Monday, August 29, 2011

Competition Widens in Nadia Lobell

On Monday, August 29, three-year-old filly pacers competed in the $193,150 Nadia Lobell at the Meadows. 

In the Nadia Lobell, Idyllic (American Ideal) upset See You At Peelers (Bettor’s Delight) to win, with Myluvmylife (Rocknroll Hanover) finishing second and Swinging Beauty (Art Major) was third. “Life,” along with Foxy Lady (Real Desire) and “Peelers” all left for the lead heading to the first turn. Peelers cleared the lead at the quarter in :26.1. Idyllic came first over with one lap to go in fifth, giving cover to “Beauty.”

Pretty Katherine (Rocknroll Hanover) went off stride at the half in :53.1 (:27). Peelers had the lead, with Life in second and “Foxy” was in third. Peelers was not challenged at three-quarters in 1:21.1 (:28).

Idyllic came right next to Peelers at the top of the stretch. Idyllic passed Peelers to upset at 5-1. Myluvmylife finished second and Swinging Beauty was third. Foxy Lady, See You At Peelers, Ms Malicious (Art Major), Rocklamation (Rocknroll Hanover) and Pretty Katherine finished fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Announcement

Due to Hurricane Irene, there will be no story about the eliminations at Mohawk on Saturday. I apoligize that there will be no story, but we will start with the Nadia Lobell story for Monday.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Driver Myth- Dave Palone

This is part one of a several part series that I try to prove that you cannot make any money off of betting a driver and who better to start off with than Dave Palone.

The newly inducted hall of famer gets over bet at the Meadows in Meadow Lands Pennsylvania. Although he wins several times a night, the outcome might shock you. I followed Dave Palone at the Meadows every night he was there from July 27 to August 23, the last day he raced at the Meadows. For every horse he drove, we would bet $2.

Wednesday, July 27 was the first night of the one month project. It was also the most active week for Dave Palone. Palone had driven in 14 races that night. We would have bet $28 on him that night. At the end of the night, we had $70.20, a profit of $42.20. He had three drives on Thursday, July 28, with no winners, decreasing our profit to $36.20.He came back with 13 drives on the 29, returning $34.40. Since we bet $26 that night, we made a profit of $8.40, bringing the overall total up to $44.60. On July 30, Palone drove 11 horses, returning $14 to the bettors. Our overall profit dropped to $36.60. He drove 14 horses on the first day of August. His horses returned $22.20, making the overall profit drop to $30.80. Dave came back the very next day with 10 mounts. Overall, his horses returned $17.40, with the overall profit dropping to $28.20. Palone drove 12 horses on the final day of week one. His horses returned $23.80, with the overall profit dropping slightly to $28.

Week two was less active for Palone. He had three drives on August 4, with no winners. The overall profit dropped to $22. He returned four days later on August 8, driving 12 horses. They returned $19, making the overall profit drop to $17. He had 13 horses on August 9. They returned $27.60 and the profit increased slightly to $18.60.

Palone drove two days in the third week. On August 15, he had 15 drives. They returned $14.60 and the profit made a major drop to $3.20. He had 14 horses on August 16 and they returned $59.80. The profit made a huge increase to $35.

Palone drove a total of 45 horses in the final week of the project. On August 17, he drove 13 horses and they returned $3, making the profit drop to $12. On August 18, he drove 11 horses and returned $22.60 to the public. The overall profit went up to $12.60. Four days later, Palone drove 10 horses. They returned $10.80, decreasing the profit to $3.40. On the final night of this one month project, Palone drove 11 horses, returning $20.60 to the bettors. This means, the project showed that over a month period, your profit playing Dave Palone is $2.

Although you made a profit, this is a one month period. The outcome may change if you play him for two, three or four months. Dave Palone made you a profit of $2, but he won at least three, four or five times a night on short priced horses. If you also notice, we had the largest profit on July 29, with $44.60. From July 29 to August 15, the profit dropped a total of $41.40. This proves that Dave Palone was over bet during this period of time and most likely before the project started. In this one month period, Palone drove two bombs that paid at least $20. In part two, I will follow George Brennan at Yonkers Raceway to continue to prove my point. You cannot make money off of drivers.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Indiana Features Grand Circuit Action

On Wednesday, August 24, 12 two-year-old trotting filly Breeders Crown eligibles competed in the $210,000 Kentuckiana at Indiana Downs. Indiana Downs also featured in the $215,000 Pride In Progress for free for all trotters, six of whom are Breeders Crown eligibles. Also on Wednesday, Pocono Downs featured the $239,786 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers.

In the first Kentuckiana, Win Missy B (Conway Hall) won, with Aunt Mel (Yankee Glide) finishing second and Canadian Justice was third. “Justice” went for the lead, with “Missy” in second and On The Bright Side (Cantab Hall) in third. Quarentine S (Varenne) and Friendly Persuader (Muscles Yankee) both broke at the start. Missy came onto the outside and cleared the lead from Justice at the quarter in :29.

“Bright” came first over down the backstretch from third. Bright and Missy were neck to neck at the half in :57. (:28). They were 2 lengths ahead of Justice sitting in third. Around the far turn, Bright stuck her head in front of Missy and went off stride. Sterling Volo (Donato Hanover) broke in the back of the field. Missy trotted by three-quarters in 1:26.3 (:29.3).

Missy had the lead at the top of the stretch, Mel came onto the outside in second and Justice was in third. Missy and Mel dueled coming to the eighth pole, Justice dropped out of the race in third. Missy did not give up the lead and crossed the wire in 1:56.1 (:29.3). Aunt Mel finished second, Canadian Justice was third and Sterling Volo finished fourth.

In the second Kentuckiana, Chilitodayhotamale (Muscles Yankee) was vicotorious, with Dream On Hanover (Andover Hall) finished second and Personal Style (Yankee Glide) was third. Hope And Love (Muscles Yankee) and Blue Muscles (Muscles Yankee) both left for the lead, with “Dream” in third and “Personal” in fourth. Winning Sissy (Angus Hall) made a break at the gate. Muscles took the lead at the quarter in :27.4.

