Hillary Clinton Supports Online Gambling

•February 12, 2008 • 3 Comments

Hillary Clinton Supports Online Gambling

The online gambling community has renewed hope for one of the candidates running for US President, and she just happens to be the favorite to win.  With the Nevada Caucuses taking place this Saturday, The Las Vegas Sun reports that Democrat Hillary Clinton supports a study to determine if Internet gambling can be fairly regulated so that individuals can safely participate in it and American businesses can compete in the international market.

Until now, only Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul has gone on record as denouncing prohibition of online gambling.

“I believe strongly that the internet should not be regulated by the federal government and believe even more strongly that people should be free to engage in the activities they wish, as long as they are willing to take responsibility for their actions.” Dr. Paul told TodaysPicks.net this past fall.  He also indicated that politicians are afraid to touch any issue related to the Internet “for fear it would label them ‘pro-porn’ or ‘pro-gambling’.”

While Clinton leads in polls, Paul leads among many of Republican candidates in terms of finances.  A huge grass roots one-day fundraiser that was held on Martin Luther King’s Birthday on Monday January 21.  Paul has mostly been ignored by the mainstream media, however.

“The irony is that he is one of the only Republican candidates that could actually defeat Hillary (Clinton).” 

Ms. Clinton’s proclamation could also serve as an indirect shot at Senator John McCain, whose fellow Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl, helped push online gambling prohibition through the Senate in late 2006.  McCain is presently the favorite to win the Republican nomination and prediction markets indicate he likely will. 

In the past Senator McCain has attempted to get legislation passed that would ban betting on college sports.  Unlike his colleague in Arizona (Jon Kyl), who has received significant amounts of money from major sports leagues that have pushed to ban Internet gambling, McCain’s arguments against college sports wagering have some merit and are not necessarily viewed as being pushed along by “special interests”. 

“John McCain fears corruption of college sports since student players do not get paid and they are more vulnerable,” says O’Brien.  “This is more an ‘integrity’ issue for him even though he realized – like the Iraq war – it’s not necessarily a popular stand.  McCain is more principled.”

He’s also a casino gambler himself who has been photographed at the tables…sometimes in front of big stacks of chips.  Whether he would encourage such studies into the regulation of online gambling remain to be seen. 

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, a few big companies like MGM Mirage and Harrah’s Entertainment have supported efforts to legalize Internet gambling, but the concept lacks broad support.

The American Gaming Association has been reluctant to push for legalization, instead supporting a bill to study whether Internet gambling can be regulated. Some say this is a necessary first step so the enterprise can gain legitimacy.

The association represents land-based casinos rather than the companies now operating Web casinos from offshore, locations far from the reach of U.S. regulators.

Though the right to gamble has never been a pressing issue for most Americans and it may be years before Congress takes up the issue again, some industry experts say legalization is inevitable because of the potential tax revenue now going offshore to a thriving underground economy.

The legislation proposing a study of online gambling is co-sponsored by Nevada Representative Shelley Berkley, who has been among the most outspoken opponents of recently passed prohibition.

“This (internet gambling) legislation has a loophole big enough to drive a truck through that was designed solely to protect betting on horse racing and lotteries over the Internet,” Ms. Berkley, who co-chairs the Congressional Gaming Caucus, told TodaysPicks.net.  “Internet gaming is becoming more popular every day and we need a comprehensive federal study that looks at the question of whether or not it can be effectively regulated and what role technology can play in accomplishing that goal.

Fellow Democratic Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards were a little less reluctant to support the industry.  Obama, an avid poker player, cautiously supports a study of Internet gambling and supports regulation to address the worst abuses, which is somewhat reassuring to online poker players and sports bettors.

If It’s Gulfstream Park – It’s the Speed, Buster

•February 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

If It’s Gulfstream Park – It’s the Speed, Buster

Gulfstream Park has always had the reputation of being a speed track. Before the 1999 Breeders’ Cup, which I covered for a chain of Central Florida newspapers, there were complaints the track was too speed favoring.

During the second of three BC spectaculars at the South Florida track in ’92, four of five winners on the main track were within two lengths of the lead after a half-mile. Only the Classic was captured from off the pace.

