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Bombs Away at Oaklawn Today!

Bombs away is back with two bankroll plays at Oaklawn Park today.  In the 4th the one horse All Chromed Out offers some outstanding value from the one hole.   After breaking from the 9 and 10 post in his last 2 races and being 5 wide in each he gets a cozier post and should be able to close while saving ground into a favorable pace scenario.  The 5 horse Dr. Bill figures to be his main opposition.  Dr. Bill made a nice move to get the lead in his last but needed the race after a lengthy layoff and faded to 2nd.  I will key the 1 with the other contenders in a wide open race and double key All Chromed Out in the 3rd and 4th slots with Dr. Bill #5 in the 1st 2nd slots.   The bomber plays are as follows.

$4 exacta wheel.  1/234589.  $24 play
$5 exacta wheel.  234589/1   $30 play
$1 tri wheel 234589/234589/1.   $30 play
.30 superfecta 234589/234589/234589/1. $36 play

$ 1 tri wheel 5/23489/1    $5 play
$ 1 tri wheel 23489/5/1 $5 play
.50 sup wheel 5/23489/23489/1.  $10 play
.50 sup wheel 23489/5/23489/1.  $10 play

Total plays $140

My second play comes in the 7th race at Oaklawn.  Argumental the 7 horse is listed at 10 to 1 ML.   In his first start since November he closed for a nice 2nd place finish.  The trainer shows confidence by doubling his tag to 30k and he figures to get an ideal set up with all the pace signed on for this race.  The 1 2 3 8 will all by for the lead and soften each other up giving a distinct advantage to the #7.  I will play the 7 to win place and exacta box the 7 and 8 who is the 9/5 ML favorite after a runner up effort last time.  Here are the bomber plays

$40 win $40 place #7 $80 play
$10 exacta box 7 8.   $20 play

Total plays $100


Good luck and Bombs Away!


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Mike Midland has been playing the races for over 23 years now.  I became instantly hooked after nailing my first trifecta (a $310 windfall on a $6 ticket) back in 1988.  I was fortunate to grow up minutes from Arlington Park and still have vivid memories of handicapping in the car and subsequent windsprints with my brother from the free remote lot in an attempt to get down on the early double.

There is nothing like dissecting a race and forming a strong contrarian opinion on the outcome and then getting paid when it transpires.  I, like many horseplayers, have a special affinity for my bombs and major scores over the years.  Whether it was Marquetry at 48 -1, One Dreamer wiring the Breeders' Distaff, Volponi crushing in the Classic at 43-1 or Shared Account recently getting up in the Filly and Mare turf, I remember them all fondly and always root extra hard for them in their next outing even though I knew I wouldn't cash big if they won.

In this blog we will focus on value plays and creating value through the use of tiered exotic wagers.  Our best bets won't be 6-5 shots but 12-1, 20-1, 30-1's that are going to outrun their odds.  We will handicap, provide insight into our best angles, detail hedging strategies, structure our bets, analyze what we did right and wrong and hopefully make some meaningful coin along the way.  We will also keep a bankroll ledger so the HRN can sound in on our bets us and ROI.

The first step to finding is identifying a bettable race with a false favorite. Our value style of handicapping will incorporate pace analysis with particular focus on not only the progression of certain horses but also the anticipated regression of chalks which has resulted in some major scores for us.

Bio bullets:
Won Twin Spires Handicapping tournament in January 2011 beating out 972 other players.

Best score: 
Took down superfecta pool at Gulfstream of $69,000 on a$32 ticket in 2003 Mac Diarmida (G3)
Qualified for NHC in 2006

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