Young Guns, Glamour Groups, Fire
Frosh-colt-and-filly trotters and pacers star in state-bred action on the East Coast and include many of the two-year-olds we have been reporting on in baby races. Saratoga hosts New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) frosh events on June 28 and the Meadowlands brings out the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) youngsters on both gaits that night and the following night, June 29. Freshmen show up for their initial battles of the season all around the U.S.A., including at Bangor, Scioto and Running Aces.
The soph-colt-and-filly trotting events on the Hambletonian Trail are analyzed on the exclusive blog. This includes the Earl Beale, Jr. final, trotters in sires stakes and Yonkers’ Hudson Filly Trot eliminations.
Our exclusive harness horses to watch (H2W) list from tracks around North America is short but sweet, presenting horses you need to take seriously at tracks around North America.
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Pocono Downs' big program on June 29 features stakes finals and consolations.
The Ben Franklin Consolation has five heading to the gate, with favoritism probably in the court of Sweet Lou. Favored in his elimination, Sweet Lou had no chance past the quarter, making a bad break. He’ll likely go to the front this week from the rail as will another horse, who will likely get a pocket trip.
On Friday, frosh colt pacers go around four turns in $45,000-plus divisions of the NYSS at Saratoga plus the Excelisor Series features froshes. These are tough races to handicap, as most performance lines consist of qualifier miles. Let’s go through each race with brief comments.
R2 Excelisor Series—Bettor On Top; Ontario gelding has raced with winners.
R4 NYSS—American Tower; should improve and close on this fresh speed.
R5 Excelisor Series—Southwind Scorpion; has the practice to win at first kick.
R6 NYSS—He’s Watching; great style, late kick could out-maneuver these.
R7 NYSS—Great American; prepped great at farm with long journeys, ready.
R8 Excelisor Series—Miracle Jjabe; big overlay with great early form.
R11 NYSS—I’m All Heart; Schnittker student is in top shape.
The Meadowlands’ NJSS presents frosh colt-and-filly trotters on June 28. Let’s go through these races with brief comments.
R2 NJSS—Fortunes Of Fables; Muscle Hill babies should excell, especially on the Meadowlands mile.
R4 NJSS—Before I Die; bettors may overlook this youngster whose sire sends out lots of young winners.
R11 NJSS—Chocolate Day; ditto on R4 comments about sire, though this one is bound to be a short price.
Review our choices and follow the wagering at the prescribed track to decide how you will use the information. The list has shortened as the stakes season ensues but still offers the best possible contenders we have judged from reviewing races.
The horses’ names are listed beneath the name of the track after the date they will 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 this week will no longer appear until they are confirmed in a race.
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.
6/29/13, +Cheyenne Cam R4; + Gerald N Sam R12
6/27/13, Innovation R4
6/28/13, +Too Tall Tamarac ae R2; Guts N Glory R11; The Riddler R12; Really Lucky R12
6/29/13, + Parthenon R1; + Furious Five R2; Twentyone Guns R9
6/29/13, +Vodkas Terror R3; +Daydreamin Lynx R6; +They Call Me Brice R6; +Mighty Art R7; Prince Argental R12
6/29/13, +Lislea Bonita R1; Fourth Page R7