Feb 07, 2014
AMERICAN TURF CLUB LEAD-PICK 5 ON 1-26-14
By: JOE GIRARDI
written in this spot multiple times about playing multi-leg wagers at the
racetrack and how they are the best bets when playing the races. The pick 4 was
always a solid wager, usually a very large pool at the major racetracks across
the country and most of the time those pools are guaranteed. With the advent of
the pick 5 wager that in my opinion has taken over as the top wager at the
racetrack. New York finally implemented that wager back in September at Belmont
with a low 15% takeout and it covered the first five races. As with most
multi-leg wagers, when you beat the favorites the payouts are magnified and if
you can beat more than one of those favorites you have a real shot at a bit
Sunday January 26th at Aqueduct the early pick-5 looked like a good
bet especially when I was against the 2-5 shot in the first leg. In race 1,
ENGLAND, off a second place finish at Calder back in early December against
$25k maiden claimers was moving up to face off against $40k maiden claimers and
was sent off at 2-5. His race at Calder was a good one, but at that time of
year the $25k maiden claimers were more like $12.5k claimers and with two
horses dropping out of maiden special weight company here in New York and a
first time starts from a barn that does well with firsters it looked like a
good way to start the pick 5.
first leg we used the 2-3-6, the two class droppers and the first time starter.
ENGLAND came out in third, chased the pace for a bit but tired badly to finish
fourth, the result of the race was 2-3-6, with the two paying $14.40 to win.
The triple paid $208 for $2, we boxed those three horses in the triple so we
had a free play for the pick 5.
second leg, the 3 PERFECT TRIPPI had the rail, backclass and was adding
blinkers in a 5 and ½ furlong sprint and the 5 RIFT, coming off claim by David
Jacobson after returning from an almost two year break were the only two horses
you could use. If PERFECT TRIPPI broke
well he would prove very tough and we pressed him on our second ticket. After
breaking cleanly from the rail, PERFECT TRIPPI cleared off early on and wired
the field in the second paying $8.90 to win with RIFT the 6-5 favorite checking
in fifth. Two good results through two legs.
third leg, a $12.5k maiden claimer, there were some bad horses in this race, in
fact the two morning line were coming out of races in the same class and they
went off at 18-1 and 41-1 respectively and morning line they were 9-5 and 2-1.
Although it didn’t reflect that in the betting because the horse we keyed went
off as the slight 1.85-1 favorite, however he was 6-1 morning line, something
that can go a long way in the pick 5. ASK ABOUT ME, who had some back races
over this track last year that would destroy this field, was coming off a tough
trip when he finished 7th beaten 21 lengths. He was bumped hard at
the break and showed some sneaky speed before tiring. He caught a field
basically devoid of speed and he was able to clear off early on. He was still
there into the lane and held safe by ¾’s of a length over the second choice.
The pick 3 for the first three legs of the pick 5 paid $281 for $2 about $100
more than the parlay.
onto the 4th race, it was a five horse field and we used three of
them, the 1-2-3 and we pressed the 3, a horse named the UNDERTAKER. Sent off at
4-1, the UNDERTAKER, coming off an impressive win at Parx racing going wire to
wire in the slop, he broke slow, moved outside and rushed up to take over the
lead and again wired them to score by ¾’s of a length. This three year old colt
trained by John Servis may have a future ahead of him.
got to the last leg and we had good coverage, we had an all! There was only six
horses in the race and four of them we had for a $1 and the other two we had
for 50 cents. GO OLIVIA GO, who was sent off at 5-1 in the race stalked the
pace from 3rd, stayed on the good rail and closed well to finish
first by more than a length. The pick 5 paid $11,865 for $2, we had it for a $1
so we got half, $5,932. Our total investment, the first ticket was
2-3-6/3-5/5/1-2-3/1-4-5-7=72 combinations with a cost of $36 for 50 cents. The
second ticket we had was 2-3-6/3/5/5/all=18 combinations for a cost of $9 for a
total of $45. With the triple in the first race and the pick 5 we had a profit
of over $6,000. The parlay on the early pick was almost $5,700 so the pick 5
payout of $11,865 was more than double the parlay. Obviously this was a great
payout and with large pool and low takeout it is a wager to always take a long
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