Features Filled Toteboard; Place/Show Prices Rule Weekend
Here is the TwinSpires Harness Blog Weekly Update.
Thursday, Feb. 25
But for the first leg, our Pick-4 at Yonkers would have been a hit. Our 4-1 shot, Ladybeluckytonight ($3.90, $2.70) was second in the first leg, which was won by the favorite. It turned out to be a single when Keene Olivia scratched. With the favorite on top, the exacta paid $18.20).
The next three legs included winners, along with exacta elements.
In leg two we won with Hunting AS ($7.40, $3.60, $2.70), with the exacta partner Look In My Eyes ($6.60, $6.20) for an exacta worth $88.50. Kandy Sweet (14-1) finished fourth.
Leg three presented the winning J Rockin B ($3.60, 2.50, $2.40), who became a single when All About Amy did not draw in from the also-eligible list.
Leg four scored with Franchoek ($9.20, $5.90, $4.00), while Amandarose ($5.40, $3.70) completed the $42.20 exacta and All About Madi (8-1) came home sixth.
Friday, Feb. 26
We aimed for a Freehold triple, missed by one, with the investment salvaged by a winner, What Chapter ($4.40, $4.20, $3.40), and the show slot with Big Smoove ($8.60). Keystone Orion (2-1) was a disappointing fourth.
At Yonkers, In The Huddle ($5.20), Control Tower (4-1), fourth, and Zoeez Boy Henry (1-1), eighth, along with four others, were trounced by a 42-1 shot that took advantage of the mile’s fickle flow and won handily.
Saturday, Feb. 27
Pocono’s feature was a disaster for our choices as a 16-1 perfect-trip outsider won. The only of three we followed was Captain Nash ($5.20, $3.00), second, while race-favorite A Real Miracle (1-1) finished seventh and Shane Adam (3-1) was last to the finish line.
At Northfield, our feature was also burdened by tough trips as Mrs Major Hill (9-5) tanked from an early duel. Our other choice, Mad Maude ($2.40, $2.60) was in a dead heat for second.
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 38 active horses (an 11-percent win hit rate and a 39-percent ATB [across-the-board] hit. Horses with asterisks before their names were tweets @FrankCotolo. Follow for all late choices.
Get Legs, $5.00, $3.00, $2.40, Meadowlands
Thatswhatisaid N, $4.80, $3.20, $2.80, Meadowlands
Full Of Sharks, $3.20, $2.20, $2.20 ok, Northfield
Major Nemesis, $2.80, $2.60, $2.10, Miami
Crimson And Chrome, $10.00, $6.40, Miami
Aintnobettor A, $5.10, $2.80, WoMo
So So De Vie, $4.00, $3.20, Meadowlands
Kloof Street, $12.10, WoMo
Belfast N, $5.70, Yonkers
Arnies Army, $5.60, Cal-Expo
Word Our, $4.80, Miami
Narina Hanover, $4.60, Pocono
Starznheaven, $4.60, Meadowlands
Mystery Dragon, $3.00, Cal-Expo
Bugatti, $2.60, Buffalo
NEWS & NOTES
Saratoga Harness kicked off its 80th season of harness racing on March 1 with racing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. First post is at noon. At the present time, no spectators will be allowed to attend. The 2021 season features a full slate of New York Sire Stakes action. Leading driver Billy Dobson is back to defend his driving title. Gary Levine looks for his second training title. Along with the Pick 5 with a guaranteed pool, Saratoga introduces two new wagers—the Jackpot Super High Five and the Pick-6 Jackpot. Both wagers award 40 percent of the pool to one unique ticket..
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PV) have successfully developed a new test to detect local administration of illicit, gene-doping therapies in horses. The findings are a significant breakthrough in the collective fight to advance the welfare and integrity of the sport. Gene doping agents trigger cells to produce performance-enhancing proteins and are elusive to detect. PV’s team of researchers created a real-time test able to detect the presence of a gene-doping agent after administration.
Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc. (GNOG) has entered into an agreement with Tioga Downs for future online gaming market access in New York, subject to legislation, regulatory approval, license eligibility and availability. The agreement gives GNOG market access to New York for online casino wagering under Tioga Downs’ license. It is a 20-year agreement. Tioga Downs is one of only seven commercial and tribal casinos in the state.
Woodbine Entertainment announced the rescheduled dates for several winter series at Woodbine Mohawk Park (WoMo). The Family Day Trotting Series and Wine & Roses Trotting Series start on March 8. The Blizzard Pacing Series starts on March 11 and the Snowshoe Pacing Series starts on March 12. All four series will feature two preliminary legs and $30,000 added-money finals. The finals of the Valedictory Pacing Series and Niagara Pacing Series take place after the completion of the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series. The date of those finals will be confirmed in the coming week.
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