Act Three For Harness Season 2011It may all come down to the Breeders Crown but the harness stakes season ensues through November with major events. Fall’s four-frosh stakes for both gaits and sexes holds elims this week for next week’s finals at Chester. The Matrons get underway at Dover Downs, now open through April. And there are still American-Nationals in the wings, as well as Indiana’s big ‘Derby’ card this weekend.
Race 6 is for soph filly pacers, with Drop The Ball looking for redemption. She lost the Crown? Yes she did and it makes her vulnerable to Foxy Lady and Myluvmylife. That could be the triple, give or take a placing.
Race 7 is the Hambo crew at each other’s necks again, with a few usual suspects missing and a few returning. Chapter Seven will be a giant favorite. Broad Bahn looks well enough again to take some money. But Magnum Kosmos is back and is a danger to control the fractions from the inside to pull up a big upset.
Fall Final Four
(3) Wrangler Reward finished third at 9-1 and was gaining ground through the mile. A better position early can do the job. (4) Nightscreamer is a regular player around these parts and his second-place finish last week at 6-1 was a warning for this meet.
(1) RW Island Spirit had a bad start last week and made up a lot of ground to finish fourth anyway. A little luck along the way from the inside and he can whip this weak field.
(1) Axelrod just missed while well supported and the rail can give him a boost in this battle. (5) The Ridge was forced to move first over to challenge and though it hurt him it was a promising effort at 21-1. (9) Thouartthegreatest did well from post 8 at 9-1 and cannot be ignored here.
(5) Muzhik Hanover has only to race like last week with a bit more courage late and prove to be a great single and cap the win on this ticket.