For horse racing fans in upstate New York... Christmas day is not in December, it's in mid-July. 40 days of championship racing will begin at Saratoga Race Course Friday and Brian "The Closer" Mariano will be with you the entire meet with selections and more. Each day, Closer will post his selections and tickets for the days racing card and if you want more up to the minute selections... Follow him on Twitter @Mariano_Closer for his selections and wagers.

Also, this summer will feature the inaugural "Levack and Goz" Boot Bet. Closer, Levack and Goz will post their bets on twitter using the #LGBootBet. They will begin with a bankroll of $500 and whoever can win the most (or lose the least) will win. The person who comes in last will have to drink a beer out of a boot in 15 minutes and the beer is chosen by the other two contestants. Follow along all summer for fun and hopefully some winning selections. So without further ado, here are Closer's selections for Opening day at the spaaaaaaa!

Saratoga opening day 
 
1: 1,7,5,8
2: 10,4,1,5
3: 2,1,6,4
4: 6,5,7,8
5: 1,3,9,6
6: 4,10,1,5
7: 3,1,10,2
8: 2,10,1,7
9: 7,3,1,5
10: 12,8,11,5
Late Pick 4 ($48)
7: 1,2,3,10
8: 2,7,10
9: 1,3,5,7
10: 8,12
Best Bet: Race 4 (#6) Azzedine
Long Shot Play: Race 1 (#1) Halloween Horror