT 1, 2, 7 WT 1, 4, 8, 10

……………………. $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Jan. 9th

1st – Wasiluk hasn’t had a runner that won four of last seven in, well, forever. Ms. Elegance (2) gave way in OST in the SLOP, then pressed the pace before tiring versus SALW types. Peter is 51% ITM with FBKs, 51% ITM with Dropdowns and Martinez was up on his only winner at the meeting. Must get a piece. Granitz’s piece (out of the same race) similarly has a 57% ITM angle. 

$50 Weighted DDs 2,4/6

2nd – R Sweet Exchange (6) was above par in long layoff victory and drops in class today. Two that were well beaten in that race have come back to bomb in the next starts. Mr. Bennett is 50% Win when the favorite at the current meeting and is 4-6 Win, 6-6 ITM with Rightback favorites presently and 22-41 Win in L4T.

$100 Weighted DDs 6/1,5 (expect about 5-2 return)

3rd – Lady Breanna (1) was also above today’s par in last, 92-92 versus an 87-89. Mr. Bennett is on the cusp of a FBK here (+1 day) and he’s 86% ITM with these. The filly appears to be the likely favorite again, a 50% Win angle for Mr. Bennett at the meeting.

5th – Ubide sometimes bombs with long layoffs and he’s 4-8 ITM with TtoD + RtS types.

$2 Trifectas All/5/4,8,9 (21 bets) ($42)

6th – Pick 3 – 2,3,6/1-9/1 (27 bets)

8th – Tony (1) went 95-97 in maiden win. Today’s par is 93-93. Lerman outperforms with Non-shipping L1-3’s and Rightbacks. Gallardo sticks.

Exacta Key Box 1/7,8

DDs 1,7,8/3

9th – Rodriguez is 36% Win with UC + DC types and Red Angry Bird (3) was above par for total energy in N2L win. Klopp’s singles are solid all around and he’s 50% ITM with L1-3 + RtS types.

$25 Win 3

$25 Weighted Exacta Key 3/7,9,10

DD 3/3

10th – Arba (3) made +6 EP in the Slop and looks right on the Shortenup going back to the lawn.

Win 3


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 01/09

Knocking on the door doesn’t necessarily open it for you.

Not only does the best bet on Sunday succumb, but to

her stablemate, and at a 12-1 humiliation…… first 

and third in a juicy ALW at a price ….$99.40 for a

$3.00, $.50 box …..way to go Iggy

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 1, 7 WT 2, 4, 6, 8 WT 6, 8 WT 2, 6 … $.50 … $16.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 3, 4, 8 WT 8** WT 3, 9 WT 2, 3, 8, 9 … $$.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Jan. 2nd

On the first racing day of the new year, conventional handicapping offers more than MATPs, with the exception of the 3rd and the nitecap, however, while impressive, the stats in the last race are rather soft.

1st – Pick 3 – 1,3,5/7/5

2nd – Jiffy Josh (7) beat Wild Wigglin Jack who has since won back to back. Burton, out of that race has run 2nd and My Bernie was also 2nd. In Josh’s rightback win, three that he beat ran 1,2,3 in their next start. It’s hard not to put Josh on top.

Win 7

Pick 3 – 7/5/4,5,6,8

3rd – Holiday Storm (5) made +10 final fraction in FIRM turf try, hinting that a stretchout may go well. Blair has not missed the board with a 3TT here in Oldsmar and he’s 71% ITM with Stretchouts.

Conditional $100 Win for > 2-1

Pick 3 – 5/4,5,6,8/4

4th – Together, Rhone, Harty and Arboritanza have won 2 MSWs at the last three meetings.

Pick 3 – 4,5,6,8/4/2,6,7,8

5th – Handsome Girl (4) went +11 early and par late while digging in in first try on the dirt and shortens up today.


Pick 3 – 4/2,6,7,8/1,2

6th – Exacta Key Box 2/6,7,8 and Pick 3 – 2,6,7,8/1,2/2,3,8,10

7th – Conditions should encourage competition, not fill races. In these OC’s, honest $16K claimers are hard to beat.

Exacta Box 1,2

Saver Trifectas 1,2/4,5,7/1,2

Pick 3 – 1,2/2,3,8,10/3,6,8,9

8th – Pick 3 – 2,3,8,10/3,6,8,9/2,3

10th – Stidham is 3 for 4 Win with his UCEs with both ITM on 3 of 4 occasions.  The 2 was beaten by Liberale, who won yesterday down south. Michael is 5-11 Win with Stretchouts (see #2) and 6-12 Win with StRs (see #3).

Exacta Box 2,3

Trifectas 2,3/All/2,3

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays for Wed. Jan 2nd

New year, new luck …or so it’s said …..

Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. 2, 5, 6 WT 4 WT 2, 4, 6 WT 2, 3, 6, 8 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 1, 2, 3, 4 WT 2, 3, 8 WT 8 ** WT 2, 3, 7 … $.50 … $18.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, Dec. 26th

1st – Navarro misses an 8 for 9 ITM angle here by 9 days, but in his favor, there hasn’t been a 6F $8000 or $10000 claimer here during that period. It is a stretch though… Mr. Bennett wins 46% with FBKs when the Favorite but that doesn’t appear likely today for Sophistication (4), however, he is 15-51 Win with UCEs.

Exacta Box 1,2

Pick 3 – 1,2/1,5,6/5

3rd – You can’t blame a trainer for trying to grab a piece of a $110K purse in a glorified SALW, so Navarro is forgiven for being outrun at 7F in the Claiming Crown Stakes (a Starter $16 in 2017-2018) at Gulfstream recently. Rigattieri had the same idea, but Twocubanbrothersu wins at 8.5F and failed in his Starter $8000 lifetime. Navarro is 40% Win in 25 tries with his angle. Twocbanbrothersu is a crowd favorite here and should help to deliver a bit of value on Chunnel (5).

Win 5

Exactas 5/1,3,6

4th – Arboritanza has been 16% Win here for three meetings in a row and is not likely to remain 0-11 for much longer. He’s a changeup artist and an all angle threat and remains a solid investment. Barefoot Cove (4) was above par in two wins versus tougher last winter here.

Exacta Key Box 4/1,3,8

5th – Pass

6th – KOC is 33% Win if the favorite in this situation and Sweet Daddio (5) was very close to par for total energy (TE) in debut.

Win 5

7th – Navarro is 30% Win in 90 tries when on the Shortenup. He’s already made as many starts here this season as all of the last, so it appears Jorge intends to do some serious damage in Oldsmar in 2018-2019 (and he will).

Win 5

8th – Jimmy Divito has a solid MATP here. He’s 8-17 Win and 12-17 ITM. First try at this level looks right for this 3YO that makes par final fractions regularly.

$125 Win & Place 3

9th – Ferraro is 42% ITM at $8.40-1 with his MATP.

Exacta Key Box 9/1,6,7

10th – Joan Scott is 7-12 ITM with the 2S + 3TT move and that gets her a piece.

Trifectas All/7/1,4


Mr Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 12/26


A weighted ATB on Mr Terranova’s piece in Race 8 on Sunday was

the bailout of yet another frustrating day …..close does not count

in horse racing…… Mr. Pick 4 is not a big fan of the “All” button,

but R 3 today is a handicappers’ nightmare …………


Early Pic 4 (3-6) …. All (6) WT 3, 4, 8 WT 3 WT 1, 5 … $.50 … $18.00


Late Pic 4 (7-10) …. 5** WT 1, 3, 6, 10 WT 3, 6, 9 WT 1, 7, 9 … $.50 … $18.00


Best Bet ** 


Wednesday, Dec. 19th


Drying out from two inches of precip followed by a couple of days in the 60’s (for highs) makes for a wait and see scenario. The rail might be favorable today.


3rd – Tsirigotis is 8-10 ITM with the L4-8 + S move, 3-4 ITM with the Long Layoff + RtS angle and 50% ITM when at odds < $9-1. The only thing likely to derail Jim here is unsatisfactory odds (his average ITM odds here are $15.40-1 in L5T). Nevertheless, 25% of his ITM finishes are at odds < $5-1. PP6 has won 8 of 29 since the rains came last week. Harvatt has two 50% or > MATP ITM angles here and he’s 6-20 ITM with 1PTBs in L5T. GLA acquires Scottish Sky (1) and Carrasco Jr is 3-37 with 1PTBs in L5T and 1-12 with Mena up in L2T. I’m thinking no.


$150 Weighted Exacta Box 6,8

$10 Trifectas 6,8/1,2,4/6,8 (6 bets) ($60)


6th – Noonsight (10) dueled from the start to midway in the far turn with a +12 EP (and with the rail at 22 feet), before putting away that one, only to have another run at him late. He weakened in the stretch but kept 2nd and ended with a +1 above par effort.  Switches to Lynch who has been a magician on the lawn so far. Feargal has been beaten more than a few lengths on the turf here only once.


Weighted Exacta Key Box 10/2,5,8


7th – Silly Factor (6) was par in SALW8 last time out but only had to beat one serious contender, Rockaroundtheclock, another 4YO that’s been knocking about in Starter company. Today we have another six-horse field, with three of those eligible as N3Ls. Scott is 39% Win with TtoD + Dropdown types, but only 10% Win with PTBs. Navarro is only 13% with L4-8s. Bowersock enters for a tag, ostensibly to remain eligible for the N2X condition. I suppose that makes sense off the long layoff, but $32,000 isn’t what it used to be. Maria has me guessing.


Exacta Reverse Key All/6


6th – Noonsight (10) dueled from the start to midway in the far turn with a +12 EP (and with the rail at 22 feet), before putting away that one, only to have another run at him late. He weakened in the stretch but kept 2nd and ended with a +1 above par effort.  Switches to Lynch who has been a magician on the lawn so far. Feargal has been rarely beaten more than a few lengths on the turf here.


Weighted Exacta Key Box 10/2,5,8


7th – Silly Factor (6) was par in SALW8 last time out but only had to beat one serious contender, Rockaroundtheclock, another 4YO that’s been knocking about in Starter company. Today we have another six-horse field, with three of those eligible as N3Ls. Scott is 39% Win with TtoD + Dropdown types, but only 10% Win with PTBs. Navarro is only 13% with L4-8s. Bowersock enters for a tag, ostensibly to remain eligible for the N2X condition. I suppose that makes sense off the long layoff, but $32,000 isn’t what it used to be. Maria has me guessing.


Exacta Reverse Key All/6


8th – KOC’s Abiding Star (1) was up close and above today’s par in last over a FIRM Turf course in GIII at Monmouth over the Labor Day Weekend. The KOC/Gallardo combo is 33% Win and 64% ITM in 95 tries recently. My namesake (My Bariley #9) broke maiden here in 2016, then came rightback to be 2nd at $26-1 in an N1X. The gelding returns today after a solid 4YO campaign. Two scratches at CD recently (OFF TURF) hint at positive intentions today, however Granitz is only 8% with Layoffs and Shippers but exceptions are not uncommon and running style is favorable versus these. Feliciano is 0-19 with DtoT types.


Exacta Box 1,9

Saver Trifectas 1,9/6,7,8/1,9


9th – Spring Up (1) went +5 early in first try and should be able to control the pace today. Another chance. Hemingway has two distinct MATP ITM angles here, both close to 60% and he’s 100% ITM when the favorite in this situation. Minieri is yet to hit the board. Why not here?


