The 2021 TIF BetMakers Summer Prop Contest commences this week with the first Saturday of the Saratoga meet and Monmouth Park’s feature event, the TVG Haskell Stakes. Peter Thomas Fornatale of the In The Money Players’ Podcast is the guest prop-setter.
A player’s top four scores will count towards the overall standings, so it is OK if you miss a week, but the likelihood of a better score increases the more you play. The 2020 contest was decided by a tiebreaker and the 2019 contest was decided by just one point in the final week – every point counts!
The top three finishers each week will get to choose amongst three racing charities which will receive donations. The overall top three finishers in the contest will do the same, and enjoy bragging rights. This summer’s beneficiaries include the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs, New Vocations and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Click on each of their names to learn more.
Below are the props that contestants will face. The top three finishers each week will be contacted by email late Saturday or Sunday and results published on Monday.
#1 HEAD TO HEAD: Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Haskell Stakes (Race 12) at Monmouth?
#4 HOT ROD CHARLIE
#2 HEAD TO HEAD: Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Haskell Stakes?
#1 FOLLOWING SEA
#6 MIDNIGHT BOURBON
#3 Which horse bred in South America will have the better finishing position in the United Nations Stakes (Race 11) at Monmouth?
#4 IMPERADOR (ARG)
#5 FANTASIOSO (ARG)
#8 MASTER PIECE (CHI)
#4 Which of the four of Chad Brown’s runners will have the better finishing position in the Matchmaker (Race 5) at Monmouth?
#2 GREAT ISLAND
#3 COUNTERPARTY RISK (IRE)
#6 NAY LADY NAY (IRE)
#7 KALIFORNIA QUEEN (GER)
#5 According to the Equibase charts, which race will feature the longer winning margin?
Monmouth Cup (Race 8 – Monmouth)
Sanford Stakes (Race 9 – Saratoga)
#6 Which bet will have the higher return at Saratoga on Saturday?
The early pick five (Races 1-5)
The late pick five (Races 7-11)
#7 According to the Equibase chart of the race, what will be the winning margin in the Sanford (Race 9) at Saratoga?
1.5 lengths or shorter
Between 1.75 lengths and 3 lengths
3.25 lengths and longer
#8 In the Sanford (Race 9) at Saratoga, which horse will have a better finishing position?
Any horse that made their last start at a Kentucky track (#2 Candy Landing, #7 Ottoman Empire, #9 Headline Report, #11 Seize the Night)
Any horse that made their last start at a track in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or Florida (#3 Catch the Smoke, #5 Dance Code, #6 Maryland Brando, #8 Due Vini, #12 Lucago)
#9 What will be the final win odds of #1 Wit in the Sanford?
1.79-1 or lower (8-5 or lower on U.S. tote displays)
1.80-1 or higher (9-5 or higher on U.S. tote displays)
#10 HEAD TO HEAD: Which Godolphin-owned filly will have the better finishing position in the Diana (Race 10) at Saratoga?
#6 SUMMER ROMANCE
#11 Which team of trainers will accrue more points on Saturday at Saratoga (point scale: 5 points for a win, 3 for second, 1 for third)?
Team 1 - Chad Brown (8 entries) and Bill Mott (5 entries) MINUS 0.5 points
Team 2 – Todd Pletcher (5 entries + 1 AE), Steve Asmussen (4 entries + 1 AE) and Mike Maker (3 entries)
#12 Will there be a winner at Saratoga with win odds of 14.00-1 or higher?
TIEBREAKER: What will be $1 trifecta return in the United Nations Stakes (Race 11) at Monmouth?