I went four for nine last week, some of my favorite horses got beat, which is bound to happen every now and then. I lost -$3.40 (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$39.70 going into this weekend and we will try once again to bring that number down more.
We start off the weekend at the Meadowlands Saturday with one of the final stakes races of the season, the Reynolds for three-year-old colt pacers. We also have some good feature events at both the Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway and taking shot at the Open Pace at Pompano Park too since that is in my backyard.
$48,878 Reynolds Stake 3YO Colt Pace
2nd race Saturday, Meadowlands – While Twilight Bonfire is rightly the 6/5 favorite and class of the field with $608,000 in earnings in 2013, I am going with Rockin Amadeus from post six in this very short field. He has been in the money most every start as of late, hails from the Jimmy Takter Stable and has the speed to get out early and find great cover to score from.
$37,000 Open Handicap Pace
6th race Saturday, Yonkers Raceway – Tough call here as Sweet Lou looms over this field on just about any size track but this one. Have never seen him race on a half mile oval but Burke Stable will have him fit and ready to go plus he gets George Brennan in the sulky. I’m banking that George can get him to leave a bit and secure good position to score from.
$30,000 Winners Over Pace
8th race Saturday, Yonkers Raceway – Very competitive field here will make whomever wins pay a decent price. I am going with Real Special. He just missed by a head in his last start in this class at Yonkers. Driver switch to Matt Kakaley is not a problem as he is aggressive enough to keep him in the action all the way to the finish wire.
$25,000 A-2/A-1 Handicap Pace
11th race Saturday, Meadowlands – While the Ron Burke Stable entry of Southwestern Dream and Meirs Hanover looms the favorite in here I am taking a shot with Great Vintage from post two. Hails from the Jimmy Takter Stable and they would not be messing around with a six-year-old overnight pacer if he was not worth. Has won $200,000 this year with eight wins and should be able to surprise this group from inside post position.
$10,000 Open 1 Pace
7th race Saturday, Pompano Park – While Cruizin K C won this class last week and Next Flight In is on a three-race winning streak, I still think that Thebestofjoel can upset tonight. Despite having to start from post seven this newcomer gave notice in his first start at Pompano Park last week that he is for real, wiring the field in 1:50.3 with a last quarter mile in :27.2. He has shown the ability to get to the front from outside posts and should either be able to cut the mile again or get decent cover to strike from.