Exacta Box 1,4,9


10th – Connelly is 33% ITM with all starters here at $9-1 in L10T. PTB status is the fly in the ointment. Harty is hot and has been in the circle in all three tries when the favorite this season. He’s also 7-11 ITM with the L1-3 + S + Dropdown + StR angle. Arboritanza also looks for first check of the meeting.


Trifecta Box 2,6,7,9


Wednesday, Dec. 12th

2nd – Bowersock is now 2-51 with 2Ss and Wasiluk 2-56 with L4-8s. Pass

3rd – Holiday Storm (9) presents with a 100% ITM angle for Jordan Blair, who flagged us last season for bigger things. He’s 7-7 ITM and 3-7 Win with the L1-3 + 1st 3 Turf angle. This one will need to be heavily backed to garner our support. Jordan is 84% ITM when the favorite. Colebrook is 79% ITM at < $6-1. Local girl power connections only miss the board in one of three and should be given a piece.

Trifecta Box 5,6,9,10 if the board says yes.

4th – KOC is now 56-70 ITM (80%) with UCEs and is par with 2YOs. Both of Kathy’s runners have win angles, but sorting this out is above my pay grade. Pass

6th – Scott is 13-16 ITM with the L1-3 + Dropdown + Shortenup. Minieri has solid singles all around. Gallardo sticks aboard Best Offer (7) and Rigattieri is 50% ITM with his singles.

Exacta Box 5,6,7

7th – Trifectas 5,10/2,3,5,9,10/2,3,9

8th – Above Par Dueler (APD) Rattlesnakerose (8) may reprise that February effort on the shortenup today. Longtime bomb maker Zollie Durr, has a ½ sister to 3X bomber Weekend Appeal here, but it looks like he’s playing it straight for a change. Sometimes there’s more money in purses than there is in gambling.

Trifecta 8/5/2

DDs 8/3,10

9th – Two APDs, Vitsal (3) and Epic Drama (10) may break sharply and never stop.


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays for 12/12

 On Saturday, 12/8: A quick explanation as to why we bounced out of the early Pic 4 so

wimpleee in R 4 …..bottom level NW’s of 2 ….the race is completely

devoid on paper of any early speed, and Ward /QHam look to be the

most devoid ….so what happens ? ….QHam sends the piece, along

with 2 other speedballs to keep him company, to splits of 22.2, 45.2,

57.4 !!! and stops the clock at 1:10.4…..8k NW/2 !!…..double checked,

and Equibase confirms the splits ….Nuff said

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 4, 6 WT 1, 5 WT 1, 2, 8 WT 6, 7 … $.50 … $18.00

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 2, 3, 7 WT 3, 10 WT 8** WT 1, 3, 5, 10 … $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, December 5th

2nd – Barboza Jr. makes a visit to Tampa occasionally to make a withdrawal. He’s 20% Win since 2015 with a Tampa busting AEPS of $4524. He goes to 35 year old Venezuelan pilot who’s made a name for himself at the Hipodromo Riconada. We wish Jorge Urdaneta luck today.

DD’s 3,6,7/4

3rd – Nations is 6-8 Win here with UC + Favorite types and 58% Win with Plain Favorites. Northern Wind (4) made today’s par on Opening Day. Camacho sticks.

Win 4

5th – Chilling Secret (2) has ML of 4-1 but Simms in 0-9 with FTTs and 0-22 with all DtoTs. Demasi is 0-22 with all UCs. Rarick is 2% Win with L1-3s and 4% with Shippers. Randy also has no DtoT wins, he’s 0-12. Tammaro III is only 4-14 ITM in 1st 3 OC in L3T.

Trifecta Box 3,5,6,7

6th – Stidham is now 3-9 Win and 6-9 ITM with 2L1-3 + S types. Simply Great (3) was roused along a less than golden rail, getting up close in the stretch before finishing evenly in first off short layoff but looks for first win on a FAST track here. Three rookie conditioners without a history to draw upon have us looking elsewhere to make a wager.


7th – Muggsamatic (8), in 2nd off the long layoff, nosed out Ness’ Ghost Hunter (winner of 19 and $800K and 8 (3-4-0) here in Oldsmar) for a minor award in an open $50K event at Belmont just 6 weeks ago. KOC is 31% Win and 79% ITM with Uncoupled Entries and Kathy doesn’t go to Uske so you can guess which one is live. O’Connell has no other MATP here, but her singles are solid. The Nagles exploit quirky uncaptured PTB angle but Reid is 1-17 with Rightbacks. Harty is 3-45 with FTTs. Motion is 59% ITM with his MATP in 59 tries but has no win angle. 302Cassie (10) moves thru his conditions like a  savvy salesman navigating Midway during a snowstorm. 

Conditional $75 Win 8 for 7-2 or <

$25 Exacta 8/10

Saver Exacta 10/8 to cover

Parlay ½ of any winnings to the 9th race proposed play

9th – Stewart is 37% Win (7-19) with L1-3 + S + Stretchout types in L8T and is 19% Win and 44% ITM with UC types. If Nick’s Rose (10) hasn’t gone wrong, 10-1 would be a gift. Ryan is 7-10 ITM with 2S + FBK types.

Weighted Exacta Box 2,9,10


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays for Dec. 5th

On Saturday, Dini had three in, two of which, on paper, looked like 

definite contenders. So, Rockaroundthedock and Jersey John both

get nailed at the wire. Sooooo, Notcho Daddy runs them off their

feet in the 8th as a firster, to further solidify Dini’s philosophy

of “Miracles Happen” ……sound familiar, JB ?

Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 2, 5, 7 WT 4** WT 5, 7, 8 WT 3, 4, 7, 9 … $.50 … $18

Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 3, 6 WT 3, 4, 7 WT 2, 9 WT 1, 10 … $.50 … $12.00

Best Bet **


Wednesday, November 28th

1st – Don’s Beach (1) got more action than warranted versus several N1Ys in last for pony girl turned trainer Lisa Allen. The freshman conditioner has had her best luck when not sprinting (10 of 18 ITM at PID) and Don’s Beach appears to like to compete.

Exacta Box 1,2

Saver Trifectas 1,2/4/1,2

2nd – Stidham was 4 for 7 Win with the L1-3 + S + Dropdown at debut meeting in Tampa and Mame (1) looks tough to beat in first try for a tag. Pablito hit the board in 3 of 4 on Opening Day.

Win 1

3rd – Monte R Thomas has the best record with 2YOs (7% Win) and he’s usually trying with FTSs (11-42 Win) but he’s notorious for failing to get it done with 2TSs (1-35). Decker (AEPS $4740) has a first crop daughter of 2 & 3YO Florida Champion and Graded Stakes winning Sprinter at 4, Fort Loudon. Fort Loudon’s papa, Awesome of Course, sired 15.5% winners here at Tampa. Jacks or Better Farm has not had a winner here in years, but the entity has earned $1M this year. Bowersock is 42% ITM with 2YOs with 4-64 Win and Maria has satisfactory singles but underperforms with Shippers.

Exacta Box 2,3,6

4th – Potts is usually there on the RB and he’s 53% ITM with Shipper + Stretchout types. Bennett’s are monkeying around here. Gerry has the 60% Win record with his angle recently, Mary Ann is 13-19 ITM on the dirt in L5T, but her runner beat Gerry’s in 4 of 6 tries in L3T (they ran 1,2 twice).


5th – There’s a lot going on here. Stidham’s piece fits. Sweezey had 5 bombs last season, all with < 10 LT starts. Retro Street (3) popped at 12-1 at Belmont and takes a suspect drop in class here. Stewart is 24% Win with 2YOs but has no FTS + FTT angle and yet Gallardo accepts. Scott has faltered on the grass here in the past couple of years but Slingin Sammy B (6) has 5 MATPs in play here, all > 50% ITM and one for Win 28%, but Joan rarely goes to Pedroza. Correas IV is 6-10 ITM here with Layoff’s on the Turf in L5T.

Trifectas 1,3/2,5,6,8/1,3,6

6th – KOC is 31% Win and 79% ITM with UCEs but don’t assume which one is well intended. The 1 has no MATP but KOC is 44% Win if the favorite. The 3 has a 5-14 Win angle at 14-1 odds, the L1-3 + S + UC + No Distance Change + No Surface Change. Sunset Empire (6) is by Tampa top ten sire Kantharos, 17.2% winners in L3T.

Exacta Key Box 3/1,2,6

7th – Longshots with early speed held up satisfactorily on the lawn on Opening Day hinting that well backed front runners are likely to go well on day two after four days for those divots to re-root. Classy My Cowboy (10) is on top of his game now and Johns is 5-10 Win and 70% ITM with favorites off the claim. The gelding makes close to par final fractions consistently.

$100 Conditional Win 10 for $2.30-1

$7 Trifectas 10/8/1,2,7,9 ($28)

8th – DDs 4,7/2,3,10


Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays for Nov. 28th


Auspicious start on Saturday. Especially disappointing was the effort (or

lack thereof) of Justin Johns’ chalk #2 in R 8. With limited starters, he comes

in off a very strong Arlington meeting (30% W 51% ITM). And it appears

that I Correas IV has come with both barrels loaded…..WATCH


Early Pic 4 (2-5) …. 1, 4, 6 WT 3, 5, 6 WT 3, 7 WT 8** … $.50 … $9.00


Late Pic 4 (6-9) …. 3, 6 WT 7, 8, 10 WT 7 WT 1, 5, 9 … $.50 … $9.00


Best Bet **



Saturday, November 24th

Welcome back to our loyal subscribers and welcome to those riding this train for the first time, as we begin our 12th Tampa meeting at the Tampa Bay Downs Handicapper.

While many selections will be posted each racing day, the ones that I intend to wager on personally (and the only ones that will be counted in my record) will be presented in bold type.

Last minute changes to selections, wager sizes and cancellations will be transmitted via twitter only, so follow us @tamselections.

My colleague, Mr. Pick Four, will once again be providing his Pick Four plays each day, however, all should note that we do not consult on our selections and it will often appear that he is coming from Venus while I am coming from Mars. So it goes…

Always check the program numbers before wagering as I often use the early PPs.

1st – Mr. Bennett is 4 for 6 win and 100% ITM when the favorite with his angle (L1-3 + S + Dropdown) in the first few racing days at the last three meetings, but the price will be prohibitive and 8 of 92 claimed from him here since 2011 have gone to the glue factory. This one looks too good to be true. Feliciano is 2-28 with PTBs and 36% ITM, but Descarado (Shameless to you gringos) was 2nd here at today’s distance for $10K in 2017. Johns is solid all around but has no MATP. Dini is 43% ITM with Layoff + TtoD types. Carrasco Jr. has competing angles. He’s soft with Layoffs and Shippers but outperforms off the claim. Six horse field makes for a disappointing opener.

Exacta Box 1,4,5

2nd – Rattlesnakerose (5) went above par while dueling here in maiden victory and comes off the shelf for Mr. Bennett who is 33% Win and 67% ITM with L9ups. The filly also stumbled badly in previous start and could taste dirt again. For sale sign says “I’m not bound for glory” but could get the job done. Front runners could help Decker’s piece, Country Linedancer (4). Decker has a solid AEPS of $4740 and Laurel shippers have an IV of 1.17 here but this filly would need a career best effort today.

