Horse sense: Arrington looks to Cap her winnings, Pajak staging a last-ditch Ambush

Steve Pajak, Debbie Arrington.

Bee staff writers and horse players Debbie Arrington and Steve Pajak have renewed their head-to-head bankroll battle during the State Fair. Each started with a hypothetical $500 for 10 racing days.


Saturday: Lost $52 when Alwazabridesmaid finished fifth in the eighth race.

Bankroll: $545

Today: On the State Fair’s closing day, I’ll stick with the hot combination of trainer John Martin and jockey Frank Alvarado. They could score once more with CAP FERRAT (fourth race), who is super sharp while moving up in class.

The bet: $20 win/place on Cap Ferrat, $2 exacta box Cap Ferrat, Elmonte Cristo and No EZ Money.

Note to Steve: One more win could “cap” my meet.


Saturday: Lost $60 when Pineda finished second in the fifth race.

Bankroll: $364

Today: Some Arabian action to close the fair meet. AMBUSH AA (first race) is primed for a big effort in his third race off a layoff.

The bet: $50 win Ambush AA; $10 exacta box Ambush AA with Khouros CS.

Note to Debbie: We will know by 1:17 p.m. if we have a horse race.