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.
This Saturday marks the 30th year of The Breeders Crown!
Champions will be crowned as the best in our sport compete in what will be a very exciting Saturday night of racing.
This Saturday’s program looks fantastic! Remember to take advantage of the 10 cent Superfecta and the 50 cent Trifecta which will be available in all of the Saturday Pocono Races. Also included in the program will be three Pick 4’s (starting in race 3, 7, 11) each with a 15% takeout and a $25,000 Guaranteed pool.
Post time this Saturday at Pocono Downs will be at 5 P.M. (Eastern)
We were shut out last weekend with our selections as we failed to cash with our $100 mythical bankroll. We head into weekend #51 having wagered $4,978 and cashing for $3,796.
Big Horse Handicapper’s Breeders Crown Selections
Race #4 ** 2-Year-Old Filly Pace $500,000 Final **
#3 Uffizi Hanover (6-1) draws a much better post position than she did in her elimination, in which she closed strong first-over but could only manage a fourth place finish. She flew home in :26:1 three starts back to defeat Gallie By The Beach who went on to set a world record in last week’s eliminations. Gallie By The Beach was an early scratch from the final. #8 Precocious Beauty (3-1) has been no worse than second in any of her 10 career races as she continues to impress and now must overcome this outside post.
The Play: $2 Trifecta 3/8/24567 and a $1 Trifecta 3/24567/8 Cost: $15
Race #5 **2-Year-Old Filly Trot $500,000 Final**
#3 Shake It Cerry (3-1) left for position early than sat the perfect pocket trip last time out and closed strong in the stretch to pick up her elimination win. She again draws inside here and will likely be up close throughout. #1 Struck By Lindy (6-1) has raced very well against 2-year- old stake competition and has been very close at the finish. She draws inside and is a longshot contender in here. #5 Lifetime Pursuit (4-1) just missed after battling hard to the opening quarter. She has won 6 of 10 this year and loves to show her early speed. She is a prime contender with a great post position in here.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 3/15/all Cost: $14
Race #6 **4-Year-Old and Older Stallion and Gelding Trot $600,000 Final**
#6 Mister Herbie (3-1) Was closing strong at the finish last time out and just missed to #7 Arch Madness who has been very sharp in his last two races at the Red Mile. Arch Madness has earned over $4 Million in his career and seems to have found new form as he has now won back to back races. #1 Market Share (5-2) hasn’t won since his Maple Leaf Trot score back in July, but he has been very close and is primed for a big effort here, especially after that tough trip last time from post 8.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 6/157/123457 Cost: $15
Race #7 **3-Year-Old Filly Pace $500,000 Final**
#5 Shebestingin (3-1) became the fastest female pacer of all time when she cruised to victory last time out at The Red Mile stopping the clock in 1:47. She is the real deal, and the one to beat! #4 Authorize (5-1) could only manage third to our pick last time out as Shebestingin blazed to a 1:20 three-quarter time. She should be up close again and is worth a look for the exotics.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 5/4/12379 and 5/12379/4 Cost: $10
Race #9 **4-Year-Old and older Mare Trot $250,000 Final**
We are going to take a small gamble on #5 D’orsay (5-1) in here. She is loaded with talent, but also her worse enemy as she is prone to making breaks. She won the $202,000 Muscle Hill at Vernon, she held together last time out and just missed in her Crown Elimination and if she behaves she has a big shot here.
The Play: $4 Exacta 5/123 Cost: $12
Race #10 **4-Year-Old and older Mare Pace $300,000 Final**
We are going long in this race with #7 Shelliscape (10-1). She has been showing quick late speed and closing well in each of her last few races. In her Crown Elimination she was parked from post 9 every step of the way and just missed in a blanket finish. She again draws outside, but must be considered and will probably be a nice price too!
The Play: $6 to win and place #7 Cost: $14
Race #14 **4-Year-Old and older Stallion and Gelding Pace $500,000 Final**
#3 Golden Receiver (6-1) was very strong last time out blasting out from post 7 in a :26 opening quarter. He ended up getting shuffled inside and was locked in with pace finally getting free to just miss the place spot. He draws better, there is speed inside but he has been known to throw some very impressive races. He should be primed for a big effort!
The Play: $10 win and place #3 Cost: $20