On Sunday, Tioga Downs features the Zweig Memorial with divisions for three year old trotting colts and fillies in addition to New York Late Closing events for three year old pacing colts. While the filly division of the Zweig lacks star power, the colt divisions feature some trotters of note; Temple Of Doom, Celebrity Bluechip, Pilgrims Chuckie, and Lucky Chuckie. The following is my analysis of the Zweig divisions.
2nd Trot - $59,388; Zweig Memorial - 3yo Fillies 1st Div
1 - Impressive Kemp (Morill Jr, 4-1) - Had to requalify after three straight breaks. Must show she is over these breaking issues.
2 - Spicy Wings (Campbell, 2-1) - Hudson Filly Trot champion prepped at Pocono with a 1:57.2 qualifier. The one to beat.
3 - Full Tank (D. Miller, 7-2) - Winner of Tompkins-Geer here put in nice qualifier at Vernon. Has the ability to upend the favorite.
4 - Amazing Adventure (Schnittker, 8-1) - Unable to handle NY breds in two recent. Not at best.
5 - Wingbat (Kakaley, 10-1) - Sharp qualifier but has failed in stakes company. Minor share at best.
6 - Upfront OB's Janet (Gregory, 5-1) - Winner of last at Meadows is meeting better this week. Share at best.
5th Trot - $60,388; Zweig Memorial - 3yo Fillies 2nd Div
1 - Cessna Hanover (Ranger, 8-1) - Has shown little against stakes company. May factor with rail.
2 - Show Your Lindys (Morrill Jr, 3-1) - Has been competitve against NYSS. This is more difficult.
3 - Miss Ridge (Kakaley, 9-2) - Winner of overnight at Pocono has shown some hints of ability. May land share.
4 - Spectacular Bay (Schnittker, 7-2) - Showed some ability earlier. Must mind manners.
5 - In The Mean Time (D. Miller, 5-2) - Toss last. Has been competing well on the grand circuit. One to beat.
6 - Leibovitz Hanover (Gregory, 8-1) - Seems to be up against it here.
7 - Up Front Juansteen (Campbell, 8-1) - Winner of Areden at Meadows. Jumped in last. Which one shows up today?
6th Trot - $134,965; Zweig Memorial - 3yo Colts 1st Div
1 - Winning Fireworks (Schnittker, 10-1) -Improving but meeting much better this week.
2 - Pilgrims Chuckie (Campbell, 5-2) - Winner of two straight appears to be straightened out. Horse to beat.
3 - Through The Night (Simons, 12-1) - Little success against state breds. Pass.
4 - R Sam (Gregory, 5-1) - Second tier horse taking on first tier. Never a good formula.
5 - Temple Of Doom (D. Miller, 8-1) - Runner up to Lucky Chucky. Only challenger appears to be #2.
6 - Celebrity Bluechip (Morrill Jr, 3-1) - Greatly improvded NYSS winner can compete with these. Minor spoils.
8th Trot - $134,965; Zweig Memorial - 3yo Colts 2nd Div
1 - Waldorf Hall (Fladen, 5-1) - NYSS winner takes on open company. Lands share.
2 - Lucky Chuck (Campbell, 8-5) - Would have to beat hinmself. Likely odds-on.
3 - Baximum (D. Miller, 5-2) - Second best. Completes chalk exacta.
4 - Thors Hammer, 10-1) - Winner of last taking big step up.
5 - Crown Man (Bouchard, 12-1) - Has been showing little of late. Pass.
6 - Oh No Three O (Paquet Jr, 3-1) - Finished second in mid-level open. Use with the #1 in triple.
Here are my selections for the rest of the Tioga card:
1st - Artistic Memory, Prince Polygon, Draftmania (6-4-2)
3rd - Murphy Delivers, Arteriffic, Mystery Island (5-6-2)
4tth - All About Justice, Crypto Man, Blazing Winner, Cool Touch (5-6-1-7)
7th - Up Front Rudy, He Means Business, Paydaze A Comin, Utah Jack (3-1-8-4)
9th - Treman, You Bet Your Glass, Sheer Brilliance (7-5-3)
10th - Major Jette, Breezefromthewest, Arabica (6-4-3)
11th - Tuscan Lindy, Bacon Hill Scott, Catamount N (1-6-8)
12th - Real Gentleman, Spartacus Jim, Mikey Wants More (3-4-7)
13th - Nell Fire, Cody's Honor, Miles Of Style, Sisyphus (2-6-4-8)