The Big Horse Handicapper provides a weekly handicapping column to the USTA covering races on Friday and Saturday. The USTA has given the Big Horse Handicapper a $100 mythical bankroll each week for wagering.
Harness racing fans have a lot to look forward to this time of year with all the great stakes action. Mohawk hosts the C$365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final, the C$374,000 Peaceful Way Final and the C$686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic this Saturday night. The Delaware County Fair opens this Sunday and of course the Grand Circuit from the Red Mile starts later this month.
For those of you that have not had the chance to experience the Delaware County Fair, it is a great place to get up close and meet all the top drivers in our sport and get to see all the great horses. It is certainly a fan friendly environment and something you should experience first-hand.
This weekend we will turn our attention to Northfield Park and Yonkers Raceway on Friday night and of course Mohawk Raceway on Saturday.
Last weekend we cashed $84 of our $100 bankroll. Heading into weekend #46 we have wagered $4,478 and have cashed for $3,219.
Big Horse Selections for Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14
Friday, September 13
Northfield Park Race #2
#4 Doowrah Silver (5-2) is dropping down in class and has been consistently pacing in the 1:57 range. She should benefit from the class drop and draws an inside post in here. She is the one to beat.
The Play: $10 to win and place #4 Cost: $20
Northfield Park Race #8
#1 Lima Adore (3-1) drops in class and draws an inside post position where she should be firing out early. #9 Comical Princell (5-2) will be very tough if she repeats her last effort while debuting for new connections and pacing to a new lifetime mark. She draws the second tier and is very sharp right now.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 19/19/all Cost: $14
Yonkers Raceway Race #7
#1 Likeabatoutahell (7-5) is the obvious choice after drawing inside and banking over $123,000 this year with just 24 starts. He closed strong from last to second last time out and is the one to beat. #5 Ellisarro Hanover (8-1) is worth a look after four consecutive strong efforts while facing softer competition. He should be able to again work out position and deserves to be used on the ticket.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 1/5/all and 1/all/5 and a $2 Exacta Box 1-5 Cost: $16
Saturday, September 14
Mohawk Raceway Race #3 **C$365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final**
#4 Father Patrick (4-5) is in a zone right now and on top of his game. He has missed only once in his 2-year-old campaign and continues to impress with each and every start. #3 Harper Blue Chip (7-2) has put together two big victories and is continuing to lower his lifetime mark. #5 Il Sogno Dream (12-1) closed well to a runner up finish while being parked out last time. He has been on the board in five of eight races this year and has speed to be put into position.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 4/35/all Cost: $16
Mohawk Raceway Race #5 **C$374,000 Peaceful Way Final**
#6 Reflection Hanover (6-1) Lost the deep stretch lead last time out to #2 I Jasmin who unleashed a powerful late burst. Our selection has been the runner-up finisher in each of the last three races and has been very game throughout her young career.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 6/237/123457 Cost: $15
Mohawk Raceway Race #8 **C$686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic**
#6 Royalty For Life (5-2) the Hambletonian winner looks to rebound after finishing second as a favorite last time out in his elimination. He loves the front end and is very dangerous when he is able to clear early. #2 Punxsutawney (12-1) raced big last time out blasting to the lead and exploding with a nice :27:3 last quarter in the stretch while closing inside. He too has early speed and again will be looking for position.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 6/2/all and 6/all/2 Cost: $18