By Prof. Gordon Jones
What if you could be a modern-day Nostradamus?
What if you could really see the future?
Well, the next best thing is playing the short-distance sprint races out at Fairplex Park.
You can dazzle your friends and confound your foes by making dogmatic statements when the “about” four-furlong races come up, along with the 870-yard dashes.
They ran 19 abbreviated sprints at four furlongs last season at Fairplex Park. The first horse to the quick left turn won no less than 16 of them. That’s a stunning 84 percent success quotient in a game where 30 percent usually stamps you a winner.
Same story at the carbon copy 870-yard distance. Four of six speed horses prevailed for a nifty 67 percent happy endings.
Combine these look-alike races and you have 20 victories in 25 sorties for an amazing .800 batting average.
That is probably as close to perfection as most of us mere mortals are likely to stray, something akin to a legal heist for a couple of weeks every autumn at the generous Fairplex Park in Pomona.
Those inclined to less felonious acts can take heart that speed also rules in longer races.
Speed sticks a strong 42 percent of the time at the most popular distances of six and six and one-half furlongs, while the leader stays there in 39 percent of the three-turn route races at a mile and one-sixteenth.
Santa Anita has its famous Frontrunner Restaurant up on the roof. Fairplex puts its front-