In ’99, three horses had the lead at the half-mile pole and went on to victory. In the Sprint, Artax defeated Kona Gold by a half-length to equal the track record of 1:07 4/5 set in ’73 by Mr. Prospector. Only the Juvenile champ rallied from off the pace.

In ’04 at Gulfstream, 36 percent of winners in 209 races at six furlongs led at every call. After Gulfstream was renovated in time for the ’05 season, the figure increased to 38 percent.

Through Jan. 31 this year, 35 percent of 49 races were wire jobs equaling the same percentage in 164 contests last year.

In 173 one-turn mile races on the dirt in ’05, front-runners were victorious 27 percent. Last year, 30 percent of 176 contests went to pacesetters. So far, wire-to-wire winners also have captured 30 percent of 60 contests in January.

Longer dirt races over the years have usually gone to runners coming off the pace. In ’05, front-runners at 1 1/8 miles won 29 percent of 65 races.

However, only 14 percent of 42 winners wired fields last year. Pacesetters in January were victorious 20 percent in 10 contests.

The turf has played about the same for years. Sprinters do fairly well on the lead — 28 percent triumphed in 39 races in ’07. Not so for routers – only 14 percent of 222 winners led all the way last year compared to 13 percent of 222 winners in ’05.

Through Jan. 31, only 13 sprints were held, but about 50 percent of the winners led from the start. In 55 routes, less than 12 percent were wire jobs.

According to the Brisnet.com daily diary, Gulfstream’s main track played fair twice as many afternoons than the turf. During the first 23 days of racing from opening day Jan. 3 through Jan. 23, the dirt surface was fair 10 days when noted.

It rained a half-dozen times resulting in a sloppy main track, forcing one or all races off the turf nine times.

When it has been wet and drying out, the dirt track has played somewhat slower in terms of pace fractions and final times.

On opening day, according to Brisnet.com, “the track and turf both played rather fair. The better horses ran a little faster than the slower ones, which is the mark of a fair track. Horses were able to win from up front or the back if good enough.”

The main track was fair for the first three days. The longest stretch was five days, Brisnet.com noted, from Jan. 14 through Jan. 19. Another three-day period was Jan. 25-27.

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Horses to Watch at BookMaker Racebook

•January 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

AQUEDUCT

Martha’s Mandate: Raced seven lengths behind after a half-mile, angled out for drive, rallied from fourth to make up 4 ½ lengths in stretch and lost by a neck at six furlongs on Jan. 25; ran final quarter in 24 2/5.

Double Down Vinman: Bumped after break, raced seventh early, advanced to fourth more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied inside to make up more than 4 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at six furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface Jan. 11; ran final quarter in 24 4/5.

Kat’s Mystery: Bumped after break, trailed early, advanced from ninth to sixth more than 4 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came wide into stretch losing ground, closed well to make up 7 ¼ lengths and finished third beaten a neck and three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on Jan. 6. (Contested pace from outside, went to lead by a half-length after a half-mile, responded when roused in stretch and drew off to win by 2 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on Jan. 24.)

Borrowing Base: Raced 3 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, gained second in stretch, but weakened and finished third at 1 ¼ miles on Dec. 15. (Bumped after break, raced fifth early, dropped to sixth more than 3 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground entering stretch and finished third at a mile and 70 yards on Jan. 9.)

DELTA DOWNS

Honor Jones: Raced 8 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, went four wide on far turn, closed well to fourth in stretch, made up 3 ¾ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at a mile and 70 yards on Dec. 16 at Sam Houston Race Park. (Trailed by more that seven lengths after a half-mile, moved up from sixth to third around far turn, dueled down the stretch and won by a neck at a mile on Jan. 17.)

FAIR GROUNDS

Iron Works Pike: Brushed on both sides at break, raced third early, dropped to fourth more than 2 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied outside from third in stretch, made up three lengths and finished second by five lengths at six furlongs on Jan. 21.

Rose Medallion: Broke last, trailed in eighth by 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came inside around far turn, closed determinedly from sixth outside to make up more than 2 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at about 1 1/16 miles on the turf Jan. 6.

