• Pacers Stampede At Yonkers

    POSTED Mar 23, 2011
    This weekend older pacing males race their guts out as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series starts on Saturday, March 26 at Yonkers wit six, 1-mile divisions (remember that stakes do not race the 1 1/16-miles distance). The big Yonkers weekend begins the day before with the Bluechip Matchmaker series’ start.

    March is almost over, so take advantage of getting free harness past performances at TwinSpires. As well, the “Levy” series makes it possible to introduce you to the many handicapping products available at Brisnet. Check the home page for details on playing the Free For All series with tools free for all.

    The Meadowlands Racetrack’s spring break begins after the March 26 program. Dark during the month of April, racing resumes on Saturday, May 7, with Thursday-Saturday night cards through Hambletonian day, Saturday, Aug. 6.  A special matinee will be raced on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 (post time 1:10 p.m.).  Weekend-only cards will be raced the two weeks following the Hambletonian, Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20. More about stakes coverage leading to and for the Hambletonian is pending. Keep watching this blog and the TwinSpires Facebook page for details.

    Super Sextet

    Here is our analysis of the six divisions opening the six-week event.

    Levy Race 7
    Dreamlands Art (4) is one of Ron Burke’s series campaigners, coming from the trainer’s hot stable at the Meadows. “Art” is ready for this and could come through with a price.
    Foreign Officer (1) was one of the top three-year-old pacers last year and should be in it. Wholly Louy (2) returns to the series where he has done best.

    Levy Race 8
    Real Nice (7) loves this track and this series, playing a longshot role in exotics as well as winning legs more than once. He should be a good price here with two-time defending series champ Foiled Again on the plyons.
    Whackamole Hanover (2) is looking to go three for four. The outsider could be Poker Hat (5), expected to race better than he has recently.

    Levy Race 9
    Go Go Solano (1) is a New York-bred champ who can battle with the best of this group. He is bound to pick up some big cash in the series even if he doesn’t make it to the end, so grab what he may offer now.
    Southwind Lynx (5) loves Yonkers and returns after doing well at Dover. Valentino (8) comes to Yonkers for the first time in the Surick barn. Last year, this horse almost beat One More Laugh in the Cleveland Classic at 10-1. 
    Levy Race 10
    The Mohegan Pan (3) has had some rough miles at the Meadowlands while being heavily backed. This could be the place for him and hopefully he will be ignored on the board.
    Legal Litigator (7) comes back after losing here in his last start. Pangiorno (1) comes off a good qualifier in 1:53.1. The one to watch is Forensic Z Tam (5), who meets less aggressive field then he is used to facing.

    Levy Race 11
    Bluegrass Western (4) does not promise a good price here but may be ready for a giant mile. Shoobee’s Place (2) comes to get his first victory in 2011. Southern Allie (5) struggled at the Meadowlands and comes back to Yonkers after breaking issues. The one to watch is This Is Wyatt (1), coming off a win in the Open Handicap at Yonkers; he has won four of six this year.

    Levy Race 12
    There is no reason to deny River Shark (1). He is arguably the best FFA member this season thus far. His prohibitive price makes him a key, not a win bet. 

    Matching Winners         

    Friday, March 25’s first division of the Matchmaker presents Headpoles R Us, who has dominated the Open class at Yonkers. Chancey Lady is coming in after struggling in the Overbid series at the Big M. But the one to watch is Hannah Isabel (3). She already has experience on the half-mile, winning twice and taking a season’s mark of 1:55.4.

    In the second division, Ginger And Fred returns to defend her series title. Run On Luck is coming in for the Casie Coleman stable. The one to watch is Ramona Disomma (1). She comes to a different track and gets George Brennan, the driver who drove her to victory in the Overbid, where she defeated Ginger And Fred, in 2010.

    In the penultimate division, Matron winner Ticket To Rock makes her 2011 debut. Ticket To Rock was one of many filly pacers who dominated at the Grand Circuit at the Red Mile. Hula’s Z Tam comes to get her first win in 2011. This New York Sires Stakes champ had trouble in her last start. I-lady comes off an upset and a stakes record in the Damsel at Woodbine. The one to watch is Hula’s Z Tam (3). 

    In the closer, Jasperthat A comes back to her home track. She had been at the Meadowlands for Invitationals, the Cape & Cutter and Overbid. Western Graduate has had trouble on two turns all year and On The Glass comes back to this series. The one to watch is Jasperthat A (1). She should be a bit more comfortable on the half-mile.

    Meadowlands Pick 4

    The $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4 at the Meadowlands for the winter meet comes to a close this Saturday. Don’t forget there is a 10-percent bonus when playing the Pick 4 on TwinSpires.

    Race 6
    (5) Dinner Guest made two moves last week and still managed to finish third, he is dangerous.

    Race 7
    (1) Majestic Jackpot made a good move last time in higher company and finished second. Moving to the rail will help. (7) Up Front Mustang has some class relief and has done better in higher company than this.

    Race 8
    (2) Bestnotlie Hanover was hung last week and steps down to a good condition for him. (6) Camshaft Hanover also steps down in class; he just couldn’t catch the leader to finish fourth last out. He has power and might show it tonight. (8) Super Eighty Eight was nosed at the wire to finish second in this condition from the same post.

    Race 9
    (1) Ol’ Man River moves to the inside after getting an outside trip. He could do better. (3) Basilio Blue Chip has been good all year. He made two moves last week but finished second.

    The price of this ticket is $12. Add or subtract horses to fit your budget.

    Cal Expo Pick 4

    Saturday, March 26 it's another shot at the no-takeout late Pick 4 at Cal Expo.

    Race 11
    (2) Heelwin was a sharp second last week to a good winner. (8) Perfect Magic was in a marred race but swept almost a dozen lengths to the top during the maylay.  

    Race 12
    (7) Jet Tet Tet should return with a win in this field of breakers, layoff horses and poor performances.

    Race 13
    (6) Pedal Pad was the beaten favorite last week in a better group than this, losing due to an overland journey. Another single.  

    Race 14
    (3) Nikoleta should have won but held for second. (8) Don’t Dally Witch shocked with a sharp-closing second at 24-1

    If you want to use all of these, the ticket cost $8. You can add to it but we like it so much we may buy it twice.

    Watch List Action

    We are considering five horses in the Petticoat Series at Yonkers on Friday. In Race 1 Evil Eva (1); Race 2, Virgin Mary (1); Race 3, Lightning Lucy (3); Race 4, Moving Art (5) and Race 5, Nanette Hall (5).

    Then on Saturday, we are considering six horses for the Sagamore Hill. In Race 1, Hasta Luego (7); Race 2, Starspangledpanner (7); Race 3, Park Lane Western (1); Race 4, Untold Legend (3); Race 5, Incredible Ben (2) and Race 6, Diamond Dust (5).

    (Ray Cotolo assisted in this edition.)
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