Double Play of the Day

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With so many interesting exotic wagers available to the savvy horseplayer, it's important to find bets that are best for you. Some bettors love to play vertically—focusing on exactas, trifectas, and supers—while others, like myself, prefer to pick winners, focusing on the horizontal wagers like the Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5.

While these multi-race exotic wagers provide an opportunity for a big score, there is another exotic wager that offers a steady, solid return on your investment, if you know what to look for—the Daily Double. This year, Santa Anita has decided to eliminate the Rolling Daily Double and instead focus on three distinct Double pools—the Early Double (races one and two); the Middle Double (races four and five); and the Late Double (the final two races of the day).With a $2 base minimum bet and a new, lower, player-friendly takeout of only 18%, the new Daily Double wager offers some excellent wagering opportunities.

Throughout the Santa Anita meet, we'll be taking a new approach to this old wager by providing detailed analysis and suggested wagering strategies for the Daily Double. The key is to find the right sequence of races that will offer the most lucrative payouts. We'll be isolating vulnerable favorites and live long shots, as well as suggesting logical betting combinations to fully maximize the value of this low-takeout wager.


12/28/13: $5 Double (2-7) returned: $253.50
1/19/14: $2 Double (7-8) returned: $119.80
1/25/14: $5 Double (6-11) returned: $165.50
2/7/14: $10 Double (4-4) returned: $57.00
2/15/14: $10 Double (6-4) returned $165.00
3/15/14: $4 Double (4-3) returned $86.40
3/20/15: $2 Double (8-4; 8-1) returned $77.00
3/22/14: $3 Double (1-6) returned $63.00
4/3/14: $4 Double (3-12) returned $43.60

About Frank R. Scatoni

Frank R. Scatoni is the former editor of The HorsePlayer Magazine, as well as the author of the book Six Secrets of Successful Bettors. He has been a contributor to several e-newsletters, in which he provided detailed analysis of stakes races throughout the world, and he continues to provide racing analysis for the Santa Anita and Del Mar websites. He is a qualifier for the National Handicapping Championship (NHC) and currently acts as a trip-note taker and database manager for the popular live-paddock report Twitter feed @Quigleys_Corner.