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Fairplex Betting - Turning Fun Into Cash At The Fair

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 9/4/2012 1:58:49 AM

The Southern California racing scene takes a shift in action this week to the Los Angeles County Fair at Fairplex in Pomona and although the horse betting races are not all that prestigious, there is money to be made at this intimate venue and online sports enthusiasts should be aware of some of the more potent winning angles.

The Fairplex meeting at Pomona will take place Friday, September 7 through Monday, September 23 and at this meet, maybe more than any other in the state, the emphasis will be on horses for courses and agile runners that can take advantage of the tight Fairplex turns.

If a racer gets a feel of the oval, and even if the performance is less than stellar, it could be much better than a runner who never tried these tight turns.

Astute players should also be on the lookout for long shots to come from places like Boise, Arizona or Oregon where runners are used to bullring ovals.

The track itself has a storied history. In 1933, pari-mutuel wagering was legalized in California. On Sept. 15 of that year the Pomona track was the first to present pari-mutuel wagering on thoroughbred horse racing in Southern California.

With a 5-furlong oval, races run at Fairplex, can be confusing for the rider and the fans who bet on sports but runners usually have to maintain contact early as the distance from the last turn to the finish line is only 757 feet.

Many a rider has misjudged the finish line over the years and mistakes were made by some very good journeymen. This is a meeting that can be profitable for the player if he or she is patient, keeps his nose to the ground, and tries to not get caught up in taking short prices.

Horsemen shipping from Del Mar will try to drop many of their horses at this meet. If they can get a horse to graduate, or maybe qualify for a starter event later in this meet, a purse could be stolen.

Droppers will be hammered at the windows but make sure you examine the pace of the race and be careful before backing cold-stone closers against cheap speed. You can get value if you find a cheap runner that has a capable rider and has proven ability on the track.

As for the human element, last year’s leading trainer Doug O’Neill is suspended right now but his assistant Leandro Mora has done a great job in his absence and will be a force this meet.

Other conditioners to watch including Craig Lewis, who hit with 44% of his starters last year; Victor Garcia, who saw 3 happy endings from his six starts in 2011; and Neil French and Robert Hess, who both sent out 4 starters and were pictured with 3 each in the winner’s circle.

As for the riders, Martin Pedroza is the perennial kind at Pomona. He led the league in winners last year for the umpteen time but also keep an eye on Agapito Delgadillo, who popped at a 16% win rate last year.

A new face that must be watched is Saul Arias, who only won with 4 of his first 58 mounts at Del Mar but the average winner paid $40.

Class is not the end all at the bottom levels. Condition and current form can hold a decided edge. And, therefore, there will be value.

Good luck with your sports betting.

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