Bat Cave (College Basketball)

Matt The Bat’s True Test: His Thursday’s Plays to Begin March Madness

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know the Conductor has taken the Bat to Vegas to give him winners for the opening weekend of March Madness.  #UnderBat has had a great year, but this is when bats shows his their true character.  Will the Bat Boy rise to the occasion under the bright lights? Or will he crumble and be locked back in his cage never to be seen again? Only time will tell. Fly Bat! Fly! #RidetheBat

Mortgage Plays

Under 137 Minnesota vs Louisville

New Mexico State +6 vs Auburn, Moneyline +230

Vermont +8.5 vs Florida State

Belmont +3 vs Maryland, Moneyline +140

Nevada -2.5 vs Florida

St Mary’s +4 vs Villanova

Seton Hall +3 vs Woffard, Moneyline +130

Old Dominion +12.5, Moneyline +665

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Throat Shot Thursday: The Conductor’s Plays at Oaklawn Park

Highlighted by a 6/1 winner, another decent day for the Conductor yesterday.  Slow and steady, it’s grind time.  College basketball games everywhere you look, ponies running left and right, the Players golf tournament.  The Conductor has action anywhere and everywhere.  We need to keep it sharp and keep it tight! Off to Oaklawn we go, Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 1 1/16 Mile. Clm 30000n3L

#2 King’s Reckoning (12/1) – He needed his last race off a long layoff and an ok 4th. Dropping in class and more fit today, he looks poised to run his best and his figures fit against this group.  He likes to run 2nd more than win, so the Conductor will key him in the exacta.

Race 2: 6 Furlongs. F.MC 40000

*Never a Doubt College Basketball Tournament Losing Bets Refund Lock of the Day #7 Honest N Lucky (4/1) – She took money vs maidens in her debut and was jostled at the start. She’s plunging in class today and trainer McLean Robertson is 4 for his last 8.

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Race 3: 1 1/16 Mile. MC 30000

#1 Praetorian (9/2) – Dropping in class of a long layoff, he’s gotten clipped since is last start and is working well.  His race two back vs tougher gives him every chance today.

Race 4: 1 1/8 Mile. Clm 10000n1y

#10 Solar Maximus (8/1) – He had a troubled trip last start and still ran 4th at this level last time.  He comes running from the clouds, so the Conductor will use him more heavily underneath in the exacta and tri.

Race 5: 6 Furlongs. MC 10000

#10 C Dub (10/1) – Taking a big drop in class he has very strong early pace figures and he’ll carry his speed farther vs this group.

Race 6: 6 Furlongs. F.10000n3L

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Well Maid (10/1) – Cutting back to a sprint after pressing a hot pace vs tougher last time, the Conductor loves her.

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Race 7: 6 Furlongs. F.S.Mdn 83k

#4 Firm Alexis (9/2) – The Conductor doesn’t have a strong opinion here, she has a good chance.

Race 8: 6 Furlongs. S.OC 25000n2x

#1 By Bye J (1/2) – Chalk.

Race 9: 6 Furlongs. Alw 84000n2L

#6 Mojovation (5/1) – 1st off the claim for Broberg, this colt has faced the toughest competition.

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Wind Pipe Whack Wednesday: The Conductor’s Plays at Fair Grounds

Lock and gullet shot winner along with a few 2nds made it a slightly positive Tuesday for the Conductor.  Now he gets to take little mid-week trip down to New Orleans.  The Conductor likes the card today, Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 6 Furlongs. F.S.Clm 12500n3L

#5 Bellas Run (6/1) – She needed her last race after a long layoff and still ran ok against tougher.  Dropping in class for solid connections, she’ll be more fit today and can beat this group.

Race 2: 7½ Furlongs. (Turf) Clm 15000b

#3 Shakes Creek (7/2) – Taking a massive class drop for top trainer Brad Cox, his race two starts back crushes this field.

Race 3: 6 Furlongs. F.MC 12500

*Never a Doubt Hump Day Lock #8 Captain Livi (3/1) – 2nd off the layoff she’s shown strong early pace figures against miles tougher.  She’s a cinch.

