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.
As the cliché goes…it all comes down to the Breeders Crown, and we are certainly in for a treat over the next two weekends at Pocono Downs. After witnessing several world records being set the last few weekends at various racetracks, it will be very interesting to see how fast these outstanding horses will go over the lightning fast Pocono Downs!
We will also witness the rematch of the great Captain Treacherous and Vegas Vacation on Saturday. And Bee A Magician who is a perfect 13 for 13 this year!
Eliminations take place this Friday and Saturday, then next Saturday will be the Breeders Crown Finals.
Last weekend despite many favorites coming through, we still managed to make a small profit for the weekend. We cashed for $116 from our $100 mythical bankroll. Heading into weekend #50 we have wagered $4,878 and have cashed for $3,796.
Good luck everyone!
Big Horse Selections for Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12
Friday, October 11
Pocono Downs Race #4 **Breeders Crown Eliminations 2-year-old filly trot**
#4 Shake It Cerry (3-1) put in a big effort last time out at the Red Mile to close nearly 10 lengths and just miss as the favorite last time out. She has only missed the board once in her 6 lifetime starts and draws the perfect post to display her speed. #3 Designed To Be (5-2) was a winner two starts back in the $260,000 PA sire stakes at Harrah’s
The Play: $5 Trifecta
Pocono Downs Race #8 **Breeders Crown Eliminations 2-year-old filly pace**
#1 She’s Da Bomb (5-2) has proven herself time and time again, most recently overcoming post 10 at the Red Mile to a powerful score going away despite being parked every step. She draws inside here and will be very tough to beat. #4
The Play: $3 Trifecta
Pocono Downs Race #10 *Breeders Crown Eliminations 2-year-old filly pace**
#1 Precocious Beauty (5-2) equaled the world record (1:50:1) last time out for 2-year-old filly pacers with a strong front-end victory pacing away at the finish. She draws inside and just keeps on winning! #8 Uffizi
The Play: $10 Exacta 1-8 Cost: $10
Pocono Downs Race #12 **Breeders Crown Eliminations 2-year-old colt trot**
#7 Muscle Network (4-1) set a world record last time out with a powerful brush first-over to sweep to the lead and draw off from his competition at the Red Mile. If he can rebound to that big effort, he may give #9 Father Patrick all he can handle in here. #9 Father Patrick (5-2) is the main competition and the one to beat with his 8 for 9 record, and his dominating style. His only knock is this very tough outside post.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 7/9/all Cost: $7
Saturday, October 12
Pocono Downs Race #3 ** Breeders Crown Eliminations 2-year-old colt & gelding pace**
#7 Western Vintage (2-1) came back from a one month freshening and destroyed stake competition at the Red Mile flashing a :27:1 last quarter to draw off to a 4-length victory in a lifetime best 1:49.4. He has 5 wins in 7 career starts and is razor sharp for his Breeders Crown Elimination. #6 Carracci Hanover (5-1) is making his third start for team Burke and just missed last time out in a front-end effort. He has early speed and could be primed for a great trip in here.
The Play: $2 Trifecta 7/6/all and $1 Trifecta 7/all/6 Cost: $18
Pocono Downs Race #7 ** Breeders Crown Eliminations Mare pace**
#2 Rocklamation (3-1) was an upset 12-1 winner in the Molton Final at Mohawk raceway two starts back with an impressive stretch rally to pick up the victory. Last out over the sloppy track, she battled hard first-over, made the lead at the top of the stretch but could not hold off the closers in the stretch. She draws inside again in here.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 2/358/135789 Cost: $15
Pocono Downs Race #9 ** Breeders Crown Eliminations 3-year-old colt & gelding trot**
#7 Creatine (3-1) was king in the Kentucky Futurity Final last time out at
The Play: $3 Trifecta 7/2/456 Cost: $9
Pocono Downs Race #13 ** Breeders Crown Eliminations Mare trot**
#2 Maven (2-1) has won 8 of 11 this year and comes off of back to back victories at Delaware and the Red Mile. She draws inside and will be firing early. #6 Beatgoeson
The Play: $7 Exacta 2-6 Cost: $7