Hallway: Raced eighth more than 3 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied before drive, lost ground, awaited room in stretch, closed determinedly from seventh to make up more than 1 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at about a mile on the turf Jan. 5.

Kindling: Raced ninth early, dropped to 10th and last more than 12 lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, rallied late from ninth to make up more than 7 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at 5 ½ furlongs on the turf Dec. 6. (Raced inside 4 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, moved outside for drive, closed gamely to make up 2 ½ lengths in stretch and finished third at about 5 ½ furlongs on the turf Jan. 12.)

GULFSTREAM PARK

Heavenly Answer: Raced more than four lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, steadied on far turn to avoid fading rival and rallied to finish third by a neck at 1 1/6 miles on Jan. 25; ran final 2 ½ furlongs in 30.

Colorful Judgement: Checked in tight quarters breaking last in tight quarters at start, raced 10th more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, closed well from fourth in stretch to make up more than 2 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a length at 1 1/16 miles on the turf Jan. 10.

Universe: Stalked pace three wide two lengths behind in third after a half-mile, lost ground to fourth in stretch, rallied wide to make up two lengths and finished third beaten a half-length at 1 1/16 miles on the turf Jan. 9.

Lady Byar: Trailed in eighth more than 11 lengths behind after a half-mile, angled out in stretch from fifth, finished full of run to make up 5 ½ lengths and ran second beaten a nose at seven furlongs on Jan. 9; ran final three furlongs in 36 3/8.

Identical: Raced fifth more than 1 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, eased outside leaders leaving turn, lost ground, rallied later to make up nearly 3 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a nose at a mile on Jan. 3. (Tracked pace in third more than 1 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, took over on far turn and drew off under a vigorous hand ride to win by 6 ½ lengths at a mile on Jan. 25.)

LAUREL PARK

Coal Valley: Trailed early in seventh, advanced to sixth more than 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, made up more than 6 ¾ lengths in stretch and finished second by a neck at six furlongs on Jan. 24; ran final quarter in 24 2/5.

Imperturbable: Broke last, advanced to ninth more than 12 lengths behind after a half-mile, swung very wide in mid-stretch, rallied from seventh to up more than 5 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a length at seven furlongs on Jan. 10; ran final eighth in 12 4/5.

Casual: Raced four lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, angled out five wide advancing to third in stretch and won by a half-length at six furlongs on Jan. 1 at Laurel Park. (Pressed pace early in third, grabbed lead by a half-length by the half-mile pole and drew off by 6 ¼ lengths after being roused sharply at six furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface Jan. 14.)

Helen Says: Grabbed lead by a half-length after a half-mile, moved clear leaving the fife-sixteenths pole and drew off by 10 ¾ lengths under a tight right-handed drive at seven furlongs on a sealed muddy track in the rain on Dec. 26; returned $12.60 to win and $8 to place. (Chased pace in third while saving ground, advanced to second in stretch, weakened and finished third at seven furlongs on Jan. 26.)

Baseball Diamond: Dueled early, led by a head after a half-mile, battled in upper stretch and weakened to third at seven furlongs on Dec. 15. (Raced third early, dropped to fourth three lengths behind after a half-mile and rallied inside to gain second by a neck at seven furlongs on Jan. 3.)

OAKLAWN PARK

Chin High: Broke 11th and last, trailed by more than 16 lengths after a half-mile, rallied four wide into the lane, made up 4 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at 1 1/6 miles on Jan. 21.

PHILADELPHIA PARK

Jorkat Slew: Broke 10th and last, raced ninth early, dropped to 10th more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground advancing to fourth in stretch, closed with good energy inside to make up 7 ¼ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23.

Frenchburg: Broke from outside post, raced more than six lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, advanced to fourth along rail in stretch, closed to make up nearly 4 ½ length and finished third beaten a head and a neck at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 8. (Raced fifth more than five lengths behind after a half-mile, raced wide on turn into stretch, rallied from second and drew off to win by 3 ¾ lengths at seven furlongs on Jan. 23; returned $14.20 on front end.)

