With all the issues we have been talking about of late, maybe it is time to just go back to good old fashioned racing. In this vein, let's take a look at some races coming up around the nation primarily tonight and tomorrow night. We will be looking at races from the Meadowlands, Yonkers, Chester Downs (opening day) and the Saturday night feature racing at Pompano Park.
Meadowlands - Thursday, March 17 - 3rd Trot; $20,000 - The Horse and Groom LC
1 - Rompaway Alvin (Campbell, 10-1) - Winless this year; don't see rail helping.
2 - B Winner K (Tetrick, 15-1) - Scratched last week and been racing rough. Will pass.
3 - Arriba Amigo (Sears, 3-1) - Five win race streek ended last week by #4; draws inside may help.
4 - Affirmed Action (Pierce, 9-5) - Undefeated this year but does not draw rail.
5 - Mystery Photo (A Miller, 4-1) - Jumped off last start but shows some class.
6 - Bookem (D Miller, 12-1) - Toss last. Had some decent efforts at Woodbine.
7 - Captain Primeau (Gingras, 8-1) - Not likely to get involved.
8 - Bastille (Mettinis, 10-1) - Don't see ear;y s[eed hp;domg/
Meadowlands - Thursday, March 17, 5th Pace; $16,000 - Night Styles LC
1 - Prairie Ganache (Pierce, 15-1) - Didn't show much against cheaper. Tought spot here.
2 - Some Girls Do (Sears, 9-5) - Toss last. Swept Tender Loving Care. Don't ignore.
3 - Odds On Riesling (A Miller, 6-1)- Freshened. Not out of it. Upset chance.
4 - Sowhatsyourpoint (Camplbell, 8-1) - On paper belongs here, but want to see race over the oval.
5 - Sagebruh Susie (Gingras, 4-1) - Made unfortunate break in final of TLC. Expect better.
6 - Only The World (Tetrick, 5-1) - Class edge over this field and Tetrick returns.
7 - Flying Mocha (Berry, 12-1) -Seems up against it. Pass.
8 - Kimmy (D Miller (9-2) - Will need to clear early.
Meadowlands - Thursday, March 17, 6th Pace ; $16,000 - Night Styles LC
1 - Fax Me (Tetrick, 2-1) - Jumped in last start making winning move. May win if flat.
2 - Adriana G (D Miller, 15-1) - Draws inside but don't se ethat a help.
3 - HF's Super Star (Simpson, 7-2) - May contend, but not at these odds.
4 - Little Maeve (Pierce, 8-1) - Lackluster qualifier, but raced in some strong events last year.
5 - Miss ATM (A Miller, 5-2) - Seems to be a false favorite here.
6 - Elegant Girl ( Sears, 5-1) - Makse seasonal debut. Wantto see a start.
7 - Sammy L (Meittinis, 15-1) - Tries the big track today. Needs more of it.
Meadowlands - Thursday, March 17, 10th Trot; $20,000 - The Hosre and Groom LC
1 - Monsignor Flan (Campbell, 6-1) - Appears to have overcome early season breaking issues.
2 - Manning Y (Meittinis, 8-1) - Impossible chance in last. Could be a valid upset play.
3 - Don't Know Chip (Tetrick, 8-5) - Seems to be the best here.
4 - Souothwind Vavoom (Mcclure, 2-1) - Florida shipper had race to acclimate. Expect to challenge.
5 - Folk Tail (Gingras, 5-1) - Couldn't hold on late. Better rating makes contender.
6 Vacation Day (Paquent, 10-1) - Failed in Big M Debut. Don't see much hope here.
7 - Current Ca Ching (Sears, 20-1) - Failed in seasonal debut; pass.
Meadowlands - Friday, March 18, 6th Pace; $129,000 - Overbif Final - FFA Mares
1 - Laughandbehappy (D Miller, 3-1) - Musts attempt to wire field.
2 - Jasperthat A (A Miller, 15-1) - Well positioned to possible land share.
3 - On the Glass (Gingras, 8-1) - Draws much better and maybe a value play.
4 - Not Enough (Pierce, 4-1) - Can win with a trip.
