Friday, March 24, 2017

Assiniboia Downs The Insider E-Newsletter

Insider World Cup Special

By Ivan Bigg

Weekly Horseplayer Report and Fun Stuff

(If this column looks askew in your email, click here for an online version.)

Opulent Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, site of tomorrow's $30 million in World Cup races

Will profitable pick-3, pick-4 plays continue?

Rob MacLennan watched 135 replays from 39 tracks in 14 countries!

2015 WORLD CUP: $3,552 profit
Six pick-3s: Wheeling four horses in each leg. Cost: 4 x 4 x 4 = $64 per pick-3. Total profit $865
Pick 4: Wheeling four horses in each leg (4 x 4 x 4 x 4 = $256). Profit was $2,687.

2016 WORLD CUP: $4,100 profit
Six pick 3s: Same wheels as above. Profit was $1,869
Pick 4: Same wheel as above. Profit was $2,231.



(Free printed programs are also available on-track today and tomorrow)


Rob MacLennan
Rob and I will host 8 a.m. workshop

  • 6:45 AM: Dubai races begin – HPI BETTING ONLY – races 1 & 2 --Godolphin Mile and Kahayla Classic Arabians

  • 7:30 AM: ASSINIBOIA DOWNS OPENS for betting and FREE breakfast sandwich
  • 7:50 AM: Dubai Gold Cup – 2 miles on the turf
  • 8:00 AM: WORKSHOP #1 “I won big” group--hosted by Rob MacLennan and yours truly—discuss playing Dubai pick-3s, pick-4 and pick-6. You’re invited! (Clubhouse plaza)

  • 8:25 AM: UAE Derby is off, followed by a draw for Kentucky Derby travel mug and pint glass from your Derby Countdown contest entries
  • 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM: Dubai races 5, 6 and 7 (see program)
  • 10:35 AM: WORKSHOP #2 “I won big” group discusses last five races at Tampa Bay Downs and peeks at Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 where the jackpot should be well over $1 million

  • 11:05 AM: Second-last race from Dubai, the Sheema Classic, 1 ½ miles on the turf
  • 11:45 AM: THE BIG ONE -- $10 million Dubai World Cup featuring Arrogate



What's special about this year's World Cup races?

Arrogate is the headliner, of course, but there's more . . .

  1. Arrogate
    Will he become richest horse ever?

    STRONG JAPANESE CONTINGENT: The Japanese bring over a strong contingent of horses including Gold Dream who has already earned a spot into the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar in the fall by winning the February Stakes. Lani, the loveable third place finisher in last year’s Belmont Stakes, will also try the World Cup against his brother, Awardee. The Japanese also bring over 3-year-old in Epicharis who is undefeated in four starts and has already earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby field.

  2. KENTUCKY DERBY POSSIBILITIES: With the Kentucky Derby still wide open, the UAE Derby will be an important qualifying race with these horses-- Lancaster Bomber, Master Plan, Bee Jersey and Spirit of Valor—looking for top performances to send them to the big dance. Can Todd Pletcher continue his Derby prep success with Master Plan or will it be a home court advantage in the desert?

  3. U.S. HORSES HAVE MAJOR SHOTS: Americans and Breeders' Cup connections have major shots in every race. Sharp Azteca for Jorge Navarro will be the North American favourite in the Godolphin Mile. Long on Value for Bill Mott and Richard’s Boy for Peter Miller take on a lightning fast field in the Al Quoz Sprint. Mind Your Biscuits, St Joe Bay and Stallwalkin Dude take on the old veteran Reynaldothewizard in the Golden Shaheen. Arlington Million winner Mondialiste has a major shot in the Dubai Turf and the Dubai Sheema Classic features Breeders' Cup Turf winner Highland Reel who will take on Postponed. This leads to the $10 million World Cup which Arrogate looks to defeat Americans Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Keen Ice and Neolithic as well as globetrotting stars Mubtaahij, Lani and Gold Dream.

Will Arrogate become the leading money-earner of all time?
Will Rob’s picks help the “I won big” group (and you!) win big?
See you tomorrow morning when we’ll find out!

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