Moving right along in the 2020 season, here is our Update, a report our hits and misses, from the first full week back to our regular publication schedule, covering our selected features from a gathering of tracks re-opening.
Thursday, June 11
Our Woodbine/Mohawk (WoMo) Power Plays were limp, though some of it was a lack of luck. Five races produced only two toteboard appearances, both completing triple combos: Nothing But Muscle ($4.40) and Siddhartha ($3.60).
A 10-1 defeated Cool Rock (fifth, 5-1) and Cruise Captain (sixth, 44-1) in leg one of the Pick 5. In leg two, Hetties Commander (64-1) broke on the move, finishing ninth. In leg three, Noneyabizzness (64-1) wobbled home eighth.
In leg four, Field Gunner (5-2) took home a superfecta spot, finishing fourth, while Tuckers Out (6-1) broke and left the main scene and Ongoing Royalty (45-1) ended up seventh, all victims of a 13-1 winner.
Lastly, trouble on the road affected Going Fast (4-1), finishing ninth-placed-eighth, while Northern Baccarat (15-1) took fifth.
Friday, June 12
At The Meadowlands, the H2W produced winners (see below), while our three features were bombarded by the public’s first- and -second choices. Con Air All (8-1) was fourth; Manofmanyimages (64-1) wound up tenth and Rich And Miserable (71-1) finished no richer in a miserable performance ending in eighth.
Saturday, June 13
There was zero power in the Northfield Power Plays, featuring the stream of a Pick 3 and all other wagers inclusive, since the winners were two public choices and one second favorite.
We had only one third, Tartufo Lady ($2.60). Otherwise, we finished fifth with Shadows Mystery (79-1) and Celebrity Lopez (61-1); and sixth with Foolish Terror, the beaten public choice, and Timeless Virgin (12-1).
H2W LIST RESULTS
The H2W results list across-the-board prices. Exactas listed include a H2W horse finishing second to a race-favorite or if the first two finishers are H2W horses (an asterisk appears when both horses are listed—a cold exacta). The note “ok” determines that prices are correct (even when a show price exceeds a place price or all prices are the same).
Please note that some results reflect horses racing after the blog posts (they appear the following week).
This week, there were 48 active horses (a 17-percent win hit rate and a 40-percent ATB [across-the-board] hit rate).
Don’t Think Twice A, $10.40, $5.40, $4.00, Meadowlands
Kikimora, $5.20, $2.20, $2.10, Scioto
Queen Of The Pride, $5.00, $2.80, $2.60, Scioto
Homer Hall, $4.80, $3.80, $3.00, Scioto
Trolley, $3.00, $2.20, $2.10, Meadowlands
Fortify, $2.80, $2.20, $2.10, Scioto
Maximum Credit, $2.80, $2.60, $2.20, Northfield
Elysium Seelster, $2.10, $2.10, $2.10 ok, Scioto
Uncle Hanover, $11.80, $4.60, Tioga
JK Onaroll, $11.20, $8.00, Scarborough
Fear The Storm, $8.10, $4.20,Charlottetown
Chasin Dreams, $8.00, $3.40 (Exacta $17.70), Scioto
Classica, $8.00, $4.20, WoMo
PL Idaho, $4.80, $3.60, WoMo
Manceiver, $4.50, $2.40 (Exacta $15.00), Buffalo
McArdles Love, $3.40, $2.60, Scioto
Trotalot, $7.00, Scarborough
Arcane Hanover, $5.80, WoMo
Raylan Givens, $5.40, Buffalo
BR Flying Dali, $4.40, Hawthorne
Kingofthejungle, $4.10, WoMo
Et Tu Brute, $3.60, Hawthorne
NEWS & NOTES
Yonkers Raceway joins New York State’s slow re-opening with approval by the New York Gaming Commission and will begin live racing Monday, June 22). The schedule begins with a three-night week, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The post time is 7:05 p.m. Spectators will not be permitted; virtual spectators and bettors are invited to TwinSpires, of course.
Here comes Hoosier Park racing. The 27th season of harness racing from the Midwest’s prime harness raceway starts on Tuesday, June 16. The season opener attracted a solid number of horses to the entry box and fields are expected to fill for programs lining the 2020 season. The first post is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday’s card offers horseplayers much to choose, as nine of the 14 races feature 10 or more betting interests.
Philadelphia harness trots toward pari-mutuels programs with June qualifiers from June 16—June 19. Opening day for the 2020 season is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, with a 12:40 p.m. post time. Following the opening-day card, Philadelphia will move to its traditional race schedule of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
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