Best Bet – (2) C L SPORTACTION – Race 1
Spot Play – (7) DOVER SEELSTER – Race 5
20-Cent Early Pick 5 – Race 1: 2/1,2/1,2/2,6,7,8/3,4,7 = $9.60
20-Cent Late Pick 5 – Race 6: 1,2,4/1,3/3/1,2/3,4,6,7,8 = $12.00
20-Cent Early Pick 4 – Race 4: 2,6,7,8/3,4,7/1,2,4/1,3 = $14.40
20-Cent Late Pick 4 – Race 8: 3/1,2/3,4,6,7,8/1,3 = $4.00
Race 1 – (2) C L SPORTACTION had an impossible parked out trip last week and understandably tired late in the mile. A big effort is expected here racing off the claim by a high percentage barn. (1) AMAZING QUEST races tough every week and he is the most likely upsetter starting from the rail tonight. (5) RACEBYTHESEASIDE is also racing off a fresh claim and he is worth a look for the exotics.
Race 2 – (2) WATCH MY SPEED perhaps went a tad too fast in the third 1/4 last week and she was hunted down late by the pocket sitter. That rival is mired in post 7 tonight, so this mare gets top call. (1) STONEBRIDGE DRAMA figures to get a good trip following the choice and she is the main danger. (5) LAND OF PARADISE raced well to close for 3rd behind the choice and she should be part of the Tri again tonight.
Race 3 – (1) LET ME SEE drops and draws best. He should get sent forward leaving the gate and he gets the nod. (2) TOWNSHIP WILLY was game in defeat last week and he should be the main danger racing from close range. (4) STONEY DURKIN looks next best and he is likely to use his potent gate speed to get position early; using.
Race 4 – (7) OUTLAWGRABBIGEARS stands out in this field, the only obstacle being post 7. I’ll give him top call but use others. (6) MERCENARY was lights out here last week winning one class lower now trainer Ketros hands the lines to a catch driver. He should be dangerous again. (2) MAXIMUS POWER almost pulled off a big upset at this level two starts back. He is in with an upset chance here leaving from an inside post.
Race 5 – (7) DOVER SEELSTER drops to a spot where he is almost sure to improve and post 7 should keep his price viable; top call. (4) FCEE N was bet like he couldn’t lose in his second start out of the Waxman barn, but it took almost 10 seconds longer for him to pace his back 1/2 when compared to the opening 1/2 in which he appeared to be a runaway. He is likely to try to bottom out the field again and your guess is as good as mine with this gelding. (3) SOUTHWIND MASIMO was right there at this level two starts back when he drew inside and he is in with a chance tonight moving back to an inside post. (1) CANTCOUNTMEOUT figures to improve starting from the best post tonight, but he is winless in his last 30 starts and I’ll use him underneath in this spot. (8) CATCH MY CONTRAIL looks best of the rest when looking for one to round out the High-5.
Race 6 – (1) INSINCERITY has been hard-used in her past couple of starts and she hasn’t been badly beaten. She might be able to work out a winning trip from the rail tonight; slight nod. (4) BIGRISK CRUISER drops to a spot where she should be a big threat and she is hard to leave off multi-race tickets. (2) CAYO LOCO fits well in this spot and she is another in with a shot; consider for multi-race bets.
Race 7 – (1) PAISA HANOVER has notched three thirds in five tries so far this season and she stacks up well vs. this group. She should get an aggressive steer starting from the rail in this short field and she gets top billing. (3) DROGON fits better vs. these conditioned claimers and she’s the other one that I’ll use on multi-race tickets. (5) MOONSHINERS CREDIT is in the hunt every week and she should be part of the Tri again racing from close range.
Race 8 – (3) FIREBBY A raced her eyeballs out in defeat last week and she should be tough to beat tonight. (1) WOODMERE WYLDSTYLE should get a more alert start using rail control tonight and that makes her an Exacta factor in this spot. (2) MISS BRANDI K is another who should be forwardly placed and I expect her to be part of the Tri.
Race 9 – (1) BEAUTY IS BLIND escaped with a nose win as the chalk last time, but she did track and overcome some big fractions for this class and from the rail she looks best here. (2) MOONLITEBEACH comes to play every week and she is hard to leave out from the 2-hole tonight. (5) WAR DIAMOND is likely to pass a few of these late; consider for the bottom of Tris or Supers.
Race 10 – (4) ADORE HIM couldn’t stay with the razor-sharp Brocks Fortune last time but in this spot, he has a decent chance of leading these all the way; top call. (3) ST LADS THRILLER will get bet off his Mohawk Park form and he should be a big threat in this spot; using. (6) SPORTS NATION fits much better in this spot and he should be an exotics factor at least vs. these.
Race 11 – (1) PAPARAZZI HANOVER steps up off a confidence building win and he may go right down the road again tonight at a square price. (3) DREYDL HANOVER exits some tough Rideau Carlton races and he moves into the potent Nostadt barn. He’s on my late Pick 4 ticket. (4) OSBORNE SEELSTER is in the hunt every week but he rarely takes the top prize; using underneath. (5) NIGHT WATCHMAN is in good form and he should be part of this High-5. (9) BIT OF LUCK will be passing rivals late but from post 9 a small share is likely his ceiling this week.
Photo by John Watkins
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 a past President of the Canadian Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association.
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