Graded by Results: Raced fourth more than 2 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, closed fast to make up more than 4 ¼ lengths in stretch and finished third beaten a nose and a neck at six furlongs on Dec. 4. (Raced fifth more than four lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to second in stretch and ran down leader to prevail by three-quarters of a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23.)

SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Spending Time: Bumped at break, checked early, advanced from 12th and last to eighth more than 5 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, raced very wide on turn, rallied to make up 3 ¼ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten 1 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on Jan. 20.

Nasheet: Jostled with third-place finisher at start, raced three wide into first turn, was more than three lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, closed well to make up three lengths and finished second beaten a neck at a mile on the turf Jan. 6.

Susies Cameo Girl: Jostled at start, raced third early, dropped to fourth more than three lengths behind after a half-mile, shifted three wide midway through far turn, rallied to make up 3 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a length at a mile on Jan. 5.

SANTA ANITA

Smart Hit: Raced eighth more than 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came out on turn, rallied from sixth to second in stretch, made up three lengths and gained second by a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 21.

Mostacolli Mort: Stalked pace inside four lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, came out in upper stretch to make up more than 1 ½ lengths and finished willingly to run second beaten a nose at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Jan. 11.

Adarlyn Cat: Broke from outside 12 post, raced more than 7 ½ lengths behind in ninth after three-eighth of a mile, steadied in tight entering turn, came three deep to eighth in stretch, angled out, closed gamely to make up 4 ¾ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at 5 ½ furlongs Jan. 10.

Unbidable: Raced outside between rivals early in eighth, moved closer to rail in fifth six lengths behind after a half-mile, forced out some into turn, came three deep into stretch, rallied to make up more than 2 ¼ lengths and finished third beaten a neck and a nose at six furlongs on Jan. 4; ran final quarter in 24 1/5.

Your Quote: Broke next to last, in tight early in sixth, dropped to seventh more than six lengths behind after a half-mile, raced four wide leaving backstretch, came three deep into stretch losing ground, rallied to make up more than four lengths and finished third beaten two lengths at six furlongs on Dec. 28.

Dirty Dish Mitch: Steadied into the first turn, raced fourth more than 1 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to second after six furlongs, took lead in stretch and kicked clear under a steady hand ride to win by 8 ¼ lengths at 1 1/16 mile on Dec. 6 at Hollywood Park. (Stalked pace in third more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to second in stretch and held place by three-quarters of a length at seven furlongs on Dec. 26; returned $7.80 for second.)

TURFWAY PARK

Pennyroyal: Sprinted clear by five lengths after a half-mile, set pace, drew off in stretch under mild urging and won by 10 lengths ridden out at six furlongs on Jan. 18.

Clearly Best: Raced sixth early, dropped to seventh more than 10 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced from fifth three wide on far turn to third in stretch, made up 4 ½ lengths and closed willingly to finish second beaten two lengths at a mile on Jan. 10.

Budge Man: Broke last, raced eighth more than 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, split rivals late on far turn to reach sixth, angled out for drive, closed fast from fourth to make up seven lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at a mile on Jan. 5. (Raced ninth early, dropped to 10th and last after a half-mile, advanced five wide from sixth on far turn and closed well to win by two lengths at 11 1/16 miles on Jan. 26.)

Dixie Decision: Raced 2 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, moved between horses around far turn to reach contention, rallied clear in stretch to gain lead by a half-length and won by three-quarters of a length at a mile on Dec. 8; returned $10 on front end. (Raced 2 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, bounced around between rivals midway through far turn losing ground to fifth, closed willingly from fourth in stretch and prevailed by a half-length at a mile on Jan. 9.)

TURF PARADISE

David’s Pride: Raced 4 ½ lengths behind in fifth after three-eights of a mile, saved ground entering stretch, finished well making up more than 4 ¼ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23.

Moody Rythum: Broke next to last, raced 10th more than 8 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came wide into the lane, made up more than 2 ¼ lengths in stretch and finished well to gain second by four lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 27. (Jostled repeatedly at start, raced seventh more than 5 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came six wide into stretch and rallied from fifth to gain second by 1 ¾ lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 12.)

