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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Big Money up for Bettors, Horses

Woodbine Mile day is a fascinating and very large card of 11 races including 2 Win 4's which, for the first time in Woodbine history, offer guaranteed Pools. The first Win 4 (races 4-7 as usual) has a $50,000 guarantee while the second Win 4 (6 through 9 and includes the very tough Woodbine Mile) has a pot of $100K guaranteed.
Two other stakes plus huge fields load up the card and many races are tricky to handicap - add in Polytrack and pciking a winner could be next to impossible (see last week's results!)
Even the grass races from Friday and Saturday have been difficult to decipher.
Perhaps High Volt Jolt in race 4, coming out of a key race that produced 5 next out winners will get the ball rolling for us bettors tomorrow.

Saturday, hotshot 2yo colt BARILKO made it four wins in four starts with a scorein the Swynford. Trainer Dave Dwyer (who also owns the son of E Dubai) suggested the horse will be retired for the season now, before tackling any big 2-turn baby races in the fall.
Barilko is a Kentucky bred.

Lots of talk about TRAKUS, the innovative tracking system that, after several years of testing at Woodbine, debuted last Wednesday night on all channels. The graphics take up the bottom one-third of the screen and has left the TV department scrambling on how to film the race for those who still want to watch the horses. So far, watching a horse race on the TV monitors is now impossible to follow. Reviews for Trakus have been mixed although ESPN and Bill Finley unleashed a positive story today on the merits of the dancing "chicklets". Check it out for yourself.

Woodbine Mile picks - Rebel Rebel and Three Valleys
Guests at a seminar at Woodbine on Saturday included Captain Kurt's owner John Liviakis and trainer Melody Conlon who are excited about their horse but wary that the journey from California took something out of the 4-year-old.
Longshot prospects include Shoal Water.


  • At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Love those chicklets,they take the guessing out of whether you are alive with a tri or superfecta.

    John at Swift

  • At 9:24 PM, Blogger 8th-Pole said…

    I'm mixed as well with Trakus, I think it's a great ideal, however I wonder if there is a better way to show the info, maybe an overhead shot on the right fifth of the screen (similar to Gallop Racer for those who've played that ps2 game, you'll know what I mean). Or have the chicklets overlayed on the top portion of the track with the live feed which has most of the action going on the bottom portion of the screen. Have a split screen the way it is now.


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