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Saratoga Open For Action; Road to Kentucky at Monmouth Saturday

Racing at Saratoga begins today and runs through Sept. 7 on a Wednesday through Sunday basis with a noon start time.  Bet all the action in the Racebook and remember the club level opens 30 minutes before the first post of the first track each day and at 10 a.m. every Saturday.  Here is the simulcast calendar to help you plan your visit.

There are betting machines at the walk-up location in the ticket office and in the casino which is open 24/7.

Road to Kentucky Contest

Monmouth is the next stop for the Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest. Racing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.  The Haskell is the Derby prep and thus is double points in the free-to-enter contest. R2K details HERE .

If handicapping contests are your thing, Canterbury has a $10 super satellite every day except Sunday. Two weekly sessions, Monday – Wednesday and Thursday – Saturday with the winners each session headed to the Sept. 6 satellites where they play for entry to the 24th annual Dog Days of Summer Handicapping Tournament.

An August 1 Satellite is coming quickly. $100 entry. One winner for each five entries gets a $550 Dog Days entry. It’s called The Lost Spring Handicapping Contest are here are the Rules.

Handicapper of the Year Leader Board Recap

Ron Hafner is back atop the HOY Leaderboard with a R2K win last week. He has seven points and Ray Hassan now is chasing with 5. Several players have 3. Points are awarded via the aforementioned contests including R2K.  Where is Bruce Meyer, winner of six HOY titles?   He is playing, just not very well.  Bad beat of the week goes to Rick Dahl. He lost first place in a super satellite session by 2 points, the equivalent of a 20 cent mutuel payout. Then he finished fourth in Road to Kentucky, again losing by 2 points.  Each of those skinny margins cost him a move up in the HOY leaderboard.