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Big Horse Handicapper's selections for Feb. 28 & Mar.1
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 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 at both Yonkers and The Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday Night.


Once again, the Meadowlands offers great value with their Pick-4 plays and their guaranteed pools of $50,000 this Friday and Saturday beginning with their 7th race.  We all know, the Meadowlands can prove to be tough handicapping with their highly competitive fields and the best horses and drivers in the country, but with large money up for grabs with pool guarantees often it is worth a shot to put a small ticket together or pool with friends and fellow handicappers to try and grab a piece of the large jackpots.


With the tail end of this polar vortex, it won’t be long until we start looking ahead to stake season.  The better weather is coming, and again the young equine stars will start to shine in the upcoming weeks.


Last weekend we just missed on a superfecta play that would have put us in the plus for the weekend, but unfortunately we took a small loss; cashing for $68 from our $100 mythical bankroll.  Heading into weekend #70 we have wagered $6,821 and have cashed for $5,315.


Big Horse Selections for Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1


Friday, February 28


Yonkers Race #1
#1 Racing Rocky (4-1) was Sears choice over #2, 3 in this race.  This horse makes his first start in the Kevin Efimetz barn and will likely try the speed from the rail angle in this spot.  #2 DVS Givemeattitude (8-1) draws the perfect post to be dangerous in his return to Yonkers after two dominating wins at Monticello.  He has been very game here before and must also be considered.


The Play:  $2 Trifecta 1/2/34678  and  $1 Trifecta 1/34678/2   Cost:  $15


Yonkers Race #11
#1 Harbor Point (4-1) has been razor sharp in each of his last three races and will move up into a tougher class here.  He has won two of the last three showing fast last quarter speed and could be up to the task for another victory.  This is also Pierce’s choice over the two morning line favorites, #2 and #4.


The Play:  $3 Exacta 1/245 and a $1 Trifecta 1/245/23456  Cost:  $21 


The Meadowlands Race #1
#3 All The Buzz (5-1) looked much better in her second qualifier as she closed home in a sharp :57.3 last half.  She is making her first career pari-mutuel start and draws inside.  She retains David Miller.  #2 Handsoffmycreampuf (5-2) is likely the one to beat as she shows consistent last quarter speed and was a winner against similar two starts back.


The Play:  $2 Exacta 3/25610  and a $5 Exacta Box 2-3   Cost:  $18



Saturday, March 1


Yonkers Race #4

#1 Power of Tara N (6-1) has had absolutely no post position luck in the past three starts drawing outside in the seven or eight spot.  He will finally draw the rail and should be much more competitive instead of giving up too much ground early as he was forced to do with lesser draws.  He has a big shot for a huge wakeup call here and must be considered as a major player.


The Play:  $1 Trifecta 1/234/234568  Cost:  $15 


Meadowlands Race #1
#4 Nitro Seelster (10-1) could be a live longshot here.  In his first two career starts he had drawn posts 7 & 9 at Pompano Park and showed :28 last quarters.  When drawing better last time in Florida he closed for third and improved speed to 1:55.4.  He gets Scott Zeron in the bike here and will make his first start for trainer David Duspiva.


The Play:  $7 to win and place #4   Cost:  $14 


Meadowlands Race #5
#4 K-Lees Shakenbake (7-2) closed more than 12 lengths last time out and showed a :26.2 last quarter when making his first start off a qualifier.  He had post 10 last time, and now draws inside.  He has won 10 of 18 last year and only missed the board twice in his young career.  He has a big shot to win in this spot.


The Play:  $10 to win #4  and  $7 to place #4   Cost:  $17



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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.