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Michael Carter’s Western Fair Selections for Friday, February 19, 2021

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Michael Carter’s Western Fair Selections for Friday, February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021
By Michael Carter
Michael Carter’s Western Fair Selections for Friday, February 19, 2021

Best Bet - (2) FERN HILL BELLA - Race 2
Spot Play - (4) W C KENZIE COOKIE – Race 3
20-cent Early Pick 5 – Race 1 – 2,6,8/2/1,4/3,7/2,7 - $4.80
20-cent Early Pick 4 – Race 3 – 1,4/3,7/2,7/1 - $1,60
20-cent Late Pick 5 – Race 6 – 1/2,6/2,6/1,4,5/2,5  – $4.80
20-cent Late Pick 4 – Race 7 – 2,6/2,6/1,4,5/2,5- $4.80

Race 1 – (2) SHEILAS BRUSH gets some much-needed post relief tonight for trainer Kenneth Oliver.  She is a speedy filly who will be controlling the fractions up top.  (8) TREASURED LOVE was razor sharp before the COVID-19 layoff.  She is versatile and can race from anywhere.  (6) MOONSHINERS CREDIT gets Lasix for the second time and could make the ticket at big odds.

Race 2 – (2) FERN HILL BELLA comes back to a half-mile track where she has had success before.  She has gate speed and will be forwardly placed early.  (5) TOPSILL BEACH makes her first start in London in quite some time.  She is a strong closer.  (3) STONEBRIDGE DRAMA made an uncharacteristic miscue in her first start back; look for her to improve. 

Race 3 – (4) W C KENZIE COOKIE could provide value against slightly tougher coming in from Northfield Park.  She is the freshest mare in the group.  (1) BYE BYE DADDY steps up to face tougher after winning three straight.  (3) DEX THE LAND cuts back in class tonight for trainer Sheldon Rose.  She is always close. 

Race 4 - (7) PHOOS GIRL looks to drop and pop tonight for trainer Stewart McQueen.  McQueen is a 27% winner when entering first off the layoff.  (3) JMR MACH MEL gets Colin Kelly in the bike tonight and will remove Lasix.  Time off could’ve done him some good.  (2) REDHOT N SPORTY didn’t race that great last out, but she could’ve still been fighting sickness.

Race 5 - (7) MADAM DOLCE gets Kelly back in the bike after racing pretty well at Northfield Park. Post seven makes things difficult, but don’t count her out.  (2) FAITHFULS NOLA could benefit from the extended distance after a rapidly closing effort last out.  (3) E L VINTAGE CUDA is one of the more consistent horses in the field. If she stays flat, she could hit the ticket at price.  (8) MOONLITEBEACH is a trip-dependent mare who is a contender from the second tier.  (6) PAISA HANOVER gets a key driver change this week to Travis Henry; needed last week’s tightener. 

Race 6 – (1) ROSELLA is a consistent mare who has been known to leave when the gate folds.  Needed the tightener and gets a big driver change to Coulter tonight.  (5) DYNASTY SEELSTER is a deep closer who doesn’t mind racing with an outside draw.  (4) SHADOW DREAMER faces fewer rivals this week, looking to continue her success.    

Race 7 - (2) CHOCOLATE PIE draws well against slightly easier than he faced before the layoff. The question is “will he stay flat tonight?”  (6) SECRETLY FLASHY didn’t race that great from post six last out, but she is a strong closer.  (4) D PROCRASTINATOR clearly needed time off after a pair of difficult efforts before the break; should improve.

Race 8 - (2) ASKMYSECRETARY was game in defeat and raced much better last out than the line shows.  She comes back to a half-mile track and should return to success.  (6) BLUEWATER BEACH is another class dropper that St. Louis picks up the drive on tonight.  She hit the board 50% of the time last year.  (4) INSINCERITY draws well and could make the exotics interesting at long odds.          

Race 9 - (1) THE GIRLS OF IMAGE is one the speed horses in the race, and she draws the rail.  She adds Lasix for the first time against a very strong field.  (4) BUTTERMILK HANOVER was game in victory against Preferred 3 company last out.  She is a strong closer and will be motoring late in this shortened field.  (5) CASIMIR SWAMP GIRL is capable of leaving from here; wouldn’t be surprised to see her make the ticket.

Race 10 – (2) STEVIE SEELSTER gets a good draw against easier this week. She had been racing well at Mohawk Park prior to the layoff.  (5) RANDOMIROGEO could be leaving from post five. She faces tougher, but gets a driver change to Wray.  (7) NO WHERE TO HIDE was stung to the first quarter in her last start and still managed to hang on for third.  Post seven makes things tough, but she is a talented filly with a lot of heart.  (6) COMING YOUR WAY is as consistent as they come and shouldn’t be ignored underneath.  (1) MARZANNK HANOVER needed the time off following a sick scratch last out.   

Photo by John Watkins


Michael Carter is the co-host of Post Time with Mike and Mike and also is one of the USTA Social Media/Publicity Coordinators.  Carter got his start in the sport from going to the track with his father.  Carter is the former announcer at Buffalo Raceway and worked at Northfield Park prior to working at the USTA. - JJ Zamaiko Photo

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