Who Will Win It? Handicapping by Steve Wolf

04:15 PM 04 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Last week we ended the 2013 season on a winning note with four of seven winners and a profit of $10.40  (based on a $2 win bet each race). So now we are starting off 2014 on a clean slate. Weather is going to be a big factor at the Meadowlands as it will be pretty cold with head winds that must be taken into account.

This weekend we have six races spanning the East Coast with four at the Meadowlands in the cold and two at Pompano Park in the warm weather. Good luck!

$20,000 B1/A2 Handicap Pace Meadowlands

1st race Saturday – While weather may not be ideal for racing on the front end, Cowboy Terrier was decent in his last start and held for a game second place finish. Gets in with a field of closers so he may just be able to hold on to the lead in here.  Three starts back he shows ability to wire the field in adverse weather.

$30,000 A1/FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands

6th race Saturday – Last week Arockin Hanover scored big for us at 6-1. Goes from Campbell to youngster Joe Bongiorno but I don’t mind the driver switch. Bongiorno can drive and this guy is red hot, having won five of last seven starts and can grind it out if necessary. Campbell moved to Hypnotic Blue Chip but I think Arockin Hanover can win again.

$17,500 N/W - $50,000 Claiming Pace Meadowlands

7th race Saturday  - This will be a very hotly contested race with more than half the field showing the ability to win. I am going with Big Game Hunter who despite poor showing last out is dropping in class and should be able to return to winning ways for Miller Stable.

$20,000  B1-A2 Handicap Pace Meadowlands

11th race Saturday – Going to take a long shot in this race. Yo Cheyenne Rocky is sort of a yo-yo horse for trainer Robbie Siegelman and this is the week that he should be able to rebound with a strong effort like he did three starts back. Not a super tough field and he gets Ron Pierce back in the sulky who won with him three starts back.

$10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park

6th race Saturday  – Very tough to even think of going against Prairie Jaguar. He went undefeated at Pompano in the month of December including a lifetime mark in his last start of 1:49 for Mike Deters Stable. May have to start from the outside in post eight but he has shown the ability to win from that far out before.

$10,000 F&M Open Pace Pompano Park

6th  race SUNDAY – Strong group of mares will be battling it out in here. I am going with De Vins Girl from post four for trainer Luca Derrico. Stable is hot and two starts back this mare was able to take a lifetime mark of 1:51.4. Any repeat of that effort for driver Rick Plano will see them back in the winner’s circle again.

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