Skycloud: Broke outward, bumped at start, gained late in stretch and finished dead-heated for second beaten 1 ½ lengths at 5 ½ furlongs on Dec. 15. (Raced sixth more than seven lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, moved out for clear sailing in upper stretch and rallied from third to win by a half-length at 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 25.)

Danceafunnymile: Raced eight lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, eased out in stretch while racing greenly, finished well making up more than 3 ½ lengths and ran second beaten a half-length at six furlongs on Dec. 7.

Mo Jo Annie: Broke outward, bumped, raced fifth more than 9 ½ lengths back after a half-mile, advanced to fourth in stretch and finished gamely to gain second by a nose at six furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface Jan. 7. (Bumped at break, trailed early, raced sixth more than 9 ½ lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile and finished third at 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23; was advanced to second after rival was disqualified and placed fifth for interference in drive.)

AQUEDUCT

Martha’s Mandate: Raced seven lengths behind after a half-mile, angled out for drive, rallied from fourth to make up 4 ½ lengths in stretch and lost by a neck at six furlongs on Jan. 25; ran final quarter in 24 2/5.

Double Down Vinman: Bumped after break, raced seventh early, advanced to fourth more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied inside to make up more than 4 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at six furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface Jan. 11; ran final quarter in 24 4/5.

Kat’s Mystery: Bumped after break, trailed early, advanced from ninth to sixth more than 4 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came wide into stretch losing ground, closed well to make up 7 ¼ lengths and finished third beaten a neck and three-quarters of a length at six furlongs on Jan. 6. (Contested pace from outside, went to lead by a half-length after a half-mile, responded when roused in stretch and drew off to win by 2 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on Jan. 24.)

Borrowing Base: Raced 3 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, gained second in stretch, but weakened and finished third at 1 ¼ miles on Dec. 15. (Bumped after break, raced fifth early, dropped to sixth more than 3 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground entering stretch and finished third at a mile and 70 yards on Jan. 9.)

DELTA DOWNS

Honor Jones: Raced 8 ½ lengths behind in sixth after a half-mile, went four wide on far turn, closed well to fourth in stretch, made up 3 ¾ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at a mile and 70 yards on Dec. 16 at Sam Houston Race Park. (Trailed by more that seven lengths after a half-mile, moved up from sixth to third around far turn, dueled down the stretch and won by a neck at a mile on Jan. 17.)

FAIR GROUNDS

Iron Works Pike: Brushed on both sides at break, raced third early, dropped to fourth more than 2 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, rallied outside from third in stretch, made up three lengths and finished second by five lengths at six furlongs on Jan. 21.

Rose Medallion: Broke last, trailed in eighth by 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came inside around far turn, closed determinedly from sixth outside to make up more than 2 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at about 1 1/16 miles on the turf Jan. 6.

Hallway: Raced eighth more than 3 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, steadied before drive, lost ground, awaited room in stretch, closed determinedly from seventh to make up more than 1 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at about a mile on the turf Jan. 5.

Kindling: Raced ninth early, dropped to 10th and last more than 12 lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, rallied late from ninth to make up more than 7 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at 5 ½ furlongs on the turf Dec. 6. (Raced inside 4 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, moved outside for drive, closed gamely to make up 2 ½ lengths in stretch and finished third at about 5 ½ furlongs on the turf Jan. 12.)

GULFSTREAM PARK

Heavenly Answer: Raced more than four lengths behind in eighth after a half-mile, steadied on far turn to avoid fading rival and rallied to finish third by a neck at 1 1/6 miles on Jan. 25; ran final 2 ½ furlongs in 30.

Colorful Judgement: Checked in tight quarters breaking last in tight quarters at start, raced 10th more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, closed well from fourth in stretch to make up more than 2 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a length at 1 1/16 miles on the turf Jan. 10.

Universe: Stalked pace three wide two lengths behind in third after a half-mile, lost ground to fourth in stretch, rallied wide to make up two lengths and finished third beaten a half-length at 1 1/16 miles on the turf Jan. 9.

Lady Byar: Trailed in eighth more than 11 lengths behind after a half-mile, angled out in stretch from fifth, finished full of run to make up 5 ½ lengths and ran second beaten a nose at seven furlongs on Jan. 9; ran final three furlongs in 36 3/8.

