Michael Carter’s Western Fair Selections: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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Michael Carter’s Western Fair Selections: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

December 16, 2020
By Michael Carter
Michael Carter’s Western Fair Selections: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Best Bet - (9) UABATING - Race 5
Spot Play - (1) SCENE A MAGICIAN – Race 10
20-Cent Early Pick 5 – Race 1 - 2,4,7/1,8/2/1,6,8/9 - $3.60
20-Cent Late Pick 5 – Race 6 - 4,8/1,2,7/2,6,8/3,4,5/1 - $10.80
20-Cent Early Pick 4 – Race 4 – 1,6,8/9/4,8/1,2,7 - $3.60
20-Cent Late Pick 4 – Race 8 – 2,6,8/3,4,5/1/2,4,9- $5.40


Race 1 - (7) LADY IN LACE has been dealt a tough post draw to kick off her young career.  Tonight, she draws outside against slightly tougher, her gate speed should continue to carry her forward.  (2) RANDOMIROGEO is a speedy filly that has a tough time digging in when the cards are down.  She gets another good draw and will be close.  (4) ROCKIN YOUR WORLD qualified like she is ready to go against this group, another strong filly who has speed.   

Race 2 - (1) SHADOW TAIL didn’t get the best trip from post seven last week, pitch that effort.  He won three of his last four before that, I see him getting back to winning ways.  (8) LARJON LUCKY should be able to get a good trip from the second tier.  He will be following speed from the inside.  (4) KEVNDAN FRAUDSTERS is a consistent gelding who will be closing late, don’t count him out. 

Race 3 - (2) CENTURY HARLOT is a daughter of Town Pro Miss who has been a proven Dam, especially for those early in their career.  I like her against this group tonight and she brings value to the table.  (1) LADY JASMINE adds Tyler Borth to the sulky tonight after a tough trip last week.  She draws into a good spot here and should make the ticket.  (5) SAULSBROOK OLYMPIA made a break before the start last week and never got back into the mix.  If she behaves, she could be tough.

Race 4 - (1)  GEMINI EDDIE handled the change in surface to London well last week, he gets a better draw and should continue to step forward.  (6) WEST RIVER CINDY gets some decent post relief this week for trainer Gordon McDonnell.  She has been known to show speed before, when she is close, she is a big player.  (8) TWOFOURROADIE has had a good amount of time off this year after being scratched sick in early January.  His qualifier says he can handle this group. 

Race 5 - This race goes through one horse and one horse only, (9) UABATING.  He has won three straight and adds one of Ontario’s best in Doug McNair. (1) HEINEKEN SEELSTER takes a step back in class tonight for trainer Donald Lindsey.  He seems like he could benefit, not only from the rail, but from the extended distance. (4) Y S SUZANNE handled the extended distance well last time out; she gets a good draw against slightly tougher. (3) IAM WHAT I AM closed gamely last week to finish a decent third, this is another gelding who should thrive from the extended distance. (7) GOTAGETMESOMATHAT always manages to sneak onto the ticket and could provide value underneath.  

Race 6 - McNair hops aboard another big favorite tonight in (4) VILLAGE CHAMP who has won five of six for trainer Danielle St Louis. (8) DONT ASK LOGAN is the biggest threat to the favorite, but will have some work ahead of him. He has a little speed to work with, if he gets the right trip, he will be close.  (2) BEACH BABY BEE raced well at Woodbine Mohawk Park last out against tougher, that line is hard to ignore. 

Race 7 - (1) ROBINTHEATM made an uncharacteristic break in her last start.  She has the speed to control the race and will be tough to beat from the rail.  (2) GET IT DONE DONNA takes a step back in class tonight with Sorrie returning to the sulky.  She faces a softer group tonight and should be close.  (7) MORAMAPPO didn’t race that great last week, she is normally a decent closer. 

Race 8 - (2) ACROBAT HANOVER dropped to this class last week and raced well considering the tough draw.  He should be able to control the fractions more from post two; he gets along well with his driver.  (6) CATCH MY CONTRAIL is a nice gelding who can close from off the pace.  He has shown ability to pass horses late and will definitely be a contender.  (8) FAST AS PHELPS adds Lasix for the second time and should improve more off his last start.

Race 9 - (4) RUSTYS FLYING has won two straight with a pair of key driver changes.  She is a speedy mare who will be leaving.  (3) BLISSFULLANNMARIE gets some major post relief tonight and that could spell success for this mare.  She isn’t the quickest, but she is a deep closer.  (5) IF YOU KNEW SUSIE struggled last week, I wasn’t a fan of that effort, but I’m willing to overlook it and give her another shot.

Race 10 - (1) SCENE A MAGICIAN gets Greg Dustin back in the bike with some major post relief.  He has speed figures that stick out against these.  I like him at a price.  (6) WILLYORWONTHE has been no worse than fifth in six starts for trainer Kyle Bossence.  He draws into a tough spot, but his speed should get him into a good spot.  (3) XTATIC HANOVER raced well from post five last week coming from off the pace to finish a strong fourth.  Another solid contender. 

Race 11 - (2) BAY STORM handled the extended distance well from post eight last week.  He draws into another spot that should allow him to get a good trip.  (4) SIRJAMESTHEGREAT has won two straight, both while coming from off the pace.  He is a versatile gelding who shouldn’t be counted out.  (9) GRAND AVE LEGEND gets McNair back in the bike following a strong victory last out.  (5) LAST THREE held his own to be fifth last week, there is value here.  (8) STORM CHASER adds Steward to the bike looking for another successful performance. 

Photo by John Watkins 

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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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