Ellis Park Day 29: Friday, September 1, 2017

Head of Plains Partners, LLC’s Secret House will make his first start outside of Southern California for trainer Brad Cox in Friday’s featured eighth race at Ellis Park. Photo by Benoit Photography

Ellis Park Selections By John Gaver III: Friday, September 1, 2017

Ellis Park will kick off its extended Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 1 at the Henderson, Ky. oval, and with a 100 percent chance of rain in the forecast–remnants of Hurricane Harvey–there is an above average chance that the eight-race program will be contested under “sloppy” conditions with no turf racing.

The highlight on the card is the featured eighth race, a $41,000 entry-level allowance event for three-year-olds and up going eight-furlongs on the main track. Albaugh Family Stable, LLC’s Watch Me Whip, who is coming off a respectable fourth-place finish in the Indiana Derby (G3) on July 15 for trainer Dale Romans, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of 12 entrants. Jockey Robby Albarado has the call on Watch Me Whip–a $330,000 son of Smart Strike–who will break from post position three.

The Green Sheet gave out five winners on the Sunday, August 27 nine-race program at Ellis Park and on the day, The Sheet had a positive 19% return on investment (ROI*), or a flat-bet profit of 38 cents for each $2 wagered on its top selections. 28 days into the summer stand at “The Pea Patch”, The Sheet is hitting at a 27 percent win clip; its top selection in each race has finished in the money 67 percent of time.

For FREE full-card selections and comments for the Friday, September 1 program at Ellis Park click HERE.

*Return on investment is calculated by placing a hypothetical $2 win wager on all top selections and dividing the net profit by the total amount wagered.


Header image: “Fair High,” oil on board by Vaughn Flannery (American, 1898-1955)

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