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Big Horse Handicapper's selections for Dec. 13 and 14
Friday, December 13, 2013 - by Tim Second

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 weekend we will focus our plays in Cleveland, Ohio as Northfield Park will host the Final Grand Circuit stop this Saturday night with one of their most prestigious events, the $126,000 Cleveland Classic! This year’s Classic seems to be loaded with speed and talent and it should make for a very fast and contentious race!


Last weekend…not so good.  We had some close calls at Northfield Park, but were shut out on our entire $100 bankroll. That’s behind us as we look forward to another great weekend of racing.


Heading into weekend #59 we have wagered $5,752 and have cashed for $4,466.


Good luck everyone.


 Big Horse Selections for Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14



Friday, December 13


Northfield Park Race #6

#9 Doowrah Silver (5-2) is in a similar class that she is accustomed to, but this field seems a little softer to which she has faced in previous races.  Her final speed times seem to be best of any of these she faces and she should be able to step up in here.  I think she is simply faster than these.


The Play:  $14 to win #9   Cost:  $14


Northfield Park Race #8

#1 Miss HBK (3-1) was claimed three starts back and paid immediate dividends for her new connections by winning in easy fashion.  Last start, she added lasix and had post 6 in which she could never get into the race from her difficult post.  With her rail draw she will be showing speed and is the one to catch in here.


The Play:  $1 Trifecta 1/25/all   Cost:  $14


Northfield Park Race #9

#1 CG’S Lady (9-2) doesn’t usually get much play at the windows, probably because she lacks early speed.  However, she has finished on the board in 4 of her last 5 races at this level and she does close well in the stretch.  If she is able to stay in range turning for home she should play a big part in this race.


The Play:  $10 to win and place #1   Cost:  $20




Saturday, December 14


Northfield Park Race #6

#2 The Classic Z Tam (3-1) has been racing at Batavia Downs and will now make his debut for a new trainer here.  He had some tough luck facing tougher $6,000 claimers at Batavia but looks good in here with his inside draw.


The Play:  $1 Trifecta 2/1/all  and  2/all/1   and   $3 Exacta Box 1-2   Cost:  $20


Northfield Park Race #10

#5 The Sweet Dion (3-1) is absolutely in peak form from the Deaton barn and has now won three straight races.  She moved up in class last time to this level and dominated drawing off to win by 4-1/4 lengths.


The Play:  $1 Trifecta  5/136/12367  Cost:  $12


Northfield Park Race #11 ** The Cleveland Classic **

#5 Apprentice Hanover (6-1) is very fast off the gate as he showed three starts back over the half-mile Maywood track when he blasted out in :27:2 from post 7.  He has won two straight races at Woodbine and comes in very sharp for this race.  #2 Twilight Bonfire (5-2) was a handy winner at the Meadowlands last time out and is never far off at the finish.  He is an obvious contender.  #4 Word Power (4-1) hasn’t raced in a month after being freshened after his big Maywood park victory in the Windy City prepped with authority last time out.  This should be a great race!


The Play:  $5 Exacta Box  2-5   and  4-5   Cost:  $20



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by Tim Second

The Big Horse Handicapper is a prodigy of Northville Downs and provides insights to harness racing handicapping for major racetracks across the country. The Big Horse Handicapper uses several angles including driver and trainer changes, driver choices, post position, lasix and medication changes, racing trips, and many other angles when providing handicapping selections.