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It's The Adios Final and Hambo/Hambo Oaks Eliminations!

It’s a huge weekend in the harness racing world as we have the Final of The Del Miller Adios at The Meadows this afternoon, where World Champion Sweet Lou faces Meadowlands Pace winner A Rock N Roll Dance and North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud in his own backyard. We also have the eliminations of the sport’s signature event, The Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Here’s DriveOn’s take on these events:

Adios Final (The Meadows race 12) : With the early scratch of Allstar Legend, we are going to go to the outside #7 horse in here, A Rock N Roll Dance, (above left) winner of The Meadowlands Pace. In last week’s elimination, he chased a fairly slow early pace and still fired home for 2nd after racing first-up and pacing his own 3rd quarter in an incredible 25.4. Look for driver Gingras to blast right to the front when the gate opens, get covered up in the 2nd ¼ when Sweet Lou takes the top, then come again late to nail the win. We’ll take #4 Sweet Lou for 2nd and NA Cup winner #6 Thinking Out Loud for 3rd.   

Hambletionian Oaks elims - Race 3: Multiple World Champion Take Me Out likely wins this elim rather easily. We’ll take #4 Superstar Hanover from the Takter barn to complete the exacta and would put fair odds at 5/1 on the 3-4 exacta. If it’s paying $12, head to the windows! For 3rd we like the #7 For A Dancer who is 5 for 5 this year vs. lesser and has won 14 of 17 starts overall

Elim #2 (Race 4): #3 Maven is the biggest threat to topple Check Me Out in The Final and we call her to get the job done here over #4 Win Missy B with the #6 horse Dream On Hanover closing late to complete the tri.

Hambletonian elimination #1 (Race #5): #1 Banker Volo lost for the first time last week, but, was pocketed behind Uncle Peter’s pedestrain pace and blocked in the stretch. If you want to see a true indicator of this horse’s talent, look at the 2nd race back where he used a wicked 26.3 3rd quarter en-route to a crushing victory. I look for him to rebound here, and in fact, he is my call to win it all next week. #4 Uncle Peter (last year’s Breeders’ Crown winner) continues to hold excellent form but also has issues with his gait at times. We’ll take the #2 Possess The Will to fill the tri and make The Final as the 3rd and last qualifier.

Elimination #2 (Race 6) - The Canadian trotter #6 Knows Nothing (from the same connections as Maple Leaf Trot winner Mr. Herbie) has done everything right and comes in off an impressive win despite a 5-week layoff. He’s our call to get the job done in this very competitive elim. We like the powerful closer #3 Guccio to complete the exacta and #2 Stormin’ Normand for 3rd.

Elimination #3 (Race 8) - #6 Market Share from the Linda Toscano barn seems to have a nice pace set-up laid out here where he can brush late and is a good bet at around 5/1. #9 Little Brown Fox comes is off an ultra-impressive 151.2 mile and will be tough to overhaul although may face more pressure in the mid-stages. #7 Archangel shows nothing but wins and should be able to make the Final.

DriveOn Bets: When last in action, the “DriveOn Bets” segment fell victim to another tough pick 4 loss, but did manage to get off the schneid with a triactor win. Still, the original bankroll has dwindled from $1,000 to a meagre $76. Rather than go to the imaginary ATM for a bankroll boost, we will play with what we have today and see what we can do to build it back up.

We will play the remaining $76 this way: The Meadows race 10: $1.50 Pick 4: 1,9/6,7/4,6,7/2,9 ($36); same race $2 Pick 4 - 1,9/6,7/4,6,7/9 ($24), same race - $8 Pick 4 - 9/6,7/7/9 ($16) - total $76.

Lastly - there is another horse that we are keeping a close eye on in the New Jersey Classic elimination - race 10 at The Meadowlands - #1 Panther Hanover who has absolutely scorched Mohawk with 5 sensational wins since returning from injury. This highly-regarded Badlands Hanover colt, owned by “Big Jim” Carr may offer some value today stepping up in class because if he does what we think he could, he will be bet more heavily next week.

Good Luck to all wagering on these great events today!

 

Photo courtesy of Breeders Crown

 

