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.
More Stakes Action is headed our way this Friday including three divisions The Blue Chip Matchmaker for Filly and Mare Free For All Pacers at Yonkers, and The Meadowlands card features the second leg of the Artistic Vision series. Shebestingin is also on the Friday Meadowlands card as she will begin her 4-year-old campaign.
The Meadowlands features the second leg of the Whata Baron series for non-winners of 4 horse and gelding pacers on Saturday night.
Also on Saturday, we will be looking at a race from Hazel Park Raceway. Hazel Park Raceway opens its final standardbred meet featuring 10 days with great purses averaging $100,000 nightly.
Last weekend we cashed two of our six plays returning $103 from our $100 mythical bankroll, leaving us $3 on the plus for the weekend. It beats a loss, hopefully this weekend we will have some luck and add to our mythical bankroll.
Heading into weekend #76 we have wagered $7,421 and have cashed $5,957.
Big Horse Selections for Friday and Saturday, April 11-12
Friday, April 11
Yonkers Race #1
#1 Dana’s Sharp Smart (6-1) closed a lot of ground last time out being more than 10 lengths back at the quarter and challenging the leaders in the stretch. He went a big trip parked-out first-over last time and should get a closer trip with his inside draw here. #3 Greystone Cash (8-5) beat our top choice last time when dropping down in class and riding the pylons closing well late. He remains at this same level and is again a prime contender.
The Play: $8 to win and place #1 and a $2 Exacta Box 1-3 Cost: $20
Meadowlands Race #1
#10 Up Front Elizabeth (5-2) was a well-trained winner last time at this level off of a seven month layoff when adding lasix. She flashed a 26:4 last quarter drawing away in the stretch and will be the one to beat despite her outside draw.
The Play: $5 Exacta 10/1368 Cost: $20
Meadowlands Race #4
#6 Cheer the Lady N (8-1) doesn’t show much on paper, but we will take a chance with her in this lower C-2 class. She was a 3 time, $31,000 winner last year that has been facing much tougher. She has been racing with Shebestingin, American In Paris, Summertime Lea, just to name a few. We should get a square price with her and she is worth a small wager.
The Play: $10 to win #6 Cost: $10
Saturday, April 12
The Meadowland Race #6 **Whata Baron Series, 2nd leg 1st division**
#7 Wake up Peter (3-5) is the obvious choice and has now won 5 of 7 this year. He was outstanding last time out and is the one to beat. #3 Prairie Jaguar (5-1) was roughed up parked-out every step last time out. He again draws inside and will look for a better trip.
The Play: $10 Exacta 7-3 Cost: $10
The Meadowlands Race #7
#8 Keep Going (9-2) looked sharp last time out at Harrah’s Philadelphia beating a softer group in a season mark of 1:50.1. He has speed and has raced very well at the Meadowlands before when facing similar.
The Play: $8 to win and place #8 Cost: $16
Hazel Park Raceway Race #10
#7 Night Pro (6-1) had a great 3-year-old campaign winning 12 of his 17 races and was crowned a Sire Stakes Champion last year in Indiana. He has a mark of 1:49 at Hoosier Park last year and qualified with ease last time at Northville Downs sporting a 28:4 last quarter.
The Play: $2 Trifecta Key 7/346 and a $4 Exacta 7/346 Cost: $24