Power Plays Perform; Winners Stack Firmly Across The Board

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January 18th, 2020

Thursday, Jan. 16

We were correct about beating Wiggle It Jiggleit at Dover in the $30k Preferred Handicap and we mentioned the probable pacers that could defeat him. Of the two, the winner was Bettor Memories, though we backed Quality Bud ($4.40).

Our special feature Wallyworld, which is a campaign to beat popular driver Wally Hennessey’s drives in any Pompano event, produced only a single show return in five races. Hennessey drove three winners, all mega-favorites with awful returns.

Our show payoff went to Starcasim ($6.80) and our others offered huge prices, though they finished off the board. Sports Analyst (33-1) was fourth; Royal Rex (14-1) was seventh; Ugottobeinittowinit (50-1) was eighth; and Asiago Romano (91-1) was last.

Friday, Jan. 17

Four features at the Meadows presented multi-cashing results. Though we were one horse short of hitting the Pick 4, we nailed the inner Pick 3. It began with Carolina Beach ($4.80, $3.00, $2.80), continued with Avalanche Hanover ($13.80, $6.20, $4.20) and concluded with Razor’s Edge ($3.40, $2.60, $2.20).

Left out of the mix in the Pick 3 were leg two’s Phantom Seelster (8-5), finishing eighth, Cindys Party Boy (32-1), finishing ninth, and leg three’s Hurrikane Kingklee (71-1).

The last leg of the Pick 4 was won by the race favorite, while were off the board with Beach House (9-1), BBs Harley (6-1) and Jumpin Jake Flash (27-1).

The 50-cent Pick 3 paid $19.40. Our three-for-four Pick 4, adding the winning favorite, paid $54.75. 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Our features were to come from Ohio but Northfield cancelled the program due to Winter Storm Jacob.

The PoP Pick-3 stream suggested contenders have been noted; some or all may appear in a feature or the H2W next week.


The H2W results list across-the-board prices. Also, exactas listed are included when a H2W horse finishes second with a race favorite or the first two finishers making up the exacta are H2W horses (an asterisk appears when both horses were listed to complete a cold exacta). The note “ok” determines that prices published are correct even when a show price exceeds a place price or any or all of the prices are the same. This week, there were 39 active horses (a 23-percent win hit rate and a 46-percent ATB [across-the-board] hit rate).

Please note that some H2W results reflect win, place, show and exotic results occurring by press time but some horses race after the blog is posted (we list them the following weeks) It is up to you to follow horses that have not performed before this weekly review.


Swan On The Bank, $10.40, $6.40, $3,80, Northfield
Brookstone, $9.90, $4.80, $3.10, Monticello
Hi Ho Julio, $8.80, $4.80, $3.60, Cal-Expo
Ostro Hanover, $8.70, $5.40, $3.10, Yonkers
Bet Together, $5.80, $3.00, $2.20, Cal-Expo
Hititoutofthepark, $5.00, $3.60, $2.40, Pompano
St Somewhere, $3.70, $2.70, $2.20, WoMo
Mary Kat, $2.70, $2.40, $2.30, Flamboro
Elleofadeli, $2.40, $2.10, $2.10, Freehold


Doo Wop Hanover, $18.80, $17.60, Pompano
Dexter Jolt, $3.00, $2.50, Monticello


Beyond Delight, $6.80, Miami
Le Montrachet, $5.20, Cal-Expo
Sweet Rock, $4.20, Dover
Hesallaboutdabass, $3.80, Pompano
Miss Dollar Mam, $3.20, Northfield
Iam Erik N, $3.00, Miami
Bullville Terror, n/s, Monticello

News & Notes

Horses begin arriving on the Buffalo Raceay grounds on Jan. 19 in preparation for a 66-program harness-racing campaign. Trotting and pacing events start on Wednesday evening, Jan. 29 at 5:00 p.m. Saturday nights will have a 6:00 p.m. post. Action on Fridays will return on April 3 with a 5:00 p.m. post.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS). The KYSS is open to two- and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The Championship Series consists of three legs with a guaranteed purse of $40,000 and a final purse of $250,000. The Commonwealth Series consists of two legs with guaranteed purses of $20,000 and a final purse of $50,000. Horses must declare a series before the second leg of the Championship Series and the first leg of Commonwealth Series. Once declared, a horse must stay in that series.

California harness correspondent Mark Ratzky tells us that at the current Cal-Expo harness meet there are two wagers offered each night on racing programs that come with a reduced 16-percent takeout rate — the 20-cent Pick 5 on the first five events and the 20-cent Pick 4. The Pick-4 comes with a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool on Saturdays and a $30,000 guarantee on Fridays.

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