American-Nationals Parade At Balmoral; Matron Elims Begin At Dover
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The American-National finals are as traditional as the autumn colors, bringing some of the brightest divisional stars to the Midwest for a rare flight into fortune. The Am-Nats offer some of the largest purses of the year in this neck of the woods. We will cover them in the order of their presentation on the Nov. 9 Balmoral Park card.
Two-year-old filly pace
It’s tough to look away from Southwind Silence. She comes from the most contentious of the Breeders Crown (BC) races, where one of two horses won to pay double digits (we gave you this one with Uffizi Hanover).
Two-year-old colt pace
An outside contender looms boldly here in the form of Wicked Business. Impeded in his Am-Nat elim, he still made up ground to finish third and did so at 40-1. His Hooser race before that is a toss out and he has legit excuses at Lexington. In this mile that is sans stars, he could race to his Balmoral qualifier and storm the tote.
Three-year-old colt trot
Here we go again with the glam-soph colts and an awkward field of them at that. We are still convinced that Lindy’s Tru Grit has another good win in his pocket and he may do it here and at a price. His Nov. 1 race is testimony to our theory. He broke on the lead (as the public choice) but it was his getting the lead in a powerful move that signaled he was up to par. Unfortunately the misstep foiled him but in a smooth mile like that, he wins this.
Maven meets the men here, making this a special event, since all of these guys have been far less consistent recently. Her main competition, we think, comes from Mister Herbie, not Market Share, who “Herb” almost defeated in the BC final. Also, expect better going from Wishing Stone and Uncle Peter. It’s a power-packed field but Maven can win. The odds, however, may favor a bet on Herb.
Three-year-old filly pace
Who among us would not choose I Luv The Nitelife? You cannot opt for a longshot here, there is no reason to attempt to swing for the fence. The filly’s connections have reportedly challenged the Captaintreacherous camp to a match race. That’s because there is no looking past either when they race. Auniqueaquistion may make for a strong exacta.
Three-year-old filly trot
Bee A Magician looks to nail Horse of the Year honors here by keeping her win streak spotless for the season. It would be a shame if our old frosh favorite (remember we were on her from the get-go, when she paid well) won top honors without facing the boys—as Maven will earlier in the card—but it is impossible to bet against her here, anyway. She is, after all, one of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse.
Three-year-old colt pace
Don’t budge, it is time once again for The Adventures of Captaintreacherous. We will try again for an exacta with Apprentice Hanover the second element.
Again, we take Sweet Lou in the gang of mature male pacers. We see too much speed in play with Pet Rock and some others and hope that our high-priced “Lou” will race late off of deadly fractions to beat these warriors, a somewhat battered bunch from a long and tiresome campaign.
Let’s look at some possibly profitable offerings in the Matron elims beginning with the two-year-old miles.
There is a single elim for frosh-colt pacers and it features a return to the races for the unsuccessful Breeders Crown (BC) favorite, So Surreal. He broke in the final and leaves from post 8, two factors that may make him soft in the betting. From the same family is another son of Somebeachsomewhere, Lyonssomewhere, who is undefeated in two races and has every right to improve here.
The frosh-filly pace elim promises 11 will appear at the gate. There are huge earners this season in here but we will support a higher-priced Bettor Business. Bound to be dismissed at the windows for having only one win in 10 starts, this is a speedball that has the capacity to command the pace here and strike hard to get into the final as a top choice.
The two-year-old filly trot is a Matron preview, not an elim, and all you have to do is hope Shake It Cerry doesn’t break because this appears to be a qualifier for her. She was so good in the BC final and she towers over the other seven here.
The sophomore fillies have two elims. In the first, Somwherorarainbow is bound to be the top choice but she is not a shoe-in. Summertime Lea has used her speed to win eight of 14 and hails as a major threat here. In the second elim, the big choice should be Shebestinin and no doubt she will be flying to take it all the way from the rail. However, Ms Caila J Fra could have something to say and make a late impact that changes the public’s desired outcome.
The soph-filly trot is a single episode, with a few recognizable gals that have been beating each other in battles all season. Ma Chere Hall may be a better price than some would think considering some money will be handed to Southwind Cocoa, while Thistle Dhu may like the 11 hole and surprise them all.
Glamour-boy pacers are stacked with second-tier stars, including last week’s winner over Captaintreacherous, Dedi’s Dragon. Messenger-winner Ronny Bugatti may get some money, as will Vegas Vacation, even from post 10. If all of this gives Sunshine Beach and Emeritus Maximus some breathing room, then those two could be on top at the finish for a healthy exacta combo.
Review our choices and follow the wagering at the prescribed track. These are 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 it 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. Types of wagering on any of the H2W listed horses are based on your judgment. If you have any questions, email us at TwinSpires.
11/8/13, Eachyahartout R1; +Tsm Pearldrop R2; +The Awful Truth R2; +Lettuce Hanover R10
11/8/13, +Bo Knows Power R11; +Hi Fidelity R12
11/9/13, Giles LS Hanover R10; I’m An Eyre NZ R 12
11/8/13, +Makemywishcometrue ae R1; +Sad Story R2; +Stonebridge Damsel, R4; ++Touch Of Charm R7; +Stand Guard R7; R9
11/9/13, +Star Of The Game R2; +Listowel R6; +Cf Sting Rei R8
11/8/13, +Bound To Scoot R1; +Smart As Frannie R6; Mint Kiss R7; +Massasauga R12
11/8/13, +Repertoire ae R7; Smoken Cambest ae R10; Cinnamon Spider R14
11/8/13, +Lady Ashlyn R11; +Baritone R13;
11/8/13, Hold Your Hat ae R1; All About Justice R12; Magnum Kosmos R14
11/9/13, +Lee Ave R1; +Phenomenon R4; +Rick’s Crossroads R5
11/9/13, +A Fool For Mark R5; Growly Gus R5
Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.