With some really good stakes racing coming up this weekend, let's take a look at the Grand Circuit events for this weekend. Today we will discuss the $150,000 Molson Pace Invitational at The Raceway at Western Fair District and the $117,060 Lismore and $355,000 Art Rooney at Yonkers Raceway.
Friday, May 31, 2013
12th Western Fair Raceway - $150,000 Molson Pace (Invitational); Pace
1 - Foiled Again (Gingras, 7-5) - The master of the half miler draws the rail. Should win from here but are you willing to accept 4-5 or less?
2 - Aracache Hanover (Mcnair, 6-1) - No chance in Dan Patch, draws inside. Should follow the leader and take a shot in the stretch. At these odds, worth a look.
3 - State Treasurer (Waples, 4-1) - Beaten favorite at Mohawk in last and draws better. Lands minor spoils.
4 - Versado (Zeron, 7-1) - Has tailed off since racing against 'A' stock. Will be lucky to land on Hi-Five.
5 - Rock On Moe (Forward, 12-1) - Local entrant has been racing well but appears to be up against it.
6 - Keystone Velocity (Henry, 8-1) - Would dismiss except he picks up one hot driver. A win is unlikely but would include in triactors.
7 - A Rocknroll Dance (Campbell, 10-1) - Who would have thought this one would be 10-1 morning in morning line. Draws the extreme outside but shows the ability to get around on the half. At 10-1 or higher, may have to take a shot.
8 - Betterthancheddar (Brennan, 8-5) - Well prepped but can't see these odds starting from second tier. Will need to work to get seriously involved.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
7th Yonkers Raceway - $117,060 Lismore - 3yo fillies; Pace
1 - Freetime (Stratton, pp 3, 4-1) - Started back slow but shows a win on 9-10 in NYSS event at YR.
1A - Handsoffmycupcake (Dube, pp 5, 4-1) - Won qualifier and seems ready to give a good account of herself. Must consider.
2 - Mattwestern (Brennan, pp 1, 3-1) - Winner of second tier state bred race in Philly. Want to see more against top flight fillies.
3 - JK Black Beauty (Sears, pp 2, 8-1) - Returns to the half mile track which she loves. May wake up at a price.
4 - Aria J (B Miller, pp 4, 10-1) - Appears overmatched. Pass.
5 - Offintothesunset (Holland, pp 6, 5-1) - Just missed in PASS after being interfered with. My pick here.
6 - Live Entertainment (D Miller, pp 7, 5-1) - Takter trainee won PASS event but goes from the rail to post 7. Your guess.
7 - Give Me An Amen (Bartlett, pp 8, 10-1) - The post of death.
9th Yonkers Raceway - $355,000 Art Rooney; Pace
1 - Sunfire Blue Chip (Dube, pp 1, 5-1) - Jumped in stretch but may have already been done. Pass here.
1A - Source of Pride (D Miller, pp 2, 5-1) - Winner of elimination once again draws well. A decent chance.
2 - Mach It So (B Miller, pp 3, 6-1) - Finished behind #1A in last but moves in. Could shock.
3 - Good Day Mate (Bartlett, pp 4, 6-1) - Stakes caliber horse should be tighter. Eligible to improve.
4 - Doctor Butch (Brennan, pp 5, 3-1) - Held own against best last year and has a race under his belt. The one to beat.
5 - Sir Cary's Z Tam (Lachance, pp 6, 5-1) - Elim winner has two race win streak going. Too much early speed inside?
6 - Lonewolf Currier (Sears, pp 7, 4-1) - Another competitive one but draws poorly.
7 - Bet The Moon (Goodell, pp 8, 10-1) - May be in deep. Pass.
Selections - 4-3-2