Saratoga Week 6 Stakes Recaps (August 14-18)

Bolton Landing Stakes Recap (8-14-19) – Winner: Kimari ($2.50) Kimari is a fleet 2-year-old filly turf sprinter for Wesley Ward, and she made very short work of this field. She held a brief early lead through some fast fractions (21.55 opening quarter). She ran presser Vast off her feet, and stalker Abscond was also left behind. She won by 4-lengths while under a hand ride. John Velazquez was simply a passenger today. Abscond held 2nd by a length over Champagne Humor, and Vast weakened to 4th. Classic Sadie was next and it was 6+ lengths back to trailer Persian Queen. Union Avenue Stakes Recap (8-15-19) – Winner: Carrera Cat ($13.20) This was an interesting six pack. The pace figured to be quick, and the two patient favorites seemingly held the edge, but it did not turn out that way. Baby Boss opened up early through an opening quarter in 22.26,

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Del Mar Horses To Watch August 20, 2019

BE A SHERO (August 15): Three year old filly for Jeff Mullins was pretty much a disappointment as a juvenile, so they gave her 10 months off and she surfaced in this maiden special weight at 5/8 on the grass Thursday for 3 and up. Off at 8/1 in a field of 8, she broke well under Baze from the 2 hole and he kept her on the rail the entire trip. She was five lengths back at the ¼ pole and typical Baze, he was trying to come through on the fence even though no hole existed. He did force his way through at the 1/16 pole and the filly responded with a big finish, but the favorite got first jump on her from the good outside and she had to settle for second, though just beaten a half at the wire. She galloped out very strong, well past

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Del Mar News and Notes August 20, 2019

• The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has now conducted five consecutive weeks of racing without any catastrophic injuries during the live racing, and combining that with the 3 consecutive weeks at Los Alamitos, goes to show that the industry within the state has taken the right steps to curtail the string of fatalities that Santa Anita had experienced this past winter. Yes, they have still had 4 fatalities that have occurred during training in the morning, with two of them being on the “freakish” side from a head on collision, but all in all it has certainly been a step in the right direction. The latest training incident in the mornings was a pelvic injury by a 3 year old filly, who was unraced and trained by Jim Cassidy. This is the same trainer that threw Jerry Hollendorfer under the bus for not being a team player and having too

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Fast Figs 250% Profit in the Exotics and another profitable week across the board

For the third week in a row that we have been calculating the performance of Fast Figs in the exotics we continue to see that Fast Figs can generate a profit in more bets then just using the highest Fast Fig in a win, place, or show bet. The results shown below are based on using the horse with the highest Fast Fig in the top position in each exotic wager. The horse with the 2nd highest Fast Fig is used in the second spot in the exotics. The horse with the 3rd highest Fast Fig is used in the third spot and so on. The results assume that these are straight bets and not boxed and each bet placed is $2. In cases where there are 2 or more horses that share the same Fast Fig we look to the most recent FIRE and CPR number the horse has

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Del Mar Horses To Watch – August 13, 2019

TRIBALS LAST REIGN (August 8): Four year old gelding for Craig Dollase made his long awaited debut on Thursday in a maiden special weight event at 5/8 on the turf for Cal breds 3 and up. Off at 7/2 in a 9 horse field, he had a miserable trip to say the least. He broke slowly and awkwardly from the two hole under Maldonado to be away last. He was still near the rear of the field and bottled up down on the rail at the 3/8 pole, where he checked and lost some momentum. He finally got some clear running by the ¼ pole, and made a huge move around horses to reach contention, though he was fanned five wide turning for home. Then he “hung” in the final furlong, but still was in the photo for second beaten three at the wire. This son of the great California

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Del Mar Horse Racing News and Notes August 13, 2019

• Four weeks are in the books for the Del Mar racing season and no on track fatalities have been recorded other than the two in training ones that were discussed last week. That’s 7 straight weeks of racing including Los Alamitos without an incident. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that trend continues. The Del Mar main track surface continues to play fair day after day with an equal amount of winners coming from on the pace as well as from off the pace. The turf course trends to the off the pace bias to a slight degree, but many front runners keep right on going when left alone on the lead. The single ticket jackpot of the pick six has been hit three times at this meet already, when it was never hit once during the long Santa Anita Winter/Spring season. The difference of course is a 20 cent

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Saratoga Week 5 Stakes Recaps (August 7-11)

Mahony Stakes Recap (8-7-19) – Winner: Archidust ($4.40) Archidust figured to sit a nice outside stalking trip, and that is exactly what happened. Longshot Fully Loaded and Pyron showed the way early, and Archidust was in the right spot behind them. He pounced in the lane and rolled home by 3-lengths under Javier Castellano. Neverland Rock also stalked the pace ended up a clear 2nd. Pyron easily held 3rd, and Elektronic was along for 4th. The Black Album was next, followed by Fully Loaded, disappointing returnee Uncle Benny (stumbled badly start), and Dunph. Evan Shipman Stakes Recap (8-7-19) – Winner: Mr. Buff ($3.20) Mr. Buff loves a mile and an eighth and was just too good for these. He likes to set the pace but could not go with Sea Foam and Gio d’Oro. He tracked those two early, took over after six furlongs, and smartly pulled clear to win

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Del Mar Week 4 Recap (August 7-11)

Del Mar Recap for Wednesday (8-7-19) Fast main track and firm turf course. No front running winners on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were a stalker at five panels, a closer at one mile, and two stalkers at one mile (rail at 24 feet). Turf riding double for Flavien Prat. Training double for Leonard Powell. The $2 Pick 6 pool was $103,166, and one winning single jackpot ticket paid $373,586.60. The 5 out of 6 consolation payoff was $562.40. August 7 Claims: Race 3 – Ack ($32k, Anna Meah), Soul Beam ($32k, Jorge Periban). Race 6 – Camino de Estrella ($12.5k, Mark Glatt), Crown the Kitten ($12.5k, Steve Knapp), Excavation ($10.5k, Jonathan Wong), Tiz Love ($12.5k, Steve Miyadi). ————– Del Mar Recap for Thursday (8-8-19) Fast main track and firm turf course. One front running winner at five furlongs on dirt. The winning turf course running styles were

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Fast Figs: Which conditions at which tracks have the best results

I continue to be amazed by the ability of Fast Figs to consistently uncover winners at tracks across the country. While $2 bet on every high fast fig will consistently produce a profit over the long run I am always striving to improve on these results. This prompted me to take a deeper look at Fast Figs to see how it performs in different conditions and all of the tracks we cover. The first chart below shows us that Fast Figs does slightly better in Turf races with the best performance in Turf Sprint races. The good news is Today’s Racing Digest’s Comprehensive Performance Rating (CPR) found in the race sheets performs slightly better in Dirt races so by using them in combination with each other these numbers can be improved. All results shown in the charts below assume that a $2 bet was placed on the horse with the

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Fast Figs Continues to Crush the Exotics

For the second week in a row that we have been calculating the performance of Fast Figs in the exotics we continue to see that Fast Figs can generate a profit in more bets then just using the highest Fast Fig in a win, place, or show bet. The results shown below are based on using the horse with the highest Fast Fig in the top position in each exotic wager. The horse with the 2nd highest Fast Fig is used in the second spot in the exotics. The horse with the 3rd highest Fast Fig is used in the third spot and so on. The results assume that these are straight bets and not boxed and each bet placed is $2. In cases where there are 2 or more horses that share the same Fast Fig we look to the most recent FIRE and CPR number the horse has

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