Keystone Classics Quintet Challenge Frosh Hopefuls At Meadows
Welcome back to the 2019 Breeders Crown Countdown (BCC), the exclusive blog that coordinates with our weekly preview harness blog at TwinSpires.com and the Hambletonian Society to find great wagering opportunities for "Crown"-eligible horses and their foes. All 12 divisions will rotate and share space in the BCC as they race to the finals, this year at Woodbine/Mohawk (WoMo) on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Eligible horses are followed by (e) with their names at first mention. This week two-year-old filly and colt pacers are on the marquee, racing at the Meadows on Sept. 28 in Keystone Classic events. There are two $35k miles for colts and three $30k fields for the fillies. We will be partial to all eligible horses in these events, as usual, especially since there is a slight edge for bettors when there are so many contestants without eligible status. However, we will be first loyal to price and purpose, measuring for probable profit that escapes the general public. KEYSTONE COLTS Merely five colts go to the gait in the first Keystone Classic (KC) split for the boys. Patriot Nation (e) does not have much to beat here. Andrew Harris’s rare shot at the Crown has a decent hope if the son of Somebeachsomewhere can overcome the likes of Burke’s Gingras Beach (e), by the same sire. We would enjoy seeing the crowd pile money on Burke’s Yannick-named pacer so Harris’s colt could offer more dough. The other KC-colt division offers a field of six with 50 percent eyeing Canada for late October’s Crown. Burke has two going in this event. We like Tru Lou (e) over his other, Warrawee Veloce (e). Unfortunately, so will the public. However, amid the sextet is Lyons Music. The Rocknroll Dance colt from the Scott Di Domenico barn may be overlooked, as bettors dive into Diamond Head (e) with their favorite driver, Dave Palone, aboard, and Sand Us Bolt (e), regardless of his lack of class. KEYSTONE FILLIES First of the filly trio presents a field of seven. Coral Reef Hanover (e) and Sweet Camille (e) may make for a terrific exacta. The pair of Crown hopefuls could produce a decent priced ticket, considering the price should rise due to the place spot. The crowd will no doubt hang heavy on Aaron Merriman’s charge, Ginger Tree Carey from the rail. Seven are on board for the next filly KC. Lightly raced Drama Act needs only to prove she is a little better than her two wins in two starts to deliver an upset to the anxious Crown-motivated quartet involved in this mile. The girls gazing at October activity include Enduring Hope (e), Windfall Profits (e), Alexa Skye (e) and Sailaja Deo (e). None of them appear to sparkle over Drana Act, a Well Said filly from conditioner Krista Harmon. The last KC of the day and the third for fillies, should attract many dollars to win for Keystone Eureka. She is not only the highest earner this season among them, she has hit the board with seven of eight starts—five of them seconds. Still, we look beyond her, but not to Primrose (e), Burke’s only entry here. She is an anomaly for her sire, Sweet Lou, in that she has not hit the board in eight starts. Little Sandy Toes (e) has promise in exotic action but again we stray from the Crown crowd to another Well Said product, Don’t Speak. Check out the “The Fives,” lists of the top five horses in each BC division as of this date by going to the Hambletonian Society’s web site: *************************************** Follow major 2019 BC hopefuls on their journey to the Breeders Crown at Woodbine/Mohawk at this Breeders Crown Countdown blog and the TwinSpires harness blog weekly, along with further information on the Hambletonian Society web site and @Hambletonian_ and @BreedersCrown .