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Pacific Classic Betting - Classic Profile

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 8/20/2012 6:13:56 PM

The $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at a mile and quarter will be renewed this Sunday and online betting sites enthusiasts can glean some information from former winners that may help them have a healthy payday this weekend.

California legend Best Pal won the inaugural running of this event in 1991, Candy Ride boasts the fastest Classic at 1:59.11 and Lava Man succeeded in this stakes in 2006.

One thing that is certain about the winner of this race over the years is that stamina is crucial to success and it helps if a runner is agile enough to overcome trouble if it is encountered.

Even though this is a huge purse that will attract the best horses in training right now, never overlook any shipper in this event. To travel 3,000 miles for this kind of horse betting payoff is worth it no matter how you slice it.

Bill Mott is a world-class trainer and 4 years ago his Eastern-based student Go Between won the Classic after losing a bit of ground late when second in his prior race in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Versatility proved to be the ace card for Go Between and it could be this weekend too as he had a style that allowed him to sit close up or come from left field and still succeed.

The next year Richard’s Kid had lost his prior race by a nose in the $150,000 Cougar but settled nicely for Mike Smith in second to last early but came storming home to win by a neck in a career best 107 Beyer.

This star repeated in 2010 when Smith replaced Martin Garcia, who was aboard for a dull third in the very same prep, the Cougar.

Again Smith timed the move perfectly, again coming from second to last to get up by the three quarters of a length with a decent 96 Beyer.

Last year, just to prove that there is more than one way to skin a cat, Acclamation used the complete opposite tact that Richard’s Kid when he was coaxed on the lead every step of the way by Pat Valenzuela to hold on by a head with a 105 Beyer figure.

One thing that players should look to is the work pattern coming to this particular race. In Acclamation’s case, his win last year was his first on the synthetic surface. He had been resting for nearly 5 weeks after winning the Grade 1 Eddie Read and had trained like the proverbial hole in the wind for the Classic.

Trainer Don Warren was not easy on his charge between races. He returned to the track just 11 days after the Read score to post a maintenance 5-furlong drill.

He worked again on the grass, then had two synthetic drills, the last when timed in 1: 12 3/5, a perfect 5 days before the Classic.

What this kind of activity suggests is that this year’s winner of the Classic will be a dead fit horse. Players should look for a runner that has been pointed directly for this race and not entered as some kind of an after thought.

And if a runner posts a short blowout right before this year’s race, it should have that runner on top of his game for a peak performance.

Good luck with the online sports book betting and we’ll run down the entrants in the Classic later in the week.

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