Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch Feb. 2-6
Selected features, stakes coverage and the never-ending TwinSpires’ horses-to-watch list (H2W) share keys to success in exotics, win, place and show payoffs.
Thursday, February 2
Each week we highlight probable long shots from Mohawk Park in this features section. If they do not win at first crack we add them to the H2W the following week as a bet-back while adding new possibilities to this Mohawk Miles section.
Race 1 — #1 Belvedere Bronx (10-1): Good mile at 48-1 is a clue for a good trip here.
Race 4 — #4 Barroom Brawl Boys (10-1): Early foot, dueled, short in stretch at 68-1.
Race 8 — #4 Chedda Chedda (2-1): Bet-back in Blizzard Series.
Race 10 — #7 Greystone Treasure (3-1): Strong outside trip into stretch.
Monticello, Race 3
#4 Calvery Hill (7-2) remains worth the tag while returning from a 34-1 finish third. Fog only allowed one call in the mile; Calvery Hill was fifth in line before being swallowed by more fog along with the rest of the field. Somehow, he saw he way clear to make up ground and gain on the leader. A visible trip or not today, Robin DiBenedetto’s pacer could roll away and win this.
#1 Nothing Tosee Here (5-2) is the obvious danger, just missing last time.
The Meadows, Races 1, 2, 3, 4
Let’s take a shot on crushing the Pick 4 at the Meadows since we like some probable longshots to make the exotic a strong-paying play. Consider them win, place and show bets as well and add them to any ticket you create.
Race 1 — #4 HP Maestro (7-2): Beaten favorite returns without Dave Palone and could pay better winning. #7 Romanee Blue Chip (15-1): Should race better than his odds and hit the toteboard at a price.
Race 2 — #3 Priceless Shadow (9-1): At the level she races best and offers top price.
Race 3 — #2 Talladega AS (9-1): Expect a big mile off second-after-drop mile near win.
#5 Starlit Thiswanman (7-2): Beaten favorite at a better price has a great chance with a better journey.
Race 4 — #6 Day To Bet (9-1): Toss out last race’s stressful overland journey for top price.
Saturday, February 4
Meadowlands, Race 6
In post position order, here are our three top contenders for single- and multi-race exotic plays.
#1 Mysweetboymax — Three for four in the winners circle for hot trainer.
#5 High Baller — Close at the wire with five others.
#6 Stonebridge Reef — Good score from 10 hole in last.
#8 Bobcat Bay — Two moves at 13-1 to pick up the show.
Monday, February 6
Always check the new Monday$Money feature in our Harness Preview editions. It’s the last day and night of our previewed picks and starts the next week with viable contenders.
+Thatswhatisaid R9; +Backstreet Player R11
Priceless Beach R2; Mongolian Hero R5; Peace Out Posse R9
Horses to Watch
Review our choices and confirm the wagers available at the prescribed track. H2W offers possible contenders researched from reviewing races. Horses’ names are listed beneath the name of the track with the date of their race and the race number (R6) follows. If a + is in front of a horse’s name, it appears on the list for the second time (horses are listed twice only if, at first, they failed to win. An “ae” signals also-eligible. Types of wagers to make are based on your judgment.
2/2/23, Arnold R5; Filly Speaks R7; Super Hero Hanover R8; Northern Rein R8; Mystical Sarabi R9
2/3/23, +Mandeville R4
2/5/23, +Fromashestoashes N R2
2/2/23, +Bechers Brook A R4; +Tony Too Tall R4; +Ocean Ridge N R9
2/3/23, +Candell R3; No Stone Unturned R4
2/4/23, +I'm J Bee N R1; +Chaser Hanover R9
2/2/23, +Tell The Dream (ae) R8; Western Hill R11; Western Sierra R12; +Always B Laughin R13
2/2/23, Botsaris R4; Ideal Chance R6; Dandys Bb Eight R7
2/4/23, Ravishing Virgin R4; Dazzlin Dragon R4; Brush N Crush R6; Side Chick R9
2/2/23, Coffee Can Cash R4; +Uncle Coz R6; +Tom's Twilight R8; +Seize Control R9; +Transparency R13
2/2/23, Count Jogging R5; Greg R7