Gotta pick some more winners. Right now I stand at picking horses in 80 races with just 31 winners, not good enough. I went three for seven last week and lost $4.80. We are still in the minus earning column at -$31.40 going into this weekend.
The big action is all around North America. On Saturday we went with the two elimination divisions of the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Raceway but Sunday is the big day with the Zweig Memorial Trots at Vernon Downs and the Miss Versitility at Tioga Downs. Some chalk, of course, but some opportunities to make a score too!
$360,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Open
10th race Vernon Downs – It’s the return of best sophomore trotters in the nation in another classic matchup. Spider Blue Chip, Royalty For Life, Smilin Eli and Corky head the field. Despite drawing the outside post nine and coming off a rough go in the $500,000 Colonial Trot, I am going back again with Royalty For Life. This is his “home turf” per say and I am sure after last week that Brian Sears with either get him out of the gate well enough to get to the front or will find some cover and make amends for last weeks loss.
$150,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Fillies
7th race Vernon Downs – Not the greatest group of fillies and there are two major standouts in the field. To Dream On may dream of her great season last year but she is 1 for 8 in 2013 and is touch and go if she will make a break or not. Definetly is the class of the field but too many poor miles makes me toss her out. Frau Blucher will be the race favorite despite starting from the far outside in post nine. Last start she was second to stablemate Classy Martine in $120,000 PASS and despite poor showing in Hambletonian Oaks she should be able to score in here.
$75,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Open Consolation
8th race Vernon Downs – Punxsutawney showed some major true grit in his last start, getting parked first-over and grinding it out in the $100,000 Colonial Trot consolation with a lifetime best 1:53.2 clocking. Faces (with the exception of All Laid Out) a softer field in here and if he can repeat his effort from last week he should be able to out trot this bunch.
$40,000 Zweig Memorial Trot 3YO Filly Consolation
6th race Vernon Downs – This is a very well matched field of subpar trotting fillies. You can just about make a case for anyone in the field to be a winner. Time To Kill is the only one in the field who is winless this year in eleven starts. Nothing to brag home about but she was a $351,000 winner last year and has been facing the best fillies in the nation every week. Now that none of them are in this race she should be the top choice and rightly so.
$40,000 Miss Versatility Trot Mares Open (leg #4)
6th race Tioga Downs – Let’s see, Maven has won 5 of her 7 starts this year and is coming off a week’s rest. D’Orsay is coming in off a lifetime best 1:51.4 victory in her last start and they are coupled together as an entry? Enough said. Real Babe could be a factor along with Personal Style and Beatgoeson Hanover, but with Maven and D’Orsay coupled together there is no other real choice in the race.
$40,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination
4th race Mohawk Raceway – Tie down your seat belts, here we go again. Can’t even take up the space to write all the names of the top horses in this race. They are all top class and this division of older pacers has been great all season long. Gonna go with Bolt The Duer again. Last week he set the world record on a half mile track with his 1:49.2 victory in the $275,000 Gerrity Memorial, showed amazing gate speed on a half mile and I look for him to hopefully repeat that same effort again.
$40,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination
10th race Mohawk Raceway – Once again, every horse in this race is a household name to a harness racing fan. It’s a shame any of them will be eliminated but only the first five return for the final next week. A Rocknroll Dance was able to tie Bolt The Duer’s world record of 1:47.4 last week at Pocono Downs. He draws a good inside post here and figures to get some great cover so that Tim Tetrick will weave his way through the field to victory lane.