Horse sense: Arrington hopes for good Karma; Pajak’s royal bet flushed

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 10 racing days.


Saturday: Won $8 when Allaboutaction won eighth race.

Bankroll: $549

Today: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer expects a red-hot Sacramento weekend. That includes consistent NEW KARMA (ninth race) in today’s feature.

The bet: $20 win/place New Karma, $5 exacta box New Karma and Johnny Reb.

Note to Steve: I can’t get enough chalk in my diet.


Saturday: Lost $50 when Princess Wonderful finished last in the ninth race.

Bankroll: $287

Today: BOW TIE BELLE (sixth race), a consistent closer, figures to get the pace setup she needs with a couple of stretch-out sprinters in the field.

The bet: $40 win Bow Tie Belle; $5 exacta Bow Tie Belle to Better in Leather; $10 double Bow Tie Bow Tie Belle to Percy’s Bluff (seventh race).

Note to Debbie: Lame.