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Race 4: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) MC 30000

#9 Federal Dominance (6/1) – 1st time gelding and dropping to the claiming ranks for the 1st time, over 4/1 and the Conductor will be happy.

Race 5: 1 Mile. Clm 5000n3L

#8 Opportunity Cost (12/1) – He was very rank in his last start and the Conductor will ignore it.  Switching back to dirt and working well, he has the back class to surprise this field at a big number.

Race 6: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) F.Mdn 40k

#2 Sail On (3/1) – This 475k filly is working like she’s the goods.

Race 7: 1 Mile. Clm 5000b

#1 Felipe (8/1) – Going two sprints to a route, he’s drawn well to the inside and his best races were going longer.  He hasn’t faced this weak of competition in his career.

Race 8: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) OC 50000n1x

#3 Moon Launch (6/1) – He moved up in a big way last start in his first try on the lawn.  A repeat effort will give him every chance and he’ll be able to get the early lead again today.

Race 9: 6 Furlongs. S.Clm 5000b

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Sean (8/1) – Close to a hot pace last start going longer, the Conductor loves the cutback to a sprint for him today.

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Trachea Kick Tuesday: The Conductor’s Plays at Mahoning Valley

Lock winner along with another short price and a few longer prices running 2nd made it an ok start to the week for the Conductor.  Not good, not bad, we’ll keep the train at Mahoning for another day, Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.MC 7500

#1 Solar System (5/1) – 1st off the claim, she’s plunging in class and has shown good speed vs tougher.  That may be all it takes today.

Race 2: 6 Furlongs. F.Clm 15000

#4 Ryoan (6/1) – Hopefully low % connections keep her price high.  She’s coming into the race in the best form.

Race 3: 6 Furlongs. Mdn 22.1k

#1/1A Entry (5/1) – Both these colts are working like they’re the real deal and this is a weak field.

Race 4: 1m70yds. F.MC 5000

#2 Forevor Thankful (6/1) – Stretching out in her 3rd start off the layoff, she improved last race and has past figures on turf that give her every chance today. She’s untested on dirt.

Race 5: 6 Furlongs. Alw 23500n2L

*Never a Doubt New Driver Lock of the Day #1 Island Vice (2/1) – This gelding just missed at this level last start and that horse came back to win again.  Gat to wire from the rail.

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Race 6: 6 Furlongs. F.Clm 7500n2L

#1 Granderalla (3/1) – Dropping in class for solid connections, she’s steadily progressing.

Race 7: 1m70yds. F.Clm 4000n2y

*Gullet Shot of the Day #9 Vaughn (6/1) – She’s stepping up in class, but her last race beats this field.  This jockey/trainer combo is also red hot.

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Race 8: 6 Furlongs. MC 10000

#7 Wemadeittofifty (4/1) – No chance the Conductor makes it that long.

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Moon Shot Monday: The Conductor’s Plays at Mahoning Valley

A nice Sunday for the Conductor at Oaklawn yesterday, multiple 4/1 winners and a few shorter prices as well.  A solid weekend has the caboose filled with cash as we reset and start a new workweek.  First stop will be Mahonig Valley for the Conductor today.  A little Midwest racing with some nice full fields.  Let’s keep the train rolling, Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 1 Mile. Mdn 22.1K

#1 Mr Zydeco (9/2) – He’s been facing the toughest company of the group.

Race 2: 5 ½ Furlongs. F.S.Alw 38000nc

#4 Totally Obsessed (3/1) – 2nd off the layoff, she won nicely last start and is drawn well to the outside of the favorite.  She’ll get a great stalking trip just off the speed.

Race 3: 6 Furlongs. F.Mdn 22.1K

#4 Sassy Seta (6/1) – She’s posting very consistent, quick works for a barn that can win first out.  This field is ripe for a debut runner.

Race 4: 6 Furlongs. F.S.Clm 7500b

#6 Graduation Gift (8/1) – 1st off the claim and 3rd off the layoff, this old mare is very consistent and will be finishing strongly. The Conductor will key her in the exacta.

