Friday, 31 May 2013

Champions face off at Remington, Grand River takeouts & Penn Mile

Saturday is a big day of racing at Remington Park, it's Heritage Place Futurity day. The Heritage Place Futurity is a Grade 1 race with a purse of $1,075,260. Ten of the best two year olds will line up to compete for the winner's slice of the pie.
     But the Heritage Place Futurity isn't the best race on the card. Not even close.
     The real highlight of the night is the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship. It's essentially a summer version of the Champion on Champions, and the field is fantastic. Two of Quarter Horse racing's greatest are competing.
    Making his first start since November is 2011 All American Futurity and 2012 All American Derby winner Ochoa, the richest Quarter Horse to ever race. He's making his Remington debut after a disappointing 5th place finish in the Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star where he was a bit slow at the break and couldn't rally. Ochoa's main competition is stable-mate Cold Cash 123, 2011 World Champion looking to defend his title in this race. He exits a victory in the Grade 2 Bank of America Oklahoma Challenge Championship. Among their competition is Leo Stakes winner First in Class Dbs and Kool Country Man, who won the Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship at Sam Houston last time. It's a field packed full of talent and worth watching for any racing fan.

     Up here in Ontario, one of our many B-tracks for harness racing, Grand River Raceway, is about to start their meet with some nice takeout reductions. Win/Place/Show is now 16.95%, Exactor is 20.5%, Daily Double and Pick 4 are now 15%. They're also introducing a 15% Super High 5. They're doing what Western Fair has already done, but taking it a step further. This is a great step for Grand River, and hopefully it will be successful. Really, every track in Ontario should be doing this but they aren't. Kudos to Grand River Raceway, good luck to them. I'm not much of a harness player, but I'll play some Win and Doubles at the low rake. The meet starts on Monday, June 3rd. Post time is 7:05 PM.

     Who likes Penn National? I don't. Slots cash fuels huge purses for cheap claimers, but they still soak you 31% for Triactors and 30% for Superfectas. I refuse to play there. But, on Saturday night, Penn will host the inaugural Penn Mile, a $500,000 purse for 3 year olds going on the turf. It's a race that'll show us some future turf starts. It's a very good field, 3 of the 8 are Graded Stakes winners, 2 more are Graded Stakes placed. The favorite is Chad Brown trainee Noble Tune, who sports a 4 for 5 record and exits a win in the  Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill. Be sure to tune in. I'm not going to encourage you to wager, though.

Have a good one, and good luck.

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