The Big Horse Handicapper provides a weekly handicapping column to the USTA covering races on Friday and Saturday. The USTA has given the Big Horse Handicapper a $100 mythical bankroll each week for wagering.
This weekend we will focus our entire $100 mythical bankroll on the Grand Circuit Stakes action at the Red Mile on both Friday and Saturday afternoon. Post Time for the Red Mile is at 1 PM Eastern both Friday and Saturday.
Last weekend was very kind to the Big Horse and his followers as we had an outstanding weekend both Friday and Saturday! We managed to cash 5 of our 8 plays last weekend and cashed for $410 from our $100 mythical bankroll.
We will look to keep our cash flowing with more outstanding Grand Circuit Action!
Heading into weekend #49 we have wagered $4,778 and have cashed for $3,680.
Good Luck everyone!
Big Horse Selections for Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5
Friday, October 4th
The Red Mile Race #3 **$86,500 International Stallion Stake 2-year-old colt trotters**
#4 Odds on Amethyst (2-1) went wire to wire against similar last time out debuting for new trainer Robin Schadt trotting to a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2. #6 Muscle Network (3-1) had tons of trot at the finish last time as he closed in :27:3 off of a qualifier. He could be even stronger in here.
The Play: $10 Exacta 4-6 Cost: $10
The Red Mile Race #4 **$87,500 International Stallion Stake 2-year-old colt & gelding trot**
#4 Outburst (2-1) has won back to back and 4 of the last 6 races. He has been showing talent and improving in each and every start so far and is the one to beat in this group. #5 It Really Matters (10-1) will try stake competition for the first time after trotting 1:55.3 in a late closer last time out at Lexington. He has been improving speed and is worth a shot for the exotics.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 4/5/all and 4/all/5 Cost: $12
The Red Mile Race #8 **$86,500 International Stallion Stake **2-year-old colt & gelding trot**
#7 Trixton (7-2) finished well last time out to be third against a tougher division of this Stake and has won 3 of his 5 pari-mutuel races, and also a trio of baby races at the Meadowlands. He trotted home in :28 last time and should be primed for a big effort in here.
The Play: $10 to win and place #7 Cost: $20
The Red Mile Race #10 **$75,300 International Stallion Stake 2-year-old filly pace**
#7 Precocious Beauty (8-5) did it again last time out winning for the fifth straight time this year and closed even quicker with a :26 last quarter. She is red hot and razor sharp right now and is our pick again in here. #4 Uffizi Hanover (2-1) closed from last to first last time out as our top pick last week outkicking heavy favorite Gallie by the Beach. She is very strong in the stretch and is again a main contender.
The Play: $2 Trifecta 7/4/12568 Cost: $10
Saturday, October 5th
The Red Mile Race #4 **$68,750 International Stallion Stake 2-year-old colt & gelding pace**
#4 Smack Talk (5-2) picked up Ron Pierce for the first time last out and won handily in the stretch despite a long outside bid. He paced to a new lifetime best of 1:50.4 and held off a late challenge to pick up the victory. #9 On Golden Ponder (9-2) crushed his competition on Little Brown Jug day, then came right back at the Red Mile to a closing second against similar company. He draws the furthest out, but he does possess a very serious late burst.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 4/9/all and 4/all/9 Cost: $14
The Red Mile Race #5 **$122,500 Tattersalls 3-year-old filly pace**
#6 Shebestingin (2-1) was parked-out most of the mile last time at Lexington and exploded through the long Red Mile stretch to romp home in :27:2 equaling her lifetime 1:49 mark to win going away by 4-1/4 lengths at the finish. She is 8 for 14 this year and should be very tough to beat in here. #4 Authorize (6-1) finished third last time behind our top pick, but has had tons of traffic problems noted by the many parked out symbols in three of her last five races.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 6/4/all and 6/all/4 and a $1 Trifecta Key 6/14 and 6/47 Cost: $14
The Red Mile Race #8 **$122,500 Tattersalls 3-year-old filly pace**
#3 Parlee Beach (3-1) is making just her third start in the Casie Coleman barn. She finished fifth in both heats of the Jugette, then finished a game second despite being parked outside the entire mile when drawing post 9. She draws the perfect post to be dangerous in this spot here.
The Play: $10 to win and place #3 Cost: $20