Friday, December 17, 2010

'Tis The Season to Make Some Christmas Dough

Christmas Day is a week away. For some last minute gifts for either horse lovers OR racing fans, check out the online gift shop at Keeneland. They're having a 25% off sale on clothing, with free shipping, if you spend over $75. I must admit, when shopping at Keeneland it’s hard not to say “Merry Christmas to me.”

If you need a little break from the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, check out Equibase. They're having a free handicapping contest tomorrow.

Squeezed in between all the shopping, decorating, holiday preparations and of course, partying (!) racing fans are always on the lookout for some interesting racing and betting opportunities. Cashing a bet at this time of year is somehow, always a little sweeter.

The Mc Knight at Calder looks like a good race to bet, at a mile and a half on the Calder turf. There are several horses in here that are coming out of the Breeder’s Cup, are they “throw outs” or what? Could it be Rescue Squad’s day?

Two year old colts run for $750,000 in the Grade I Cash Call Futurity at Hollywood. Dutrow and Ramon ship in with Rustler Hustler off a sharp bullet at Gulfstream and experience on synthetic. Gourmet Dinner has 4 wins from 5 starts, the last with blinkers added, but has only run on dirt. Who’s the best of this bunch?

Turfway has a little $50,000 Stake, the Prarie Bayou, at 1 1/8 on the Polytrack. Stately Victor is the class of the field and gets back to his preferred surface. But it’s a full field and there are some other interesting contenders in here. Timeless Fashion LOVES this track. And Mint Chip has a long shot look in here. He has performed well on the surface and just throw out the last two, where he was over matched.

Fair Grounds has a nice card too, but the race that interests me is the 5th. It is a maiden event on the turf, and I am going to take a shot with Newsdad, by Arch out of a Pulpit mare. The dam’s side has had a few decent turf winners, and I think this colt might like the turf. If he does, he will light up the tote board like a Christmas tree. That’s a way to make some extra “Christmas money”.

Good Luck with all your shopping and wagering!

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