There was a steady procession of favourites at ASD on Friday night until Rohan Singh broke the barrier and won the seventh race aboard Waronthehomefront ($17.80) for Off 2 Win Stable and trainer Ardell Sayler. That winner made the Late Pick-4 pay a solid $361.90, but there were some better oddities in the payoffs Friday night that made even the favourite players happy.
The win payoffs before the seventh race read $6.70, $5.60, $4.90, $4.00, $6.00 and $4.30. The winner of the eighth paid $5.90. The lucrative payoffs came in the second and fifth races. In the second race the two favorites, Cash Up Front and Soul of Samurai ran 1-2 in the 7-horse field, but the $2 Triactor paid $526.30 when 26-1 Rowdy Market ran third. The $2 Superfecta in the second race paid $3,292.50. These are big prices, considering the crowd favourites ran first and second.
The pattern repeated itself in the fifth race when favourite Charlie Waffles romped by 5 ¾-lengths over third choice Justlikeacowboy and the Superfecta paid $2,978.60 in an 8-horse field. Wouldn’t it be nice to see this lucrative payoff trend continue? You just never know who is combining what in the exotics, but obviously all the combinations aren’t being covered efficiently at this point and there’s are still opportunities for pool scooping.
Rohan Singh was the only jockey to score a double on the night when he won the first and seventh races. Singles went to Chavion Chow, Jennifer Reid, Paul Nolan, Jerry Pruitt, Larry Munoz, and Trevor Simpson. Singh has now moved into second place in standings with 11 wins, which is nine less than current leader Paul Nolan. Robert Reeves Jr. is third with eight wins.
On the trainer front Blair Miller and Chad Torevell moved into a tie atop the standings with wins in the first and second races respectively. Miller and Torevell are now even with Wade Rarick and Jerry Gourneau with eight wins apiece, one more than trainer Ardell Sayler, who won the feature on Friday, and two more than Tom Gardipy Jr., who won the third race on Friday. Additional single victories on the night went to Jared Brown, Lise Pruitt, Don Schnell and Guy Kling.
Trainers Wade Rarick and Blair Miller top the percentage trainer standings among conditioners with at least 10 starters. Rarick is winning at a rate of 42% and Miller is winning at a 35% clip. Keep that in mind when doing your handicapping.
Tomorrow night features the first stakes race of the season, the $25,000 Hazel Wright Sire Stakes.
Next Post Time for Live Racing: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012