Identical: Raced fifth more than 1 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, eased outside leaders leaving turn, lost ground, rallied later to make up nearly 3 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a nose at a mile on Jan. 3. (Tracked pace in third more than 1 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, took over on far turn and drew off under a vigorous hand ride to win by 6 ½ lengths at a mile on Jan. 25.)

LAUREL PARK

Coal Valley: Trailed early in seventh, advanced to sixth more than 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, made up more than 6 ¾ lengths in stretch and finished second by a neck at six furlongs on Jan. 24; ran final quarter in 24 2/5.

Imperturbable: Broke last, advanced to ninth more than 12 lengths behind after a half-mile, swung very wide in mid-stretch, rallied from seventh to up more than 5 ½ lengths and finished second beaten a length at seven furlongs on Jan. 10; ran final eighth in 12 4/5.

Casual: Raced four lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, angled out five wide advancing to third in stretch and won by a half-length at six furlongs on Jan. 1 at Laurel Park. (Pressed pace early in third, grabbed lead by a half-length by the half-mile pole and drew off by 6 ¼ lengths after being roused sharply at six furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface Jan. 14.)

Helen Says: Grabbed lead by a half-length after a half-mile, moved clear leaving the fife-sixteenths pole and drew off by 10 ¾ lengths under a tight right-handed drive at seven furlongs on a sealed muddy track in the rain on Dec. 26; returned $12.60 to win and $8 to place. (Chased pace in third while saving ground, advanced to second in stretch, weakened and finished third at seven furlongs on Jan. 26.)

Baseball Diamond: Dueled early, led by a head after a half-mile, battled in upper stretch and weakened to third at seven furlongs on Dec. 15. (Raced third early, dropped to fourth three lengths behind after a half-mile and rallied inside to gain second by a neck at seven furlongs on Jan. 3.)

OAKLAWN PARK

Chin High: Broke 11th and last, trailed by more than 16 lengths after a half-mile, rallied four wide into the lane, made up 4 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at 1 1/6 miles on Jan. 21.

PHILADELPHIA PARK

Jorkat Slew: Broke 10th and last, raced ninth early, dropped to 10th more than seven lengths behind after a half-mile, lost ground advancing to fourth in stretch, closed with good energy inside to make up 7 ¼ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23.

Frenchburg: Broke from outside post, raced more than six lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, advanced to fourth along rail in stretch, closed to make up nearly 4 ½ length and finished third beaten a head and a neck at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 8. (Raced fifth more than five lengths behind after a half-mile, raced wide on turn into stretch, rallied from second and drew off to win by 3 ¾ lengths at seven furlongs on Jan. 23; returned $14.20 on front end.)

Graded by Results: Raced fourth more than 2 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, closed fast to make up more than 4 ¼ lengths in stretch and finished third beaten a nose and a neck at six furlongs on Dec. 4. (Raced fifth more than four lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to second in stretch and ran down leader to prevail by three-quarters of a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23.)

SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Spending Time: Bumped at break, checked early, advanced from 12th and last to eighth more than 5 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, raced very wide on turn, rallied to make up 3 ¼ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten 1 ¼ lengths at six furlongs on Jan. 20.

Nasheet: Jostled with third-place finisher at start, raced three wide into first turn, was more than three lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, closed well to make up three lengths and finished second beaten a neck at a mile on the turf Jan. 6.

Susies Cameo Girl: Jostled at start, raced third early, dropped to fourth more than three lengths behind after a half-mile, shifted three wide midway through far turn, rallied to make up 3 ½ lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a length at a mile on Jan. 5.

SANTA ANITA

Smart Hit: Raced eighth more than 9 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came out on turn, rallied from sixth to second in stretch, made up three lengths and gained second by a length at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 21.

Mostacolli Mort: Stalked pace inside four lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, came out in upper stretch to make up more than 1 ½ lengths and finished willingly to run second beaten a nose at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Jan. 11.

