Surprise…I had a winning weekend! Right now I stand at picking horses in 87 races with just 35 winners, not good enough. I went four for seven last week and won $5.70. We are still in the minus earning column at -$25.70 going into this weekend.
The big action Saturday is at Mohawk Raceway with the finals of She’s A Great Lady, Metro Pace and Canadian Pacing Derby. Then on Monday at Tioga Downs it’s the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, the Cane Pace and the Shady Daisy Pace and also Monday, Mohawk Raceway has Bee A Magician and I Luv The Nitelife in the Simcoe Stakes.
$683,000 Metro Pace Final 2YO Colts
7th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – Annually, this is a classic race and usually the winner ends up being one of the top pacers this year and beyond. Sorta like Captaintreacherous who won the Metro last year. Well this year’s crop is most certainly top notch and the three elimination winners plus most of the field have the ability to win in here. I’m going with Lets Drink On It. He was all out last week but was able draw within and hold on to win by a neck in 1:51.1. He is in a great position to get live cover but at anytime can pull out and go to the front for good.
$651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final Open
10th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – Here we go again with the best pacers in the world going head to head. You can just about throw a dart at the race program and pick the winner. Half way through the season no one has yet to win three in a row but I think that is about to change. Bolt the Duer has been so game the last month I think that drawing post two will get him early cover from where he has but two choices…go to the front or get live second-over cover. Either way he ends up in the winner’s circle again!
$451,000 She’s A Great Lady Final 2-YO Fillies
5th race Mohawk Raceway Saturday – This race really depends on who wants to win it the most. Top fillies have been banging heads all season long. Beach Gal comes in late and in just her third lifetime start scorches the track last week in 1:50.3 by four open lengths. Gallie By The Beach, Ali Blue and few others all have the ability to win. My choice is Precocious Beauty, so well bred to be a winner and she has showed it in her last two starts with big scores. Inside post will only aid her early on before she can take command of the race.
$360,211 Cane Pace 3YO Colts
10th race Tioga Downs Monday– Considering the herculean effort put in by Captainteacherous in his last start, getting parked the mile and still game to the wire in losing by a nose to Sunshine Beach in 1:57.4, there was no disgrace in that loss and there is no doubt that the first jewel in the pacing triple crown will go to the “Captain.” Vegas Vacation will loom as Captaintreacherous’s main rival in this field but I am pretty sure the “Captain” will return to his winning ways once again.
$216,429 Simcoe Stakes Trot 3YO Fillies
6th race Mohawk Raceway Monday – Undefeated at a perfect 10 for 10 this season, world champion, world record holder, faster than any of the boys….It’s Bee A Magician and she is getting tested once again in this race. Drew post 11 so she must start behind the rail horse that has no gate speed whatsoever. 12 starters in the race so it will be very cozy early on. But as we all well know, once Bee A Magician can get any clearance she will scoot to the front and no one has been able to catch her yet.
$216,426 Simcoe Stakes Pace 3YO Fillies
9th race Mohawk Raceway Monday – Another huge field here, 12 starters. I Luv The Nitelife has never been better, taking lifetime mark last start with 1:48.4 stroll in the park in the $350,000 Valley Forge Final at Pocono Downs. She’s won nine of her 10 starts this year, is well rested and should be able to work her way to the lead by the three-quarters and say sayonara to this field.
$ 122,212 Shady Daisy Pace 3YO Fillies
5th race Tioga Downs Monday– This is one super well-matched field of filly pacers. With I Luv The Nitelife up in Canada most anyone in this could jump up and win it. What mystery I can’t solve due to early press time is which horse Dave Miller will drive. He’s going off Shebestingin after she broke stride at the start of the $350,000 Valley Forge…He’s driven her all season long so something must be up with her breaking. He’s listed on both Scandalous Hanover and UF Dragon’s Queen, two horses I could also pick to win. Then there’s Ms Caila J Fra and Nikki Beach who all could win. I’ve never done this before so here we go. I pick which ever horse Dave Miller drives! Let’s hope for the best!