“Guest Pickers” Give You Their Top Betting Choices for Saturday, April 14

(Ryan Dickey’s Twitter Handle)

(Ed DeRosa, Marking Director at Brisnet)

Dave Baker
Dave Baker, Talent/Columnist

Each week, we will reach out to some of our regular visitors, commentators, and other special friends and guests to ask them for their “Pick of the Day.” Today, we have three special “friends,” who offer their advice — free of charge:

  1. Ryan Dickey: Ryan is a great “Twitter Friend” of ours, who we have really gotten to know over the social medium this winter. Ryan is a Fireman, by trade, but a horse lover, by nature. He now owns Thoroughbred racehorse, Resonate, who recently ran a game second here at the Keeneland meet. He loves the game, and we really appreciate his service in his full-time occupation, and his love of the horses, in his passion play. His Pick of the Day: Untrapped (4) in the Oaklawn Handicap, which is Race #10. He is 10-1 ML odds. According to Ryan: “Troubled trip last time, drew better than Accelerate here. That’s my “play of the day.” You can play 4-10 box, and over the 5-7-11. If you want to go deeper, the 1,2,3,6,8,9.
  2. Paul Prekop: My great friend lives in Las Vegas, and I get to see him a few times a year. Several years ago, he came out to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup when we ran Purim’s Dancer in the Sen. Ken Madday Stakes down the hill course. Love having Paul as a friend, and fellow horse lover. He loves it. His Pick of the Day: “Moon Shot” (Magnum Moon) is what Paul calls the son of Malibu Moon, who popped on the Kentucky Derby Trail with earnest when he won the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this year. According to Paul: “He may be favored at KY after race, possible. I still like (Good) Magic, though. Have a great 4/14!”
  3. Ed DeRosa: The Marketing Director at www.brisnet.com had a stellar day at Oaklawn Park on Friday. Just kidding. But the guy is one of the best handicappers I have ever met, and he knows patterns, statistics, breeding and betting strategy that I would die to know. He is at Oaklawn Park today for the Arkansas Derby and will be adding his pick in just a few. His Pick of the Day: “Going with #3, Pete’s Play Call, in race 2 (at Oaklawn Park). Getting the right price on him to handle class hike while sharp for a barn firing .22% at the meet.”
  4. Dave Baker: One of my best pals on the face of the Earth. Truly, one of the kindest, most giving people you will ever have the chance to meet and know. We go way back in time, but I don’t think we have ever had a cross word. His politics are a little screwed up, but how can you hold that against him? Right? His Pick of the Day: Thunder Snow. No matter where or when this one runs, Bakes is always on his back. He picked him in the KY Derby 2017 and we all know how that turned out. But Buzz Man held firm and touted him in the 2018 Dubai World Cup. And, we all know how that turned out, as well, with his resounding victory over West Coast. The man sticks. When he commits, he sticks. Love that about Bakes. Love him, period.

They’re taking way too long for this (before the DQ). The longer this goes it certainly isn’t good. But, after the way that horse hit McKinzie at the top of the stretch . . . give me a break. It was game over.

(After the announcement of McKinzie being disqualified) “That’s some bulls . . . Javier had a better story, I guess. I’m shocked, after the way he hit us at the top of the stretch. I don’t know what they’re looking at, but apparently he talked them into it. That’s why they should never talk to the jockeys, just watch it themselves.”

Bob Baffert, McKinzie Trainer, Second San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita
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