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Posted by on 7/21/2014 11:22:36 PM

Two of the greatest race meets of the year opened last week and online sports betting site players may be able to assemble clues from the opening-day action.

Del Mar commenced their meet on Thursday and they proved again, if you build it, they will come. In an age of gambling from remote places, Del Mar attracted 42,021 fans on opening day and these were the pretty people.

Over $4 million was bet on track and over $8 million was bet overall.

Speed was king to open the day as Hawk’s Eyes went wire-to-wire in a $10,000 claimer. The runner was dropping from a $25,000 race and the writing was on the wall from the very start as 3 horses were claimed out of the race.

The stalker Bird in Love took the 2nd race when coming from about 5 and a half off the pace in a $20,000 claiming sprint.

Speed horses won the next 5 races including the first run on the new turf course. In that race Super Ability was making his second start of the year and had posted a best of the morning workout a week before his victory. He got away with a pretty soft :47.96 half mile and won inching away to earn a clever 90 Beyer Speed Figure.

Smack Talk walked the walk in the 6th race winning at first asking for Vann Belvoir. Again, speed was evident as the juvenile went head-to-head early and drew off by over 3 lengths at a juicy 8-1.

Rider Steward Elliott is riding at Del Mar for the first time in his career and he showed right away that he pays attention. He saw that speed was doing very well and despite the fact his mount Know Plans had never been on the lead in his career, Elliott gunned his charge from the rail, opened up, and then held on at 25-1. Elliott is a quality rider who should offer value all meeting.

Two of the final 3 races on the card were turf affairs and the winners came from last and 3rd to last. Look for the course to play a bit deep early but play toward speed as the days move forward.

Saratoga opened Friday and although just over 25,000 showed on track, they bet as much as the California crowd and over $10.5 million was handled overall.

Speed was extremely prominent at Saratoga for the first day of racing. Runners that made the lead won six of the 10 races and stalkers won the other events.

In the showcased race, the Schuylerville, Fashion Alert ran her record to 2 for 2 as she overcame a poor start to prevail as the favorite.

Riders Jose Ortiz and John Velazquez got off to good starts as Ortiz had a triple and Johnny V. had 2 winners as did Frankie Dettori, a European import who figures to get on solid turf horses this year.

Granted, one day is not a season, but this is just the start of the puzzle as these great meets unfold. The most astute online sports betting site players review results and adjust.

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