Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch June 2-6
Selected features and the never-ending TwinSpires’ horses-to-watch list (H2W) share keys to success in exotics, win, place and show payoffs.
Thursday, June 2
Each Thursday we highlight some probable long shots from Mohawk Park. If they do not win at first crack we add them to the H2W the following week as bet-backs or in selected features, adding new possibilities to this section.
R8 – Blue Bayou Deo: Two moves in last to finish third at 16-1.
R10 – Jim Strikesitrich: Patiently moved for a 10 lengths stretch charge.
Philly, Race 4
Here’s a conditioned race where a lightly raced trotter has a few good things going for him which should present a good price. As it is, Jumpinthejailhouse is listed in the Morning Line (ML) at 9-1. First, since Dover ended, a few of the best horsemen at the meet scattered around the east and are doing well at other venues. Trainer John Wagner puts Dover regular Victor Kirby in the bike for this trotters fifth race of the season. Jumpinthejailhouse has won one race and aside from the ML favorite (Silent Symbol) it’s the most any of the field has won. Those two could produce a fine exacta and if you add Serrano Volo for the show spot it could wind up a strong trifecta even if—dare I say it—boxed.
Friday, June 3
Mohawk, Race 6
The Mare Trot division of the series holds a field of seven. We are out to beat #1 Venerate who will be an underlay here and we think we could do it with #5 Incommunicado. Ake Svenstedt’s trotter trounced a field at Pocono and could race even better on the seven-eighths Canadian surface. Ake is committed to the series and shipped the gal over the border to make a big impression.
Saturday, June 4
Mohawk, Races 3, 4, 8
A Mare Pace division ($50k) starts the series’ triptych. With only six going there are good vibes for Todd Luther’s #2 Off The Record. She comes from a loss but in a field separated by 2 lengths, tops. She’s in a good spot for a perfect trip at a price.
Eight male pacers go ($62k) with Canadian favorite #4 Bulldog Hanover the one to beat, which we want to do with the other Canadian star #7 Lawless Shadow. At three, we thought the latter was all around a better pacer and at four we make the same call.
In the second male pace let’s beat #8 Carbine, who scorched a field last week at The Meadowlands and will get big backing here. A longshot possibility is #3 Linedrive Hanover. He just won a stakes at Flamboro and is sharp now and will go off here at odds much higher than his chances.
THE ‘BEACH’ BOYS
Mohawk, Races 2, 6
Soph-colt pacers prep for the North America Cup in two Somebeachsomewhere splits. The first ($81k) includes a bet-back for us with #2 Sport Secret. He was impressive in the SBOA final last week, finishing second and sits in a pretty spot to improve.
Only six go in this split ($80k) and the huge favorite will be #5 Stonebridge Helios, who is the “Cup” early choice. Again, we want to catch an improving soph to make our way to another longshot win in the Cup. For price and purpose, the colt we support is #3 Greatest Ending. He is stepping into higher company but don’t downplay the win getting him here. It proved that he belonged with the best and he’ll pay them off big if that is the case.
Horses to Watch
Review our choices and confirm the wagers available at the prescribed track. H2W offers possible contenders researched from reviewing races. Horses’ names are listed beneath the name of the track with the date of their race and the race number (R6) follows. If a + is in front of a horse’s name, it appears on the list for the second time (horses are listed twice only if, at first, they failed to win. An “ae” signals also-eligible. Types of wagers to make are based on your judgment.
6/3/22, Silver Buckeye R1; Lincoln Tunnel R1; Lima Moonshine R7
6/2/22, Fifty Flat R5
6/3/22, Serious Miki R12
6/3/22, +Delayed Hanover R10
6/4/22, Colonial As It R4; Rockin On Venus R9
6/2/22, Worthy Of Honor R12; Swipe Right R12
6/3/22, +Docbetts' Shamrock R11; Swan By Land R12
6/2/22, Aryiana Star R2; +Lovin Up On You R5; Beach Passage R13
6/4/22, +Scrappy Lil Nobody R4; Official Treasure R7; Cinderella Delight R14
6/3/22, Secret Or Not R1; +Daniel's Son R2; +Bo Nanza Chip R7
6/4/22, Jet's Sureshot R8; Lilys Real Boy R11
6/5/22, +A Kolo Dance R4
6/3/22, Lanas Desire ae R2
6/2/22, +Hollywood Skeeter R9
6/4/22, +Classifiedmaterial R1
6/2/22, City By The Bay R2; Changing Colors R4
6/4/22, +Mikibytheseaside R6; Imsporty R7; +Top Recruit R11
6/3/22, +Pull The Shade R3; Paperback Thriller R3; +Fingals Wave R12; +Shes A Fireball R15
6/4/22, P L Olivia R3
6/4/22, Seel The Deal N R7; Rocknroll Captain R9
6/2/22, Corsini A R4; Slick Artist A R5; +Silver Tail R6
6/3/22, +Memo R2; +Texas Terror N R6; Nextroundsonme R8