Best Bet – (3) ROSE RUN VIGILANT – Race 6
Spot Play – (1) DREAMFAIR TECATE – Race 1
20-Cent Early Pick 5 – Race 1: 1,3/1,4/1,2,6/2,5/3,6 = $9.60
20-Cent Late Pick 5 – Race 6: 3/1,2,4/2,3,5/4,5/1,2 = $7.20
20-Cent Early Pick 4 – Race 3: 1,2,6/2,5/3,6/3 = $2.40
20-Cent Late Pick 4 – Race 7: 1,2,4/2,3,5/4,5/1,2 = $7.20
Race 1 – (1) DREAMFAIR TECATE has shown in the past that he can fly off the gate and I expect him to use post position advantage and head straight to the front tonight and he gets top call. (3) ROCK N TWIST is another that should be leaving but he may be forced to take a seat heading into the first turn. He is capable but he might get overbet in this spot. (2) KATAPARKA drops to the bottom claiming level and he should be closer but I prefer to use him underneath.
Race 2 – (4) P L OSCAR was hamstrung by a slow early pace last week. He should be more aggressive leaving the gate tonight and I’ll give him the nod to rebound. (1) OFF ROAD HANOVER is likely pointing to the front leaving the gate and he should be the one to catch. He’s on my early Pick 5 ticket. (6) ANN JACKSON is in the mix every week and she can take a slice here but winning from out there might be a tall task.
Race 3 – (6) RETICENT HANOVER is razor-sharp right now and driver Sorrie fits her like a glove; call to repeat. (2) BRAONACH raced well enough from the worst post to suggest that with tonight’s post relief she is in with a chance; using. (1) EATAAMS PRINCESS remarkably draws the rail for the fifth straight time and she could work out a pocket trip here; using.
Race 4 – (5) MAGICS WIZARD gets reclassified here and driver Plante continues to dominate at this track; top call. (2) INCREDIBLE HALLY was no match for a powerful winner but she did well to hold 2nd. She looks like the main threat. (3) LETSTAKETOTHESKY is another who should fare better in this spot but I prefer to use her underneath.
Race 5 – (3) IN THE NEWS will no doubt be heading for the front again tonight and she should be tough in this short field. (6) BIG DIAMOND is the other one in here that exits a fast race and she could provide some value to the Exacta. (1) BELLAFORNOW is one I’ll look to beat here as the 6 to 5 morning line favorite after failing to convert as the 3 to 5 chalk vs. easier in London last time. (2) SUNSHINEINMYPOCKET should take a share if she can stay flat this week. (5) SHAD has had the 9-hole in 3 of her last 4 starts; she can do better tonight starting with her nose on the gate.
Race 6 – (3) ROSE RUN VIGILANT shoots for her third win in a week and she looks awfully tough to beat in here. (9) SAULSBROOK FLASHY was first up against the choice after leaving from the 8-hole and she hung in there for third. She could make it into the Exacta tonight. (7) CANTSTOPTHEFEELIN keeps finishing 2nd but from the 7-hole tonight that streak could be broken. She is an exotics factor nonetheless.
Race 7 – (2) VINYASA improved sharply last time and led most of the way. This looks like a spot where she can lead all the way and take her maiden victory. (1) STONEBRIDGE NITRO already won at a similar class level three starts back and she has every chance vs. this group. She’s the other one that I’ll use on multi-race tickets. (4) DARLING PLEASE closed ground and trotted her back 1/2 in under a minute in a decent try last time and she should be in the exotics mix tonight.
Race 8 – This isn’t the toughest non-winners of two race and (5) ZOES CHOICE might be able to double up vs. this group. (3) HOMETOWN BOYZ is right there every week and he gets Whelan back in the bike tonight. He is a logical contender in this spot. (2) DIMANTE VIC can be closer here if he avoids being first up; using underneath.
Race 9 – (5) THE FIXER ships in from Mohawk Park and faces much easier. Teamster Steward will likely be looking to send him right down the road tonight. (4) KATCH KANNA will likely be on or near the front throughout and that makes him dangerous; using. (3) MOANA raced okay first up last week and she should be an Exacta factor leaving from an inside post.
Race 10 – (1) TOBINS TERROR gets needed post relief here and she looks solid in this spot facing seemingly few legitimate contenders. (2) RHYTHM SEELSTER is another who should take advantage of a good post draw and she is the other one that I’ll use in the late Pick 4. (3) SHAKEITIFYOUGOTIT raced better last time and she should be passing a few of these late; using underneath. (6) DOVS SONG should be forwardly-placed tonight and that can lead to her taking a spot in the High-5. (4) STONEHOUSE ZEPHYR is likely going to use a following trip to get a cheque tonight.
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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