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.
With all this winter madness, we have seen many cancellations over the past several weekends. Hopefully we will be able to get a full weekend of racing in as the temperature begins to rise. Often times, Trackmen themselves seem to be the unsung heroes of the sport as it is there job to maintain these surfaces with the forces Mother Nature brings. The freeze, the thaw, the rain, the snow, it really is a tough job and they deserve credit as it takes hours and days of work to prepare for a night of action!
With that said we will focus our plays back on the east coast this weekend looking at Yonkers and The Meadowlands.
Last weekend, we lost a couple of our plays due to the cancellation at Yonkers last Friday night, but we did manage to cash on our Trifecta at the Meadowlands returning $64 from our $70 left if wagers.
Heading into weekend #69 we have wagered a total of $6,721 and have cashed for $5,247.
Good Luck Everyone!
Big Horse Selections for Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22
Friday, February 21
Meadowlands Race #1
#5 Myplaceonthebeach (5-2) paced a very sharp (56.4) last half last time out in her qualifier and looks ready to roll for her high percentage connections. We will put her in a Daily Double play with #1 Smoother Ride (6-1) in race #2 who also shows fast speed. He added trotting hopples last time out and just missed his lifetime mark by 2/5 of a second.
The Play: $10 Daily Double 5-1 Cost: $10
Yonkers Race #5
#2 Harbor Point (6-1) has been very good in each of his last two races showing a win and a second place finish. He remains in a similar class and shows good last quarter speed. He was a two-move winner two starts back and could be in for a great trip with his inside post.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 2/1/all and 2/all/1 $3 Exacta 2/1356 Cost: $24
Yonkers Race #10
#2 Cheyenne Miriam (10-1) missed three weeks prior to her last race when the racing gods were against her as she showed parked the entire mile two and three-wide, interference at the three-quarter point of class and still closed strong in :27.3 at the Meadowlands. She has shown speed before and finally draws inside. I think there is a lot to like about her chances and note she was in the money in 23 of 28 starts last year!
The Play: $9 to win and place #2 Cost: $18
Saturday, February 22
The Meadowlands Race #4
#3 Up Up and Out (5-1) wasn’t bad last time out showing fast speed from the gate, then getting shuffled and closing late in the stretch. He moves further inside now, and is often on the ticket. #8 Blatantly Good (4-1) closed strong when dropping to this level last time out and again should be heard from late in the mile. Let’s try some Superfectas in here and hope for a longshot.
The Play: $.20 Superfecta 38/38/all/all and 38/all/38/all Cost: $22.40
The Meadowlands Race #6
#6 Dinner at the Met (3-1) is perfect this season, 3 for 3, and has won both on and off the pace. He continues to improve speed and already appears to be loaded with talent in his limited starts so far. #9 American Force (6-1) made his first start of the year after a six month layoff and just missed. He makes his second start in this barn and could show further improvement here.
The Play: $1 Trifecta 6/9/all Cost: $9
The Meadowlands Race #11
#2 Wake up Peter (2-1) went winless in 2013 chasing some of the best 3-year-olds and made over $307,000. In his 4-year-old debut last time out he broke his maiden with a standout win in 1:51.1 with a last quarter of :26.4! He draws inside now and will make his first start in the Larry Remmen barn. He is the one to beat!
The Play: $5 Exacta 2/149 Cost: $15