Despite external pressures, and significantly fewer race days, there is a real possibility that wagering on Canadian racing can hit or exceed its 2010 total. Standardbred Canada is encouraging the industry and its fans to help make it happen with our 'Bet Canadian' campaign.
The bet per race is now 8.92% over 2010, while the overall handle has surpassed last year's level, despite having fewer races contested in 2011. According to SC data, the total amount wagered on Canadian harness racing year to date is at $437.9 million, up 0.54 percent (or $2.1 million) from the 2010 total of $435.8 million. Until the end of the month, SC will offer daily picks and free past performance programs for all Canadian tracks. Our goal is to help stimulate wagering and bolster the handle on the Canadian product.
For the final two weeks of 2011, we're asking horseplayers and fans, when given the choice, to: "Bet Canadian."
Use this page as a resource for daily picks and past performance programs courtesy of TrackIT.
Picks, Programs For Saturday, December 31
Result: #1 T T Dawn (at odds of 5.90 to 1) was fourth-placed third, paying $5.00 to show.
Result: #3 Whitesand Artist was scratched - vet (sick).
This guy has two wins and two seconds in his last four starts but you'll still get a fair price as he moves up, draws only PP # 6, and gets a new pilot. One of those close second-place finishes however was a narrow defeat in the straight maiden class at Georgian so he should be able to handle this $9,000 claimer for n/w 3 lifetime.
Result: #6 Ceasar At Dawn (at odds of 3.95 to 1) finished eighth.
Result: #1 Wicked Fast (at odds of 1.15 to 1) finished fifth.
After back-to-back open length victories at Kawartha he came here to try the Camerons Series where his opponents were a little tougher and his racing luck a little worse. Now he draws the rail back in at the n/w 2 level where, although there is some good competition, I think he and Tony Kerwood should be able to get the job done.
Result: #1 Abstract Artist (at odds of 1.25 to 1) finished first, paying $4.50, $2.70, $2.40.
This is a field with a lot of possible winners so the price on her should be at least the 8/1 you see in the morning line. This multiple NYSS winner from 2009/10 had been racing against better than these at Chester and Pocono before coming north. She qualified well here behind two legitimate WEG competitors and then got absolutely scorched when they tried to roll her from PP # 10 in her first Canadian try... she'll be tight now! Moves to the 'B' circuit, draws well, and looks as good as anything in here.
Result: #4 Barks Like A Dog (at odds of 3.35 to 1) finished second, paying $4.10, $2.80.
Result: #1 Crimson Promise (at odds of 10.20 to 1) finished third, paying $5.80 to show.
Result: #1 Stonebridge Lyric (at odds of 1.75 to 1) finished second, paying $3.70, $2.40. #1A Trust The Artist finished fourth.
The Raceway at Western Fair: Post Time 7:05 p.m. (program pages)
Hasn't found the winner's circle this year but perhaps he can spring the upset on New Year's eve. In his last, the month layoff and the brutal trip did him in. He should be right there, and perhaps he can take down the favourite in the stretch.
Result: #1 Chinnys Wings (at odds of 1.90 to 1) finished second, paying $3.50, $2.90.
Result: #6 Homerun Hitter (at odds of 0.40 to 1) finished sixth.
Result: #2 Intrepidus (at odds of 6.20 to 1) finished fourth.
Windsor Raceway - Post Time 7:00 p.m. (program pages)
Result: #2 Big Strike (at odds of 3.35 to 1) finished third, paying $2.90 to show.
Result: #2 Riden Dirty (at odds of 3.50 to 1) finished seventh.
Woodbine Racetrack: Post Time 1:20 p.m. (program pages)
Best Bet: Race 7, #9 Ideal Race (3/1)
Result: #9 Ideal Race (at odds of 1.75 to 1) finished 10th.
Longshot: Race 1, #1 Selfish Princess (12/1)
Result: #1 Selfish Princess (at odds of 3.35 to 1) finished second, paying $6.80, $4.00.