Adarlyn Cat: Broke from outside 12 post, raced more than 7 ½ lengths behind in ninth after three-eighth of a mile, steadied in tight entering turn, came three deep to eighth in stretch, angled out, closed gamely to make up 4 ¾ lengths and finished second beaten three-quarters of a length at 5 ½ furlongs Jan. 10.

Unbidable: Raced outside between rivals early in eighth, moved closer to rail in fifth six lengths behind after a half-mile, forced out some into turn, came three deep into stretch, rallied to make up more than 2 ¼ lengths and finished third beaten a neck and a nose at six furlongs on Jan. 4; ran final quarter in 24 1/5.

Your Quote: Broke next to last, in tight early in sixth, dropped to seventh more than six lengths behind after a half-mile, raced four wide leaving backstretch, came three deep into stretch losing ground, rallied to make up more than four lengths and finished third beaten two lengths at six furlongs on Dec. 28.

Dirty Dish Mitch: Steadied into the first turn, raced fourth more than 1 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to second after six furlongs, took lead in stretch and kicked clear under a steady hand ride to win by 8 ¼ lengths at 1 1/16 mile on Dec. 6 at Hollywood Park. (Stalked pace in third more than two lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced to second in stretch and held place by three-quarters of a length at seven furlongs on Dec. 26; returned $7.80 for second.)

TURFWAY PARK

Pennyroyal: Sprinted clear by five lengths after a half-mile, set pace, drew off in stretch under mild urging and won by 10 lengths ridden out at six furlongs on Jan. 18.

Clearly Best: Raced sixth early, dropped to seventh more than 10 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, advanced from fifth three wide on far turn to third in stretch, made up 4 ½ lengths and closed willingly to finish second beaten two lengths at a mile on Jan. 10.

Budge Man: Broke last, raced eighth more than 10 lengths behind after a half-mile, split rivals late on far turn to reach sixth, angled out for drive, closed fast from fourth to make up seven lengths in stretch and finished second beaten a half-length at a mile on Jan. 5. (Raced ninth early, dropped to 10th and last after a half-mile, advanced five wide from sixth on far turn and closed well to win by two lengths at 11 1/16 miles on Jan. 26.)

Dixie Decision: Raced 2 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, moved between horses around far turn to reach contention, rallied clear in stretch to gain lead by a half-length and won by three-quarters of a length at a mile on Dec. 8; returned $10 on front end. (Raced 2 ½ lengths behind in fourth after a half-mile, bounced around between rivals midway through far turn losing ground to fifth, closed willingly from fourth in stretch and prevailed by a half-length at a mile on Jan. 9.)

TURF PARADISE

David’s Pride: Raced 4 ½ lengths behind in fifth after three-eights of a mile, saved ground entering stretch, finished well making up more than 4 ¼ lengths and finished second beaten a neck at 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23.

Moody Rythum: Broke next to last, raced 10th more than 8 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came wide into the lane, made up more than 2 ¼ lengths in stretch and finished well to gain second by four lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 27. (Jostled repeatedly at start, raced seventh more than 5 ½ lengths behind after a half-mile, came six wide into stretch and rallied from fifth to gain second by 1 ¾ lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 12.)

Skycloud: Broke outward, bumped at start, gained late in stretch and finished dead-heated for second beaten 1 ½ lengths at 5 ½ furlongs on Dec. 15. (Raced sixth more than seven lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile, moved out for clear sailing in upper stretch and rallied from third to win by a half-length at 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 25.)

Danceafunnymile: Raced eight lengths behind in fifth after a half-mile, eased out in stretch while racing greenly, finished well making up more than 3 ½ lengths and ran second beaten a half-length at six furlongs on Dec. 7.

Mo Jo Annie: Broke outward, bumped, raced fifth more than 9 ½ lengths back after a half-mile, advanced to fourth in stretch and finished gamely to gain second by a nose at six furlongs on a sealed sloppy surface Jan. 7. (Bumped at break, trailed early, raced sixth more than 9 ½ lengths behind after three-eighths of a mile and finished third at 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 23; was advanced to second after rival was disqualified and placed fifth for interference in drive.)
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WESLEY SNIPES CAN BEAT UP EVERYONE EXCEPT UNCLE SAM

•January 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

WESLEY SNIPES CAN BEAT UP EVERYONE EXCEPT UNCLE SAM

BetCRIS.com Posts Odds on Wesley Snipes’ Tax Fraud Trial

January 21, New York – As 45-year-old actor Wesley Snipes’ sits in a court room chair facing tax fraud, conspiracy and willful failure to file tax returns, the next 16 years of his life could soon be predetermined.

