Harness Racing: Millions For Harness Miles

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September 23rd, 2021

The Midwest explodes with stakes and Mohawk miles offer millions this weekend. We go after the best value with the best betting decisions.

Contenders in the never-ending TwinSpires H2W (horses-to-watch list) reached a 61% across-the-board high last week and shoot for even more to cash the spot bets and enhance the payoffs of your exotic combinations.


Friday, Sept. 24

The Midwest is harness-hot as Indiana adds to the action at Hoosier. Here is a rundown of the contenders meeting our decisive standards for the big stakes.

2yo filly trot Kentuckian $200k
R Desireable Lady has been going well at Hoosier, getting faster.

3yo filly trot Moni Maker$115k
Iteration is having a great second half of the season, continues here.

2yo filly pace Kentuckian $200k
Lyons Serenity is on a roll as a top Sweet Lou filly frosh.

2yo colt pace Elevation $120k
Dalby Hanover is a rocket from Britney Dillon’s stable.

3yo colt trot Phil Langley Memorial $100k
Take All Comers meets the field he can dominate after facing tougher.

3yo colt pace Jennas Beach Boy $130k
One Eight Hundred is the Takter longshot special.

Aged pace Hoosier Park Pacing Derby $182k
Ocean Rock is raging thru miles and can beat the big boys now.

Aged trotters Caesars Trotting Classic $210k
Ready For Moni is ready for this bunch; revenge is sweet.


Saturday, Sept. 25

The $240k Milton Pace for mares delivers 10 qualifiers from the two elims. The division has been lopsided all season due to the dominating Lyons Sentinel, who took her elim easily. The second, however, resulted in a balanced three-way photo with 35-1 Karma Seelster winning by a neck. So Much More was third in the photo off the toughest trip. That one drew post 10 in the final, probably too difficult a spot to beat the insiders.

An also-eligible in the final, Watch Me Now had a very good trip in the second elim. She went first over and held tough as the backfield closed in and she was caught without losing much ground, finishing sixth. If she gets into the race, she is our decisive bet. If not, we will take the other upset possibility, the unsung JK First Lady. Nancy Takter’s filly is maturing at last and should only get better into her next season; maybe starting here she proves it.


Saturday, Sept. 25

A whopping $500k is the pot for the She’s A Great Lady final. Niki Hill and Prohibition Legal, the elim winners, will be the crowd’s top choices.

Just Divine, the Huntsville filly, raced evenly with a midrace first-over move that beat four others in the elim won by Niki Hill. That one looks tough to beat but Just Divine, a Ron Burke trainee, is getting better, and with the best chunk of a half-million bucks on the line, she may find a way to get even better. Burke sure knows that.


Saturday, Sept. 25

Two-year-old colt pacers are available by the one dozen in the $824k Metro Pace. The collection of colts comes from Ontario, Pennsylvania (PASS), Kentucky, and Ohio but the Keystone kids are the most dangerous.

PASS-final-winner (at the Meadows) True Blue Lindy is the classiest of the shippers and is conditioned by trainer Jeff Cullipher. His barn has won him two Meadowlands training titles while sending winners to four states, at least. Also from that race comes Nancy Takter’s surprise colt, Wearinmysixshooter, who lost by a neck at 11-1. Those two, one way or the other, are surely set to cross the wire together and the price may be better than you expect.


9/24/21, Determined R3

Delaware, Oh Fair
9/23/21, +Starthimup R2; Captain Cowboy R14

9/24/21, +RM Blackhawk R1; +Skyline Hanover R10

9/24/21, Pennys Dragon R4; +Sports Hero R6

9/23/21, +Sunshine Queen R9; +Highly Acclaimed R13; +Secret Angel Girl R13
9/24/21, Alexa Skye R11

9/23/21, Dramatist R3; Hardware Princess R5

9/25/21, Typhoon Stride N R1; Stormont Czar A R5; +Nimah Franco N R12

9/23/21, HS Judy Jetson R7; Pig Iron R11
9/24/21, +Make A Statement A R10

9/25/21, Uptown Callie R3; Delight Kate R12

9/24/21, Holton R2
9/25/21, Youda Shark R2; Son Of J Lo R4; Top Notch R9

9/23/21, Steuben Hanover R5
9/24/21, +Time Watch R6

9/23/21, Mansome R5
9/24/21, Northern Credit R2; Make It A Double R7

9/24/21, +Rollwithjessica R4; +Unusual Clarity R4
9/25/21, +Major Leaguer R6

9/23/21, Lynbar Rose N
9/24/21, +Waves Of Fire A R5; Patriot Nation R10
9/25/21, Nextroundsonme R7; Bully Boy R9; +Griffon Hanover R10