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December 20th, 2012

On Our Watch

Our H2W list continues to provide TwinSpires players and blog readers proverbial “hot horses” based on our experienced spotters’ evaluations of recent races at various raceways.  

Before another quick review, we remind all H2W followers that playing the horses listed—no less how you play them—is based solely on you personal assessment of their closing-odds value. You need to play or pass based on how you like or dislike the odds given. There is no way we can tell which horses will go off at which odds. Besides, fair odds on any horse is measured by the individual. So, in our review blogs on Monday, we list all of the winners, no matter what they paid, and we show seconds and thirds with their closing odds because H2W followers use these horses in exotics. 

Reading the legend below remains in our specific format. Before the horses’ names is the track, followed on the next paragraph by a date it (or they) will be racing, with the race in which they are entered (R and race number). If a + is in front of a horse’s name, it means that horse is appearing on the list for the second and last time because it failed to win the first time it appeared. An “ae” means the horse is on the also-eligible list and needs a scratch to get into the race. It is up to you how to deal with more than one horse on the list that is entered in the same race.  

To discourage repeating the error we made last week when we omitted a horse that won and should have been on the list, we are adding a notation to the legend. If a horse that has appeared on the list but was scratched or is not racing its second week consecutively, you will see a N/R after its name and will appear on a separate line from dated entries. 

The H2W list displays “live” horses that have shown strict potential in recent events, having been thwarted by traffic or going a trip that sends up a flair to notice fresh form. All of them need to be considered contenders in the races noted, getting two chances on the list. If you have any questions about the H2W list, send them to us through the TwinSpires blog channel. 

Cal Expo
12/21, +Tangram R1; Ajs Little One R1; Chevie Balboa R1; +Jessalilpeace R3; +Paul The Powerful R5; +Im The Money R5; Little Box Out R6; Scootin Higher R8; +Coal Younger R8; +Komodas Fantasy R11
12/22, Dani California R9; Moody Miss R11
+Cheswick N/R; +WH Scooter N/R; +Precious Few N/R

12/21, Red Star Dana R2; Manos De Dios R3; +Exotic Sparkle R3; +Sweet Reunion R5; +Cheyenne J R6; Call Me Up R7; Rossridge Fortune R8; Red Star Betsy R9; Chica Caliente R9; Fighter Bliss R10; Worknfortheman R11; +Quite A Lady R11
12/21, Avid Yankee R2; +Call Me Madam R3; +Allthatnthensome ae R4; Cool Ashlee R4; Tourific R7; Superstar Dream R 8; Gray Olives R11
12/22, +Rocknroll Jewel
+J’omama N/R; +Fandango Dancer N/R; +Country Fresh N/R; +Stormin Rustler N/R 

12/21, Kinnick R2; +Power And Purpose R3; Arts Shadow R4; +Jennas Dream R6; +Straight Dancer R6; Custers Last Stand R13; Lee A Bryant R13; +Arion R14
+Sand Latte N/R; +Our Mclovin N/R 

12/21, Ornate Hanover R6; Aint Got A Home ae R6; Rileys Luck R8; On The Radar R10; Ambro Billow ae R14

12/22, +Cascata R4; +Grin Big R4; +Super Railee R5; +Mcgreat R8
+Max Q N/A; +Desert Hanover N/A; +Major Najor N/A

12/21, Likeabatoutahell ae R11; Sir Jillian Z Tam R12
12/22 Armbro Billow (ae at Philly, see above) R3 


Captaintreacherous, a two-year-old pacing colt that has gotten his share of support from this department, has won Pacer of the Year honors for 2012. Captaintreacherous won eight of 10 races and earned $918,253. He is the first two-year-old pacer to receive the title, earning the nod over three-year-olds Michaels Power and American Jewel and defending champion Foiled Again. 

Also honored in the Dan Patch Awards balloting by the U.S. Harness Writers Association was Chapter Seven. The four-year-old was named Trotter of the Year, with Market Share finishing second in the balloting.   

Other trotters to receive Dan Patch Award divisional honors were Wheeling N Dealin (two-year-old male), To Dream On (two-year-old female), Check Me Out (three-year-old female) and Frenchfrysnvinegar (older female).   

Foiled Again, now eight, repeated as Older Male Pacer and Anndrovette won again as Older Female Pacer.  

These champion pacers will be honored at the Dan Patch Awards banquet, Sunday, March 3, at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, the climatic event of Harness Racing Congress VI that will run throughout the weekend. Information about the banquet, the Congress, and related topics can be obtained by going to the harness writers’ website, 

In our harness weekend update we will announce the divisional winners from this TwinSpires exclusive harness blog series of 2012, which is solely based upon the horses’ potency as winners that have been predicted (and hopefully played by readers) this season. 

Ray Cotolocontributed to this edition.