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Big Horse Selections for Friday and Saturday April 4 and 5
Thursday, April 3, 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 Yonkers on Friday night and also the Meadowlands both Friday and Saturday.

Saturday‚Äôs Meadowlands will feature the C-1 Dash For The C Notes Final for Horse and Gelding Pacers going for a $30,000 purse.  It will also feature 5 Divisions of the C-2 Dash For The C Notes with the top 5 money earners coming back on April 12 to race in the $25,000 Final.

Last weekend two of our five plays came through.  All of our plays raced well with the exception of Bambino Glide who made a break in the Horse And Groom Final.  Of our $100 mythical bankroll we cashed for $102 leaving us $2 in the plus for the weekend. 

Heading into weekend #75 we have wagered $7,321 and have cashed for $5,854.

Good Luck Everyone! 

Big Horse Selections for Friday and Saturday April 4 and 5

Friday, April 4

Yonkers Race #5  **Blue Chip Matchmaker Series 3rd leg, 2nd division**

#2 Krispy Apple (3-1) draws the rail in this race after closing in her last two races to finish second in the first two legs of this series.  She won 7 times last year banking over a quarter-million dollars and continues to flash :27 last quarters.  #1 and #1A is a powerful Ron Burke entry and both horses have just missed in prior legs of this series.


The Play:  $10 Exacta  2-1  and   $10 Exacta 2-3  Cost $20

Yonkers Race #6
#5 Monkey on my Wheel (4-1) was very strong last time out beating a weaker group going gate to wire in 1:53.2.  This mare has beaten better in the past and seems to be coming into peak form.  We will use her as she tries for a repeat victory.  #2 Know It All (3-1) draws a great post and should be able to stay close to the pace.  #4 Virgin Mary (6-1) finished second to our top pick after a long outside parked-out bid, she has been very sharp in all prior starts.

The Play:  $10 Exacta 5-2  and  $10 Exacta 5-4  Cost:  $20

Meadowlands Race #4

We will be looking at a longshot here, #6 Aequitas (10-1). Prior to his last race, he came off a scratched sick line and his previous start was on February 14.  Off the six week break he trotted evenly with a sharp last quarter of :27:3.  We will get Campbell back in the bike here in what looks to be a wide open race.  I think our pick has a big shot to benefit and improve off his latest race.

The Play:  $10 to win #6  Cost:  $10


Saturday, April 5

Meadowlands Race #8  **Dash For The C Notes**
#9 Western Trademark (9-2) Is dropping down in class to a level that he just missed in two of his last three races when facing similar.  He has an explosive late kick and just needs to be in range to fire his best shot in the stretch.

The Play:  $3 Exacta 9/35710  Cost:  $12

Meadowlands Race #11  **Dash for the C Notes Final**
#8 Quik Magic (3-1) was a game winner overcoming post nine last time out to score as the 5-2 second choice.  Again the post position gods were not smiling upon this gelding as he draws post 10, but he is sharp enough to overcome this post and should again be a major factor here.

The Play:  $20 to win #8  Cost:  $20

Meadowlands Race #12 
#4 Frankies Dragon (4-1) is very sharp right now and has two victories and a second place finish in his last four races.  He draws inside and has been overcoming tough trips and still closing in :27 last quarters.  He draws a great post and is our top pick in here.

The Play:  $9 to win and place #4  Cost:  $18 


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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.