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Harness Weekly Update: 41% in the money

Profile Picture: Frank Cotolo

July 17th, 2022

The TwinSpires Harness Blog Weekly Update covers our successes and failures from selected features, stakes, and the H2W (horses-to-watch list). H2W horses through the following Monday appear in the next Update’s results.

Thursday, July 14

This week’s Mohawk Miles selections featured a pair of winners, though the public was wise. Twin B Showmance ($3.00, $2.20, $2.10) and Staythirsty De Vie ($3.00, $2.50, $2.30) were best.

Friday, July 15

Sires stakes in Pennsylvania at the Meadows brought home a $17.80 exacta with Keg Stand ($3.80, $2.40, $2.20) and Outside The Fire ($3.60, $2.80). In the second split the winner was Dandy ($5.80, $3.60, $2.60) while our other contender, Fiftyfour K (7-2), finished fifth.

Saturday, July 16

The Meadowlands Pace was a snooze-fest as the chalky favorite won, and we took fourth with Night Hawk (5-2). Caviart Camden (80-1) was a dud from start to finish.

The favorites won the two divisions of the Del Miller. They were our contenders—Fashion Schooner ($4.00, $2.20, $2.20) and Joviality S ($2.60, $2.10, $2.10).

We lost both divisions of the Stanley Dancer, first by a favorite with our colt, Fast As The Wind (5-1), finishing fifth and next with King Of The North ($3.60, $2.60) losing to a 12-1 shot.

A 16-1 longshot swept up the Mistletoe Shalee with a late rush but it was not our longshot. Lyons Serenity (48-1) broke at the start and was the penultimate finisher. Favorite Treacherous Dragon ($2.10) finished third.

The fastest harness race of all time was recorded when Bulldog Hanover ($2.40, $2.10, $2.10) won the William Haughton Memorial in 1:45.4. Our other contender, Catch The Fire (41-1), finished ninth as no speed duels hampered the favorite’s result to give him a chance.

In the Hambletonian Maturity, our choice Incommunicado (24-1) did not “get a fair start,” according to the judges as the starting gate pushed him beyond the pylons before the race officially began. All bets on the trotter were refunded.

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 form a cold exotic combo; most base prices are $2). 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 34 H2W horses (12% win-hit rate and a 41% ATB [across-the-board] hit). Horses with asterisks before their names were tweets @FrankCotolo. Follow for late choices.

Winners

Master Clave, $17.20, $8.00, $2.80, Ocean
T Barrr, $11.40, $5.40, $4.00, Scioto
Ikes Panther, $7.00, $3.00, $3.20 OK), Hoosier
How The Hell, $3.00, $2.40, $2.10, Philly

Seconds

Ghostly Casper, $16.40, $$8.20, Mohawk
Why Not Now, $9.20, $4.60, Hoosier
Kabang, $6.80, $5.20, Monticello
Innit Hanover, $6.00, $3.80 (Exacta, $16.80), Oak Grove
Chapolier, $3.20, $2.40 (Exacta $4.60), Pocono
Drama Act, $2.20, $2.10, Yonkers

Thirds

Rockin Ellie, $7.80, Ocean
Keystone Stevie, $3.20, Meadows
Somewhere Onthebay, $3.00, Northfield
Fancy Knows, $2.80, Vernon

NEWS & NOTES

Canada’s Trot Insider reports that horseman Mark Evers of Ohio died while involved in a shootout with police on July 12. Police responded to reports of domestic violence off Ohio State Route 44. An individual identified as Evers reportedly opened fire on police, shooting one in the head. A second officer returned fire, killing Evers, 65. He began in harness racing in the ‘70s. As a driver, he won 830 races earning $3.6 million. As a trainer he won 432 races and more than $4.7 million in purses.

We continue our rankings ahead of the 2022 Hambletonian. The following top 10 list will be updated in each of our Update editions until we cover the August classic.

  1.  Joviality S
  2. Rebuff
  3. Branded By Lindy
  4. Fast As The Wind
  5. Justice
  6. King Of The North
  7. Temporal Hanover
  8. Pretender
  9. Periculum
  10. Raised By Lindy

Extraordinary Extras

Indulge in our column Alternative Actions at Harness Racing Update.

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