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Bet On Horse Racing - Bridge to Everywhere

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/11/2013 6:57:52 PM

The Bridge to Nowhere was a proposed project in Alaska that would have cost $398 million and was never constructed but Verrazano just punched his ticket to a bridge to  everywhere by taking the Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday and online sports betting site players have a legit Kentucky Derby contender to follow.

The unbeaten son of More Than Ready trained by Todd Pletcher got an ideal 2-hole trip on Saturday. He sat right off a :23.50 quarter early, opened up 3 and a half lengths at the top of the lane and held off a closing Java’s War to win by 3 in 1:43.96 with something in reserve. He earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure and the final time stands up okay to last year’s horse betting winner Prospective, who was time in 1:43.35.

When Street Sense won this race on his way to taking the Kentucky Derby, he was time in 1:43.11.

His trainer was happy with the race, Pletcher: “It was a good performance. He is a lot like his sire; he has a great disposition and a great mind. You always worry about the variables—his first time shipping to a new place, the first time around two turns, the first time in a stakes. So we had a lot of variables he hadn't seen before and he seemed to handle them real well.

“We were a little unsure of what the pace scenario would be. You had horses with speed coming out of other races and ideally we wanted to stalk someone, but he is so naturally fast for a big horse, there wasn't enough pace to get behind too many horses.

“The way he has finished his mile and mile and a sixteenth races, I don't see another sixteenth being much of an issue. To come here and get 50 Kentucky Derby points, everyone can take a deep breath and see what happens next. He has had some freakishly good performances and some of the things he does in the morning training, we don't see too often."

Verrazano’s connections now have options for the next start. They could stay in Florida for the Florida Derby at Gulfstream, ship to New York for the Wood Memorial or head to Oaklawn’s Arkansas Derby.

It’s nice to run the option play.

Out West, Flashback was upset by Hear the Ghost in the San Felipe Stakes.

Scary good in his online betting debut at 16-1, the Ghost looks like the real deal but he kind of got a set up as there was a sprinter in the field that forced the issue from the get go.

That runner made Goldencents and Flashback go head-to-head for most of the race setting up a close by the Ghost, who got up by a half-length and earned a 93 Beyer.

Hear the Ghost’s sire proved stamina winning the BC Classic, his dam's lone win was a sprint but she dropped the successful router Settle for Medal.

His dam also dropped Grade 1 Spinaway winner and over $250,000 earner Mani Bhavan.

Hear the Ghost will likely try the Santa Anita Derby next on April 6 as will Flashback.

This week, the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn will be renewed and Southwest Stakes winner Super Ninety Nine should head it.

Delhomme, who proved last year he has a nice future, also should show up for the Rebel.

The D. Wayne Lukas charge Oxbow and Robert Lewis Stakes second Den’s Legacy will also likely be in the gate for the Rebel.

More on the Rebel later in the week.


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