FAIRPLEX HAS BECOME "CARRYOVER CITY"
For horseplayers who like carryovers pools, Fairplex Park is their kind of track today.
A parade of double digit winners on Saturday forced the $2 pick six into overtime with a two-day carryover pool for this afternoon of $158,004. As much as $500,000 could be wagered on the exotic bet which begins with race eight.
No one has been able to isolate all the winners in the $1 win pick nine for eight consecutive days and that exotic wager has slowly swelled to $42,931.
For bettors who really like to handicap a race from top to bottom, there's the $1 super high five, offered on the final race each day.
When 16-1 longshot Continental Dancer won Saturday's finale, followed by Sure Nice at 16-1, Akella at 8-5, Ronnie's Dream at 5-1 and Storm Fleur at 27-1, no one was able to correctly select the 1-2-3-4-5 finishers, so there's a carryover of $21,891 up for grabs.
MARQUEE PLAYER TRIES ROUTE GAME
Six 2-year-old fillies have entered Wednesday's $65,000 Black Swan Stakes at 1 1/16 miles and four of them are trying a distance of ground for the first time.
One of those fillies, Marquee Player, just defeated California-bred maidens at Fairplex on Sept. 9, winning by a neck from off the pace in 1:19 2/5 for 6 furlongs,
The daughter of High Brite is trained by Craig Lewis, who along with his brother Larry, own and bred the filly, so there's a lot at stake if she can traverse 1 1/16 miles.
"We wanted (jockey) Aaron (Gryder) to try and teacher her rate in her winning race,=E 2 said Lewis, "and he did a great job (rallying from fourth to win). We needed to see if she would relax and she did which gives us high hopes that 1 1/16 miles is within her range.
"I really don't know if she can route, I think she will, but it's a guess. The game plan in the sprint worked perfectly, so we'll see if it continues. She handled the tight turns very well and she seems to like the surface, and we're running for a lot more money."
The filly Lewis may have to catch is Dash Dot Dash, a convincing winner of the $65,000 Bustles and Bows on Sept. 6. Backed down to 1-5 odds, Dash Dot Dash, ridden by Martin Pedroza, went wire to wire in her Pomona stakes victory, traversing the 6 furlongs in 1:18 2/5.
"She's a pretty good filly," said winning trainer Vladimir Cerin. "And when you have Martin riding (at Fairplex), you don't have to worry. He doesn't make any mistakes. We want to run her long, so the Black Swan seems like a logical spot."
Completing the field will be Daniella Roth, Grey Chatelaine, the 8-5 favorite, Vikkilee and Atka, fourth in the recent Generous Portion Stakes behind Ten Churros at Del Mar.
PEDROZA AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS