• Cotolo’s Harness Review

    POSTED Feb 26, 2012
    Saturday night was great for my Twitter followers as we tweeted choice contenders at Woodbine. Most of the horses were alive and that should have been great for those reaching for the bonus TSC Elite points. Although the blog choices in the Cam Fella both finished up the track, the rest of the card was plentiful for win bettors, along with two juicy place finishers.

    We had four winners: Wild Dragon, $16.90; Upfront Hoosierboy, $14.90; Selfish Princess, $11.70; and Ive Got It All, $6.30.

    Placing were Ramegame Bruiser and Lookinforafight. Incredable Frank finished third and the other five were off the board.

    At Woodbine on Friday we did well in the Damsel Series, though two of the three pacing mares wound up being favorites. Jolting Kate won the first round, paying $4.30.

    Oceans Motion took the nightcap, paying $5.40. Plus, we gave you the exactor combo there with Ole Miss second; that paid $13.50.

    The middle mile in the Damsel first-leg trio was won by the favorite and our gal, Rock For Glory, at 12-1, was second. If you used her with the public choice you collected a cool exactor worth $71. Our triactor hopes went south when Shine N Shimmer broke and was eliminated, while our other hope for the top three, DGs Tinkerbell, finished third.

    On Friday, Ray Cotolo’s tweets offered an $11 winner with Glam Cam, with the exacta chosen cold for $45.80, featuring Orphan Annie. Sunday, Ray tweeted winners from Fraser and Flamboro. From the former he won with Thrill My Gorilla ($15.90), Cody Cobraski ($11.40) and Pretty Promised ($17.80); from the latter he struck with LM Elika ($15.90) and Rosslyn Hall ($15.40).

    You can follow Ray’s choices at Twitter and watch for Pick-4 winners (spot plays) at Racing Inquirer. Also on Twiiter, you will find particular action not mentioned in my weekly harness-review blog @FrankCotolo. 

    The horses-to-watch list (H2W) was hot for one race at Lebanon on Saturday. In Race 2 we had three going. They finished as the top three. Jacksbrotherjoe won, paying $6.60; Life With The Duke was second, completing a $23.60 exacta; and Special Weefold was third, completing a $58.60 trifecta.

    At Buffalo, if you followed Redford Hall after a third and a second and took him on Feb. 25, you got a $20.20 win mutuel. Earlier in the card, Allamerican Improv returned from a win and a loss to win again, paying $15. Twotowin won his second time, paying $14.80. Rick’s Jackpot won second week after being on the H2W but only paid $3.50.

    From Cal Expo, the list found us with a repeat winner, Sun On The Rocks, paying $13.80, more than the win price he presented in our Pick 4 last week. Replays on winners from the H2W are encouraged as much as following a horse as many as three times in the win spot.

    At Cal Expo, the no-takeout Pick 4 paid over $1,000 but not for us. Two favorites with an 11-1 shot and a 9-2 shot toppled the grand mark. We had a scratch in the first leg and the other horse finished third. In the second leg we finished sixth and our other horse broke. In the third leg we were fifth and sixth and our last-leg single was second.

    On the H2W from this week’s group are High Maintenance, Dawnlikeslillies, KD Rowdy One, Ailene’s Prince, Roger J, Sterling Chris and Wicked Beach. Watch for them in races other than those that make up the no-takeou Pick 4.

    Harness News
    Put On A Show, with a new driver aboard, was the fastest of the qualifying winners at the Meadowlands recently. Also returning for the season to qualify were Social Network, Anndrovette and Rocklamation. For the second week Anndrovette and Put On A Show won their respective qualifiers.

    Tim Tetrick guided Put On A Show and Anndrovette last week and stayed with Anndrovette week two.
    Put On A Show’s trainer Chris Ryder, who told us last November about “Show” returning (TwinSpires harness blog had the story first) had Brian Sears on Show for the second qualifier. The pair went gate to wire and held off a game Chancey Lady in 1:52.2, the fastest qualifier of the day.

    A winner of $1.9 million in her career, Show missed the entire 2011 season due to surgery to remove a chip from her knee. 

    Anndrovette pulled Tim Tetrick to a 1:54 victory. 

    (Cartoon by Thom Pye)

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