Thursday, March 3, 2011

Monmouth Park contest dates released

Some new dates have been distributed for live contests this summer at Monmouth Park, although the press release indicated more dates are in the works (presumably for the other Horseplayer contest at the Orleans):
  • Sunday, June 5: Monmouth-Woodbine contest (1 NHC seat)
  • Saturday, August 27: $300 contest (3 NHC seats)
  • Sunday, September 18: Monmouth-Woodbine contest (2 NHC seats)
Separately, riding home on the bus from work in NYC yesterday I gave a long look at today's 7th from Santa Anita (DRF's Race of the Day and today's Del Mar free online contest play) and have landed on Hughesy at a 9-to-2 morning line.  It seems the experts (i.e. Brad Free) love Hollemans (3-to-1 M/L) and Dahoud (4-to-1), but I can't ignore Hughesy's progression before his last start was taken off the turf; and, unless I've misread the PPs or there is an imposter, Hughesy beat out Champ Pegasus to break his maiden ($45k special weight) at SA last January.  A lot better than the other horses' maiden-breakers.  I'm going to DVR this one to have a watch tonight when time allows. 

This weekend, the only play I'll be making is in the free NHC Tour contest on Sunday and, as usual, will consider the four weekly Public Handicapper races. Unfortunately, I have to make my picks well in advance, owing to a family commitment in Connecticut. NHC Tour members should not forget to sign up for this event. 


  1. Hughesy can easily get in a garden spot trip from the rail if Nakatani is patient.

    Dahdoud likes to hang it up at the 1/16th pole, I'd be surprised if he lasted all the way.

  2. Dahdoud fails to stop.
    Could I be any more wrong-er? LOL

  3. Hughesy got the perfect trip and stunk it up; I guess it's maiden breaker was the equivalent of being Michael Jordan's 5th grade team. And, yeah, Dahoud impressed