Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ellis Park contest declared a non-starter

Best laid plans...

Evidently, after one race, the organizers of the Ellis Park contest written about earlier today had some IT troubles that prompted the cancellation of the event and a reschedule for next Saturday, which makes for a bit of a conflict with the Sovereign Stables freebie as well.  It'll be interesting to see whether there is differentiation in the two contest cards, though I suspect they'll both again focus on Monmouth, Saratoga and Del Mar.

Clearly the outcomes of Sunday's race did not matter with the contest cancellation, but based on the picks I put up earlier I would have netted a $44.60 of winnings, hitting Chief Operator at nearly 9-to-1 in the 12th at Monmouth ($19.40 to win, $6.40 to place) and the EXTREMELY impressive Dreamcaster at 6-to-5 in the 6th at Del Mar ($4.40 to win, $3.80 to place), and calling runner-up Allen's Star at nearly 6-to-1 ($8.20 to place) and defaulting to second-choice Tempted to Tapit ($2.40 to place) in the 9th at Monmouth with the scratch of my original selection.  

I suppose I can otherwise take satisfaction in picking the top two finishers in the 11th at Saratoga and 12th at Monmouth, with respective $2 exacta payouts of $107 and $69.80.  I hope those proved valuable to readers.

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