Trifectas 2,5/2,4,5,6/2,4,5,6

3rd – Correas IV is 45% Win (4 of 9) with babies here in L2T, but Cotto Jr. is only 5-111 Win on the lawn here during the same period (and only 20% ITM). Kee shippers have the best IV here, a whopping 1.74. Dollar Blue (6) still fits. Rory Miller is 50% ITM with babies in L7T. Both the 6 & AE12 will have to be up close at the 2nd Call to be a factor, a yet unseen placement for either. Dini doesn’t usually show much with FTTs but this one was up for a piece, so perhaps Port Desoto (2) will surprise. Mike’s had good success with 8 Wide Willie up recently and he is 69% ITM with L1-3 + S + DtoT types.

Exacta Box 2,6

4th – Dale Bennett is 33% Win with Non-layoff Shippers (L6T) and 44% Win at odds < $2.60-1 (L9T) but his Achilles Heel is the PTB, winning only 14% in first three. Nevertheless you can’t be 54% ITM in 1000 tries unless you enter them where they fit. Pablo Morales, DB’s go to, is conspicuously off Macho Alpha (5) tempering our enthusiasm but Dale tells me Cotto gave Macho a good ride recently and wants to give him another chance. Gerry Bennett’s luck with this type is spelled out in R1 but if he’s not the top choice, he still has three 20% Win singles…

Exacta Box 6,7

Saver Trifectas 6,7/5/6,7

5th – This SALW16 or less in 2018 draws mismatched field of ten in which the race appears to be for the place. Without a big surprise, you’ll be Tearless (5).

Win 5

6th – Mr. Bennett has yet another with that winning angle seen in R1 and R4. Dennis Ward is 28% Win with Non-layoff Shippers. Freshman Trainer Xavier Rivera has a solid AEPS of $2730. However, only Carvajal Jr.’s piece, My Bernie (2) has that running style that wins here at 6.5 F. 98% of all winners at this distance were on the lead or < 1 beaten length at the 2nd Call last season.

Exacta Box 1,2

Saver Trifectas 1,2/6,7/1,2

7th – Ousby (1) sure looks right for sophomore conditioner Jose Delgado (AEPS $4598) but choosing a pilot with no career wins on the lawn leaves us ambivalent. O’Connor has been having an off year in 2018, but Marksman (7) has been a bright spot, producing 28% of his 2018 purse checks. The trainer has a 21% win angle here, the L1-3 + Stretchout and he outperforms with Shippers as well. When I’m stuck, I sometimes go long for the fun of it.

Trifectas All/5,7/1

8th – Johns is 24% Win and 52% ITM Off the Claim here, he’s got a Kee shipper (IV1.74) and a jockey with an IV of 1.29 from the chute. It’s a noob vs. the OG here, El Grande Rojo (1). There are no other angles to speak of except for Pimental, who is 0-46 with Stretchouts.

$50 Win 2

$50 DD 2/5

9th – Reclamation of Rosebud’s Hope (5) inspires confidence today in Michael Stidham (21% Win in his first Tampa meeting and a lifetime AEPS of $5536). The 3YO also loosely fulfills our 3 + 3 winning profile for N1Xs (3 N1X starts or equivalent and 3 Wins) which wins half of all such races with none entered for a tag. Interesting observation on Yanez. Karen is 50% ITM with the 8’s angle at $24-1 (8 of 16) and Del Sol Farm has had 5 ITM here at $35-1 in L3T. PPs fail to identify Karen as the PTB prior to July 27th, a quirk in the Equibase record keeping when the same surname is present.

$50 Win 5

$50 Weighted Exacta Key 5/9,10

$7 Trifectas 5/6,8/6,8,9,10 ($42)

10th – Elusive Bae (11) might be a respectable bet for 5-2. Colebrook’s singles stand out here. Look for the smart money before you plunge.

Win 11

Mr. Pick 4’s Daily Plays for Opening Day

This is it, folks …. the day we’ve been salivating over since July 1st.

Welcome back to the loyalists, and welcome aboard to the new scribes.

And for those of you that are new, a quick review; this is my daily

offering of a modestly priced Pick 4 play, based on the $.50 minimum.

Where it goes from there, is your fun…sit back & enjoy the 2018-2019


Early Pic 4 (3-6)

6, 7, 9, (12) WT 2, 6, 7 WT 5, 6, 8 WT 1…$.50 … $13.50 ($18.00)                                                  

Late Pic 4 (7-10)

3,5, 7 WT 2** WT 1, 5, 10 WT 9, 11 … $ .50 … $9.00

** Best Bet 


Summer Festival 2018

Sunday, July 1st 2018

1st – The most consistent bomb maker on our list (she’s made it for the last 6 years), Joyce Kielty, had two like this one in 16-17. Big EP at 7.5F in last and routine early speed make United Song (4) a contender. Wetherington’s best win angle (5-28 Win) is represented here. PTB status is not an issue.

Exacta Box 1,4,6

Saver Trifectas 1,4,6/3,9/1,4,6

2nd – TURF ONLY – Deaton is 4-4 Win with this angle at $20-1 and doesn’t ask FTSs to run. He’s 24-40 with all Turf starts. Manning has a 6-12 Win angle here and gets Alvarez but it’s a tough sell. Nagle is 13-24 ITM with StRs with 5 Wins.

$125 Win and Place 4

DDs – 4/2,3,7

Saver Pick 4 – 3/2,3,7/5,7/3,5,6 (24 bets)

6th –TURF ONLY- Card Spun (2) is Mackaben’s top horse in recent years while bombing fairly regularly. The old mare has been close to par four times in 2018 and that’s good enough for me. Ward is 11-15 ITM with Shipper + UC types and has a 28% Win angle here. Loza Jr. has a 32% Win angle here and several of his ITM singles are between 70-80%.  Stewart’s piece is only acceptable if favored.

$100 Weighted Exacta Key Box 2/1,6 if the 5 is not the favorite

Saver Trifectas 1,2,6/5,8/1,2,6 to cover

7th – Just treat this 3YO like a FTS and you’ll be halfway to the window. Raise Em Up (3) has been working very sharply at Oakridge recently and will look like a different horse after being gelded and with Lasix while under the care of super trainer Efren Loza Jr.

$50 DD 3/1

8th – Above par effort in turf debut on closing weekend makes Bertie (1) a top contender here. Stewart tries the RtS + Dropdown for the first and last time at the meeting today. Chad is 9-12 ITM with these.

Saver Exactas 3,6,7,9/1 to cover if alive in the DD


Saturday, June 30th, 2018

A little poetic license helps to summarize my profound disapproval with today’s card:

“Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family “Summer Festival”. No, no. We’re all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm fun fest emergency here. We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest weekend of racing since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Margo squeezes her fat white ass into the Tampa Bay Downs elevator this afternoon, she’s gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the Pasco County.”

1st – Allen, Alvarez, Chuckie Lopez and Mata have 45 mounts between them with $5000 on the line for a weekend’s work. As Deepthroat once said, “Follow the money!” The 2, 4 & 5 have all been par, but each has a defect. Ciaio’s AEPS of $842 says I only win with the cheapest of the cheap, 12 of 14 of Bush’s bombs have had a race over the track, and struggling Monterrey is hard to back with a 3-98 record in 2018 while Guciardo is 6% win with Non-shipping L1-3s.

Trifectas 4,6/2,5/4,6

2nd – Another race where we’re stuck looking for the best of the worst. Smith had two winners at last year’s SF but he’s 1-32 with FTTs. Nagle’s piece looks wrong, dropping off the claim and long layoff (he’s 3-30 off the long layoff). Gallego hasn’t won a race since 2016, but Gogas’ piece was right there to the stretch in only turf try. Loza Jr. is always trying with FTS, but won only 14% with FTTs.

Trifectas 3,7/2,4,8/3,7

3rd – Like Diogenes, the Greek philosopher who walked the streets during the day carrying a lamp and claiming to be looking for an honest man, I looked for Alison Escobar all winter at TBD. The thing is, she is a he. The Puerto Rican hurricane refugee was 17% W and 56 ITM at CMR before moving to the mainland and a quick peak at his record indicates that his two top horses ever both won in their first try. Today he has Notorious Cowgirl (8), a granddaughter of top ten Tampa Sire Giant’s Causeway. The 4YO has been working off the hook at Oxford with the last four being +2, +8, +10 & +6 above the bullet par. Tampa veteran F. Mata is up.

$100 Win and Place 8

4th – Charlestown star (an oxymoron) Bocachica is up for Nagle, who won 10 of 21 with this angle recently (and 5 of 6 ITM at the last meeting). KOC has no win angle here.

Win 3

5th – Palacios-Molina rocked the place with 15 lightly raced bombs in L2T, many of the 1st 3 M and 1st 3 T variety. Nagle’s chalky piece may rip the crotch out of it.

$100 Weighted Exacta Box 1,6 for 3-1 return

6th – Old Clyde (8) has delivered so regularly that he gets the play out of habit and respect. Ward has a 71% ITM here. Mike Allen is up.

Exacta Key Box 8/1,3,5

Saver Trifectas 1,3,5,8/2,6/1,3,5,8

7th – The hereditary gift of common sense has not been wasted on me.

Exacta Box 4,6,8

8th – Bridle’s Holiday (3) presents off even money trouncing on the loam. An eligibility start? Hemingway wins 50% when the favorite with today’s angle, but I like this 7YO when he goes at long odds…Durr has made our top bomb makers list for three years running and I’m Just Souper (8) fits the mold.




Wed., April 25th

We say goodbye to Wednesday racing today, but without any fanfare. Join us again in November for FREE PLAY WEDNESDAY!

1st – Rigattieri is 19-33 ITM with Non-shipping L1-3 + Dropdown types and 3-4 win with them at the meeting and was above par twice in four tries.

Win 2 – Best Bet

DD 2/4,6,7

2nd – Scott has no FBKs on record, so how does that play for Peas and Carrots (3)? Off track in last would hint at a sensible FBK scenario but she doesn’t routinely go to Mike Allen. Idk. Candy Power (7) is always close to par and Dominguez outperforms with No Change types.

Pick 3 – 4,6,7/2,4,5/1,2,4

6th – Divine Ambition (1) and Evolution (7) fit the condition best. Bowersock is 67% ITM with L1-3 + No Distance Change types and Ziadie is 50% Win and 69% ITM on the dirt here.

Pick 4 – 1,7/1,2/1,3,4,7,8/3,7 (40 bets)

7th – Delacour win 38% with this kind and Philo (4) is always par.

Saver Pick 3 – 4/All/3,7 to cover

9th – Johns and Nagle excel with all their angles and their runners have only seen $10K once (for the win) in 17-18. They are much the best among these. Rodriguez dropped Bold Response (4) to $8K for the Win and that puts me off UC move today.

Exacta Box 3,7


Wednesday, April 18th

So how hot is Samy Camacho? Last year he won 12% here. From Opening Day thru March 31st he won 18%. In April he won 40% at average odds of $3-1 (and 45% when the favorite at the meeting).

1st – KOC is 12-21 Win with Non-layoff Shipper + Dropdown types and outperforms with FBKs (IV 1.3).

Win 3

Pick 3 – 3/All/8

2nd – Delacour may be #4 among leading conditioners with firsters on the dirt, but Donarra has not won with one of their own since April 2016.

3rd – Tap Speed (8) just looks right for 50% ITM Elliot Sullivan and #3 Leading Owner with 50 or more starts Bruno Schickendanz.

Exacta Key Box 8/1,5,7

Saver Trifectas 2,8/2,8/1,5,8

4th – Trifecta Box 3,5,7,10

5th – Thurston (8) has something going for him. Chavez is 7-36 Win (19%) with Shortenup + No Class Change types. He’s been above par in two of last four. 11 of 19 of Jose’s bombs have been Layoffs or 2Ls.

