Harness Preview for 7/22/2014

July 22nd, 2014

by Ted Black

While most of the open stakes races are generally contested on weekends, occasionally tracks will present competitive, restricted stakes events during the week. Such is the case on Tuesday evening when Yonkers Raceway offers a six-pack of NYSS events for two-year-old filly pacers on the parimutuel portion of the program.

In the second race on the card, the first $50,000 Clyde Hirt NYSS split for freshman filly pacers, all seven of the starters have a legitimate chance. Fan Mail (Brian Sears) draws the rail and has been second once and third once in two starts and gets Sears; Vraka Hanover (Tim Tetrick) makes her career debut off a pair of 2yo events at the Meadowlands and owns a 26.4 final quarter; Drinkin N Dancin (George Brennan) was first over at Monticello Raceway in her only try; Jag Out (Brent Holland) overcame a first over trip to win at 1-2 at Buffalo Raceway; Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) overcame post seven to win her career debut against NYSS foes at Monticello for trainer Ron Burke; Town Temptress (Jason Bartlett) won her debut, was second next out then suffered an interference break in her most recent, while Bin N Heaven (Doug McNair) won a NYSS event at Buffalo in her debut from the rail but gets the seven-hole this evening.

Two races later in the second, $50,000 NYSS split, a quartet of freshmen fillies looked primed for victory. Heaven On Earth (Tetrick) won her most recent outing against conditioned foes at Pocono Downs in 1:56 as the 1-9 choice and gets the coveted rail; Bossers Joy (Brent Holland) won at NYSS event at Buffalo as an overlooked 39-1 shot last out; She's Heavenly (Mike Lachance) prevailed in her career debut by five lengths in 1:57 at Monticello on July 4 and appears to have the most ability in this group, while Bettor Be Steppin (David Miller) was second as the 7-5 second choice against overnight foes at Harrah's Philadelphia in her debut.

One race later in the next NYSS split for freshman fillies, any one of five juveniles could prevail. Ameritime (Holland) won her first two starts then was second versus similar at Buffalo; Band Of Angels (Gingras) won her career debut on July 4 against NYSS foes at Monticello in 1:58.3; Our Hot Majorette (Mark Macdonald) won her debut against NYSS foes at Buffalo; Hey Kobe (John Plutino) steps up following two wins against NY Excelsior rivals, while Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill, Jr.) has been second in each of her first two outings against NYSS rivals at Monticello and Buffalo and merits respect here despite the outside draw.

Then one race later in the fourth, $50,000 NYSS split for the juvenile ladies, much of the attention will be focused on two fillies who drew well and alongside one another. Bettor N Better (Gingras) captured a NYSS split as the 6-5 choice in 1:58 in her debut at Monticello and will start from post three for Burke, while Zip Code Envy (Tetrick) finished a game second as the even-money choice in her NYSS split that same day at Monticello in 1:58.3 for trainer Jimmy Takter. Bettor N Better will likely drift below 3-5, while Zip Code Envy might be playable at 2-1 or so.

There are also two divisions of the Excelsior series for this group on the betting portion of the card. In the third race, look for two freshman fillies who made recent starts at Ocean Downs in Maryland in MDRF action to be one-two. Ideal Wedding (Lachance) has won once in two tries for trainer Richard Ringler and gets post two, while Andi's Peanut (Marcus Miller) was a solid second in a similar group for trainer Erv Miller and starts from post three.