Glamour-Boy Trotting And Pacing Divisions On Parade In Big Stakes
Sophomore standardbreds head to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 10 for two eliminations of the $80,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and the $204,040 Simcoe Three-Year-Old Pace.
Elimination one for the Canadian Trotting Classic pins Marion Marauder, after winning the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, against six foes. Heading in the heavy favorite, Marion Marauder will be difficult to beat considering his versatility and resume.
In the exotic realm, Winter Harbor should be an alluring price due to hnce more due to his inexperience at three. However, he is entering this race on a trail of improving performances, as we predicted, in his first two races back from competing with horses at this level.
Southwind Frank headlines elimination two. The Ron Burke giant competes against his familiar rival, Bar Hopping. Jimmy Takter’s colt will likely be close in odds to the likely favorite.
Outside of the obvious two, Bee In Charge may be the value of the race, as he meets up with the top-tier trotters for the first time this week and based off his win in the Simcoe last week, he has the ability to race with the division’s top caliber.
The glamour-boy pacing division is next.
The lone division of the Simcoe Stakes finds probable favorite and division leader Betting Line leaving from post 10. Even though he has towered over three-year-olds in their biggest events thus far this season, his poor draw could create the chaos necessary to spawn an upset.
Possible alternatives in the winners’ circle are Lyons Snyder and Magnum J. Both have sharpened since their last tango against Betting Line, as well as have experience racing against Betting Line. Magnum J should be the better price of the two, but both could be value if Betting Line receives enough action to be the odds-on choice.
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