Best Bet – (2) BRAVE WORLD – Race 8
Spot Play – (4) SUPER T - Race 7
20-Cent Early Pick 5 – Race 1: 4,5/1,4,5/2,3,7/1,3/1,4,8 = $21.60
20-cent Late Pick 5 – Race 6: 1,4,6/2,4,7,8/2/3,5/1,2 = $9.60
20-Cent Early Pick 4 - Race 4: 1,3/1,4,8/1,6/2,4,8 = $7.20
20-Cent Late Pick 4 - Race 8: 2/3,4,5/1,2/1,6,7,8,9 = $6.00
Race 1 – (4) J R WHEELING doesn’t have to deal with Lavecs Muscle Girl here so this is a good chance for him to graduate; top call. (5) HOLIDAY DREAMS is the lone winner in the field and that alone makes her worth a look. (2) CENTURY SEELSTER closed mildly last time and she could get up to take a small slice here.
Race 2 – (5) PRIDEINMYSTRIDE comes off a sharp effort and she looks best in a race with seemingly few contenders; top call. (4) PANERAI should be the pacesetter again and she may be tough to catch this time; using. (1) MACH MINE BLUE has St Louis and the rail in a race where it looks like she might try to take control early. We’ve seen this movie over and over so toss her on your early Pick 5 ticket.
Race 3 – (2) CANT BE BETTER was on the move when he broke last time and I’ll give him the nod looking for some Pick 5 value in a wide-open race. (3) FOXTON ROAD dropped to this level at Flamboro Downs last time but he found himself in a very fast race for the class. He should improve here. (7) BETTORS PRIDE is another one that could move up on the switch from Flamboro to London. Give him a price look.
Race 4 – (3) EMILY ANTOINETTE gets St Louis for the first time here; bombs away! (1) STORMONT TIMBIT qualified well enough to win this if she can stay flat; using. (4) D PROCRASTINATOR keeps trying hard but he just can’t seem to get there; demand a price if you like him on top.
Race 5 – (4) LITERALLY HANOVER shoots for a threepeat here in a spot where she should have a very good chance and she gets top call. (1) GET UP N GOUDA gets major post relief here so you know St Louis will be sending her. She’s hard to leave off multi-race tickets starting from the rail. (8) CENTURY GAGA is in solid form and she should be able to get away from the gate decently leaving behind the #1 horse; using. (5) PAISA HANOVER is worth a look for the bottom of the High-5 dropping into a claimer. (6) DELICATE TASTE is usually in the mix for a small share and she’s another one that I’ll use in the bottom rungs of the High-5.
Race 6 – (1) JAYPORT HI CLASS gets major post position advantage on his main rival (6) TEN FOUR WE GONE and I’ll give him the nod here but use both on multi-race tickets. (4) RIVERSONTHEGO has shown enough speed in the past to beat these and he is a possibility here despite coming off a vet scratch.
Race 7 – (4) SUPER T does his best work on the front end and this looks like a spot where he can clear to the lead fairly quickly; top call. (8) CHOCOLATE PIE can get a better trip this time and that makes him a contender in this spot. (2) CD MAX hinted at improvement last week and he has upset possibilities in this spot.
Race 8 – (2) BRAVE WORLD drops and moves inside and he should be tough to beat here. (5) OH K MAN is racing well for St Louis but he may get roughed up in here. Make sure you get a price on him. (1) BOOMBOOM BALLYKEEL should be well-positioned throughout and he should be in the Tri.
Race 9 – (3) SEE THE DELIGHT may never find a softer spot than this and Rankin should be looking to send her down the road in this spot. (5) LYONS SWEETJEN gets a notable driver change and she should get put into this race early. She’s on my late Pick 4 ticket. (4) GREYSTONESUPERGIRL should be able to pass a few of these and make it into the Tri or Super.
Race 10 – (2) TERO tried to make front last week and he got hung out. He is still looking for his first 2020 win but from a better post here he should have better luck with his speed approach. (1) OUTLAW KISMET is the main danger having drawn best and he should be no worse than second coming out of the first turn; using. (8) EASY FLYER raced well off the claim last week and he projects to get a good following trip behind the two choices. He should be in the Tri or Super.
Race 11 – (8) CASEYS DRAGON comes in off a sharp effort where he almost chased down a loose leader and he gets top call here. (7) AMAZON DRAGON tries hard every week and if he can clear to the front here, he could take these a long way. (9) HIDDEN POTENTIAL makes sense on the class drop but I don’t love post 9 for him; your call. (6) A POSITIVE HANOVER produced a nice late rally last time and he can take a piece of this, too. (1) BRAVADO SEELSTER will be forwardly placed early here and he could better this placing if he can sit a pocket trip.
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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