Best Bet – (4) ROYALE BIG GUY – Race 11
Spot Play – (5) DALI CAT – Race 6
20-Cent Early Pick 5 – Race 1: 2,4,5,6,7/1/2,8/1,2,5,7,8/3 = $10.00
20-Cent Late Pick 5 – Race 7: 2,7/3,5,7/4,5/3,4/4 = $4.80
20-Cent Early Pick 4 – Race 3: 2,8/1,2,5,7,8/3/2,5 = $4.00
20-Cent Late Pick 4 – Race 8: 3,5,7/4,5/3,4/4 = $2.40
Race 1 — Driver Braiden Reibeling kicks off his driving career here steering (4) TIGGERS CREDIT, who clearly has a good chance in this race. I’ll give them the nod to create some history. (6) POCKET MONSTER was beaten by a rival that has since come back to repeat from the 7-hole. He should be a factor right back. (2) LARJON LADYBUG blew up as the 1 to 2 chalk last week, and she is another that can win this if she stays flat.
Race 2 — (1) REAL WICKED was on a roll here before making a failed trip to Mohawk Park, and I see him getting back on track with a win tonight. (2) JULIAN I AM finished ahead of the choice at Mohawk Park, and he should be the main danger starting right next door to that rival. (6) RYE N CLYNE fits well here. He should pass a few of these and land in the bottom of the Tri or Super.
Race 3 — (8) AZUCAR JACK simply looks best here, and I imagine he will be on the move early from his second-tier post; top call. (2) TAYLORS CREDIT fits better here than he did at Flamboro Downs, and he should contend starting from the inside. (3) JAYS N TIGERS gets his nose back on the gate, and he should be part of the Tri in this field.
Race 4 — (2) HOMEY JOE gets a much better post for this, which should help him lay closer early then launch an assault on the leaders; top call. (7) CHIEFS BEACH is obviously facing much easier tonight but he has a ton of gate speed lined up to his left and he might need to pass them all. I wouldn’t take a short price here. (1) IDEAL JET is always dangerous when he draws the rail on a 1/2-mile track because you know he’s heading to the front and defying his rivals to pass him. He is worth using tonight.
Race 5 — (3) KEVNDAN FRAUDSTERS made two moves and he was relentless in winning here last week; call to repeat. (1) DEBS NEW MAN is 1 for his last 56 but he almost won here two starts back, and picking up St. Louis and drawing the rail gives him a chance tonight; using. (2) TEREM A NEW ONE is another infrequent winner but he has been racing well, and he figures to take a share starting from the inside. (5) DABUNKA should get positioned near the front leaving the gate and hang around for a share. (6) SAVANNAH SPLENDOR, a winner here two starts back, should be part of the High-5 at a minimum.
Race 6 — (5) DALI CAT, claimed by a high percentage barn on Monday night, fires back quickly here and she could go right down the road in this spot; top call. (2) RUNAWAY HEIRESS is in peak form and Coulter is a good partner for her. She should be the main danger. (6) ASBRAVEASMYMOMMA fits better in this spot, and she could land in the Tri at a good price.
Race 7 — (2) MASSIVE OVATION has speed and an inside post, and that should be the recipe for success in this weak field; top call. (7) LOUIS has been flashing speed at Mohawk Park, and he should be the main danger despite drawing wide. (6) ARCHANGELS GLIDING is getting closer each start and he isn’t impossible in this spot; using.
Race 8 — (7) REDHOT N SPORTY has been facing tougher in her Flamboro races, and she can beat these if she can work out a reasonable trip starting from the wide post; top call. (5) SEE THE DELIGHT fits better at the $7K claiming level and she should show speed in this spot; using. (3) LITTLEANNIEOAKLEY should leave more alertly tonight, and that gives her a chance to take a share in this spot.
Race 9 — (4) SHES A GUNSLINGER draws a bit better tonight, and that gives her a chance at a price in a wide-open race; slight nod. (5) DREAMADREAMFORME was a winner last time she raced here, but that win came with the leading teamster driving and now she has the trainer listed. Your call, but I wouldn’t take a short price. (6) GET IT DONE DONNA’s recent form is good but she has one win in her last 44 starts. She is another that I would need a price to back at the windows.
Race 10 — (4) TYMAL HOUDINI dominated from the 7-hole here two starts back in this class. He will be hard to beat if he can clear to the front by the time they reach the 1/4 pole. (3) SICARIO might try to sting the choice early and he is also capable of leading all the way here; using. (1) CONQUEST AS rarely misses the board, and he should take a share from the rail.
Race 11 — (4) ROYALE BIG GUY is clearly the fastest horse in here, and the drop in class should be what he needs to turn his form around. (1) LIVELY ROCKET qualified nicely for this with the trainer in the bike and she fits decently. She should be an Exacta factor starting from the rail. Class droppers (5) UPGRADE VALLEY and (6) DALIATOR can both land in the High-5 in this spot. (3) FINE CREDIT gets needed post relief tonight and he can get a cheque.
Garnet Barnsdale is a veteran handicapper, bettor and racing writer, who has worked as an analyst for DRF Harness for the past six years. He is also a past president of the Canadian Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association.
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