“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.

We liked him,” Cox said by phone after looking at yearlings all day at Keeneland. “He trained well, breezed really well on the dirt last week at Churchill. Looking at it on paper, I thought he’d be somewhere close. But it wasn’t to be. It’s not that he breaks bad, but sometimes he just doesn’t break real fast. You think going a mile and half he would put himself up into the race.

“But I talk to Florent after the race and he said the horse just didn’t really want to be involved early. He did a good job saving ground and gave him a great trip. He said it’s almost like he took him halfway through the race to warm up and jump on the bridle. And he responded well, and he can definitely handle the mile and a half. It’s only the second time we’ve tried it.”

And next? “Breeders’ Cup! I don’t know,” he said. “Obviously our horse loves the grass. He’s really getting better. We’ve thought all along that this is a horse that’s going to get better as a 4-year-old, maybe even better as a 5-year-old. That’s typical of an Arch, they get better with age.

“I thought the Ellis race would be a great set unto get his confidence back, hopefully get a win. He had to really fight that day to win. We just thought it would be a great opportunity to pick up a nice purse at Ellis, the timing was good, to bounce back and to try Kentucky Downs. And it worked out.”

Brad Cox, Trainer of the winner Arklow
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