Future Wager Pool 2 closed the way I had figured it. The only unknown I had to wait for was knowing the Brisnet score for Catholic Boy from Saturday’s Sam F Davis Stakes at Gulfstream. When Twinspires.com’s Twitter feed reported that the winner, Flameaway, scored 100 BRIS, just as Catholic Boy did for being a half-length behind, it was easier to figure how to rank my selections. I figured 98 would be enough to get him into the conversation. After weighing the best horses further, I decided on leaving him out. He would have needed a Grade 1 win, and/or a run at Churchill to be better qualified. There’s always next month’s Pool 3 to remedy the former. http://www.thepaulickreport.com reports that Catholic Boy will run in the Florida Derby or the Louisiana Derby next. Flameaway, believe you me, will be in Pool 3 and become a late Triple Crown nominee.
Here’s how I wagered Pool 2, owing to some budgetary concerns:
$2 win bets on
Bolt d’Oro 8-1
Sporting Chance 33-1
Tiz Mischief 71-1
Untamed Domain 41-1
Bolt d’Oro over Free Drop Billy (36-1), and field (5-2)
Free Drop Billy over Bolt d’Oro and field
Good Magic (8-1) over Bolt d’Oro and field
$2 exacta box of Bolt d’Oro and Good Magic
I didn’t have much homework to do with the 23 horse field, but had precious little time to get everything worked out, owing to a solid weekend work schedule. If I had my druthers, and time, I’d have also examined others that had any runs on Saturday. I also would have included the field over my top 3 of Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic and Free Drop Billy.
I think I made my best possible picks. Bolt d’Oro I missed out on scoring 7-1 last time, so I’ll gladly take him at 8-1. Avery Island’s numbers barely moved. Same story with Free Drop Billy and Good Magic. Untamed Domain’s stock really fell but not out of the picture. I still like him enough to do a double-dip. I actually neglected do the same double-dip action for Enticed, as he was 29-1 last time, and he fell sharply down to 62-1.
Next up, coverage of the Enlightened Trails, with racing at Turf Paradise and Golden Gate Fields.