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Late wagers on a horse might warrant taking a closer look at betting on him yourself. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

Watching the toteboard is a popular pastime for handicappers, though some prefer to focus on the early wagering while others wait for the late money to pour in.

In the ninth race at Saratoga on Monday, Aug. 4, the late money was the smart money as it poured in on Photon.

The 5-year-old gelding was a surprising price with 10 minutes left until post time as the horses stepped onto the track. Though he was the 3-1 morning-line favorite for this race and coming off a July 9 victory at the same claiming level as a 5-2 favorite, he stood at hefty odds of 10-1.

While claimers – along with every other type of race – are inherently more formidable at Saratoga than Belmont Park, it was a solid win in good time and he was nicely positioned on the rail.

So why 10-1?

It didn’t make much sense … until the late money came in.

As the minutes drew closer to post time, Photon’s odds plunged. With a minute to go, he was a more understandable 5-1.

For those who hopped on board, Photon made it worthwhile by posting back-to-back trips to the winner’s circle. Using his inside post, he saved ground on the turn, then tipped out in the stretch to pass the tiring leader in the final furlong and win by a length for owner/trainer Diane Balsamo.

The payoff was $12.60 at the win window and the return in the exacta with the horse that was the second choice in both the morning line and wagering (at 7-2) was a generous $86.50.

Considering it happened in the last race of the day was a fitting touch. As they say, better late than never.

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Dato de la Semana: Mejor Tarde que Nunca

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Observar el totalizador es un pasatiempo popular para los que analizan carreras, aunque algunos prefieren enfocarse en las apuestas iniciales y otros prefieren hacerlo en el dinero que se juega al final.

En la novena carrera de Saratoga del lunes 4 de agosto, el dinero final fue el dinero más inteligente, y fue jugado a Photon.

El castrado de 5 años de edad ofrecía un precio sorpresivo a 10 minutos para la partida, cuando los caballos saltaron a la pista. Aunque él era el 3-1 favorito de la línea matinal para esta carrera y venía de obtener una victoria el 9 de Julio en el mismo nivel de “reclamo” como el favorito 5-2, él permanecía pagando un abultado dividendo de 10-1.

Aunque las carrera de “reclamo” – junto con cualquier otro tipo de carrera – son inherentemente superiores en Saratoga que en Belmont Park, había sido un sólido triunfo en buen tiempo y estaba adecuadamente posicionado en la baranda.

Así que ¿por qué 10-1?

No tenía mucho sentido… hasta que llegó el dinero final.

Mientras los minutos se acercaban a la hora de largada, los dividendos de Photon comenzaron a caer. Faltando sólo un minuto, estaba en un ya más razonable 5-1.

Para aquellos que son motivados por la pizarra, Photon hizo que valiera la pena, repitiendo una vez más su viaje hacia el círculo de los ganadores. Utilizando su colocación por dentro, ahorró terreno en la curva, luego sacó por fuera en la recta final para pasar al agotado puntero en el furlón final y ganar por un cuerpo para su propietaria/entrenadora Diane Balsamo.

El pago fue de $12.60 en la ventanilla de los ganadores y el retorno de la exacta con el caballo que era la segunda opción, tanto en la línea matinal como en las apuestas, (a 7-2) fue un generoso $86.50.

Considerando que ocurrió en la última carrera del día, fue un broche oportuno. Como dicen, mejor tarde que nunca.

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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