What’s the goal for every speculator?….Low risk high yield . With that in mind, let’s take a swing at the Golden Hour Double on Friday, March 12. This wager involves selecting the winner of the final race at Santa Anita and the final race at Golden Gate Fields. In the past few weeks this late double has paid astronomically. A $5 minimum wager last weekend yielded $44 on March 5, $311.50 on March 6, and $277 on March 7. For those scoring at home… that’s an average of 42 to 1 …CHEDDAR BABY!!!

Without further ado, let’s throw out a few thoughts on the Friday double. The nightcap at Santa Anita is a six furlong allowance race with a balanced 8 horse field. Plenty of ways to go in this one for sure. The morning line has six entrants at no greater than 6 to 1. Colt Fiction (8) laid an egg last out but has been solid, the Peter Miller trained Took Charge (1) breaks from the rail, and Howbeit (7) won last time out. Those are the first three on the radar.

The final race at Golden Gate is an even shorter run at 5 ½ furlongs on the all-weather track. For 4 year olds and up at a claiming price of $12,500, this could be anybody’s race as the longest shot in the seven horse field is at 10-1 on the morning line. My initial thoughts are “take a shot with the aptly named Perfect Wager (7)” at 10-1. Another attractive runner is the 1 horse, Unbridled’s Skye (4-1) and we also like the 2, Diction (7-2).

Enough of the jibber-jabber, who are we taking? If we want to go with just a straight $5 wager then it would be the old 1-2. Flavian Prat rides Took Charge for Miller and that means money. I am taking the 2 at Golden Gate because Diction’s pappy is one of my all-time favorites, Goldencents.

If we go a bit deeper and select 2 in each race our ticket becomes $20. The add-ons are the Mark Glatt trained Howbeit at Santa Anita and yes…Perfect Wager at Golden Gate. That means our investment reads 1/7 – 2/7.

BEST of luck, back a horse and get paid  .