Down the backstretch, Muscles went on a break and “Love” inherited the lead. Dream came first over and cleared the front at the half in :57.2 (:29.3). Love was in second and Personal was in third. Around the far turn, Dream drew off by about 2 lengths. Love went on a break, so Personal took second and “Tamale” was in third. Dream had a 6 length lead at three-quarters in 1:26.2 (:29).

Dream was being narrowed in by Personal and Tamale at the top of the stretch. Personal circled out two wide and Tamale came out three wide. It was a three horse race to the wire at the eighth pole. Personal gave way, so Tamale and Dream dueled to the wire. Tamale under a hand ride won by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:56.2 (:30). Dream On Hanover was second and Personal Style was third. Blue Muscles, Hope And Love and Winning Sissy were fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively.  

In the Pride In Progress, Il Villaggio (Yankee Glide) won, with Hot Shot Blue Chip (Revenue S) finishing second and All Cantab (Cantab Hall) was third. Arch Madness (Balanced Image), “Cantab” and Lucky Jim (SJ’s Photo) all left the gate with speed. Rembrendt Spur (Pegasus Spur) went off stride at the start. Around the first turn, “Jim” went off stride. “Madness” had the front heading to the quarter. Cantab was in second and about 5 to 6 lengths back to “Shot” in third. Madness trotted the quarter in :26.3.

Madness had the lead at the half in :54.3 (:28). Shot was in third and “Villaggio” was in fourth. Around the far turn, Madness had the lead, with Cantab in second and Villaggio first over in third. Shot was buried at the inside in fourth. Villaggio cleared the lead at three-quarters in 1:23.1 (:28.3).

Villaggio was not challenged in the stretch. Madness was fading at the inside. Shot came on with late trot in second and Cantab was in third. Villaggio had a 4 ¼ lengths lead at the wire and trotted the mile in 1:53. Hot Shot Blue Chip finished second and All Cantab finished third. Arch Madness, Lucky Jim and Rembrendt Spur finished seventh, eighth and tenth, respectively.
                                   Il Villaggio wins Pride In Progress
In the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, seven two-year-old colt pacers are eligible for the Breeders Crown.

In the first division, All Week was victorious, with Mc Attaboy finishing second, Marytime Terror (Western Terror) finished third and Station Threeohsix (Western Terror) finished fourth. “Marytime” sat mid-pack and made no move. “Station” got cover from “Week” and faded to fourth.

In the second division, Easy Again held off Sweet Lou (Yankee Cruiser) to win, with Mudslide third and Hillbilly Hanover (Dragon Again) finished fourth. “Lou” cleared the lead with one lap to go, but got passed by “Again” and lost by a nose. “Hillbilly” had the lead at the quarter and got shuffled back. He made no move to finish fourth. Friday At Five (Real Desire) sat in sixth and was able to finish fifth.

In the final division, Star Recruit won, with Cold Heared Shark (Four Starzzz Shark) finished second, The Zachhammer was third and Acrylic Hanover (Dragon Again) finished fourth. “Shark” sat in sixth. He came first over at three-quarters and lost by a neck to Star Recruit. “Acrylic” sat in fifth. He picked up cover from Shark and finished fourth.    

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sires Stakes Summary August 20-22

This will never happen again, this is just a summary of the Sires Stakes action this weekend. The reason I do it like this is because we are behind at the office. We should be fully caught up by tomorrow.

Pocono Downs

On Saturday, August 20, nine Breeders Crown hopefuls competed in the $244,212 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for two-year-old filly pacers.

So Wanted (Real Desire) finished sixth in the first division.

In the second division, Economy Terror (Western Terror) won, paying $2.10. So Easy Baby (Mcardle) was third, Princess Cruiser (Yankee Cruiser) finished fifth, Darena Hanover (Yankee Cruiser) was sixth and Real Chop (Real Artist) was seventh.

In the third division, Cruzin Tothe Dance (Yankee Cruiser) finished second.

In the final division, Marty Party (Yankee Cruiser) won, paying $2.20. Love Of Liberty (Dragon Again) finished fifth.

Yonkers Raceway

On Saturday, August 20, four Breeders Crown eligibles competed in the $229,492 New York Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers.

There were no eligibles in the first division.

In the second division, Townslight Hanover (Bettor's Delight) finished fourth and Sir Jonathan Z Tam (American Ideal) finished fifth.

In the third division, Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Art Major) finished third.

In the final division, China King (American Ideal) finished sixth.

Tioga Downs

On Sunday, August 21, 12 Breeders Crown eligibles competed in the $126,990 New York Sires Stakes for two-year-old filly pacers.

In the first division, Jk Cracklin Rosie won, paying $2.10. Upfront Miss Major (Art Major) finished fourth, Our Sophia (Art Major) finished sixth and Scootndowntheriver (Riverboat King) made a break, finishing eighth.

In the second division, Hayworth Blue Chip (Bettor's Delight) finished fourth.

In the third division, Jk Fine Art (Art Major) won, paying $2.80. Arm In Arm (American Ideal) finished second.

In the fourth division, Sha Delight (Bettor's Delight) finished second, Emily Car (Art Major) finished fourth, Rio Secco (Bettor's Delight) finished sixth and Baby Rosa (Art Major) finished eighth.

In the final division, Ryder Blue Chip (Art Major) finished third.

Yonkers Raceway II

On Monday, August 21, four Breeders Crown trotting colts competed in the $234,176 New York Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt trotters.

In the first division, Johnny B Kemp (Credit Winner) won and  Whitewater Rapids (Credit Winner) finished sixth.

In the second division, Market Rebound (Credit Winner) finished fourth.

There were no eligibles in the third division.

In the final division, New Zion (Conway Hall) finished third.

Frosh Pacers Invade Canada

On Saturday, 25 Breeders Crown (BC) freshman pacing hopefuls competed in the $344,674 Nassagaweya stakes at Mohawk. 13 BC freshman filly pacers competed in the co-feature, the $265,566 Eternal Camnation at Mohawk.

