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Horse Racing Betting - Festival Repercussions

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 11/26/2012 5:23:03 PM

The Fall Festival at Bet Fair Hollywood Park is in the books and online sports betting enthusiasts can take away a few lessons they can put in the handicapping toolbox for a rainy day.

The $250,000 Citation on turf at 8 and a half furlongs kicked off the festivities on Friday and it kind of showed that the way things set up on paper often unfold just that way but with different kind of results.

Ultimate Eagle had not raced since March but he was the lone speed in the race. He had trained a whole in the wind for the race, is a proven Grade 1 winner but in the end conditioning proved his undoing as he came up dead short.

The money and the winner’s circle snapshots went to Data Link, who has a rough trip in his prior race at Keeneland but sat an ideal trip about 3 lengths off the lead before taking the lead around the 8th pole and gliding to the wire.

The lesson for horse betting players to put in the bank is the fact that Shug McGaughey thought enough of this guy to ship him half way around the country.

Link had faced the likely Horse of the Year in his previous race, Wise Dan, and West Coast players can count the times McGaughey shipped to California over the decades on one hand.

That was the tip off this guy was live.

Juveniles took the center stage on Saturday as the boys went in the mile Generous on turf and the ladies dueled in the Miesque, which was also carded at a mile on grass.

In the Generous, Garrett Gomez just outsmarted Julien Leparoux at crunch time. Gomez is one of the best riders in the country and he proved it by gaining tactical position and holding together to win by a diminishing half-length to Leparoux’s Rising Legend.

Legend had shown Euro speed but was allowed to lag early and it cost him.

If online betting site players have a race down to two runners, and one figures to be close up and another has to come from the clouds, lean toward the runner that can make his own luck.

Travesura proved in the Miesque that you could go wire-to-wire on the Hollywood turf course. She was bothered in 2 of her 3 starts but was coming off a clever sprint win at Anita under Tyler Baze. Baze was back about on Saturday and he put up a great ride.

He coaxed the youngster on the lead through very moderate splits, opened up a notch at the top of the lane, and then held it together.

When this race comes around next season, online sports betting site players have to remember that being inexperienced is not a detriment and that foreigners rate long looks in this race. A youngster coming from Ireland ran 2nd at 9-1 and a baby coming off a nose win in England ran 4th at 42-1 to ignite a near $5,000 one-dollar superfecta.

The Matriarch and the Hollywood Derby concluded the action on Sunday and the winner of the Matriarch proved she is good but Better Lucky.

That’s right, Better Lucky came in from Keeneland and got the ideal garden trip sitting third early to overcome trouble and get up by a length as the second longest shot on the tote.

The Tom Albertrani student took a Grade 2 in May but had lost last several. Alan Garcia gave her a brilliant ride as she paid $72.10 keying a superfecta that paid $108,032.

And another shipper got the money in the Hollywood Derby as Belmont interloper Unbridled Command came from 11th to cash as the 4th choice to pay $16.

Trained by Tom Bush, Unbridled Command proved he could step out of state-bred competition and win when he took the Saranac at Saratoga as he won his 5th straight start. And the best is yet to come.

What online sports betting site players can take from these solid events and is ‘if you build it, they will come’ come remember next year when the sportsbook money is on the line to give invaders a good going over.


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