Tonight’s card at Mohawk offers THE best harness racing anywhere on the continent this weekend. They have the North America Cup eliminations featuring World Champion Sweet Lou, facing off against 2010 Metro Pace winner Simply Business and local speedball Warawee Needy. the other division features local upstart Michael’s Power (4 for 4 in the Casie Coleman barn this year) knocking heads with Art Rooney winner Pet Rock, 2011 Governor’s Cup winner A Rock N Roll Dance and Takter trainee A Time To Roll who comes in off an ultra-impressive first-over 150 score in a New Jersey Sires Stake. There are others that also have decent upset chances, But that’s not all! There is the Fan Hanover eliminations featuring 3YO Pacing fillies; The Goodtimes Stakes eliminations for 3YO trotting colts; a $50,000 Open Pace and a $30,000 Preferred 2 pace. We’ll be watching many of the best horses in North America race tonight.
So, let’s get down to business and see if we can get this “DriveOn Bets” thing off the schneid. We have had several close calls, but you can’t go to the cashier’s window with those. Let’s see if we can make some cash tonight.
DRIVEON BETS - Starting balance: $1,000
Current balance: $617
RACE 4: $50,000 Guaranteed pick 4
$1 Pick 4 bet
We’re using six 3YO trotters in here as it looks highly competitive and it IS an elimination race. We are going with 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11.
The one colt I REALLY like in here unfortunately drew the deadly 10-hole, but, Mikey Hanover raced huge last week in the slop, splashing home in 27.4 to beat a very competitive field of older conditioned horses. He is worth a bet even from the 10-hole, especially in the slop.
We’re going 4-deep in here and tossing some of the more obvious choices in favor of some overlaid longshots. We’ll be using two horses coming out of the same New Jersey Sires Stake race, the first being #6 A Rock N Roll Dance, who was nailed in the final stride by the #7 A Time to Roll who came with a relentless first-over grind and just kept coming. Both of these Rock N Roll Hanover colts figure prominently. The other 2 we will be using are longshots that were heavily bet last week in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and had off nights in the slop. #4 Dapper Dude, who came into last week’s race off a stellar 149.4 score at Pocono the week before. He could upset at a nice price. Similarly, the #9 State Treasurer also appeared to dislike the slop, breaking early. He showed promise in several previous races prior to that one and is sure to be overlooked tonight. He could blow up the tote board.
If the #3 horse, Guccio didn’t show two Mohawk lines and two breaks in his Pps, he’d be a single for us. But, he does and we don’t trust him. So he will be used along with #6 Knows Nothing who is a perfect 4-4 so far in his career and raced very impressively from the 10-hole last start off a month layoff.
We like two horses in here the first being #5 Oddyseus Blue Chip, who had a VERY powerful win two-back then kind of spun his wheels in the slop last week when perfectly placed. His price may improve tonight. The #10 I’m Feelin’ Good drops out of the Open where he chased all-world Betterthancheddar last week. He figures highly vs. these and Ron Pierce is a master at getting a horse good position early from an outer post.
The DriveOn early pick 4 ticket will look like this $1 Pick 4 - 1,5,7,9,10,11 - 4,6,7,9 - 3,6 - 5,10
Total $96 (20-cent option costs $19.20)
We are also going to bet $20 WP on #10 Mikey Hanover in race 4 and $2 exactas 10/1,5,7,9,11 and 1 1,5,7,9,11/10 for a total of $60
In race 7, we are betting $20 win on each of the #5 and #10 and a $10 exacta box 5-10 for another $60 in wagers.
Race 8 is the 2nd elimination of The North America Cup and if you’re looking for an up setter inhere, I can’t help you. Sweet Lou has returned to the racing wars in fine form and the World Record holder ranks highest among a very good 3YO crop. We’re going to take a stab on a $25 exacta straight 1-2. The #2 I Fought Dalaw encountered some serious trouble in the stretch last week when it appeared he put his foot into Rock N Roll Dance’s wheel in midst retch. He could provide some exacta value.
Let’s move on to the second pick 4 on the card, starting in race 10
Two of the sports SUPERSTARS return and face off here. The #2 Economy Terror won the Breeder’s Crown and Three Diamonds and close to $1 million last year, but was second-fiddle to World Champion #8 American Jewel until that filly suffered an injury. Both have qualified in 51 and change and are obvious horses to include. We’ll also use the #6 Big McDeal who was conservatively driven in a conditioned race last week with this race clearly in the connections sights. She has high speed and a big closing kick and could surprise with the right trip.
We’re going 3-deep in her as well:
#2 Doin’ Time Together is appropriately named, considering his driver, Tony MacDonald, got hitched yesterday. Two races back in this class, however, these two put together a powerful mile and big fractions before giving it up late. They figure.
#5 Wazzup Wazzup, the one-eyed-wonder, won easily in the lowest conditioned class last week as he should have. He steps up a notch but is a n honest hard-trying horse that offers pick-4 value at 10/1 in the morning line.
#7 Machal Jackson had a rough trip in the slop last week in a race full of action and figures highly here with a slightly better trip, which is likely.
#1 Martha Maxine is making her first start off a Richard Moreau claim. Must use. Enough said.
#3 Stonebridge Terror raced decently in the slop off a 3-week break last week and now drops in class. NO chance he closes at his 8/1 morning line quote
#8 Anderlecht is a personal favorite who figures prominently in this class and must be included on our tickets.
We’re not enthralled with the morning line favorite 1 for 17 in 2012 Monster In Law (#4) and will be using 3 horses to beat him to cap off a $81 ticket.
#1 Eagle Artesian closed with good energy on the end of his debut mile in the Mohawk slop last week and could provide some nice value here.
#3 Western Posse showed tremendous speed at Rideau Carlton winning two back (123.4 to the ¾) then was parked the mile last time out which proved perilous. A-Mac is sure to be swinging with him early.
#10Pouvoir Duharas, although an infrequent winner, has a good late kick and is dropping to the lowest class. He’s worth using at 7/1 in the morning line.