Joe Mazzone's weekend harness racing picks

09:25 PM 12 Sep 2008 NZST
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Joe Mazzone gets all his thoughts together on Maywood Park and Balmoral Park racing this weekend Friday and Saturday night by handicapping all the races for you the punter. Detail at its best and no excuses not to make money this weekend.

Maywood Friday, September 12th

1st race

9- Lucky Dawg... Guessing easier company and Oosting will make all the difference.

5- Big City... Likely favorite off the strength of last two over the track including a victory.

6- Son Of Thunder... Shows a nice late move and with a fast pace could be the wildcard.

8- Rum And Cole... Perfect trip winner has to buck the poor post but this field lacks depth.

2nd race

4- Holly Hill Vibrant... Likely added striking range puts him back in the ballgame.

2- KB's On My Toes... Gained an overdue win but barely at 3-5 odds. Has to be sharper.

5- Capture The Magic... Puts a two-race win streak on the line with a little bit better.

6- TJ's Bob C... Drops coming off the vet's list but checks in with decent credentials.

3rd race

6- Mike's Heir... Back in cheap after a tough trip. Really doesn't have an excuse not to win.

5- Perfect Tattler... Closed four-wide to complete the last to first sweep of a field like this.

7- Balin Hanover... Racing competitively with a lot better over at Balmoral. Likes a half.

3- Guest Host... Awoke to win last and should be sitting right off the pace again.

4th race

1- Water Wings... Closed against a strong bias in his last start and now in a spot to upset.

4- Marty Marty Marty... He's your horse if you like three-to-five or less. Moves in.

8- Bolero Artifice... Wouldn't be too quick to dismiss his chances off a big class drop.

3- Boyish Charm... Third or better four of last five but coming off the vet's list.

5th race

2- Tommys King... Didn't have an excuse but reluctant to count him out. No price.

4- Beach Boy Blues... Likely upsetter but may have to grind out a first-over trip to win.

5- Because Of Art... Checks in from Balmoral where he's been keeping better co.

3- Mr Maxwell... Just up off a perfect trip and now has to work harder for an encore.

6th race

1- Celebrity Best... Fresh off a win and claimed. Turns a quick dividend off the big hike.

4- Sandy Seas... New horse raced well in his Maywood bow. Added striking range.

8- Place Of Destiny... Seeks third straight but no gimme from way out here. Vulnerable.

3- Fox Valley Target... Bucks a tough post and field over at Balmoral and moves in here.

7th race

5- Indy Dreamer... Looks hit or miss but will go down winging it here in this softer spot.

2- Bryn Tin Tin... Been getting a lot of play and finally got the job done. Has momentum.

1- Kinnick... Still getting a feel for the oval and with the move back to the rail should improve.

6- McArdle Park... Closed well in a needed start and chance to rally into this at a price.

8th race

1- Rustling Jeff... Powerful winner off the claim and should take this hike in stride too.

9- Wolf Creek Willie... Should be right behind the above and ready to pounce from 2nd tier.

5- Versary N... Bucks the 8-post for a middle of the pack starting point. Can win this.

3- Papa Deck... Coming off the fair circuit and has had success here in the past.

9th race

1- Big Puff Doggie... Miller has two in here and the other one (#3) may be 1-5. Seeking value.

3- Lis Deo... Problematic but a talent nonetheless. Dropping out of the Cane Final at Freehold.

6- Western Leader... Keeps on ducking but one of these nights he'll come out swinging.

7- Hawaiian Rowdy... In fine fettle right now but in a difficult spot to close from last.

10th race

6- Mantana... Chance to get back on track with an easier lead for new driver.

7- Followthefella... Had his streak snapped last time out but does show an excuse.

8- Topville Dynamite... Could go under the radar from here and add some value in Sup High 5.

1- Little Fishy... Benefits from a start and up close to the leaders throughout at a price.

11th race

2- The Panefactor... Sat a rail trip in a fast mile and now it's his turn to call out the tune.

3- Winslow Gambler... Been heavily backed and so far mixed results off the claim.

7- Dade Hall... Checks in from Mich. where he has shown he can handle the smaller oval.

1- Im A Hot Sport... Switch to the rail makes all the difference in the world. Use here.

12th race

2- Ivegotthehotspur... Like his chances a lot off the layoff and from a good post.

3- Olympic Hero... Locked up the two-hole but the leader was better on that night.

5- Pirate Image... Not to be taken lightly off the class drop and solid form for winning barn.

1- Scootin Bayou... Well backed at Hazel Park and now draws the rail in bow for this team.

13th race

1- Snoop Dawg... Needed the start and that Q two back on the lead sticks out for us.

4- Seal Crest Major... Been a dud so far but expect a breakout effort from this better post.

5- Incredible Brando... Likely favorite off strong form but looks beatable in this spot.

6- Heath... Could get a lot of play with adding Oosting. Sure fond of this oval.

14th race

1- Artistic Dreamer... Goes from the 8-post to the rail and that will get it done tonight.

4- Tattler's DJ... Take 12-1 if you can get it coming out of strong Balmoral races.

5- Stoney... Never fired in last start and now Oosting should improve his chances.

8- Larry's Place... Looked good winning from the inside last week. Different story here.

Best Play: IVEGOTTHEHOTSPUR 12th race

Best Value: SNOOP DAWG 13th race

Super High Five (10th) Key: #6 Box: 1-2-6-7-8

Balmoral Saturday, September 13th Super Night eliminations

1st race ICF 2yr filly stake elim pace

3- Cane's Z Tam... Relative unknown here locally but checks in undefeated off fair circuit.

