Thursday, Jan. 30
At Freehold, Fat Boy (33-1) raced very well from the 8 hole, finishing fourth to the race favorite.
Night racing took us to Wallyworld III at Pompano, where we prompted bettors to defeat the track’s top driver, Wally Hennessey, in four races. Wally only won one of four and although we did not win any, we benefited with three seconds, including an exacta with Wally’s solo win.
We lost with Hurrikane Kingkong (3-2), who went off the favorite but finished fifth to a 3-1 shot. Then we got started cashing across the board with Silver Wings ($6.00, $6.20 ok), who completed the $22.00 exacta in Wally’s sole win.
We were also second with No Hables Ingles ($7.20, $2.40) and Sugar And Spite ($3.40, $3.00)
Friday, Jan. 31
A PoP at the Meadows swept through a Pick 4 and Pick 3 and the usual group of single-race exotics.
In Race 3 we had the winner, Startin Something ($8.60, $3.80, $2.60). Our exotic prospects, Poacher N (11-1) and Momma’s Jolt (14-1), finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Our contribution is Race 4 was the show horse, Kings Beach ($10.00). The 50-1 shot helped the trifecta pay $214.80 with two favorites atop it. Shooter’s Dream (8-1) finished seventh.
Race 5 was our winning single, Steuben Gladiator ($7.80, $4.60, 3.40). Bingo.
Race 6 completed the streams. We were off the board with Bergerac (11-1), fourth, and Yes Your Mattjestey (5-1), sixth.
We supplied two of four winners in the $242.70 Pick 4 and one in the $57.40 Pick 3.
Saturday, Feb. 1
The Meadowlands was the PoP target, which we hit for the win with Jacks Shadow N ($5.80, $3.40, $2.60), who turned out to be a favorite.
The public’s second choice completed the $17.00 exacta and a 17-1 shot completed the trifecta and the public’s co-third choice was fourth for a 10-cent superfecta worth $37.03.
Our combos would have been much larger, even with the favorite on top but Stendahl Hanover (60-1) finished sixth, The First Step (4-1) rolled home eighth and Captain Mulzak saw eight finish in front of him.
H2W LIST RESULTS
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 45 active horses (a 7-percent win hit rate and a 36-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.
Twomickeytrip, $15.80, $6.00, $5.60, Cal-Expo
JK Captain Jack, $8.00, $4.20, $3.20, Meadowlands
Hey Sweetie, $3.20, $2.40, $2.10, Buffalo
Body Of Work, $9.20, $4.80, Northfield
Miss Irish Rose A, $5.80, $5.10, Yonkers
Blue Magic, $3.80, $2.60 (Exacta $10.60), Yonkers
Book The Bet, $3.50, $2.40 (Exacta $7.90), Flamboro
Nassau Country, $3.30, $2.80, Monticello
Eagle Ford, $2.60, $2.60 ok, Monticello
Venier Hanover, $2.60, $2.20, Northfield
Balfast N, $4.00, Frasier
Gators Ben Winning, $4.00, Northfield
Glenferrie Dreamer, $3.80, Freehold
TJ Blast, $3.60, Dover
Campellini, $3.20, Meadowlands
Doctor Butch, $2.40, Yonkers
News & Notes
As of Feb.7 there will be an earlier start to the Meadowlands races—a 6:55 p.m. post time and a new menu of wagers. A 20-cent Pick 5 (Race 1) and a 20-cent Pick 6 (Race 4), the latter with carryovers to the next racing program. A 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 6) moves from the eighth race to the sixth, which immediately follows the Pick-5. The $50,000 guaranteed pool remains, as does the 50-cent minimum. A Late 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 10) follows the last legs of both the Pick 6 and Early Pick 4.
Also at Meadowlands programs The 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4 on Saturdays will still begin with WoMo’s 10th race, but from there the sequence will be Meadowlands 11, WoMo 11 and Meadowlands 12. The Pick 5, Pick 6, both Pick-4s and Can-Am Pick 4 will all offer a low 15 percent takeout. Rolling Pick 3s return. All races without a Pick 4, 5 or 6 will offer a $1 Pick-3. On a 13-race card, Pick-3s are available on races 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11. Daily Doubles remain for the first and last races. The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 has been dropped.
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s 2020 racing schedule is poised to begin its 55th year of harness racing. Opening night is Saturday, Feb. 8. Rracing in February takes place on Saturdays and Sundays (both nights will feature a special winter post time of 5 p.m.). In March, Mondays at 4 p.m. are added, and the track will transition to the regular Saturday and Sunday post of 7 p.m. Starting in April, the regular schedule of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday will be in effect.
The connections of Captain Ahab have retired the pacer to stand him at stud for the 2020 breeding season. Pin Oak Lane Farm has announced that the Captaintreacherous colt will stand in Pennsylvania at their New Freedom farm. Captain Ahab p,2,1:50.4s ($142,969), is the second foal out of the Western Ideal mare Acquavella, a full sister to 2014 Metro Pace champion Artspeak. Captain Ahab set his mark as a two-year-old while defeating Captain Crunch in an elimination of the 2018 Metro Pace.
Queenace Blue Chip, the 2019 TwinSpires Harness Players’ Horse of the Year, finished third at 4-1 racing at Cal-Expo on Jan. 31. Watch for her on the H2W or in a Cal-Expo feature; she looks like she will enjoy and earn on the West Coast.
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