It's been easy so far. Three weeks ago I proposed that Les Bois Park horseplayers should concentrate on the Thoroughbreds with recent races (and ignore Emmett racers). On Opening day, 10 horses had recent races, and your $2 win bet on each of them netted a $34 profit. In one race that day, three horses with recency finished win, place, and show, producing a $137 trifecta. And on the first Wednesday, the only three such horses in another race combined for a $157 trifecta.
Two weeks ago, I offered a few quinella boxes and, if you bet them, you came out $31 to the good. And did you catch that middle-to-outside track bias on Sunday? We're all a little bit richer, because it's been fairly easy, right?
It ends tonight. The Wednesday, May 19 race card is the most competitive set of races we've seen so far this year. These are tough nuts to crack. If it didn't already look like a difficult card to pick, now think about the anticipated sloppy track. Racing begins at 5:45 p.m. Your handicapping-brain-cramp begins shortly thereafter.
Three Bitterroot Derby trials, at 400 yards, feature 10 quarter horses who were finalists in last year's Bitterroot Futurity and Idaho Cup races. The champions of both races—Sensual Lady and Brewskies Express—compete in the third and fourth races, respectively.
Sensual Lady ran like a smarty at Les Bois Park last year, going 2-for-2 and following up her wins here with a score in a graded race at Los Alamitos. Look for her to win at low odds, followed by Meter My Memory, Noble Art or Java Jump.
Brewskies Express got faster throughout the year and crushed the field in the Idaho Cup Futurity to end his season. Time away from the races doesn't bother quarter horses like it does Thoroughbreds, but Brewskies Express faces two other worries ... and they're not horses. His only failure in six lifetime starts was on a wet track, from the No. 1 gate. He's No. 1 in the fourth race, and rain threatens. As good as he is, Brewskies Express could find Chase This Corona and Classy Make N Money tough customers. (Quinella box 1-2-6.)
Thoroughbred trials for the Wade Snapp Memorial are also on tap—the second, sixth, and seventh races, at seven furlongs. In the second, Solo Standard, Sport N Light, Jungle Majesty, and Key Runner all had bang-up outings in their first tries. (Quinella box 2-3-4-6.)
Go for the big odds in the sixth race—it's wide open. Nosotros Dos might have a slight class edge, but this race has a few wet-track specialists. (Quinella box 2-5-8-9 if it's dry; 1-3-5-7 if it's wet.)
And Sweep Back is the horse to beat in the seventh race. His seven-length victory over the sloppy track last Wednesday, the 12th, sets him up well. If lightning strikes, though, watch out for Ive Been There, with Travis Hamilton aboard. The last time these two teamed up, they won the Idaho Cup Claiming Stakes at odds of 26-to-1. (Quinella box 2-4-5-8.)
Two jockeys to watch: Frank Gonsalves, a perennial leading rider at Emerald Downs outside of Seattle, in races 1, 2, 6 and 8, and Melissa Peery, a Portland Meadows mainstay. Peery comes to Boise with regular mount First Sip in the sixth race and picks up a mount in the seventh race aboard The Lord Is Eager, another Portland invader.
Racing continues this weekend: Saturday at 5:45 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday's feature race is the Lady's Secret Handicap, with the track's top fillies and mares going seven furlongs.