$50 Exacta 6/8

$2 Saver Trifectas 5,7,9,10/6,8/6,8 ($16)

$2 Saver Pick 3 – 8/All/3 ($12)

6th – Competitive six horse field ensures excitement but is unplayable.

$2.50 Pick 4 – All/3/6/1,2,3,4 ($60)

7th – Jermyn Street (3) plunges in class after hat trick at related distances versus better. 111 odds-on winners at the meeting give you an idea why it’s been tough to make a buck this year. Clearly my BEST BET of the meeting, but like M.C. Hammer, “u can’t touch this” at least not for win.

Exacta 3/7

Trifecta 3/7/4

Superfecta 3/7/4/5

$10 Pick 3 – 3/5,6,10/3,4 ($60)

8th – Clearly Love (6) goes for Lopez Jr. (10% Win and 27% ITM on the Dirt here). The mare has made par numbers on several occasions unlike pretender Precious Intent (7), who won by 6 while 8 over par.

$75 Weighted Exacta Key Box 6/5,10

9th – Nobody has a profile on Stidham like ours, so we may eke out a bit more value here. Michael is 40% Win and 60% ITM with L1-3 + S types and 8 for 9 ITM with RBs. His only UCE ran 1,2.

Trifectas 3,4/1,2,7/3,4


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Good has many meanings and a good track is not good for betting.

2nd – Bowersock is 1-17 with No Changes and 1-16 when her partner is not riding. Gimme Rodriguez’s piece. He’s 70% ITM with 1st 3 OC, 4-7 Win with TtoDs and 4-12 Win with UC + DC types. Yanez has bombed with a FTS at the meeting if you’re feeling lucky. R ya punk? R ya?

Queenofthekingdom (5) Win and Place

3rd – Scott is 41% Win and 65% ITM with Plain TtoD + Dropdown types and 50% ITM with Stretchouts.

Peas and Carrots (6) Win and Place

4th – Bradley wins more than twice as many races in OSTs than he does routinely and he’s 65% ITM with TtoDs.

Hot Rail (6) Win and Place

Pick 3 – 6/2/1

5th – Stidham is 6-6 ITM with Plain UCs and 10-12 ITM with all UCs, he’s had some luck with Morales up and Pablo wins his fair share on OFF TRACKs.

Weighted Exacta Key 2/All

DD Wheel – 2/1

Race 7 – Pick 3 – ALL/ALL/4,6,7

7th – Wilson is 0-26 with Shortenups, but 5-6 ITM if the Favorite in the same circumstances. Rigattieri is 1-12 with Non-shipping L1-3s. I say go long!


Wednesday, April 4th

1st –  Spunsational (5) was meant to go long (apparently) and Wright is 9-15 ITM with Plain StRs with 3 Wins and 10 of 12 of his bombs were Distance Change types.

Win & Place 5

Saver Trifectas 1,2,3,4/All/5 (24 bets)

2nd – Conditioner of ML choice is 3-107 with Shortenups.

Exacta Box 4,6,7

Saver Trifectas 4,6,7/1,3/4,6,7

3rd – The 2,4 & 5 have winning angles but only Arriagada’s piece has the kind of EP numbers that will leave something in the tank for the stretch run. Juan was 23% Win with Plain Shortenups on Opening Day and has been 4-10 Win and 7-10 ITM since.

Win 2

Exacta 2/5

Trifecta 2/4,5/4,5

$1 Saver Pick 4 – 2,5/4/All/4

4th – Johns is 40% Win with StRs and 56% Win with Morales up.

Conditional Win 4 for 8/5

$75 Weighted  Pick 3 –  4/All/7

 6th – In 2015, Deaton was featured in Chapter 5 of my book as an exemplar of the quintessential “Bomb Maker”. Over the years, he’s come to be 7-32 Win and 16-32 ITM at average odds of $12.50-1. Spring Mist (7) was par as a 3YO at today’s distance and had the unfortunate luck to draw post 1 during a protracted period when the post closest to the rail was 10-162 with an IV of 0.51. Made bullet par work at Oakridge last week. Camacho sticks.  

 Babie Monster (5) faces softer on the drop in class after three in last subsequently finished up close, but Joe is only 3-28 with Rightbacks. 

Stidham is 0-8 with Non-shipping L1-3s, with 3 ITM.

Clement is 91% ITM with TtoD types and 6-11 Win. Shows us the angle for the first time at the meeting today.

 It certainly would be a welcome manifestation of poetic justice if Deaton put us over the top.

 I hope the prices make it worthwhile, but I’ll be monitoring to make any necessary changes.

$50 Exacta Box 4,7 ($100)

$15 Trifectas 7/1,3,5,6/4 ($60)

$10 Trifectas 4/1,3,5,6/7 ($40)


Saver Trifectas 7/1,3,6/5 to cover

Saver Trifectas 4/1,3,5,6/7 to cover

Saver Trifectas 5/4,7/4,7 to cover

9th – Nancy Harris woke up in March, with 5-8 ITM at $24-1. Talk about your “short term cycles”!

Exacta Box 1,5,10

Trifecta Box 1,3,5,10

10th – Exacta Box 3,5,7

Trifecta Box 3,5,7,10


Wednesday, March 28th

1st – Ben Feliciano is 29% Win and 71% ITM with RB + UC and angle and 21% W & 47% with Shortenups. Vinson is 55%, 62% and 50% ITM with his three singles here. Hinsley is 66% ITM with Dropdown + DC types. Miguel doesn’t get it done with FBKs or Shortenups. Broken foot hasn’t slowed down Bracho. He’s 7-13 ITM at $5-1 since 10 day’s on the DL due to the injury.

Exacta Key Box 4/1,6

DDs 1,4,6/5

2nd – Linemaker did his/her homework on this one. Rodriguez is 3-5 Win and 4-5 ITM with TtoD types in L7T. A soft stat seems to have more value to me when the few starts it represents occurred over many years. Precious Intent (5) has made par numbers in a couple of grass tries and will go 100 lengths shorter after making par EP at 9F in last.

Win 5

DD 5/9

3rd – Arriagada is 8-29 Win and 16-29 ITM with 1OCs and is 5-5 ITM with 1OC + Shortenup types.

Vision of Blue (4) rumbled with a couple of Belmont shippers in last and those two have both been right there after moving up in class since. Kathy is 55% ITM with L4-8 + S + Dropdown types in 44 tries. Bottom’s out for a piece today.

Win 9

Exacta 9/4

5th – I’ve been grappling with the notion of luck for a lifetime now, at times believing that we make it and at other times believing that it is random. As I get older, I find myself of the opinion that among competent professionals doing a serious job, luck should not be rewarded as if it were a skill. So, I’ve learned to go easier on myself and just keep on keepin’ on…

And that brings us to John Rigattieri, a 17% Win trainer here in L4T who is 55% ITM at the current meeting but has not had a winner since Jan. 19th. Astute Warrior’s (3) been knocking around some pricey venues and drops a wrung off the short layoff. Riga is 16-29 ITM with L1-3 + Dropdown types and 47% ITM with Stretchouts.

In last, Conquest Stormy (8) got the worst of it, keeping the leader from running off with it, then dueling with the winner into the stretch and then held off another for the place, all with a +7,+1. Easier trip and the job gets done today but a 1-9 win angle doesn’t brighten picture.

Trifecta Box 2,3,5,6

7th – DD 7/10

8th – Wilkes presents with a 38% Win angle, the Non-layoff TtoD + Dropdown. He’s also 7-9 ITM with 2L + Dropdowns, 52% ITM with Shippers and 53% ITM with RtS. A ML favorite never looked so bad….maybe it creeps up a click or two.

$75 Conditional Win and Place 10 for 3-1 or >, a $125 W & P for 4-1 or >

DDs 10/1,5


Wed., March 21st

1st – Trifectas All/1/2,6

Saver DDs 1/2,3,4

2nd – $1 Pick 4 – 2,3,4/2,7,9,11/1,2,3,5,6/2 ($60)

5th – Noble Thought (2) races under the cover of a rare N4L condition and faces only a couple of legit N3X types, the 3 and the 4, however, the former’s conditioner does little with StR or FTTs and the latter’s is 4-55 Win moving UC. Monster +8 final fraction at 9F two back and above par finishes in last two ice it for me.

Win 2

$2 Pick 3 – 2/All/3,4,5,6,9,10 (36 bets)($72)

6th – $1 Pick 4 All/3,4,5,6,9,10/7/2,5,9 (90 bets) ($90)

7th – Smith’s Freakin Me Out (3) surprised twice already and RG is conveniently is 4-5 ITM with the StR + DtoT + 2TT. I’ll take action at 30-1 on that.

$0.50 Trifectas All/3/All ($36)

$1.00 Trifectas 4,5,6,10/4,5,6,8,9,10/3 ($20)

8th – Another peculiar condition moves the excitement meter into overload. Bowersock claimed Divine Ambition (7) for a nickel 24 months ago and the old gelding has become her top money earner ever with $157K in earnings, a 2600% ROI. All Maria has left is the N3X or a tag and today this gift falls in her lap “SALW8 or less ever”. The secretary is playing favorites again (trainers not horses) and when opportunity knocks…..

Win 7


Wednesday, March 14th

1st – Pick 3 – 1,2,6/1,2/5

3rd – Speedway Stable is 24% Win with an AEPS of $44K. Stidham is 3-6 Win with the L1-3 + S + Dropdown and has been satisfactory when the favorite (36% Win).

Value Pick 3 – 4,5,6,7/1,7,10/5,6,7 (36 bets)

5th – Mr. B is 49% Win with FBK + Favorite types and 38% with Dropdown + Favorite types.

Exacta Key Box 7/5,6 if 7 is the favorite, otherwise Exacta Box 5,6,7

6th – $0.50 Pick 4 – All/All/6/5 ($50)

8th – Home field advantage to Cowgirl Tough (6), who was above par in last and goes for Mr. Bennett, 22% Win with Plain Shortenups. Bennett/Gallardo combo is waaaaaay overdue for a winner. Their last victory was New Year’s Eve.

$50 Weighted Saver DDs 4,7,8/5 if the Pick 4 appears likely to be >$300

9th – 8F on the grass have historically seen 81% Winners from OTP, < 2 beaten lengths at the 2nd Call. In March, we have observed only 2 front running winners (from the 23 starts at the distance). Sienkewicz’s piece has been above par in every start at the meeting, with well above par EPs in each event. He is > 50% ITM with Plain Dropdowns. Expect Great Harbor Cay (6) to have the lead and be run down by our stalker. You can Takethattothebank (5).

Saver Exactas 6,7,10/5 to cover the $50 or $100 if alive, otherwise $50 win 5


Wednesday, March 7th

We got 0.61 inches of rain overnight, but a high of 68 degrees is forecast and it’s not going to evaporate by noon creating an interesting dilemma. 21 of the last 26 races have been won from PP’s 1-5 for an IV of 1.25 if you’ll accept that at face value but it appears the high road will be the dry road this afternoon. Conflating these scenarios has runners from PPs 3,4 & 5 racing in lane 3 early then moving wider to be coming down the hill from the outside entering and finishing in lane 3 or 4. We’ll just have to watch a few and see…

1st – Now: Exacta Key Box Wheel 6/All

2nd – Scott’s As Fast as You Can (4) was visually impressive in a well-timed ride with a +5 final Quirin while only feeling the stick once before the final 1/16th and having much left in the tank at the finish but the early pace was well below par and the filly won’t see a slow EP today. On the Hop (6) went 106-97 in last (today’s par is 89-90) and she was the only 3YO in that race, further increasing wow factor. Likes an OFF TRACK too!

