Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch May 5-9
Selected features and the never-ending TwinSpires’ horses-to-watch list (H2W) share keys to success in exotics, win, place and show payoffs.
Thursday, May 5
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.
R3 – First One: Qualifier merely loosened ‘em up for this. Trainer plus.
R7 – Hershey Seelster: Broke in qualifier and still made the time.
Friday, May 6
Yonkers, Races 1, 2
Grand Circuit Reynolds stakes open the program, featuring sophomore-colt ($33k) and filly ($28) pacers. It’s a duo worthy of Daily Double / Parlay actions.
Nancy Takter’s Huntsville colt Groovy Man should rule the win pool as an underlay, so we focus on the Huntsville colt we bet last week in the H2W—Letmecallyouback. He was fourth at Pocono at 33-1, trapped inside of dead weight in the $50k event.
The soph-fillies offer two to debut at three and four who have already won one. Sake Bomb could make us start watching her sire Betting Line’s three-year-olds closely as contenders. Second behind a sterling Brett Pelling-trained gal at Philly, Sake Bomb went off at 24-1—the co-second choice.
Saturday, May 7
Freehold, Race 8
The race for the Hambletonian begins with The Dexter Cup as eight soph-colt fillies trot the half-mile track at Freehold for $150k. The field is made up of Bar Coins, Brave By Design, Grizzly Bare, Justice, Paymaq, Pour Mea Double, Pretender, and T Rex Blue Chip.
Six of the eight are Hambo-eligible, and one of them interests us most. Lucas Wallin’s Pour Mea Double (Bar Hopping) won a trio of conditioned races at two, twice defeating elders, and was second in a qualifier recently.
Ake Svanstedt’s Justice could be the trainer’s Hambo entry and will race strongly from May 7 on to do so. Never count Ake’s Hambo potentials out.
The other two with August dreams—Pretender and T Rex Blue Chip—should be involved in exotics.
GRADUATE PARLAY PLUS
Meadowlands, Races 7, 8
Two of the Graduate divisions, one for four-year-old trotters ($75k) and another for four-year-old pacers ($50k), make for good spots to play your own win-bet parlay along with any other bets you make in each.
The trotters Graduate hosts seven of 10 that debut in ’22. It looks like Sonofamistery may have strengthened his gait after a soph season of too much galloping. He has won two already and with a smooth trot can devour this group.
From sharp wins in Indiana trot stakes, Swingforthefences would surprise many but not us with a big mile.
Some familiar names from two seasons, including 2022 Borgata contestants, make up the Graduate pacing division in Race 8. At Yonkers, Chase H Hanover raced well against older horses through some rough trips. Here, “Chase” has much more room, only two turns, to put together a win. A strong win price is guaranteed.
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.
5/6/22, English Rose N R6
5/7/22, What Should I Goo R8
5/6/22, +Voracity R1; +Surreal Art R1
5/6/22, Brazen Brazilian R1; +Primo Vomo R2; Gaelihill R8
5/7/22, South Beach Star R6
5/5/22, +Lady Newton R1; +Boogiewoogiebevis R3
5/6/22, So So De Vie R11
5/5/22, +Howyadoinbub R5; +Wegoforthefront R5
5/5/22, +Sporty Redhot R1; +Thunder Some Where R7
5/7/22, +Don’t Mach Mia R1; +Fear The Pansy R2
5/6/22, +Magic Shark R9; +Come On Over R11
5/8/22, Freak On A Leash R3; Cloudbreak R3; Justanothermiki R7
5/6/22, Caughtinalandslide R8; Trip Hammer R9; Doctor Bb R11
5/5/22, Muscle Gene R1; Swan Fine Lady R7
5/8/22, +Wickedly Innocent R7; +Mushana R11; +Traffic Jam R13
5/7/22, Diamond Cowboy R1; Initial Concept R7; Roll With Dom R9
5/6/22, +Bet On Yourself R6; +Valentine Express R8
5/7/22, The Real One R2