Like most celebrities that find themselves in “sticky situations,” Snipes is claiming that he fell victim to poor advice provided by his two co-defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas Rosile.  Of course, this claim was quickly overshadowed by Kenneth Starr, head of New York-based Starr and Co., who testified last Thursday that he tried to persuade Snipes to pay his taxes in a 90-minute telephone conversation in 2000.

As the Snipes trial continues, BetCRIS.com posted odds on its outcome.  Will Wesley Snipes be then newest martyr in the tax paying lesson?

Will Wesley Snipes be convicted by tax fraud?

YES – 1/10

NO – 3/1

Wesley Snipes tax fraud sentence will be:

Convicted 1 to 5 years – 1/3

Convicted 5 to 10 years – 7/4

Convicted 10 to 16 years – 10/1

Not convicted – 5/1

“I don’t understand why people refuse to pay their taxes,” stated Spokesperson for BetCRIS.com, Esteban Siles.  “If it didn’t work for Al Capone or Tony Montana, then why would tax evasion work for anyone else?  The only thing certain in life is death and taxes.”

More political and sports odds can be found at: http://www.BetCRIS.com

Exactas Offer Better Value Than Straight Bets

•January 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I knew a turf writing handicapper who refused to bet on favorites when the odds dropped below 3-1. The late Jack Slater, who has a stakes named for him at Gulfstream Park, did pretty well.

However, my Miami Herald colleague for many years only bet to win. I realized that if you want to gain more lucrative rewards, going the exotic wagering route is a must tactic.

The main reason: Exacta wagering pools offer more value than straight betting pools since there’s plenty of foolish cash going into quite a few races.

I see no harm including favorites in exactas, trifectas and Pick 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, etc. But I always embrace at least one longshot in exactas and trifectas.

My favorite wager is the exacta — a combination bet requiring horses to finish one-two. I usually follow several rules:

Seldom play favorites below 2-1 on top. If you do, throw out the second betting choice because both hardly ever run one-two. I researched this several years ago and found that’s especially true among 2-year-olds.

At some tracks that run quite a few races for juveniles, I found one of the top two choices wins more than their share.

If you box a pair at 2-1 and 3-1 in an eight-horse field, the $2 exacta payoff with the lower odds on top would be about $26 and only $7 higher if reversed.

Sometimes you can include overbet favorites 2-1 or below on the bottom while putting any overlays or longshots on top. The payoffs can be generous.

For example, if a 10-1 shot tops a 2-1 horse, the exacta returns $80. With the 2-1 horse on top, the payoff is $30 lower.

Rarely combine pairs of longshots 10-1 and up, but you can box two horses from 3-1 to 8-1 if at least one is an overlay. Two longshots at higher odds infrequently finish one-two. The rate of return is a losing proposition in the long run.

Say you box 3-1 and 8-1 horses: Lower odds on top would return $193 while higher odds would only produce $15 more.

Never box four or more horses no matter the odds. It’s smarter to use those four horses in a Pick 3 or 4 to give you a better chance to cash in.

There are as many exacta-wagering strategies as there are handicapping professionals. For example, several experts recommend betting your selection to win and also keying the two logical choices on top.

Many handicappers look for a shaky favorite and put two horses on top. When I follow that strategy, I make sure one is a price horse.

An interesting set of rules that appears on several racing websites advises:

Pick two races a day at your favorite tracks and look for contests with a minimum of eight horses while 10 the ideal field has 10 runners.

Don’t play the race if the favorite is bet down to 8-5 or less.

Find races that lack a heavy favorite because they produce generous rewards.

Keep an eye on the tote board, take notes and don’t wait to the last minute to place your bets.

I subscribe to that last rule wholeheartedly.

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