‘Peelers’ Poised To Pounce; Colts Locked And LoadedJune sizzles and the standardbred world seizes the moment to add heat to the fire. All the news and wagering talk this next weekend has to do with See You At Peelers, (pictured left) arguably one of the greatest pacing fillies to come along in a while, meeting the glamour-boy pacers at Yonkers in the $300,000-plus Art Rooney Pace.
Femme Fatal For ‘Rooney’ Fellas?
Thirdly, unlike thoroughbred racing, it is not uncommon for girl pacers or trotters to beat the opposite sex, even in high-profile races. Peelers may have what it takes to whip the best of the crop but we won’t know in the Rooney unless she utterly destroys the few involved. She is, however, the first girl to race in the Rooney since its inception in 1989.
A field of seven fillies battle their own in the $197,634 Lismore Pace. They are: Block Party, Celebrity Dollfin, Character Flaw, Cold Mist, Dreamland's Roxy, Honky Tonk Woman and JK Owhatanite. We have been behind Honky Tonk Woman at two, when she was good, but she is developing at three and her recent efforts make us take her here at a price.
The first June no-takeout Pick 4 at Cal Expo from Race 9 through Race 12 is a combination of strange entries for those of us following these horses each week. Certainly in this case we emphasize playing some of these horses to win, watching for some big odds. This could be gigantic if it turns out to be the mess of upsets we spy.
(7) Town Of Lodi is a whopper to begin this, no less as a single. But this is the only horse with a flare sent up last race. “Lodi” was 41-1 and dueled hard with the dead-on favorite, only to tire badly. But that burst of speed could wipe this group out if used sparingly.
(6) Dani California has done well in the past among this ilk and is, like our first single, a horse that sent a strong message last race. “Dani” at 9-1, brushed strongly early and made up 7 lengths before losing faith. Could he beat (2) Dudi’s Angel? Sure, but you may add that one since the ticket is jammed with longshots.
(2) Falcon Forte N could come right back off of a 3-1 win and do it at higher odds. Meanwhile, use (7) Know The Pro, since he dueled early for the lead with a flash of fire that could turn the tables here; and he did it at 69-1.
(7) Heavy Pockets was only 6-1 but his early speed puts him in the must-use category here. The only worry is (9) Jeano, who looked like a contender last week but was scratched.
If you want to use all of these, the 7/26/27/79 ticket cost $8 ($1 ticket).