Wish it wasn’t the 2nd race, but On the Hop (6) may be my best bet of the meeting.

I may make a large wager if the price is right….more later.

$0.50 Pick 3 – 6/All/All (up to $40)

Saver Trifecta 3/6/4 to cover     SCRATCHED


Exacta Key Box Wheel 4/All

5th – Rhone is trending lower with Rightbacks in recent years, winning only 1 of 21 in L4T (while 20% win at the previous four meetings), however, he wins 45% when the favorite and has not been the favorite at this meeting. 

Sonora (5) is the only honest $12.5 Claimer in the field (along with the lightly raced and arguably untested Silly Factor (1)). Rigattieri has no record with UCEs but Ten Penny Princess (2) with sub-par numbers, looks like a distractor and not the runner we should be focused on. John is 21% W and 64% ITM with StRs and he bombs with Distance Change types. Sonora has a %E in the middle of the range for 8.18F.

$50 ATB 5 (if the 6 is not < 8/5) SCRATCHED

Now: Exacta Key Box 1/2,3,6

Super Speculation Play (go for a few dollars if you can):

7th – Saver DDs 1,2,5,6,7/2 (TURF ONLY)

8th You can believe in my methodology or not, all I ask is that you at least accept it at face value.

Chavez is 50% ITM (4-8) with his five characteristic MATP here at average odds of $24-1.

Jose is 40% ITM with El Bombadero, Camacho up, at $6-1.

Pinchin (the PTB) is 22% ITM with Longshots in sprints on the dirt at GP.

Look for some action in the 20-30-1 range. 80-1 indicates their money has not passed thru the window.

If you dismiss Awesome High (2), then you’ll always be shaking you’re head in disbelief while tearing up your tickets. Win or lose, this is the kind I live for…

Exactas 7,8,9,10/2

Trifectas All/7,10/2 (20 bets)

9th – TURF ONLY 

Dini is 5-83 with Shortenups. My Magic 8 Ball says “Outlook not so good”. The 2nd choice on he ML is from Westlye, now 0-25 on the Turf.

Bowersock is 9-42 win with Plain Shortenups and while only 7-25 ITM with FTTs and 2TTs, Maria and her co-conspirator and bunk mate RJ Allen Jr are 4-8 ITM with 3TTs.



Wed., Feb 28th

February may be the shortest month, but it felt like the longest month ever. The promise of Spring in March reminds us:

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Meditations Divine and Moral
Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

1st – The B52s said it best about this race:

“Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’ baby!”

DD Wheel All/6

2nd – Ziadie is 7-14 Win in Sprints on the Dirt here in Oldsmar. N1Y win was par. Averill is 26% Win and 61% ITM LT. Money goes to money.

Saver Exactas 3,7/6 to cover

3rd – Josie Gump still hasn’t cashed a winner’s share check (now 0-13 Win). This Kentucky homebred changed hands in last and Sienkewicz bombed with three PTBs last season. His piece made above par final fraction in maiden win last summer. Let the board be your guide here. Very short or very long looks like the signal today, but I’ll only play for 8-1 or >.

Exacta Box 2,3,7

4th – In last, Whiskey Trail (1) chased +16 EP while wide, got rolling on the far turn and was drawing away at the finish with Quirins of +9.5, +1, an EP that will carry the gelding to bigger and better things in the future if he can do it over a FAST surface. Harvatt’s Lightning Flash (9) may offer some value after 54 length trouncing in the SLOP in last. Go back to Dec. 30th and the gelding went 103-90 and today’s par is 95-94. Harvatt wins twice as many with No Change types than his ordinary strike rate.

Exacta Box 1,9

$75 Weighted DDs  1,9/7

$3 Saver Pick 3  1,9/4,6,8/2,3 (12 bets)

5th  – Stidham’s now 42% Win with Non-shipping L1-3s and 50% Win with PTBs but Pedroza is off here. Ferraro is only 2-24 with RtSs but is 33% ITM and Very Fashionable’s (7) numbers are the best in the field.

Win 7

6th – The 2 & 3 faced off with Minaret Stakes contenders in last and those two went satisfactorily two weeks ago. Pink Mama (4) narrowly held on versus a weak SALW12.5 field in last and comes back fast in 14 days.

DDs 2,3/2,3

7th – Mott is 9-31 Win (and 65% ITM)with runners on < 90 days rest that are stretching out. Clement runner outfinished Shiloh in last and Chris is 26% Win with Stretchouts.

Pick 3 – 2,3/3,4,6/3,5,6,7,8,10 (36 bets)

8thCharcuterie (4) vied for command to the 1/8th pole, put that one to bed, then held off a late runner in impressive +5,+5 MSW win in 3rd dirt start for Bauer (AEPS $6993 here, now 14 (5-4-0) on the dirt in L5T).

Exacta Key Box 4/3,6


Wednesday, Feb. 21st

1st  With four FBKs in here and all their conditioners having some luck with that type, we need to look elsewhere for answers. Ferraro is only 6% Win with RtSs and Mr. Bennett wins 50% on the FBK when the favorite. He and Minieri are satisfactory with RtSs. Westlye lives and dies by the FBK. Sobarzo is 0-13 with RBs and Creel is 24% ITM with Non-layoffs on the dirt.

Exacta Box 3,5,6

Saver Trifectas 3,5,6/2,4,7/3,4,6 (18 bets)

2nd – Pick 3  – All/3 or 5/1,2,4,7,8 (play the 2nd leg choice in the DD pool) (30 bets)

3rd  – Originator (3) went 57.76 fps early and 60.55 fps late in smashing debut for Wilkes, who wins 28% with RBs. %E suggests a mile will be surmountable for this Artie Schiller filly. Delacour is 79% ITM with UCEs and 89% Win if the favorite in this scenario (38% Win otherwise). Centeno is 13-33 Win for Delacour at the meeting.

Saver Exacta to cover 3/5 or 5/3 as the case may be

Pick 3  –  3 or 5/All/4,5,7,10

6th – Stidham has gone to Pedroza in all but one win at the meeting (P. Morales) but he ran 1-2 in only UCE (HVG provided the under in that one). I’ll go out on a limb here.

Trifectas All/3/1,2,5 (15 bets)

7th – Divito makes first appearance. He’s 50% win and 69% ITM with this three characteristic MATP. Bourke is 50% ITM with FTSs at PID, TDN & Tam in L5T. Laurine Fuller-Vargas recently made a FB post to all of her immediate family and friends in which she said the Big Dawg was “ready for action”. She doesn’t usually tout but that post sure looked like one and that dapple grey does look fine presently.

Exacta Key Box 10/3,4,9

Pick 3  – 10/1,4,5,8/8,10 (8 bets)

Pick 3 – 3,4,9/1/5,7,8,10 (12 bets)


Wednesday, Feb. 14th

On Valentine’s Day, we go deep (no pun intended).

Today it’s either very competitive or there’s nothing to go on. So it goes!

1st Trifecta Box 4,5,6,7

2nd Trifecta Box 2,3,4,5

3rd    Trifectas 4,7/3,5,6/4,7

Pick 3 – 4,7/2,4-9,11/3 (16 bets)

4th Pick 3 – 2,4-9,11/3/4,5,6 (24 bets)

6th Exacta Box 4,5,6

Pick 3 – 4,5,6/3,4,5,8,10/7,12 (30 bets)

8th DDs 7,12/11,8

9th Exacta Box 11-8 Or

Trifectas 3,5,7,10/8/3,5,7,10


Wednesday, Feb. 7th 

1st  The two favorites have trainers with 0.55 and 0.20 IVs for the StR move and that has me looking elsewhere, but where? I’m thinking Lucky Chica (6). Tsirigotis has gone from our #1 bomb maker to suddenly mainstream conditioner and with the best ITM % on the grounds (among trainers with at least 10 starts). He has had good luck with Plain Starters in the past. Would need close to very best effort to date however.

Exacta Box Wheel 6/All

2nd Macerola’s piece made three starts in 5YO campaign. Made four ITM on the dirt at MNR. Big deal. Hot apprentice Joe Bracho (three wins Sunday and 16-48 ITM at long average odds) is up on Cavallo D’Oro (6) for Sullivan, who was 24% Win with all starters in 16-17.

Exacta Box Wheel 6/All

3rd Block has competing angles: 5-11 Win with L1-3 + S + Dropdown, but 0-8 (none ITM) with DtoT types.

Exactas 6/1,2

Trifectas 5,6/5,6/1,2

4th St. Elias has few duds. They are nearly 50% ITM with all starters and have an AEPS of $10,500 (and a couple of Graded Stakes Winners). Was above par for total energy in first two turn try. Pletcher is 9-13 ITM with StRs here with six wins. %E is in the zone.

$5 Pick 3 -  4/1,2,3,5,7,8/4,6 (12 bets) ($60)

$3 Pick 3 -  3/1,2,3,5,7,8/4,6 (12 bets) ($36)

5th – $100 Weighted DD 1,2,3,5,7,8/4,6 (12 bets)

6th Bennett crushes it with MC FTSs winning 25% and 57% ITM and with an IV of 1.14 and an ROI of +$0.25, but this homebred has an owner/breeder that is a hobbyist and she hasn’t had a win since 2001 or gotten any check since 2010. Mr. B is 78% with all UCEs but that PP1 has been toxic.

If you’ll consider this a bet against UCE from Bennett, all kinds of opportunities arise. 

Weighted Saver Trifectas 5,7,9/4,6/4,5,6,7,9 (18 bets) to cover all wagers

$100 Weighted Pick 3 – 4,6/1-5/3,4,5 (30 bets)


Wednesday, Jan. 31st, 2018

Two inches of rain can turn things inside out and upside down. A golden railway may be offering express rides today. We will see…

A whole morning’s work up in smoke…the ones I was all over have scratched.

Bracho slipped under my radar briefly, but now he’s pinging away. Joe is 33% ITM at $8.70-1 odds since arriving and that can’t last long.

1st Strengths and weaknesses for all involved create dilemma or opportunity depending on your POV. If Rigattieri is the favorite, he’s 90% ITM in this situation in 20 tries. If not, Angel Haze (4) has four (4) > 50% ITM angles, two of them MATPs. Allen from the chute outperformed with a 1.29 IV in L6T. Carrasco Jr. is 6-59 with Shippers, but is trending higher at this meeting and he’s 0-11 with L4-8s with only two ITM. 8-5 looks wrong to me. Gisellee (5) is my personal ATM but the old girls winning angles do not involve the Layoff.

Exacta Box 4,6

2nd OFF THE TURF Cazares has a UCE but no angles to speak of, however she has pulled some big rabbits out of some small hats here and Laura is 45% ITM with all Starters in L2T and the prospect of two of hers in the same race puts me off giving serious consideration to this race.

3rd Quast is 2nd stringer for powerhouse conditioner Ralph Nicks (19.3M LT and an AEPS of $6711) and Whisper Hill Farm has a solid AEPS of $5651. Todd was 50% ITM when he was last based here 5 years ago, but he’s 1-61 Win LT (ouch)! First off the short layoff was par.

