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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