• Stalwarts’ Battles Ensue

    POSTED Apr 11, 2012
    Though there is one less division and some smaller fields, the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series ensues, as does the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, sans See You At Peelers. Yonkers Raceway hosts one of the signature events for older pacers.   

    At Woodbine on Saturday, while the “Levy” boys go sailing near The Bronx, it’s bargain time again. Woodbine, players on TwinSpires continue to collect TSC Elite points at the rate of 10X with successful $10 win tickets

    At Cal-Expo on Friday the 13th, the exclusive TwinSpires-Cal-Expo no-takeout Pick 4 could come off well despite all superstitions.   

    Levy Longevity

    The April 14 Yonkers program offers a quintet of “Levy” legs this week and again we analyze the battles. For free FAST sheets, click here.

    Race 4

    Strand Hanover battled hard with Atochia, winner of two legs, for two calls last week. He is looking very tough in a soft split, though he still needs a good trip.  

    Race 6

    We will give Art Two D Two one more shot to come back on the grid after his productive trip two back, even though he has post 6 here and can get into similar trouble. Last week he was flat but he deserves another shot among these, where he will obviously be at long odds. 

    Race 7

    Code Word made a strong early move but settled for second best to the favorite. He may wake up big for this series here, even from post 6. Meanwhile, PH Jackpot, who closed hard from post 7 last week will be competitive from the 4 hole and merits attention.

    Race 8

    Jk Camelot was strong while first over going after the leader but faded around the turn. He needs a better trip and may be perfectly placed in the catbird seat here.  

    Race 9

    The Foiled Again parade may continue but at a proposed 1-5 we need be wary. If you don’t aim to pass this one, look for Art Z to once again take advantage of a steaming pace and roll through the burned out few to win, perhaps at a better price than last week.  

    ‘Match’ Marvels

    The Blue Chip Matchmaker offers a quartet of miles on Friday’s Yonkers’ program, as the three-race skein of See You At Peelers takes a breath before being challenged. “Peelers” takes a week off from the series, leaving some betting promises on the bill.  

    In the first division, Naughtytiltheend was racing first over last week, showing spunk, but could not prevail. A perfect trip wins it for her.  

    The second division Hula’s Z Tam gets into the series late with a good post and must be respected.  

    The third Matchmaker mile is a battle of the inside pair, Ginger And Fred and Anndrovette. If they defeat one another with tiring exchanges, look for Arctic Fire N to win her first of the season at a good price in a tight, six-horse field.  

    The nightcap offers a good shot for Summer Snow. She made a strong first-over move last time out going after the leader. If she gets a pocket trip here, she will be in it.

    Cal Exotic

    The April 13 no-takeout Pick 4 at Cal-Expo could have the following contenders in the mix. Here they are, with comments, for your consideration.

    Leg 1
    (8) Wicked Beach got on the toteboard last week but should have won it for his many supporters. He may enjoy a better price winning from post 8, wince two inside of him could muster support. 

    Leg 2
    Three failed favorites from the week before show up in this field and yet it is (7) Bo Knows Power that looks the most promising. He finished third after a strong outside duel last week, posted at 9-1 and could be a very good price here. Single him to keep the price down and defy the obvious choices.

    Leg 3
    (7) Persuade Me had a tough start last week, finished fourth as the choice and deserves a big shot here. The faint possibility of (8) Nirvana Gold, 171-1 last week, raised a few eyebrows early in the mile as he fired a huge launch to the lead, though wide, and held a bit after that. If it was a warning sign, we saw it and add him to the ticket. 

    Leg 4
    (2) Big Guy Two Win was 13-1 and also fired big early to send up a flair for this week. (5) Hiho Legacy should be forgiven for failing at 2-1, just getting a piece of the purse, and be part of this conglomeration.  

    Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.

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