BetAmerica’s horse racing pick of the day: July 31, Ellis Park
Weekday picks and plays for Thoroughbred racing.
Friday, July 31
Looking for a longshot to play this week? Look no further than #2 Violenza d’Oro (15-1 on the morning line).
In a field full of well-bred 2-year-old maidens, Violenza d’Oro offers appeal on several fronts. His sire, Violence, is responsible for 20% debut winners. His dam, Mayfield, has foaled seven winners from seven starters. And while trainer Teddy Randazzo hasn’t saddled a first-time starter since 2004, he’s a high-percentage trainer across the board, who wins at a 21% rate with sprinters.
Violenza d’Oro has flashed bits of speed in the mornings at Fairmount Park, where he clocked a swift half-mile from the starting gate in :48 4/5 June 20.
It is interesting to note Ellis Park’s leading jockey, Rafael Bejarano (11-for-49), has accepted the mount, which hints Violenza d’Oro has a live shot to factor at a price.
$10 to win on #2 Violenza d’Oro
$15 to place on #2 Violenza d’Oro