Penultimate Pacing ParadesThe last round, which is the next-to-last featuring of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for the males and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for the mares, highlights one of the last weeks before the Grand Circuit rolls into New Jersey for the start of the 2012 season (more on that and the Hambletonian Trail in our weekly update on Sunday).
Long Live The Levys
Blatently Good should be racing better but has never totally embraced the half-miler in New York. Here, he will be bet far less as Real Nice, who gets the inside. Don't overlook Blatenly Good here, though, this guy wakes up when the price is right.
The April 20 no-takeout Pick 4 at Cal-Expo looks so tempting that we offer a larger ticket than usual; not much bigger, just a smidgeon because we feel very good about this week’s combination of races, from Race 11 through Race 14. Here are, with comments, our choices for your consideration.
(1) Little Anna Mae was awesome from post 10 among her division last week and finished an honest fourth. (7) Dreamsofgrandeur can come right back and win again after a great victory display. (10) Afinetouchofclass was well supported, fired early but paced out of steam and still needs to be included in this heavy opener.
(1) Taxi Dancer dueled strongly but lost the battle as the choice from the 8 hole, gets the rail here and seems to tower over this group.
(4) Komoda’s Fantasy was wide and still picked up the place at 7-1. (6) Jessalilpeace was in good hands when my friend Joe Faraldo won driving in an amateur event and there is little reason to ignore the pacer in this contest. (9) Wrangler Reward got second, too, but he was on the outside for three calls.
It will all come down to the single, (9) King Carver. He has been poised to toss a knockout punch and even from the outside this looks like the ring where he can do it.
On the horses-to-watch list this Saturday, April 21:
Launching Tonight, Race 4
Never Going Away, Race 6
Golden Terror, Race 7
Miss Bikini Beach, Race 1
Brother Bud, Race 2
Yank My Rose, Race 6
Baby Blue Pajamas, Race 9
Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.