Ray Cotolo's handicapping of the Pick 4 for Balmoral Park and the Meadowlands for tonight's Saturday harness racing card.
TRI's Picks April 14 Balmoral
Balmoral Park Pick 4, Races 10-13, Saturday, April 14, 2012
Last week, we had one winner, but you should not have bet it to win as it was under 4-1. But, the winner was My Dream Mara ($8.20). After missing Sunday's Pick 4, we return with another great shot at hitting it big. Good luck!
$2 Play: 7,9/6/2,6/8 = $8
Race 10- (7) So Be It paced a great race last week. From post 10, he went a tough first over trip and finished fifth. Although he is stepping up, the versatility he showed in his last start should appear once more as he gets a better draw. (9) Fox Valley Yukon is making a big step down into this company. Although he did not do very well in this class, his last effort shows he could handle post 9. He was third to one of the best pacers in Illinois at this point, Well To Do Guru. He comes into this race tonight and may be overlooked.
Race 11- (6) Onhishonor Hanover returns to Balmoral after two productive efforts from post 8 at Maywood. Four starts back, he was in a valiant speed duel for the lead as he left from post 9. Into the stretch, he faded badly and finished sixth. He improved off that effort, but lost as the favorite. He comes back to the mile track and should be sharp.
Race 12- (2) Alabama Howard raced very well in his last two starts. He was used early last time and quit. Before that, he went a strong first over mile and finished fourth. With post 2, he should get a good trip and win easily. (6) Stylemaster made a early move for command last week, only to lose 2 lengths and finish third. As long as he doesn't get used up early, he'll be in contention.
Race 13- (8) Rejoiceandbeglad paced a tough race as he went by dull cover and closed hard. In a race where speed can flatten out easily, it is very possible that he will make an early enough move and we, the ones who bet him, will rejoice and be glad.
TRI’s Picks April 14 Meadowlands
Meadowlands Racetrack Pick 4, Races 6-9, Saturday, April 14, 2012
After taking Friday off, we are back with a ticket for tonight’s Pick 4. Last week, we had no winners, but one horse really impressed me, Tuneariffic. Last week, he got a perfect trip and was ready to upset, but he couldn’t find a seam through the wall of horses. He is the five in tonight’s fourth race at the Meadowlands and he may be the best shot of the meet we have to bury the number. Anyways, back to the Pick 4. Tonight’s ticket looks great. Good luck!
$2 Play: 5,8/2/6,9/6 = $8
Race 6- (5) Southwestern Dream ships in from some average efforts in the Open and Preferred ranks at Dover. He steps down into a comfortable company and should be able to provide a good race for us. (8) Blueridge Western already has some experience with this group. He won in non-winners of $9,000 at Chester and tried to go against non-winners of $13,000, but he couldn’t handle post 8. He comes to a good class for him today and may be overlooked.
Race 7- (2) Cullens Blue Jean paced a very tough mile in a lower class last week. He traveled first over just to lose by a nose to Theetownlittleguy, who gets post 6 this week. The step up may not be a problem as most of this field is stepping up or staying in this company.
Race 8- (6) Irish Elitist could not find a pocket off the gate last time and had to go for the lead from fifth. He took the lead at three-quarters, but could not sustain his bid and faded to fifth. He should be able to get a better trip tonight and pull off the upset. (9) Stormin Rustler is stepping down from an okay effort in non-winners of $6,500. In the $20,000 Claiming ranks, he was fairly aggressive. He enters a field that is a little competitive and he may be ignored with his outside post.
Race 9- (6) Cooperstown Kid tried to go against tougher last week, but couldn’t handle it. In this class, he got a perfect trip and just lost to Takemewithyou. He comes into this race tonight and should be overlooked.