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Another Breeders’Cup and New Racing Surface Headline the Santa Anita Autumn Meet

Santa Anita Park Autumn Meet

Santa Anita will host another Breeder’s Cup before it takes its act back on the road again, but the most important news for handicappers is the installation of a new racing surface.

The surface which has been dubbed “El Segundo Sand” because of where it was excavated near LAX is supposed to be a drought friendly type natural material, which will also be the new surface for Del Mar Race Track next year.

 14 % Pick 5 is back again

Once again the Pick 5 is back with its low 14 percent takeout and is the best bet at the track (Sorry Santa Anita it is not the Late Double with its 20 percent takeout). The Pick 5 is a 50 cent minimum bet and covers the first 5 races of the card. Until Santa Anita lowers its take out on its other wagers, you are much better off making Win-Place-Show wagers with its 15.43 takeout.

More on this takeout fiasco on a future post.

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The really cool Zenyatta statue at Santa Anita

The really cool Zenyatta statue at Santa Anita

Published: September 26, 2014

Del Mar Ends Today, Los Alamitos replaces the Pomona Fair

I think any Del Mar Official will tell you that this meet was not one of their most successful. The horse deaths early in the meet forced them to limit grass racing. The inconsistency of their Polytrack surface was no help to handicappers (Polytrack will be replaced by natural dirt next year). What is interesting is that Del Mar will return after Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet for a Fall Meet of their own.

Another fallout from the closure of Hollywood Park in December of last year.

In another change on the Southern California Racing Schedule, Los Alamitos will take over the meet that once belonged to the Los Angeles County Fair (Pomona). The Los Angeles County Fair decided to get out of the horse racing business and Los Alamitos has stepped in to run an 11 day meet. Good luck to them.

Published: September 3, 2014

Labor Day could be Trainer Peter Miller Day

trainer peter millerTrainer Peter Miller saddles 11 horses on today’s card in 7 different races. Don’t forget to sign up for the Top 3 Picks sent by e-mail at approximately 11:30 am today.→

Published: September 1, 2014