Who Will Win It? Handicapping by Steve Wolf

08:47 AM 18 Jan 2014 NZDT
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OK…was snake bit once again plus Woodbine canceled. Only had one $4.60 winner in six races. So now we are starting off 2014 at minus -$15.00. Weather could be a big factor so make sure to take that into account before wagering.

This weekend we have seven races spanning the East with three at Woodbine, two at Yonkers, and one each at the Meadowlands and Pompano. Good luck!

$20,000 NW 3 Trot Woodbine

1st race Saturday – Almost every starter in this field has missed racing for a month due to the weather. So they are all on equal ground. West Side Story hails from Per Henriksen Stable and has been on a roll with three straight wins. Is a strong closer and only needs some live cover to insure another victory. Use Standing My Ground and Five Towns in exotic plays.

$30,000 A-2/FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands

2nd race Saturday – After cutting the mile at Yonkers in their Open and coming up short but a decent second place, Bettor’s Edge returns to the Meadowlands for Burke Stable and goes on lasix for the first time. Has been very sharp at both tracks, winning two back at Meadowlands in 1:49.1 and lasix can only help so this is the horse to beat in here. Use Hypnotic Blue Chip and Arockin Hanover in exotic plays.

$20,000 NW 3 Trot Woodbine

5th race Saturday  - It may have been two months since this one raced last due to bad weather but based off her prior form Samira Hanover should be the one to beat. She shows winning from both on and off the pace last year at age 3 and should be seasoned enough to handle going against some male rivals in here. Use Magic Will Work and Flight Of The Kiwi in exotic plays.

$33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers

6th race Saturday – Pretty much a possible wide-open race but Sapphire City gets the call. Despite poor showing from post seven last week this one always races well from inside position. Has gate speed to wire the field or can quarter move to take command. Use Dallenbach Hanover and Escape The News in exotic plays.

$22,000 NW/$32,000 Pace Yonkers

8th race Saturday – One of only two return winners in this field (the other has post 8) I am going with Money Twitch A. Last two starts from off the pace shows he can handle a first-over trip if need be or use live cover to score from. Inside post position will help him stay close enough to the action to make it three-straight wins. Use Here We Go Again and Uncle Goodfellow in exotic plays.

$10,000 Open Pace Pompano Park

9th race Saturday – Just can’t go against Prairie Jaguar, especially in a short field. He has been super with five straight wins and he has rewarded me well in the past. He has already beaten most everyone else in this field and should have it easy getting to the front and dictating the fractions. Use Northern Companion and newcomer Eastend Eddie in exotic plays.

$34,000 Preferred Pace Woodbine

11th race Saturday – Everyone in the field has missed time due to weather but Apprentice Hanover has been so sharp in his four straight wins. The team of trainer Ben Wallace and driver Jody Jamieson have been perfect on this horse and he could be developing into one of the better four-year-olds for 2014. Use Modern Legend and Frankie Dragon in exotic plays.

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