Across-The-Board Bombs, $64; $27, $18 And More; Features Pay Off
Here is the TwinSpires Harness Blog Weekly Update.
Thursday, March 4
At the Meadows we ran a Power Plays Pick 4, getting two of four along with internal payoffs.
We won legs two and four with, respectively, Massive Stoke ($8.80, $3.20, $2.40), where The Great PG ($3.40, $2.40) completed a $28.20 exacta, and Undertaker ($7.00, $3.60, $2.60), with You Said It ($2.80), third. Off the board were finishers Gumption (7-1), fourth, Alberts Dream (7-1), fourth, Lyons Friends (5-2), seventh, Timeisoftheessence (15-1) and Braley Hanover (4-5) eighth.
Friday, March 5
Our first selected feature was at the Meadowlands where Lionhead ($7.20, $3.20, $2.20) won and favorite Bluffinner ($2.40) finished third.
A scorched first half ruined the mile for Drawing Dragons (3-2), who finished ninth at Miami.
Saturday, March 6
Our Power Plays Pick 3 at the Meadowlands did no damage to the pool. We began with a win from Billy Lincoln N ($2.20, $2.10, $2.10 ok), with Full View ($2.80) third.
Then, in leg two, a 6-1 shot took the ring while we finished third with Primo Giovanni ($13.40).
The third leg went to another huge favorite, while we kicked in for the $13.40 exacta with Atomic Blast N ($3.00, $2.20).
H2W LIST RESULTS
The H2W results list across-the-board prices. Exactas listed include a H2W horse finishing second to a race-favorite or if the first two finishers are H2W horses (an asterisk appears when both horses are listed—a cold exacta). The note “ok” determines that prices are correct (even when a show price exceeds a place price or all prices are the same).
Please note that some results reflect horses racing after the blog posts (they appear the following week).
This week, there were 45 active horses (an 8-percent win hit rate and a 40-percent ATB [across-the-board] hit. Horses with asterisks before their names were tweets @FrankCotolo. Follow for all late choices.
Ashtini, $64.60, $13.80, $6.60, Freehold
Feelin Red Hot, $18.00, $5.50, $4.50, Yonkers
Loutenant, $7.40, $4.30, $2.40, Miami
Control Power, $2.90, $2.20, $2.40, ok, Yonkers
Uptown Funk, $27.80, $15.00 (Exacta $124.20), Pocono
Zoe F, $15.20, $8.40, Pocono
Souldust, $8.60, $4.40, Cal-Expo
So So DeVie, $7.60, $4.60 (Exacta $45.60), Meadowlands
Big Smoove, $5.80, $6.00 ok, Freehold
Solo Leviathoan N, $5.30, $4.10, Yonkers
Meadowbranch Ricky, $2.40, $2.10 (Exacta $11.00), Pocono
Zampara, $2.40, $2.10, Monticello
Aime Hanover, $13.80, Meadows
Word Out, $8.80, Miami
Ladybeluckytonite, $8.20, Yonkers
Gordy Again, $4.60, Cal-Expo
Rebel Voyager, $3.60, Buffalo
Love The Dragon, $2.30, Buffalo
NEWS & NOTES
A total of 46 aged pacing horses have been nominated for the 2021 MGM Borgata (formerly the “Levy”) and 20 aged pacing mares were made eligible to the Matchmaker at Yonkers. These weekly events have unofficially launched the major races of the season in the sport for years as well as in the TwinSpires harness blogs. The winter series cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The Borgata, begins on March 15 with the first of five legs raced in $40,000 divisions.
The 2021 harness-racing season at Running Aces is nearing. The barn area opens on Sunday (May 2) and the first session of qualifiers will be held on Friday (May 7). The 14th season of racing begins on Sunday, May 16 and ends Saturday, Sept. 18—55 racing days—with all post times at 6:05 p.m. (CST) every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Special race dates include Monday, July 5 (in place of July 4) and closing weekend/Seasons Championships are contested on Sept. 17th and 18th.
Woodbine Entertainment’s eligible horses for its 2021 major stakes, including the C$1-million North America Cup are official. Harness racing’s richest race for soph pacers received 72 nominations. Perfect Sting leads the group. The undefeated colt won the 2020 Breeders Crown (in a dead-heat) for trainer Joe Holloway. Others on the list include Lawless Shadow, Bulldog Hanover, Summa Cum Laude, Southwind Gendry, Always A Miki, and American Courage. The North America Cup is on June 19 at WoMo.
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