It’s all go this weekend at the dogs and horses. Naples-Ft Myers Greyhound Park opens for their winter season with an early matinee program on Friday. Here are programs for their Early Matinee, Late Matinee and Evening cards. Orange Park has their $50K Derby Stakes on Saturday night. TMC’s Sweety Pie has a perfect win record so far in this contest. But can this little girl do it again? I think she can, but she has some stiff competition.
The Breeder’s Cup races start on Friday and continue through Saturday at Santa Anita. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re handicapping them. Watch out for European horses on the turf and horses from Argentina in any race. Also keep in mind that the downhill turf course is unique at SA. It starts on turf, crosses the main track with a bit of a right hand turn and then finishes on the turf again.
Outside horses have somewhat of an advantage because of the right hand turn, as do horses that have won on the course before. My best bet on Saturday, as far as I’m concerned, is #10 Home Run Kitten on the downhill turf course in the 7th race. For a longshot, I like #2 Biorhythm in the 3rd race with hot jockey Drayden Van Dyke at 12/1. The horse has won over the course before and Van Dyke is doing very well at Santa Anita this season. I also like #10 On The Backstreets with Paco Lopez riding for Peter Miller, at least in exotics, in that race.
If you’d like to enter a free handicapping contest for Friday and Saturday’s Breeder’s Cup races, this link leads to one at Equibase. You pick the horses in selected races and they give you a mythical $2 to wager to win and place on them. It’s all hypothetical and you’re not really wagering, but there are prizes of up to $3,500 for the top finisher, so what do you have to lose? I’m in.
Don’t forget that BetAmerica has brand new handicapping pages with 7 different ways to look at each thoroughbred race. If you haven’t checked them out, why not try them out on the Breeder’s Cup races?
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