Tuesday, August 05, 2014
A busy week on the Saratoga lawn, reaching its peak with Saturday’s Grade II Fourstardave Handicap, begins Wednesday at approximately 3:43 Eastern with an all-turf late pick four. The pick four wager commences in Race 7 and requires players to select the winner in races seven through ten. NYRA has a minimum bet of fifty cents for its’ four-race horizontal wager which has surpassed a total pool of $300,000 in all, but one of its sixteen days of racing thus for in 2014. The full fields of quality horseflesh have made this wager extremely popular and have seen it yield four digit payouts regularly and one over $17,000 on July 31st. Wednesday is no exception as all four races have full fields assembled. While, I do not foresee a five-digit payout, I see a series of four races where no runner should be below 2-1. This makes for a challenging and hopefully fruitful sequence. Let’s take a look at the four races.