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Su Mac Lad was one of my personal favorites, because like Kelso it was a rare Saturday that he didn't race at Roosevelt. Both were tough old campaigners who gave their best in each race.
Icy. I remember Speedy Scott very well. That 1966 Roosevelt international Trot was an incredible one. I remember Fresh Yankee and Une de Mai in the International as well. adios Vic was a great one as we're the the Adios family of Adios Butler etc. to jog the immortal Niatross was quite something Icy. I remember when he went to Pompano Park the highways were backed up over four miles with people going to see him race. You brought back a lot of great memories, Icy.
I didn't see either Su Mac Lad or Speedy Scot but I saw Bret as he bowed to the crowd, Cardigan Bay who well past his prime was just an awesome horse. Adios Vic running so fast around Batavia's tight turn he fell down. The great Canadian mare Armbro Flight, Roquepine of France and Noble Victory of USA, in the 1966 Roosevelt International Trot as they finished in that order. From 1964 I saw almost all the best harness horses as sooner or later they all came to New York and it was only a 3 1/2 hr drive. I lived near Vernon Downs in upstate NY and all the best would come there to recoup. I loved jogging the horses. The best I ever jogged was Niatross as I bought quite a few horses from C. Galbreath but he never sold me anything of consequence. I was like captain Ahab chasing Moby Dick I was that passionate about getting one of the best. I was at the Meadowland sale when On The Road Again was sold but I didn't realize until he made his mark.Ironically he was thrown in to close a deal as a yearling I believe.
I was very sad when Roosevelt went to the wrecking ball. Years later I got to know Cece Levy, GMLevys daughter very well through horse showing. We spoke often about her father and Roosevelt Raceway
Driveon. The pacing Derby with RW was a nice race. I guess I am the only one on this site who saw Big Bum and Su Mac Lad actually race. I also Saw Cardigan Bay in his prime and later one of my favorites Nevele Pride.
I saw Rambling Willie win The Canadian Pacing Derby at Greenwood
Rail bird. Rambling Willie one of my all time favorites. And Falcon Almahurst brings back memories. You are lucky to have Scioto Downs nearby. You are quite right about the Jug winner coming out of The Adios
Icy is right, the 7 hole was the key. This race often produces the Little Brown Jug winner. Post position is key at the Delaware half mile track with no inner lane. Only one winner in 66 years from the eight hole. Buckpasser-I learned to handicap -out of HS at the Scioto Downs harness track watching Falcon Almahurst & Ramblin Willie.
I was very happy for Mark. He is a top-class guy and on several occasions at Mohawk was quite nice to my son and gave him several souvenir whips. He has had a tough go with accidents and injuries the past couple of years, so all the power to him. He is a very humble individual who does not take success for granted.
ARRD may well be the best of the crop, but you have to give MAcDonald credit for a great job. As you said DriveOn a perfect pocket trip. Very exciting race. I am sorry Sweet Lou is having so many issues. I had liked a great deal.
I always felt harness was harder to handicap as it comes down to the trip unless it's a 3/4 7/8 or mile track. The 7 hole was to much to overcome he was used to hard the first quarter 25.1 but it was neccessary. Tough game as you said. 25.1, 52.4, 1:19.2, to much to overcome. A Rock n Roll Dance proved today he's the best. At even money it was a pass for me although I shot some exotics in that missed.
WOW - How much the best was A Rock n roll Dance. TWENTY-FIVE and one forst quarter and he still manages to lead for 49/50ths of the race? NO breather whatsoever and the only other horse left around at the finish is BTD off a textbook perfect pocket trip. In fact, he never left the rail the entire race even one step! This race proved definitively for me that a rock N Roll dance is the best in this crop, NO doubt. Bruce, sorry I didn't answer your questions, I was at an amusement park with my son all day. I did tab 2 of 3 Hambo elim winners and both Hambo Oaks winners, and, Panther Hanover raced huge in behind the more seasoned Hurrikane Kingcole, losing by a length in 148.3. That Meadows finish cost me a $20 Pick 4. Tough game.
Adios was quite a race, coming through on the pylon side with BTD and a record on top.
LAZ. If you are having problems with live streaming go to the race replays and the video will come in.
Laz. skyfire is an app in the Apple store. Costs a couple of bucks, about $4.00, but you can get flash player by putting in the stes you want. I tried it on the race replay sections and found that I could get the replays which I couldn't get normally on the iPad so I assume the live streaming should work.also Laz many of these harness tracks have the same set up with a website and Roberts streaming which I assume is tied to flash player since I can't get it on my iPad normally. Hope it works for you.
Buckpasser, thanks. I didn't know about that site but I'm going to look it up for sure.
Personally, I have always loved harness racing. I saw Su Mac Lad and Bret Hanover race at Roosevelt and was hooked for life. To me the greatest harness race in the world to see live is Prix D'amerique. Over 30 harness horses start with a walk up and it is like something out of Ben Hur. Saw Moni Maker win it.
Add to that the people in the business have been very kind to me and open to my rookie questions, the stewards have enlightned me to their class sturcutre, they explained their inquiries...I even was there for the Breeder's Crown, WHICH was a tad more interesting than the rank and file contests with San Pail beating out a French and Scadanavian champ, But.......
I have tried and tried to like standard bred racing. I really admire the breed, the people surrounding it (particualry the whole family type participation in the barns and breeding outfits), the idea of having to PROVE you can run before you can enter, etc., but the standard old same distance race in single file monotony of it leaves me cold.
For anyone who is interested, you can go to live streaming at the website for the Meadows and watch the race. If you are like me using as iPad which does not do Flash download the browser skyfire which allows you to get flash player video on iPad

Meet Garnet Barnsdale

 

I am an Honours Graduate from Humber College School of Journalism and a lifelong race fan and handicapper who has been watching and wagering on harness racing for more than 30 years. I was a staff writer for The Standardbred magazine in the late '80s. I will attempt to provide both beginners and veterans with valuable information and handicapping tips and advice on the top events from all major harness circuits.