• Springing Into Stakes Season

    POSTED Mar 13, 2013

    This weekend the New Meadowlands offers a pair of seasonal series finales while the casts for Yonkers’ late-March battles continue with more on the horizon. Along with the stakes we continue to bring you TwinSpires’ exclusive harness horses to watch (H2W) list from tracks across the continent. The H2W continues to present mega-wins and great additions to exotic-wagering plays.

    Also, TwinSpires’ 10-percent bonuses on winning Pick 4s at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday nights and Woodbine on Saturday nights continue through March.

    Check out the details for Woodbine here.

    Check out the details for Buffalo here.

    We contribute by adding our suggestions for Saturday’s Woodbine Pick-4 events, tagged with a TwinSpires bonus, and hope to help you build a ticket with other than the obvious dead-on public choices. Check back later if that information is not printed below, as we have to add it after press time.

    Finales Firing

    Two series finals are the next rounds of winter series at the New Meadowlands. For four-year-old Open pacers there is a $57,000 bounty in the Aquarius Final and for three-year-old-and-up Open trotters the prize is $50,000 in the Horse & Groom Final.  

    In the Aquarius we are going right back to Yo Cheyenne Rocky. With a few tough trips since we nailed him in an earlier series the crowd may dismiss him. That will be good for bargain odds on a pacer that is nowhere near peaking in this class.  

    The Horse & Groom also brings us back to a horse we have been following and could peak when the dollars are best. That is Volare De Vie. Having been second at 10-1 in the first leg he will be all but forgotten on the toteboard and could pull of a decent upset here against a giant probable favorite who is all but a lock.   

    Burke’s Brigade

    Ron Burke has his stable locked and loaded for Yonkers Raceway’s two classy pacing series featuring older male and female pacers. There will be the $1.5-million (est.) George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for the fellas and $1-million (est.) Blue Chip Matchmaker for the gals. The series, which begin Friday, Mar. 22 with the Matchmaker and Saturday, Mar. 23 for the “Levy” with five preliminary rounds. Every Levy event goes for $50,000; the Matchmaker contests go for $40,000 each.     

    Leading 50 Levy nominees for the men is two-time (2009-‘10) series champion Foiled Again. The nine-year-old gelding with the $4.6 million bankroll is the richest pacer of all-time. He missed a head to stablemate Atochia last year and shares with Atochia a third of trainer Ron Burke’s six Levy eligibles, which also include Annieswesterncard, Clear Vision, Something for Doc and Stonehouse Adam.  

    Defending Matchmaker heroine Rocklamation is among 40 lasses with nine trained by Burke, including Lady Maud-winner Bettor B Lucky. Two-time millionaireand state-bred standout Anndrovette is also part of Burke’s list along with $1.7-million winner Ginger And Fred and Handsoffmycookie.  

    Both finals, and their consolations, are scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 27. As we have done for almost a decade, we will be covering each leg’s divisions, looking agein for the upsets that have rattled the series with payoffs (never forget our Tarver Hanover score a few years back, paying 25-1 in a six-horse field).    

    Yonkers’ five-night-a-week live schedule continues with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 p.m.   

    H2W Legend

    Here once more is the H2W legend, published weekly. Review our choices and follow the wagering at the prescribed track to decide how you will use the information.

    Before the horses’ names is the track, followed on the next paragraph by a date it (or they) will be racing, with the race in which they are entered (R and race number). If a + is in front of a horse’s name, it means that horse is appearing on the list for the second (and last time) because it failed to win the first time it appeared. An “ae” means the horse is on the also-eligible list and needs a scratch to get into the race. Sometimes up to three horses are listed in the same race; it is up to you how to deal with the situation (note that in the past this situation has resulted in exacta and triples). 

    If a horse that has appeared on the list but was scratched or is not racing its second week consecutively, you will see a N/R after its name and will appear on a separate line from dated entries. If a horse shows up at another track in its second week of being listed, it will display the plus sign as indicated above. There is a margin of error, of course, so we encourage you to monitor our list to be sure our H2W is free of mistakes and you can take advantage of the entries.

    Wagering on any of the H2W listed horses is based on your own judgment of value. Your handicapping skills should include decisions to wager to win, place, show or in exotics. If you have any questions about the H2W list, send them to us through the TwinSpires blog channel.


    3/16/13, +Whistle Pig R8; +Lennox Blue Chip R9; +Shipps Con R12
    Bucks Luck N/R; Ohyouareonetoo N/R

    3/15/13, Imbadimnationwide R1; Lutetium R2; Redford Hall R7; Yukons Luck R9; Urban Art R11
    3/16/13, +Linnea P R3; +In Good Hands R12

    Cal Expo
    3/15/13, +Windy City Paige R1; Bubba Mcgee R10
    3/16/13, Barona Destiny R10; Glad To Be Here R15
    Lucky Asset N/R; Style Element NR
    3/15/13, Zapata R1; Hot Cha Cha R5; Big Sky Bats R7; Monet’s Lily R9
    3/16/13, Millionare Cam R1; Love To Rock 

    3/15/13, Hesagreateclipse R4
    3/16/13, +Sir Johnny Colt R5; Sterling Chris R6; All Over The World R8; Buddy Lou R10; Worker C R10; +Dontstiffthevet R11

    3/15/13, Masterchargeit ae R1; Jimmy Rip R2; + Frostonpumpkin R7; Wes Mantooth R7; Guts N Glory R11; Bubs Desier ae R11; Polar Bear R13; Dan Lowe R14 

    3/15/13, Caribbean Girl R1; American Bandita R2; I Think I’m Dreamin R3; Just Got Lucky6 R5; Cute And Cruising R5; I Love Being Right R6; Whats Your Fantasy R13; +Western Hope R14 

    3/16/13, Ms Ed R2; Chiselled R9; Pegasus Man R9; Caviat Lindy R10

    Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.
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