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Garnet Barnsdale’s Flamboro Downs Selections: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Best Bet – (5) MARY KAT – Race 4
Spot Play – (1) SO LONG DARLING – Race 1
20-cent Early Pick 4 – Race 3 – 5,8/5/3/1,2,3,4,5,6 = $2.40
20-cent Late Pick 4 – Race 7 – 1,4,5/1,3,5/3,7/2,5,7 = $10.80

 
Race 1 – Post position could be critical here and (1) SO LONG DARLING may elect to force her rivals to take a seat early in what should be a winnable spot for her; slight nod. (6) THE JOY LUCK CLUB dominated last time and if she is allowed to clear early here, she will be tough to beat. (3) BUTTERMILK HANOVER should fare better starting from an inside post; using underneath.
 
Race 2 – (1) EMILY BEACH had a decent comeback race now she gets Coulter and the rail; top call. (8) WITNESSINTHESHADOW is likely to show speed again and she can be an Exacta factor here. (4) BETTER JOY looks next best in a field with little reliable recent form.
 
Race 3 – (5) EATAAMS TRAUMA gets post advantage on main rival (8) BOOK THE BET here and she gets a slight nod based on that factor, but I’ll use both in this early Pick 4. (9) MOMARA comes off an improved effort but she tends to get too far back in many of her races. I’ll use her underneath.
 
Race 4 – (5) MARY KAT beat similar last week and she simply looks fastest in here. Expect a repeat at a short price. (2) DELIZABETH should sit the pocket again and she may be the only danger to the choice. (1) THREE GEMS looks next best and she will likely ride a following trip to a board finish. 
 
Race 5 – (3) MOCODRA brings two huge wins with her from London and if she transfers that form here, she will be tough to beat. (1) BRIGHTSIDE RHIA should be the main threat leaving from the rail and she’s the other one that I will use in this Pick 4. (2) CREDIT TO BURN had a killer trip last time. She should find a seat early here which will enable her to take a board finish.  
 
Race 6 – (1) OUTLAW IMAHOTVIXEN gets major post relief here and that could help compensate for the class rise. Expect an aggressive steer from Hensley. (6) ARYA STARK drops and returns quicker this time. She should be the main threat. (4) BAROCKEY seems to race better at Flamboro and she could add some value to this Pick 4.
 
Race 7 – (1) HONOR ROLL was game in victory last time and she is the one to catch here leaving from the rail again. (5) FLUENTOCITY is sure to get put into play by Davis Jr. leaving the gate and she is a late Pick 4 must use for me. (4) NEW BOSS IN TOWN shows a race two starts back that puts her right there with these if she can replicate that mile; using. (6) MARK YOUR PAIGE should be closing for a share here. (9) DESTINY CRUISE figures to sit a nice trip and finish somewhere in the High-5.
 
Race 8 – (3) WINDSONG OLYMPIA faces easier and draws better here and she gets a slight nod over (1) ALWAYS A ROSE, who is the one to catch shooting for a threepeat stepping up off the claim. (5) TWENTY THREE RED has a better chance here moving to an improved post and she isn’t out of this.
 
Race 9 – Wide-open race here. I’ll take a stab with (3) SHANIAS IMAGE who returns quicker this time and moves to a post that should promote a better start. (7) FEU D ARTIFICE will be tough again if she is allowed to clear to the front early but starting from the worst post there are no guarantees that will happen. (6) BLACK ELEKTRA hasn’t missed the Exacta in five starts. She’s hard to leave out of the exotics.
 
Race 10 – (7) ANDERSON SEELSTER faces easier here and she has the necessary gate speed to overcome this post; top call. (5) FINA PATINA is also dropping, and she could trip out in the choice’s pocket; using. (2) LO HOLD A MOONBEAM is another who could benefit from a great following trip and she is in with a chance here. (1) WHOZYOMOMMA figures to get at least a small piece of this. (3) AINT THREE OK disappointed at odds of 1 to 9 last time. I’ll use her underneath only.

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Garnet Barnsdale is a veteran handicapper, bettor and racing writer who has worked as an analyst for DRF Harness for the past five years. He is also the current President of the Canadian Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association.

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