Bee staff writers and horse players Debbie Arrington and Steve Pajak are renewing their head-to-head bankroll battle during the State Fair. Each started with a hypothetical $500 for eight racing days.
Today: Skye Memo (10th race) steps up in class in good form. This filly likes the quirky 5 1/2-furlong distance and won in her only prior visit to Sacramento.
The bet: $40 win/place Skye Memo; $5 exacta box Skye Memo, Ya Wanna Hug and Xcuse Me Monto, and $10 double Elusive Plains (ninth race) to Skye Memo.
Saturday: Lost $52 when Going for a Spin finished seventh in the eighth race.
Note to Steve: You got your home run, but I've got one last at-bat.
Today: Gianis (seventh race) finished a bang-up second at this level last time. A repeat of that race would be good enough to win today.
The bet: $30 win Gianis; $5 exacta boxes Gianis with Southern Journey and Simply Secret.
Saturday: Won $297 when Donnas Fu won the sixth race.
Note to Debbie: Bada bing, bada ... wait for it ... BOOM!
Marks Mine wins State Fair sprint
Making an impressive move turning for home, Marks Mine won with authority in Saturday's $75,000 California State Fair Filly & Mare Sprint at Cal Expo.
Trained by Steve Specht and ridden by Frank Alvarado, the 3-year-old filly won by four lengths over 30-1 long shot Paris in April. Favorite English Royal, runner-up in the 2012 State Fair Sprint, finished another length back in third. Final time for the six furlongs was a quick 1 minute, 8.93 seconds.
Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Marks Mine ($7.20) tracked pacesetter Fightin Mean Mad through a fast first quarter-mile in 21.43 seconds and 43.57 for the half-mile before pouncing on the turn. The California-bred daughter of Benchmark improved her record to four wins from 10 starts.
State Fair racing wraps up today. First post is 1:45 p.m.