Exactas 2,6/1

Saver Trifectas All/2,6/1,2,6

4th Sealed With a Kiss (10) was an MC25 Winner at 5.5 F, then won a 3YO C25, and then was 2nd in a C16 N3L. Morales sticks after two dismal efforts and that has me smiling like The Cheshire Cat. Bradley is 20-39 ITM with Plain Dropdowns and is 48% ITM with Stretchouts. At rock bottom, a kiss is all I need to seal this deal, but this entire field will be trying to get to 2nd base or further.

Weighted Exacta Key Box 10/1,2,3,9

Saver Trifectas 1,2,3,9/1,2,3,9/10

5th Do you believe in miracles? Well Rosalyn (9) may just make you a believer today. Pimental’s average winning odds is $13.90-1 in L3T. He’s 9-12 ITM with Dropdown + RtS types and 10-16 ITM with Dropdown + TtoD types. John’s also 55% ITM with TtoD + RtS types. Switch to Bocachica confounds. I need only to be given one good reason for the switch and I would become a convert. Smock’s piece may also have punters scratching their heads today. Lori is 68% ITM with Plain Dropdown + TtoD types. Her regular boy FDLC has moved his tack to Oaklawn, thus the switch to HVG. If you want to get your moneys worth, you gotta beat Mr. Bennett (who has no angle here).

Exacta Box 1,9

Trifectas All/1,9/1,9 (14 bets)

6th OFF THE TURF Camacho has cooled off a bit in recent weeks, but Cazares is 3-4 ITM in OSTs and excels with 2Ls and 2Ss.

Win 9

Saver Trifectas 1,2,7/9/1,2,7

7th Combination of a 3.5% rider and Pimental’s 0-38 record with Stretchouts sets up a solid bet against here.

Exactas 1-5,7-10/8,9 (16 bets)

8th OFF THE TURF Forwardly racing runners appear destined to get there first (and second) in this OST.

Exacta Box 3,6,9

DD 3,6,9/6,9


Wednesday, Jan 24st, 2018

PP1 is now 2-46 since the last OFF TRACK race day and 13 of last 17 were on the lead at the 2nd Call. Until we see otherwise, we will assume the trend will continue.

I could bet them all or bet none of them and that usually doesn’t end well, so I opt for the latter…

1st Exacta Box 4,6,7 and Saver Trifecta 4,6,7/1/4,6,7 and Pick 3  4,6,7/All/2,7

4th Colebrook is 5-5 ITM with S + Dropdown types at the meeting, 5 of 8 ITM with L + 1PTB types and is solid with all the singles. The price will be right.


5th McKanas is shaping up to be one of those at will bomb makers. 17% is a high strike rate for a bomb specialist and multiple repeat bombs is one of his strengths.

Exacta Key Box 4/3,6,7

8th Trifecta Box 2,4,7,8 and Pick 3  2,4,7,8/3,8/3,5,6

9th Cholla (8) was three clicks above par in 1st try, then got the smack down from R True Talent who was an up close 2nd to Gasparilla Stakes winner Almond Roca on Saturday. Ten Demerits, second in Cholla’s last, also came back and won. Pearl’s Opinion, also out of the Dec. 30th race was the 5th betting choice next time out and was ITM. Hinsley is 28-44 ITM (64%) with Plain Dropdown + Shortenup types at $8.70-1 odds and we see that angle for the first time at the meeting today.

Exacta Box 3,8

Saver Tris 3,8/7,9/3,7,8,9

10th Delacour is 9-9 ITM with Non-layoff 2S + Dropdown types in L4T.

Exacta Key Box 6/3,5


Wednesday, Jan 17th, 2018

Feeling ambivalent today. These plays could pop for big numbers, but some of them are a real stretch, even for my imagination. My Dad always says go for a few bucks so you don’t end up kicking yourself in the ass…

Mr. Pick Four clicked for $787 in the early P4 on Sunday…..it was quite a weekend for the team.

1st Going back some, Antia (3) won 5 sprints in Florida (4 of them here). The closest she’s come to a win lately was about a year ago when she was beaten a half-length going 7F here with apprentice Cindy Patrick up. Goes 6 1/2F today with 7lb. bug girl up. Rest of the field is even less virtuous. Ness did his magic on the grass with Blake’s Magic (6) but Connelly not so much. Teresa does bomb with Surface Changes and Distance Changes. Ya never know!

$25 Weighted Exacta Key Box Wheel 3/All (10 bets)

$2 Exacta Box 3,4,6 (6 bets)($12)

2nd Westlye had four FBKs in the money recently, three of them bombs and three with George Santis. Jokers Queen (2) was par in two previous. Looks like a go.

$25 Weighted Exacta Key Box Wheel 2/All with extra $5 – 2,7 box tickets

3rd Colebrook has a 39% Win angle here. The X (5) was nosed out by Nauti Buoy in Black Type for State Breds. The latter missed the show by a neck in another Black Type for all comers in next. The show horse, Seattle Treasure was 2nd in a $35 Claimer next time out. We note however that The Xs final fractions were sub-par in both tries.

Exacta Box 4,5,7

Saver Tris 4,5,7/1,3/4,5,7 (12 bets)

4th Bush bombs with lightly raced types that have been once over.

$3 Exacta Box 2,4,8 ($18)

$1 Saver Trifectas 2,4,8/1,5/2,4,8 ($12)

$7 Pick 3  – 2,4,8/1/1,6 ($42)

5th Mr. Bennett has Nomarginforerror (1) excuse the pun, but the 3YO was above par in both tries and Gerry wins with FBKs (25%) and is 3-3 ITM with same at the meeting.

$1 Saver Trifectas All/1/2,6,8 (21 bets) ($21) if alive in the Pick 3

7th Connelly is 6-7 ITM with FBKs and 7-15 ITM moving UC. She provides the best value of any trainer on the grounds. Morales is due to pop for Teresa. They have not hit the board in 7 tries at the meeting. Tutti Sanno (2) (Everybody Knows) was an APD on the Turf last season. We had a positive trip note for Celebrity Warrior (3) two back, but it slipped thru the net and bombed against a tough field. We won’t get fooled again. Lynch is all business, winning 33% on the grass here in L5T.

Trifectas All/6/2,3,9

8th Backing out the drawing away winner, Show Cat’s (6) debut was noteworthy. In this race within a race, her running line would have looked like this:

10 by 10, 10 by 10 1/2, 2nd a neck

Her final fraction was +6 above par and she made a perfect 50.98 %E. Harty is 5 for 6 win in this situation when the favorite.

Exacta Key Box 6/1,3,9 if Show Cat is the favorite,

Pick 3 –  6/All/1,7,9,10 if Show Cat is the favorite, otherwise

Trifectas 1,6,9/1,3,6,8,9/1,3,8,9 (30 bets)

10th Carrasco Jr. is 24-29 ITM when the favorite in these circumstances, as well as 8-11 ITM with PTBs when the top choice.

Exacta Key Box 1/7,9,10 if 1 is the favorite.


Wednesday., Jan 10th, 2018

1st Oh Kandrita (3) moves up in class and that does not make much sense unless you are looking for a savior for the nickel. The filly made big EP before fading in 1st OC for the Hassig/Arriagada operation and they usually pop in 1st try. “Claimed From” KOC types do win, but Kathy also dumped 12% of her duds through the box. Could win but that seems unlikely, even for the most productive owner on the grounds (by starts).

Exacta Box 4,6 and Saver Trifectas 3/4,6/4,6

2nd $200 Weighted Daily Double All/6 for min 5-2 return

 3rd Renees Cat (6) made par total energy numbers in last two in some very tough company and appears ready for a big effort. Ward is 63% ITM with Plain Dropdown + RtS types. Feliciano is 1-55 with L1-3 + Stretchout types. Kaelin popped with 2S bomb, I think he is done. 

Saver Exacta 3/6 to cover

4th Exacta Box 3,10 and Trifectas 3,10/1,2,4,5,8,9/3,10

5th The Thomas piece went 105-98 in a par 86-85 but nothing out of that race has done anything subsequently, thus taking the air out of my balloon.

Exacta Key Box 6/1,3,4,5

6th Lightly raced Barefoot Cove (8) comes back fast in 2nd off the long layoff for Arboritanza, who is 4-5 ITM with FBKs with 3 winners. Last would be competitive versus these. The other conditioners have poor angles in play here. Simms 2-54 FBKs, Waz 4% win with 2Ls and 2Ss, Pimental 0-31 with Stretchouts, Ferraro 2-44 with Dropdowns, Thomas MR 3-62 with StRs.

Weighted Exacta Key Box Wheel 8/All

7th First Dudette (3) beat field of thirteen in 2nd start with above par Beyer. The runner up in that race won next time out. The 4th place finisher was 2nd next out. Mr. Bennett was 77% ITM with his UCEs in L3T and is 4-5 ITM with them this season. The restricted types have an IV of 1.34 in these Optional Claimers for 3YOs in L7T.

Weighted Exacta Key Box Wheel 3/All

8th Carrasco Jr. is 80% ITM when the favorite in this situation. Must anchor the play if the public betting choice.

Exacta Key Box 3/8,9,12

Saver Trifectas 3/1,2,5/8,9,12 to cover

9th  Daily Double Wheel All/3

10th  KOC is 11-19 Win with Non-layoff Shipper + Dropdown types.

Win 3


Wed., Jan 3rd 2018

Welcome to 2018 and Tampa Bay Downs, the little track that welcomes all. Whether you have a conviction for a crime of moral turpitude, have been denied a trainers  license in multiple states and/or tracks, have won with horses running under a false name or have acquired the nickname Needles, you should know that we always have a bunch of empties on the back side with your name on them. Can you Name That Trainer?

Feels like temp in the 30s this morning with precipitation, but only measuring in the 100ths of an inch appears to make for a Fast/Firm situation. All races handicapped for same only.

1st Sub-par bunch makes the culling difficult, but Arboritanza gave Wayne Potts string a race over the track before the latter made an appearance, missing with all 13 before Potts took over went 10-22 ITM and 3 wins. Padilla was savvy to the operation taking place and made a good claim after Buckwellspent (5) was dropped to a nickel after poor 1st try. Tim is nearly 50% ITM with all 1st 3 OCs while outperforming for win.

Exacta Key Box 5/1,3,4,7

Pick 3 – 3,5,7/3,4,5/1,3,4

2nd Ward is 12 for 13 ITM with Plain Dropdowns in L2T and 1st try was par. Arriagada/Hassig team is 7-26 Win and 13-26 ITM OC and they win 18% with Stretchouts.

Exacta Box 4,5

Trifectas 4,5/1,3/4,5

3rd Eighty eight year old Ray Stifano, a longtime protégé of Lynn Scace and an infamous character in the Sport of Kings is 9 (0-0-0) at the meeting after being 38-122 ITM at average odds of $12.50-1 in P2T. He was also 17-26 ITM with Butler aboard during the same period. Today, he has three FBKs running, an angle that he is 8-22 ITM with. Is he just helping out the Racing Secretary or is he going to try to put on a show for us today? I suspect the latter. Palace Barista (1) is almost always a threat in sprints and Ray is 9-19 ITM with Surface Changes. Leaving the Pelican Stakes winner off your ticket often makes you the odd man out in this game of musical chairs.

ATB 1 or Exacta Key Box 1/3,4 players choice

4th Trifecta Box 1,4,7,8

5th Hinsley is 0-23 with the StR + 2TT angle, but he has also had 7 ITM bombs in 19 tries going 6.5F on the Dirt to 8F on the Turf.