9- Called To Love... State Fair runner up lost in a photo here last week. Tighter now.

7- Annie Your Cool... Overmatched in stake race at Indy and now back with state breds.

4- Windy City Pleasure... Roughed up in prep for this last week as the chalk. Consider.

2nd race ICF 2yr filly stake elim pace

3- Honey's Luck... Checks into this with the best overall credentials. Freshened up.

1- Windy City Toots... Barn has developed some of the better two-year-olds in training.

4- Susan Hotspur... She's been keeping her edge battling older most of the year.

8- Lisa Denisa... Improved has the connections to make something happen at price.

3rd race ICF 2yr filly stake elim pace

7- Fox Valley Topaz... Checks in with 6-1-0 record from seven starts including two major wins.

4- Right Right... Been campaigned and winning against tough open co. Nearly $500K already.

1- China Gal... She missed her last but has already made a mark here on local scene.

2- Native Hotspur... Checks in razor sharp but now is when it counts the most.

4th race ICF 3yr filly stake elim pace

5- Hot Lips... Dropped a photo in under 53 and a sharp winner prior to that.

6- Grandma Mary... Improving third and gelling at the right time for winning barn.

4- Anything You Ask... Has all the momentum coming off back-to-back Maywood wins.

8- Venusinbluejeans... Not the horse she was at two but starting to show signs.

5th race ICF 3yr filly stake elim pace

4- Kennans Kelli... Has traded stake wins with the #3. Speed may have slight edge.

3- Westside Gritty... Been first or second 12 times from 16 starts including wins over the above.

5- Lalique Lady... Second in here for trainer (E. Miller) and adds A. Miller to the mix.

8- Townes Party Girl... She's been competitive with this kind all year. Needs a little luck.

6th race ICF 3yr filly stake elim pace

2- Kelly's Keepsake... Scored in 52 flat in prep for this last week. Adds A. Miller.

8- Get That Cheese... Stamped herself as a player in this stake with a victory last week.

1- Miracle To Me... Consistently in-the-money and draws an advantageous post position.

5- She's So Hot... Not the horse she was last year and has to raise her game to contend.

7th race

1- Alias Smitty... Made a rare and costly break. Drops to bottom condition here.

3- Distinct Color... Almost gutted out a victory here last week. Easier trip the key.

5- Lil Star Too... Owns the upset speed. How hard she's used to get the top is key.

8- Universal Dream N... Checks in 0-for-22 this year but usually tries hard. Drops here.

8th race

4- Ridgeline... Hard used fourth place in his first start since June. Rates high here.

8- Brother Ray... Notched fourth win from last five starts and winning with ease.

10- Go Warrior Go... This/close to winning for the second straight start. Post adds value.

3- Ninetyone Hawks... Back from Mohawk where he was overmatched. Better fit tonight.

9th race ICF 3yr stake elim pace

3- Prize Art... Has been a dominant player all summer. Checks in as one to beat.

7- Roy Orbisong... Came off the fair circuit ready to go. Puts win streak on line.

1- Lets Getit Started... Closed in :26.1 to finish behind the top pick in needed start.

2- Determine This... Has come on strong at three and comes in from the fairs on a roll.

10th race ICF 2yr stake elim pace

8- Smellthecolornine... Relative unknown around here but a big hit at the fairs this summer.

6- Fox Valley Azure... Fresh off maiden win and peaking at the right time for top team.

2- Big Heern... Held own downstate and figures to race up close at a price.

5- Funky Cole Medina... Top colt team can't be ignored in this spot. Needs best effort.

11th race ICF 3yr stake elim pace

2- Mucho Sleazy... Arguably the best ICF pacer out there right now. Tough to go against.

8- King Of Kings... Hasn't been able to figure out the above just yet but has a shot here.

1- Froggy Turner... Has shown he can compete with the likes of the top two. Inside edge.

7- Big John C... Consistent performer for a top barn is still looking for breakout race.

12th race ICF 2yr stake elim pace

5- The Classic Z Tam... Suffered first loss at Duquoin in last start. Can get back on track.

6- My Boy Luke... Barn has been quiet lately but a player when the money is on the line.

9- Jamboree... Coming into this stake nicely and cannot be taken lightly off a sharp win.

8- Sandbar Slugger... Owns the upset speed. Showed glimpse of being good earlier.

13th race ICF 2yr stake elim pace

4- Grandma Jan's Max... Upset winner in the Governor's Cup lands in soft elim.

7- Sports Scooter... Historically this barn shows up at this time of year. Gets Oosting back.

5- Fox Valley Seth... Been faring well over the track and has the edge in that department.

8- He's So Coole... Fresh one may be peaking just in time for the big money. Consider.

14th race ICF 2yr stake elim pace

5- Fox Valley Slammer... Too far back on speed oval. Likely added striking range.

6- Enzo The Banker... Raced easy in anticipation of this stake. The one to beat.

2- Fox Valley Saphron... Inside speed threat should make this interesting as far as pace.

9- Fox Valley Lector... Don't rule out an upset for upset minded team. Post adds value.

Best Play: ALIAS SMITTY 7th race

Best Value: RIDGELINE

8th race PIC 4 KEYS (1-4): 3-7-9 with 1-3-4 with 4-7 with 4-5-6

Inter Track Partners, Illinos OTB

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