The fourth week of the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s Summer Prop Contest features the props of professional horseplayer Paul Matties Jr. A winner of the National Horseplayers’ Championship in 2016, Matties is based outside Saratoga Springs, New York and considers the summer scene there as home. Hence, Saturday’s Whitney card at the Spa will be the focus for the contest.

Donations this week will be topped-up by Select Sales Agency, contributing an additional $1,000 distributed across the winners’ designated charities.

“It is great to see more awareness come to the possibilities of fixed-odds betting on racing in this country,” said Andrew Cary of Select Sales. “It is clear that we need to modernize and innovate as it directly impacts the financial future of our industry and I’m hopeful we will soon experience a reality where these offerings are part of the standard racing experience.”

Connor LeClair of Cohoes, New York took the third week of the contest with a winning tiebreaker after correctly selecting 11 of 12 props. Jeffrey Amster of Oceanside, New York leads with the best overall score through three weeks. Players can participate in all eight weeks, or just select weeks, but the best four scores accumulated will count towards the overall standings.

New and existing players can enter the contest here.

Below are the props for week four:

1 – The winner of the Whitney at Saratoga (Race 9) will be…

A – #6 McKinzie
B – Any other horse

2 – HEAD TO HEAD: Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Whitney?

A – #4 Thunder Snow
B – #8 Preservationist

3 – HEAD TO HEAD: Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Whitney?

A – #1 Imperative
B – #2 Forewarned

4 – Will #5 Vino Rosso finish in the trifecta in the Whitney?

A – Yes
B – No

5 – The final time of the Whitney will be…

A – 1:48.00 or faster
B – 1:48.01 or slower

6 – Which race at Saratoga will have the longer winning margin?

A – Race 5 – The Troy
B – Race 8 – The Test

7 – Will a filly who ran in the Kentucky Oaks win the Test at Saratoga?

A – Yes (#1 Serengeti Empress, #2 Bellafina, #7 Jeltrin)
B – No (#3 Covfefe, #4 Trenchtown Cat, #5 Royal Charlotte, #6 Please Flatter Me)

8 – Will a horse bred outside North America win the Lure (Race 7) at Saratoga?

A – Yes (#3 Projected, #5 Sacred Life, #9 Gidu)
B – No (#1 Noble Indy, #2 Lucallan, #4 Control Group [MTO], #6 Say The Word, #7 Voodoo Song, #8 Ticonderoga)

9 – HEAD TO HEAD: Which horse will have the better finishing position in the Troy at Saratoga?

A – #2 Disco Partner
B – #3 Pure Sensation

10 – Which daily double at Saratoga will pay a higher return?

A – Lure (Race 7) and Test (Race 8)
B – Whitney (Race 9) and De La Rose (Race 10)

11 – Which jockey will win more races on Saturday at Saratoga?

A – Irad Ortiz Jr minus ½ (9 scheduled rides)
B – Jose Ortiz plus ½ (8 scheduled rides)

12 – According to the official Equibase chart, at what time will the 11th race (scheduled for 6:57pm) go off?

A – 7:00p.m. or earlier
B – 7:01p.m. or later

TIEBREAKER – What will be the $2 exacta payout in the Whitney at Saratoga?


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