Race 5: 1m70yds. Alw 23500n1x

*Gullet Shot of the Day #2 Last Drop of Wine (15/1) – No chance we get 15/1 on this gelding, but hopefully a decent price.  His figures fit at this level and he has an early pace advantage over this field.

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Race 6: 1 Mile. Clm 40001y

#6 Saint’s Bro (8/1) – 2nd off the layoff, he didn’t run a step last start but needed the race badly.  His races last year give him every chance.

Race 7: 5 ½ Furlongs. Clm 4000n2L

#9 Compulsive (8/1) – Shipping in from Turf Paradise, he set the pace over a tiring surface last start and ran a good 3rd.  He also gets class relief today.

Race 8: 5 ½ Furlongs. Clm 5000n3L

*Never a Doubt Finisher Lock of the Day #4 Tap You’re It (5/2) – Lock it up, rub it down.

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Sabbath Sunday: The Conductor’s Prayers at Oaklawn Park

Hope you passengers fired away on the Derby prep races like the Conductor ordered.  Back to full card plays today and back to Oaklawn where the Conductor gets all dirt races and big fields.  Let’s Ride.

Race 1: 1 1/16 Mile. F.Clm 16000n2L

#5 Just For Casey (3/1) – In a race devoid of pace, the Conductor sees her taking them all the way around again. Gate to Wire.

Race 2: 5½ Furlongs. F.MC 16000

#7 Princess Z Ohsix (5/2) – 1st off the claim for trainer Kenny Smith and 2nd off the layoff she has good early speed and was only beaten a length vs tougher last time. She’ll win today.

Race 3: 1 1/16 Mile. F.Clm 30000n2L

#5 Turkmenistan (9/2) – She’s run back to back closing thirds at this level, but both times she hasn’t had much pace to run at. She’ll get a better setup today.

Race 4: 5½ Furlongs. Clm 8000

#11 We Did (20/1) – His race two starts back makes him very competitive at this level and he loves to win races.  The Conductor will key him at a big price in the exacta and trifecta.

Race 5: 6 Furlongs. S.Alw 84000n2L

1/1A Entry (3/1) – Both entries have a big chance the Conductor will take the two.

Race 6: 1 1/16 Mile. F.Mdn 83k

#4 Goodbye Earl (9/2) – Stretching out for the 1st time, the Conductor like to see two sprints before a route.  She’s exiting races that have come back live.

Race 7: 6 Furlongs. Clm 10000b

*Double Barreled Shotgun Shots of the Day #7 Because It’s Time (6/1) – 2nd off the layoff and dropping in class, he has the back class to crush this field.

#8 Spa Shackalacka (9/2) – Shipping in from Santa Anita, he’s gutting back to a sprint, dropping in class and posted strong works over the surface.

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Race 8: 6 Furlongs. OC 62500n1x

*Never a Doubt Lock From God #4 Jack Van Berg (2/1) – Cutting back to a spring after setting blistering fractions going longer, he’s the one to beat.

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Race 9: 6 Furlongs. S.Mdn 83k

#11 Silver City Blues (8/1) – He’s working well, and his sire wins at 19% with 1st time starters. Trainer Lon Wiggins is also 19% with a +$2.38 ROI with debut runners this year.

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Esophagus Slice Saturday: The Conductor’s Plays for the Gotham Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby

The Conductor has to keep the train in the station today due to life, so he is only giving us the Derby prep race winners on this fine Saturday of racing. He likes a couple of prices, let’s bet with both fists. Let’s Ride.

Aqueduct Race 10: 1 Mile. G3 Gotham Stakes

#5 Haikal (6/1) – Steadily progressing, there will be a hot pace and heavily contested early lead in this race. This colt has proven he can rate and pass horses and looks to get a perfect trip today.

Tampa Bay Race 11: 1 1/16 Mile. G2 Tampa Derby

#6 Outshine (8/1) – This well-bread son of Malibu Moon was very professional in his 3 year old debut last start. 2nd off the layoff, he’ll appreciate the added distance.