2016 Hambo Holly Tips

Posted by Bob Heyden on Wednesday, August 03, 2016 3:16 PM
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$20 To Bet 


10th Race $5 win and Place #6 Wings Of Royalty. Brian Sears on Hambo Day is like the NY Yankees of the 20s-30s-40s and 50s. Reliable-Always right there 


16th Race $10 to win #4 Hope For Badlands. Go OUT a winner-last race of the first 40 Years of the Meadowlands (9/1/76). This horse was facing clearly better than these early on-was speed tightened and is going to be a bit of a price.  




1) DRIVERS-TRAINERS-CARETAKERS-OWNERS: ALL EYES are on you. IF you are planning any Horse Of The Year parties-you had better be in the winners circle-TODAY! Very few horses have been able to fall shy on this day and still get the hardware.  


2) The bigger the race-the BETTER the BETTER drivers do. The top 5-6-7 drivers in the world are not only feeling no pressure-they cannot wait for the clock to strike 12. They WANT to hear the starter say "GO"-the lesser named drivers on these kinds of days do NOT want to make a mistake-thus-they tend to drive a bit more conservatively and take the smaller shares.  


3) SPEED SPEED SPEED. Hey-it's AFTERNOON racing-the sun is out (hopefully). Horses often show a new dimension-and some who never left the gate before are suddenly on top to a fast 3/4s. Don't be afraid to back a horse at a price-and with SEPARATE betting numbers-we can even get a price on Takter or Burke.  


4) Mile and an eighth races are much worse for the second TIER horses than the mile races. 3-4 horses sprint out of there and get position-you are starting from post 12-next thing you know your 8th as the quarter time goes up. The added distance-ESPECIALLY on the Meadowlands straightaway for the extra eighth of a mile, brazens up a few drivers and you could be looking at a tough road uphill if you are starting from the second tier-in DISTANCE racing. 


5) "All" Button & $.10 supers. Remember the NJ Classic where Brett Miller split horses and won by a nose at 90-1? I remember using him on all tickets-10 cent supers-and NOT cashing anyway. The point is, THAT is what the 10 cent super is for-and the "ALL" button too. Hey-it's closing day for the meet-send it in on the 16 race card-the BIGGEST Handle of the year is right in front of you so all you need to do is cash on the right 3-4 races and you're in business.  



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Bob "Hollywood" Heyden has been the Meadowlands Racetrack's statistician and handicapper since 1984. He appears nightly on "Racing from the Meadowlands" recap show on SNY and conducts all winner's circle interviews. "Holly News and Notes" are a must read for little known facts and important historical racing data.