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Horse Racing Online Betting - A Travers for the Ages

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 8/27/2012 6:25:04 PM

For what looked like just an ordinary online horse betting Travers last Saturday, with only 4 Graded winners in the field of 11 and the lone Grade 1 winner on a 7-race losing streak, the showcase of the Saratoga season turned out to be a historical race for the ages.

At the end of the million-dollar mile and a quarter fixture, the favorite, Alpha, finished in a dead-heat with 33-1 shot Golden Ticket.

And it was nearly a triple dead-heat as 32-1 shot Fast Falcon closed like a proverbial freight train to only be beaten a neck for all the marbles.

The winners each earned a 100 Beyer in the victory.

It was only the second dead-heat in the history of the race, the other coming in 1874.
Alpha ran super considering he sat third early and the other two speeds finished 8th and 9th respectively.

Golden Ticket was the third longest shot in the race and was expertly ridden by David Cohen, who’s career has now just taken off in New York after he plied his trade in California early in his career.

Ticket was only in the race because 2 others events on the card didn’t fill and his connections decided to take a shot.

Golden Ticket, trained by Ken McPeek, was winning for only the second time in his career but he was beaten three quarters in the Grade 2 Tampa Derby in the winter.

He also had a live race thing going for him as the horse that beat him a neck in his prior effort, returned to take a $100,000 stakes and also was third beaten a neck in a Grade 3 in Chicago.

Alpha, who is trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, was a troubled second in the Wood Memorial early in the year, had a rough trip in the Kentucky Derby and was coming off a winning 96 Beyer in the Jim Dandy.

He became the 10th runner in betting sites history to complete the Jim Dandy-Travers double.

Ramon Dominguez piloted Alpha and here is his recap, Dominguez: “I was three-wide throughout the whole race. Given that the other two horses were dueling for the lead, I really didn’t want to take my chances tucking behind them. I kept my options open, keeping him on the outside. David (Cohen) rode a great race and got through on the rail. I really think that made a difference for him to become a winner.”

Considering the modest if not weak field of this year’s Travers, it is unlikely that the leader of the sophomore division will emerge from this race but both runners stepped up to the plate at crunch time and got it done.

The dead-heat winners still have some growing up to do but there is bright side to both of their records.

Alpha has proven again that he is versatile enough to make the lead and succeed or track and still get it one.

Golden Ticket really turned the corner once he got some real estate to negotiate and he has repaid his $100,000 purchase price 4 fold.

These two may not steal many more sports betting headlines, but for one day, they made history together.

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