Exactas 4,6,9/7

Trifectas All/4,6,9/7

6th Mr. Bennett is now 14-18 ITM with 2L + Stretchout types at the meeting.

Exacta Key Box 3/1,5

7th Again we go with Stifano on the FBK (see R2). Ray is also 50% ITM with StRs. Butler jumps for his primary employer here.

Place & Show 2 or Exactas 3,4/2 players choice

Pick 4   3,4/All/7/2,4,9 and 3,4/All/2,3,9/4 (120 bets)

9th  One more time for Stifano on the FBK, but this time hes got a pilot who has notwon a race in 18 months and that is kinda Freakin Me Out (9). The latter, goes for RG Smith who is 22% Win and 48% ITM on the FBK and has had some luck with StRs (10% W, 24% ITM).

Exacta Key 7/2,3,9

10th Joes piece was above par in both tries and Arboritanza is 54% ITM with Plain Shortenups.

Exacta Key Box 4/2,9

Saver Trifectas 2,4,9/1,12/2,4,9


Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

It’s my birthday, and I’m all dressed up with nowhere to go..no action for me today…nada…zip…zippo.

1st Joe Arboritanza is now 8 of 9 ITM at $10-1 odds with all Non-PTB runners.

Exacta Box 3,5

DD 3,5/2

2nd Klopp is 38% Win with the Dropdown + Stretchout in P3T and we may get a little value after he absented himself in 2016-2017.

Win 2

3rd KOC has Miss Cay O’Sea (6). Now if I named a filly after myself, I’d be pretty embarrassed if I couldn’t get the her into a photo. Last was par. Gets one shot on the 2nd wrung of the ladder.

Win 6

4thMission Awareness (2) (who showed nothing in first two on dirt), advanced steadily thru the far turn and was going well before Allen tried to create a seam and was knocked about pretty well mid-stretch before rallying mildly late. Another chance while switching to Gallardo today.

Exacta Box 2/4,6 and Trifectas 2,4,6/3,8,10(11,12)/2,4,6

5th Rigattieri has his best luck in 1st try OC, and he is 21% Win with StR types and 21% Win on the Dropdown, but these shouldn’t be classified as strengths for the 45 year veteran. That said, the rest of this weak field of N3Ls invites only speculation.

Win 6

6th If I didn’t know better, I would say this SALW was written for Dini. Bramble Queen (3) made big final fractions (+16 and + 5) in only two tries on the grass and Mike is 69% ITM with his three characteristic MATP. Bocachica has been Dini’s go to for three season now and Mike outperforms to the tune of 50% when Orlando is in the irons.

Win 3

7th Alto Precio (7) dueled to an above par finish here as a 2YO and was coming off a race that looked a lot like today’s (See 17Feb17Tam7). Ferrer is back with hat trick last Friday. Big wakeup would not surprise.

Bennett has gone 17 races without a win (the old record was 14). Each one we pass on is really pushing the envelope, but Morales has been his regular boy and lack of action on Heaven’s Buzz (6) in last few suggests a problem.

Exacta Box 7,9 and Trifectas 9/All/7

Pick 4  –   7,9/1,2,3,5,10/1/All (100 bets) ($50)

8th The Firestones are nearly 50% ITM lifetime with a whopping AEPS of $8817. Clement wins 30% with his MATP here and Gallardo is aboard. Chris has an ROI of -$0.78 when the favorite in L10T so don’t get too excited about Big Agenda’s (2) chances.

Exacta Key Box 2/1,3,5,10

9th Bris SPD has Vienna Rose (5) 11 under par in last, apparently utilizing one variant for the day. As you may recall, your humble handicapper was at the track that day and things deteriorated demonstrably after the 4th. I had a split variant for the day -2,-1 for races 1-4 & -17, -12 for races 6-10. Therefore, by my fuzzy math, Vienna Rose went +8 above today’s par. Gets my action one more time at rock bottom over a FAST surface.

Exacta Key Box 5/1,2,9

Saver DD 5/All to cover if alive in the P4 after two legs.

10th  Hemingway has not bombed yet with 10 starts in the books. He’s bombed with 17% of all Turf starters at the last few meetings (but most of those involved DCs or Layoffs). A sub-par field and representation by at least four bomb makers, seduces me into clicking the ALL button.


Wednesday, Dec. 20th, 2017

Back to our bread and butter play today. Congrats to Mr. Pick Four on his first vertical of the meeting for $502 on his $24 Late Pick Four on Saturday.

Just a few notes:

As expected Stidham already has an ROI of +$1.00 from twelve starters.

Joe Arboritanza is now 7 of 8 ITM with any non-PTB runner.

With respect to Shippers:

39% (28 of 72) were won by the Philadelphia ground zero group

35% (25 of 72) were won by shippers from down south

17% (12 of 72) by the Kee, CD & Haw coalition

Leaving only 9% (8 of 72) by all others

1st Sullivan is listed as conditioner for longtime top Tampa owner Bruno Schickendanz, drops to this level for 1st time in 18 months, has the right running style, gets Camacho. The 3 made soft 87-93 in 98-98 last and Mr. Bennett wins 27% OC but not versus these. Ditto for the 5. Johns is masterful with his singles here and Revolt (4) has the winning Mr. Prospector and Northern Dancer bloodline combo.

Exacta Box 2,4

DD 2,4/2,6

2nd  Hinsley is less than 4% win on the Rightback so I can not support the 7 despite odds-on status in par win.

3rd Moonlit Meteor (4) has popped back to back on multiple occasions throughout career and Tsirigotis has been known to do the same. Mr. Bennett is 76% ITM for 10 years running with his MATP. Potts won 23% OC at Lrl and Del in L5T and he has been on fire since arriving. Runners claimed from Feliciano are 75% ITM but Jackson is only 4% Win in 1st 3 OC. Carrasco Jr. is now 3-53 with Shippers. Mr. B with the big stat (25-34 ITM) must key the action for me in very competitive field.

Exacta Key Box 5/1,2,3,4,6

6th The 1 went 66-81 in drawing off win, todays  par is 93-91. I note however that Stidham has favored Pedroza thus far, the team is 6-10 Win, 8-10 ITM. Loza Jr. is 11-14 ITM with S + UC types and Efren has had good success with babies and he finished up close with such a maiden on Saturday. Silent Citizen (2) made par final fraction is solid debut victory.

Win 2

Saver Exacta 5/2

7th Rarely do we get an opportunity to confidently bet against my dear friend and a helluva trainer, Dale Bennett, but today he has got a 1-28 angle going, the Non-rightback UC.

 $50 Exacta Box 1,9

Saver Trifectas 1,9/3,4,5,6,7/1,9 to cover

Pick Four 1,9/7/All/5,9,10 (60 bets)

8th I am watching this one but you chalky players may want to note that Vicky Oliver is 0-12 her at odds < 3-1, while winning 24% at odds between $3-1 and $7-1. This is Kevins best bet today. I hope it is $3.10-1 at post time.

Savor the Moment (7) Win for $3.10-1

10th Nothing was expected of Harvatt in Pollocks (5) first try and it went as anticipated but today is another story. Charlie is 11-21 ITM at $12-1 with the 2L1-3 + 2S + Shortenup move. When high hopes for the Tapit colt were dashed at NYRA, he won down the Jersey Shore when the smart money said he would. Has only had two FIRM tries since (and pin was not pulled in last).

Nations has historically substantially outperformed with Shippers versus 2S types, so 2-1 ML looks wrong. Last was above par and that could be enough to put a wrinkle in things. I have embarrassed myself supporting Giants Passion (1) on multiple occasions in the past. Basta ya! (enough already!) 

Conditional $25 Win, $50 Place & Show 5 for > $10-1

Saver Exactas 9,10/5

Saver Trifectas 4/5,9,10/5,9,10 to cover


Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 2017

On Wednesday, the weather remains cool but nothing like the past weekend which was utterly detestable.

1st Harty has been 22% win with babies and has all solid singles, a 53% ITM multiple angle, a shipper from a track with an IV of 1.38 and Gallardo.

Win 5

Saver Exacta 2/5

2nd Everybody has got an Achilles Heel in this one, but Monday Pirates (7) owner is 40% ITM lifetime with a solid AEPS of >$2900. Leading Tampa patriarch Northern Dancer is represented on both sides of Monday Pirates genealogy.

Win & Place 7

3rd Block is 24% Win here and Summer Castle (7) gets Gallardo after making several par final fractions in just a handful of tries.

Exacta Key Box 7/3,6,9

4th As it turns out, we have given the Hassig half of this conjugal union the credit for last seasons Arriagada results only to find that it was Arriagada who was doing the training to begin with and that Hassig was just the trainer of record. Oh the web they weave! American Luxury (3) broke next to last from PP10 in first try and was saved for another day as Mr. Bennetts even money, Taipans Advantage and the 2nd choice separated themselves from the field early and did not look back in a par effort. They switch to regular boy, Butler (32% W, 55% ITM L2T) and should be trying in 2nd at this level since last win. However, the gelding is his own worst enemy and will have to stay out of trouble to be there at the finish.

3 ATB for a price

5th Durr has bombed 4 times here with Weekend Appeal (6) recently and claimed her back after a few tries for Mr. Bennett, who did not have the magic bullet. Sharp work at the Williston Mile hints at condition. Was beaten by Marmalade, a winner of 7 and an up close finisher entered for $40K in previous and has competed with the 1 & 5 who have already hit the board at good odds.

Trifectas All/1,3,5/6 (21 bets)

7th Nice Not Nice (2) has the prevailing dominant profile for todays condition for all-around trainer extraordinaire William Bradley, who has already bombed in first start of the new meeting. Harvatt is 9-22 ITM with his multiple angle and Harty is 17-33 ITM with his.

Exacta Key Box 2/3,8

9th Hebgone (2) has a three characteristic MATP for 56% ITM and a double for 5-18 Win. In this regard, He B Gone!

Exacta Key Box 2/All


Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 2017

After four race days, only 15% on the dirt have been won by runners who were > 1 1/2 lengths back at the 2nd Call.

1st Heavily bet in debut types are now 10 for 105 here since 2010 and that makes Delacour firster an insane wager at 7-5. He only wins 25% with these. Sharp work means little as Delacour won only 15% with these here since 2010 too. Erin Wilkinson is a sophomore conditioner with 10 wins in only 64 starts in 16-17 and at generous prices. She tells me that Friends Talk (5) needed a short break after busy debut campaign. I suspect she will be freshened and be there at the finish with Camacho up.

5 Win & Place (one can hope for the chalky favorite to fail again)

2nd Harvatt does little with Layoffs and Shippers but El Grande Rojo (3) appears to be one that we must make an exception with. The 9YO is 14 (3-3-2) off the layoff lifetime (including good luck with Harvatt) and finished within a few lengths of Black Type regular Tiger Blood last winter, while beating Johnny U (who lost an open $25K claimer in next start by two noses), over the summer at Monmouth. Has big class advantage in this half assed race condition. Routinely makes bigger Beyers than these. Was 3-3 ITM with FDLC last season. Honest Fight (4) has demonstrated winning ways and Rigattieri has two 50% ITM angles here. The winner of Honest Fight’s last won Rightback and the show horse, Lake Creek, was 3rd in a SALW8 here at Tampa last week. Rigattieri bombs with Layoffs and Distance Changes.