In the first Nassagaweya, Speed Again (Dragon Again) was victorious, with Shakerattlenrock (Rocknroll Hanover) finishing second, Ideal Ike (Western Ideal) was third and I Fought Dalaw (Western Ideal) finished fourth.

“Shake,” “Speed,” Terco Corazon (Rocknroll Hanover) and “Dalaw” all left for the lead. At the quarter, Shake had the lead and paced the quarter in :28.1. Speed was in second and “Terco” was in third.  

Dalaw came first over and took the lead at the half. Dalaw went the half in :56.2 (:28.1). Approaching the far turn, Artache Hanover (Western Ideal) came first over and moved from seventh to fourth in a couple of strides. Speed came out and moved into second, applying pressure to Dalaw. They went three-quarters in 1:25.2 (:29).

In the stretch, Speed passed Dalaw. Shake was buried at the inside in fourth and “Artache” was progressing on the outside. Speed was drawing clear approaching the wire and Shake found room and circled out two wide. Speed was home free at the 1/16 pole, Shake was giving chase in second and “Ike” closed late to beat Dalaw for third.

Terco Corazon, Artache Hanover and Catch That Angel (Rocknroll Hanover) finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Sing For Me George (Bettor’s Delight) scratched sick.
                               Speed Again in the Nassagaweya Stakes

In the second division, Special Blend (The Panderosa) won, with Best Ears (Shark Gesture) finishing second, Ideal Champ (Western Ideal) was third and Spinarama was fourth.

Spinarama and “Blend” both left for the lead heading to the quarter pole. Spinarama cleared in a :28 opening quarter. Blend pulled back into second and Redford Blue Chip (Western Ideal) was in third. Some Or Lis (Lis Mara) went on a break. Approaching the half, Spinarama had the lead and to his outside was “Champ.” Champ cleared the front at the half in :57.2 (:29.2).

Around the far turn, Champ had the lead. “Ears” was progressing on the outside. Blend was following Ears. Ears and Champ were dueling at three-quarters in 1:25.2 (:28). Blend came three wide at the top of the stretch.
Ears, Champ and Blend were in a duel to the wire at the 1/16 pole. Blend charged by them both to win the second Nassagaweya by 2 lengths in 1:53.3. Best Ears finished second and Ideal Champ was third.

Secretsoftheknight (Mach Three), E Street Plan (Rocknroll Hanover), Redford Blue Chip and Some Or Lis finished fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Hope Blue Chip (Art Major) scratched sick.
                               Special Blend in the 2nd Nassagaweya

In the final division, Hurrikane Kingcole (Cam’s Card Shark) went wire to wire to win, with D Terminata (Rocknroll Hanover) finishing second, State Treasurer (Real Desire) was third and Gable Blue Chip (American Ideal) was fourth.

“Kingcole” went for the lead, with “Gable” moving into second and “Terminata” sat in third. Kingcole paced the quarter in :26.4.

Kingcole was alone on top at the half in :56.2 (:29.3). “State” came first over and Perfect Escape (Mcardle) followed second over. Lifeimitatesart (Art Major) came third over and Rockweiller (Rocknroll Hanover) came fourth over.

At three-quarters, Kingcole still had command. State was first over in third. Rockweiller came three wide in ninth, 13 lengths off the lead.

Kingcole was drawing away coming to the wire, Rockweiller was starting to close in the back and State was trying to hold off Gable for third. Terminata was coming on after Kingcole but Kingcole got to the wire to hold off Terminata by a head. State Treasurer held on for third and Gable Blue Chip settled for fourth.

Rockweiller, Lifeimitatesart, Perfect Escape, Orse Power (Peruvian Hanover) and Fenian Hanover finished fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
                               Hurrikane Kingcole in the 3rd Nassagaweya

In the first Eternal Camnation, American Jewel (American Ideal) won easily, with Big Mcdeal (Mcardle) finishing second, Shelliscape (Artiscape) finishing third and Rockaround Sue (Rocknroll Hanover) was fourth.

“Mcdeal” left for the lead, with “Sue” sitting in second and Shelliscape was in third. “Jewel” made a break at the gate. Mcdeal had the lead at the quarter in :26.4. Sue was in second and Shelliscape was 4 lengths off the leader in third. Jewel was first over in sixth, 14 lengths off of the leader.

Mcdeal had the lead at the half in :54.4 (:28). Jewel found a pocket in fourth. Sue was in second and Shelliscape was in third. Around the far turn, Mcdeal had the front. Shelliscape came onto the outside and Jewel followed. Mcdeal had the lead at three-quarters in 1:23.1 (:28.2).
Mcdeal had to hold off Shelliscape and Jewel in the stretch. But she was no match for American Jewel and had to settle for second. American Jewel drew away by 4 lengths to win. Big Mcdeal settled for second and Shelliscape was third.

Rockaround Sue, Cooking The Books (Mach Three), Miss Mojo (Rocknroll Hanover) and I’ve Got A Feeling (Rocknroll Hanover) finished fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
                            American Jewel in the 1st Eternal Camnation

Romantic Moment (American Ideal) was victourious in the final division. Notreadytobenice (Western Ideal) finished second and Bound To Rock was third.

“Rock” and “Moment” both left for the lead. They dueled by the quarter in :27.4. Rock cleared the lead down the backstretch. “Nice” was behind Rock and cleared the lead approaching the half. Moment came onto the outside as they passed the half in :55.4 (:28).

Moment had the lead at three-quarters in 1:24.1 (:28.2). Nice was buried in second and Ys Gold Star was first over in third. Moment and Nice were dueling in the stretch. “Gold” started to fade and Rock was giving chase in third. Moment was home free by 2 ¼ lengths at the wire. Notreadytobenice was second and Bound To Rock settled for third.

