OTB Race Previews
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The last big money race of the year takes place on Saturday with the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park. The race should give us an idea of the early favorites for next year's Kentucky Derby.
With his win this past Tuesday at Laurel Park, Rapid Redux has cemented his legacy among some of the best horses of all time
The Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park is expected to have Weemissfrankie as the heavy betting favorite in a field of six. The race for 2-year-old fillies also includes Charm the Maker, who won the Sharp Cat Stakes last month; Killer Graces, who won two sprint stakes earlier this year; Self Preservation, who simply can't find a way to beat Weemissfrankie; Lady Pecan and Mi Vida.
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) released the stakes schedule for Aqueduct Racetrack's 2012 winter/spring meet, with the Grade 1, $1 million Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 7 the centerpiece of 13 graded stakes worth $3.75 million for the 79-day meet which begins on January 1.
High carryover pool totals are always good to see, and Wednesday's card at Hollywood Park will feature a sizable $39,535 carryover in its Super High Five wager. This dollar minimum wager is offered in conjunction with the last race on the card each day at Hollywood Park, and challenges horse handicappers to pick the first five finishers home in the race.
Hollywood Park has two stakes races this weekend with the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap on Saturday and the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap on Sunday. Let's look at both of these feature races for this weekend.
Tampa Bay Downs - Defending champion Suzzona and Grade III stakes winners Jenny's So Great and Rapport headline a quality group of 49 fillies and mares nominated for the eighth running of the $75,000-guaranteed Lightning City Stakes, the feature race on the Dec. 3 Opening Day card at Tampa Bay Downs.
Gulfstream Park Race Track & Casino announced today its wagering menu for the 2011-2012 racing season will include the introduction of the $1 Super Hi 5 and the return of the popular 10-cent Rainbow 6.
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino will be home to quite a few new features throughout its 2011-12 meet, including a Dec. 3 return of live racing, a 12:35 pm first race post time, and a new infield video board.
Gulfstream Park's opening day feature, the $100,000 Spectacular Bid for 2-year-olds at six furlongs, drew 31 nominations, including Nashua Stakes (G2) winner Vexor, Jack Price Juvenile winner For Oby, and Keeneland 75th Anniversary winner Luke of York.
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