Friday night is the first HANA Pool Party for harness racing and as you may know, a pool party is when people support a specific wager. The wager we will be supporting is the late Win 4 (Pick 4) starting with race 9. The Win 4 has a 15% takeout and features a guaranteed $10,000 pool. As part of the Pool Party, Western Fair has allowed HANA Harness and harness racing fans alike to select three of the four races to be included in the Win 4. The races which have been selected, along with their legs are the Ontario Sires State Gold Final #1 for 3yo filly pacers - leg 1; Fillies and Mares Preferred - leg 3; Invitational Pace - leg 4. The Molson Pace will be included in the Win 4 as the second leg.
Since Western Fair is putting on a top-notch card on their closing night, I will be providing you my selections for all races with more detail provided for the Win 4 Sequence. For purposes of handicapping, be aware the AEs can get into a race as late at noon on race day.
If you don't have a program yet for Western Fair's Molson card, you can get it here. For those whose ADW does not carry Western Fair or does not show their races, here's a link to their live video link.
For those who are not familiar with Western Fair, here is the menu for exotic wagers:
Daily Double - Races 1-2; Races 13-14
Win 4 - Races 4-7; Races 9-12
Exactor - All races
Triactor - All races
Superfecta - All races
Western Fair Raceway, Friday May 27, 2011 - Horses Score Seven Across; First Post 7:05PM
1st Pace - $10,000; Colts and Geldings - N/W $6,000 Last 3 Starts
6 - Donegal Mac (Henry, 9-2)
8 - McMaverick (Gingras, 8-1)
7 - Pacific Prince (Steward, 8-1)
3 - Philana Chalice (Jamieson, 7-2)
2nd Trot - $55,800; City of London Trotting Series - Fillies and Mares Final
4 - Althea M (Gingras, 3-1)
8 - Defy Time (Sheperd, 1-1)
3 - Mischievous Grin (Jones, 10-1)
6 - Soverign Ley (Williams, 9-2)
3rd Trot - $58,600; City of London Trotting Series - Colts and Geldings Final
4 - Vesa T (Horner, 3-1)
6 - Baileys Magic (Green, 8-5)
9 - Count Strike (Rekila, AE)
1 - Tymal Tonka (Saftic, 7-1)
5 - P C Dream Ride (Battin, 9-2)
#9 - Count Strike is an also eligible. In the event of a scratch she will race from the post of the scratched horse but will race with head number nine. If Count Strike draws in and gets post six or seven, I would remove the horse form my selections. If draws post eight, keep in the selections.
4th Pace - $10,000; Colts and Geldings - N/W $6,000 Last 3 Starts (Start of Early Win 4)
6 - Annieswesterncard (Jamieson, 2-1)
8 - Justalittleluck (Steward, 9-2)
7 - Seymour Dinomyte (Wall, 8-1)
4 - Bulldog Tenacity (Williams, 5-2)
5th Trot - $130,000 - OnSS Gold Final #1 - 3yo Filly Trot
1 - Lukes Sophie (Jamieson, 1-1)
5 - My Whispering Eye (J MacDonald, 12-1)
2 - L A Freeway (Byron, 6-1)
6 - Pretty Crafty (Filion, 10-1)
6th Trot - $25,000 - Invitation Trot
1 - Power Shot (Filion), 5-2
3 - Long Ago (Richardson, 6-1)
7 - Berosus (Henry, 4-1)
8 - Rudy Rocks (Coulter, 9-2)
7th Pace - $60,600; City of London Pacing Series - Colts and Geldings Final
8 - Bazilla (Shepherd, 1-1)
1 - Classic Call (Sowerby, 7-1)
9 - Diamond Duster (Richardson, AE)
3 - Distinctiv Richie (Carroll, 9-2)
5 - Tim The Man (Baillargeon, 6-1)
#9 - Diamond Duster is an also eligible. In the event of a scratch, he will race from the position of the scratched horse but race with head number nine. If Diamond Duster draws in and get a post position outside of post four, remove from my selections.
8th Pace - $56,200; City of London Pacing Series - Fillies and Mares Final
7 - Cheryls Surprise (Jamieson, 2-1)
8 - Patsys Luck (Saftic, 6-5)
1 - Playboy Mansion (Hendry, 10-1)
4 - Lucky Real One (Sowerby, 9-2)
9th Pace - $130,000; OnSS Gold Final #1 - 3yo Filly Pace (Start of $10,000GTD Win 4)
1 - Monkey On My Wheel (Zeron, 7-5) - Finished 2nd in first start of year. Eligible to improve.
2 - Smartygirl (MacDonald, 10-1) - Showed nothing in last start. Inside not best spot.
3 - Village Janus (Gingras, 3-1) - 2 for 2 this year. Won't get away with slow second quarter tonight.
4 - Shipps Xanadu (Battin, 8-1) -Toss last. Finished 3rd in Super Final last year. Ready for top effort.