Angel Scent (Western Ideal), Centralia Hanover (Art Major), Mileys Big World (Cam’s Card Shark) and Rock Concert (Rocknroll Hanover) finished fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth, respectively.
                           Romantic Moment in the 2nd Eternal Camnation

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Closing Night Opens Competition

On Saturday, August 21, the Meadowlands Racetrack featured the Sweetheart, Woodrow Wilson, Golden Girls and William Haughton Memorial finals on the Meadowlands final race day of 2011.

Pirouette Hanover (Western Ideal) was victorious in the $363,900 Sweetheart final by a head, tarnishing Handsoffmycookie’s (Art Major) undefeated record. Podges Lady (The Panderosa) was third and Bettor B Lucky (Bettor’s Delight) finished fourth.

Major Look (Art Major), “Pirouette” and Podges Lady all left the gate with speed heading to the clubhouse turn. “Look” cleared the lead by the quarter in :27.1. “Podges” applied pressure down the backstretch and Pirouette was buried at the rail.

At the half Pirouette successfully took the lead from Podges. Look was in third and “Cookie” came first over. They paced the half in :55.2 (:28.1). Around the far turn, Pirouette and Cookie were matching strides. Podges was second over in third.

Pirouette and Cookie dueled by three-quarters in 1:23.3 (:28.1). The two were at each-other’s throats coming to the wire. Pirouette found a bit more to get her head in front. Cookie finished second, Podges was third and Bettor B Lucky passed a tiring Major Look to finish fourth.

Yummy Sushi (Rocknroll Hanover) broke at the first turn, finishing tenth. Ramalama (Bettor’s Delight), Rockin Belle (Rocknroll Hanover) and Sangaal (Real Desire) finished seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

Major Bombay (Art Major) made a big move in the stretch to take the $317,800 Woodrow Wilson final. Simply Business (Rocknroll Hanover) finished second, Mybrothergeorge was third and Mel Mara finished fourth.

“Bombay,” “George,” A Rocknroll Dance (Rocknroll Hanover) and “Simply” all left the gate fast. George took the lead at the quarter in :27.1. Simply sat in second and Bombay was in third. George was not pressured by the half in :56.1 (:29).

Approaching the far turn, Simply was in second and Bombay was in third. Wrubellious (Real Artist) came first over in sixth, giving cover to Allstar Legend (Four Starzzz Shark). “Mara” was flushed out by Wrubellious and challenged George for the lead, while “Allstar” was gapping cover.

George and Mara were head to head by three-quarters in 1:24.2 (:28.1). Mara was rough gaited and George was in front. Bombay was looking for room and Allstar started closing. Simply was buried in third. Bombay drifted four wide from the rail and started storming home. He passed George, Mara and Simply to win the Woodrow Wilson in 1:51.3. Simply Business finished second, Mybrothergeorge was third and Mel Mara finished fourth.

Allstar Legend finished fifth, Mortal Zin (Rocknroll Hanover) was sixth, Wrubellious finished seventh and A Rocknroll Dance finished eighth.

Dreamfair Eternal (Camluck) took the $235,750 Golden Girls final in 1:50. Anndrovette (Riverboat King) finished second, Chancey Lady (Camluck) was third and Shacked Up (Western Terror) finished fourth.

Showherthemoney (Cam’s Card Shark), Rock N Soul (Rocknroll Hanover), Cannae Cammie (Cam’s Card Shark) and Ticket To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) all showed speed heading to the first turn.

“Money” and Anndrovette dueled to the quarter in :27. Anndrovette cleared the lead heading down the backstretch, Money sat back in second and “Soul” was in third. Anndrovette had the lead at the half in 54.3 (:27.3). Money was in second and Soul sat in third.

Laughandbehappy (Badlands Hanover) was progressing well first over approaching the far turn. “Eternal” followed second over. “Lady” and “Shacked” were following the two wide flow. Anndrovette was not challenged around the far turn. “Happy” was coming closer on the outside. Money was in second and Soul was in third.

Anndrovette was in front by three-quarters in 1:22.3 (:28). Money was buried at the rail in second. Happy was first over in third. Eternal came three wide in fifth. Soul was buried in fourth.

Anndrovette and Eternal dueled at the top of the stretch. Happy started to fade and Chancey Lady was following Eternal. Hula’s Z Tam (Bettor’s Delight) made a huge move up the inside. Eternal was home free at the 1/16, Anndrovette was in second and Chancey Lady was in third. Shacked Up beat Ticket To Rock for the fourth spot.

Ticket To Rock, Hula’s Z Tam, Laughandbehappy, Cannae Cammie, Showherthemoney and Rock N Soul finished fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.  

Alexie Mattosie (No Pan Intended) won the $523,000 William Haughton Memorial in 1:48.1. Foiled Again (Dragon Again) finished second, Won The West (Western Hanover) was third and Giddy Up Lucky (Camluck) was fourth.

Hypnotic Blue Chip (Art Major), “Alexie,” Aracache Hanover (Dragon Again) and “Lucky” all left for the lead. “Aracache” and “Hypnotic” dueled for the lead around the first turn. Alexie moved into third. By the quarter and Aracache took the lead in :26.3. Hypnotic gave way into second and Alexie was in third.

Alexie came first over at the three-eighths. Aracache was in front, with Hypnotic in second. Alexie was first over in third. We Will See (Western Hanover) came second over at the half. Aracache paced the half in :53 (:26.2). Alexie was second on the outside and Hypnotic was boxed in third. “See” was second over in fourth and “Foiled” came third over in fifth. “West” followed Foiled in sixth. Lucky was gapping at the inside.

Approaching three-quarters, Aracache and Alexie were dueling with Hypnotic at the rail in third. See came three-wide. Again and West followed See at three-quarters in 1:20.1 (:27.1).

Aracache had a ¼ length lead over Alexie. See was three wide in third. Hypnotic was buried at the inside. Aracache gave way to the stampede coming by him. Alexie hit the wire in time to win. Foiled Again got up to finish second and Won The West came with him to finish third.

We Will See, Aracache Hanover, One More Laugh (Mcardle), Hypnotic Blue Chip, Vintage Master (Western Ideal) and Ideal Matters (Western Ideal) finished fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

Announcement

The following blog is late due to technical difficulties. More will be posted tomorrow.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Freshman Gals Featured at Vernon

On Friday, 11 Breeders Crown hopefuls competed in the $119,043 New York Sires Stakes at Vernon for two-year-old trotting fillies.

