Harness Racing’s Hot Under Icy SkiesThe Meadowlands’ winter series continues, as long as the mighty storm that swept in from the Midwest has blown its way into the ocean, or at the least, far from New Jersey.
But it wasn’t just the Garden State that was pelted with a deadly array of snow and ice and rain; racing was cancelled along the 2,000-mile path made by the storm.
Up north, Woodbine hosts a field of eight fresh soph-colt pacers in the Count B Final.
On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Meadowlands hosts the beginning of the Aquarius Series for four-year-old open pacers.
Speaking of exotics, on the left coast Cal Expo continues to offer the no-takeout late Pick 4 on Saturday’s program. This week it takes place on races 9 through 12. Our weekly coverage of the four included races promises to suggest strong contenders that we urge you to consider for win wagers, also.
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It’s always dangerous to predict an easy-to-handicap quartet in this exotic but these four races may prove to have a lot of winning tickets. Digging for what may be overlays could be the main challenge and a good reason to keep your ticket or tickets small.
Race 9 – Taxi Dancer comes off a giant win and looks good enough to save some ground and drive hard from post 6 to eat this group alive. He was the choice last time and should be favored here. We nailed Kikiskissinkousin last out at a price but like most of this field she has skipped a week of racing. You could add her but “Taxi” may start it all off with a short price.
Race 10 – Jungle Girl, who was on our watch list a few times, shocked last week with a 21-1 score. She gets post 1 this week and doesn’t have much to face, though she probably won’t go off that long this time. One outsider, the 9, Ogs Si Bon had a strong race last out, finishing out of the money after gaining significant ground overland at 8-1.
Race 11 – Thouartthegreatest was strong, though hung, to three-quarters last out at 2-1. He could make amends but may not escape the eyes of the public. Freedomize continues to cash checks but doesn’t strike the big note. The only outsider with a slim chance seems to be Rocket Scientist, who had a good last half, gaining, at 7-1.
Race 12 – Blissful Kassie was filled with fire early dueling for the top last out. She got there with a fight and that cost her, fading at 52-1. Beaten-favorite Red Star Gilda had little excuse tanking but could have put in a clunker. Whoop And Shout is a danger from the inside.
So, keeping all of our contenders in the ticket –6/1,9/3,7/1,5,8—you go with $12. Should you not involve the probable outsiders mentioned, you could get away with a 6/1/3/1,5 for $2. Remember, however, that either way you need to consider win wagers on the longer priced contenders, as well as watch for overlays with the horses we predict will be favorites.