(Gene, Rob Murphy and Michelle Blanco at Hialeah Park just a couple months ago / Photos by Leigh Ann Thacker)

Total Day Results 9 / 4-3-4
2021 Overall 215 215 / 65-75-83
Win % of Top Pick 30.23%
Payoff% of Top 3 Picks Overall 34.57%
2021 Top Pick in the Money Overall — 129-207 62.32%
2021 Top Selection ITM / TP 79-132 59.84%
2021 Top Selections Win / TP 40-132 30.30%
“Key Horses” @ TP 19 / 8-3-2 42.11% Win / 68.42% ITM
“Key Horses” in 2021 31 / 16-7-2 51.61% Win / 80.65% ITM

(Results after Friday’s picks at the Fair Grounds)

Total Day Results 7/ 2-1-1
2021 Overall 222 222 / 67-76-84
Win % of Top Pick 30.18%
Payoff% of Top 3 Picks Overall 34.08%
2021 Top Pick in the Money Overall — 134-214 62.62%
2021 Top Selection ITM / TP 79-132 59.84%
2021 Top Selections Win / TP 40-132 30.30%
“Key Horses” @ TP 19 / 8-3-2 42.11% Win / 68.42% ITM
“Key Horses” in 2021 32 / 17-7-2 53.13% Win / 81.25% ITM

(Results after Saturday’s selections at the Saudi Cup)

Well, I hope you caught our podcast with great friend and handicapper Rob Murphy. We posted it on Thursday. We nailed the Saudi Cup on Saturday.

Despite the fact that both “Murf” and I love Charlatan to win and impress in the world’s most lucrative horse race, we also talked about:

  1. Whether a speed duel may play out that could compromise the pace players in the later stages;
  2. Whether the pedigree would truly allow Charlatan to be at his best and closing even better at 11/8-miles — especially if he is taxed in the early going;
  3. And, we talked about the winner — which just so happened to go off at odds of nearly 20-1. We talked about how this one, trained by John Gosden, was one of the few in the race that seemed to have the credentials and the talent to challenge either Charlatan or Knicks Go at the end of the race.

Spot on. And, cash register ring.

The $1 exacta returned a very nice $69.60. And, we sure do hope that you had more than $1 wagered in that ticket. Please tell us that you had more than $1 played on that ticket. Right?

Our lone Key Play of the Day in Saudi also was a winner. Now, after 32 Key Plays this year? We have a record of 17-7-2. Wow. That’s a win percentage of .53 and our “In the Money” percentage is a whopping .81.

We take off the rest of the day.

Time to go celebrate.

See you later this week.

Good Luck & All the Best / Gene