South Florida, Ronnie, Ron Nicoletti discussed on The Horse Racing Radio Network Podcast
A good day to be playing the races down in South Florida and nobody knows that better than our friend Ron nicoletti, who is on top of all the action down there fantastic handicapper. He's put his pick 6 ticket together. This interview, as I welcome Ronnie to the show, brought to you by our friends at jellyfish water. Ronnie good morning, my friend. Good morning, Mike. Nice. Nice to talk to you. Excited for this Rainbow Six today. Whenever you get these mandatory payout days, it just kind of it takes things to a new level, doesn't it? Yeah, it really does, the excitement, you know, just I ratchets up and you know, they're expecting a little over three $1 million to bet into today to go in. We got 450,000 live on each so, you know, that's adds to it. So it's up for the taking. And what is interesting about this one is this is the first time with a mandatory path that four of the 6 races are on the new tape surface. So I find that totally interesting. And, you know, it's a new situation down here. So it's going to take a little bit of handicap, and you get this thing done. Have you noticed any trends that folks can keep an eye on when it comes to those races on the tepida? Yeah, you know, we've been watching them and in the beginning, the first couple of weeks, because the track has to settle. It was just basically mid race stalkers or closers, and it seemed to level out. We had like just a spurt where four or 5 races of the FrontRunner one. So it seems to be leavening out and there's no like an old bias, we say, oh, it's speed. You got to have your speed. It seems to be pretty good. It's really a jockey's race on the torpedo. With the fact that we have the new whip rule. So you just got to sort of get your horse in the right position to make that charge down the stretch. The most amazing thing about it Mike is the second day it was in we had one of these belly washes here in South Florida, which we've been dealing with and that track was perfect. It was one of the guys saying I don't know if this is going to work out and it has been fantastic so far. As far as when it's raining. Now it's a slow track. We know that, you know, it takes 36 months to a year to get it to where they want it. So it's been fun. Yeah, that is one of the benefits of an artificial racing surface. Ronnie is the plan that say, for example, in the championship meet, if we get a day where it pours down rain like you just talked about and those, let's face it, they happen in South Florida. If we get a date like that, races are taken off the turf. Will they be moved to the tepida surface so that some of these Terra forces stay in and we keep bigger fields? Yeah, absolutely. That's the plan, you know? And I don't think they're going to write the plan is not to write that many to Peter races for in the card, maybe one a day, but it's basically going to be used for exactly what you said, you know, you know, the last two days here in South Florida in the afternoon it's been pouring, you know? So we were making a joke yesterday that they should have taken the main track races all people put them on. It was perfect yesterday. You know what, it's a new situation. It's been fun handicap and it, you know, sometimes you scratching your head, but that's what makes it all the more fun. When you look at a day like today, and you have that mandatory payout in the Rainbow Six. Does that change the way you approach structuring your ticket and the horses that you choose? Yeah, because absolutely. When the tickets I put together is what I can afford basically trying to wake. I don't like to put up a $200 ticket. You know, for the folks out there, you know, the best. You know, they don't leave me to tell them if they spent $200 on a ticket so I like to keep it $40 $30. But when it comes to day like this, you know, it's beautiful question, not dealing with any takeouts or anything. You know, you guys send it in, so I'll get a $100 ticket as I'll put it together. Now if I can get a partner or something like that. And you know, the key to this I found is you got to find that one race where you might be able to single or use two horses and go deep in some of these races that it just so hard to handicap. So, you know, that's my thought about it. I try and zero in on something I really like. You know, best bet or whatever. And I try and build my ticket around that. You know, after you add it up to the end, you then say, go to a wait, I gotta go back and change this a little bit, you know? Well, let's start with race number 5. That's the first race in the sequence. We'll walk through all 6 races and kind of get your thoughts on who you think might be live in those races and the 5th race here we go. Miles 70 yards, $20,000 claiming event. Now when there's a two lifetime maybe for a lot of people a bit of a head scratcher, tell me about this one. Well, you know, I went with the four horse and Katie's dream girl actually like this horse a lot this today. 6 to one in the morning line, I'll tell you about wheel and back in 6 days. So just ran 6 days ago. But dropped to the 20 level. And I like the fact that this horse is stretching out, broke out with at the start and then showed some rally in the end and trained by Ralph Knicks and written by Chantal Sutherland. It was just been on fire lately and she I think she's time for most wins. I'm talking about this is on the tap most wins on the tape with 13 or 14 or something like that. I just think this horse is 6 to one, actually made this one my best bet on the cardinal my long shot on card today at 6 to one. So I thought that horse had a chance. I mean, you got to sort of use quite strength any police to junior roses started, but you're right. So this is where if you find that single, you got to go deep somewhere because it's not an easy one to start. So is Katie's dreamgirl strong enough to single in the spot for you? Almost. You know, you go to the probably in there with the quiet strength to I like for Eddie pleased the junior, you know, just one ran back. I like the fact that this horse is turning back and what I've been doing is I've been sort of key in a horse that already have a race over the surface, you know? So I like to see how they ran come back and they've been having some success with that. And that's the case with the 11 quite strength. What's the weather like down there today, Ronny? What do we expect the main track and turf to be? Well, the main track is fast right now, but as I said, we've been bombarded.