Sunday, July 19, 2009



So you have a $500,000 horse race and the first two finishers come back to the same race track a month later for the race’s big brother – the $750,000 Virginia Derby.

You add to the mix a horse that ran 12th in the Kentucky Derby who is trying turf for the first time and two other graded stakes winners and what happens?

Well…the betting public jumps off the obvious choices – Battle of Hastings (GB) (purple and yellow silks) and Straight Story who ran first and second at Colonial Downs in the $500,000 Colonial Downs Turf Cup Gr.II and make Hold Me Back the overwhelming favorite.

Hold Me Back is a graded stakes winner of the dirt, but had never run on turf. Mind you he is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Billy Mott who has won three prior Virginia Derbies.

So, then what happens? The top four finishers of the Turf Cup – Battle of Hastings (GB), Straight Story, Lime Rickey and Take the Points – finish in almost the exact same order in the Virginia Derby (Lime and Take switched places), and the 6/5 crazy favorite Hold Me Back runs fifth.

So what does the no brainer exacta of Battle of Hastings (GB) and Straight Story pay for an exact duplicate of the last time the same horses ran at the same track back in June? How about $51.20 for a $2 bet. Are you kiddin’?

Oh, and the triple (again using three of the top four from the previous race) paid $414.80.

Nice, betting public, NICE!

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