5 - Omen Hanover (Berry, 15-1) - Seems to be up against it.
6 - Cuz She Can (Campbell, 6-1) - Not to be ignored here.
7 - Ideal Newton (Tetrick, 7-2) - Has been a factor with these. Not to ignore.
8 - Western Graduate (Simpson, 15-1) - Bad post eliminates.
9 - Ginger And Fred (Sears, 9-2) - Liable to pull of a big race at anytime.
Yonkers - Friday, March 18, 5th Pace; $32,500 - 1 1/16 miles - F-M Open Handicap
1 - Hula's Z Tam (Lachance, 12-1) - Makes first start against older. Pass.
2 - Legerdepan (Holland, 15-1) - Has not shown much of yet this year.
3 - Monochromatic (Bartlett, 10-1) - Steps up off three race win streak versus easier.
4 - Twin B Tiara (Gregory, 6-1) - Held her own against slightly better. Possibility.
5 - Save My Shark (Pantaleano, 5-1) - Showed against slightly better. Consider.
6 - Up Front Kellie Jo (Manzi, 4-1) - Cat Man will need to get started early here.
7 - Giveittoemstaight (Brennan, 3-1) - Pena charge draws poorly when compared to last week. Try to beat,
8 - Headpoles R Us (Anderson, 8-1) - Continues to be victimized by poor draw. Wait for inside post.
Yonkers - Friday, March 18, 7th Trot; $32,500 - 1 1/16 miles - Open Handicap
1 - New Hampshire Boy (Brennan, 15-1) - Appears to be in tought spot.
2 - Trotting Troy (Anderson, 5-1) - Will look to ride rail and hope inside opens lates.
3 - Neighsay Hanover ( Gregory, 8-5) - Classy sort should improve in third start.
4 - I Know Magic (Stratton, 10-1) - Will need to step up to be a factor.
5 - In Focus (Dube, 4-1) - Jumped as making winning move. Threat if flat.
6 - Shoeless White Sox (Pantaleano, 8-1) - Don't see.
7 - Salutation Hanover (Manzi, 6-1) - Bad draw for Burke trainee. Pass.
8 - Friendly Amigo (Bartlett, 6-1) - Must fire out and hope to back off fractions.
Chester Downs - Friday, March 18, 9th Trot; $30,000 - Winners Over $25,000 Lifetime
1 - Wind Sufer (Goodell, 5-1) - Should benefit from the bigger oval. Possibility.
2 - Winning Mister (Kakaley, 8-5) - Freshened off three race streak.
3 - Wuthering Haniver (Callahan, 8-1) - Flew late at Yonkers; possibility here.
4 - Pembroker Prayer (Buter, 3-1) - Class of field may need a start over the oval.
5 - Guiding Light (McCarthy, 10-1) - Seems to be out of it.
6 - Zitomira (Ingrassia, 12-1) - In though. Pass.
Pompano Park - Saturday, March 19; 3rd Pace; $14,000 - Winners Over $10,000LT Hdcp
1 - Sugar's Pride (Ranger, 10-1) - Just missed in last, but steps up.
2 - Mai Tai Guy (Schaut, 8-1) - Winner in last and shows he can hold his own against this class.
3 - Dragon's Blood (Micallef, 5-1) - Lands shares with trip.
4 - Drive All Night (Napolitano, 4-1) - Tougher spot here.
5 - Disco Dragon (Hennessey, 9-2) - Can't rule out Brainard entree. Wamt value to play.
6 - Sports Fanatic (Brown, 7-2) - Has yet to show good effort from the outer posts.
7 - Four Starz Bling (Harmer, 5-2) - No value from post seven.
Canadian Harness Racing Show Debuts this Summer - The show, Unharnessed - Behind the Scenes
makes it debut in Canada this summer. Based on the preview, this show is just as good as Jockeys which was shown in the United States on Animal Planet. If the funding is in place, this show should be purchased for broadcast in the Unitd States; even if shown on a delay.
For those who have not yet sean the preview, it is available here:
Unharnessed - Behind The Scenes Teaser Video from Kirk Taylor on Vimeo.