Please be advised that Ontario racetracks have resumed live racing in the province without spectators. For further details Click Here

Garnet Barnsdale’s Hiawatha Horse Park Selections: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Picks, Results and News > Tips from the Pros > Garnet Barnsdale’s Hiawatha Horse Park Selections: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Garnet Barnsdale’s Hiawatha Horse Park Selections: Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 1, 2020
By Garnet Barnsdale
Garnet Barnsdale’s Hiawatha Horse Park Selections: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Best Bet – (5) BS TYRRIFIC - Race 11
Spot Play – (7) PANERAI - Race 2

Race 1- (2) CHAPPIES BOY is in top form now and he is effective racing on or from off the pace; call to repeat. (1) SPORTSLOVER should be the main threat coming off a lifetime-best score and picking up driver Travis Henry here. This is a better spot for (4) MYINSIDEVOICE and I’ll use him to round out the Tri.
Race 2 - (7) PANERAI should have an easier time making front today and she is a big threat to lead all the way here. (4) TEARINGUPTHECREDIT finds a good spot to make her debut and she should be a factor at first asking. (3) RED RUM SHE WROTE should get good position early and ride it to a spot in the Triactor.
Race 3 – (1) ROBINTHEATM draws perfectly again to roll right to the front and lead all the way; top call. (2) IDEAL TOY exits some tough claimers at Georgian and she should improve in this spot; Exacta factor. (3) WHITE DANCER is always in the mix but she may get forced to race first-over again today so I’ll use her on the bottom.
Race 4 – (7) WOODMERE RIO has raced tough in this class several times. She’s due for some luck. (9) VILLAGE CHAMP is sure to get sent early racing off the St Louis claim and he may be the one to catch. (1) STRATEGIC THINKING should get a good trip here and take at least a share.
Race 5 – (8) GROOGRUX KING was all business in his first Ontario start last week and he gets the call to repeat. (3) ANDROID SEELSTER fell a scant nose short to the choice last week and he should be the main danger again. (5) THE JOY OF SPORTS should close late to take another share vs. this group.
Race 6 – (1) LITERALLY HANOVER gets Travis Henry and an inside post here and she has a good chance to lead these all the way. (9) AINT SHE PERFECT made a big move last week in a nice effort and that same strategy could propel her to a maiden victory here. (4) PRICELESS SHADOW debuts against elders but this isn’t the toughest spot and she should hit the board.
Race 7 – Tough race. I’m going to go searching for a price with (7) OH MISS SOPHIE who at least has gate speed and is sure gaited. (8) IONIA will likely beat these if she stays flat, but who can predict if that will happen? (1) RIVERSATHOME should sit a good trip here and stick around for a share.
Race 8 – (2) RYE N CLYNE paced a big mile in defeat last week and he can turn the tables on (3) KEATON if he can work out a slightly better trip here. (4) FIRST CAR is likely to show the way again and hang around for a slice.
Race 9 – (4) ARCANE SEELSTER gets away from the tough Mohawk Park claimers and he should go right down the road here. (1) CULLEN KEEFE N should be in the mix early and he could end up being a pocket rocket in the lane this week. (5) MR MACH JIMMY is another who should like the class relief in this spot but I prefer to use him on the bottom of the Tri.
Race 10 – (1) ENCHANTED MISSION is as consistent as they come and he should prove tough to beat starting from the rail here. (8) WEST RIVER CINDY has finished second to the choice in two straight races and she should be the main danger here again. (5) SUPER T should appreciate the change of scenery here as he exits some tough Grand River races. Toss him in the Tri.
Race 11 - (5) BS TYRRIFIC finds a soft spot here racing off the Nostadt claim and he should be hard to beat at a very short price. (4) TERRA COTTA LAD has been racing tough and he looks next best here. (3) ETERNAL RULER should fare better with post relief in this spot; using on the bottom.


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.

More Tips from the Pros