Hollywood Park Horse Betting Preview

Saturday, July 9 2011 …The 1 ¼-mile Gold Cup has a post time of 4:37 PT, with live coverage on TVG and ESPN. Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double and Pick Three wagering is available. In addition, the Gold Cup is part of a $250,000 Guaranteed Late Pick Four.

Horse Racing Betting

1-TWIRLING CANDY (4/5) – expected to be the heavy horse betting favorite, as his morning line odds would suggest, this colt could stamp himself as the top older runner in the country with another win today. He has won three of his last four starts, all stakes, and taken 7-of-9 races in his career. The only thing he hasn’t done is win at this horse betting distance.

2-MISS MATCH (20/1) – tough spot for this mare to take on the boys. She pulled a 45/1 shocker in the Santa Margarita-G1 back in March at Santa Anita, but even that race isn’t fast enough to win today. Ran lights-out against top fillies Blind Luck and Switch last time out, and this will be her second start off the bench. She does have a win at this horse betting distance on her resume.

3-SETSUKO (8/1) – runner-up in his last two starts, but the horses that beat him are back again today (Twirling Candy and Game On Dude). While it appears he’s in the best form of his career, this colt remains eligible for a “non-winners of one other than” allowance horse betting race – his only win came against maidens back in December 2009.

4-GAME ON DUDE (6/1) – one of two in here for trainer Bob Baffert. This gelding beat several of these in the Santa Anita Handicap-G1 back in early March and will be reunited with jockey Chantal Sutherland for the first time since. He’s lost his last two starts, most recently as the horse betting favorite in Texas when run down by Awesome Gem. His speed could be key.

5-AWESOME GEM (10/1) – this eight-year-old gelding is the top horse betting morning earner in the field, with a $2.5 million bankroll that is double his closest pursuer. Beaten favorite in the Cornhusker Handicap-G3 at Prairie Meadows last time out, but did knock off Game On Dude two horse betting starts back in Texas. This will be his sixth start in the last three months – over his sixth different racetrack. He won this race last year at 8/1 odds, and today’s rider David Flores was aboard.

6-SOUL CANDY (10/1) – deserves credit for his horse betting consistency but has finished behind Twirling Candy, Game On Dude and Setsuko in recent races. Winless since last October when he took a $150,000 stake for California-bred runners. Positive horse betting angle of improving Beyer Speed Figures but needs to take another step forward today.

7-FIRST DUDE (5/1) – the second “Dude” from Baffert. A former confirmed horse betting frontrunner, a change in style to off-the-pace tactics have resulted in consecutive wins. Most recently he won the Alysheba Stakes-G3 at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, and that race has not “come back very strong.” Soundly beaten by Game On Dude and Setsuko in early March, yet that was before he decided to change horse betting tactics.

8-DARK COVE (12/1) – interesting horse betting shipper from the east. Just 11 months ago this colt was claimed for $16,000 at Saratoga. He has won four times since being haltered by Ken McPeek, but both tries against graded company were disasters. He is unbeaten over synthetic surfaces, albeit against much easier. McPeek has been on fire so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this colt run well, although the jury is out on whether he’s capable of beating a field like this.

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Horse Betting Online Outlook

TWIRLING CANDY was a horse betting handful for Joel Rosario in the Californian Stakes-G2 last time out, and still pulled away from SETSUKO with total ease. Based on talent alone he is one of the top runners in the U.S., but there are times when he can be his own worst enemy.

Given that, plus him carrying high weight at a distance where he’s never won, makes it difficult to jump in with both fists at 4/5 or less. That being said, who is capable of beating him.

That’s the tough part, because most of these need a career-best effort and an off day by the horse betting favorite. FIRST DUDE and AWESOME GEM have run fast enough in the past and both will offer much “bettor” value. So will GAME ON DUDE, who ran the race of his life the last time Sutherland was in the saddle.

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