Exacta Box 3,4 and Saver Trifectas 3,4/2,5/3,4

3rd Seductive (3) is just that. Won in 2nd try off layoff at this level after brief dip in the deeper end of the pool. Granitz is solid with Rightbacks and his go to, FDLC (4-10 W & 6-10 ITM last season) is up. Yanez’s piece looks wrong. Drop does not add up and Karen only wins 4% with Shippers (4-26 here). Ferrer may still not be 100% after serious injury at the end of the summer but he did hit the board in first back.

Exacta Key Box 3/1,5

4th Daily Doubles 7,8/2,3,6,7

5th Pick 3 – 2,3,6,7/3,8/6,7,9

6th Mr. Calabrese is 30% Win lifetime with a hefty $5500 AEPS. Here in Oldsmar, he has won only 8%. If his wife was 11 months pregnant, they would not be as overdue. Gallardo is up. Nations has had his long layoffs ready in the past and he has solid singles all around. Centeno won 7 of 10 for Keith last season. Rigattierri is 9-12 ITM with 1OCs here in L3T.

Exacta Box 3,8 and Saver Trifectas 3,8/4,6,7/3,8

8th Arboritanza has not missed the board with any of his own runners and he gets two chances in this race. They both have exhibited the ability to race forwardly and Joe is 22% Win (6-25) with Soby Junior’s (1) angle and he was 3-5 Win on the FBK, Wing Fighter’s angle. Raymond is 0-39 with L4-8s.

Exactas 1,4/6,8,9

9th Ordinary Love (3) has two turf wins and the other five of her ITM finishes were all “up close”. That’s 7 of 13 win or up close on the lawn. Forty-six year old “Chillie Willie” Martinez got his first ever win here in 1989 and 25,000 races later he is still at it, winning 10% on the grass here in L3T. I am in for long odds despite goose eggs in at least two categories for Creel.

Exacta Key Box 3/6,8,9

Trifectas All/6,8,9/3



1st – Vinson’s piece flashed speed in open company in the SLOP after long layoff and should be right there on the class drop.

Exacta Key Box 6/1,5

2nd – Pick 3 – 2,3,9/3,5,6,10/1

4th – Mr. Bennett improves his strike rate in 2nd off the long layoff, wins in 1st 3OC and is 11-15 ITM recently with 2L + Stretchout types. Taipan’s Advantage (1), an above par dueler (APD) gets the rail and may zip if today’s winning running style resembles anything like Opening Day. Price appears prohibitive.

Win 1

Saver Trifectas 10,11/1/5,7,10,11

5th – Girl Powder (4), a Joe Pierce 2PTB (8-14 ITM on the lawn in L5T), has been facing better company than most of these and made a par final fraction in last in October. Gets top 10 Turf rider FDLC in the irons. Hit the board for Ryan last season and has shown steady improvement as a 3YO. Wilson was 100% ITM (9-9) with his angle and the play becomes an exacta if Stasha Minasha (1) is the top betting choice at post time.

Win 4 or Exacta Box 1,4 if the 1 is the favorite

6th –  Aldana Gonzalez and her co-conspirator Scott Spieth are about as slippery as eels. You can’t have an average win price of $18.00 unless you are losing when you’re supposed to win and winning when you’re supposed to lose. That said, Bird Quest (5) looks just bad enough recently and good enough earlier in the year to have me thinking that Bird Quest (5) may just shit all over us, if we take our eyes off him for 71 seconds. Aldana is 7-15 ITM with the L1-3 + S + PTB angle.

$75 ATB 5 for > 6-1

Saver Exacta 10/5 to cover

7th – Harty is 22% Win with 2YOs here and wins 44% when the favorite in this situation. He has solid singles all around and gets Gallardo to take the mount.

Win 7 if the favorite

Saver Exacta 9/7

If not the favorite Exacta Key Box 7/2,9

Pick 3 – 7/2,4,6/2,5,7 if 7 is the favorite

9th – Slivka is a 25 year veteran with a high AEPS of $3253. Tearless (7) has a clean record and fits here best. Camacho is up. I wish more than 15% won gate to wire at 1 Mile. The 3 & 5 also fit well and have top pilots. Linda Rice’s piece appears to have gone off the rails, but Rigattieri is 5-7 ITM with 1PTBs. Game Girl (6) is a saver only for me. KOC was 79% ITM with all uncoupled entries and that makes this race unplayable for me.

Exacta Key Box 7/2,5

Saver Trifectas 2,5,7/6,8,9/2,5,7


Opening Day 2017

Welcome and good luck to all our subscribers, as well as our more frugal, FREE PLAY WEDNESDAY crowd.

Just a couple of clarifications. The races I’m playing personally will be bolded in the narrative and are the only wagers that will be counted toward our meeting results. I exercise great discretion in my play and may go to or three race days without making a wager. My action plays will have been given the same consideration as the ones I bet on, but they will have come up short somewhere, as I am a “weakest link” handicapper, meaning that all the stars must me aligned before I plunge. One chink in the armor is often all it takes for me to pass. I use a modified Martingale strategy, wagering 5% of the bankroll on any play and therefore more when we are up and vice versa, but almost always 5%. Many of my plays will be cancelled in real time via twitter (@tamselections) when the board does not reflect our vision for the race in question, so follow me.

Let’s move some mountains this season!

1st – Bowersock gets it done with PTBs and she is 70% ITM at generous odds with the Layoff + No Distance Change angle. Tdn shippers have an honest IV of 1.00. Arboritanza’s piece looks right but he is only 3-34 with 1PTBs in L3T and the average odds of those three was $12.70-1.

Gun Powder (5) ATB

2nd – Good Samurai (7) shipped to Indiana from ATM Class 1 rated Arapahoe and won in first try (a race for NW3 in twelve months, after winning 2 in five months with the layoff). DB must have like what he saw (literally) because he generally avoids these hinterland types. The 6YO faced much tougher in 1st OC while off awkwardly. Must get the nod, but I’m not sold. Note that at odds of 5-2 or less he won 45% in L5T. Bennett/Morales was 28% W and 50% ITM last season. Ward is nearly 50% ITM with 4 angles here but we think Alvarez needs a couple of mounts on our surface before we are ready to plunge.

Win 7

3rd – Tampa newcomer Michael Stidham will be 50% ITM at the meeting and gets it done in all situations. With and AEPS of $5472 lifetime, what he’s doing here is anybody’s guess. Must be that Florida sunshine! Lopez Jr. bombs with maidens and when changing distances. His pilot, Camacho bombed 34 times at >$20-1 odds here in L2T. Mr. Bennett’s IV with MSWs is 0.81 (but he excels with MCs).

Trifecta Box 1,2,3,5

4th – Carrasco Jr. won 20% here with RtSs recently and he gets Morales to ride. Takin It Easy (1) fits the profile for 6F nicely (< 1 beaten length at the 2nd Call). Golden Rail scenario would have added value but the threat of precipitation has passed. O’Connor’s regular boy, Jose Ferrer remains on the DL, but Gallardo fills in here. CD shippers have an IV of 1.4 here. Would upgrade if Fancy Pinstripes (2) was closer early more often. Forty-year old HVG continues to be a reliable journeyman, while struggling here in Oldsmar last season and winning only 5 on the grass here in L5T. Gets a new agent and will turn things around. Arboraitanza is up for a piece with this type.

Weighted Exacta Box 1,2,10 for 8-5 min.

5th – Trifecta Box 6,7,8,9

6th – Believe Indeed (9) trounced them in only lifetime start for $16K and Ryan is 33% win with the L1-3 + RB + UC move. Reunites with Centeno, who broke maiden on the weeds with the filly. Zaidie is well intended on the grass here (3 of 6 ITM in L5T) and gets Gallardo. Rigattieri is 64% ITM here with StR types and eight panels on the turf here is a sprint.

Exacta Box 8,9

Saver Trifectas 8,9/3,4,5/8,9

7th – Two Steps Before (10) looks wrong on the drop to rock bottom but the uncertainty makes the race unplayable. Indio Nativo (3) looks right.


8th- Bird Humor (1) moves through his conditions like he was riding an escalator, slow but sure. He hasn’t reached his level yet either. Nagle won 50% with this type (if you’re willing to consider this race a no class change, $25K purse in previous versus $19.5K today). Reid is also 67% ITM with Non-layoff Stretchouts. There are no other runners with Multiple Angles in play here. Pierce PTB is the fly in the ointment for me. Joe was 8-14 ITM here on the grass in L5T. Nations comes off solid turf numbers here last year and he is usually there on the Shortenup.

Win 1

Saver Trifecta 3,4,8/1/3,4,8

9th – Bangle (6) kept getting the money in spite of her poor performances with Wesley Ward, who leaves his problem child with Dini to sort it out. The daughter of Giant’s Causeway (16.5% Winners here) looks wrong on paper but right by the MATP stats. Dini has two here: 69% and 67% ITM. Sharp four panel work on Nov. 12th caught my eye. A chance for HVG to put himself in the spotlight. Caveat Emptor’s MATPs are least effective with unproven commodities like Bangle. Punt at your own risk.

ATB 6 for 10-1 or <

10th – Mismatch of grand proportion here. If Everything Lovely (4) is ready, repeat of last year’s performance (see Nov. 26th- Race 10) appears likely. Works say yes.

Win 4


Summer Festival 2017 – July 1st

1st – Yvon Belseour displayed his (don’t dismiss me just because I have a girl’s name) bravado yesterday with a big bomb ($46-1) in Race 6, but it lost its luster under the 1 to 5 shot of RG Smith, and Miss JC Gomez won like a champ aboard Nagle’s piece in Race 4, so I’m looking for the duo to attempt to capture the spotlight again today. Boileau’s PTB came thru for a piece at 13-1 in Race 2, so we know his domination of the Summer Festivals persists.

$200 Weighted DD’s – 2,5/6,7
Saver Exactas 6/2,5 to cover

2nd – Chavez is 8-11 ITM with L4-8 + S + Dropdown types and he wins 25% with any PTBs. Camacho (5 ITM yesterday) is up. Bradley’s signature move, the Layoff + Dropdown + FTT is showcased here, despite the attempt at cover under David Wallace.

Win 6 and Saver Exacta 7/6

3rd – I was all over Smith’s FTS here, but that was before Schmid (with connections to Freakin Me Out’s (5) owner, took a spill yesterday. Only switch to a leader will re-ignite the flame for me.

Exacta Box 1,7,8 or Trifecta Box 1,5,7,8 with switch to leader on the 5

4th – KOC’s piece was par in last at Tampa, but how many chances does a runner get before it starts to make us look foolish. Magic Mack (8) gets another chance after tip-toeing through the SLOP as the beaten favorite in last. It’s only his 2nd try near the bottom. Camacho is up again.

Win 8 and Saver Exacta 7/8

5th – Nagle can get away with the drop in class here and still be just about even if No Opponent (3) is claimed for $10K today, but it just doesn’t jibe with his general comportment and he is only 1-15 with Rightbacks.

Exacta Box 2,7 and Saver Trifectas 2,7/3,4,5/2,7

Pick 4 – 2,7/2/4,8/All (32 bets)

6th – Running on Guinnes (2) both surprised and underperformed at the regular meeting and gets another chance today for Russell and Endsley Oaks, who romped with Betting on Red with Mike Allen up yesterday. Rendon more than doubles his ordinary strike rate with FBKs, but is woefully wanting for luck with Shippers.

Saver Trifectas 4,7,8/2/4,7,8 if alive in the P4 after Leg 1 to cover

7th – Manning is 11-19 Win with his angle and will be hammered at the windows again today.

Exacta Box 4,8

8th – See Pick 4




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