My opinions on eliminations is well known but being these are Breeders Crown eliminations, I will be analyzing these races occurring at Woodbine Racetrack Friday and Saturday evening. First up are Friday's races.
Woodbine, Friday September 21
1st Trot - $24,407; Breeders Crown Elimination - 2YO C&G - #4 Possess The Will is a winner of two stakes at Lexington and seems to be the horse to beat. #6 Magic Tonight is another two time winner at Lexington but seems to be a step below these. #5 Power Play looked like he was going to have his first victory until he jumped off in the stretch in last; may be developing. #7 From Above won two at Lexington and is a winner of 4 out of 5; must deal with bad post for the first time.
2nd Trot - $24,407; Breeders Crown Elimination - 2yo C&G - #4 Big Chocolate appears to be he best in this field. #3 Uncle Peter won a minor late closing series at Lexington and is either good or very bad; hopefully good this week, #7 Appomattox still looking for first win here; will be looking to advance to next week. #1 Archangel has been racing well against NY state breds; tries open company.
3rd Trot - $25,407; Breeders Crown Elimination - 2yo Fillies - #4 Check Me Out is the obvious choice but will be 4-5 or lower. #3 Miss Paris has been successful in OSS and tries open company. #5 Lima Playmate has been big in NYSS and is 9 for 12 in her career. #9 Aunt Mel draws poorly but will try to advance.
4th Pace - $25,407; Breeders Crown Elimination - 2yo Fillies - # 4 A Rocknroll Dance is winner of last three once again short odds at 9-5. #5 D Terminator seems to have improved in Lexington and worth a look. #8 Speed Again winner of five was freshened.
6th Pace - $25,407; Breeders Crown Elimination - 2yo C&G - #1 Sweet Lout has the rail and is a winner of 8 out of 10; pick here. #4 Ezpass Hanover cooled off a little at Lexington but still should show make a good appearance here. #7 Shakerattlenrock has eight wins but draws poorly. #3 Escape The News won last race at Lexington and takes third lifetime win.
There is other racing action on Friday evening. Rosecroft Raceway opens up their 2011 meet with the last race each night having a guaranteed $2,500 Superfecta pools on the last race. At Vernon Downs, the 2yo Kindergarten Classic kicks off.