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Horse Race Betting – Fall Festival Action

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 11/12/2012 5:23:24 PM

The showcase of the Betfair at Hollywood Park meeting this autumn will be the Fall Festival and there is nothing but quality across the board for online sports betting enthusiasts to evaluate.

The grim reality of this meeting is that it could be the last fall stand at Hollywood. Officials will announce to the California Horse Racing Board in January whether they will conduct a fall meeting next out. The track has been in limbo but up for sale for years and with the economy starting to turn around, the property could very well be sold.

So, let’s take it one day at a time and know that there will be four Grade 1 races at this meet. The $750,000 Cash Call Futurity and the $500,000 Starlet will be carded in early December.

The Fall Festival will highlight the Grade 1 $250,000 Hollywood Derby and the Grade 1 $250,000 Matriarch Stakes on November 25.

The three-day Festival consists of 5 Graded races in all. The $250,000 Citation Handicap kicks off the Festival on November 23. The next day the juveniles will take center stage as the $100,000 Miesque and Generous will be renewed.

The Hollywood Derby has seen some varied results over the years. Back in the day Flying Paster won the race by 10 lengths and a couple of winners have cashed by a nose.

For those that like to take flyers, long shot Spellbound blew up the tote in the Hollywood Derby in his division in 1986 paying $176.00.

Stars like Swaps, Round Table, Riva Ridge, Affirmed, and Itsallgreektome have won the Derby in years past and last year Ultimate Eagle got a great ride from Martin Pedroza, who slowed down the pace on the front end and took the field wire-to-wire to pay a whopping $31.40 while recording a 95 Beyer.

Why this son of Mizzen Mast paid so much defies imagination. The runner was coming off a win in the Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita where he also took them all the way on a slower pace to pay 34-1.

The Matriarch has been run according to form for the most part of the years as 9 of 31 or 29% of the events have been won by the chalk. The late, great Bobby Frankel owned the race as he saddled the winner 8 times.

One of my favorite online horse betting runners of all time, Kilijaro, won the Matriarch in 1981. This was literally a push-button horse. She had gears that other horses just dream of having. The Matriarch has also been won by classy ladies like Sangue, Royal Heroine, Flawlessly (thrice), Intercontinental and Precious Kitten.

On thing that online players should be open too is giving shippers a long look in this race. Last year the first three finishers shipped in from Keeneland. The winner, Star Billing, was coming off a press and fade run in Kentucky but she sat third to last early, reached contention at the top of the lane, and then drew off to win by a half-length at 10-1.

Last year the Citation was also won by a Kentucky shipper. In the Generous, the superfecta was captured by 4 runner that had run at Santa Anita in their previous race but New York shipper More Than Love held off 29-1 Calder invader Starship Flare to take the Miesque.

Keep and open mind in these races and don’t be afraid to take a shot at a price on the online betting sites.


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