While the big race on Sunday, is Tioga Downs' $228,000 Bettor's Delight FFA, some of the attention which deserves to be on this race has been drawn down to Chester, Pennsylvania where Auckland Reactor N will be racing in a winners over race; a change from the original plan to compete with the FFAllers in the Bettor's Delight. As you are aware by now, Auckland Reactor is still looking for his first North American win and is now focusing on the Ben Franklin which will be raced at Chester Downs on July 18.
This race may be pivotal in the success of Auckland Reactor's North American campaign. He finds himself racing against the weakest field he has come across thus far since arriving on these shores and barring a totally horrible trip, anything less than a second place finish will put his ability to compete against North America's best seriously in doubt. Let's take a look at the field for Auckland Reactor's third purse start:
Sunday, Chester Downs 10th Race - $28,000; Winners Over $25,000 Lifetime Pace
1 - Solano (9-2) - Best races have been over the Harrington half mile oval. Tough spot here.
2 - Mucho Sleazy (8-1) - Beat weaker in last race but had raced credibly in a preliminary of the Graduate. Can't dismiss completely.
3 - Smellthecolornine (5-1) - Returns to Chester after unsuccessful trip at Yonkers. Has won here this year.
4 - Lindy's Bandit (10-1) - Another returning from the Hilltop. Has won in this class earlier this year.
5 - Jim's Guy (3-1) - Just missed last week in a 1:49.4 mile. Will give the Reactor his toughest challenge.
6 - Auckland Reactor N (5-2) - Is the one to beat off last but has to beat the #5. Need value to play.
7 - Blueridge Western (6-1) - Get's needed class relief. Seems to have peaked earlier this year.
In addition to the Bettor's Delight, there are four divisions of the NYSS for three year old pacing fillies. There are a few fillies to watch out for in the sixth race. Galimony, Hula's Z Tam, and Barks Like A Dog look like they will be dominating this division this year and they hook up in the sixth race. While they look to be the top dogs on the NYSS circuit, there is one outsider that gets my interest by the name of Delightful Syd who may be worth a look, being driven by the king of the NYSS, Jim Morrill Jr. .
The Bettor's Delight looks to be a faceoff between Won The West and Shark Gesture. Won The West returns from Western Fair where he won the $293,280 Molson Pace while Shark Gesture just set a world record for the fastest qualifier after winning the $200,000 Graduate at the Meadowlands. I give the nod to Won The West as he has shows ability on the smaller oval. No matter who wins, this is arguably the best field of pacers assembled at Tioga Downs and the fans in attendance should be in for a treat. Should the forecasted showers hold off, a track record is likely. Let's take a look at the field:
Sunday, Tioga Downs 10th Race - $228,000; The Bettor's Delight FFA
1 2 Mccedes - Seems to be out of his league here.
1A 4 Foiled Again - Draws outside Won The West. Tough to win here.
1B 10 Atochia - This field is too deep for him.
2 1 Mr Wiggles - Not experienced enough to be face these bearcats.
3 3 Won The West - The one to beat, but watch the shark.
4 5 Hypnotic Blue Chip - Lands share with best effort.
5 6 Shark Gesture - Set world record for qualifier in last, but I think WTW has better command of the smaller oval.
6 7 Blatantly Good - Is not THAT good. Can land in the exotics at best.
7 8 Pacinello - Appears to be overmatched.
8 9 Jeremey's Successor - Reaching with post nine. Not today.
For those looking to play the Metro Six Shooter Saturday night, here are my top three selections for each leg of the wager:
Leg A (Meadowlands-Race 4) - Bar Slide, Boinga, Costa Rica (4-1-7)
Leg B (Meadowlands-Race 5) - Flex The Muscle, Temple of Doom, Take My Picture (1-6-2)
Leg C (Yonkers-Race 5) - Artist Cafe, Warning Zone, Reminic (3-1-6)
Leg D (Meadowlands-Race 6) - Allthatgltrsisgold, Classic Rock Nroll, Valentino (3-1-2)
Leg E (Meadowlands-Race 7) - One False Move, Future Cruiser, Cole Diddy (9-12-10)
Leg F (Yonkers-Race 7) - Oyster Bay, J P Jackpot, The Maniac (4-6-1)
As I have been providing throughout the Tioga meet, here are my selections for Saturday and Sunday's racing action.
Tioga Downs, Saturday, June 12
1st - Little Pop Queen, Kiss Me Nice, Smarty Smiley (3-4-1)
2nd - Be Famous, Ebba's Yankee, Winters Lil Gigolo (3-7-9)
3rd - Talkabout Joy, Sturdy Falcon, Yankee Gospel (3-2-8)
4th - Ally-Con, Goldstar Vincenzo, Brave Hearted, Tangerine (2-3-4-7)
5th - Grey Ice, Same Page, Edgewood (2-1-6)
6th - Kash N Credit, Super Lotto, Tia Maria Kosmos (2-4-5)
7th - Wholli Molli Eddie, Village Bistro, Jazzmo, Under Sail (3-7-9-8)
8th - One Awesome Master, Ten Yard Penalty, Habanero (5-4-7)
9th - Rally By The River, Seven Bends, Oceana Hanover (9-4-6)
10th - Passin Inthe Rain, Allamerican Solo, Briarwood Rex, Huge Success N (3-4-5-1)
Tioga Downs, Sunday, June 13
1st - Tally Ho, Tia Maria Hanover, Buy Art (4-8-5)
2nd - Ladybones, Love And Honor, Laugh Away (1-4-3)
3rd - Majestic Lad, A Crown For Lindy, Two Black Clouds (3-5-4)
4th - Lahaye, Jove's Success, Gota Go Bullville, Card Dealer (5-3-1-6)
5th - Perfectly Content, Crown Lady, Anndrovette (4-5-3)
6th - Delightful Syd, Galimony, Hula's Z Tam (3-6-7)
7th - Mizuno, Jovial Jester N, Whole Lotta Wow, Shark Dressed Man (6-5-2-3)
8th - Silver Delivery, No Doze, Aviewtoakill (2-9-6)
9th - Handsome Harry, Sheer Brilliance, Allamerican Titan (5-8-3)
10th - Won The West, Shark Gesture, Foiled Again (3-6-1A)
11th - Commander Cole, New Revenue, P L Conjure (1-9-4)
12th - Seton Hall, Blue Claw, Top Flight (3-7-2)
13th - Gavino, Hose Me Down, Clive Hanover, ML's Boy (2-1-4-8)