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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Master of the Grand Slam

The Iron Man, Lou Gehrig is the all-time career leader in grand slams at 23, with Man-Ram of the Bosox close behind (21 by my lousy research skills). Gehrig has held this record since 1939, all hit over the course of his 17-year career with the New York Yankees. Gehrig hit 493 career home runs, including 49 with four grand slams in 1934. Gehrig also had a career .340 batting average.

The Grand Slam in NY Racing is a wager, typically made with the feature being the fourth leg of the wager. The first three legs only require the bettor's selection to hit the board (win, place or show), with the final leg in the day's feature requiring the winnner. So far after one week of the Saratoga meet, the average daily grand slam payout has been $63.75 for a $2 wager. It can be an inexpensive bet should you choose to single the first three legs and play a larger number of horses in the anchor race. The biggest payout so far was this past longshot Monday's at $139.00, and the lowest being on day two at $28.80. It's an interesting bet for the smaller bankroll players to keep an eye on.

The Synthetics Symposium was held yesterday in Saratoga's Fasig-Tipton Sales Arena, as discussed in yesterday's post, check out two excellent entries by symposium attendees Brooklyn Backstretch and Railbird highlighting the day's panel discussions.

Michael Trombetta, who is very good at picking his spots, has three horses entered today at the Spa. I like Sagamoon at 6-1 or higher in the Fleet Indian Stakes (ninth race) going from turf to dirt and based on the route to sprint angle. Glory Gold (3-1 ML) goes in the second and Into the Wind (3-1 ML, blinkers off) goes in the seventh for Trombetta, who has only raced two horses during the meeting so far.

5 Comments:

Winston...not really said...

That does sound like an intriguing bet. Is it only available at the track or can it be played from an out of state OTB?

EquiSpace said...

Winston:

I just checked my twinspires account and you can definitely make it (for a $1 even) on that ADW, not sure about out-of-state OTB's, it's worth a try...today's grand slam is on races 6-9 at Saratoga.

Thanks for reading.

Power Cap said...

The Grand Slam is my favorite action wager. I look at it as a win wager on the horse in leg while trying to find reliable horses who are not the favorite to hit the board in the first three legs. Sometimes the value can be tremendous if two favorites are off the board in the first two legs. When Ginger Punch paid $2.80 at Belmont last month the Grand Slam paid $21. Is stout cold wager on the sequence was very rewarding.

SaratogaSpa said...

I like the Grand Slam too, but I do find it confusing as you really can't project the payouts ahead of time, or at least my brain can't.

EquiSpace said...

I played it today and had the winners of races 6 and 7 and blew the 8th with Stormy West and would've been live to four horses in the Fleet Indian (1,3,6,7)..but heck it was only $4...

You're right about the payouts, if you're at the track at least they post the will pays before the feature...

 

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