Best Bet – (2) MALVOLIO – Race 1
Spot Play – (2) OFFICIALLY RUSTY – Race 6
Early Pick 4 – 4,8/6,7/4/2,6,9 = $2.40
Late Pick 4 – 2/5,6,7/3,6/1,2,3,7 = $4.80
Race 1 – (2) MALVOLIO was an easy winner over many of these last week and a repeat at a similarly short price looms here. (1) KISS IT BETTER was gaining on the leader in the lane and she is the logical alternative with white-hot teamster Gagnon driving. (4) BETTOR JET seems logical to sit a following trip and make it into the Triactor.
Race 2 – (6) REALRUBIES AT PLAY simply looks best in this short field and he should be sharper here making his second start back; top call. (3) BLACKJACK SOLEIL made a couple of moves vs. non-winners of three company at Trois Rivieres and he could add some value to the exotics here. (2) PASSIONATE PRINCE faced tougher last time with a predictable result. He fits better here, and he should be heard from.
Race 3 – (4) GHIRARDELLI LINDY drops from the top class here and he should get put into play early; slight nod. (8) BATTING STATS has found a good home in this optional claiming class and he has won the last two times Gagnon has driven; Exactor factor. (3) EXPLOSIVE JET will take some action at the windows shipping in from Mohawk Park but notice she is stuck on one win in 2019 and she’s more likely to finish underneath.
Race 4 – This race shapes up as a battle of the two that drew outside, and I’ll give (6) DARCEE N the nod racing off the Demers claim. (7) BADSTORMANYPORT is consistent in this class and he is sure to be heard from here. (1) CAMS LUCKY SAM figures to get a good following trip and he may split the top two if they engage in some mid-race battling.
Race 5 – (4) THRILLING TIMES is on a roll and he will be hard to beat here again at a short price. (1) MAJO RAFIKI should secure the pocket early and that gives him a decent chance to ride that trip to an Exactor finish. (2) SUNSHINE CATCHER should also get a decent following trip here and he is another to consider when making Triactor selections.
Race 6 – (2) OFFICIALLY RUSTY drops in class and draws well here. He may be able to work out the trip that gets him his second win of 2019. (9) PRINCE GIOVANNI also drops, but the 9-hole may not be the best starting spot in this race and it’s worth taking a shot to beat him if he goes off chalk. (6) WESTERN PHIL is another who dips in class and he will be the one to chase down and perhaps set the table for the choice if that one can sit in his pocket throughout. (1) MACHIN A TRICK should follow along and emerge late to take a share. (4) MITT JAGGER is usually good for a share. Toss him on High-5 tickets.
Race 7 – (2) MOHEGAN BLUE CHIP is on a roll right now that will be hard to stop here with Gagnon driving from a good post. (9) SANTANNA TONY has been facing better racing out of town and he’s worth a look for the Exactor here. (3) GALAGHER SEELSTER should be passing some of these late and he could help boost the price of the Triactor.
Race 8 – (6) CHALEURS AD will be the one the closers will be looking to get by late and he may build enough of a cushion in this spot to hold off (7) NATIONAL DEBT, who beat him narrowly last week and is always coming in the lane. (5) BRIGADIERBRONSKI A is another who typically closes from way back who should at least make it onto the Triactor ticket here.
Race 9 – (3) PRECIEUSE CC has been racing great at Trois Rivieres and I’ll take a stab with her here at a price in a race that looks wide-open. (6) PASADENA STAR is the logical chalk with rival Capteur De Reve not in this race. You must use this one in the Late Pick 4. (5) REVENUE AGENT was a winner in this class three starts back with Gagnon driving and he returns here; using.
Race 10 – (1) DINNER AT THE MET is a former Preferred winner at Mohawk Park who seems to be coming back to good form now. At 10/1 on the morning line, he’s worth a stab here. (3) G A SPEED SAMMY with 9 wins in 13 tries is hard to leave off the Late Pick 4 ticket. (7) ASHLEYSBEST will be a big speed threat here but he may find some of these tough to hold off in the final quarter. (2) CANADIAN EDITION drops after a failed first-over bid in the top class and he’s another that I’ll use on the Late Pick 4 ticket. (5) RUB OFTHE GREEN N almost won in the top class two starts back but he is often a victim of pace and trip; using underneath.
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.