5 - Camille (Brewer, 2-1) - The horse to beat. What's there to say?
6 - Mach Lady (Jamieson, 6-1) - Winless this year. Don't see a win today.
7 - Look Cheap (Shepherd, 10-1) - Expects a more aggressive drive. Worth a look depending on odds.
8 - Lauren (Saftic, 9-2) - Should be able to get involved from second tier. Don't ignore.
9 - Mias Star (Steward, NL) - Entered at Hiawatha Horse Park on May 26. Threw in clunker in elim.
10 - Modern Connection (M MacDonald, NL) - Bombed in second start. Note horse won Super Final last year.
Win 4 Leg A Horses: 1,5,7,10 (AE)
10th Pace - $300,000 Molson Pace Final - FFA (Estimated Post Time 10:15PM)
1 - Legal Litigator (M Macdonald, 4-1) - Needs some Coleman magic to be a factor.
2 - Anderlecht (Coulter, 10-1) - Finished second to elimination winner. Attractive odds.
3 - Foiled Again (Gingras, 7-5) - Showed why he is a half mile specialist. The one to beat.
4 - Aracache Hanover (Filion, 8-1) - Much better draw this week. Can't dismiss.
5 - Valentino (Brewer, 10-1) - Horrible trip last week, don't see much better trip this week.
6 - Art Professor (Jamieson, 7-2) - Was going to get caught last week even without DQ. Fires out.
7 - Rock Me Please (Saftic, 12-1) - Post does him in again this week. Pass.
8 - Atochia (Palone, 5-2) - Would've won last week if not impeded. Dead if inside doesn't leave.
9 - Four Starz Trace (Ouellette, NL) - Will need plenty of help if draws in.
10 - Lucky Man (MacDonald, NL) - Was blocked last week. Interesting if he draws in.
Win 4 Leg B Horses: 2,3, 10(AE)
11th Pace - $12,500; Fillies and Mares - Preferred
1 - Call Me Yours (Sowerby, 3-1) - Winner in last at Grand River. Has won here before. Live one.
2 - Miss Maverick (Richardson, 7-2) - Has raced well at Hazel Park despite outside draws. Fits here.
3 - Grandma Dorothy (Dustin, 12-1) - Seems to be well over her head.
4 - Exquisite Alberta (M MacDonald, 9-5) - Won two back at Grand River but lost to #1 last week.
5 - Racy Gal Hanover (Baillargeon, 2-1) - Been racing at Woodbine. Hard to gauge; I'll pass.
6 - Misty Moonstone (Core, 5-1) - Races well at Western Fair. Toss last two.
7 - Chief Karen (Jamieson, 7-1) - Has not had success from outer posts. Pass.
8 - Sammy Syd (Whelan, 5-1) - Won at Flamboro but this is much tougher. Pass.
Win 4 Leg C Horses: 1,2,6
12th Pace - $25,000; Invitation Pace
1 - Blissfull Breeze (Henry, 2-1) - Coming off a win at Grand River but meeting better. Lands share.
2 - Daddy Mac (Gingras, 3-1) - Woodbine shipped shows little success over the half miler. Pass.
3 - Four Starz Trace (Jamieson, 5-1) - Overmatched in Molson. This field may be more to his liking.
4 - Part Shark (Coulter, 4-1) - No chance in last. The horse to beat.
5 - Awesome Armbron N (Palone, 9-2) - Can't bypass this one. Must have on ticket.
6 - Shadywood Baron (Carroll, 12-1) - Seems to be coming back into form but has tough task today.
7 - Upfront Hoosierboy (Baillargeon, 5-2) - Class of race but saddled with post.
Win 4 Leg D Horses: 3,4,5,7
Win 4 Ticket: 1,5,7,10(AE)/2,3, 10(AE)/1,2,6/3,4,5,7 - $72 (disregarding AEs). Where listed in selections, consider the AEs if they draw in.
For Track Announcer Greg Blanchard's picks in this Win 4, see the video at the end of this post.
13th Pace - $10,000; Fillies and Mares - N/W $6,000 Last 3 Starts
5 - So Rammie (Wall, 12-1)
7 - Manvers Short Cut (Henry, 3-1)
1 - Richlyn Tessa (Sowerby, 9-2)
2 - Mach Dismissal (Richardson, 7-2)
14th Trot - $15,000; Preferred
3 - Flora Dream (Jamieson, 5-2)
5 - Flashback (Baillargeon, 3-1)
2 - Just One Day (Holliday, 5-1)
7 - Big changes (Dustin, 12-1)
As promised, here is Greg Blanchard's picks for the $10,000 guaranteed Win 4 Pool:
Good luck on Friday night. Even if you don't typically play the Pick 4 wager, please play a few Pick 4 tickets in support of the good work Western Fair is doing for the race fan.