Sometimes the best things in life are indeed free.
Just last Tuesday, on this very same venue, half the column was devoted to the following afternoon's pick six carryover at Belmont Park. In doing so, I touched on three or four horses in each of the six races.
And, wouldn't you know it? If you had composed a ticket using said horses, you could have made a 64K score.
And maybe you did. If so, let me hear from you.
And, speaking of pick sixes, they are offering the second Sixty Minute Pick Six on Saturday, and since the wager went unhit last Saturday, there will be a $64,477 carryover riding into Saturday.
There is however one major complication:
Five of the six designated races are scheduled for the turf...and heavy thunderstorms are predicted for the Eastern seaboard.
That said, you can get my final picks in each race -- for a very reasonable fee - only $25 - merely by calling my John Piesen Hot Line at 1-888-612-2283,
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As was the case last week, the six races will be run at Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, Delaware Park and Philadelphia Park within a one-hour time frame (thus the name) on Saturday afternoon.
Let's take a preliminary look at these races:
Leg A: Belmont Race 6 (3:40)
The whole world saw Mine Or Who's endure a worse trip than the Titanic closing for third in one of these a month back. She's a 3-year-old against older, which is a good thing, but her 1-for-9 record is not a good thing.
The lovely Linda Rice has Bar City, who runs well fresh, and Kevazinga, who is the same 1-for-9 as Mine Or Who's. Frankel filly Heather's Angel got left as the stick. The turf moved up Seasons Wise for the Big O.
Leg B: Monmouth Race 7 (3:50)
This is the only dirt race in the sequence...and what do we get? Ten Jersey-bred 2-year-old first-starters, most of them home-breds. Three of the 10 -- Impressive Time, Tomfoolery and Shore Tee -- have been the five furlongs in the morning. Bravo rides Penn National shipper Mad Mike rather than Marauder Nation (the probable favorite) for main man Kelly Breen.
A note about Tomfoolery: He is the first of Hit the Trail to make it to the races. Hit the Trail won his first start at Monmouth, was second next time at Gulfstream, and, because of injuries, was retired to stud.
Trainer Mazza has nine Hit the Trails in the barn...and, at this point, he feels that Tomfoolery and Carrots Not Carots (a half-sister to Carrots Only) are the best of the nine. The filly beat the colt when they worked in company the other day.
"Tomfoolery is coming up to the race perfect," says Mazza, "but he may need more than five furlongs."
Leg C: Delaware Race 8 (3:54)
Fareena, a Point Given filly, is picked across the board in the Form, but I must be missing something. Any one of eight or nine fillies can win this race, the $55,000 St. Georges Stakes going long on the green.
The key to the race is Sales Tax, who has been training lights-out since her decent showing in the Breeders' Cup last October at Monmouth. For what it's worth, she needed one at 2.
One Man to Beat was a fast-closing second to Fareena last year at the same price, and won her last by a sweet 16 lengths at 3-5.
Dagger, who will move up if the race comes off, is owned by two-time Duke all-American point guard Bob Hurley. Note the stable name: Devil Eleven, and the blue and white silks.
Leg D: Philadelphia Race 9 (4:01)
Palmilla and Just Hoping a super-strong entry from Long Jon, but, with Pino named on both, one surely will scratch.
Hailie's Girl, Blushing Skier and Gold Stones make turf debuts for high-profile trainers Preciado, Perkins and Seeger.
On the other hand, the 7-year-old Tuff Partners had made all of her 37 starts on the green, with three wins and 11 seconds.
Tony Margotta, who coulda been a contender, once trained Tease.
Leg E: Belmont Race 7 (4:12)
Do you like the 3-year-old colt Monastic Springs or the 4-year-old gelding Compromise? Or maybe neither of them?
The 3-year-old Wesley exits the Da' Tara race on Preakness Day...and is first-time Dominguez.
Super Shape, from Big Brown's connections, worked in :59 at Palm Meadows.
Maybe Dutrow will tell us he's a foregone conclusion at his Friday press conference.
Leg F: Delaware Race 9 (4:21)
Who is more fashionably bred than X Rated Cat? He is by Storm Cat out of Xtra Heat. And he wound up at Charles Town!
Extreme Notice the likely favorite off his fast-closing third in first start out of California.
Lord Barrister is one heckuva 5K claim.
This race is jammed with speed. You may want to look for a closer.
There's a quick look at Saturday's six races...I have my firmed-up Pick-6 selections ready to go after 6pm (ET) so make sure you call or click here.
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Combining six races from four Eastern tracks to be run within just under an hour.
The races in order are:
race 6 at Belmont; race 7 at Monmouth; race 8 at Delaware Park; race 9 at Philadelphia Park; race 7 at Belmont; and race 9 at Delaware. 5 of 6 are on the turf.
I've handicapped all the races plus spoken to my sources of trainers, and agents at each of the racing venuesand have found out who's hot, who's not, who's on the muscle and who's ready to win. I am really excited about Saturday , the card looks good, and I do feel like we will have a solid moneymaking day.
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Also, three great stakes will be renewed on Saturday
The $250,000 Mother Goose and $400,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont, and the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park.
Speaking of Hollywood, I found the Thursday Pick Six interesting. There was a 700K carryover, $2.1 million in the pot. The six winners included an $85 number, three other double-digit winners, and still got hit multiple times.
And that was the day the Dow dived 350 points!
Proud Spell, a three-time graded stakes-winner for trainer Jones and jockey Saez, will be short against three fillies, none of whom have so much as run in a stake, in the Mother Goose, but Music Note won't go quietly.
Jones and Saez will be looking for a stakes double with Solar Flare in the Suburban.
And just how far has the Suburban fallen?.
There is not a Grade 1 winner in the eight-horse field, and the highweight is 118 pounds.
Heatseeker and Tiago renew their rivalry in what sadly may be the last Hollywood Gold Cup. Can go either way. Tiago clearly is the value.
Have a great weekend...and we'll talk more on Monday.
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