We’re back from the Jug and not happy about our prior selections…I was only really correct on Vegas Vacation winning the Jug. Right now I stand at picking horses in 132 races with 52 winners. I went just four for ten last week and lost $7.20 (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$35.80 going into this weekend.
Tons of action and great racing, mostly Saturday night…two races on Sunday. Saturday’s features are Yonkers Raceway and Mohawk Raceway’s Sire Stakes Finals plus Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile. Plus two great older horse trot and pace at Red Mile on Sunday.
$225,000 NYSS Final 2YO Colt trot
2nd race Yonkers – One of many great matchups for the final. Five of eight in this field are all standouts. I am going with Flyhawk El Durado from post four. He has won five of eight this year, $188,000, is on a three-race winning streak, can leave well or come from behind.
$225,000 NYSS Final 3YO Filly Pace
8th race Yonkers – Summertime Lea has the most money earned and has beaten many in this field and Cheyenne Miriam and Springforth are no slouches either. But I like Social Scene. Casie Coleman Stable is red hot and this filly has the speed to win in here. She set half mile track records for most of the season and is due for a big score.
$225,000 NYSS Final 3YO Colt Pace
9th race Yonkers – Every starter in this final has big earnings this year. Doctor Butch is just a little too far out for me in post eight so I am going with Fool Me Once in post five. Sears drove this one two starts back to a 1:49.4 score at Mohawk and he can handle a half mile track. Class of the field with $368,000 earned this year and almost never loses on a half mile oval.
$200,000 OSS Final 3YO Filly Pace
4th race Mohawk – Racey Miss looks like she can not only win in here but also pay a nice price. She will be driven for the first time by Chris Christoforou. Has won her last two starts from both on and off the pace and has a good shot in here from decent inside post.
$200,000 OSS Final 2YO Filly Pace
9th race Mohawk - It is not often that I pick a horse from post 10 but here we go. Lady Shadow has won five of seven starts this year. She has the speed to overcome outside but must get to the top easy. Last time she was this far out she left but got stung early and faded. I’m betting in here she can leave and go right to the front and never look back.
$122,000 Bluegrass Stakes 3YO Filly Pace
9th race Red Mile – Full field here of some top fillies (except I Luv The Nitelife) and I am going with Ms Caila J Fra. She starts from rail and despite making a break in her last start I can see her rebounding and either getting great cover or even cutting the mile herself for a big score.
$96,500 Bluegrass Stakes 3YO Colt Pace
8th race Red Mile – I guess we can call this a “dart board race” and throw a dart to see who to pick. Well matched group will be banging heads in here for sure. I am going with Resistance Futile. He was very impressive in first heat of the Little Brown Jug last week but two heats took its toll. I know he will not be 24-1 but still can pay a price and with inside position should be primed for working out a good trip to win off of.
$95,500 Bluegrass Stakes 3YO Colt Pace
3rd race Red Mile – It’s the return of the “Captain” but I think he drew into the softer of the two fields. After 1:49.4 romp at Hoosier he should be primed for a major mile in here if challenged. Could go in 1:47 if conditions are ideal. Some say Apprentice Hanover may be ready to take him on but I don’t think so. We’ll see on Saturday.
$10,000 Allerage Elim Open Trot
7th race Red Mile SUNDAY – What a great group of trotters for only a $10,000 purse. Market Share should be primed for a big effort. But the same can be said for Arch Madness and Sevruga and Mister Herbie. Very tough call on who can get the job done. I am going to take a shot with Sevruga as Andy and Julie Miller’s Stable is hot after world record mile Thursday night.
$10,000 Allerage Elim Open Pace
9th race Red Mile SUNDAY – Another great group, this time pacers, for a $10,000 purse. A Rocknroll Dance is the horse to beat. He cut all the fractions when Pet Rock set the world record on Jug Day and just got beat the wire. Golden Receiver is back in action and should not be ignored, same as Sweet Lou and Clear Vision. But I see A RocknRoll Dance where he comes from off the pace or cuts the mile being the best in here.