Bet-with-EL RECAP Saturday 21 June 2014

This week we went to Belmont Park, Race 7 for our weekly Bet With El.  The race was The Wild Applause Stakes Race run at 1 mile on the turf for three year old fillies, with a Purse of $100,000.  The weather was clear and the track was rated as firm.
We picked the #3 Horse, Walk Close to WIN.  Walk Close came out of the gate 5th and ran unhurried for much of the race.  She entered the stretch 6th going four wide and then unleashed a powerful drive to finish IN THE MONEY and take the WIN by a nose over the #7 Horse, Wave the Flag.  Walk Close went off at odds of 4.30 and returned $10.60, $5.60, and $3.10 for the win, place, and show respectively.
As we predicted the #5 Horse, Sweet Acclaim, went off as the favorite.  We predicted that she would not win but would hit the board.  Sweet Acclaim entered the stretch 1st, but was not able to hang on to that position with Walk Close and Wave the Flag overtaking her in the stretch.  Sweet Acclaim had to settle for the show spot.  We picked the #6 Horse, Holabird as a long shot.  Holabird ran 2nd much of the race and faded in the stretch to finish 6th.  With the bullet works at the 4 furlongs distance, Holabird will most likely need a shorter race.