The TwinSpires Harness Preview blog’s feature results are below, along with in-the-money finishers from our horses-to-watch list (H2W), and of course, our News & Notes section, which reports and remarks on the states of our sport.
Friday, Oct. 2
The Bluegrass (BG) weekend at The Red Mile began with high-stakes frosh-colt trotters.
In the first round the third choice won, followed by our two choices, Cuatra De Julio ($7.20, $5.20) and Southwind Tyrion ($3.20).
In the next trotting boys’ BG, the public supported our horse, In Range (4-5), finishing sixth to a 19-1 winner.
The last BG colt trot was won by the favorite, with our choice, Jack Fire ($5.40, $3.20) completing the $24.80 exacta.
BGs for frosh-filly pacers co-starred on the program. We won the first with Test Of Faith ($2.60. $2.10, $2.10 ok) and lost to a 7-2 shot in the second with a dull, hopeless effort from Shania Blue Chip (72-1).
Saturday, Oct. 3
BGs at The Red Mile on this afternoon program offered top dollar to frosh-colt pacers. Favorites won each of three splits.
In the first we were seventh with Beach Party (23-1), fifth with Winner Is Coming (16-1) and third with Always B Miki ($2.40).
The Dayton Derby trifecta began with the distaff, where we supported the top two finishers—Kissin In the Sand ($3.80, $2.20, $2.10) and Shartin N ($2.10, $2.10).
The trotting Derby went to the favorite, while our choice, When Dovescry (44-1) raced to his odds, which was disappointing, but she will be back with better chops soon.
In the pacing derby, we saw the return of Bettors Wish ($5.80, $4.20, $3.20), who could not be upset by Backstreet Shadow (11-1).
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 36 active horses (a 22-percent win hit rate and a 47-percent ATB [across-the-board] hit rate).
Bathsheba AS, $63.20, $24.40, $5.00, Dayton
Amini, $27.70, $9.30, $6.00, WoMo
Aftermeyourfirst, $20.00, $6.80, $3.60, Meadows
Marjorette Angie, $7.40, $3.60, $2.60, Yonkers
Always Soggy, $7.20, $2.60, $2.60 ok, Hoosier
Impressive Chief, $6.80, $4.60, $3.00, Northville
HP Mama B, $4.40, $2.80, $2.80, WoMo
A Fancy Face, $4.20, $3.20, $2.40, Dayton
Milliondollargem A, $17.60, $4.70, Yonkers
Lifeintheslammer, $5.60, $3.40 (Exacta $21.00), WoMo
Dixie Lullaby, $4.80, $3.00, Northfield
Dip Me Hanover, $3.00, $2.40), Red Mile
Tito Rocks, $2.60, $2.10 (Exacta $3.60), Pocono
Flawless Country, $2.60, $2.10), Red Mile
Lakeisha Hall, $2.10, $2.10 ok, Northfield
Under Paid, $2.10, $2.10, Batavia
Absolute Rocks, $2.60, Northfield
NEWS & NOTES
Harness racing returns to Oak Grove in October and November for the second autumn meet. The Kentucky track’s post is 12:30 p.m. daily. Opening days are Wednesday, Oct. 14 and Thursday, Oct. 15. Then, the pari-mutuel meet resumes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Oct. 19 through Nov. 11. The TwinSpires harness blog will keep bettors updated on the action and news about the horsemen community.
Western Fair kicks off its fall meet on Oct. 7 with changes. The new schedule features racing Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 p.m. through Dec. 31. The Friday post of 6:55 p.m. changes to 6:15 p.m.. There is a new Pick-5 wager from the first race. It features a $2,500 guaranteed pool with a low 15-percent takeout. If the wager does not produce a winner, there’ll be a carryover. Pick 4 wagers have a guaranteed pool of $7,500 on Mondays and Wednesdays and a $5,000 pool on Fridays.
The hiatus is over for Fraser Downs, closed since March 15. Fraser Downs opened its fall meet on Sept. 30 with a nine-race card and many of western Canada’s premier horse people on hand to participate.The 25-day fall meet features racing on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. (Pacific) and Fridays at 8 p.m. through Dec. 18, along with a special Boxing Day card on Saturday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m.
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