Yesterday's Pick Four ticket
With some time between races I thought I'd revisit yesterday's Pick Four play poster here on the blog. I hate reliving my failures, but in the interest of transparency I'm not going to pretend nothing happened. A lot of my suggested wagers have gone down in flames thrugh these first few weeks, but maybe I can at least gain some of your respect by keeping a tab on my performance (you can find my Value Play record next to my photo in the Daily Handicapping section and you can find my overall record on the Black Gold tip sheet on track every day) and being straight with you about how we're doing.
The Pick Four was done after the first leg, when the longest-priced winner of the meet, 98-1 Artic Jet, nosed out one that we had, 3-1 Mindtrip, in a one-mile maiden claimer. It wouldn't have mattered, as we missed with our single anyway. Casanova Killer set the pace in the ninth, a rich optional claimer, opened up two lengths into the stretch, but faded to finish third. We had the All button in the feature, and we did include 14-1 finale winner Meteor Shot.
The Pick Four paid almost $32,000, and whoever had that one deserves it. Artic Jet was coming off a lackluster fifth for a trainer that was 2-for-60 this year and 1-for-her-last-40 with 2-year-olds. All I can say is that this kind of result does reinforce what I said the other day about the need to spread out and catch some unlikely longshots and that you'll never hit a decent Pick Four using only two or three horses per race. In this case you would have needed the ALL button in a 10-horse field, but the rest of the ticket would have been very realistic, with a second choice, a favorite, and the 14-1 Meteor Shot in another race that seemed like one to spread in and that we had on our ticket.
Today's Pick Four ticket will be posted after this next race.