PDJFund Charity Handicapping Contest: Wednesday, Garrity picks Gulfstream Park, while RT picks Lone Star Park
For the contest, each handicapper will designate one of his race picks per weekday and two on Saturday and Sunday. Win, place, show betting only. $20 per bet. Weeks run Monday through Sunday.
Play along and in future months you may have a chance to beat the pros.
RT bet $7 win, $13 place on 1-Goodnightloving in the 7th race at Lone Star Park. The horse finished third, saying good night to RT's money. Garrity put $10 to win, $10 to place on 2-Distorted Flash in the 8th at Lone Star. That $20 was gone in a flash as the horse finished out of the money. Both RT and Garrity start off the week -$40.
The Pick: Race 2, Lone Star Park, $7 to win, $13 to place on #5 Rikki’s Gift, post time 3:07 pm EDT
Why: Rikki’s Gift (8/1) has second best overall speed and class along with co-best last two cumulatively. This is her second race in sixteen days and in her last, on dirt, she showed some spring before letting up. It’s her second off a layoff and a drop in class. Her siblings have all done well on turf and her mamma was 15:5-3-2 for $543K on the surface.
For RT's full SmartCap analysis on this race and others at Lone Star Park, please check out his post here.
The Pick: Race 9, Gulfstream Park, $20 to win on #6 Quenane, post time 4:13 pm EDT
Why: This is an allowance/optional claimer in South Florida that will be run at a mile on the main track. Because there’s only one turn in mile races at Gulfstream -- it’s one of only a handful of tracks in the country where mile dirt races are run around one, rather than two, turns - the early pace tends to be faster than it is elsewhere. We’re expecting a very fast pace here, which will set the table for 6 - Quenane, a come-from-behinder. His last race was bad, but we’re drawing a line through it, as it was run in the slop; his three races prior to that were all good and include a win in a minor stakes race. He’s fit, he appears to be sound, and we think the race shape will favor is running style. Look for him to be flying late: we will bet Quenane to win