• Penultimate ‘Levy’ Splits; Winners’ Watch Ensues

    POSTED Apr 17, 2013

    The George Morton Levy Series goes its final round this Saturday, April 20. This could present the most aggressive groups yet as the series’ characters engage in battles for berths in the final.

    This fifth week could offer some great prices in the only-the-strong-survive divisions. There should be no holds barred in these battles and we aim to take a chance on the best prices no matter the size of the field (a few seasons back we nailed Tarver Hanover at 25-1 in a six-horse “Levy” division and have had other well-paying desperados since then).

    The pacing mares also go their last rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, featured on Friday. We will take the same approach with the mares as we do with the men, looking for the upsets that may mean nothing in the final.

    The surplus of harness information that you cannot get on any other ADW includes TwinSpires’ exclusive harness horses to watch (H2W) list. This season alone we have handed readers lists of winning horses that have peaked at $100 for a simple $2 bet. These are offered from tracks across the continent. This week we add horses from Pocono Downs and Vernon Downs.

    As well, the TwinSpires’ 10-percent bonuses for winning the Pick 4 at Woodbine on Saturday nights continue. And now, get the same deal with Pick 4s at Hoosier Park throughout the harness meet, and double points plus (click here).

    Check out the details for Woodbine here.

    Check out the Hoosier details here.

    And check into the Hambletonian Trail blog, our exclusive information center where through April you can get acquainted with the eligibles to the classic Hambletonian and “Oaks,” each raring to start in spring stakes battles to get spots in the August 2013 classics. Bookmark the blog and check in often as the season ensues for great betting information on the stakes leading to the first weekend in August. It’s an exclusive series spinning off from this blog, brought to you by TwinSpires and the Hambletonian Society.

    ‘Levy’ Strugglers

    Saturday’s last preliminary rounds of the Levy holds four divisions at Yonkers.   

    With Annieswesterncard on the rail, coupled with a Ron Burke stable mate, you must go for the George Brennan-driven Shoobee’s Place to upset. The Burke duo will eat up so much money that getting Nifty Norman’s pacer with Brennan aboard could offer quite a bargain among six betting properties.

    Something For Doc was beaten last week and can be beaten again, though not by the same horse (Razzle Dazzle is in division three). Jimmy Takter’s Great Vintage could do the trick unless he is the spoiler with challenging speed, in which case the outsider to back is Nob Hill High. “Rocknroll” trainer Bruce Sanders could have gone elsewhere with this guy but keeps him in the pacing for the final. It has longshot written all over it if you buy into the speed-duel scenario (maybe even without it).    

    Race 7 is the third chapter of the Levy divisions and the wagers should be spread out, making it difficult to predict a solid public choice. Even the drivers have doubled up on possible mounts at the draw, giving them some latitude to choose in this $50G contest. Lightly raced EZ Noah is unproven with only four starts and every bit as ready as Atochia, a series’ champ, so let’s give “EZ” a shot for a big mile here.   

    In the last episode the crowd will favor Foiled Again and give Silent Swing a slight chance to upset. But the third contender gets our vote. Casimir Jitterbug can come back and pay a big price, as he did when we gave him out two legs back. Coming from the outside will not please the bettors but that should give us odds higher than his chances.    

    ‘Blue-Chip’ Mares

    On Friday, only three divisions of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series go at Yonkers.    

    Team Burke has three in the first division, so all you can do is hope that Eighthundrdolarbill gives driver Brian Sears a rare longshot win.   

    In the middle division, Handsoffmycookie may be ready to truly start this season, taking this group gate to wire from the rail, which would not be a surprise since she is bound to start racing with more verve sooner or later.   

    Then the last division offers another shot at a horse that may be getting started after a light schedule this year so far. Keepers Destiny is in a great spot to pick up a trip that could get her stakes season in gear and deliver a good price.  

    H2W Legend

    As we publish weekly, here is the H2W legend, Review our choices and follow the wagering at the prescribed track to decide how you will use the information.

    The horses names are listed beneath the name of the track after the date theywill be racing. The race in which they are entered (R and race number) follows. 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” signals the horse is entered but on the also-eligible list (so it might not get into the race). Multi-horses may be listed in the same race.   

    Horses from previous lists that are not racing have a NR after the name on a separate line from dated entries.   

    Wagering on any of the H2W listed horses is based on your own judgment. 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.  


    4/19/13 Cry For Cash R9
    4/20/13, +Every Girl’s Desire R7; +Beechwood Wayne R9; R8
    Naked News NR

    Cal Expo
    4/19/13, +Exquisite Gem R1; +Hi Tech Tony R3;+Paul The Powerful R7;
    4/20/13, +Devin Hall R7; +KD Nicol R8; +Kablooie R11; +Yankee My Way R12; +Bullet Tooth Tony R13; +Dancing Barry R13; +KD Rowdy One R14
    Aj’s Little One NR; Haggin Oaks NR    

    4/19/13, +Mamajons Bluegrass R2; +Pureform Pandora R3; +RNR Express R4; +Tahuya Speed R11; +Just Ryan R13
    Red Star Scammer NR; Fast Lane Wealth NR; Westridge Warrior NR 

    4/18/13, Mastermaker R4
    4/20/13, Fleeting Desire ae R12
    Pacey Deucey NR  

    4/19/13, Jenny The Genie R4
    4/20/13, Fort Ord R1; Don’t Need A Halo R2; American Friskie R7  

    4/19/13, Silky Salt Shaker R3; Bubbler R4; +Joanies Irish Luck R7; +So Reserved R9; +Three Town Hero R12; + Melodie Hotspur R13; Le-sirenus R15
    Nightinthebox NR
    4/19/13, Save My Dragon R7
    4/20/13, Frost Bites K R6
    Dragon Spike NR; Zinzinnati Zeke NR 

    4/19/13, Queens Or Better R1; +Carmelita’s Girl R6; +Hula Lu R7; +Sun Rei R15; +Sporty Callie R7; Survivalism R10;  +Sassy L Lynn R13; +Campside Angel R14

    4/20/13, +Ccs Lover R1; Hurricane Scotty J R7; Mississippi Hippy R11; Fool To Cry R13; Delco Rocknroll R14    

    4/19/13, Delano R9
    4/20/13, Maxnifizent R7; Rock Man R8; Our Ella R10; Where’s Waldo R13  

    Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.
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