In the first division, The Heart Lives On was victorious, with Kristins Victory giving way in second and Zanna Royal (Rc Royalty) finished third.

In the second division, Adreamcomestrue As (Conway Hall) pulled off the 16-1 upset coming from the back of the field. Steuben Lone Pine finished second and Vixy was third. Lady Lois (Conway Hall) broke at the top of the stretch, finishing seventh.

In the third division, Montana Skies drew away by 5 lengths to win, with Fancy (Conway Hall) closing to finish second and Allidoiswin gave way in third.

In the fourth division, Getinonthesecret (Conway Hall) won at 9-1, going wire to wire.  Miss Fidget was second and Honeymoonisover was third. Starglow Hall (Conway Hall) broke at the start, finishing seventh.

In the fifth division, Lima Playmate (Credit Winner) drew off by 6 lengths, going wire to wire. Latte Hall was second and Weekend Vacation was third.

In the sixth division, For A Dancer (Conway Hall) won, with Barbara Goldstein finishing second and Anandamide (Credit Winner) was third. Bringing Up Lindy (Credit Winner) broke at the start, finishing seventh.

In the final event, Borrow And Spend won, with American Lassie (American Mike) finishing second and Roux The Day was third. Fortunista (Credit Winner) sat mid-pack and finished sixth.

Freshman Fillies Repugn in Sires Stakes

On Friday, 11 two-year-old trotting fillies in pursuit of the Breeders Crown competed in the $222,536 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Chester.

In the first division, Sand Violent Blu (Tom Ridge) turned out victorious, with Delicious finishing second and Carry A Torch was third. Order By Wish (Cantab Hall) and Aldebaran Malibu (Cantab Hall) were seventh and sixth, respectively.  

In the second division, Check Me Out (Donato Hanover) kept her record perfect at seven for seven. Superstar Hanover (Cantab Hall) finished second and Maven finished third. Spicy Mombo (Cantab Hall) went off stride at the top of the stretch. Broadway Beauty (Broadway Hall) broke at the start.

In the third division, Love Walked In (Glidemaster) was victorious. Blue Yonder finished second and a 48-1 Uncommon Night (Donato Hanover) finished third.

In the final division, Real Babe (Donato Hanover) closed hard to win, with Bluff (Donato Hanover) giving way in second and Sculpted Vanity was third.  

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Annoncement

The head writer is out of the office until further notice. Stay tuned as the head writer will return sometime this week.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

TRI’s Picks August 13 Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racetrack Pick 4, Races 6-9, Saturday, August 13, 2011

In our Pick 4 we had one winner, Lanson ($5.80). We were close in the rest of the Pick 4, with a second, a third and a sixth (the sixth paced a first over trip, coming out at the half). Our profit dropped to -$119.40. I encourage you to play these horses to win. Good luck!

$2 Play: 8/9/13/210 = $8

Analysis:

Race 6- (8) Shadyshark Hanover is coming off a victory in the Oliver Wendell Holmes, where he set a stakes record. He may have the race set up for him once more this week.

Race 7- (9) Blue Rock makes a slight step down after finishing fourth. He may get better positioning in the race with his post.

Race 8- (1) Bettor Sweet is the one to beat in here. He has defeated most of this field in his last five starts. He may bring a price, since We Will See will most likely get over-bet. (3) Delmarvalous has done well all year. With all the speed in this race, he may be able to close.

Race 9- (2) Sir Johnathan Z Tam is stepping down from a second-place effort in the New York Sires Stakes at Yonkers. He has done well in this company in the past and may still be as sharp.  (10) Ok Commander won his elimination of the Meadowlands Pace but scratched sick in the final. This will be his 2011 debut and he has enough speed to go wire-to-wire.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Handsoffmycookie Takes Sweetheart Elimination

Handsoffmycookie was victorious in the Sweetheart elimination, returning $8.80 to win.
The top nine fillies will meet up with Pirouette Hanover in the final next week. Podges Lady was second, Yummy Sushi was third, Bettor B Lucky was fourth, Major Look was fifth, Sengaal was sixth, Ramalama was seventh, Rockin Belle was eighth and Rockin Reese was ninth.

Sengaal went for the top, with Bettor B Lucky on the outside in second and Yummy Sushi was third. Major Look was at the rail in fourth and Rockin Belle went on a break. Sengaal went the quarter in :27.4. “Lucky” cleared the lead in the backstretch, while Sengaal was in the pocket second.

Lucky paced the half in :57 (:29.1). Around the far turn, Lucky had the lead. Podges Lady came first over and applied pressure in second. Sengaal was buried at the rail in third. Handsoffmycookie circled out three wide coming into the stretch.

Lucky was under pressure, Sengaal was buried and “Sushi” found some racing room. “Podges” chased “Cookie” coming to the wire. Handsoffmycookie won. Podges Lady was second and Yummy Sushi was third.

Handsoffmycookie went the mile in 1:52.4, a lifetime mark. She is owned by Jfe Enterprise, trained by Scott Di Domenico and Tim Tetrick was in the sulky.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

TRI’s Picks August 12 Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racetrack Pick 4, Races 6-9, Friday, August 12, 2011

On Hambo Day, we had one winner and several seconds and thirds in our wagers. We had the Hambletonian winner, Broad Bahn, who returned $14.60 to win. Our profit dropped to -$111.20. I encourage you to play these horses to win. Good luck!

$2 Play: 46/5/6/2 = $4

Analysis:

Race 6- (4) Manningly was not good enough to compete against horses in the Vincennes. He has done well in this company and may show that again. (6) Lanson was used hard in the Vincennes and steps down. He may improve in here.

Race 7- (5) Harrah’s Best improves every start in this condition. He may finally get to the wire first.

Race 8- (6) Dragon Princess always tries to get in the mix. She may be peaking at the right time.

