Best Bet – (1) FAR BETTER – Race 2
Spot Play – (3) ST LADS FIJI – Race 5
Race 1 – (5) HOT FUDGE SUNDAY was a narrow loser to a horse who has won several races recently in what was a nice debut effort. He gets the nod here. (1) MOTOWN MISSILE is getting closer and he should show speed here again; Exactor factor. (2) AMISH PARADE is a good one to use on the bottom of Tri bets.
Race 2 – (1) FAR BETTER is several seconds the best here on paper and he will be very hard to beat. (2) SUNSET SOPH may land in the pocket early and ride it to an Exactor finish. (5) MIRAGE SEELSTER finishes third 40% of the time. Use her on the bottom.
Race 3 – (5) SPORTS JACKET was never threatened when winning in this class last time and he’ll take beating coming back for more at the same level. (3) STRATEGIC THINKING has faced tougher and is an obvious threat, but the choice may get the jump on him here. (6) MACH ART IN MOTION can close late to land on the Triactor ticket.
Race 4 – (4) MISTER GODRO faces easier here and teamster St. Louis will likely send him right down the road. (5) BET ON ART also drops and notice he has won his last three starts at this level. (2) STONEY DURKIN is a trip horse who frequently lands in the money off following trips; use underneath.
Race 5 – (3) ST LADS FIJI is on a tremendous roll that isn’t likely to be stopped here, but she’ll be offering another short price. (2) BOOKIE BABY should be leaving for position here and she is a good bet to fill the bottom of the Exactor. (1) FULL RACE CAM can close late to pass a couple of these and land on the board.
Race 6 – (2) PLAYED BY SWAN drops in class and his recent qualifier suggests he’s ready to produce a top effort. (4) WHOLE LOTTA SASS went a big trip to win with Borth driving two starts back and she returns here; beware. (3) TYMAL DIAMOND failed as the big chalk last time but she figures for a share here.
Race 7 – (2) LEAFS AND WINGS returns from a failed trip to Mohawk Park and he draws well here; top call. (5) BOLD DECISION paced a big mile over a 1/2-mile track recently and he is in the mix here. (7) CLASSIFIEDMATERIAL shows a big win here two starts back; don’t take this gelding lightly.
Race 8 – (7) MOLLIE Z TAM rarely loses here, and she has shown she can win deploying various styles; top call despite her post. (1) BAD NIGHT MARE is capable of better and her post should help. (4) KINNDERUNTOUCHABLE is in solid form and she should threaten for at least a share in this spot.
Race 9 – (7) VANITY GIRL gets a big driver change here which may signal intent. I’ll give her the nod. (6) EINHORN races well for Borth and he should be in the mix from the start here. (5) DEBS NEW MAN is 0 for 15 this year but recent form suggests he can factor for a share here.
Race 10 – (1) MYBROTHERGEORGE is helped by the short field here and I see him motoring past his four rivals in the back half. (4) SHIPPEN OUT is always dangerous in this class and the choice will need to track him down to win. (2) PHONE IN races well for St. Louis who returns to drive here; using underneath.
Race 11 – (1) CULLEN KEEFE N drops, and most likely pops here. (6) BOURBON SEELSTER will be heard from racing at this level. She could be the one to beat here. (5) WORLDOFROCKZEE is worth a look shipping in and getting St. Louis to drive.
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.