The fifth week of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation's Summer Prop Contest features the props of Santa Anita simulcast host Michelle Yu. A winner of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Charity Contest arranged by Derby Wars and the In The Money Players' Podcast, Michelle has focused this week's props on the big day at Arlington, with some ancillary focus on the stakes at Saratoga and Del Mar. Michelle is also an active player in the Summer Prop Contest, finishing third in Week 2.
Below are the props for this week:
1 – The winner of the Arlington Million (Race 11) will be…
A – #3 Bricks And Mortar
B – Any other horse
2 – According to the official Equibase chart of the Arlington Million, at what position will the race winner be at the 1 mile point of call (a.k.a., the ¼ pole)?
A – On the lead
B – Within 2 lengths of the leader
C – More than 2 lengths behind the leader
3 – Who will train the first AND second place finishers in the Beverly D (Race 9) at Arlington?
A – Chad Brown ONLY (#3 Competitionofideas, #7 Sistercharlie, #8 Thais)
B – Chad Brown and Aidan O'Brien each with one horse in the exacta
C – Any other combination
4 – Will the winner of the Beverly D be winning their first race of 2019?
A – Yes (#1 Fleeting, #3 Competitionofideas, #6 Magic Wand, #8 Thais)
B – No (#2 Awesometank, #4 Oh So Terrible, #5 Remember Daisy, #7 Sistercharlie)
5 – The sum of the saddle towel numbers of the first and second place finishers of the Beverly D will be…
A – Odd
B – Even
6 – Will the winner of the Secretariat (Race 10) raced at Arlington in its previous start?
A – Yes (#4 The Last Zip, #8 Faraway Kitten, #9 Crafty Daddy)
B – No (#1 Clint Maroon, #2 Van Beethoven, #3 Never No More, #5Ry's The Guy, #6 Fog Of War, #7 Valid Point)
7 – What is the combined winning margin of the Secretariat, Beverly D and Arlington Million (where any margin of a neck or under equals ¼ length)?
A – 1 length or shorter
B – 1 ¼ lengths to 3 lengths
C – 3 ¼ lengths to 5 lengths
D – 5 ¼ lengths or longer
8 – The winner of the Saratoga Special made his last start in…
A – New York (#2 Zyramid, #3 Green Light Go, #4 Tuggle)
B – Kentucky (#1 Noose, #5 Long Weekend)
C – Illinois or Florida (#6 King Snake, #7 Peruvian Boy, #8 Iberico)
9 – The winner of the Fourstardave was bred in…
A – North America (#1 March to the Arch, #2 Dr Edgar, #6 Got Stormy, #7 Krampus, #8 Hembree, #9 Made You Look)
B – Europe (#3 Uni, #4 Raging Bull, #5 Ostilio, #10 Gidu)
10 – HEAD TO HEAD: Which Chad Brown-trainee will have the better finishing position in the Fourstardave at Saratoga?
A – #3 Uni
B – #4 Raging Bull
11 – Prior to Saturday's race, the winner of the Best Pal at Del Mar will…
A – Be a maiden, or have had only 1 career start (#1 Wrecking Crew, #3 We're Still Here, #4 Schrodinger, #5 Collusion Illusion)
B – Have raced 2 or more times and is not a maiden (#2 Raging Whiskey, #6 Thanks Mr Eidson, #7 Fore Left)
12 – Which will be higher?
A – The $2 trifecta return in the Best Pal, rounded up the nearest whole number
B – The number of penalty yards accumulated by the Los Angeles Rams in Saturday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders
TIEBREAKER – What will be the $2 exacta payout in the Arlington Million?
TIF SUMMER PROP CONTEST LEADERBOARD (Through Week 4)
(only players with a total of 27 or higher reflected)
1st – Jeffrey Amster (35)
3rd – Terry Ostrowski (34)
4th – Larry Kerr (33)
5th – Robert Carniol (32)
8th – Leonard Dodson (31)
12th – Patrick Ray (30)
15th – Rory Arnold (29)
20th – Patrick Moroney (28)
21st – Tom Bartzsch (27)
Donations will be directed by contest winners to entities which either support injured jockeys, or work to improve standards of protection or health, recovery and performance of jockeys. They include: The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, University of Kentucky's Sports Medicine Research Institute (Jockey & Equestrian Initiative), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) Helmet Lab Research (Equestrian Helmet Project).
The schedule of future guest prop-setters is as follows:
Saturday, August 17 – Matt Bernier @Bernier_Matt
Saturday, August 24 – Nick Tammaro @NTamm1215
Saturday, August 31 – Craig Bernick @Craig_Bernick
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