Harness Preview: Picks and Horses to Watch Feb. 23-27

February 22nd, 2023

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 23


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 — #4 Kaboom NL (6-1): Returns after a short rest to do his best.
Race 4 — #6 Bad Eye Bill (8-1): bet-back set for a better mile than last time.
Race 7 — #8 Thelegendcontinues (10-1): On stride he continues to be dangerous.
Race 9 — #6 Bella Cavalla (7-2): Deserves another chance.


Batavia Downs, Races 1, 2

We are looking at exotics in the opening pair of races where one bet-back from the H2W meets a new addition; they are our main contenders having us looking to ignite single-race exotics and/or the multi-race Daily Double and self-made Parlay for wins.
Race 1 — #6 Way To Go Fabieo (12-1): Burned out early in a duel and faded as a co-choice.
Race 2 — #2 EY Cowboy (7-2): Raced evenly at 29-1 to get third for top trainer Joseph Skkowya.

Saturday, February 25


Meadowlands, Race 11

In a race of scramblers last week, #2 Nylander raced well, showing two moves that afforded the 31-1 shot a finish in fifth of 10 trotters. This week the strong earner could spare a move with a good, early spot and use the leftover energy to storm home first.

Meadowlands, Race 12

#2 Incredible Badger was impeded at the start last week and yet managed to maintain a good pace into the stretch with poor backing at 77-1. Forgive that losing trip but respect it this week—anywhere this one hits the board is bound to produce profit.


Pocono, Race 9

Challenging a 2-1 favorite last week, #7 Dillinger (6-1) lost by a nose at odds of 38-1 in a grinding mile maneuvered from post 8. He faces that race’s winner again and a similar trip could reverse the noses this time and reward backers. The primary threat, though, will not come from last week’s foe but from #3 Thanos (3-1), a beaten co-favorite for Travis Alexander.

Monday, February 27


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.

Dover Downs
+Bionic R1; Angelo R3; Swans Cash Prise R7

Fire Flower R4 (ae)

Priceless Beach R5; Smokin By N R9

Horses to Watch

H2W Legend

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.


Batavia Downs
2/23/23, +Tobins Diva R6; +Mystical Sarabi R9; +Sulky Queen R10

2/24/23, Trey Rockette R10
2/26/23, +Chanceitlikeitis R2; Pridecrest R3; Muffin Top R7

Dover Downs
2/23/23, Gold Train R3; Monty's Play R7; Memory Makin R13

2/24/23, +A Real Miracle R2

2/24/23, Texas Terror N R9
2/25/23, Shadow Cat R2; Windsong Jack R4; Beyond Ordinary R5

The Meadows
2/23/23, +Scubadan R8; Fear Abby R9; Create Mystique R11
2/24/23, Shipshape R1; Roundtown Rocker R10

Miami Valley
2/23/23, +Get Around Town R3; +What's Up Cupcake R5

Monticello Raceway
2/23/23, +Dandys BB Eight R2; +American Soul R4; +Thereisapaceforus R6

Northfield Park
2/25/23, Live And Let Di R1; Peppermint Mocha R10; +Sweet Nan R12; Harper R13

2/25/23, +Stellar BB R8; +Four More Years R11
2/26/23, +Calvery Hill R2; Nasey R4; Hall It Off R7

Rosecroft Raceway
2/23/23, Tom's Twilight R7; Fox Valley Mondo R8; Andy The Beard R11

2/25/23, +Alluneedisfaith N R8

2/24/23, Ladyford Buck GB R3; Pedro Hanover R5; +Racine Bell R8