Monday Harness Preview for 12/16/2013

Molly Jo Rosen

December 16th, 2013

by Ted Black

Among the tracks offering live racing on Monday evening are Dover Downs in Delaware and Yonkers Raceway in New York and while the two ovals hardly mirror one another in size or location, they both could offer some interesting plays.

In tonight's seventh race at Dover Downs, a non-winners of three event for pacers, Rusty's Terror (Jonathan Roberts) could finally emerge victorious at a generous price. Listed at 12-1 on the morning line while starting from post eight, Rusty's Terror is winless in 31 starts heading into this event but might finally be able to work out a decent trip after racing third over behind dull cover into a fast back half en route to a third-place finish last week.

Several races later in the 11th race, a non-winners of four event for male pacers, look for Encoding Z Tam (Corey Callahan) to work out a decent trip and succeed at a modest price. Last week against similar the Nick Callahan trainee was unlucky when stuck behind a tiring rival and could only manage fourth money as the 3-1 second choice. He will likely look to dictate the tempo this evening and will be tough to overhaul if allowed to control the pace before the half.

Then in the evening's 13th race, a non-winners of $12,001 last six class for pacing fillies and mares, give Yagonnakissmeornot (Montrell Teague) another chance to prevail in this condition. Sent out as the 4-5 favorite against this group last week, Yagonnakissmeornot got used hard to the half before giving way late in a very good try while settling for third and beaten just a neck and should make amends tonight as the tepid favorite.

Also tonight at Yonkers, look for a pair of pacing fillies to atone for their narrow setbacks against similar company one week ago.

In the fourth race, a non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime class for pacing fillies and mares, expect Princess Redi to rebound from her narrow defeat as the 1-4 favorite when she leaves from post five this evening. Then in the finale, look for Handsoffmycupcake to garner her first victory of the campaign in a non-winners of six races or $60,000 lifetime condition for filly-mare pacers. Third as the even-money choice last week in this class, Handsoffmycupcake is winless in 21 starts this year but she has earned nearly $110,000 along the way and should finally find the winner's circle here.