Friday evening kicks off Grand Circuit Finals season (the Matchmaker and Levy has been preliminaries up to now) with the inaugural running of the $51,100 Meadows Maturity at the Meadows for open trotting mares. This race also features the seasonal debut for Shake It Cerry and Classic Martine which in itself presents some interesting angles to consider.
Here is my analysis of the race.
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 9th Meadows; $51,100 The Meadows Maturity - Open Mare Trot
1 - Sweetie Hearts (Hall, 20-1) - Last two have been nothing to talk about. Will pass.
2 - Cowgirl Hall (Goodell, 8-1) - Burke trainee ran in the stretch in the last. Contender up to then. Possibility for a share.
3 - Anaffairtoremember (Wilder, 10-1) - Failed trying to wire field in last. Not out of it if she returns to prior running style, Include in supers.
4 - Daylon Miracle (Merriman, 5-1) - Just missed in last from outside post. Best of the locals.
5 - Rockin With Dewey (Ledford, 12-1) - Interesting shipper from WEG. Improving and finished second to Daylon Magician in last. Worth a look at long odds..
6 - Handover Belle (Kakaley, 12-1) - Burke trainee seems to be aiming too high. Pass.
7 - Shake It Cerry (Palone, 7-5) - Champion entering race off a qualifier. Clearly the best but likely little too cheap in price for me to play.
8 - Whata Donato (Snyder, 20-1) - Draws poorly. That should eliminate mare.
9 - Classic Martine (Rawlings, 4-1) - Well prepped with three qualifiers. Likely goes for lead then taking pocket trip. Disaster if hung.
The 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge kicks off today and while most handicappers think Shake It Cerry will win at first asking, some handicappers made different selections. You may see what they picked here. Feel free to check out the rest of the site as well.