Today we will branch out to the 50¢ Pick 4 at Belmont, in races 8-11, that has a guaranteed $1,000,000 pool. There I will give you two tickets each with a different horse singled. The first $24 play contains a single of Gio Ponti in the third leg: 1,5,7 with 1,2,5,9 with 4 with 4,5,9,12. Next, let's single Animal Kingdom in the Belmont, race 11: 1,5,7 with 1,2,5,9 with 2,4,7,9 with 9 which also costs $24.
At Monmouth the 50¢ Pick 5 is really tricky, so let's make a small ticket with two singles. That will cost $22.50 to start the sequence -- 7 with 9 with 5,6,8 with 7,9,10,11,12 with 1,2,5.
In the 50¢ Place Pick 6 the ticket will cost $36 -- 1,4 with 3,6 with 7 with 9,10 with 5,8,9 with 7, 11, 12.
SATURDAY - 11:45am - update - There was very little rain at Monmouth, so the track is fast and firm. Two significant scratches (1 and 5) from race 10, the last leg of the Pick 5. I will post some changes to the original Pick 5 ticket shortly.
12:15pm - update - Back after cashing a win bet in race 2 at BEL. Let's change the last leg of the MTH Pick 5 to include the 2,3,4. That makes the ticket the same cost-- 7 with 9 with 5,6,8 with 7,9,10,11,12 with 2,3,4.
1:30pm - update - 10-1 Sammy's Trip goes wire to wire in race 2 to give trainer Joseph Zoppi his first win of 2011! I love to see those small trainers win!
1:54pm - update - West Point owned 6/5 favorite goes down in race 3 at MTH. That leaves me alive in the pick 3. Time to get our Place Pick 6 going.
2:10 - update - Just got a scratch of the 9 horse in race 7 of Place Pick 6. So, replace it with the #2 making the ticket - 1,4 with 3,6 with 7 with 2,10 with 5,8,9 with 7, 11, 12.
2:35pm - update - Great start in Pick 6, with both 1 and 4 placing, so we have 2 winning tickets at this point.
2:45pm - update - I hit that pick 3, although nothing to brag about. We stayed alive in the Pick 6. Time to think more about our Pick 5.
3:20pm - update - Our Pick 5 play was scratched because we had the #9 singled in leg 2, but he was scratched. We are still alive in the Pick 6, as our single in leg 3 finished second. Let's get another exacta finish as we are left alive 2 x 3 x 3 the rest of the way.
3:50pm - update - Still alive in our Place Pick 6. Leg 4 had us share placing with a 13-1 shot, which will lead to a better payoff. We have 3 horses in each of the last 2 legs! View my Belmont Stakes picks on horseracingnation.com.
4:20pm - update - Out of BEL pick 4, I could not play Justin Philip, even now! We have at least 2 winning tickets going into the last leg of the Place Pick with the 7, 11, 12.
4:45pm - update - We lose the pick 6 by a head. Arghhh! We finished 3rd and 4th.
Remember, I will be giving live updates throughout the day. So, follow along for information from Monmouth and Belmont. GOOD LUCK!