Day At The Track

Fireworks start early - red hot handicapping

03:06 PM 05 Jul 2011 NZST
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While July 4th is the date traditionally celebrated with fireworks, this year the holiday was preceded by a pyrotechnic display of first rate harness racing handicapping.

On Saturday, July 2nd, SOA of NY Vice President Peter Venaglia, who regularly produces a Saturday night handicapping sheet posted on the YR website and distributed by SOA volunteers free of charge, set off some firecrackers of his own. Peter's red-hot Hilltop Helper tip sheet simply blasted open the evening's twelve race card by picking:

7 winners on top

1 cold Pick 3

1 cold Pick 4 ($79.50)

4 cold exactas (including $30.40)

1 box exacta ($33.00)

4 cold triples (including $120.50)

2 box triples ($168.00/$219.50), and

2 cold superfectas ($92.50 and $230.00)

In addition to the Raceway's website, Peter's Saturday night-only work product may now be followed on Twitter, and is presently being sought after by Nassau County's OTB Corporation.

Peter has served on the Board of Directors of both the SOA and the USTA. His volunteer handicapping duties on the Yonkers Raceway scene started last year. Peter received his bachelor's degree from Fordham University in 1981 (Summa Cum Laude) and his law degree from Harvard University in 1984; testament to the fact that his prowess at solving complicated matters isn't limited to harness handicapping.

Currently, Peter is gearing up for the Wednesday draw of the Yonkers Trot, harness racing's first leg of the Trotting Triple Crown.

Post time for the entire exciting Saturday July 9th race card is 7:10 P.M.


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