Race 9- (2) Go Nano Go paced a magnificent mile in his most recent showcasing. He may be the one to beat in here.

Field Set for Confederation Cup

The horses for the 35th Confederation Cup drew on Thursday afternoon. 16 horses entered Flamboro’s signature event and will race in two heats. The top four from races eight and nine plus one selected fifth-place finisher will advance to the US$539,335 final, scheduled for race 12. The race will take place on Sunday, August 14. First race post time is scheduled for 1 pm.

The likely choice is North America Cup champion Up The Credit. With a lifetime mark of 1:49 and seasonal earnings of $939,000, Up The Credit comes off a second-place effort at Mohawk in a Preferred event. Up The Credit is owned by Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron, Brian Paquet and Joanne Morrison. He is trained by Carl Jamieson and World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson is listed to drive.

One of the outsiders is Mystician. The 2010 Metro Pace champion has mainly camped in Canada, competing in the Ontario Sires Stakes. He has traveled the Flamboro oval several times in his career. He is owned by Jeffrey Gillis, Ken Henwood, Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. He is trained by Jeffrey Gillis.

Also watch Rollwithitharry. He has raced several times over the half-mile tracks in New York and has done very well. Also watch Wink N Atcha, who was third in the Meadowlands Pace and watch Bestofbest Hanover, who I expected to win the Meadowlands Pace. He returns to Canada, where he did his best.

Here are the 16 horses that will compete in the US$642,211 Confederation Cup. The top four and a selected fifth-place finisher will advance to the final, scheduled for race 12.

Race 8 First Heat, First Elimination US$50,787
1. Prodigal Seelster
2. Mystician
3. Foreclosure N
4. Mystic Desire
5. Odysseus Blue Chip
6. Arsenal
7. Up The Credit
8. Bestofbest Hanover

Race 9 First Heat, Second Elimination US$50,787
1. Mickey Hanover
2. Eighteen
3. Rollwithitharry
4. Townslight Hanover
5. Keystone Velocity
6. Hare Craft
7. Rock To Glory
8. Wink N Atcha

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Broad Bahn parades to Hambo victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J./Cotolo – Broad Bahn with George Brennan took control of the field from the beginning and survived a challenge from the favorite, Manofmanymissions, to win the 86th Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on Aug. 6.
The son of Broadway Hall, who suffered injury at two and came back at three to be a major contender in his division of soph-colt trotters, commanded the fractions.

“I was able to rate him into the turn,” said Brennan. “I asked him for a little trot in the stretch and when he was challenged I asked him for more and he gave it to me.”

The favorite, Manofmanymissions, was chasing “Bahn” down the stretch and made a misstep trying to keep up with the leader.

A 39-1 shot, Whiskey Tax, took second and Opening Night, the brothers Campbell combo, took third.

Broad Bahn is owned by Fam Alber Horse Racing LLC of New Jersey and trained by Noel Daley. He was bred by Fair Winds Farms in New Jersey.

The public’s second choice, Chapter Seven, finished fourth, having to close from far behind.

Bold And Fresh is Fresh in Oaks

Bold And Fresh pulls off the 24-1 upset to win the 86th Hambletonian Oaks in 1:53.4, Lady Rainbow closed for second and Crys Dream was third.
Winncinnatti went for the lead. Approaching the half, Sashay took the lead, Winncinnatti was in second and Bold And Fresh in third. Around the turn, Sashay went on a bad break, giving the lead to Jezzy. Crys Dream was on the outside and Bold And Fresh was coming outside. In the stretch, Crys Dream had the lead and Bold And Fresh was coming on. Lady Rainbow started her late trot. At the line, Bold And Fresh held off Lady Rainbow to win the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks in 1:53.4. Lady Rainbow was second and Crys Dream was third.

Bold And Fresh paid $51.40 to win. She is owned by Donald Bartling, trained by Doug Miller and driven by George Brennan

San Pail Wins Nat Ray

San Pail took the $300,000 Nat Ray Invitational in 1:50.4, equaling the track and world record for older gelding trotters. Arch Madness was second, Lucky Jim was third and Il Villaggio was fourth.

Winning Mister went for the lead, with In Focus in second and Arch Madness in third. “Mister” went the quarter in :27. Mister had the lead approaching the half, “Focus” was in second and Arch Madness came first over. Lucky Jim picked up that cover through a half in :55.1 (:28.1).

Around the far turn Arch Madness cleared the lead. Lucky Jim applied pressure in second and San Pail came three wide in third. “Madness” was under pressure in the stretch from San Pail and “Jim” tried to get through. At the line, San Pail won, Arch Madness was second and Lucky Jim was third.

San Pail paid $6 to win. He is owned by Glenn Van Camp and Rodney Hughes, trained by Rodney Hughes and was driven by Randall Waples.

“He looked really good coming out of the Maple Leaf Trot,” said Rodney Hughes. “This horse can race many different ways.”

“He brings a tear to my eye, it’s an honor to sit behind him,” said Waples. “I have nothing but respect for the other horse [Arch Madness], he is a phenomenal animal.”

We Will See Wins First 'Pace Championship'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J./Cotolo -- We Will See took the $174,250 U.S. Pacing Championship’s first division in 1:47.2, equaling the world record set by Hypnotic Blue Chip in the “Championship.” Aracache Hanover was second and Delmarvelous was third.
“Aracache” took the lead, with We Will See in second and Delmarvalous in third. Aracache went the quarter in 26.4. Approaching the half, Aracache had the lead, “See” was in second and Delmarvelous was in third. Won The West came first over in fourth. “West” was fading around the far turn. Aracache was in front at the top of the stretch, See circled out in second and gave chase to Aracache approaching the wire. See got up and Aracache gave way to finish second to See. Delmarvalous held on for third and Ideal Matters got up for fourth.

We Will See paid $5.40 to win. He is owned by Shannon De Pinto, Earl Smith and Jerry Silva, trained by Sam De Pinto and driven by Ron Pierce to a 1:47.2 victory.

