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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fight the Urge, Bet Standardbred

Unless you live on a different planet, you know Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day.  Like most Americans, even if you are a dedicated standardbred fan, you are going to be playing the race.  Face it.  Most tracks have already announced their special Derby Day festivities and in the next two days you will be hearing personalities from your local harness track telling you who they like in the Derby even though they spend more than 95% of their time, living and breathing standardbreds.

Let's face it, serious handicappers are going to be playing the Derby card; how does one avoid these deep handles?  But if you aren't a heavy hitter, you can fight the urge as the following tracks areoffering you a standardbred product to wager on while you await the Kentucky Derby:

  • Saratoga Raceway and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono are both having doubleheaders with Pocono's first card starting at 11am while Saratoga's matinee beginning at 12:15pm.
  • Harrah's Philadelphia which typically is dark on Saturdays will be racing an afternoon card starting at 12:40pm.
  • Northville Downs begins racing at 2:00pm 
  • Scarborough Downs starts at 2:00pm

North of the border, there are these tracks with afternoon racing (all times local):
  • Century Downs Racetrack and Casino out in Alberta, Canada begins their program at 1:10pm 
  • The Raceway at Western Fair District begins their card at 1:15pm.

Of course, most tracks are racing their normal evening cards, perhaps starting a little earlier, hoping to entice some of those who came for the Derby to hang around.

Fight the urge.  Bet Standardbred.

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