Horse Betting Online: Just like the previous week, Mother Nature made her presence felt at Fair Grounds. Only this week she actually managed to cancel a half-day’s worth of racing. That happened on Saturday, when heavy rain forced the cancellation of the final five races. Track officials and bettors never like to see live racing cancelled, especially on a Saturday which tends to be the busiest day of the horse betting week.
There were 31 races last week at Fair Grounds, with field size averaging 8.0 starters. Horse betting favorites won 42-percent of all races, and there were just three winners at double-digit odds.
Horse betting handicappers will want to note that the main track at Fair Grounds heavily favored off-the-pace runners last horse betting week. There were only four wire-to-wire winners from 31 races on the main track, and the “anti-speed” bias was especially strong on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17.
On Thursday all nine races were run over the main horse betting track, and there was only one wire-to-wire winner. Every other winner was at least 1.0 length off the lead at the second call.
There were seven races on the main track Friday, and no horse on the lead at either of the first two calls found the winner’s circle. In addition, only one horse betting winner came from inside post 5.
This week’s “Fair Grounds Horse Betting Journal” covers racing from February 16-19.
Note – a wire-to-wire winner is identified as any horse betting winner who was on the lead, or within 0.50 lengths of the lead, at every call.
February 16 – Fast; No Turf. SPRINTS (3) – no wire-to-wire winners; every winner between 1.0-6.0 lengths back at the second call. ROUTES (6) – one wire-to-wire winner; five other winners between 1.25-12.5 lengths back at the second horse betting call.
February 17 – Fast; Good. SPRINTS (6) – no wire-to-wire horse betting winners; every winner between 1.0-11.75 lengths back at the second call. ROUTES (1) – the winner was 1.0 length back at the second call. TURF SPRINTS (2) – rail at 22 feet; no wire-to-wire winners; every winner between 1.0-4.0 lengths back at the second call. TURF ROUTES (1) – rail at 22 feet; the horse betting winner was 4.0 lengths back at the second call. NOTE – only one main-track winner inside post 5.
February 18 – Muddy; No Turf. ROUTES (5) – one wire-to-wire horse betting winner; four other winners between 0.5-5.5 lengths back at the second call. NOTE – no horse betting winners beyond post 5.
February 19 – Fast; No Turf. SPRINTS (5) – one wire-to-wire winner; four other winners between 0.5-3.5 lengths back at the second call. ROUTES (5) – one wire-to-wire winner; four other winners between 3.0-9.25 lengths back at the second call. NOTE – only one horse betting winner beyond post 5 and that was a heavy betting favorite.
POST POSITION PROFILE:
5.0 Furlongs – (1 Race) – winner from post 4
5.5 Furlongs – (2 Races) – 0 winners from the rail; widest winner from post 5
6.0 Furlongs – (11 Races) – 1 winner from the rail; widest winner from post 8
8.5 Furlongs – (2 Races) – 0 winners from the rail; widest winner from post 11
1 mile 70 yards – (15 Races) – 3 winners from the rail; widest winner from post 7
About 5.0 Furlongs Turf – (1 Race) – winner from post 5
About 5.5 Furlongs Turf – (1 Race) – winner from post 5
About 8.5 Furlongs Turf – (1 Race) – winner from post 8
27 different trainers sent out winners last horse betting week, with six finding the winner’s circle multiple times.
Leading the way was TOM AMOSS with three horse betting winners. Every winner came on the main track; two were horse betting favorites; and two were ridden by James Graham (Rosie Napravnik got the other).
The following trainers had two wins each: STEVE ASMUSSEN (both on the main track with Shaun Bridgmohan); CARL DEVILLE (both main-track sprints with C. J. McMahon); WES HAWLEY (both horse betting favorites in main-track races for Louisiana-breds with Miguel Mena); DANNY PISH (both on the main track); and MERRILL SCHERER (both on the main track with Napravnik).
There were no debut horse betting winners last week.
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