Who Will Win It? Handicapping by Steve Wolf

12:48 PM 14 Jun 2014 NZST
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What a weekend last week for some favorites and some not! On Friday I hit all four horses I picked on the nose…then on Saturday not one single winner! That’s how tough the racing has been this season and the only difference this weekend is that purses are BIG TIME.

We have the 2014 much anticipated debut of the 2013 Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous, in the $100 Meadowlands Maturity for four-year-olds Friday, the Saturday the program is magnificent at Mohawk Raceway with the $1,000,000 North America Cup, the Fan Hanover, Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Mohawk Gold with the greatest pacers and trotters in all of North America under the limelight. Good Luck!

$100,000 Pace Meadowlands Maturity 4YO’s

10th race FRIDAY – What a way to begin your four-year-old season by drawing the 10 post. I don’t think it will hamper Captaintreacherous as much as many others think. Myron Bell, Tony Alagna and the Captaintreacherous partners have planned it all out and Tony says his colt is going to be better than last year and thus the outside post should not hinder his winning efforts. Use Apprentice Hanover and Odds On Equuleus in exotic plays.

$72,300 Trot PASS 3YO Colts Pocono Downs

3rd race SATURDAY – Looks like Wheelsandthelegman is in the softest of the three divisions tonight and this gelded son of Donato Hanover has been razor sharp and with the rail he should be able to wire the field. Use DD’s Hitman and JJ Alex in exotic plays.

$72,300 Trot PASS 3YO Colts Pocono Downs

4th race SATURDAY – Here comes the Jimmy Takter Show…this time it’s Nuncio and new driver Matt Kakaley, but this young man has tons of talent and should enjoy the trip. Colt is unbeaten in his two starts so far and has looked super each week. Takes another here. Use Uva Hanover and Auspicious Hanover in exotic plays.

$272,100 Trot Goodtimes Final 3YO Colt Mohawk Raceway

4th race – Right now I would have to say that Trixton is more powerful looking and faster than Father Patrick. He looms over the field tonight by a full second. Big powerful horse likes racing on the big track and goes for his fifth straight win. Use Flyhawk El Durado and Harper Blue Chip in exotic plays.

$72,300 Trot PASS 3YO Colts Pocono Downs

5th race SATURDAY – Here come’s the 2013 Dan Patch award winning two-year-old colt trotter of the year, Father Patrick. Unbeaten in his two starts this year and crushing the competition each time. He is so powerful and it looks like the rest of the field will be racing for second money. Use Datsyuk and Dony Andreas in exotic plays.

$266,000 Trot Armbro Flight Final Older Mares Mohawk Raceway

5th race SATURDAY – It is so hard to consider going against Perfect Alliance. She’s perfect at 11 for 11, she has an inside post and the gate speed to get out front and not get caught. But something inside of me says that Bee A Magician was so sensational last year and now after two very good starts she can overcome post nine and return to her winning ways. Use Perfect Alliance and D’Orsay in exotic plays.

$330,000 Pace Roses Are Red Final Older Mares Mohawk Raceway

7th race SATURDAY – She may be the oldest mare in this field but she is on a roll right now. Anndrovette is the three-time Dan Patch Pacing Mare of the Year, highest money earning in this top field at $2.7 million and the last two starts showed she is still best from either off the helmet or on the front end. Use Yagonnakissmeornot and Somwherovrarainbow in exotic plays.

$100,000 Pace Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational

8th race – Here are many of the top Free-For-All pacers in the world going head and head once again. I am going to stick my neck out on a mild long shot and am going with Sunshine Beach. Top three-year-old set world record last year in 1:47.4 so we know he has the speed. He won over $900,000 in 2013 and off his two very sharp qualifying wins he looks ready for action. Can’t ignore his :25.2 last quarter mile! Use State Treasurer and Foiled Again in exotic plays.

$457,500 Pace Fan Hanover Final 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway

9th race SATURDAY – With Precocious Beauty out of the final this race really becomes a wide-open affair with most anyone coming up with a big effort and winning. I am going with Uffizi Hanover as she hails from none other than Jimmy Takter’s barn. She showed her former winning ways last week with a sharp head triumph in 1:51.4 with an amazing :25.1 last quarter mile. That’s tops in my book. Use Table Talk and Nat A Virgin in exotic plays.

$1,000,000 Pace North America Cup 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway

10th race SATURDAY – They always save the best for last and this race is the best. What a final with everyone in the field a legitimate contender. As much as I want to think that He’s Watching can rebound and wire the field, I don’t see that happening, but the action up front will be tremendous as no one wants to sit and hope going for this kind of cash. I am going with McWicked as he was really used twice in the race last week and still was able to draw away at the finish for Casie Coleman Stable. It was really a tough call. Use Tellitlikeitis and He’s Watching in exotic plays.

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