|Stephen Fitzpatrick, Marie Jost,|
NHC XV qualifier James Timinck
and NJ Horseplayer at
When I am building my exotic tickets for Pick 4, 5 or 6, odds play zero factor as to whether I select any horse. I do tier horses in each race A, B and C as to who I think has the best chance to cross the wire first, all the way to the least likely.
When playing the "Pick & Pray," I apply a different strategy. Since you cannot know when entering your picks what the odds are on a certain horse in the tournament, I immediately identify who I believe will be the odds-on favorite in each race and immediately put a line through that horse as if the horse was scratched in the race. I really like using Beyer speed figures as a reference point to starting the handicapping process in each race.
- Saratoga, Race 6: #6 Gimme Credit ($9.20 win, $4.40 place)
- Saratoga, Race10: #4 Cross Traffic ($9.10 win, $5.40 place)
- Delmar, Race 2 #4 Smokin' Cat ($12.00 win, $5.40 place)
Buy a real bike rack. I was behind
some clown on the Mass Pike
who figured rope would work well.
Yes, that's his little girl's front
tire hanging over the roof (right).
That's an area where, personally, I haven't had a ton of success, though the format is clearly favored by players in online tournaments.