Bob Ike could be forgiven if he'd gone home Thursday night, cracked open a cold one, and popped in a DVD of “Let It Ride,” the 1989 horse racing classic with Richard Dreyfuss playing a cab driver who gets a hot tip on a horse and winds up winning one bet after another, proclaiming in the final scene that “I'm having a VERY good day.”
Ike had a pretty good day himself on Thursday, his top selections in the San Diego Union-Tribune winning all eight races on Day 2 of the Del Mar meeting. It was the second time he's swept a card in his 28 years as a public handicapper, the first happening on a nine-race program at Hollywood Park in 2010.
As someone who worked at Daily Racing Form making selections at numerous tracks for eight years, I can say sweeping an entire card is very, very rare.
Did Ike bet any of his picks?
“I made a little money,” he said, “but if a couple of the price horses I liked that ran second would have won, it would have been a monster day, with Pick 5 tickets and some other bets where I used multiple horses.”
The winning prices were Tasty Treat ($13.60 in the first), She's All Yours ($4.20, 2nd), Real Bright Boots ($7.60, 3rd), J and S Express ($7, 4th), Belle de Lune ($5.80, 5th), Foogard ($4.80, 6th), Reneesgotzip ($6, 7th), Te Rapa ($9.60, 8th).
Ike handicapped Thursday's races on Sunday, shortly after entries were taken, and told friends when the day began that he “didn't really like the card.”
He warmed up to it as the day went on.
In addition to his selections in U-T San Diego, Ike operates the membership website www.BobIkePicks.com and, on Saturday mornings during the Del Mar meet, co-hosts the Thoroughbred Los Angeles radio show with Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman on KLAA radio (AM 830 in Los Angeles). Ike also is co-manager of the Summit Racing partnerships with Brett Lindenbaum. Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Fonz, one of the stable's horses, runs in Del Mar's fourth race on Saturday.
Ike describes himself as a trip handicapper who spends a lot of time watching replays and follows workout reports of the private clockers who closely monitor morning activity at Southern California tracks. “A lot of work goes into it,” he said.
So what did Ike do to celebrate his big day?
“I stopped at Roberto's (a local taco stand) for a burrito on the way home,” he said. “Didn't even have a cold beer in the refrigerator. Ten years ago I might have done a little more, but it was a quiet night.”
After a VERY good day.
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