Last week we had only some minor victories, four of ten races in a losing effort financially. Now we really get into the start of the Grand Circuit harness racing stakes season with events around the country.
Yonkers is the main scene with the Levy and Matchmaker Finals but we also travel on Friday to Northfield Park for the Courageous Lady, to Freehold for the Dexter Cup elimination and the Meadowlands for the Reynolds Memorial. Some great racing on tab plus we handicap a few other special events. Good Luck!
$110,000 Courageous Lady 3YO Pace Northfield Park
11th race FRIDAY – The little lady from Michigan, Kayla Grace, brings her undefeated 15-race win streak and throws it on the line facing the biggest challenge of her career. If she is the real thing she may just wire the field as she usually does but she will be tested and may prove her mettle by coming from off the pace. Use That Woman Hanover and Sister Stroll in exotic plays.
$38,460 Dexter Cup 3YO Trot Elimination Freehold Raceway
9th race SATURDAY – Local trainer Tom Fanning will have the hometown crowd behind him as he sends out Sumatra in this well matched field. Sumatra won $108,000 last year and off his very impressive qualifying wins seems ready for action in here. Use Well Built and Dave Briggs in exotic plays.
$49,015 Reynolds Memorial 3YO Pace Meadowlands
3rd race SATURDAY – The class of the field will be the favorite and rightly so. Allstar Partner sports career earnings of $282,000, which is nearly the total earnings of the rest of the field. Is making his debut this season off decent qualifying effort and if class is any indicator he should be primed to win with ease. Use Always B Miki and the entry of Frankandjoanne/Parnu Hanover in exotic plays.
$20,000 Pace Diplomat Series preliminary Woodbine
3rd race SATURDAY – It’s the return of early pacing sensation National Debt. Despite being 49 days off since his last start, his connections say he is more than ready to put in a tough mile, but not with my money. This is strictly a watch race as you don’t know how he will race since the layoff but if he is prime he should have it easy in here. Use Somewhere In L A and roger Mach Em in exotic plays.
$25,000 Preferred Handicap Pace Pocono Downs
10th race SATURDAY – What a stellar field of good pacers in here. Abelard Hanover is the local favorite and rightly so after his last two tight wins but I have to have faith with Bandolito. He was awesome in his last two starts at Dover, pacing what would have to be :24.4 fractions, some of the fastest ever and he should be primed to steal this one for Daryl Bier after his last two big successes. Use A Stitch In Time and Abelard Hanover in exotic plays.
$43,000 Final Don Mills Trotting Series Woodbine
7th race SATURDAY – After scoring a lifetime mark of 1:54 in the preliminary round last week, it is tough to not come right back with West Side Story. Has won four of his last five starts and gets faster with every victory. Use Mego Moss and Hldontghttoyurdrms in exotic plays.
$75,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Consolation Yonkers
8th race SATURDAY – The favorite may be Ramalama but I am going with Ideal In Vegas. This one actually won a division of the series and against field of non-winners she has good inside post to get the jump on the field and may never look back. Use Ramalama and the entry of Camille/Charisma Hanover in exotic plays.
$371,400 Final Matchmaker Series Yonkers
9th race SATURDAY – Boy oh boy will they be battling it out in here. It will most certainly not be a cakewalk but I have to go with Yagonnakissmeornot as she has been the dominant force throughout this series and has won five of her last six starts. Plus she can do it from either on or off the pace. Use Somwheroverarainbow and the entry of Rocklamation/Summertime Lea in exotic plays.
$30,000 A-2/FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands
11th race SATURDAY – This will be a great slugfest between a couple of very promising youngsters against the older world class Golden Receiver. I am going with Golden Receiver to rebound from his past two disappointed fourth place finishers. This guy usually does not put in three clunkers in a row this early in the season. Callahan can fire him out of the gate and not look back. Use Allstar Legend and Dovuto Hanover in exotic plays.
$100,000 Pace Levy Series Consolation Yonkers
10th race SATURDAY – Burke Racing Stable is looking to have a great evening and in here they have a powerful entry of Easy Again/Clear Vision. Either one of these can take this field. They have both won prior legs of the series and are razor sharp. Use Word Power and Rock On Moe in exotic plays.
$567,000 Final Levy Pacing Series Yonkers
11th race – The first 2,000 fans to come to Yonkers Saturday night get a free Foiled Again t-shirt and I think despite any rumors of his poor finish last year that this game world champion will rebound with good inside post position and wire the field. He has been the fastest and gamest of all in this series plus as an entry with Bettor’s Edge you get an extra bang for your buck. Use Apprentice Hanover and the entry of P H Supercam/Mach It So in exotic plays.