Weingartner Upsets in ‘Haugton’

Weingartner (named after one of my dear colleagues Ken Weingartner) upset at 28-1 to win the Peter Haughton Memorial Final in 1:55.2. Power Play was second and Big Chocolate finished third.

Weingartner went for the lead, with Trojan Horse in second and Power Play first over in third. “Play” took the lead at the three-eighths and Lightning Storm challenged in second. “Storm” went off stride approaching the half.

Big Chocolate came out and applied pressure to Play around the far turn. Weingartner sat in the pocket third. In the stretch, Play had the lead and “Chocolate” drifted out, giving room for Weingartner to come two wide. Weingartner passed Play at the eighth pole and drew off to win the $400,000 “Haughton.” Power Play held on for second and Big Chocolate came with late rally for third. 

Weingartner paid $58.60. He is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding and Brixton Medical, trained by Jimmy Takter and Johnny Takter was in the sulky to win the “Haughton” in 1:55.2

Check Me Out takes Merrie Annabelle

Check Me Out stays undefeated with a win in the $333,200 Merrie Annabelle, going the mile in 1:54.2, a stakes and track record for two-year-old filly trotters.

Bluff took the lead, with Love Walked In second and Upside Hanover coming first over in third. “Upside” took the lead at the three-eighths and Bluff gave way in second. Love Walked In was shuffled in third and “Check” came out approaching the half. Check challenged Upside around the far turn and Bluff was in third. Miss Paris picked up cover from Check. In the stretch, Check took the lead and started to draw clear, Upside gave chase in second and Bluff was fading in third. “Love” came five wide and closing. Check drew off by 6 lengths and won in 1:54.2. Love Walked In was second, Upside Hanover was third and Miss Paris was fourth.

Check Me Out paid $2.40 to win. She is owned by Ray Schnittker and Charles Iannazo, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick to a 1:54.2 victory.

Friday, August 5, 2011

TRI’s Picks August 6 Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racetrack Pick 4, Races 6-9, Pick 5, Races 9-13, Pick 4, Races 12-15, Saturday, August 6, 2011

In our Pick 4, we had no winners. Our profit dropped to -$67.40. I encourage you to play these horses to win. I wish you good luck and have a great Hambletonian day!

Pick 4
$2 Play: 19/2/10/137 = $12

Analysis:

Race 6- (1) Delmarvalous raced well last week in an Open at the Meadows. The rail may help. (9) Aracache Hanover has done well against this company. He may pace his best race today.

Race 7- (2) Il Villaggio beat some of these horses in an Invitational last week. If he gets the trip, he may get home first.

Race 8- After making a huge close to qualify for the final, (10) Jezzy is the best in this division. If she gets the front, she may go wire to wire. If she doesn’t, she still could win.

Race 9- (1) Broad Bahn won his elimination from the 8 post. He has plenty of gate speed and the rail may let him go wire to wire. (3) Fawkes is peaking at the right time, according to trainer Jonas Czernyson. He was behind Broad Bahn and finished third at 70-1 in his elimination. (7) Opening Night was interfered in his elimination and passed breaking horses. If he gets the trip, he may be on the board.

Pick 5
$.50 Play: 137/15/5/1/9 = $3

Analysis:

Race 9- (1) Broad Bahn won his elimination from the 8 post. He has plenty of gate speed and the rail may let him go wire-to-wire. (3) Fawkes is peaking at the right time, according to trainer Jonas Czernyson. He was behind Broad Bahn and finished third at 70-1 in his elimination. (7) Opening Night was interfered in his elimination and passed breaking horses. If he gets the trip, he may be on the board.

Race 10- (1) Neighsay Hanover has raced against better in the A.J. Cutler Memorial, for one, where he finished third. If he gets the lead, he could go wire the field. (5) Waldorf Hall has the tendency to go first over and is still sometimes victorious. His post helps. 

Race 11- (5) Rocklamamtion was second best to Krispy Apple in the New Jersey Sires Stakes and draws inside of “Apple” this week. She may show she is capable of doing better today.

Race 12- (1) Hypnotic Blue Chip went the “race of his life last” year in the U.S. Pacing Championship (quoting a trackside blog prediction that day) at 11-1 in 1:47.2. In his last start, he almost beat Bettor Sweet from the 9 post and draws inside of him this week. If he gets the top, he may fire big again.

Race 13- (9) Rock N Soul gained 20 lengths in the Roses Are Red final at Mohawk but had no room late and finished fifth. If she gets a good trip, she may be best this field (we gave her out last year in the Mistletoe Shalee when she finished second at 80-1 to Dancinwiththestarz).

Pick 4
$2 Play: 1/9/2/1910 = $6

Race 12- (1) Hypnotic Blue Chip went the “race of his life last” year in the U.S. Pacing Championship (quoting a trackside blog prediction that day) at 11-1 in 1:47.2. In his last start, he almost beat Bettor Sweet from the 9 post and draws inside of him this week. If he gets the top, he may fire big again.

Race 13- (9) Rock N Soul gained 20 lengths in the Roses Are Red final at Mohawk but had no room late and finished fifth. If she gets a good trip, she may be best this field (we gave her out last year in the Mistletoe Shalee when she finished second at 80-1 to Dancinwiththestarz).

Race 14- (2) Lookinforadventure made two moves in the New Jersey Sires Stakes and finished third. Since most of the money appears will go to Big Bad John and Powerful Mist, Lookinforadventure may bring a price.

Race 15- (1) A J Corbelli was hung in this company and did not fade much. He gets the rail and is the one to beat. (9) Southern Sport won in this class in his last start. If he closes like he did then,  last start, he may get up at the last moment. (10) Mccedes was shuffled back in this company and closed late. If he can get cover two wide, he may get by them all.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

TRI’s Picks August 5 Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racetrack Pick 4, Races 6-9, Friday, August 5, 2011
In our Pick 4, we had two winners, Albion ($5) and Mr Chicago ($2.60). Our profit dropped to -$47.40. I encourage you to play these horses to win. Good luck!

