Harness Racing: Adios Harness Elims; Stars On Tap & Horses to Watch

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July 21st, 2021

Harness betting opportunities are in demand at TwinSpires Edge. The stars and co-stars continue along with all of the elements that we hope go our ways. 

Always eclectic and to the point is our never-ending TwinSpires H2W (horses-to-watch list). With ceaseless arrogance, it continues suggesting how to enhance your exotic combinations and fair-priced win, place and show finishes.


Thursday / July 22


On Thursdays at TwinSpires through Aug. 5, the early Pick 4 at Hoosier Park is a $2,000 Hit It And Split It exclusive deal. Click for details: https://www.twinspires.com/bet/offers/details

This Thursday we offer candidates for your early Pick-4 tickets covering races 3—6.
Race 3: Every Play Counts
Race 4: Gold Star Sven; Whatstrublnudragon
Race 5: Delightful Virgin; Lees Creek Flash
Race 6: Big Bank Hasnk; Roll With Jr


Friday / July 23


Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) for soph-colt trotters hold two events worth $73k each.

The first PASS includes the domineering Whiskey Blu, a winner of 11 from 16 starts. The busy early season rolls its way to the Hambletonian and this is one more race that could decide if the Southwind Frank colt will drop in the box for elims next week.

The only surprise could come from Father Patrick colt Speed Away, who hit the board once in three tries, not enough to toss him out even against the Ron Burke super favorite.

The second PASS also includes a few probable favorites. Jujubee is a local with 11 races, eight of them wins, to his season. Working a lot less yet facing better, Julie Miller’s Sunny Crockett has lost only one in five starts. A probable third choice for the crowd and a good choice for price and purpose is Per Engblom’s Ethan T Hanover. He has had his share of miscues but he is earning well in the crop and has had eyes on the Hambo since last season when he sucked up a bunch of dough. A good price is expected here.



Saturday / July 24


The Adios elims have attracted three divisions worth of glamour-boy pacers. As usual, some of the division’s lesser-known pacers will be involved in three elimination races. Here are the colts we feel you should consider in all of your wagers based on your own measure of values.

Southwind Gendry – Class of the 23 at this point in the season. If he paces like he did winning a Meadowlands Pace elim he rattles his elim foes.

Abuckabett Hanover – Under rated for a few weeks but in no way a toss out, but in tough leaving from the outside with “Gendry” on the rail.

Chase H Hanover – In his last few starts against the best in the division he has piled up the earnings. Gets the rail in his elim.

One Eight Hundred – Has not performed his best against the best and gets the outside in his elim against “Chase.”

Lou's Pearlman – Ron Burke’s mid-level pacer is a big threat from the rail in his elim.



Saturday / July 24


The Tompkins-Geers stakes for soph colt-and-filly trotters ($43-plus) go at the Meadowlands these days and the casts of the two for colts and the two for fillies include trotters that want to be here in a week to earn berths for the August classics.

In split one for colts, Venerate has to prove to his connections that his stride is not warped. Last week he jumped badly at the start and lost to the ever-improving Sonofamistery. He faces lesser here but galloping gives the weakest foes an edge. Perhaps from an outside post, and his recent miscues, he will lose favor and offer better odds while racing on his best behavior, when he can beat all of these. There is no other option but to pass, so judge for yourself.

The second colt split is a better betting race with a good outsider—Caruso. Joe Holloway’s Father Patrick product needs to win this to get into the elims and will be a fine price here considering any improvement puts him at least a nose ahead of each foe.

The fillies are not ruled by any entry in round one. We lean in for Ake Svanstedt’s Wet My Whistle as Ake is always aiming for filling the Oaks elims with his best current qualifiers and this Muscle Hill filly is very good.

The other filly episode is only worth it if the crowd lays off Piper Hanover because she is in a fine spot to race her way into the Oaks and Tony Alagna’s stock are tuned tight this time of year.


Saturday / July 24


Through the season so far, in which This Is The Plan has lead the Free-For-All Open pacing division, I find it difficult to realize that Leonidas A is not the powerhouse he was at Yonkers early in the year. Changing barns should not upset a horse as it appears it has upset Leonidas A.

From the rail, much more like Yonkers than the other stakes since his success there, Saratoga could find Leonidas A on the engine again, especially with This Is The Plan leaving from post 7. If he does not steal it wire to wire, he could coast behind This Is The Plan if he fires for the top and pull out to do his best racing chasing that one down to the wire—at a price he would never have paid at Yonkers.


7/24/21, +OK Jewel R6; +Fox Valley Lolo R10

7/23/21, Sabrina R7

7/22/21, +Rebbeca R12; +Rev It Up Man R12

7/22/21, +RT Lange R6; Concur R7

7/24/21, +Sea Shadows R6; St Lads Gidget R11; +Douwantobldasnoman R12; Play To The Crowd R15

7/22/21, +Davids Coming Home R3
7/23/21, Gold Medal San R12

7/23/21, +Goorilla R2; Kyrie Deo R6; +Magic Bob R7

7/24/21, +Class Six R3; Dream Of Luck R3; Benson Boys N R9
7/25/21, +Zinny Mach N R2

Running Aces
7/22/21, Alwaysalittlemore R6

7/24/21, +Angers Bayama ae R6

7/24/21, Lous Delight R12; Aces Rock R14; Cray Luke Duke R14

7/23/21, Prince C Hall R7
7/24/21, +Heid R3; Napper Tandy R7

7/23/21, +Electric Western R3; Ballerat Boomerang R8
7/26/21, +Treasure Mach R5