Best Bet - (3) IDEAL JET - Race 10
Spot Play - (2) MYSTERY BET - Race 1
Race 1 - (2) MYSTERY BET has more than enough class for these and he gets Hall of Famer Brown to drive tonight; top call. (6) SOUTHWIND VOLTAGE is only one for his last 40, but his recent form is good enough to make him an Exactor factor here. (5) KEN KAN WIN should get a better trip here and stick around for a share.
Race 2 - (1) MACPHERSON THUNDER came up against a very strong colt last week who was long gone when this colt made his move. This is a good spot for him to graduate. (2) TOMAHAWK SEELSTER was not far behind the choice in a nice debut effort. He can build off that. (4) DEUCE HELIE made several moves last week with Brown driving. He should be a threat again.
Race 3 - (5) JANES ANGEL went too fast too soon last week and tired late. She can clear these and if she gets a breather, she should be tough. (4) CADENCE SEELSTER is one for 14 but she has seven shares in 19 starts this year and she is capable vs. this group. (3) MUSCLE CHROME should go better here with a start under her belt and facing easier; using underneath.
Race 4 - (3) LARRYS PETROCK probably has never faced easier than this and his qualifier says he's ready; top call. (5) BACKYARD SWAGGER was beaten by tough claiming types last time. He should contend here. (1) WHATASHOWINONTARIO - third to the choice in the qualifier - can sit a good trip here and take a share.
Race 5 - (4) FOUR FOR ORR is razor-sharp as he searches for his third straight win and he should be hard to deny. (1) IAMSAM SAMIAM draws much better and he is capable at this level; the main danger. (9) PRECISION BLUE CHIP seems to be a "need-the-lead" type so it's hard to say how he'll do starting from the second tier, but he can threaten if the rail horse leaves the gate quickly.
Race 6 - (8) RUSTYS FLYING is a tremendous win machine that is impossible for me to pick against at this point. (3) ROCK N ROLL BABE was solid last week when second to the choice. She should be a factor again here. (1) ROCKET GAL can sit a nice trip here and sneak onto the Tri ticket.
Race 7 - (8) IN LAND BEACH was an easy winner here last week and she paced a big back half; call to repeat. (1) SIZZLIN SALLY's opener was good and she should threaten here. (7) KISS IT BETTER was no match for the choice but that was her debut and the winner did enjoy a slow opening half. She is not out of this.
Race 8 - (3) COMPANY MAN withstood some heavy pressure at Clinton and off that effort he gets the call to repeat here. (4) EMPTYTHETILL is in solid form and picking up Brown to drive him won't hurt; using. (6) ARSENAL DE CHAFRA ships west with a good record and he could add some value to the Triactor here.
Race 9 - (2) ALLERAGE STARGAZER gets her nose on the gate to start again here and she can go right down the road vs. these. (1) LUCK O THE IRISH is an obvious threat with the drop in class and Brown should get him off the gate quicker here. (5) STORMONT ROYALTY was 2nd by a head to a pacer in her July 27th qualifier. You don't see that very often with veteran horses.
Race 10 - (3) IDEAL JET lays over these on class alone and he should make the front early and lead these on a merry chase. (2) OLLIESTRIKESFAME can sit a trip and perhaps nail (1) OAKROCK ELDORADO for second late. The latter figures to ride in the choice's pocket most of the way here.
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.