$2 Play: 1/27/15/4 = $8

Analysis:

Race 6- (1) Live Jazz was interfered and broke in his Hambletonian elimination. He gets post relief this week, which may help.

Race 7- (2) Decollatage has raced against the likes of Bold And Fresh, who was second to Iron Lady in the Hambletonian Oaks elimination. Post 2 may help. (7) Orange Bigi won her last three starts. She is the one to beat in here.

Race 8- (1) Best Boss closed in time to beat most the horses in this field. She is the one to beat. (5) Meredith Maguire N was hung in this company and finished fourth by 2 lengths. She could bomb if she gets the trip.

Race 9- (4) Migisi went a tough mile in the Oaks elimination. She was passed by better horses. She gets the advantage this week, since this field is poor.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

TRI’s Picks August 4 Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racetrack Pick 4, Races 6-9, Thursday, August 4, 2011

In our Pick 4, we had two winners, Southern Sport ($22.60) and Bettor Sweet ($5). Our profit went up to -$35. I encourage you to play these horses to win. Good luck!

$2 Play: 57/12/8/7 = $8

Race 6- (5) Dan Chaz gets shuffled in most of his races. He can close if he gets room. (7) Albion was claimed twice at Pompono Park. He did well down there and may do just as well here.

Race 7- (1) Sagebrush Susie steps up after gaining 8 lengths and almost winning at Mohawk. The rail may help. (2) Ronettica went a parked mile in her most recent mile and may do better with post 2.

Race 8-
(8) Mr Chicago won both his qualifiers by 4 lengths and they were both sub 2:00 miles. He may be the best in the field.

Race 9- (7) Pure Diamond is the fastest horse in the field. If he gets the top, he may go wire-to-wire.

Dunn Stays on Top in Third Round

New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn stays on top of the standings in the $28,100 World Driving Championship at Monticello Raceway. Spain’s Juan Rierra-Rossello is second and U.S.A’s Corey Callahan is in third.

Juan Rierra-Rossello took the first “Championship” in 1:59.2, returning $3.60 to win. Dexter Dunn was second with Always Right and Real Navigator was third with Birger Jorgensen in the bike.

Sweden’s Bjorn Goop took the second Championship, going the distance of a mile and three-quarters. He went the distance in 3:44 and paid $11 to win. Smooth Muscles was second with Birger Jorgensen and Sir Kensington with Corey Callahan was third.

Bjorn Goop took the third Championship aboard Four Starz Ransome. He went the mile in 2:03.1 and paid $5.50 to win. Dexter Dunn was second with Pine Ranger and Moon City Special was third with Corey Callahan in the sulky.

Denmark’s Birger Jorgensen took the final Championship aboard Candy’s Pool in 1:59, returning $3 to win. Christoffer Bliss was second with Micheal Nimczyk was second and Cam’s Accord with Juan Rierra-Rossello was third.

Here are the current standings of the World Driving Championship. The competition will continue at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Aug. 4 and conclude at Yonkers Raceway on Aug. 5.

Rank-Driver-Driver’s Coutnry-Points
1st-DEXTER DUNN (NEW ZEALAND)—99
2nd-JUAN RIERRA-ROSSELLO (SPAIN)--96
3rd-COREY CALLAHAN (USA)—91
4th-BJORN GOOP (SWEDEN)—89
5th-BIRGER JORGENSON (DENMARK)—87
6th-JODY JAMIESON (CANADA)—76
7th-ENRICO BELLEI (ITALY)—67
8th-FRANCK NIVARD (FRANCE)—66
9th-CHRIS LEWIS (AUSTRALIA)—61
10th-MICHEAL NIMZCYK (GERMANY)—60

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Field Set for the Hambletonian

On Tuesday afternoon, 10 trotters were given their posts for the $1.5-million Hambletonian set for Aug. 6. Also drawn was the filly counterpart, the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks.

Listed below is the field for the Hambletonian and the Oaks.

Hambletonian
PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line
1 Broad Bahn-George Brennan-Noel Daley-4-1
2 Manofmanymissions-Andy Miller-Ervin Miller-9-5
3 Fawkes-Yannick Gingras-Jonas Czernyson-15-1
4 Chapter Seven-Mike Lachance-Linda Toscano-7-2
5 Whit-Tim Tetrick-Homer Hochstetler-8-1
6 Whiskey Tax-Randall Waples-Thomas Durand-15-1
7 Opening Night-John Campbell-Jim Campbell-10-1
8 Magnum Kosmos-Brian Sears-Tony Dinges-15-1
9 Luckycharm Hanover-David Miller-Thomas Haughton-15-1
10 Pastor Stephen-Ron Pierce-Jimmy Takter-10-1

Hambletonian Oaks
PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line
1 Iron Lady-Mike Lachance-Fredrik Persson-5-1
2 Crys Dream-Luc Ouellette-Henrik Hollsten-7-5
3 Seducedbychocolate-David Miller-Jonas Czernyson-20-1
4 Lady Rainbow-Richard Zeron-Richard Zeron-10-1
5 Bold And Fresh-Ron Pierce-Doug Miller-12-1
6 Sashay-Ron Pierce-Bob Stewart-15-1
7 Hey Mister-Brian Sears-Ross Croghan-4-1
8 Winncinnatti-Yannick Gingras-Brett Bittle-15-1
9 Martiniontherocks-Trevor Ritchie-R. Dustin Jones-15-1
10 Jezzy-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-6-1

In the Hambletonian Oaks, Crys Dream is the one to beat. But the horse that may be able to do that is Lady Rainbow. She finished third in her elimination and almost beat Jezzy in the Hudson Trot. Also watch Jezzy. She may have no problem with the 10 post and may trot her best mile.

In the Hambletonian, Manofmanymissions will be the likely favorite, but the horse to watch is Fawkes. He was third at 70-1 in his elimination and gets the advantage of the rail.  “It looks like he is peeking when we want him to peek,” said trainer Jonas Czernyson.

Also watch Opening Night. He is an underrated horse and may do his best in the final. “He raced very well in his elimination and has matured mentally,” said John Campbell.